81 Years of Looking for Nessie

Seen today, April 21, 2015, on Google.com…

Click the image to search for Nessie on Google!
To celebrate the anniversary of the famous “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the creature from 1934, Google Maps released brand new 360-degree imagery from the legendary lake…even below the water! Click here to search on Google Maps.

The Clan Packs are back!

Clan Pack: MacDonald with Bonus Printable! Clan Pack: MacGregor with Bonus Printable!

The Clan Packs are starting to arrive in the shop beginning with Clan Donald and Clan Gregor.
These two clans are great friends so it seems filling that they debut together.

They have been revamped to include a special tartan Christmas ornament and in some cases, a pretty tartan egg. Clan Gregor now includes the MacGregor red & black tartan (aka Rob Roy). ribbons, ornament, and buttons, too.

If you create a layout or some other project using the designs, let me know. I’d love to feature yours here!


On this day – May 2, 1933 – Loch Ness Monster sighted!

1934 Loch Ness monster photo Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was born when a sighting on May 2, 1933 made local news. This photo was taken the following year, in 1934, by Lt. Col. Robert Kenneth Wilson and was published in The Daily Mail.

If you’re thinking of traveling there to take a look for yourself, check out this great article on the Clan Gregor Society website. If you find her, make sure to let us know!

How to get the perfect shade of color

Hex Color Tool

In Smashing Magazine’s newsletter today, they reviewed a new tool to help you get just the right shade of color for your project. You can use the HexColorTool in any browser and just enter the six-digit hex value of your color, select either lighter or darker, and use the handy slider to choose a percentage. Have fun playing with your colors!


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The bagpiper…a cautionary (but humorous) tale

The bagpiperAs a bagpiper, I play many gigs. The bagpiper…a cautionary (but humorous) tale…. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”


Do you have a fun bagpiper story to share?



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