Friday, September 30, 2011

Finish it Friday | Party in a Bottle!

Did you see my Wordless Wednesday post this week? It was another angle of this bottle.

I had some great captions commented for it!

Elizabeth at Single Life 2 Married Wife suggested:: Bottle of Fun!!
Liz at Moms check nyo said:: Message in a Bottle

I called it Party in a Bottle when I mailed it away. I call it Love Mail and you will see that Label more and more in the coming future here at Bit of Byrd.

Elizabeth also asked:: What did you put in there?

Well thank you so much for asking!

To create a Party in a Bottle ::

I got an old water bottle, left the lid off and let it dry out.
I dropped in some sequins.
I made a card and rolled it up. And pushed it in.
I stuffed in some deflated balloons.
I rolled streamers til they were about as wide as the bottle opening. I made two.
I then wrote on a ribbon "Party in a Bottle just for you!" and I taped it to the lid so the ribbon would pull out when they took the lid off.

Now why would someone mail a plastic bottle?! Well it wasn't my idea originally. I found the inspiration here on Pinterest. The pin takes you over to Givers Log and the posts she has about Happy Mail. Givers Log has a whole series about things that weigh less than 13 oz and are mailed through the United States Postal System. I did some searching and I will share more details later. But bottom line... I mailed a bottle, I paid USPS postage, the bottle got there!

I have recently also Bottle mailed my sister some glow in the dark butterfly tattoos and thumb tacks. I also sent out a lip gloss in a bottle to a customer. I figure it is more memorable when it comes in a unique package. Do you agree? Be on the look out for more Love Mail!

What is the more unique or unusual thing you have sent in the mail?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Being a Romantic

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I just watched Elizabethtown. Like many sappy romantic comedies it might bring out my cynical side that thinks there is no real movie love. But then it also brings out the side of me that acknowledges that I deserve movie love whether it exists or not.

Maybe this is part of the reason I am still single. If it is the reason, I am okay with that.

I am thankful that when I walk in the ran I try to take my time and I often think it would be better if someone where holding my hand and trying to pull me to stay dry.

I am thankful that swimming in the summer and cuddling in the winter never go out of style in my mind.

I am thankful that the people I have fallen in and out of like with in the years I have grown into who I am are diverse in their likes, personalities and looks. (well kinda diverse in looks)

I am thankful for cheesy pick up lines that are said sincerely.

I am thankful for knowing that there is someone out there that will pick up on the small things that matter to me and realize that while they might seem small they mean a lot to me.

I am thankful that while I might be cynical I still believe that love is there and even if I don't find it in the produce aisle on Christmas eve I will find it sometime.


It is great to remember the little things in life that make you happy more regularly than only in November!

     Each week write a post on something you are thankful for (and why) and then check the posts of your fellow blog hop members to comment on and share their posts as well. Need inspiration? Check out past Thankful Thursday posts.

     To join, simply enter your link information below and copy the code to your own Thankful Thursday blog hop posts. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for retweets on #ThankfulThursday and grow your readershp.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #15




Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?

Bit of Byrd

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Facebook | You're so Vain

Well maybe it isn't Facebook that is so vain, but they are allowing vanity links without meeting certain requirements like before.

They are making a lot of changes in case you don't log in often or ... well I am not sure how you would miss them actually.

The changes being made are very obvious and yet not easily explained because I dont personally find the new organization user friendly.

One of the changes that they did make, that I like, is the ability to create a vanity link through the use of a username.

Facebook introduced usernames a long while a go and I signed up for one for my personal page but never noticed a difference.

Personally I think of a username as something I use to log into a website with and I was still using my same login after creating the username.

Now I understand that the username is about the URL, not the login of the account.

Having a vanity URL allows you to have a link that is easy to remember, easy to jot down and maybe easier to search. I don't know the full validity of that last point but considering that having a blog post with an appropriate name so a search engine can find it leads me to believe that having my Facebook page have an appropriate name in the URL would lend to the same idea.

This being said, go like my Bit of Byrd Facebook page!


Fancy uh! What is also cool about having that is normally I would never be able to remember the long list of numbers that were previously in my URL so I would not be able to link to my Facebook page from a location that does not allow me to see the page. Now I can!

Feel free to also like my Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Page also if you are interested in my deals, specials, or videos I post.


Facebook has allowed me to be vain in my URL, they no longer require 25 "like"s to get a username. YAY me!

Do you have a vanity link? What did you pick?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Need Your Help | Activity Planning

I still need help with ideas for when my sister comes to town. This is essentially a repost of Traveling to Texas

I have looked at the calendar and she will be here while the state fair is going on.
 "Howdy folks, Big Tex here"

The state fair is awesome, in my opinion, and I dont often get to go because I am anti going on the weekend when everyone else is there. So the fact I will get to go and share it with my sister... I'm pretty excited. This is the 125th year the state fair has been held!
But I need your help... regardless of whether you live in Texas or don't... What would you want to do or see if you were here? When you think of Texas what do you think of? Leave me comments with your thoughts!

I am located in North Texas, not to far from the state fair... so things like the Alamo aren't necessarily out of the question... but are kinda far.

Thanks in advance for your help.





Sunday, September 25, 2011

Common Sense | Sometimes Elusive

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I am sure we all have met people that dont seem to have all the lights on.

But what about those times, when you are that person? I like to think that I am someone who has common sense and does not often make the obviously stupid choice.

Well yesterday, I did just that.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

DIY Weekend | No Sew I Spy Bag

Today's project was so easy. If you follow my blog and my projects, easy is a theme. I love easy projects!


I loved I Spy books as a kid. Even as an adult, my sister and I have played I Spy games via Facebook or other websites.

So when I saw this pin::
I knew I had to make one... or five!
Time: Afternoon
Cost: Less than $5
Skill: Easy :: No Sew

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pinterest Halloween/Fall Link Party!



 How exciting! a pinterest link up for Fall and Halloween!

Link up! Go read the rules and what have you over at Not Just Paper and Glue's post about the Link Party.

Finish it Friday | Modern Art

If you came by on Wednesday for my WWW post then you saw a few pictures of bight, bold colors!

What was it?!


Modern Art!

Before I tell you the full story about when I took the picture I will give you info about the art and give you links and such to the museum and artist as appropriate.

The picture was taken at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The piece is by Nancy Graves and is called the Wheelabout and was done in 1985. To see the museum's picture of it, visit their site here. Their version of the sculpture is lacking compared to mine, IMHO. When looking at some of her work, you can see she loved color. I think my pictures capture that. I also found a blog post by an art student with a formal analysis of this sculpture.

So my story about the Wheelabout....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday | An Ear to Listen




I have a job where I talk on the phone to people from all over. I don't talk about my day time job very much because when I leave work it stays there and I don't want it to get into my blogging. Take this as a note, if you know where I work and you mention it by name your comment will be edited.

Not to long ago I talked to someone who was sad, and felt alone. They said they felt like they couldn't trust anyone to talk to. So we talked. Well, I listened. These calls often make me cry, especially if on the other end the person is crying 

I have heard amazing stories and gotten so much interesting advice. I have also heard the heartbreak and lonliness of people that don't know what life will throw at them next.

I don't always like my job. I know that is true no matter what job you have, but at the end of the day there are always good points if I choose to find them. As I think of the things that can be overwhelming to sort out what I am thankful for, I pause to be thankful to be that ear to listen. I am glad that when I get off the phone with almost every person I speak to I can genuinely tell them it was a pleasure talking with them. I hope that each person I speak with, on the phone and otherwise knows that I have a genuine interest in what they are saying.

I asked on my Facebook blog page the other day when the last time you took the time to write someone a letter was. I took the time that day. Because I know if someone would take the time to send the person I was talking to a small reminder that someone, somewhere, is thinking of them it would make a world of difference. So many people feel alone, and yet the world is full of people!

Your challenge today is to write a letter. Mail it. Don't expect a response. Do it because you care about someone. Do it because you want to make sure that you have done your part in making sure the person you love doesnt feel alone like some of the people I talk to.

I am also thankful for the people in my life who have been an ear to listen to the things going on in my life. Everyone has things... and everyone needs someone. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #14





Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my pictures?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Photos | Name Them!

Let me show you something

These are my recent key word hits:

Monday, September 19, 2011

DIY Weekend | Tile Coasters

My cousin recently had a birthday, and moved into a new apartment and I had heard woes about not being able to find just the right color of blue she was looking for.
So when I saw some inspiration on pinterest I decided to make her tile coasters.

Since I was at Brittany's when I actually made them, I had her kids do some crafts too. 

Cost: $1.05 [I already had tiles, just bought the paper]
Time: afternoon
Skill: EASY!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pinterest | What is all the fuss!

If you are a blogger, or even just someone who participates in some form of social media... or you read blogs, then I am sure you have heard of Pinterest.

Back in June I posted about Pinterest right when I found it. You can read my lame explanation of it's awesomeness here.

Pinterest is regularly my inspiration in my crafting, and my blogging. I am even participating in two different blog hops that are Pinterest related. Check out my blog hops and join in the fun!

Being that Pinterest is the up and coming thing, people are creating widgets and buttons and links. I don't want to get left behind and I want people to see what I have found on my Pinterest page.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Incredible Pumpkin & DIY Sneak Peek



An Incredible Pumpkin


I love Franks! I might not put it on everything, but just about.

Well I hope you all have a great Friday. I feel like I have bum rushed everyone with so much mum info and pictures that I am temporarily mummed out.

I am looking forward to posting my DIY tomorrow and I will be talking about a new bloggy topic in the coming weeks. here is the sneak peek::


::in the coming weeks::


::tomorrow::


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday | My Business


I am a business owner. It isn't a large business at the moment. But today I am thankful for my business.
My business has allowed me to meet amazing people and to become better friends with people I already know.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #13



WOWZERS! Today isn't going to be so wordless... more like wordy. I walked into a grocery store last night and this is the display I walked into. Now you know, I am not the only one going homecoming mum crazy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Homecoming Mums | Garters:: Guys need bling too

This is the last post in the Homecoming Mums series. For the list of posts see the bottom of the page.

Homecoming Mums are great... but guys need to have bling too. Right?

Apparently so, because guys wear a mini version of the mum and we call it a garter. The garter is worn on the arm with an arm band instead of on a shirt or around the neck.

The concept and how you make it is the very same. You use the same backing, ribbons, trinkets. The garter and mum should match in style.But the garter is typically no longer than 18 inches.



Giveaway Feedback needed! I'm Puzzled!

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I am looking for the help of my readers.

I am Puzzled!!!

I know you are out there, even if you don't always post or comment.

Those of you who don't post or comment... I need your help the most!

I just hosted a giveaway. A giveaway I was rather excited about, and I enjoy playing with the scrapbook software I was giving away.



Monday, September 12, 2011

Homecoming Mums | Variations and Enhancements

The last week or so I have been blogging about what a Homecoming Mum is, where they come from and how to make it.

Today is about the variations that you can put on a mum to enhance it or make it different.
Below are two mums made for seniors. They both have several variations from the one we made in the previous posts.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Homecoming Mums | Finishing the Mum

This is the finishing product we are working towards.

This is all about adding a hanger, and finishing the mum.

This part is easy and gives it the finished look that everyone wants

Supplies for this part:

Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue LOTS OF IT
Staple gun and staples


This post is more glue intensive that staple intensive ::grin::

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Homecoming Mums | Ribbons and Trinkets

This is what we are working towards today. It is a hot mess of color and craziness and fun! In the supplies I am sharing my preferences. What is great about this is you can be as creative as you like!

Supplies:

-Stapler, Staples
-Scissors
-Ribbon
     -3 colors:: Large, Medium width in all
     -Curling
     -Specilty:: School name, Favorite Sport, "Homecoming", "Sophomore", "Senior" you get the idea
-Trinkets
     -Bells
     -Mini footballs
     -Mini plastic homecoming tickets
     -mini football players
     -mini helmets
     -A dated trinket they have several to choose from
     -"Homecoming" Arch used on another step


MyMemories Giveaway | Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner


Congrats to Evin!!!
Evin blogs over at Food Good Laundry Bag

If that isnt speaking the truth I don't know what is!!!! Go check it out.

I will be sending you an email with the info on how you get your free software. I would love to have you share something you create with it so I can write up a post about it!

Everyone that didn't win.... don't fret!

You can still get the software! 
Giveway PostThe Pirate PostThe Diva Post. All have examples of the software.

MyMemories Digital scrapbooking software is a great price at $39.97... but remember you get $10 off! AND a $10 store coupon.. Just use the promo code... : STMMMS67

Pretty fancy! a coupon code / promo code and you get $20 value right away when purchasing $40 software!

That means you too can do the "winner winner, chicken dinner dance"


Thank you to everyone that entered. Watch for a follow up email and maybe a post to get feedback about the giveaway. I want to ensure the success of future giveaways! And you can help me in doing that.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Giveaway | Last day to enter!

Dont miss your chance to enter the chance to win MyMemories Scrapbook Software.


Here is my original post. The Pirate Post. The Diva Post. All have examples of the software.


Well MyMemories Suite is a digital scrapbooking software. That means you can sit town and design a whole scrapbook page or a set of pages in no time at all


Use the form below to get as many as SEVEN chances to win! If you don't win... or you just want wait to find out I also have a promo code available that will get you $10 off the MyMemories software AND $10 credit to theMyMemories Store.... That's a $20 value for using my promo code! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner anyone?! I think so!

Promo Code: STMMMS67



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homecoming Mums | Making the Backing


Yesterday's post explained my version of the history behind Homecoming mums.

Today's post is the first to get into the construction or how to build or make a Homecoming Mum.

The first part to create is the backing, that is where the flower is attached. This is also what get attached to all the ribbon that hangs in the end.

Before we get too far into this, you might be wondering what supplies you need. Michael's does a great job of giving you a basic list. They are also the store where I buy most of my Homecoming mum supplies. Mostly because of their large selection of trinkets and their specialty ribbons.

Thankful Thursday | 24 hours in a day


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I am glad there are only 24 hours in a day. I know you might be thinking WHAT?!@ I need more time in my day... well I do too. But that is why I am thankful there are only 24.

I know someone knew what they were doing when they put us in the orbit that allows 24 hours in a day... and that means I have to make the most of the hours I have and relax sometimes.

I am thankful for the cooler weather, because my AC has not turned on in two days! 

I am thankful for my sister Brooke coming in town and I am so excited to meet her.

I am thankful tomorrow is Friday, but I am going to first appreciate today!

I am thankful I have been able to be hosting my first giveaway... tomorrow is the last day!!! go enter and read about it!!!
It is great to remember the little things in life that make you happy more regularly than only in November!

     Each week write a post on something you are thankful for (and why) and then check the posts of your fellow blog hop members to comment on and share their posts as well. Need inspiration? Check out past Thankful Thursday posts.

     To join, simply enter your link information below and copy the code to your own Thankful Thursday blog hop posts. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for retweets on #ThankfulThursday and grow your readershp.
     Add your link below and don't forget to copy and paste the code to add to your Thankful Thursday blog hop posts.




Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Homecoming Mums | Their History:: My version

Ten years ago this week... I was a senior in high school and the homecoming game was on Friday. Why does this matter... well I'm a Texas girl, even though I wasn't born here. Here in Texas we say everything is bigger. In many ways this is true. Especially when talking about mums.

What is a mum? Where here is a close up of just the top part:: [the top part is the flower that the name comes from]


On average a mum can range in size from 18 inches long to 3 feet with ribbon. Bigger the better they say. When trying to explain the tradition of a mum to an outsider I often feel like I am speaking another language. 

I did some Google searching and figured surely I would be able to find an official history of the homecoming mum. Not so much; I found the history of the flower and the history of homecoming itself. But nothing that really explains how it got to be that people wore flowers to a football game.

So here is my version.

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #12




Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my pictures?


Bit of Byrd | Wordless Wednesday Whirl

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day | What did you Celebrate?


Today is actually the day after Labor Day. But how did you choose to spend the holiday? I spent the day with my family and friends.

The thought went through my mind more than once... what is Labor Day all about. I know I am off work, and I am glad for it.... but why?

There are other holidays that also get lost in the mix from time to time but people know what they mean. Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and President's Day are the first that come to mind. 

So what is up with Labor Day? 

The DOL says:
"It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker."

History.com says this about labor day:
 "On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country." 

Even though it caught on, Labor Day didn't become a national federal holiday until 1894.

Today we often think of Labor Day as the end of summer, the start of school or just a day to barbecue and enjoy life.

Oddly enough... that is part of what the day was originally designed for. It was designed for those who already work so much and put in those long hours and do those tough jobs... the jobs that keep this country running. It is a day for rest for those people.

I enjoyed my day off, but my trash man still had to go to work... so I hope they get to enjoy another day as their day of rest.

How did you spend your day? I would love to hear about it!

::if you are interested in learning about other holidays and their history... look here at history.com's info::

Sunday, September 4, 2011

DIY Weekend | Thanks for Poppin' By Party Favors

I had a few girlfriends over last night and we played games and had some drinks and it was a good time. We ate brownies and stuffed jalapenos [soooo good!] and pigs in blankets and puppy chow.

When everyone left... they took a party favor with them::



Now this wasn't a big event, just five people... but being me... I had to have favors. So where did I get the idea? Well the idea of a favor, the phrase and cute popcorn on the bag was mine [meaning I did not see it anywhere else... not claiming I am the only one to ever think of it of course]

As far as original idea inspiration on Pinterest I saw this pin::


And my idea took off from there.

Cost: less than .35 a favor
Time: 15 minutes for 8
EASY!

The bags are cute, inexpensive and easy to put together.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

DIY Saturday | Blog Button

Ever wondered how to create a blog button? or even better how to create that text box so you can have people grab your button??

here is mine:
Bit of Byrd
<div align="center"><a href="http://bitofbyrd.blogspot.com" title="Bit of Byrd" target="_blank"><img src="http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c276/phatfrogg/Blog/BitofByrdButton.jpg" alt="Bit of Byrd" style="border:none;" /></a></div>


So there it is... a button and a box...

Now this DIY isnt really my own... You are going to find out how by going to my bloggy BFF!

Ramblings Of A Diva

Let me tell you... when I saw her grab a button when I first started blogging I had to have one too... but I found the html and did it myself. Not everyone speaks HTML so Brittany's post is a great tool for everyone!

She shares easy tricks and tips on how to make your button and then how to create your grab box.

If you have my button I want to know! I am creating a new page where I will proudly display your button as you do mine.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Finish it Friday | Friends

I actually almost forgot Finish it Friday! I wrote this whole post and never told you about my Wednesday picture lol... This week's picture is here. It was from my sister's 17th birthday party ARGH! I LOVE themes!

Now on to the other scheduled program::  Friendly Friday!!!


Isnt that cute!

I think so, and I count... not saying you dont... but my blog. :-)

I made it using the Digital Scrapbook Software I am hosting a giveaway for. The giveaway ends 9/8/11!!!! So hurry and sign up to win HERE! 

So who is that gorgeous lady? A Diva of course. And my Bloggy BFF and a real life BFF too. Cool how that happens.

You can see Brittany's endeavors many places! She talks about her Cast and Crew here. I think that is the best place to start to get an idea of who she is, what she believes and stands for and what matters in her life.

Now if you haven't been around for a while you might not know that B and I went to high school together. I always thought it was cool she used to go to Stephen King High School (not it's real name, but where he went) and she had actually seen his house. I vividly remember her telling me about how his wife wore pretty dresses and sun hats while gardening among the gargoyles.

Anyway... fast forward to her moving and us losing contact, to becoming Facebook friends and us never hanging out. Then I see her doing all types of remodeling and she sees me doing the same. I comment on a local store and I then find out she isnt local anymore.

How I missed that ::shurg:: Felt like a shmuck! But now she is back!! And I am really glad I have her to call a friend. We have been hanging out every now and again and her kids are great craft subjects  crafters. I enjoy being around them, as they are well behaved and B is a great parent.

Soon will be a post about the craft they helped me make.

::Remember:: Even if you are reading this post after the giveaway has ended you can still use the promo code
available that will get you $10 off the MyMemories software AND $10 credit to theMyMemories Store.... That's a $20 value for using my promo code! Happy Dance and Disaster adverted!

Promo Code: STMMMS67

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

Did you see my Thankful Thursday post from today? I hope sure... I am thankful for saving money!

And I am sure you will be too... once you start saving!

Before I tell you how I am going to give you my inspiration link: I found it on Pinterest.



 It took me a great blog, that isnt really maintained anymore. The pictures I am using all came from that blog:: Frugally Green

Now since that post was from 2008, and the price of things has gone up since then I wanted to redo the math.
Frugally Green didn't do the math, but her blogging bff, Green Fridge did (still an active blog btw).

Green Fridge's math said making my own liquid laundry soap would cost .014¢ a load. I did the math, just like she did. And based on current prices I came up with .016¢ a load. Close enough for me and still darn cheap!

So how do you make this incredibly priced liquid soap... so easily!
Time: about half an hour
Cost: less than $15
EASY!

Thankful Thursday | Saving Money


Do you see that price... that is it's regular price... Well when I do the math... That is an average of 11¢ a load. might not seem like much... but what if you could pay .016¢ a load?  Less than TWO CENTS?! Yes, that is what I am talking about... so why would you pay more? Uhhhhhh... yeah, exactly... you wouldn't! 

So why am I thankful for saving money but showing you ALL? I made my own laundry soap... and it averages to be less than TWO Cents a load!!!! Yeah Yeah!

I didnt want to crowd my Thankful Thursday post... so it is separate... read it here!



It is great to remember the little things in life that make you happy more regularly than only in November!

     Each week write a post on something you are thankful for (and why) and then check the posts of your fellow blog hop members to comment on and share their posts as well. Need inspiration? Check out past Thankful Thursday posts.

     To join, simply enter your link information below and copy the code to your own Thankful Thursday blog hop posts. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for retweets on #ThankfulThursday and grow your readershp.
     Add your link below and don't forget to copy and paste the code to add to your Thankful Thursday blog hop posts.