You Don't Have to be an "Artist" to Make Beautiful Art: A Collective Art Project Linky!!!

Hi Everyone!!!

I have been wanting to celebrate some huge milestones over the past few weeks, but I really wanted to do something completely different. I wanted to celebrate art, beauty, and the friendships I have made through blogging over the past two years. I can not simply celebrate my accomplishments without celebrating all of YOU!!! 
If you are reading this message as a visitor for the first time... this also includes YOU as well!! 

I continue to teach and be taught, inspire and be inspired, motivate and be motivated, through my ever growing friends/fans (there really is not a difference between the two) online! You all have continued to support me and be supported by me and I love that I can video chat with someone from Spain one day and meet a new friend right in my neighborhood the next... and without even leaving my office. This is a good thing too.. because I am a VERY BUSY woman these days!! So busy, I rarely have the time to plan something special for all of you!!! 

It is such a rewarding feeling to know that I can always return the support and this project is my way of doing just that, as well as to let you all know how TRULY BEAUTIFUL I believe you all are!!! I am amazed by some of the creative talent I encounter on a daily basis and I want you to join me in what will be a very beautiful project!!!

I recently decided that I would NOT work on Sundays, but instead, take time for my family and time to do some things that make me happy!!! While browsing books (because books make me happy), I stumbled upon a book titled, Where Children Sleep, by James Mollison. If you haven't heard of it, I HIGHLY suggest you take a little peek. The book features a short story and pictures of children and their "bedrooms" from around the world. The images are breath-taking and the pictures will make you smile and cry at the same time.  Click the image below to check out the book on Amazon and you can preview some of the stories that are featured in the book. 

As I continued to read through the stories and look through the book, I was overwhelmed with a fantastic idea and a great way to celebrate the milestones you all have helped me to achieve. My brain works in mysterious ways, so my project is not related to the themes in the book.. other than the fact that I want to connect with all of you through art and the beauty of  expression through art. 

For this project, I am asking   BEGGING ALL of you to participate!! I do not want to get an email or message from any of you trying to tell me that you are not an "Artist" and therefore, you can not draw "anything"!  I do not care what you draw, how you draw, or whether or not you believe you can draw. All I care about is that you put forth something that is a reflection of you!! Even if you end up with stick figures on a napkin!!! ALL ART is beautiful in its own way and together, our art can be a unique story! I plan to compile the art into ONE BEAUTIFUL piece of art that tells a story about all of us. I can't say how the final piece of art will turn out because I have no idea what stories I will be weaving together until you begin to submit them!! It would mean a great deal if I could get over 1000 submissions!! That is my goal - which is now also all of your goal as well.. ha!!

While the art is being compiled, and the story created, I will create a private Facebook group for participants to join. Participants in this group will get to see the progress and connect before anyone else. Once the art is compiled into one collective work of art, I will email participants and organize a BIG BLOG REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!!  We will have a HUGE Blog Hop & RAFFLE!! Participants will get to join in the celebration, offer a freebie on their own blog and allow followers to travel from one blog to the next (hopefully a thousand or more...), get a chance to visit all of you, follow your blog, and enter to win a printed version of the final collective work of art. It will be so much fun and very little work!!

If YOU would like to help me by joining my, "You Don't Have to be an Artist to Make Beautiful Art: A Collective Art Project", please read the following instructions and click the sign-up button to complete the form when you are ready to submit your art. You might want to bookmark this post to come back to...

Anyone and Everyone is welcome to participate!

1. I am placing no restrictions on the theme and participants are free to create a work of art of their choice. Keep in mind that the overall project is meant to be empowering, inspiring, and send a positive message. Your art is a reflection of you whether it is sad, profound, funny, etc.  You may create your art in any way you choose...
2. The work may be in any medium (paint, paper, digital, sketch, oil, ink, typography, etc.). Your art does not have to be a drawing of any kind, but a joke, story, or poem if you choose. Art comes in many forms, so
please email me if you are unsure about something you would like to submit (

3. The art must be the original art of the person completing the form, and must not be traced or copied. Work that is not original will not be added to the project. 

4.  Art is an expression of self and the world around us, however, please be mindful of the content or message you are submitting. Vulgar, pornographic, or offensive works of art will not be accepted for this particular project. This project is meant to uplift, empower, inspire, and connect people to one another.  

5. Each person is allowed to submit only one original work of art.

6. All work must be submitted digitally by uploading a file into the form I have created for you or mailed through the U.S. postal service. If you would like to mail your art directly to me, please email me for further instructions (

Digital work must be 300 or higher dpi (resolution). Digital work may be a scanned image or submitted using one of the following digital image formats:

PNG, JPEG, PSD, EPS, and Adobe PDF.

You are responsible for making sure your image is clear and easy to see. Low resolution images or images difficult to see will not be added to the project. 

7. All work must include your name and the date written or typed clearly in the top left corner of your submitted work. Each piece must also include a title. The title needs to be written or typed clearly and placed ABOVE your name. You may include a separate description for your art if you choose. The description or story will be helpful in compiling the final collective project. You may submit your description as a Word document, but please include your name and the title of the art at the top of your document (just like in school). 

8. Deadline to submit your art is  APRIL 27th, 2014. Art submitted or received  after this deadline will not be included in the project. 

The final project will be complied and revealed by the first week of September or sooner. Chosen participants will receive an email a week before the project reveal. The email will include directions, promotion banners, and a blog post outline to use for the reveal date. Participants will be asked to promote the banner and links on social media networks a couple days before the big reveal. 

The final collective work of art will include each participants name, the title of the art, and blog link. If you have included a short story or description of your art, this may also make the final collective project.  

Each participant will receive a digital copy of the final collective project in high resolution, along with a discount code to get the image printed professionally from  Zazzle. Each participant will also receive a special thank you gift from Michelle Tsivgadellis/ The 3AM Teacher.

A contest will be promoted during the week of the big reveal and entrees will be required to follow each participants' blog and/or one social media account. One contestant or entree will win a printed copy of the final project. Contestants will be required to live in the U.S. to qualify for the prize. 

Participants may also promote a free item or gift of their own during the blog link up and big reveal/giveaway post. 

I KNOW that was a TON of information, but I PROMISE, this is meant to be very simple. I know how busy we can all get, which is why I am giving everyone THREE WEEKS to submit the art!! 

PLEASE spread the word! Feel free to pin the banner at the top of this post or grab it to share on your own blogs or social media accounts. Make sure to link back to this post, so others can find the necessary information to sign up and submit their own art as well!! 

Remember, our goal is to reach 1000 submissions!!!!

Please click the button below to complete the short form and submit your work of art!! I can't wait to begin the process of telling OUR story through OUR Collective Art Project!!!  Thank you so much for all of the support and I hope you join me in celebrating how BEAUTIFUL I believe you all are!!!

Have a Wonderful Week Everyone & thank you for stepping into my world for a bit!!! Please comment below, so I know I am not writing to myself!! I love to read your comments and thoughts!!

Autism Awareness Graphics/Clipart & TWO Fun Friday FREEBIES!!

 My Autism Awareness sets include over 70 graphics at only $4.00 per set!!! The puzzle pieces that the kids are using can be used as a text frame in your resources or crafts!!

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My Autism Awareness Month Set #2 also includes over 70 graphics in the set for just $4.00!!!

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Grab a FREEBIE only at my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop!!
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Grab my FREE Autism Awareness Background/Border!! Just right click & save the image!!
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In case you want a set of  bright puzzle backgrounds, click the image below...

Please make sure to leave me some happy notes in the feedback section at my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop any time you purchase a set or download a FREEBIE!!! Your feedback is greatly appreciated!!

Converting a PowerPoint to PDF Using Adobe Acrobat X1 Pro Issues: This FREE tutorial Might Help!!

Hi Everyone!!

I have a sweet(and short) little tutorial that might be of help to some of you out there.

 I continued to get questions from people who were having some issues with font styles, text, or text frames not showing up after they converted a Microsoft PowerPoint document to a PDF using Adobe Acrobat X1 Pro. I decided to create a tutorial for those of you who might be experiencing this issue.

Although this tutorial has helped most, it will not solve all converting problems.

You MUST own Adobe Acrobat X-X1 Pro for this tutorial. Please be aware that I am using a PC, so if you own a MAC computer, the instructions might be a little different from the ones in this tutorial.

The newer versions of Adobe Acrobat Pro include a default setting that has caused many using the program hours of frustration. Follow the steps in this tutorial to disable this default setting to try and solve the issue you are having.

If you have an older version of Adobe Acrobat Pro, this tutorial might work for you if you accidentally or unknowingly enabled the accessibility and reflow setting in preferences.

I hope this is helpful!! If it is, please make sure to leave feedback and try to include the issue you were experiencing.

Thank you...

Happy Thursday...

And Enjoy!!

New Custom Blog Design & a Few New Clipart Sets & a FREE Cheesy Border!!

Hi everyone!!

I would like to welcome a brand NEW author to the world of Blogging!! Meet Lucy S. from Brazil!! She is a teacher blogger and I know she will have a ton of great teaching ideas for you to pull from...

I absolutely LOVE how her design turned out and her very FIRST post will be published on her new blog with her new design!! I hope you take a minute to check her out and welcome her to the world of blogging. Click the image below to visit Lucy!! Give her a couple of days to get started because she does not even have a post up yet!! I am sure your encouragement and welcome notes will put a giant smile on her face!!

In another topic... here are some new sets I finished recently...

I know...

I am on FIRE!!

How can anyone resist a little sparkle!!! These two glitter sets include a ton of colors to choose from in high resolution!!

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 An Oldie, but Goodie with an updated cover image!!!
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 This Little Bunny Foo Foo Set has recently been updated!! I will be retiring the old set for good next week.
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Grab a cute cheesy border. Please read through my TERMS OF USE before using my graphics.
This little guy is sure to bring a smile to your face this Monday!!! Enjoy!!

IT'S HAPPENING - 1 Star Satellite's Album Release is TONIGHT!!!

Hi Everyone!!

I just wanted let you know that my nephew's album release is tonight and I am so proud of my nephew and brother!!! Their whole family worked so hard to get this all finished and I will brag for a minute because I already got the CD before the rest of you all!!! haha

My autographed pictures and numbered CD came in the mail this week and I am number 5 out of 50!!! Please visit my nephew's Facebook Fan page, One Star Satellite  and wish him and his band the best of luck and many blessings!!! If you are in San Marcos, California, you can attend their album release concert!! Children under 18 are FREE and adults are only $5.00 each!! The entire album tonight is also only $5.00!! Check out their Facebook fan page for details!!

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It is currently under construction, but should be finished soon!! 

I will post more pictures soon, but I just had to do a little pop-in to show how proud I am of my brother's family!! 
This pic of my nephew is on the fanpage. 
My daughter will be a senior next year and my son will be in 7th grade. 
Time goes by so quickly - remember to cherish every moment when they're little!! 
It is so hard to get those cherished moments with them as they get older... Sometimes, I think of dressing up in an iPhone costume, just so I can get their attention... haha... 
Even the moments when they make you want to pull out your hair and drink a bottle of wine... Although mine never did.. they are perfect.. haha!!

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