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Tuesday To Do #20 & #19 List Makers

It's Tuesday To Do time again.
  Don't know about you guys, but I always look forward to seeing what my friends have been up to!

Be sure to check out these friends that are this week's List Makers:





Yes please, I'll have another piece!



If you were on this week's To Do List, then please feel free to grab a  LIST MAKER button:

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Now on the the party...


Link up your creations!  Sewing, crafting, cooking, tips, photography, tablescapes, parties, scrapbooking, collectibles...it all works.  Please save your items for sell, your giveaways and your own parties for those specific blog parties.  You're the best!

(Borrowed these little rules from the Shabby Nest...she's got it going on!)

1.  Become a follower of The Blackberry Vine.

2. Link directly to your post and not just to your blog.

3. Grab the TUESDAY TO DO BUTTON from the sidebar, and link back to the Blackberry Vine.  (Yes, it can be a little time-consuming, but it's the sweet blogger thing to do!)

4.  Please visit other participants and leave them some comment love.  Comment, comment, comment!!!

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Tuesday To-Do including but not limited to those that link to your shop, your giveaway or your linky party, and those that do not link back to the Blackberry Vine. Thanks for playing fair!!


My How They've Grown!!!

So, you were expecting a sentimental little post about how I can't believe how big my boys are getting?!? Well, that post will surely surface on this little blog at some point, but for now I'm featuring my Daddy's boys (and I'm not talking about my brothers!)
(For the 2 or 3 of you sweet people out there that would like to read a little more about these guys, click here!)
"Will"
Will is the baby and my favorite...Dan (the older one) kind of pushes him around.
They're very docile for such big animals but if watermelon is involved...get out of the way!  Did you know longhorns like watermelon?!?

I haven't seen these guys in almost a year...and I can't get over how much their horns have grown! (The photos this time aren't as good as I didn't get in the pen with them this time...just didn't have much time this visit.)
WILL ~ MARCH 2010

WILL ~ AUGUST 2010

WILL ~ JULY 2011

DAN ~ JULY 2011
Dan is the oldest (by a few days?  months?)
Look at those horns!!!

They like to rattle their horns when guests show up...its equivalent to the kids putting on a show for company! 
 Can big longhorn steers be cute?!?  Well, these are cute and full of personality!

Do you have a cute pet you like to photograph?!?

Smiles!

Book Labels for Borrowed Books

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but it warrants being said again,
we have great neighbors!
Wonderful, fun, helpful, kind, sweet & generous neighbors.
One set of such fabulous neighbors shared about 20 something books with my son.  
Now, Sweet Neighbor, (SN,) is well past this reading level, but SN has a Sweet Little Sister (SLS) that will be wanting to read these in a few years.

To help ME keep up with which books were SN's and which one were our's, I quickly made some labels....cute, huh? (I made these a while ago, but I'm pretty sure I found the graphics at Graphics Fairy.)

Now, placement in children young reader's books can be tricky.
My guys like to look at ALL of the info availbale in the book...which books do we have...which books do we need, etc.
Making the book labels on standard address labels (Avery 8160) seemed to be the perfect size.

I threw this picture in just to show you an idea of where to place these little labels.

Would you like to create some of these?
Use my template and insert your own name!
(I think I was in such a hurry, I forgot to save the butterfly ones to SCRIBD...so sorry!)
Easy peasy!

Would love for you to stop by and share your little lovelies at the Tuesday To Do Party!

Smiles!

Family Sign

So the short version of "why I made this sign," goes something like this...
We have a family reunion every two years.  At the last one (or maybe it was the one before,) they had an auction to raise money to help cover reunion costs and to help cover the upkeep costs of the old family cemetary.  Good idea.  I definitely wanted to contribute this year, but wasn't sure what I might do.  Most items are "family" related so I came up with this sign!


 With images of a good-hearted bidding war going on in my head I started to work on the sign.  I collected the items I would need:
a ready made wooden sign board (Hobby Lobby - $6.99)
Chip Board Letters (Hobby Lobby - $ .99 each)
wood glue
gesso
acrylic paint
acrylic float
assorted brushes
paper towels

At Hobby Lobby, I tried out the chip board letters on the sign to make sure they would fit.  My current surname will not fit on the boards they offered at Hobby Lobby...maybe another craft supply store will have something or, gulp, I could make my own (not anytime soon!) 
 When I got home I made light  pencil marks on the board, top and bottom, to be sure I kept the letters straight and centered on the board.  A light sanding might not be such a bad idea either, but I was pressed for time and skipped the sanding.



Once I had every thing nice and centered, I simply glued the chip board letters to the board with wood glue.


All nice and neat!


Once the letters had a chance to dry I coated the whole sign with gesso...seemed to give the whole sign the same texture.


Next I painted it with a gray blue paint.  Then I lightly sanded it.  It just wasn't quite the look I wanted so I painted the whole thing red.  Again, I lightly sanded it. 
Once the red paint had dried, I painted over it with black acrylic mixed with float.
While it was still wet, I used the paper towels to wipe it off.
Love the way it turned out!


Oh, did I mention that when I got the family newsletter with all of the reunion details that I didn't read it?  Did I mention that once I got to the reunion with my cute little sign that I was met with a puzzled look by the reunion coordinator?   Yea, no auction this year.
Congrats to mom & dad for being the winning bidders proud new owners of the family sign!

Stop by the Tuesday To Do Party and link up your latest creative endeavor!

Smiles!!!!

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Update from Shape Services Regarding IM+ for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Update from Shape Services Regarding IM+ for the BlackBerry PlayBook

im playbook bb bg1 Update from Shape Services Regarding IM+ for the BlackBerry PlayBook



Just wanted to give you all a quick update on the IM+ for the BlackBerry PlayBook Delay. Our friends at Shape Services has spoken out and here is what they had to say:


Shape’s Development Head Alex and myself just had a talk with Tyler Lessard, RIM’s VP, Global Alliances and Developer Relations.


Tyler was really friendly and helpful and we have now a hope that IM+ for Playbook will be approved within two weeks or so. We understand that to approve such an complex app can take the same time or more as the development of IM+ for Playbook itself. Just as remember, the app is now for two months in the testing queue.


And the best of the talk: after years of our requests to RIM we got from Tyler a promise to consider BlackBerry Push usage for IM+. It would make user experience on the BlackBerry platform the same kind of beautiful like on iOS.


Please continue to follow-up the story, it will really help to make things done. And to celebrate the moment we will offer to our friends from CrackBerry.com 25 free licenses of IM+ Pro for BlackBerry right now and 25 free licenses of IM+ for Playbook after release.


It is nice to hear that they are making progress on the application making its way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The Application is one of my favorites and would love to see it on the BlackBerry PlayBook!


Source:CrackBerry




Tuesday To Do #19 & #18 List Makers

Hello Sweet Bloggy Friends!!!
I'm so glad you stopped by for another fun Tuesday To Do party!!

Check out these great ideas from last week!



If you were on this week's To Do List, then please feel free to grab a  LIST MAKER button:

TUESDAY TO DO


FEATURED BUTTON
Tuesday To Do FEatured 
 


Now on the the party...


Link up your creations!  Sewing, crafting, cooking, tips, photography, tablescapes, parties, scrapbooking, collectibles...it all works.  Please save your items for sell, your giveaways and your own parties for those specific blog parties.  You're the best!

(Borrowed these little rules from the Shabby Nest...she's got it going on!)

1.  Become a follower of The Blackberry Vine.

2. Link directly to your post and not just to your blog.

3. Grab the TUESDAY TO DO BUTTON from the sidebar, and link back to the Blackberry Vine.  (Yes, it can be a little time-consuming, but it's the sweet blogger thing to do!)

4.  Please visit other participants and leave them some comment love.  Comment, comment, comment!!!

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Tuesday To-Do including but not limited to those that link to your shop, your giveaway or your linky party, and those that do not link back to the Blackberry Vine. Thanks for playing fair!!


Tuesday To Do Party # 18 and #17 List Makers

Hello Friends!
  Are you enjoying your care-free summer?!?!
(Did I just hear someone snicker?!?)
Summer is such fun, regardless of our responsiblities!
Thanks again to each of you that shared your wonderful talents, ideas and recipes with us last week...as always - I'M IN AWE!
Just so you know, I have been trying to comment on your links, on and off,  for several days.  Some of the time I can, no problems...then, for some reason, it won't show that I'm logged in even after I log in over AND OVER.  Not sure what the problem might be...if you know, I would for you to let me in on it!
If you didn't get a response from me, please forgive me!
Know I appreciate each and everyone of you for comments and links!

Let's see which lovelies made the List this week:










If you were on this week's To Do List, then please feel free to grab a  LIST MAKER button:

TUESDAY TO DO

FEATURED BUTTON
Tuesday To Do FEatured 

 


Now on the the party...


Link up your creations!  Sewing, crafting, cooking, tips, photography, tablescapes, parties, scrapbooking, collectibles...it all works.  Please save your items for sell, your giveaways and your own parties for those specific blog parties.  You're the best!

(Borrowed these little rules from the Shabby Nest...she's got it going on!)

1.  Become a follower of The Blackberry Vine.

2. Link directly to your post and not just to your blog.

3. Grab the TUESDAY TO DO BUTTON from the sidebar, and link back to the Blackberry Vine.  (Yes, it can be a little time-consuming, but it's the sweet blogger thing to do!)

4.  Please visit other participants and leave them some comment love.  Comment, comment, comment!!!

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Tuesday To-Do including but not limited to those that link to your shop, your giveaway or your linky party, and those that do not link back to the Blackberry Vine. Thanks for playing fair!!


# Sony VAIO VPCF13YFX/B With Intel i7-740QM Processor

VAIO VPCF13YFX/B Laptop offers maximum performance and amazing HD entertainment on a top-notch 16.4” widescreen laptop with a backlit keyboard and integrated number pad. With a quad core Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz processor, dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory, and a DVDRW drive; the Sony VAIO VPCF13YFX/B Laptop Computer lets you experience intense gaming, the ultimate in smart performance and a razor-sharp picture.

Price as Reviewed: $1,148.99 (On amazon.com)

Spesifikasi Laptop Sony VAIO VPCF13YFX/B
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
  • Processor: 1.73GHz Intel Core i7-740QM.
  • Memory: 6GB  PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable up to 8 GB).
  • Display: 16.4-inch LED-backlit display with 1600 x 900 resolution.
  • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GT 425M with 1GB Dedicated.
  • Hard Drive: 640GB SATA hard drive.
  • Optical Drive: Tray-Load SuperMulti DVD Burner.
  • LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45).
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR integrated
  • Interface: 3 x USB , eSATA, ExpressaCard/34, Card Reader, LAN, VGA, HDMI, audio.
  • Sony Motion Eye webcam and microphone integrated
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion Providing up to 2.5 Hours per Charge (5000mAh).
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 15.30 x 1.62 x 10.40" / 38.86 x 4.11 x 26.42cm.
  • Weight (Approximate): 6.4 lb / 2.90kg.
  • Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor.

Sony VAIO VPCF13YFX/B With Intel i7-740QM Processor

VAIO VPCF13YFX/B Laptop offers maximum performance and amazing HD entertainment on a top-notch 16.4” widescreen laptop with a backlit keyboard and integrated number pad. With a quad core Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz processor, dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory, and a DVDRW drive; the Sony VAIO VPCF13YFX/B Laptop Computer lets you experience intense gaming, the ultimate in smart performance and a razor-sharp picture.

Price as Reviewed: $1,148.99 (On amazon.com)

Spesifikasi Laptop Sony VAIO VPCF13YFX/B
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
  • Processor: 1.73GHz Intel Core i7-740QM.
  • Memory: 6GB  PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable up to 8 GB).
  • Display: 16.4-inch LED-backlit display with 1600 x 900 resolution.
  • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GT 425M with 1GB Dedicated.
  • Hard Drive: 640GB SATA hard drive.
  • Optical Drive: Tray-Load SuperMulti DVD Burner.
  • LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45).
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR integrated
  • Interface: 3 x USB , eSATA, ExpressaCard/34, Card Reader, LAN, VGA, HDMI, audio.
  • Sony Motion Eye webcam and microphone integrated
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion Providing up to 2.5 Hours per Charge (5000mAh).
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 15.30 x 1.62 x 10.40" / 38.86 x 4.11 x 26.42cm.
  • Weight (Approximate): 6.4 lb / 2.90kg.
  • Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor.

# VAIO EE Series VPC-EE31FX/BJ With 15.5-inch Display

With this Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Laptop you can enjoy performance and multimedia entertainment in an affordable 15.5” widescreen with an integrated number pad. Add to that an AMD Athlon II Dual Core P340 processor, 3GB of fast DDR3 RAM and amazing picture quality with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics; you’ll have everything you need in one sleek package
Price as Reviewed: $629.99 (On amazon.com)

Spesifikasi Laptop Sony VAIO EE Series VPC-EE31FX/BJ
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition .
  • Processor: 2.2 GHz AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P340 processor with 1 MB L2 cache and 800 MHz front-side bus for excellent multi-tasking.
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3 Memory (upgradeable up to 8 GB).
  • Display: 15.5-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native 720p HD viewing.
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics card.
  • Hard Drive: 320 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM).
  • Optical Drive: 8x multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW
  • LAN: (10/100/1000) Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.
  • Interface: 4 x USB , USB Type A, Card Reader, LAN, VGA, HDMI, audio.
  • MOTION EYE webcam and microphone integrated
  • Battery: Up to 3.0 hours of battery life with 3500 mAh capacity battery.
  • Dimensions: 14.56 x 9.77 x 1.22 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight (Approximate): 5.9 pounds.
  • Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor.

VAIO EE Series VPC-EE31FX/BJ With 15.5-inch Display

With this Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Laptop you can enjoy performance and multimedia entertainment in an affordable 15.5” widescreen with an integrated number pad. Add to that an AMD Athlon II Dual Core P340 processor, 3GB of fast DDR3 RAM and amazing picture quality with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics; you’ll have everything you need in one sleek package
Price as Reviewed: $629.99 (On amazon.com)

Spesifikasi Laptop Sony VAIO EE Series VPC-EE31FX/BJ
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition .
  • Processor: 2.2 GHz AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P340 processor with 1 MB L2 cache and 800 MHz front-side bus for excellent multi-tasking.
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3 Memory (upgradeable up to 8 GB).
  • Display: 15.5-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native 720p HD viewing.
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics card.
  • Hard Drive: 320 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM).
  • Optical Drive: 8x multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW
  • LAN: (10/100/1000) Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.
  • Interface: 4 x USB , USB Type A, Card Reader, LAN, VGA, HDMI, audio.
  • MOTION EYE webcam and microphone integrated
  • Battery: Up to 3.0 hours of battery life with 3500 mAh capacity battery.
  • Dimensions: 14.56 x 9.77 x 1.22 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight (Approximate): 5.9 pounds.
  • Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor.

# Acer Aspire 3820T-382G50nss Spec

Aspire 3820T-382G50nss is a notebook processor Intel Core I3-380M with 2 GB Memory and 500 GB HDD SATA. Notebooks that are equipped with Windows 7 Home Basic is equipped with 13.3-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED TFT LCD display and powered Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity to meet your Internet needs.

Price as Reviewed: Rp 6,045,600 (On bhinneka.com, Jakarta)

Spesifikasi Laptop Acer Aspire 3820T-382G50nss
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic.
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-380M Processor (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.4GHz DDR3 1066 Mhz FSB, 35 W).
  • Chipset : Intel HM55.
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3 Memory (upgradeable up to 8 GB).
  • Display: 13.3 inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED TFT LCD, Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 .
  • Graphics: Intel GMA HD .
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Serial ATA 5400 RPM .
  • Optical Drive: DVD±RW
  • LAN Integrated
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.
  • Bluetooth Integrated
  • Interface: 3x USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, LAN, Card Reader, Audio.
  • webcam integrated into the display bezel for easy video chats and conferencing (1280 x 1024 resolution).
  • Battery: 6-cell Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery.
  • Weight (Approximate): 1.8 kg .
  • Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor.

Acer Aspire 3820T-382G50nss Spec

Aspire 3820T-382G50nss is a notebook processor Intel Core I3-380M with 2 GB Memory and 500 GB HDD SATA. Notebooks that are equipped with Windows 7 Home Basic is equipped with 13.3-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED TFT LCD display and powered Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity to meet your Internet needs.

Price as Reviewed: Rp 6,045,600 (On bhinneka.com, Jakarta)

Spesifikasi Laptop Acer Aspire 3820T-382G50nss
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic.
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-380M Processor (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.4GHz DDR3 1066 Mhz FSB, 35 W).
  • Chipset : Intel HM55.
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3 Memory (upgradeable up to 8 GB).
  • Display: 13.3 inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED TFT LCD, Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 .
  • Graphics: Intel GMA HD .
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Serial ATA 5400 RPM .
  • Optical Drive: DVD±RW
  • LAN Integrated
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.
  • Bluetooth Integrated
  • Interface: 3x USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, LAN, Card Reader, Audio.
  • webcam integrated into the display bezel for easy video chats and conferencing (1280 x 1024 resolution).
  • Battery: 6-cell Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery.
  • Weight (Approximate): 1.8 kg .
  • Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor.

Red, White & Blue Muffins or Blueberry/Raspberry Muffins

 
We had these yummy red, white & blue muffins for brunch on the 4th.
The recipe is a combination of two recipes I've used quite a bit plus the addition of raspberries.

Blueberry & Raspberry Muffins

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3/4 cup blueberries
3/4 cup raspberries

Combine all dry ingredients (1st 5 listed) in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine next 5 ingredients.  Mix wet with dry just until moistened.  Gently fold in berries.
(Can use 1 1/2 cups blueberries instead of a mixture of raspberries and blueberries.)
In greased muffin pans, fill cups 2/3rds full with muffin mixture.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Dust with powdered sugar.  Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Smiles!!

Linking to:

Tuesday To Do #17 and #16 List Makers

Happy 4th of July!
Are you out catching some fireworks tonight?!?
We had fun celebrating the 4th all weekend!
Freedom Fest was Saturday, Kaboom Town was Sunday (which my boys were ok with missing...see the following) and we set off our own small, non-flying fireworks throughout the weekend.
My boys MAY be a little spoiled to fireworks...as my eldest put it...I've seen fireworks 5 days in a row! 
What?!?
At Disney World!
Oh.
(SO WORTH IT!!!)

Anyway, let's see last week's LIST MAKERS!






If you were on this week's To Do List, then please feel free to grab a  LIST MAKER button:

TUESDAY TO DO


FEATURED BUTTON
Tuesday To Do FEatured 

 


Now on the the party...


Link up your creations!  Sewing, crafting, cooking, tips, photography, tablescapes, parties, scrapbooking, collectibles...it all works.  Please save your items for sell, your giveaways and your own parties for those specific blog parties.  You're the best!

(Borrowed these little rules from the Shabby Nest...she's got it going on!)

1. Link directly to your post and not just to your blog.

2. Grab the TUESDAY TO DO BUTTON from the sidebar, and link back the Blackberry Vine.  (Yes, it can be a little time-consuming, but it's the sweet blogger thing to do!)

3. Please visit other participants and leave them some comment love.  Comment, comment, comment!!!

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Tuesday To-Do including but not limited to those that link to your shop, your giveaway or your linky party, and those that do not link back to the Blackberry Vine. Thanks for playing fair!!


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