Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Linda!

I liked her caption entitled:


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YOU MAKE ME LOSE MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT

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LET'S ADD SOME WORDS.



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 CAPTION THIS IMAGE.


I'll start: "STICK A FORK IN ME, I'M DONE WITH LOVE"



My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

   
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You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Britney!

I liked her caption entitled:


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LOVE CONNECTION

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LET'S ADD SOME WORDS.

For a little change of pace, today's image is slightly different than usual.


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 CAPTION THIS IMAGE.


I'll start: "I TOLD YOU TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS."



My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

  
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Sherry!

I liked her caption entitled:


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EENY MEENY MINEY MO, WHEN WILL MY TRUE LOVE SHOW

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Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!



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What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Sharing our love."

My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.
  
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS: How to Cover Wallpaper Borders

I mostly write about my books and my writing on this blog, but today I'm going to write about something else.

I recently googled the title of this post, "How to Cover Wallpaper Borders."

You know what  I found? A whole bunch of posts that told me NOT to cover a wallpaper border. TAKE THEM DOWN was the general consensus. It was such a '"duh" moment. The information was not helpful to me at all. If I could remove them I would. I wanted to COVER them. So, I thought it was time to write a post of my own on the subject and maybe I'll be able to help someone who is looking to to do what I did.

We bought our house in 1994 and we had wallpaper borders put up in every single room except the bathrooms. I had no idea it would be a decision I would one day regret.
(Warning: Funky paint colors to follow! We had been living in military housing for ten years along with white walls and white tiled floors. Therefore we went a little crazy with color. We're still living with the carpet color choices as well.)

The first border I tried to remove was in the master bedroom. I followed some all natural recipe online that swore it would melt away my borders and make them come down easily.

Nope. Didn't work.

I ran into a major problem. To my surprise, I found that all the borders in my house are attached directly to the sheet rock. There is no texturing or paint between the border and the wall. Removing them is nearly impossible.

Would a remover I can buy at the store work? Maybe. I've never tried one of them. They smell to high heaven and make me dizzy and lightheaded. In other words, I cannot remove the borders myself. I don't have the time OR the patience. I would need to hire out and I don't want to spend the money on it right now. The quote I received for removing the border in the kitchen alone was $500.00. We will do it someday when we renovate our home, but for the time being I needed another option, one I could live with without breaking the bank.

So, if this is what you are interested in doing, read on!!

My idea was to COVER up the borders because I just couldn't live with them anymore.

Here's what we did:

In the master bedroom, we covered the border with peel and stick floor tiles. They are brown and have a leather-like look to them. My husband cut them to size. After placing them on the wall, he put a small brown nail in each corner to hold them in place securely. I LOVE the look of the border now and even if we renovate, I would leave the border up.

Before:



After:




We did the same thing in the kitchen using white peel and stick floor tiles. It's not ideal, but it works for the time being. I don't love the way it looks, but at least the darn floral border is hidden.

Before:




After:




In my son's room, we had a space border, which he outgrew long before he begged me to change it. I finally gave in. We decided to tape off the top black stripe and the bottom black stripe and paint over the border with a contrasting color from the wall. We had no idea if it would work or not. I'm sure all borders are not created equal, so I don't know if this will work with every border.

We painted the first coat and could still see the border underneath. We thought it didn't work and began to brainstorm for creative ways to cover the border. Then we walked back into the room and realized that after it dried, it looked great. So we did a second coat and we LOVED it.

Before:




After:





Recently we did the same thing in another bedroom. The border did not have a convenient black stripe at the top and bottom though. So I spent two hours painstakingly taping off a small stripe at the bottom and at the top. This prevents the wallpaper from peeling at the edges. It is also best to use a contrasting color from the wall.

Before:




After:




So, that's what we did! There is a way to cover wallpaper borders and not have them look horrendous. I realize this is not the ideal answer, but it worked for us! I hope this information will help someone else as they struggle with those darn wallpaper borders.

As for some of the other borders in my house, I'll just have to live with them for now! In all honesty, I still like the below borders, even if they are outdated!








Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: BN!

I liked her caption entitled:


Image courtesy of [Sira Anamwong] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

OUR LOVE IS EVERGREEN


This caption made me think of this song:





MEANING OF EVERGREEN: Something that remains perennially fresh, or interesting, something enduring.


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Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


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What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Looking for my match"


My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

   
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Christy!

I liked her caption entitled:

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PENCIL ME IN FOR LOVE

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Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [Sira Anamwong] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Love takes effort"



My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

  
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the blog silence.

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I haven't been keeping up with blogging as much lately. Family obligations have kept me busy and I've been pouring whatever time I have left into writing my newest books.






I'm still here!! Just busy writing!

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This past week I had to say goodbye once again to my son as we sent him off to nursing school.



He was home for nine months as he took all the classes necessary to receive a BS in Nursing. He has a degree in Chemistry, yet he had to take two semesters of classes in order to receive a BS in Nursing. Go figure. His end goal is to be a Nurse Practitioner. I'm excited for him and his job prospects as he takes this next step in life. But it was so fun having him home again and it was hard to say goodbye.


He's so funny and he keeps me laughing. He may or may not have pushed me around on the luggage cart at our hotel.


His idea, I swear.

I'll miss him, but I have a lot of writing to do and that will keep me occupied!

So, tell me what you have been up to!

SIDENOTE: Back in January, I did a post where I talked about my novel, I'M WITH YOU. Amazon took away its five star rating, even though no new reviews had appeared. UPDATE: Still no new reviews to cause a change, but the full five stars are back!! 
I love having my full five stars back, but WHAT THE HECK?!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Sherry!

I liked her caption entitled:

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RIDING HIGH ON LOVE

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Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!



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What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Written on my heart"
  
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Karen!

I liked her caption entitled:


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YOUR LOVE IS LIKE MUSIC TO MY HEART

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Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [kengmerry] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "High Flying Adored"
  
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Rita!

I liked her caption entitled:

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WE'RE THE PICTURE OF LOVE

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Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [Feelart] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Love Song"
  
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.