Sunday, September 30, 2007

New Products Coming Soon,and a Really Cool Tutorial.

I am finishing up on several new kits as well as some new commercial use items. Hopefully I'll have them up in the store within the week. I have had a relatively busy weekend and K has been super high energy this weekend. Luckily my husband didn't work both days this weekend so K is busy outside "helping" him paint and also prepare the house for the gas lines we are having installed soon. Our water heater died a month or so ago and we only have 120v running into our house so we can only use a small water heater - at least we are often on time going places since that also means short showers...Anyway, we decided to have gas put in so we can get a normal sized water heater, be able to use the gas dryer we were given instead of hanging everything, and also buy a stove/oven which we do not have at this point. Everything is either nuked, grilled,or put in the convection toaster oven. I think the first thing I'll do when we get an oven is to make a lasagna and a cake or something :)
My third child Toshiba the laptop has to go to the doctors tomorrow morning for a big fix. It was going to go in on Friday but since they said they wouldn't even look at it until Monday I asked if I could just drop it off then. That works out well because I have spent whatever time we have been home double backing up everything. All files copied to both my external hard drive and DVD. I want to figure out the most efficient but least time consuming way to print out thumbnails of all of the scrap supplies and viewable files and label them by which DVD they are in and then put them in a binder with CD sleeves placed with the printouts so that I can locate files easily, like looking through a catalog. I need to do this with all of my fonts also. I think I have heard there are easier ways then to actually go through and type a line in each font. I have hundreds of them, but that could take forever. It would be easier in the long run though, being able to view them all to pick my favorite one for a layout. If anyone has a great method to make this whole process easier and faster, or a suggestion about a downloadable software that will automate this, leave it in my comments along with your email and I will send you a little goodie bag of samples of my new products for your efforts. I have my DVR all filled with good movies and shows that I have been wanting to watch but find impossible to do so if there is anyone else home because of the constant distractions. And now my husband has come to the conclusion that he doesn't really like all the shows we've always watched together so I record them too. So, while Toshiba is away (have I mentioned she is a tablet screen, which raised her status from pet to 3rd kid, lol) I have lots of stuff to view while the kids are at school and I will finally be able to clear some space on the DVR for all of the new seasons of my favorite shows. In the meantime I finally got my 6 year old Sony desktop working and I am going to burn all of my files off of it so it is faster for K to use on Webkins and her other kid games. C has a Toshiba laptop of his own and it is so much faster than the Sony so when they play online games against each other it makes her computer slower even though it should be faster wired to the Fiber Optic router instead of wireless like the rest of the family. If I clear off all of my old files and get rid of some of the larger programs, like the majority of the Adobe and Corel families that now reside on my laptop it should be faster for her after I defragment it.
I came across a really cool tutorial today. It shows you how to use Photoshop to make a pumpkin carving template from your pics. You can find it here:
So, don't forget to leave me the ideas or tips I mentioned above to get a goodie bag, and check Stone Accents Studio this week and see all of the new products and cool challenges. Also to debut on my blog later this week will be the formal introduction to my very talented CT. some of whom have made awesome quick pages to give out on their blogs and in the gallery at SAS. And, to celebrate my SAS-y new CT will be a new freebie or two. Also, if you would be interested in either a CT position or being a guest CT member you still have a chance to let me know. Check out my CT post below for more info :)


Tasha said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog. I didn't read your whole post, but I will offer this to consider. Sue Fisher's "The Font Thing" (I'm going from memory here) shows your fonts really well and it's free and very popular. I would try it first and see if you like it. Storage... having similar problems I have just ordered two 500 meg LaCie external hard drives from NewEgg, about $115 each. They had awesome reviews and they are cheap. Make sure to get the one with the fan and buy a $2.50 cable as theirs is too short. I am going to use one as a backup instead of all the DVD's and store it at my husbands office, so it is off site. Some people rave about Picassa, free download I think. but I have not tried it since I got DSL. I haven't blogged in ages, but I will get the email if you comment there. If you love fonts you love You can create wish lists and it also stores what you have bought there. You could create a wishlist which includes your current fonts and if you type a sample text line it shows it in every font and whatever color you choose. Happy November have a wonderful day!

Elizabeth said...

I know by now you probably have a good answer but I use AMP Font Viewer, a free application. You can generate exactly the type of list you mentioned and print it out. Many choices for how, also. My email is and I personally use this.