Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Cookie Sheet made SaaWeet...

Well  HELLERRR there my Decoratin Divas! 
If you have linked up to Whassup Wednesday...THANK YOU!  Its ALL OF YOU that make this a fun party!  You can PARTY ON and Link up till Friday at midnight...so, WoopWoop it UP!



So I was at the dollar store the other day and saw these cookie sheets and an idea popped into my lil brain...HEY!  No poking fun!  Thats just a term...My BRAIN is NOT lil'...IM SMART:) 
{whispering...I have to tell myself that all the time..I am SMART, I am SMART....
Anyhoo, back to the COOKIE SHEET!
Well, this is the cookie sheet...{and it WAS NOT a dollar} it was still cheap...2.79

BTW...WHY is it NOTHING in the "Dollar Store " is a dollar???
Am I just MISSING the isle with the "Dollar" stuff???
Its still a good deal, but no Dollar stuff, Im just sayin'...
ANYWAY, bought this cookie sheet
And since MOST of you know I am NOT a cook...you know I did NOT buy this to cook with...
SO SAAAD :(


Pulled out some Elmers SPRAY ADHESIVE...
WARNING!!!
Please be aware when SPRAYING ADHESIVE, that the little microscopic HOLE is pointing AWAY from YOU or,
saaaay the dog, or just about ANYTHING NEAR the TINY HOLE...
This stuff is STICKY!!!  May require PROTECTIVE GOGGLES as well as it COULD be used in the form of, ohhh, I dont know, but MAYBE PEPPER SPRAY?!?!
YEAH!   Thats all I have to say about THAT!


Get YOUR sandpaper and "Rough it up"...
TIP!
Getting to use SANDPAPER on a cookie sheet can be a GREAT WAY to get some FRUSTRATION OUT...
I didnt say I did that...but again, just sayin :)


OK!
This picture was supposed to be the picture below...so, look at the pic below and here is what it would say...
Get some scrapbooking papers in fun coordinating colors, ones your child would like and lay them out to see how FUN they all look together...


OK!
The picture ABOVE was supposed to be in THIS spot, so please look at the picture ABOVE and read THIS ...
Pick out the sheet to be the "Background Paper"
:)
So I then pulled out some of my stencils...


A SOLID sheet...{so its not TOO many patterns going on }


And one of my 800 paints I have ...
Im TELLIN ya, its like a Kelly Moore paint store out there...


Then I used my stencil sponge on the solid pink paper....


To spell out my daughters name...
THIS is the "B"...
LOL!  Just wanted to make sure you were AWAKE!


These are all her favorite colors....
{for the day...it changes...DAILY!}
I LOVED the Linen look of this one




AH HA!  I bet you a guessing where i am going with this...
I layered papers to add fun and  more color


Then I pulled out some of my "Kid" stencils and did her favorite thing...CHEER!


Then start laying it out on the sheet so you can get an idea of how much room you have


So I had to improvise for Pom Poms because I didnt have a stencil of Pom Poms...
So use your imagination here because I know this is really more of a Fireworks Burst looking, THINGY!


But do em like this and HELLER....
POM POMS!
I know...its a stretch...WORK WITH ME HERE :)


Still layering papers for color...



AND...
VOILA!!!
Its a lap desk, or TV tray...

She LOVES IT!
Uses it every day!
And AGAIN!!!
What da HECK...THIS pic was supposed to be like 3 pics up!!!
Did I dowload this in my SLEEP???
Was I dual tasking???

Which dual tasking for Kara means SCREWING UP several things a ONCE!
:)

Anyhoo...once you have laid everything out in the pattern you want...
Pull out your PEPPER SPRAY, I mean, SPRAY ADHESIVE, glue it down, let it dry...
Then 1 coat of Modge Podge....
2 coats will make it Bubbl-ee...
How do I KNOW that....DONT ASK!  Just TRUST ME ON THIS ONE...
You Do NOT want to have to do this AWESOME TRAY TWICE...
Smiling NOW...NOT so much that day....UUUUGGGG!





TaDa!!!

So There ya have it!

A Lapdesk!


OK ladies!  Im going to have Coffee with a girlfriend...A Coffee without the V,V in it...LOL!

Hope all you decoratin Divas have a BLESSED DAY!

xoxokara


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Whassup Wednesday ...

So last week I worked with old candle jars and made them into decorative containers...Shown here...
Did anyone give these pretties a try???  If so, i would love to see!  If not...show me what ya have been doing :)       SO!   WHASSUP WHASSUP Ladies?!  










There they are!!!

Lets Par-Tay!
Now lets PAR-TAY!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Girl Behind the Blog...

Hey ladies...I hope you all had a great weekend and a good start to your week :)

If you have been coming here since the beginning of my blog, you may remember at one point I said I was going to be "Changing" it a bit, but was not sure when...Well...after a lot of THOUGHT and PRAYER....
Its that time!

I know a lot of you were worried I was going to quit being the GOOFBALL that I am...well, THATS not gonna change...God made me that way and I AINT CHANGING!  This may make some of you so happy you want ta tinkle...others might be like,"Crap!  I thought Kara might start acting and talking 'Normal' "...SORRY bout that, but MY normal is a lil NOT normal.... Anyhoo...I am Kara, and you all know the "Blogging" Kara...There is an "Off Camera", {if you will} Kara that has a REAL life, with REAL JOYS, and REAL STRUGGLES!!! 

We ALL...meaning YOU that is sitting here reading this...we all have happiness, joy, sorrow, struggles etc.
Lately, I have just done a TON of soul searching, and looking at all the experiences I have gone through in my life...ESPICIALLY over the last 5 years to present day.

I have been asking myself..."Why did I start this blog?"  The answer before a few weeks ago was CLEAR...to share my love of Interior Design, making florals, tassels, picture frames or whatever the
"Creation" of the day would be...and I LOVE doing that!  Would NOT change that ever!  Then, as I was STUCK HOME for that MONTH LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG "sick Children" period of time, I did a lot of thinking...and as I was looking at the "Subtitle" under Elements Interiors, I read what I wrote the DAY I designed my Blog...It says Hoping to Beautify your Home & REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT...
Well, I would say I have done a crummy job of even refreshing my OWN spirit MUCH LESS, putting anything in my Blog to hopefully REFRESH any of YOU...my friends!

P.S.  When I say designed my blog...that just means I picked the pic, words, etc.   My dear friend Melanie, over at Only A Breath, did the Design work...She is AMAZING!

Bare with me here please....I sit here this morning, its already10:30 so my blog will be going up late, but i am typing through gushing tears, so there may be LOTS of typos...I apologize.  I first layed in bed for the longest time asking God "What do you want me to do?"  not just about my blog but about somethings we are going through..struggeling, BEYOND anything I could EVER IMAGINED 5 years ago...

So I layed in bed and talked to God.....then sat up and grabbed my computer and started typing this...This is TERRIBLY unplanned...Im sure im talking all over the place and NOT making sence to some of you {Well, THATS normal for me to talk CONFUSING, right? } see, my nut is still in my head even with tears...
SO, what is the point of this post today?   Well, Im not 100 % sure how this will pan out , because I just started typing with no plan...

What I DO know...is THIS...I believe in my heart that God called me to do SOMETHING to touch other peoples lives..and I DO NOT mean like a preacher would, uuuh, no, thats not ME.   And this Journey, whatever it turns out to be, will ABSOLUTELY NOT be a Bible Beating session...THATS NOT my style either!  As I sit here and type, I got NO IDEA how I REFRESH MY spirit and incorporate that into my Blog and HOPEFULLY REFRESH anyone who comes here and needs to be REFRESHED...Maybe its me sharing some of ME and my LIFE...The Girl Behind the Blog,  with all of you...just layin it out there to flap in the breeze...the TRUE ups and downs and HOW I am finding ways to help me get through and share with you...I dont know yet...and THAT alone is driving me K-RAY-Z!!!  Im a PLANNER!

I DO know at the CORE of who I am...God is ALWAYS the answer!  ALWAYS...and there are times like right now, that I am just Beat Down and BROKEN and I FAIL to look up to Him to pick me up...I fail to grab my Bible and read a few scriptures, or curl up in a ball and CRY and PRAY to God for the strength to get through our struggle, or just to get through the DAY!  He is ALWAYS here with us...but I easily forget that when I am at my lowest...and THAT is exactly when He wants to see, "Is Kara going to put FULL FAITH in ME.."   I fail Him in this, all the time.

I am going to share some of my story with you as I BELIEVE,  as a Blogger, I have a great opportunity to share "Life" with you all.  WE ALL HAVE STRUGGLES...We ALL need a lift at one time or another {Mine just happen to come SEVERAL TIMES A DAY!  I know...NEEDY :) }
 **You know it is so strange and odd feeling to be sitting here typing  while BALLING and type nutty "Karaisms"...Anyhoo**    But one persons struggles can be completely different than another persons...but they are ALWAYS EQUALLY DIFFICULT, as they are relative to "Our Life"...What I mean is One person may have Cancer and another maybe about to lose their home...God views those as equally hard as it all comes back to turning to him...SO!  I am trying to figure out this "REFRESH of your spirit"....

I KNOW I will NOT be doing anything in the form or fashion of  PREACHING or shoving Bible in your face...Thats just NOT me...It will come from several different "Places"....I want it to be something that you can hop on your computer, come here and Read a paragraph or see a picture that gives you a lift!
It WILL include God...THAT I can tell you with certainty...as He is the answer...

I know in doing this , I am BREAKING SEVERAL RULES of "Blogging 101"...
*Dont talk about ANYTHING HEAVY
   {well, sometimes LIFE is HEAVY and we just need a boost!}
*Dont talk about RELIGION
   {Im will NOT be talking about Religion...thats for YOU to decide for your life...I am NOT an expert and
     will NEVER try to push for religion...Quite honestly...I BELIEVE that God doesnt care so much about
     Religion...God just wants a RELATIONSHIP.....But thats ME...}

So THERE you have it!   Ive got no idea what Gods plan is for me and THIS jump I just took...BUT, it WILL be a sharing among FRIENDS...Lifts when needed, Pray requests when needed, a place I HOPE you can TAKE A BREATH, take something in and leave my lil Blog with SOMETHING POSITIVE, something HOPEFUL and feeling a bit REFRESHED! 

I went into this knowing I might lose some readers...I SO HOPE I am wrong...and that not only will I keep YOU ALL...but that you can take something from this and share with someone YOU know is in need....

Thank you for reading my VENT SESSION...I hope and pray this will be an added bonus to my blog...a BLESSING from God...And I hope to see you all still coming here...I would MISS YALL!

Tomorrow is WHASSUP WEDNESDAY and it is going to but up and running...so I HOPE to see you back :)

I WILL have a CREATION post this week!!!  PROMISE!

Have a BLESSED day all my SWEET FRIENDS and readers!!!

xoxokara

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dont Trash an "Old Flame"...

HOLLA Ladies!  TGIF, RIGHT???

Im so sorry I did not get my Post done yesterday...Something came up and I could'nt get it done...Basically...LIFE Happened!   Anyhoo...Another GREAT Party!   Thank you all for linking up!
You can still join in as it runs through TONIGHT :)

OK!  On to these "Burned Out"...get it?, the Pun???  I know ..Kara shut up, paaalese...

These are WoodWick candles that not only I sell in my store but LOVE THEM!
They CRACKLE like a REAL fire...LUUUURVE! 
AND, the Jars are PRETTY!  They have a Wood lid...SaaahWeeet!

So...DONT THROW THESE AWAY!

Just an IMPORTANT TIP...Dont EVER burn your Candles down past a 1/4 to 1/2 inch to bottom...It will crack the glass and be a Fire hazard...I want all my GUUURLZZ to be safe :)



These are Soy based which makes the "Wax" soft and EASY to scoop out!
SOY based candles will burn and become "Liquid", so they will burn down evenly...NOT down the middle like so many other candles ...they dont leave wax all around the outter edge of the glass...
BUY SOY!



Once all scooped out....


Peel off the labels and WASHA, WASHA,  WASHA till SQUEEEKY CLEAN :)


Aaaaannn...
HELLER!   How pretty are these JARS???
WHAT in the WORLD to do with them....
Me THINKS I have an idea!  OR, actually....you know...800 ideas!  {ok, maaaaaybe not 800...} :)



Pull out the paint...to paint the wood lids...
Im going with a Chocolate...Chocolate FUDGE to be exact...I NEED a lil chocolate FUDGE in my life!!!
I dont really allow myself to EAT IT...so I will just PAINT with it!


Now, PAINT!


And Paint...and Paint...Took me 3 coats...



OK...So I have been DYING to use that Glass Etching cream for a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time!
So here goes!
These are the "Stick one" Etching stencils...but they are $$$pensive!!!



But I am gonna give em a try anyway...
They are a lil small too...but they are an ok size for this PROJECT...
KINDA!  I prefer the rule of   "Bigger is Better"...
Actually...when I picked em at Michaels and bought em...I didnt realize they were MICROSCOPIC...
Im just sayin'!!!
so go to your closet and GRAB YO BINOCULARS!!!


They will actually be "OK" for these jars...
I STILL want it bigger...BUT, I will do more when a few of my 800 candles around the house BURN OUT!



I am doing my Initals...
That kinda goes with the "Theme" in the room where these are GOING!  ;)


You KNOW my other rule! 
ODD NUMBERS...99% of the time!


OK!  Here is the ETCHING CREAM...and let me just tell you...I ALMOST Passed out when I saw the PRICE...
Uuummm...CALL 911!!!
YIKERS!  This LITTLE container was $11.00....BUT, I hear it will last a long time..
It FOR SURE will if you use the MICROSCOPIC stencils made by the Etching cream Company...LOL!
HHHHMMM...MAYBE thats why they make their stencils SO SMALL!


So, you apply your stencils...apply the cream...let it set for 10-15 minutes...then wash off with soap and water...the stencils wash off at the same time...
And VOILA!  You have MASTERED the use of Etching Cream!
LOVE the look....The feather is NOT going inside the jars...it was hard for me to get my camera to show the etching


NOW...These CHOCOLATE FUDGE LIDS...NOPE...Not finished...
But yall KNOW THAT, right???
My OCD wont allow that!


NOW, im using THIS stencil...which is NOT MICROSCOPIC!  WHEW!
Can ya SEE IT?
Yeah...me too!



Im using a silver metallic paint with a Stencil sponge...


LAAAAAA!!!
LaLa Laaaaave it!
But STILL NOT DONE!


Had these little "GEMS" sitting in a drawer...I have MORE SURPRISES in my DRAWERS!
Eeewww!   Not THOSE Drawers!!!
The DRAWERS in my Workroom...
I dont need "Depends" yet....



These are the Clear Gems...
And pulled out my Glue that God made...BEST stuff ever...espicially for IMPATIENT PEEPS like me!
I Dont like waiting on PAINT to dry, GLUE to dry!
{ Actually those BOTH apply! }


Get ya GOOP!


and GLUE that Gem right on the top center :)


So I am using these in my Bathroom, on my Vanity...
LOOOOVE THEM!  I use my cotton balls, and Q-Tips every day!
The face sponges...not so much...but they were White a LOOKED pretty!


But, REALLY...Isnt that how Canisters go??? 
The ones in my kitchen..One hold, suger {Use all the time}, the Second holds Tea bags {Use all the time}
and the Third holds FLOUR{Uuuuumm, dont think I have ever opend it since the day I filled it!}
Eeeek!  I need to DUMP it and put in new Flour!
I dont want an WEEBLE WABBLES in my Flour!


I am K-Ray-Z about these!!!


The Etching shows up WAAAY better in PERSON! 
I WANT A NEW CAMERA!!!!
So many of you...
Hey-O Liz { From Savvy Seasons }, has the BEST PICS!  Yo Yo Girlfriend...can you ship your camera to me :)
No...yeah...I know :(


AGAIN!  LOVE THESE!  And they do serve a function!
SO!  the moral of the story...
DONT TRASH AN OLD FLAME...or, DONT THROW AWAY THE JARS!


I sell a couple of different candles in my stor that come in different jars...I will try a different style soon!


Alright Decoratin Divas...I showed you MY JARS
Now...you show me YOURS :)


Have a BLESSED Day!!!!


xoxokara
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