Friday, February 22, 2008

Fact Number 29

I Love TARGET!! OK, I guess most people love target. But it's certain things that I love from Target. 1. Dollar Spot! I have been finding so much stuff for scrapbooking and/or card making! I'm loving that. Then there is their Archer Farms items. I've been getting some tropical mix of dried fruit. It has dried mangos, pineapple, coconut, papaya and kiwi and it is the bomb! Too bad there are not any Targets around here. A couple of weekends ago we went to visit from friends in Georgetown and decided we had to get to Lexington early so we could go to Target. Then, the other night, the friend that was with me when we went to Target, said we were gonna have to go to Clarksville (our nearest Target) to get some Archer Farms almonds! So now I'm not the only one!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fact Number 28

I am addicted to ...The Dollar Tree! I love all of the stuff I can get there. Other than the entire candy isle, I can find so much stuff that I love, for crafting mostly. I get some weird excitement when I have a good find and I usually end up with both arms full of good finds, but then once I check out, and I've spent maybe $15?? Who can beat that? Hopefully this will blow over soon! Or maybe not...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fact Number 27

I got a Cricut for Christmas, and I absolutely love it. So far, I've used it mostly for card making, but I can't wait until I start scrapbooking on a regular basic, cause I know I'll do tons of stuff on it!! I love it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fact Number 26

I love to make beaded items. I use seed beads to make lace-like covers for glass ornaments. I really like doing it, but it is time consuming and very tedious. I haven't made one in a few years as I've got too many crafts to do as it is, but I do keep them around for when I get back to it.

Update on Organizing...I did NOTHING today. In fact, I did something that is counteracting all of the organizing and cleaning I did yesterday. I went to Walmart and bought too much stuff!! I bought some super cute pink camo flannel and some UK Wildcats flannel. I want to make some sleep/lounge pants for me and Jason. I have a TON of flannel in my sewing fabric box, but I just had to have it! I also got some stickers and more mats for my Cricut...I've barely used it a month and it's lost all of its stickiness! I know they are not supposed to last forever, but they should last longer than it did. Maybe I'll get creative tonight and post something...don't hold your breath! ~Kim


Monday, February 18, 2008

Fact Number 25

I LOVE to paint ceramics. When I lived in Cincinnati, I worked with a lady who painted bisque, and she took me to a class and I fell in love. It became a true obsession. I went to class every Tuesday for a couple of months. I found out that I liked painting at home, by myself much better. After I moved back to Western KY, I would still go back to that ceramics store in Bethel, Ohio to buy my bisque. One time last year, I was going to visit the inlaws in Northern KY and I wanted to go out to Bethel to buy some ceramics. They had closed down. I even googled someone with the owner's last name and called, hoping that they'd be a relative. When I started asking, she said that Mindi had closed the business and sold all of her molds. I was so disappointed. I feel like I helped keep them in business when I was painting a lot cause I would buy $100 a week in supplied and bisque. I can get stuff online now, but I just hate it that her little shop couldn't survive. I like keeping my money in the community, and even though it wasn't my community anymore, I still wanted to see it thrive.

UPDATE ON ORGANIZING: I've finally started it...I actually got more done that I expected. I cleaned up the office and got a path cleared up enough to get my wonderful dining room table directly in the spare room. Just where it will get the most use. We don't use it for dining, so it might as well be put to use! And boy do I love it! Hopefully, tomorrow night I'll get as much done as I have tonight. I should be creating sometime on Wednesday!! Keep reading! ~Kim

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Fact Number 24

I purchased a sewing machine a couple of years ago. I had been using my mother's old one, and it started smoking one day. So I called a local repair shop and it was going to cost $40 just to look at it. Mom said she only paid $35 for it and it wasn't worth it. So, I saved some of my Christmas bonus and bought a new to me machine. I really love it. I even took a sewing class last year and learned how to make capri pants. The class was OK, and it taught me a lot about cutting a pattern and stuff like that, but it also taught me that I don't like making clothes that much! It's a lot easier to buy them. The teacher talked about how the quality of hand sewn clothes was much better than when you buy them in the store, but I think you spend way more time and money on hand made clothes. I'm all for being creative, but I'm never gonna make a wardrobe that I would like more than what I see at clothing stores. I guess it must just be the decades that I grew up in. Mom never made us clothes, everything was store bought.

Anywho...I made a card for my sister for her birthday. It is on Tuesday, but we celebrated it today with the family. I ended up leaving the handmade card at home. So, as we're pulling into town, I tell Jason he needs to stop at Walgreens, I need a card for Patsy. I found a great one, but when she opened it, she said, "You didn't make my card?" Man, I felt like so bad! It was sorta cute, but I felt like it was thrown together. I'll make a better one sometime this week and send it to her. Better late than never!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fact Number 23

Since losing weight, I have become a thrift store junkie. Losing weight as rapidly as I did, it didn't make sense to buy new clothes as they usually only lasted a month or so. So, once I got down small enough, I was able to shop at thrift stores. Now, I have issues paying regular price for something, when I know I could find something just as good for a really good price at the thrift store. I especially like when they run specials. One day I walked out with 12 pairs of pants, 4 button down shirts and 3 sweaters for less than 16 bucks! Another time I walked out with a wool pea coat and a couple pair of pants and shirt for under 5 bucks! I'm quite addicted! And I've got a stuffed closet to prove it! Thanks for reading. Maybe tomorrow I'll post a card. I'm needing to make one for my sister's birthday for tomorrow, so I'll get it up here soon! ~Kim

Friday, February 15, 2008

100 Facts about Me!

Angelosity has this challenge on her blog. I first saw it when California Stampin had facts about her in each of her posts. So I read back to fact number one and saw this challenge. I think it's really cool so I've decided to join...22 days late! So, this first post will include 22 facts about me, and then I will start doing this daily. Maybe this will inspire me to do more blogging (and more crafting) in the process! Anyway, here's my first 22 facts:

1. I am married to a wonderful man named Jason. He is my best friend and my soulmate. He loves me the way I am (which is enough to drive anyone bonkers!) and I couldn't ask for more. Love you babe!

2. Jason and I do not have kids. We are almost 100% sure that we do not want children. Not completely...time will tell. I know if it is meant to be, God will let it happen.

3. I have one older sister. We fought like cats and dogs growing up. We're not real close, but I love her and wouldn't trade her for anything.

4. I have three very cute nephews and one beautiful niece. My sister's two children are Jacob, who is 13 years old and Samantha who just turned 10 years old. Jason's sisters two children are Quinn, who is 4 and Cade who is two...wait, maybe he's three...I'm a horrible aunt! I can't remember the year he was born!!

5. I am a mac nerd! I love my iBook and wish I still worked on a mac at work. I go back and forth between mac and PC pretty effortlessly, but would still rather use a mac.

6. I love to scrapbook. I used to be a Creative Memories Consultant, but I didn't sell much and since I have a closet full of stuff, I couldn't justify buying more stuff to keep me active. Hopefully some day I'll get motivated and get back to scrapbooking. I have a ton of stuff to scrap, and all of the supplies, I just need motivation.

7. I have lost 224 pounds in the last two years. I had gastric bypass surgery and it has completely changed my life. I was a healthy obese person, but I knew it was only a matter of time before I developed diabetes and heart problems. When I had my gall bladder out in 2005, the surgeon told my mom if I didn't have WLS I wouldn't make it to see 50 years. Scary thought!

8. I have worked in many different fields in my life. I started out in restaurants as a teenager. Then I worked for a temp agency doing secretarial work. I've worked in convenient stores. I've also worked in the admitting department at a hospital and the emergency room of the same hospital. Now I work in the printing industry. My favorite job of all times was working at a youth camp. I loved working with the kids and working outdoors. I'm not sure if I have the patience to do it now, but I did when I was younger.

9. My favorite color has changed over the years. At one time it was black, purple, pink, etc. Now it depends on what it is. Overall, my favorite color is blue. But for cars, I like brown/gold cars.

10. I've lived in Kentucky and Ohio. Different cities in each state, but in the same areas. Not too exciting!

11. I've got two tattoos. One is on my ankle. It's a rose that a friend in college drew. The other is Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

12. I have a new addiction. It's called knitting. My mom taught me how last year and I can't quit it. She taught me how to crochet as a kid, but I never had the patience to sit still long enough to learn to knit. I have that now and I'm hooked! Now, I just have to get her to show me what to do to get the project off the needles!! She said it is easy, but not easy enough to talk me through it over the phone! Maybe I'll see her this weekend and she can show me!

13. I LOVE sugary candy! Nerds, suckers, gummies, anything with sugar, I love. I'm not that big of a chocolate addict, but I love me some sugar!

14. How did me and my husband meet? We both worked at the same summer camp in 1996. He's from Northern KY, and I'm from Western KY, and we never would have met if he hadn't of went to a summer job fair at EKU. We had a summer romance that I was sure was gonna end once he left. But, he kept calling and visiting. And 10 months later he asked me to marry him! We've been together ever since!

15. I have a very close group of friends that I hang out with and I met them all at the summer camp I worked and grew up at. I have Kara, who I've known the longest, who also works with me at the printing company. Her sister is Jenni, we roomed together in college. Then there is Jason, of course. I live with him, so we see each other alot. Then there is Kris and Shawn. They also met at camp, neither are from the town I live in, but both went to school here and have made it their home. To round out the group, we have Dinker and Dozer. They ran the camp that we worked at and have proven to be great friends. I don't know what I'd do without my close friends. I feel like a very lucky person to have them in my life.

16. I love all kinds of music. The only thing I'm not real keen on is Opera or Death Metal (if you want to call it that) or hard core gansta rap. It does surprise people to know that I LOVE Eminem, but I also love the Dixie Chicks! Mostly what I listen to is 80's music on my satellite radio. Love the Big 80s!

17. I love to read. I haven't read any good books lately. I mostly read at night while trying to go to sleep. I've been looking at Women's Health lately. Good stuff.

18. I am a reality show junkie! I love almost all reality shows. My favorites are American Idol and Big Brother. I don't watch Amazing Race or Survivor, but love the rest. I've sent in an audition tape for Big Brother, but didn't get picked. I also auditioned Nashville Star but I didn't make it either. That is why I am a Reality Show Reject!

19. I HATE to clean. I love having a clean house, but I hate doing the deed. I guess if I'd keep things straightened on a daily basis, then it wouldn't be so hard. I could just dust and vacuum weekly and be good. Well, maybe if I was a happy homemaker I'd get more into it. Who knows!

20. I don't know how to cook. I know how to fix some dishes, and I have lots of recipes for appettizers, but for me to go into the kitchen, pull ingredients and spices and start cooking? Nope, can't do it. I asked my mom recently why she didn't make me learn to cook as a teenager. She looked at me and gave me the evil eye and said, "I couldn't MAKE you do ANYTHING!" OK then. I must have been a hand full. That may be one reason that we don't have kids. We're afraid we'd have another one like me!!

21. Speaking of my mom, I love my parents! My mom is my best friend and I can talk to her about anything. She is kind hearted and loves her kids and grandkids more than anything in the world. She works hard, and complains about her job alot, but she doesn't have much of a life outside of work and home. She's a homebody hermit (that's who I get it from!) My dad is a jack of all trades, master of ALL! He worked at a sporting goods store in the gun department. I grew up around guns as he used to take me to the range to shoot. He's very good at his job because he's a people person. He's never met a stranger. I remember going with him to a flea market one time and he stopped to talk to a guy. They carried on like they were old friends. As we walked away, I asked who that was and he said, "I don't know, some guy I know." He knows faces but usually not names. I guess I get my good nature in dealing with the public from him. He's good in customer service as I am too. I may complain about my customers in private, but I never let them know it. I make sure they know that they are number 1. Without them, I'd be without a job.

22. I wear contacts and glasses. I wish I could have lasix surgery so I could fall asleep while watching TV without worrying about breaking my glasses or taking my contacts out. Maybe someday.

WHEEWW! That was a long list! I'm glad to have caught up, and will start making this a daily thing. What a great challenge!

Imma Big Fat Liar!!

OK, so I haven't organized a thing. NOTHING! My stamp/craft/catch all table is still a mile high with clutter. I haven't made any cards for my giveaway winner, and over all I just suck. I don't see how all of these bloggers in the blogging world make daily posts along with daily cards?!? Maybe they do not work full time jobs and that allows them to be creative during the day? Or maybe they are just more motivated than me? (That is probably not too far from the truth!) And I've stopped spending all of my free time searching other people's blogs for ideas that never come to me. I haven't stopped knitting though. That does take a lot of my time, but I'm wanting to get all of my projects done before my friends have their babies! I just can't knit fast enough!

So, my plan for this weekend...1.) Get my office straightened up so I can set up my craft room. 2.) Clean off my craft table and move it into office and get everything organized. 3.) Try to talk my husband into building my ribbon/stamp rack that I've envisioned for quite a while. 4.) Make cards for giveaway winner and some to have on hand for me. 5.) Make birthday cards for my sister and one of my friends. 6.) Finish my project for my friend in Utah. 7.) Rest. Hopefully I'll not decide to jump straight to 7 and be done with it. I'll probably be going to see my parents on Sunday, so the hour drive each way will be good for knitting. And I'm sure I'll knit while I'm there, cause that's what I do!

I'm feeling very motivated right now...too bad I'm at work today and can't get my house work done...blah...

OK, my break is over...must get back to work. I'll make a post later and show you my lovely anniversary/valentine's present from my hubby. There's a story to go with it, so it deserves a post all to itself! Thanks for reading! ~Kim

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Organizing...really, I am!

That's what I'm doing, from now until...well, until I get done. And who knows when that'll be. I'm ashamed to say that I just took down my Christmas tree and decorations earlier this week. Yes, I know it is February. But, in my defense, DH didn't put the tree up until December 12th, and I usually want it up Thanksgiving weekend, so leaving it up a little longer than normal isn't too it? (OK, I've already admitted in a post last year that I am a procrastinator. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I'm not afraid to mention it now...I'm lazy too! I hate anything that has to do with work, especially cleaning.)

So, back to organizing. As I was cleaning, my craft table just got piled really high with junk. By junk I mean craft stuff that had gotten spread out all over the living room. So, after getting the rest of the living room clean and organized, I decided that I'm going to get my office clean (which is a feat in itself, lemme tell ya!), move the dining room table in my office (we never use it to dine at's a small butcher block table that is PERFECT for stamping...I was gonna buy one at a thrift store, but DH said to just use what we got...ok!) and get my stamping/scraping/crafting area ORGANIZED!!! I've got some plywood that I got from a friend. I'm gonna have DH build me a rack to hang on the wall with dowel rods in it for my ribbon. I'm gonna have him put a couple of shelves on it for some stamp pads. Then I'm gonna find a permanent place to hook up my Cricut. I read on someone's blog that they used priority mail boxes for 12 x 12 paper storage. I measured one I had. Sure enough, it will hold it! I'll decorate it with pretty paper and no one will be the wiser! All this talk about organizing is making me want to start right this minute. But, well, one, I'm lazy (we established that earlier) and tired from work today, and two, I have to start getting ready for a meeting that I'm going to in an hour. And I would hate to start getting into what I'm doing and have to stop. So, I'll sit here on the computer some more! I'll post pictures once I have my area situated. I do have a couple of photos to share. The first one is of the Thank You card I sent to the animal hospital that took care of Lucy Dog. I didn't like it when I first made it, but when I picked it up a couple days later, I decided it was OK.


The next photo is of the Lucy Dog. I might have sent her mixed signals at the time this photo was taken. Lucy has reign over most of the furniture in the living room. She has ruined our couch and loveseat with her claws. It's her daddy's fault. When they were living in Cincinnati and I was down here, he started letting her sit with him on the couch. She rarely did it when I was living there, but well, when mommy's away, the kiddies will play. So, anyway, she has the loveseat and couch. She also "claims" any blankets that are around. There are two blankets on the couch and one blanket on the loveseat that have her patterned markings, kind of a circle like indention. Anyway, when we bought matching leather recliners, that was one thing that we said she would not get in. Well, she likes them just as much as we do. However, we put our foot down when it comes to these things. I usually keep my sketch clipboard in my seat when I'm gone, and I've got a notebook that I sit in Jason's chair. He doesn't remember to put it there whenever he leaves that often. And Lucy gets tempted very easily.


As I walked in the door at lunch, I completely caught her off guard, as she usually hears me and meets me at the door (and if she's been in the chair it is rocking and it's a dead giveaway). I yell at her, but I think she's so comfortable, she doesn't care. So, I scramble to find my camera to catch her in the act. Then I drag her butt out of the chair and scold her. Mixed messages?? Oh well. I just sent Jason an email with that picture and the subject was "Look Where I Found Your Dog!!" Thanks for reading!~Kim

Sunday, February 3, 2008

We have a winner!

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The winner is JavaMama! I'll be emailing you shortly to see your preferences for notecards! Thanks for playing everyone and keep on reading! ~Kim