Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Guru for Christmas

Like my new look??
I'm not a savvy when it comes to blog bling and style. Most of the time, you'll find me with my nose pressed against the Blogger window, wide-eyed at all the beeeyoooteeeeful blogs out there and sighing in wonderment. Let's face it - this blog o' mine has been looking a tad neglected for quite some time now.
I have always been in awe of my friend Cheryl's blog Capturing a Moment in Time. There's always some new background and banner to ooh and aah over - the perfect backdrop to the amazing creations this lady makes. Heck, even if I didn't worship her talent, I'd check this blog just to see what cute dress she put on it that morning.
So last week, I dropped her a note over at MSW and basically begged shamelessly for some help. In typical Cheryl style, she began typing out instructions for the blog impaired but finally just PM'd me her phone number and we set a time to talk.
I don't know many of those fancy computer acronyms for things. For instance, it wasn't all that long ago that Annie had to tell me what LMBO stood for. But I do know that IRL means friends "in real life." Those are the folks you can put your arm around; the ones who will walk over and dope slap you when you need it. Like my "real life," I've been blessed to have found some really WONDERFUL people at Scrappy Jo's and My Sketch World - people who have become as dear to me as any of my friends I can walk over and hug. Since I've only gotten to know them through writing and posting, though, I will call them IMC. That stands for "in my computer," that happy little world where a whole nuther set of people who are dear to me live. (Please feel free to use IMC - just leave a quarter under your saucer.)
Till this morning, I've only met one IMC pal IRL - Jennie from MSW invited me to her house because she had some goodies to donate to Calling All Cards for Breast Cancer. I cannot tell you how askeered I was to meet her. What if I snorted when I laughed? What if I belched? What if I got nervous and blurted out something stupid?? Well, of course none of those things happened. Jennie and her sweetie pie daughter, Miss Ellie, were such fun and we had one terrific visit.
Still. . . . I was a tad nervous as I dialed Cheryl's number this morning. But sure enough, a sweet voice answered my call - just perfect for the Cheryl I had in my mind. In short order, she walked me through tidying up my blog, made me feel secure enough to try Picasa and told me that her vast storehouse of computer wisdom is completely self taught.
Awed again.
We talked about her grandkids and shoes and the fact that everyone needed a guru. I hope that was an offer because when it comes to this blog stuff, I need all the help I can get.
So armed with that warm pat on the back, I played around with backgrounds and Picasa and gave ol' Scrapinator a holiday makeover after we hung up. I even figured out how to upload the picture I took of some Christmas candles and use them as a banner.
Before a knock at my front door cut short our telephone conversation, though, Cheryl and I agreed that 2010 was going to be the year we'd get in our cars and meet somewhere. And by golly, I'm considering that to be my first resolution for the next year.
So here's a big ((((HUG)))) and a heartfelt thank you to Cheryl for helping me give a snappy, festive look to Scrapinator.
And I've come up with another new acronym you can feel free to borrow: CIAS. That stands for Cheryl is a sweetheart.


  1. HEY! I guess I'm not an IMC! :(
    Your blog really does look gorgeous, and Cheryl is a sweetheart, I agree!

  2. It looks great, Lori!!! So glad you got to "meet" Cheryl!!

  3. YAY for friends who are willing to help! :) Your blog looks terrific! :)


  4. I agree that Cheryl is Awesome!!! She did a great job teaching you how to dress up your blog, it looks fabulous. Especially love that gorgeous picture in your banner!

    Love IMC friends!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  5. Yep. Cheryl ROCKS! Just like all the other MSW ladies we know! I've met a few IMC friends - in fact just got back from a TRIP where I stayed with Suzann and her sweet husband. Then we went to a crop where I met Alecia, Andie, Wendipooh, Audrey & Kristin! What FUN we all had! But you talk about NERVOUS! ;) I'd LOVE to meet you and Cheryl too someday! {{{HUGS}}} GF! Hope Frankenfoot will be gone soon! ;)

  6. Oh! I almost forgot!!! YOUR BLOG IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT job!!!

  7. It looks great Lori! Love the IMC, I will be leaving you lots of quarters under the saucer.

  8. looks great and cheryl is the best