Welcome to my blog. Stick around and read a few posts.

I would like to thank everyone that uses my Theme designs and Wallpapers.

A special thank you to all of you that take the time that to write or post comments on my designs at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/MaDonna/

I hope you become a follower and check in every once in awhile. I am trying a bit harder to update more often.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Scrooge

Scrooge put a crimp in our Christmas. My husband had a heart attack and had to have a stent put in. This is pretty rough on a man that has gone full bore all his life. The Doctors and hospital have been great but he is still not his healthy self.

And what we would do without our wonderful children and grandchildren, I don't know. They are always there when we need them and so supportive.

But we have decided to stay home Christmas eve and rest and we have to miss a great grandsons birthday party and a family reunion. These are all in a 1 week period, plus Christmas Day. But our kids will be here Christmas day and we are having pizza! Not your traditional Christmas dinner, but it will be good because we will be together.

I wish you all a Happy Healthy Holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Till next time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Update for December

Adam Cole is a post grad student at York St John University in York and is studying for a Masters in Music composition. He recently asked me if he could use one of my autumn designs for a piece he has composed called Autumn Transparency. I told him he had my permission to use it. He sent me a link to his sound clould page and you can hear his composition. I listend to it and found it very relaxing and different from the usual kind of music I listen to, but I enjoyed it and thought I would put a link to it on my blog. If you are interested in hearing it, you can find it at: https://soundcloud.com/amcomposer/autumns-transparency. If you enjoy it leave a comment for him as I am sure he would like to know what listeners think.

I am trying to cut back on working on Christmas since I have so many already made, but I keep going through my graphics and find something and start a new one.

It is warmer out today and looks like it may warm up some more but when it does that, it rains!

Have a great day, everyone.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Holly Berries

December is here already. I know I keep saying how fast time goes, but it does. I have the family 2014 calendars finished and the Christmas cards ready to go out. I don't do a lot of decorating anymore. Since I stopped having Christmas eve with all the kids and grand kids, I don't see any point in it. Plus I work on Christmas themes from Halloween so get a bit tired of decorating! My decorating will be on your computers. I will put up some things that my Mom made and a small tree. I gave the nativity manger that my husband made years ago to our oldest grandson and his wife to use. My Mom found the pattern for a rustic manger in a Family Circle magazine 50+ years ago. My husband made us each one out of cedar from our wood shed. I remember the first creche figurines I bought were from the .88¢ store. Our little dog kept eating the sheep, though. She never touched anything else, just the sheep!

The weather here has been so cold, but it has been cold all over it sounds like. I know my knees don't want to bend in the cold! That is probably from all the old motorcyle crashes and 2 knee surgeries, but it was a lot of fun at the time.

December is always so busy and we have 3 family birthdays, school Christmas program, Christmas eve and Christmas day.

I have been getting such great letters and reviews from people. I try to answer them all but I know I don't get to them as fast as I should, but I DO read them, so thanks to all of you.

I broke down & purchased the latest Print Shop Elements because it was on sale and it is quite a bit different. The first day I used it I wished I hadn't bought it! But am getting more familiar with it. There are still several things I knew how to do in the old version that I haven't figured out yet which frustrates me. It took so long to learn how to do some of them and now I am back to square one!

Going to get back to work. I did update the graphics on the blog last week but hadn't found time to write anything. If I don't get back before Christmas I wish you all a great holiday with family. If it wasn't for family we probably would live somewhere a little warmer. But I can't give up seeing the little smiling faces & visits. 

 I found this little silly cat and just love him so you will probably see him in several designs over the season!

 *****HAPPY HOLIDAYS******

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Month

Happy Fall Friends

It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be in a few weeks. I haven't made a lot of Thanksgiving themes but am working on Christmas. a lot of Christmas designs. I made a logo for a company and they seemed to be very pleased with it, so hope it works out for them. Have another book cover I am working on for an author. Have it pretty much finished just have to get her final approval.

Halloween was fun. We had Puss N Boots, a lion and the cutest little lady bug you ever saw. We live on a dead end road so don't get many trick or treaters. But 3 great grandkids got to get treats, anyway. Years ago when our kids were small our road was full of kids and they would all go out together and have tons of fun and get tons of treats. My husband and I used to go through the bags and pick out some treats we liked!

We will get two Thanksgiving dinners this year. One at our son's house before Thanksgiving with grandkids and great grandkids so looking forward to that. Then we will have a small dinner at our house on Thanksgiving. This will be the 55th Thanksgiving dinner I have fixed but it will be so much smaller than they used to be when my parents, grandparents, brother, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins were around to attend. I remember the last Thanksgiving my Grandpa and Grandma were able to make. Grandma wanted to taste a "tiny bit" of the wine, so we poured her a little bit in a glass and she drank it down really fast. She had never tasted wine before! Then all of a sudden she got really warm. It was a great moment and we laughed so hard. I will never forget. She was such a special grandmother and I was her first grandchild and got to spend a lot of time with Grandpa and Grandma on their little farm. I can remember going to town with her when I was very small. I knew if I saw something I really liked she would buy it for me. Or I would get it for Christmas.  I think the only time I ever rode in a taxi was with her. She didn't drive and I can't remember why we were in town in a taxi, but I do remember the taxi. That was a very big deal for this poor little farm girl.

I am so glad our local elections are over. The junk mail and phone calls we got was terrible and the amount of money spent was enormous and such a waste because I think everyone probably knew who and what they were going to vote for before they ever received any mail or phone calls. I am so glad they turned out the way we wanted. Getting the County Council members in we wanted and needed so badly was probably more important than federal elections since they don't get much done in DC.

Time is going too fast. The older you get the faster it goes. When I was a child I remember Christmas time would never get here and the days would just drag. Now they fly. I don't have enough time in the day to get everything done I need and want to do. Or maybe I am just slower!

I am going to wish you all a Thanksgiving and thank everyone for the great reviews your are posting on the Persona sight and the emails. I try to answer most of them but sometimes one will slip by me. But I do thank you and appreciate you taking the time.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Month of Halloween

Black Cats Halloween

October didn't start out very well for me! My husband and I both ended up with some kind of flu or virus that lasted 3 weeks. I haven't felt that bad in years, and it is taking forever to get over. I had walking pneumonia last winter but it was nothing compared to this. I am usually a high energy person and I didn't have any! Energy, that is. I still have to push myself, but then I have to go sit and rest awhile. I lost 5 1/2# and I didn't have any extra to lose so am really trying to eat but don't have an appetite. Our very busy daughter made us 2 kinds of home made soups that kept us going. She made tons so got to freeze it, too. She holds down 2 jobs and don't know how she finds time to help out, but she does. Thank you, Dearest Daughter! Although I know she never reads this cause she doesn't have time!

I have been having a good time working on Halloween designs, though. I got some new graphics and managed to work them into some pretty good designs. Anyway, I hope they are.

Our weather went from 80° one day to 60° the next so no wonder people get sick! It is definitely fall out. Foggy mornings and cold evenings. Today's morning fog is still here and it is afternoon so don't know what that tells us!

Autumn Transparency

The above is my favorite fall theme. I actually have it on twice. The first time I put it on line I didn't have Photoshop and couldn't clean it up as well as this one. I have been trying to edit the first/old one but Mozilla has a bug and I can't edit it. I think perhaps because it is an older one, I really don't know. So I re-did it and put it on again so at least I can use it.

Well, I am starting to wear down and the clock tells me it is lunch time, so better find something to eat.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dreary Dreary September Day

Kitten Prayer

Last week was just gorgeous. This week has started out dreary and rainy and just plain yukky! The Seahawks kicked butt yesterday, though so that was good! But I hope the little kitty above is praying for more sunshine. Mama needs it!
I have been working all morning and was getting kind of down so I started my music and that always makes me feel better. I get most of my music from Amazon, one song at a time. Just got the latest Sheryl Crow song, "Easy". Really like it, too. Most all of my music is country, but since Sons of Anarchy is my favorite TV series, I have downloaded some, but not all of the music from the show. Some of it is too 'hard rock" or whatever they call it now.  We just finished watching all 5 season of the show again. Can't wait till next August when Season 6 comes out. I keep telling my husband, I have to live long enough to see the final episode of SOA!
I love reading mystery books and read them on the Nexus 7 I won from Brand Thunder. I found a site called Freebook Sifter. You can sign up for emails and they send out a list every day of hundred of free books. The books are actually on Amazon so easy to get on your e-reader. The problem is I find one or more every day and can't read that fast. But I found out if you find one you like you better get it that day, cause it won't be free the next day. There was one yesterday I kind of thought my husband would like and didn't get it. Yesterday it was free, today it was $9.99! Live and learn, I guess. So he won't be reading it!
You all have a great week. I guess I will have my afternoon coffee and get back to work. See ya soon!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11th

Where were you on September 11th 2001? I think everyone remembers exactly where and what they were doing on that day. My husband and I had ridden our motorcycles to Winthrop, Wa and stayed in our favorite little cabin, Mountain View Chalets. We didn't turn the TV on that morning so when we went out to get on our bikes to ride home, the other visitors were talking and said to us "What a horrible day." And I remember saying, "What do you mean, it is a beautiful day?" So they filled us in and we couldn't believe what they were saying. So we went back in to the cabin and turned the TV on. The reception wasn't very good but we could see the towers falling, etc. All we wanted to do was go home, so we got on the bikes and left for home. It is still unbelievable in a way, that our country, where we feel so safe and secure could be attacked in this way. 

A few days later a guy asked me to make a Persona theme so I did. At that point I didn't know much about Photoshop Elements so made a simple design. 
Ground Zero Spirit

To change the subject, I told you about my bee sting on my last posting.
Well it turned out to be a very bad sting. I actually don't know if it was a bee or what it was. But I ended up at the Dr. getting the blisters drained. Actually it was 1 big blister by the time I went to the Dr. I still have to wear a dressing on it or I can't wear a shoe!

I have been busy working on fall designs and may do a few Halloween ones. It doesn't seem possible that Halloween is just around the corner. I see the candy aisles are full in the stores.

Morning Light on Jungle Waterfall

I thought the above design turned out real well although it isn't a fall design. Took a lot of time to add the trees, bird, clouds, etc. but it looks very tranquil, doesn't it?

There has been a big discussion on the Persona forum about copyrights. One designer thinks she can take any photo, wallpaper, etc. on line add a few birds to it and then copyright it! I can't believe she actually thinks she can do that. I do copyright a design or wallpaper that I have made from a totally blank canvas or from a photo I have personally taken. 

School is in session again and I imagine there are a lot of Mom's out there that are breathing a sigh of relief. I can remember how excited the first day of school was for my kids. Myself, what I remember most about the first day of school was what I was gonna wear. For some reason that seemed awfully important! I imagine it is still the same out there.

Aspen Leaves Gold

Our weather has been superb. And is over 80° today and gonna get warmer. I love it, I can hang laundry out, the laundry is smaller because the pants are short and the sleeves are short or no sleeves. I hate wearing big bulky clothes and coats. 

Have a great September if I don't get back on the blog again this month. But I am trying to do better!


Friday, August 30, 2013


Wheat 2 Harvest

We actually got rain in the past few days. In some places too much rain!

The big news is that we have a new little boy in our family. So now, we have 4 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter. Boys run in  my husband family so we weren't too surprised. But he is healthy beautiful addition to our family and we are very proud. Can't wait to meet him.

I have never been afraid of bees and we have had a lot of them this year. But I think I will be a bit leery of them from now on. We were at our daughter's house last Sunday and sitting at the picnic table in the lawn. All of a sudden I got stung on my big toe and it really hurt. I have gotten stung this summer by yellow jackets and they hurt a bit but not much. Well, this one hurt a lot and by Monday my foot was swollen and red and it started getting 2 little blisters on the top of my big toe and foot. By Tues. morning it was 1 huge blister that was bigger than my thumb. So the Dr. said not to drain it myself, he thought he better check it out. So we went in and the nurses all had to come in and look at my ugly foot! He drained it and dressed it. It has filled back some, but doesn't hurt anymore and I can get a shoe on. I guess the moral to this is "keep your toenails painted". Luckily I had just done mine 2 days before the bee got me.
Well I got sidetracked. Had to help my husband work on a car he is working on for a high school boy, so now I have to get back to cleaning house and doing a few more designs.

P.S. I was just notified that a new designer actually thinks I am copying her designs or ideas!  I find this amusing since I have been making the same type of nature, forest, animal and flower designs since I first began making Persona's in 2009. So in fact she is actually copying my ideas and work! You would not believe the politics that goes on in the Persona family! Very petty...very petty!

Have a super Labor Day week end and see ya in September.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Feeling of Fall!

 The morning and evenings are sure feeling like fall. I am enjoying working on fall designs as you can probably tell by what I submit. But I am getting tired. I am actually thinking about not making designs anymore. I have felt like this before and gotten over it, but I get frustrated at times. I find out from others that one specific designer is actually commenting or reviewing her own designs giving them 5 stars, etc. Personally I think this is wrong but if she has to do that to make herself feel fulfilled, I guess that is her right, but making up a new "name" to do so is just not right. 

Mozilla finally got the "lost" designs back on line, but I just went to edit one of my latest designs: 
Shadow of the Moon

because I made a typo and it says shadow of thr Moon! And it won't let me edit it. So I won't put the link for it on till I can actually spell it right. I love this type of design. I have said before how much I like Native American images with wolves, etc. so really enjoyed making this one!

(Link is up now)

Our family's newest addition is due very soon and I am getting excited to meet him/her. They don't find out the baby's sex so it is always a surprise. They will have their hands full for awhile. Three babies in 3 years! I know because that is what we had. Two isn't bad because you have 2 hands but that 3rd one makes a big difference. But the nice thing about that is they play together and grow up together. The problem is they all usually leave home about the same time and I went through the "empty nest syndrome". It is hard when that has been your whole life, taking care of kids and all of a sudden, there are no kids to take care of. You cook too much, etc. 

The summer weather has been much appreciated. I really love it. It would have been a great year to ride motorcycles and I envy everyone who has gotten to do that. I still miss it very much and almost feel jealous of riders when I see them riding. We are re-watching my favorite TV series, Sons of Anarchy and can't wait till Aug. 27th when season 5 comes out. Every summer we watch if from Season 1 through whatever season was the last DVD to get ready for the newest one to come out.

When I started this post I thought I would write about something else and I got off on another frame of mind and must quit and get back to work. Will do that another day, I guess.

You all have a great week end and enjoy the last of our summer. It will be gone before we know it. 
Sun Shines on Poppy

Last of all, I want to thank my followers and the theme users that post such good reviews on my designs. They are very much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Updated for Autumn

When Leaves Fall

Thought I would take the time and update the blog. It took me quite awhile to make the new deer bunny graphic for fall. Then had a hard time getting the frame just right. But I like it, so hope you all do, too.

Mozilla is having problems again! A lot of our designs just disappeared! Even my Sunset Over Water is gone. They are working on it and the missing designs are supposed to show up soon so hope they do. 

Our tomatoes and strawberries are doing really well. My husband planted some ever bearing strawberries and we have fresh berries all summer. And they vine themselves out and make more plants so it is really great. We had fresh strawberries and whip cream last night and it was soooo good.

I don't have much time to write now, because I have to send a note to my high school girlfriend that lost her husband. Apparently she is having a really bad time since I haven't heard from her. 

I want to take time to write about the conversation with out oldest great grandson and that will take some time. We were taking him to visit the flight museum in town and he asked a question about when we were his age, so it was interesting for him and we enjoyed telling him about it. So will do that soon. Promise!


Friday, August 9, 2013


Wolf in Fall

Wow, what summer weather we are having this year. I know we need rain, but once it does that will be it. It already feels like fall in the mornings. I love this warm weather because I don't hurt as much! Selfish, I know. Last winter is one I would just as soon forget. 

I am showing the above design because I love the artist work. Peter Williams has such great art with animals and I asked him if I could use his work and he was nice enough to let me. I added the fall leaves and shading but it is his wolf! I wish people that submit copies of someones work on Desktop Nexus would be so nice. I have had to file 4 or 5 reports on people that use my designs, and submit them as their own. If I use someones work I try to add their name to the design.

I am working on the fall update for my blog but it isn't finished yet, so will work on that more and change the interface. 

We have had two birthday parties in our family in the last 6 weeks. They are growing up too fast. One great grandson and his cousins got into a bee's nest the day of their party. I guess it was very traumatic for everyone that was getting ready for the big party in the woods. One of the little boys got stung, something like 27 times. Luckily our little one only got 7 but 7 is no fun. Hopefully they will all forget it. I am sure the parents won't though. Bees are really bad this year, though. My husband has sprayed and sprayed and there are still bees! It seems like they can make a nest in the tiniest hole!

Our fifth great grandchild is due the first part of September so we are all anxiously awaiting. We don't know if it will be a boy or girl so it is even more exciting. 

I am working on fall designs right now. I love the fall colors and leaves to work with. At one point in time we actually had an orange shag carpet! And orange, gold and brown accents everywhere. At our ages, we stick with pretty much basic colors as far as decorating goes. And I don't change things like I used to. Money being one factor. You can't afford to change colors just because that seems to be the popular color at that time.

I seem to be babbling so I will sign off for now and get back to work. I will try to update the blog soon. Hope you all have a great August and enjoy!

Bright Floral Abstraction

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Violet Pansies

What fantastic July weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest. Today is the 14th and we haven't had ANY rain. We don't usually get a July like this one. 

I am using the design I posted above today. I love the colors and they are perfect for summer. The wallpaper to match is at: http://nature.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1516583/

I sold my motorcycle and I cried when it left. I know I couldn't ride it anymore as my strength isn't what it used to be. So I decided I just had to sell it because my husband was having to start them at least once a week to keep them lubricated, etc. and it was just getting to be a hassle for him. Summer isn't near as much fun as it used to be, though. That was what got me through the winters, was knowing I could ride when the weather got nice. But the funny thing is, the first week it was gone, I dreamt I was riding 3 nights that week, so I guess that is how I will be riding my bike from now on, safely in my dreams.

They cut the big hayfield this past week and the eagles are flying all around it. It is so cool to look out and see those big magnificent birds soaring through the summer blue sky. Of course they are looking for mice that are visible now that the high grasses are gone. But I like eagles better than mice so that is OK!

I am enjoying the Nexus 7 I won from Brand Thunder so much. Have been doing more reading since I can't sit at the computer so long. Also getting ready for a garage sale. I can't believe how much stuff a person can accumulate. We happened to watch Hoarders on TV one night and if anything can get you moving to get rid of stuff it is that show. I feel like I need to get up and start going through closets and cupboards as soon as it is over. Which I did the next day. I had a full cupboard of odds and ends wine glasses, so that was the first thing to go!

Well, my washer just stopped so that means it is time to hang some laundry out. I hope you all have a great week and stay well.

Summer @ Its Best

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June Almost Gone

Garden of Wildflowers and Dragonflies

It has been over a month since I have checked in. This summer is going way too fast for me. I have heard others say the same thing. It is late in the day so don't know how much I will get written, but I will return. Almost time to prepare dinner for my hard working husband.

I have really enjoyed hearing from so many new people from all over the world. This technology that makes it so I can design something on my computer and share it with the world is pretty cool. I could never have imagined this twenty years ago. Fact of the matter is, 20 years ago I was heard saying, "I will never have a computer in my house!" I thought it was the beginning of the end! Then a friend brought an old one of his and hooked us up to a free internet, that was never working! But it got me hooked.

I really like the look of the design I used for today's header. I can practically hear the bees buzzing when I look at it. So I hope you guys will like it, too. The wallpaper to match it is on line also and the link to it is at the Theme description.

We had a really nice Father's Day. We went to our son's house and it is so much fun with little ones running around. We lucked out and it was a nice, warm sunny day northwest Washington. Hard to believe the 4th of July is next week. I haven't made many designs for the 4th. 

I have to start dinner so may get back to write more, but if I don't, I don't. I know I won't tonight.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Frustrated with Mozilla

Corner of the Garden

 I am frustrated with Mozilla so decided I would quit designing for a bit and work on my blog. None of the designs that we have submitted since March28th (when they closed the site for submissions until they migrated the themes to the new site) show any users and we all know that is wrong. I have posted on the forum about it and others have also but apparently we don't speak "techy" well enough to make them understand. I just posted again on it, so hopefully someone will look into it. It has been almost 2 months. You take hours working on designs and then it looks like no one is using them. It is kind of disheartening. Oh, well, enough rant!

I wrote about my high school girlfriend who's husband was diagnosed with cancer a few posts ago. Well, he didn't make it. I feel so badly for her. I have no idea what she is going through. I am thankful she has lots of good friends, family and her church so I am sure she will be well loved and looked after. But I wish I could be there for for her for a bit, anyway.  I can't because she lives a long ways from me, but K, I hope you know I am thinking about you and wish I could give you a big hug. And I know you will get through this bad time.

We got the first cutting of our rhubarb Saturday. We got 194# and I thought we would never get done cutting it. A local company, Honey Moon uses it to make rhubarb mead. This will be the first year they will be able to bottle it. Before they only had it on tap at their tasting room/bar/club. They make meads, wines and ciders. They use all local products so we feel like we are taking part in Use Local, Buy Local. If you have never tasted mead you should give it a try sometime.

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day. I sure did. Got to see or talk to our kids and even some of the grandkids and great grandkids. I feel so thankful for our family.  We used to have Mother's Day dinners at our house for years and years until my Mother passed away. It was always a big celebration with lots of family members and I realize how much I miss the good old days sometimes. My Mom has been gone for 11 years and I still miss her. I guess you never get too old to miss Mama!

Well, will get back to work, but first gotta have my afternoon cup of coffee and handful of peanuts!

Have a great week end, all. Thanks for stopping in.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

User Count

Book of Nature

Thought I would pop in real quickly and let you know the user count is down and has been down for awhile on Mozialla Add Ons.

I have been making a few designs for spring and summer, but haven't been submitting as many. But I have taken quite a bit of time to get My Collections updated, which I will never get them all, I know. So now when a new one is on line I will add it to a collection and you can check out the latest ones I have available. 

It is time to clean the computer up and put it away for the night! And my body away for the night!

Have a good evening.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Theme Site Up and Running

Sweet Ladybug

Thought I would stop in and let you all know the Mozilla theme site is up and running. I don't think it is perfected yet and I know the number counts are wrong, but we are submitting again and not too many glitches.

So far we don't have a page for each designer, but I am going to add each new design to my profile page so you will be able to find my latest designs without hunting for them. I am trying to put some of the older ones on also but since I have over 8,000 designs on I will never be able to get them all on my own page by doing it myself. Right now you can go to: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/MaDonna/ and I am adding categories to My Collections to make it easier. I should have made one just Flowers and Butterflies, but I put them under Nature.

Glories of Summer

So check it out and see if you like the new site. Some of you may have been using this site for awhile.

Going to get back to work. Later....

Friday, April 12, 2013

Theme Site Back Up

Purity of White Appleblossoms

Well, the "Persona" theme site is up and running so we can submit designs again. But our old designer page that would have ALL of our designs on is not there anymore. I am hoping they will make that available but I kind of doubt it. So for now I will try to post more often and add more designs on the blog. 

 Butterfly Lily Valley

 Colors of Sunshine

From Brand Thunder

Fine Fractal Flower

I have to say I kind of enjoyed the "vacation" from submitting designs. It takes quite awhile to do each one and the new system isn't any faster. 

What a cold, rainy day it is today in the Pacific Northwest. My body is so ready for some warm weather. The older I get the more I appreciate being warm. I am such a home body, though I could never move to AZ or some warm area. I love my home, having my kids, grandkids and great grandkids close. We got to spend last Sat. with our oldest son and his wonderful family. What a joy! Good food and lots of love to go around. The only bad part is that the little ones are growing up too fast. The good thing is  a little one on the way.

I have had some of you out there ask me if I would write more about my life when I was young, since most of you weren't around during that time so I think I will start doing that. I have had a wonderful, fun, full life so some of you may enjoy it and some may not. I am still in the "thinking about it/do I have time" mode, so we shall see!

Must get back to work now so enjoy the week end. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fools Day

Angel of Light
Brand Thunder Angel of Light

April...can you imagine it is April already? March went out like a lamb here in the Pacific Northwest. What a beautiful day it was! It was warmer than it is half the time in the summer. But it is going to spoil us so badly. Because it will get cold and rainy again and I will hate it.
The old Persona site is down and will be gone soon. They are moving Persona themes to the Add On Mozilla site so designers  can't submit any new designs until it is set up. We have always submitted our designs to the original Persona sight so I am sure there will be a total mess when the new site is up and running. The site will be at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/themes/. Each designer is supposed to have their own page so I will post mine as soon as it is up and running. I just wanted to let you all know why there is nothing new right now. I am not submitting any wallpapers right now that I can't submit the matching Persona theme for, so there won't be as many wallpapers, either. I was notified by an administrator from Desktop Nexus that many of my wallpapers are on other sites now. Plus I have to watch that people aren't downloading my wallpaper and re-submitting it. The site is supposed to catch copies but it isn't perfect by any chance.
I love the Angel of Light theme I posted here today. I have always loved any angel graphics and I am sure you have noticed I have several on line.
I was really busy last week finishing up the two book covers I had been asked to design and I was quite happy with them. I just hope the publisher OK's them. The author I am working with, Charlotte Kendrick is a great grandmother, too! We didn't know that when we bagan working together. So all great grandmothers aren't sitting in their rocking chairs watching TV!
Going to get back to work now but have a great April. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Rainbow Easter

It is a beautiful sunny day here on the west coast, but yesterday we had snow. My Mom used to say "If you don't like the weather today, wait until tomorrow." She also taught me to never leave home without a coat because you will probably need it. The way it has been lately, I would change that to never leave home without a raincoat!

 I have been really busy lately, busier than I would like. I was asked to make a design for a new soap/lotion company that is starting up and I worked a lot on it, but then they changed the name so I had to re-do and it turned out really beautiful. I hope they use it, but we shall see. If they don't I can use it as a Persona Theme anyway. After I re-do it again. I was also asked if East Coast Dye Sub could use some of my wallpaper designs for the items they make such as mouse pads, etc. and I gave my permission for one so far. I am also working on two book covers. Besides the fun work of designing to please myself!

My dear friend just got word her husband has cancer so if we could all send good thoughts and  prayers to them we can hope things turn out well. They are such good people and do such good works for their community. So all the best to you and your family K. 

I have been not turning the computer on during week ends but I decided I wanted to update the blog and wish everyone a Happy Easter. 

So Happy Easter.



Thursday, March 7, 2013


Daisies Surprise
 Brand Thunder 

Thought I would change my blog a bit. Spice it up some. My timer is going to ring soon, since I have to set the timer when I am on the computer so I don't stay too long. If I sit too long, my back starts hurting and it doesn't help my eyes any, either. So I set the timer for only 20 minutes to work and 10 to 20 minutes off. It really limits me, and I hate it, but...

Had my 74th birthday so I am really getting up there. I can remember when I was 30, I thought 70 was "really, really old"! Now, I think 90 is old! 73 was not good to me so I am hoping 74 will be better.

I have only made a few Saint Patrick's Day designs and a few Easter ones. Have a few more ideas for Easter but am finished with Saint Patrick's Day.

I think my favorite ones to make are spring. We are all tired of dreary old winter and the spring designs are bright and cheerful. So that is what I enjoy making the most.

Timer just rang, so I am off to do some dusting or whatever needs to be done.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Joyful Purple Poppies

February is almost over and I am just posting for February! Oh, well, you know I don't  keep this up like I should if I was a good blogger.

I have had the laser surgery on both eyes now and I guess it was successful. The Dr. said the pressure was down and it should help preventing the common type of glaucoma. I didn't know before this that there was more than one kind.

I have had to cut back on computer work, though. I am trying a 20/10 plan but I am not always successful. 20 min on the computer and 10 off. The 10  off is easy because I am going through drawers and closets getting rid of stuff I haven't used for years. The 20 on is harder because I will be in the middle of a design and the darn timer rings. Sometimes I forget to hit the start button, too so have no idea how many minutes I was working. I seem to lose time when I am working. But my eyes are better and my back is definitely better so I just have to make myself do it. I am not submitting as many designs a day, though because of this.

Right now I am working on a banner and avatar for a company that makes soaps, lotions, etc. and it is fun. I am working with the colors and things I like to work with, angels, doves, clouds, etc. I sent them a sample of what I am doing so can't work on it anymore until I hear back.

Our oldest great grandson was 8 years old yesterday. We went to his birthday party Sunday and he is getting so grown up.

Well, I just heard from the company and I have to start over! I will use it as a theme! It is too pretty to waste.

I hope you all had a nice Valentines Day. I baked brownies for my husband and he gave me a valentine he made and some candy. It was nice and I just feel lucky that I can spend Valentines with him after all these years.

Back to work and hope all is well with you. Be back soon

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Valentines Day to All

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Valentines Day. A day to  remember the one you love and celebrate that love. I hope the design I chose for this posting will be enjoyed by all. I think it is kind of cool.

January is on its last leg and it has been a wet one here. I am surprised we don't have moss growing on our bodies. But at least it isn't ice and snow.

I have had to slow down a bit on designs. I didn't even turn the desktop computer on over the week end at all. And that is a first for me, in many, many years. My ophthalmologist diagnosed me with narrow angle glaucoma last week and I have to have some laser eye surgery next week. I already have optical nerve damage in one eye so I am hoping it doesn't get any worse. If this surgery is successful then they will do the other eye. 

I was pleased to get some great complimentary emails last week from people that are enjoying my work. Thanks so much. I read all of them and answer all I can.

Our oldest grandson stopped by Friday evening with his 2 little ones. What a treat! The 2 year old wanted the music turned on so he could dance, so we turned the stereo on and we were dancing. But it was time  to go home and he didn't want to quit dancing so I told him he could take the music with him. Well, when you say something like that, you don't realize what the child may think you are actually saying! I burn my own CD's so I opened the stereo and took the CD out and gave it to  him. But he kept trying to move the stereo, ( which is old school and a great big boxy thing with 2 big separate speakers). I kept telling him Daddy could put it in the van and he could hear the music but he kept trying to move the stereo! It took us a long time to figure out he thought he had to take the whole stereo with him to "take" the music with him. Over the weekend we laughed so many times remembering that. So I guess the motto is, think about what you say and what the child might "think" you are saying.

I hope you all have a great week and a Happy Valentines day. 

Till next time 
 Simplicity of Beauty

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Putting Christmas Away and Opening 2013!

Happy New Year 2013


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Decided to update my blog and put Christmas away. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and haven't made any New Years resolutions you will break. I found out many years ago not to make resolutions because you are just setting yourself up for failure. And who wants to do that?
I can't believe I will be 74 next month. I must say 73 was not a great year for me. I am beginning to feel my age. Getting slower to get up which really irritates me since I have always been someone that moves quickly, works quickly and gets a lot done. Health wise I can really tell it, though. My eyes are beginning to give me problems which makes working on the computer a bit more difficult so I need to take some breaks. Which I find  hard to do. I don't like to quit working when I am in the middle of something. So there may be a few less designs this year.

Mozilla seems to have gotten into a slump, too. They can't seem to keep their pages up to date lately, so I am not submitting as many designs. Once they get up and running "better" then I will submit more.  

I am really enjoying the  Nexus 7 I won from Brand Thunder. It is amazing. You can get the Amazon Kindle app and I have read 5 books on it so far. That doesn't help my eyes any, either! I also won a $50 Amazon gift certificate from Brand Thunder so I got a nice case for the 7 and a stylus for it.  I have "tried" to play a couple games on it but I am not, nor have I ever been a gamer. So needless to say I haven't had much luck with games. They seem like such a total waste of time. And I don't find it is relaxing because I just get frustrated! 

Well, I am going to get back to work. I am working on Valentines Day already. Time moves so quickly anymore. 

Have a great week.