True Story, a Tutorial, and FREE STUFF!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!!
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I hope all of you are having a great start to a fun summer (if you are on summer break yet...some of you are  not... you poor things..haha). I have truly missed blogging and reading blogs over the last several months and I am making a pact with myself (and all of you) to write/blog everyday. I am going to make sure to post something everyday and I would also like to get more into writing better tutorials. I have learned a great deal about web coding and I would love to share some of that knowledge with all of you!!

I could definitely use a little push... Okay, who am I kidding?? I need a stern kick in the derriere (which I just had to Google to spell....haha) from all of you every once in a while when I start to drop off the blaggon  (Blogging + Wagon = Blaggon).

I think I may have just invented a new word... (yeah me).

So, any one of you can elect yourself to email me and tell me to get focused!!! Or better yet,  I give you permission to send me a someecard if need be... one like this...
and I will hear the message loud and clear!!  BWAHAHA!! I love these cards!!! I would really appreciate it... and I do not get offended over the vulgar ones either... call it a guilty pleasure if you will.

This reminds me of a story that happen to me several months ago, which I will so lovingly share with you, as this situation could also happen to you (or maybe it already has)..

True Story...
I once re-posted one of these cards that I thought was so hilarious even though it used the "F" word, and the reaction to the card was split quite evenly down the middle. Some people thought I needed to find my way back to church and that I should not be posting things that were out of "my" character....and the ones who weren't in shock, not only laughed with me, but quickly jumped in on the thread to defend my honor.

The truly hilarious thing about this was that I had quickly logged into Facebook in the morning, commented on a few posts, liked a few pics, saw the ecard, laughed Diet Red Bull through my nose, re-posted the image and then logged off for a few hours. It was only after I logged back onto Facebook that I realized I had caused quite a stir with the image.

I did feel embarrassed that I had brought some people to feel the need to comment with a sermon and a few Bible verses, but I was quite surprised at how many people (even those I didn't know) who jumped in to defend me. Don't get me wrong... I like to be looked up to and I never want to offend anyone, but I also have a dry sense of humor (need I say more). My sarcasm can also get me into trouble at times, but who likes people without flaws??

There is no mystery and intrigue in something that is perfect, in fact, it is the imperfections in the world around us that propels us to define "perfect". I am sure there were many people offended by Da Vinci's fascination and need to draw the grotesque in his time. Even though  Da Vinci was drawing people with abnormalities -people whom no one wanted to look at- no one can deny the beauty in his art. When we look at one of those images, we are looking at those people through his interpretation... one of great detail and intrigue and...even beauty.

Okay... maybe I am not necessarily comparing Da Vinci's grotesque art with the "f" word... or maybe I am. The "F" word, as text, is typography  - - typography is art - art can be vulgar and grotesque...see the connections??  Art is human history in its rawest form.

I can emotionally connect to typography as art and not be in need of a second baptism... is all I am saying...hahaha This was not the direction that I was planning for this post; however, since I am already in the thick of it and there is no turning back now (unless I want to start over....which, we all know if I do, will only prolong my lack of posting in the first place), I have decided to share some of that techy knowledge I mentioned earlier to you with a little "come-back" techy tutorial...

What to do if a friend on your FB feed posts something you do not like, but you don't want to un-friend the friend...

1. Hover your mouse over the Facebook post (anywhere).

    When you do this, a little arrow will appear in the top right corner of the post.

2. Click on the arrow and a drop-down menu with a few options will appear as such...

       Follow Post
       Report Story or Spam
(see image below)

3. Click the "Hide..." option and the post will disappear and a couple of options will show up; although, it is not necessary that you choose one of the following options. You can simply "hide" the post and move on. I have rarely used these options below (see image)...

      You can  also choose to...
      * Unhide (just in case you clicked this option by accident)
      * Hide all stories from the person
      * Unlike the person

For this tutorial, I just took a screenshot of the most recent feed and I chose to "Unhide" the post right after I had chosen to "hide" it.  I was not offended by anything posted by Teaching 4 Real... just so we have that cleared away... hahaha


Wow! This has been quite a productive post indeed... I had no idea I would be including a tutorial today!!! ha!

Well, I don't want to give you too much to think about on one day, so I am going to leave you with a link to a few NEW digital graphics I have completed.... as well as a FREEBIE!!

 U.S. Independence Day is right around the corner, so I thought I would share the new things I have created for 4th of July themes. For those of you who may not celebrate, these are still cute and can be used for just about anything...

4th of July Themed Graphics!!!
Okay, I admit... I went a little overboard with this first set of digital papers!!! This was not even the half of them either. I just went crazy and ended up having to create an insanely ginormous digital paper set because I did not have a color scheme I was focused on..hahaha

There are over 100 digital papers in this set....all with fun stars!! hahaha
Find this Set on...

Here are a couple free backgrounds (not included in the set) for you to grab. I played around with a lot of colors and I have a few that I LOVED, but they didn't really fit the theme I was going for...hahaha

For those of you with a MAC  - I LOVE you too... Click on the thumbnails below to grab these FREE digital backgrounds/papers from my Free Backgrounds Photobucket Album. I add to this album every now and again, so it might be something you will want to bookmark...Enjoy!! 
Please read my Terms of Use before using any of my free graphics.
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This set speaks for itself... This one is my favorite and includes some extra fun accents to create covers, notes, cards and anything else you can think of...

I also created a 3-part series of themed mini sets in a few of my favorite shades for 4th of July themes...

 Berry July

Shades of Blue

Nana's Quilt

4th of July FREEBIE
I created this set especially as a freebie for all of you who follow and support my work. Thank you for allowing me to do what I love everyday, for helping me to support my children, and for your encouraging feedback!! 

Click the image to grab this set on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Grab a FREE blank star in my Free Clipart Photobucket album. Click the image to travel to the album...

I have so much more to share with you, but I will save some for tomorrow's post!!! 
Blog-On, stay strong, and hoard my graphics in your hard-drives.....hahaha


  1. I love your recap. You are right there are some people that are going to "get" you and some people that are not. Just be you and don't worry about the "naysayers." :)
    -Lovely Nina

    Lovely Little Learners

    1. You are so sweet!! Thank you for the encouragement because I think there might be a lot of people that don't really "get" me..hahaha

  2. I love these backgrounds! Also, I LOVE your post. I was having a "I am in a bad mood for no reason" moment and I think you just snapped me out of it! I always get a kick out of the comments people post on FB...sometimes it turns into a real life soap opera and it cracks me up! Enjoy your summer...I have three days to go!
    Two Friends In First

    1. I am so glad that I was able to help get you out a funk..hahaha... and you are sooooo right about FB Soap Dish!! I get sucked in all the time!! It is funny how it can seem like there is not one person on Facebook, but then as soon as a controversial topic pops up - about a thousand people appear, along with their 2 cents to add...hahaha.. LOVE reading through those posts!!!

      Thank you so much!! I bet these last three days are lagging....I will make sure to add some fun topics.. hahaha

  3. I think a lot of us fall off the blaggon (love it!) this time of year. Glad I'm not the only one! Hugs and love!


    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

    1. Hahaha!! I think Blaggon MIGHT become the new catch-word for slacking bloggers..bwahahaha!! I hope you get an opportunity to use it in a post - I would be so proud..hahaha

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    1. You are so very welcome!! Thank you for stopping by!!

  5. Hahaa oh my gosh I just found your blog and started following for the sole reason that you somehow managed to link an e-card with the F-word to Da Vinci's art! WTF?! BRILLIANT!

    I too posted a meme the other day with the F-word in... thought twice about it, then did it anyway because there was no better way to get across what I was thinking / feeling at that time.

    I would DEFINITELY have jumped in there defending your e-card... in fact I'm off to find your facebook page right now to follow!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem


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