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See Beautiful Rock City Barn

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in The Great Outdoors | 0 comments

See Rock City Barn

I love this old barn with the billboard roof: “See Beautiful Rock City, Atop Lookout MT, Chattanooga, TN

I remember as a youngster going on trips with my family throughout the midwest and seeing “See Beautiful Rock City” on the roof tops of barns as we drove through the countryside. My Mom, my sisters and I would always point them out to each other when we spotted them.

There is still one such barn very close to where I live. I love to look at it anytime I drive by, but never stopped to take a photo.

On a gloomy, rainy day in April, I finally decided to stop and take a photo.  A young girl came riding by on a three-wheeler and I just waved my camera as to say why I was there.  She just smiled and kept going.  I’m sure this happens quite often.

This barn is located on U.S. 45 in Johnson County between Metropolis and Vienna.  Hope the owners keep it for many years to come.

See Beautiful Rock City Barn

See Rock City Barn in Johnson County, Illinois

We did actually make it to Look Out Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn. on one of our family adventures  – beautiful view there!

Please leave a comment if you have any See Rock City barn stories…

Bright Color Accessories Are Here

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Angie's Originals Artist Creations | 0 comments

We Love Colorful Jewelry and Accessories for Spring and Summer at Angie’s Originals!

Handcrafted Bead and Wire Necklace from Angie's Originals.

Above is a beautiful creation by Judy Dummeier.  Judy does all of the wire work on this necklace by hand.  Beautiful, isn’t it?


Beautiful colorful paper bead necklace from Angie's Originals. The colorful beads in this necklace are rolled paper beads!  We have several versions of Fair Trade paper bead necklaces from Kenya. They are super-light-weight…after all, they are made of paper!


Copper and Glass Pendant

This unique necklace is made by a husband and wife team, Jay and LouAnn Elwell.  Jay creates glass beads and a variety of copper jewelry pieces, while LouAnn creates all types of beaded jewelry.   Jay hammered a copper ring and then melted glass around it. Various  glass beads dangle below, and the pendant is strung on a black deerskin leather cord. Love it!





Colorful beaded bangles from Kenya at Angie's OriginalsWe’ve got lots of bright colors when it comes to bangles.  These bangles are made by artisans in Kenya.  Wear several together for a fun look!


If you live in the Southern Illinois area, we would love for you to visit us at Angie’s Originals.  If you are interested in an item on our website that is not listed in our on-line Etsy Shop, just contact us and we’ll make special arrangements for you.

Happy Accessorizing!


Make A Collage for Your Facebook Page

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Simply Social Media | 2 comments

Make a cool cover collage photo for your Facebook Business Page or your personal Facebook page. It’s easy with Pic Monkey!

1. Go to and choose the collage icon.


You will be directed to select the photos you want to include in your collage.  Select your photos from images saved on your computer. (You can add them one at a time, or hold down the CTRL key while you select multiple pictures to add to the editor.)

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Click on blue color square “Open Photos” to continue to add as many photos as you want to use.

2. Select Your Layout.
Once all your photos have been imported, click on the Layout icon on the left.  This reveals all of the different layout options available.  Click on the Facebook Cover Photo option.  Now you will see different collage designs – choose the one you wish to use.

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3.  Add Your Images to the Layout.
Click on the Image icon to get back to the photos you imported earlier. Then drag and drop your photos into the locations you wish.

pic monkey 3If you want to add more photos than slots provided, just drag your photo in the place you wish to add it and the editor will add an additional slot for your photo.  If you want to delete a photo or photo slot, just hover over it and click on the X that appears in the top right corner.

If you wish, you can edit your photos.  Hover over any photo and an Edit button appears.  Select Edit and you can make changes to your photo such as zooming or flipping or rotating the image.

4. Save OR Add Text.
When you are satisfied the the photo layout – and do NOT want to add any text – you can hit Save. (Skip to #5.)   If you want to add text to your collage, click “Edit” at the top to finalize the photo collage and send to the text editor.  Then Click Open in Editor.

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Click on the “Add Text” button at top left.  A block of text will appear on your collage.  You can drag this to whereever you want your text.

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Choose which font you like, pick a color for your text and adjust the type size by sliding the indicator on the horizontal bar.  Just remember to NOT place text along the bottom left where your profile picture will overlap your cover photo.

There are plenty of other bells and whistles on the sidebar if you want to experiment further. Many of these features you could use when editing a single photo.

5. Save Your Collage.
Once you have all of your text added, click on Save at the top.

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You can give your collage file a name.  Pic Monkey gives you three quality settings to choose from – three names of monkeys, I guess!  I usually just pick the middle one.  Choose where you want to save it: I always save it to my computer.  If you use Drop Box, you can save it there.

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6. Upload to Facebook.
Now you are ready to upload your cool new collage to your Facebook Page. Hover over your current Facebook cover photo until you see the “change cover” option. Upload  your new photo and you are done!

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