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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Brownie Cup Fail

Today I have a fail to show you.
the other day.  Looked pretty easy, so when I was having the kids
over for dinner, I thought I'd make them and fill them with 
ice cream.
I followed what they said to do, but things didn't turn out as they
show they would.  I guess the problem for me was that they
never said exactly how much batter to put into each cup.
They weren't hard to get out of the tins,
they just didn't look very good once I did.
And the tins?  
Well you can see how they looked,
But we ate them anyway, and they tasted great!
Just didn't look so great.
I might give this a try again, now I'm thinking maybe 
it just wasn't the amount of batter, but also that the 
cupcake tins might not have matched in size.
Who knows?
It might just be easier to make the brownies and
cut them up into squares, eh?
Have you ever tried something you saw on a video or on
Pinterest?  Did it work out?
I've done some other things that worked out great.
This one?  Not so much!

Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon.
You never know what I'll be posting about.

Monday, October 5, 2015

My "Wall of Fame"

I've said at the end of some of my posts to come back soon,
you never know what you'll see here.
Here is one of those "surprise" posts.
Recently I saw a post on one of my favorite blogs
"Older and Wisor" (link to the blog)
"How to Make a Photo Wall" (link to specific post)
I told Rebecca in my comment that it inspired me to write about 
my Wall of Fame, so here I am to write about it and give you a little
glimpse at my messy (it's really all my hubby's mess) office.
(I'm not showing my messy half)

Many years ago, I decided to put pictures in the little space that I have 
in the office.  It started off with a bang and I added to it quite often.
Unfortunately, the additions stopped and I never filled up all the space
available.  I'm thinking I need to add some more pictures and finish filling 
the walls, before it's time to paint again.
Here's what I see when I'm sitting at my desk.
I know that bookcase doesn't look great, but heck, it's an office,
what can you expect?
Above the doors to the living room.
(click on the pictures to enlarge them)
This is one wall in the corner of the room,
this is the other wall adjacent to it.
Next to the door there is a very narrow space,
I even fit a group of pictures there.
And above the windows across from the desk.
Looking at these makes me realize how old these pictures are.
I need to add some new ones.
Of course I'll leave the old ones up, I just need to add more
people.  I don't have any of my "greats" 
(that's my great nieces and nephews)
on the walls.
That's horrible, they are some of my favorite people!

Do you have a space, like an office, where you think
you don't have any room for pictures?
Is there any wall space at all?
If there is, you can still have some pictures to brighten your day.
That narrow vertical wall next to the doorway is only about
3 1/2" wide, the spaces above the windows and doors 
are only about 6 1/2" high.
Those 2 adjacent walls are only about 12" and 14" wide.
Just find some frames that you like, that will fit,
print up some pictures and hang them in
those small spaces.
Every time I look at the pictures they bring back
 a wonderful memory or two.

Be sure to check out Rebecca's photo wall,
maybe you'll have a wall that you can do like she did hers.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you've been inspired to look around
your home to see where you can fit some fun memories.
Come again soon, like I said, you never know what you'll see here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

C/C Trip #4 Back to Charlotte

As is our usual routine, we headed back to Charlotte
to visit with Aunt Marilyn a couple more days.
Not many pictures from here on out, but here are a few.....
I don't do a lot of selfies unless
they are with someone else.
But the mood struck me so here are a couple,
while we were driving along in the car.

Once we go to Aunt Marilyn's we started our routine
of cleaning her apartment.  She does a good job of keeping
up with it and has someone that does the floors for her, but
Dave does a little heavy duty cleaning when we visit.
Then we made our plans for the next couple days,
Walmart for groceries and a couple other things,
Kohl's and Barnes & Nobles.
She does love to do a little shopping.
Of course, we needed to get together with Monica again.
If you are ever in Charlotte, you should look up a restaurant
It has become a favorite of ours.
Their food is "southern comfort food."
I love the country fried steak.
Every entree comes with a deviled egg, 
they have the usual southern sides like
collard greens and grits as well as
mashed potatoes and other veggies.
And their soups?  To die for!
Here is a picture of Aunt Marilyn showing her new ring
that she got while we were shopping at Kohl's.
Our 2nd evening there we ate at a Mexican restaurant 
then went back to Aunt Marilyn's to have some homemade 
strawberry ice cream that Monica made for us.
We had a lovely time visiting and hope to be visiting again soon.
There is a lot to do in the Charlotte area,
but since she is will be 92 at the end of the month,
we don't get out to do much more than shop with Aunt Marilyn.
She is a doll though and years ago we used to visit some of
the other "sites" in the area.
Places like the Biltmore Estate and the
North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.
There is also the amusement park, Carowinds.
If you are there around Christmas time a trip to
McAldenville, Christmas Town USA 
is something to see with it's 375 Christmas trees.
Bright and early on Sunday morning we were up and on our 
way back home.
We were greeted by this beautiful sunrise.
I'm not a morning person, by any stretch of the word,
well, not unless I've been up all night!  LOL!
I must say it was nice to see this beautiful sunrise though.
We made good time and were home for dinner with our son and
his girlfriend by about 6:00 p.m.

So there you go!
That's the end of our Charlotte/Charleston trip.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing a little bit about 
a couple of our favorite places to visit in the south.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Flower box

One day a while ago, my friend Julie asked me how to make 
accordion folded flowers.
I sent her some instructions and she thanked me.
I thought she was doing some kind of decorations for a shower or
something of that sort.
Earlier today she posted this picture to my facebook
wall and said this is what she needed the instructions for.
Is this the cutest flower box ever?
She has a little camper and she made this for the camper window.
I think she did a beautiful job.
She said the only thing she would change is to make
the flowers double sides, as they are white from the inside of the camper.
My suggestion would be either double sided scrapbook paper, 
or use light weight paper and fold it in half
before accordion folding.
How cute would this be to cheer up an office,
or the window sill in someones hospital or nursing home room?
Thanks for letting me post about your darling flowers Julie!
You did a fabulous job all the way around!

Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon.
You never know what you'll see on 
Kristie Kreates!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Using unexpected supplies

Hello crafters!
Today I have a tutorial posted on 
that will tell you how I made these backgrounds 
with an unexpected supply.
Can you guess what I used to make these stripes?
I made 4 different backgrounds,
I'm sure you can guess which one was the first one
I made.
 I'm glad I didn't stop
after the first one, because even though I wasn't 
crazy about that one,
I do like the way the other 3 turned out.
Here is what I did with the 3 that I liked.
I liked the orange and brown together and thought
the twine was a perfect accent with the colors.
I cut the blue and red piece into 3 panels and 
used foam tape to adhere them to the card front.
I added a few sequins for a little extra interest.
This card is very simple, but I love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll check out my tutorial on
to learn how I made these backgrounds.
And I hope you'll be inspired to use
some unexpected supplies when you are crafting.
Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wedding Card

Hello crafty people!
Today I have a wedding card to show you.
A while ago my sister in law called and asked if I could
make a wedding card for her 97 yr old aunt.
Her nephew is getting married and it's a same sex wedding.
Aunt "E" lives in an assisted living facility
and can't get out to the store to find a card this specific.
I said "Sure, no problem"
Then she told me that this is the nephew that sends her
the most gorgeous cards, so beautiful they could be framed.
No pressure, eh?
So I set to work and I worked and I changed it
and I worked some more and changed some more.
I was so frazzled and unsure of what I was doing,
it was making me nuts!
Finally, I realized that I was trying to create something
that just wasn't "me" and scratched most of what I 
had planned.
Have you ever just had a idea in your mind, 
but it just wouldn't come together on paper.
That was my problem and the idea wasn't something
I would normally do, but I was pressuring myself to create 
something that was totally out of my wheelhouse.
So far out that it wasn't even a challenge,
it was an impossibility. 
When I started to create something that was my style,
I did much better and this is the card I created.
It's clean and simple and I think, very elegant.
I created this heart with the 2 men in it using my 
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.
  I traced the men, created the heart and then
welded them all together.
I cut it from silver card stock and layered it onto 
a white diecut that I had made just slightly larger.
I printed some damask onto white card stock,
covered it with vellum and adhered the 
heart piece on top of that.
My friend, Mary, helped me find the perfect font and
suggested Wedding Wishes as the sentiment for the
front of the card.  I cut that with my Silhouette also.
For the inside of the card, I printed more of the
gray damask.
I printed 3 sentiments that I found on the internet,
as I had no idea what Aunt E would like for the 
Here are the other 2 sentiments that I printed.
(click on them to make them larger and easier to read)
I put double sided tape on the back of these and will 
have my sis in law adhere the panel that Aunt E. chooses 
into the card.
Since this was an odd sized card, I used my 
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
to create an envelope.
This was such an odd size that there weren't 
directions for this size.
So I went with my motto
"There are no mistakes, just opportunities to be more creative!"
I cut, scored and folded the envelope, but before sticking it together,
I put some foam tape in the bottom of the envelope.
Now the card sits right where it should in the envelope.
I also made an envelope liner. 
Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good picture that shows
how pretty it looks and how well it matches the card.
I used the gray damask with vellum over it for the liner.
All in all, I really love how the card turned out.
I sure hope Aunt E. likes it as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you will come by again soon.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Final frames and b-day celebration Fix #7

I hope your day is going well.
Today is the 7th post in my 
frame fix series
and it's the last.  (I hope that isn't cheering I hear!)
I so enjoyed fixing these frames for my son and
I hope you have enjoyed seeing them and how I fixed them.
This frame didn't need much fixing.  I added some little 
"bling" to the bottom corner, which doesn't show up too well
and a little bee to the upper corner.
These things both have a reason.
This picture is of Jaryd with Aunt Bea.
Aunt Bea was my husband's aunt, she passed away
about a year and a half ago.
She was a very special lady who we all loved dearly.
This was one picture that Jaryd had told Sara that he wanted.
When Aunt Bea passed away Jaryd inherited her 
Schultz and Dooley steins and he wanted a picture
of him with her to go on the shelf with them.
I'm sure you get why I put the bee in the one corner,
the "bling" is because Aunt Bea did love her jewelry.
I thought this was perfect for the picture.
I didn't do anything to this frame except put these pictures
of Jaryd and Sara into it.  They are pictures her Mom took
of them when they visited and I love them.

Sara and I wanted to surprise Jaryd with the new pictures,
so we got him out of the apartment to play tennis with Dad and I went
over and hung them all.
The larger collage frames and a few of the others were ones they had
on the wall already.  I just rehung them and added the ones
I fixed for him.
There are a few spaces that need to have something in them,
but this wall is a work in progress and they intend to hang more pictures
as they get them.
(Click on the picture to make it larger to see them better.)
And the burning question is.....
Did Jaryd like them?
Here is a picture I took of Jaryd when he walked in and saw the wall,
what do you think?
Yes, he loved them.
That evening we went out to dinner to celebrate his birthday,
here are a few pictures from that dinner.
The birthday boy and his lovely girlfriend.
Me with my husband.
Not a great picture, but it's the best of the bunch,
getting a good picture of Dave is nearly impossible.
Me with our daughter Kelsie.
Must have been family night, they had a guy that 
went around to the tables and made balloon animals
and such.  He made this birthday hat for Jaryd.

Thanks for coming by today.
I hope you have enjoyed my frame fix series as 
much as I enjoyed making them and showing you.
Come back soon to see what else I've been up to.
Until then, happy crafting!