Monday, March 24, 2014

MWO Has Finally Moved and is Open Again!

Yes it has taken me some time but Mind Wide Open is now settled in it's new home and I hope you'll stop by for a brand new challenge! Game on folks! Visit us here


See you on the flip side!
Cheers
Gail

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Little Longer

Hello Friends! Moving this blog to Typepad did not happen as I thought it would. It's a long story and has to do with all the other moves I'm making to Typepad and a thing called domain mapping, so I have to wait a little longer before I can make it happen. The Creative Workshops move is looming closer and eating up so much of my time as I try to keep all the details and to-do's straight. So I am putting Mind Wide Open on hiatus until after the move so I can come back to it and give it my full attention. I'll see you soon!

xxoo ~ Gail

Monday, July 1, 2013

July Hiatus & a Move

Hello Creatives! I have decided to take a break for the month of July, I have been working on a huge move for Creative Workshops and for my personal Shabby Cottage Studio blog, trying to get everything under one big umbrella. So I plan to move this blog  over to Typepad with everything else. Then I only have one place I have to sign in and it would be so much easier on me.

I will be back in August and give you a link to our new home. I'm thinking of changing up the challenge and doing it differently, but we'll see how that goes, it may have to come later after the move. I am determined to not put myself under stress this summer and so far I've done pretty good. :)

So I'll see you in August with a new address.
xxoo ~ Gail

Saturday, June 22, 2013

We Have Our WInner

I always wonder if others have the same issues with Google and Blogger as I do. Everything goes along fine and then out of the blue I can't get to Blogger, Google or anything Google related, like You Tube or Google search. I can go anywhere I want except for anything controlled by Google. So I'm late posting June's winner because I simply couldn't get here. I'm toying with the idea of moving this blog to my typpad account because they are not controlled by big brother Google. :)

Anyway, enough of me! Our winner this month is Loretta Grace and her lovely doorknob hanger. 
Loretta, I will be sending you an email. 

Thanks ladies for joining us in June and I'll be back in July with another image!

xxoo
Gail

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Voting is Ready for Mind Wide Open

I do apologize for the delay in getting the images up this month. We  had a family emergency to deal with and are now back on track with our regular routine.

So we are ready to vote on this mont's challenge entries and I hope you will cast a vote for your favorite. In order that I don't have to post the voting rules each month I have put them at the top of our sidebar on the right.
Please kindly read our voting rules.
If an entry has a link their name is bolded beneath their photo. Please vist our entrants blogs and find out more about them and their creations. If you have sent me an entry make sure you post it on your blog so you can talk about your entry! Be proud, it's allowed.:) If you have a link and forgot to send it to me, don't panic, just go ahead and send it on, and I'll get you linked.
 
If I have made any mistakes... forgotten a link, mispelled a name... please shoot me an email. I move a lot of files around during the challenge to get the voting ready so it is very easy for me to make an error.
Voting closes at the end of the day (whatever time zone you are in) June 19 and the winners announced June 20!
Good luck to all the entrants!
If you click on any photo at any time it will switch images to a slideshow mode.
 
  

 Carol Fox-White

 Loretta Grace



xxoo
Gail

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mind Wide Open June Challenge

I know, I know. The first of June already! Our weather seems to have finally settled down to it's fairly regular pattern. So we'll see what the summer holds. Right now we have roses, peonies, lilacs and Queen Anne Lace blooming all over the place.The colors and the smells are intoxicating and I love it. Something else I love? Bunnies. I never was the teddy bear type but show me a bunny and I can melt all over the place. So when I perused my images I knew this would be the one I used this month.

Our rules to play the game are very very simple and reside at the top of this blog page. Kindly take a moment to read them if you are new to our site, they are few and as I said, very simple.

The image is approx. 4 x 4" at 300dpi, and should print very well for you. To grab the image right click on it, then click Save Picture As and save to your computer. You are welcome to re-size it to fit your needs, or alter it in any manner as long as it is some way recognizable as the image I provided.

Your jpeg image is due to me shabby{at}lgschmidt.net by days end of  June 9. I will then get all images and links listed and announce when voting is open.
And here is your image.

Have fun, don't be hard on yourself, and let it be what it will.
xxoo
Gail

Monday, May 20, 2013

We Have a Winner!

Ooops! I am a day late on announceing our winner! My apologies, I simply got my dates mixed up and tripped over my own feet. :)
 
This month our winning vote goes to Electra! I will be in touch shortly Electra! Thanks to all our entires as always. We appreciate the time you take out of your schedule to play along with us!
See you in June!
 
xxoo Gail

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mind Wide Open May Voting is Open

Happy Mothers Day weekend everyone! I hope your Mother's Day is a special and loving day for you, whether you are a mother being honored, or a mother's child honoring your mother. Tomorrow we honor my mother who will be eighty-one in a few months. We cherish every moment we have with her.
 
So we are ready to vote on this mont's challenge entries and I hope you will cast a vote for your favorite. In order that I don't have to post the voting rules each month I have put them at the top of our sidebar on the right.
Please kindly read our voting rules.
If an entry has a link their name is bolded beneath their photo. Please vist our entrants blogs and find out more about them and their creations. If you have sent me an entry make sure you post it on your blog so you can talk about your entry! Be proud, it's allowed.:) If you have a link and forgot to send it to me, don't panic, just go ahead and send it on, and I'll get you linked.
 
If I have made any mistakes... forgotten a link, mispelled a name... please shoot me an email. I move a lot of files around during the challenge to get the voting ready so it is very easy for me to make an error.
Voting closes at the end of the day (whatever time zone you are in) May 18 and the winners announced May 19!
Good luck to all the entrants!

If you click on any photo at any time it will switch images to a slideshow mode.
 Carol Berger



Loretta O'Neill

xoxo
Gail
LET THE VOTING BEGIN!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Mind Wide Open Challenge Image

In looking for an image to present for the May challenge I found some scans of old cabinet cards I own. As usual I have questions. I could be wrong but I am assuming the children in this picture are brother and sister although to my eye I don't think they look a lot alike. And I find myself  wondering why these two children look so solemn? What can I read in their expressions? Maybe it is nothing more than back in that day and age it took so long for a picture to be taken that it was hard to hold a smile that long. And I also wonder why is the little boy sitting and the gfirl standing? Why not the other way around? And why does it look like he is wearing a collar of the priesthood? Is he really or is it just a fluke of the way the clothing is arranged? I wonder what happened to these two children and why this photo ended up in a flea market. I find this is the way of old photos I come upon. I can sit and stare at them and have questions, but usually no answers. People photos have always intrigued me as I try to divine their story from a short moment stolen in time.

Our rules to play the game are at the top of the blog, kindly take a moment to read them if you are new to our site, they are few and simple.
The image is approx. 4 x 6" at 300dpi, and should print very well for you. To grab the image right click on it, then click Save Picture As and save to your computer. You are welcome to re-size it to fit your needs, or alter it in any manner as long as it is some way recognizeable as the image I provided.

Your jpeg image is due to me shabby{at}lgschmidt.net by days end of   May 9. I will then get all images and links listed and announce when voting is open.
And here is your image.


I'll look forward to your creations!
xxo
Gail

Saturday, April 20, 2013

We have a winner

Our winner for April is Linda Adams and her beautiful prayer flag! Linda I'll send you an email. Thank you ladies for joining us this month and playing along. You are appreciated! I'll be back next month with a new challenge and some news. See you then!
 
xxo
Gail

Thursday, April 11, 2013

We're ready to vote on the April MWO Challenge!

Hello my fellow creatives. I am finally coming down off my high from having spent time at Art Is You in Nashville. It was a real artistic blast and kind of surreal to finally meet some online friends I've talked to for years but never met in person. To reach out and hug those women topped off the whole fabulousness of the trip. But now it is back to business as usual and we're ready to unveil our entries for this month's challenge.

So that I don't have to post the voting rules each month I have put them at the top of our sidebar on
the right.
Please kindly read our voting rules.
If an entry has a link their name is bolded beneath their photo. Please vist our entrants blogs and find out more about them and their creations. If you have sent me an entry make sure you post it on your blog so you can talk about your entry! Be proud, it's allowed.:) If you have a link and forgot to send it to me, don't panic, just go ahead and send it on, and I'll get you linked.

If I have made any mistakes... forgotten a link, mispelled a name... please shoot me an email. I move a lot of files around during the challenge to get the voting ready so it is very easy for me to make an error.
Voting closes at the end of the day (whatever time zone you are in) April 18 and the winners announced April 19!
Good luck to all the entrants!

If you click on any photo at any time it will switch images to a slideshow mode.
xoxo
Gail

LET THE VOTING BEGIN!
 

 




 
Lizbeth
 
 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Challenge

 I could say I didn't post the challenge yesterday as my April Fool's prank on you. :)
 But I have an affinity for the truth and the truth is the day simply slipped away from me. I am in the midst of getting ready to go to Art Is You in Nashville where I get to spend three glorious days doing nothing more than being a happy, painty, messy student. My first live workshop event in a decade!
 
So on to this months challenge image. This month we have a word prompt along with the image.
 
Our rules to play the game are at the top of the blog, kindly take a moment to read them if you are new to our site, they are few and simple.
The image is approx. 8.5" x 11" at 300dpi, and should print very well for you. To grab the image right click on it, then click Save Picture As and save to your computer. You are welcome to re-size it to fit your needs, or alter it in any manner as long as it is some way recognizeable as the image I provided.

Your jpeg image is due to me shabby{at}lgschmidt.net by days end of   April 9. I will then get all images and links listed and announce when voting is open.
 
Our word prompt is freedom.
And here is your image. 
 

As always have fun, give yourself permission to play. And if you find it difficult to give yoruself permission then I hereby give you permission to take time to play! The rewards are great.
See you when I get back from Nashville.
You can bet I'll be having fun and playing!
 I have given myself permission. :)
xxo
Gail
 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Votes Are In!

Hi All! I'm back from my trip and have counted the votes and our lovely winner this month is
 
 
Linda I will be in touch.
 
Many thanks to all our participants and I hope we see you again next month!
Remember it's not always about the destination, but the journey, and for me, especially what I learn on that journey, no matter how short or how long it may be.
xxo
Gail

Friday, March 8, 2013

Mind Wide Open Voting Begins

I'm going to let our voting be extended this month as next week I will be going out of town to teach a workshop. So I'll let the voting run until I can get back and tally the votes.

So that I don't have to post the voting rules each month I have put them at the top of our sidebar on
the right.
Please kindly read our voting rules.

If an entry has a link their name is bolded beneath their photo. Please vist our entrants blogs and find out more about them and their creations. If you have sent me an entry make sure you post it on your blog so you can talk about your entry! Be proud, it's allowed.:) If you have a link and forgot to send it to me, don't panic, just go ahead and send it on, and I'll get you linked.

If I have made any mistakes... forgotten a link, mispelled a name... please shoot me an email. I move a lot of files around during the challenge to get the voting ready so it is very easy for me to make an error.
Voting closes at the end of the day (whatever time zone you are in) Mar. 18 and the winners announced Mar. 19!
Good luck to all the entrants!

If you click on any photo at any time it will switch images to a slideshow mode.
xoxo
Gail

LET THE VOTING BEGIN!