Monday, October 17, 2016

Challenge #42--FRIENDSHIP...Midway

Hello everyone!  It is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #42. The theme for this challenge is FRIENDSHIP. Need some additional motivation to get you started? Be sure to check out Pat's Pondering this month (which you can find HERE) for some words of inspiration on the subject. Pat reminds us that friendship isn't only about our two legged companions but also about our furry, feathery and scaly ones as well! It is this take on friendship that inspired the idea behind today's free sentiment as well.

Anyway, now it is time to get on with our midway!

Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

SNS Blinkie

Disco Girlfriends

Country Flowers

Welcome Autumn

Holiday Cheer

Paw Prints

April Showers

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these fabulous images during the midway. Thanks so much to our amazing sponsor.

To help inspire you down the path of FRIENDSHIP, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Sandy is even back with us this month with two! Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

Edwina from Edwina's Creations, who is our guest designer this month, shared not only a gorgeous tag with us but also a beautiful shutter card as well. Check her projects out....

So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for? Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to the idea of friendship, provide an explanation of how your project and/or post relates to the theme somewhere in your post or come over and leave a comment with the explanation. Easy, peasy! You can enter our latest challenge by clicking HERE.

Also, I know that the participants would love for you to go and pay them a visit. Remember we're creating a Path of Positivity to follow one project at a time and we'd love to see you somewhere on that route even if it is just by leaving a comment on an entry from someone who has touched you somehow with their project and/or post!

If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, in the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

Don't Forget...

You have until 11:55 p.m. on October 17th to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #41. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Don't forget, if you leave a comment on a selection of the active posts from this month, you have the opportunity to walk away with a small selection of digital papers. Winners for challenge #41 will be posted next Monday if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.


If you need some additional motivation to help inspire you, I've provided another sentiment on this month's theme (the first is available HERE), free for you to download.

Left click to bring the image up into the lightbox in its full size 
and then right click and scroll down to 'save as'.

Credit Notes For This Creation:
© 2015, Lisa L. Décosse.  PUO.  However, you are allowed to use the sentiment on handmade projects that you intend to sell on a small scale basis provided credit is given. You also need to include a credit note and a link to this blog should you use any of my images in your creations and post them on your blog. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with my full terms of use found in the 'Download Instructions & T.O.U.' tab at the top of this page. Of important note: Please do not share my images with family, friends, etc. Additionally, do not post any images to file sharing services like Box®, 4-Shared®, etc. Instead, please direct people to my blog so they can grab the image for themselves. If you would like to post a watermarked version of the image, please contact me to obtain one. 

This word art creation is in png format and published at 300 ppi. It is quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with. If you are a card maker you can always resize it smaller without distorting the quality.

Additional Credit and Font Information

The word 'furever' was paper pieced with a fur texture from My Free Textures. This texture may be used for commercial purposes.

Fonts used 
The first font was purchased with an extended commercial use licence. The second font was free and listed for commercial use at the time of this creation. Click on the font name to take you to a download location. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my designs and offer the resulting creations to others for free or for sale. Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using a font on something you sell. Please refer to my full terms of service for what you can and cannot do with this digital creation.

Whether you are new and need to familiarize yourself with all the details,  or a returning participant and just need to refresh yourself, you can always find out everything you need to know in order to enter this challenge in the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page. You can enter the challenge by clicking HERE to take you to the current challenge post where you can also find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the post.


Please show your support to our wonderful guest sponsor by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  As mentioned above, this month our guest sponsor is...
SNS Blinkie

Our regular sponsors include...


  If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME or just leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ponderings Along the Pathway...FRIENDSHIP

Welcome to this month's edition of Ponderings Along the Pathway, an exclusive feature over here on the Path of Positivity. The purpose of this column is to continue with the goal of this blog which is to create a space "designed to inspire, nurture and provide support for the soul by creating a positive path to follow, one project or post at a time". Providing some motivational introspection on the themes we cover each challenge period, is one way of achieving this goal.

This month it is all about FRIENDSHIP and PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject...

(If you'd like to see the pictures enlarged, simply click on them to bring them up into the lightbox for better viewing.)

When you think of friends in your life, they’re most likely of the two-footed variety. Last year, my family rescued a seven-year-old Silkie Terrier. He has become a beloved friend to us, and especially to me. My life has a lot of stress at the moment, with no end in sight, at least in the near future. Somehow he knows when I need a snuggle or to get off my butt and take a brisk walk. Lest we forget our furry BFFs, my pondering today will take you on a virtual walk with Wilson, my intrepid companion and loyal friend.

Wilson and I both love the exercise, but we have different agendas. He chases squirrels and birds, I keep my eyes open for the unusual. And we are never disappointed.

So as we started “down the path,” my phone in hand. We never know what we'll discover. Wilson found a good spot to "mark his territory." Looks like the neighborhood spiders are decorating early for Halloween.

I spied the biggest mushroom, I mean fungus, I have ever seen in my life (not edible, darn it). I do love mushrooms, but they are poisonous to Wilson, so on we marched.

This fungus is truly humongous!! It's about eight feet up the tree, and that tree is probably over a hundred years old! The only reason Wilson noticed it was because he had chased a fat but very quick squirrel up the tree.

Close by, we discovered an evergreen tree growing in an oak tree, where the tree trunk originally branched out many years ago. It's like a foster child being taken care of by another family.

Curiouser and curiouser...

We hit the park next, and just for grins I wondered if Wilson would like a little time in the toddler swing. He didn't, but I managed to get somewhat of a photo.

To be honest, the only reason he stayed in the swing long enough for me to take this horrible picture was the treat I held in my other hand. Great shot of him looking longingly off camera, huh? The things friends will do for each other...

Back on the path, we discovered that the moon was in the western sky, while the sun was lazing its way from the east. Silkie Terriers are not "howlers," but lots of friends have different tastes in music, right?

Did you know that when the moon and the sun share the sky, fairies and gnomes can go about their business invisible to human eyes? My camera is a special one, though, able to catch certain "mythical" creatures in their natural habitat.

I managed to catch this friendly gnome preparing his winter retreat in the hollow of a tree. Somehow, Wilson missed him, but I pointed him out before we continued.

The fairy, however, changed herself into a Monarch Moth just as I was clicking my camera button. Wilson definitely saw her, but was unable to eat, I mean catch, her before she flew off.

We finished off our walk with a vigorous sprint into the house and straight to his food bowl, which I filled for him lickety-split. There's nothing better than sharing a meal with your BFF (but I wouldn't recommend it if your friend is on a "special" diet like Wilson).

I can't wait to share another walk along the path with my BFF, ready for whatever treasures we discover along the way. And the path is often best trod in the company of friends, whether they have two legs or four.

Besides, it’s best to share treasure with someone else, and it might as well be a good friend!

Pat is correct--we can't forget our furry pals when thinking of our friends. Animals provide such companionship and are definitely one of life's treasures, all by themselves! I hope that you have had the pleasure of owning a pet at some point in your journey along life's Pathway. They can certainly enrich one's existence. 
Well folks, that is it for today but please be sure to join us on Monday when we'll be back with the midway for our challenge.  Enjoy the remainder of your weekend everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Challenge #41 Top Pick: Voting Open October 10th to 17th, 2016


Hey everyone!  For all of our Canadian friends, followers and readers, Happy Thanksgiving Day!

It is time to get on with showcasing the top pick for Challenge #41. Sadly we only had three entries. So once again, each of the entrants have the opportunity to be chosen as the Voter's Choice. We do this any time we have less than 14 participants. And, while we may not have enough participants to have a top seven, or even a top three, we certainly have enough to have a top pick. Therefore, it is time to get on with showcasing the one project that touched the team the most.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Pick for Challenge #41...

Congrats NanaConnie... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #41 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...

Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participant's who entered Challenge #41 AND FOLLOWED THE THEME & RULES is eligible to have their project and/or post voted on. Here is a list of those participants. Each of the entrant's names is linked up to their blog post (order is reflective of how they entered the challenge and nothing else).

Ana Isabel
Lidia R.


Now the really hard work starts. It is time for you, our readers, to vote for your favourite entry. Which participant most inspires you? Remember, you are not necessarily voting on a creation that was made. You might simply find what the person had to say in their post to be inspiring and optimistic and in line with the concept of LUCK. Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails. Once you have checked all the entries out,  let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Inlinkz feature.

Voting open for 7 days:
 October 10th to
October 17th

Come have your say in determining the Voter's Choice for Challenge #41! Don't forget to leave a comment after you have voted. There will be a prize for one lucky person who leaves a comment on one of this month's posts (chosen randomly from a selection of posts related to Challenge #41). If you haven't had the opportunity to visit each of the entries already, please go and check them out a little more closely before placing your vote. Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

Good luck everyone!

Link Up below: