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Asterisk Farmhouse Craze
03/11/2018 Karen Sydnor in Uncategorized / No comments

Farmhouse style is decorating your living space with those simple, cozy, warm items that make you feel at home.  It puts you in remembrance of a time and place of days of old when your parents used whatever they had to make a house a home.  Think about sitting in your favorite knicked chair by a warm fireplace, hearing the crackling of the fire, wrapped in a handmade blanket, sipping on a hot cup of coffee in a rustic style mug and possibly knitting a hat for the coming winter months.  What we are now calling “vintage” is actually that farmhouse feel.  

Look at Chip and Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Farms (formerly from the hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper), or Rae Dunn pottery What is this craze all about? I believe with all the stresses of the world, both politically and socially, people are looking for ways to feel grounded and for their homes to be a reflection of how they desire to feel internally – simple, not complicated, warm, caring, and at peace.  Items like distressed furniture, hand knitted items, hand written letters, or things passed down from your mother’s mother gives you a connection to a much simpler, happier time.

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If you are wanting to incorporate this look into your dwelling place but you are just not sure where to begin, here are a few tips.

  • Try thrifting at your local Goodwill or re-sale store. You will be amazed at what you find.  Everything old is new again.
  • Look at what speaks to you.  Do you own items that have been passed down to you that fit in with your modern decor?
  • Learn to knit or crochet and make yourself a blanket.
  • Make a wreath for your front door.
  • Learn calligraphy or brush lettering and display your work.

 

 

Cricut crafted wreath

Thanks for stopping by!  I know it has been a while since you’ve heard from me. I would explain, but I will save it for another post.  🙂 I hope this inspires you to jump on the Farmhouse craze and bring some down home feel to your home. And as always, “Happy Crafting!”

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Asterisk 9 Days Till Christmas
16/12/2015 Karen Sydnor in Uncategorized / No comments

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So it is 9 days till Christmas 2015.  Are you still roaming the stores, looking for great gifts for your giftees? Search no further! Follow me over the next 9 days and  I will have some simply wonderful suggestions that will have you remembered as the master gift giver of them all. 

Today, let’s talk stocking stuffers!  Instead of overflowing their stockings with candy or other meaningless stuff, think really hard about the recipient and put some effort into some really awesome goodies. Gift them with something that is intentional and purposeful. 

So the first idea I have for you is a water bottle cozy. These cuties are such an essential item and can be given to anyone. However for your sport’s enthusiast, you can get them in their favorite team colors. They can not only be used over a water bottle, but also over a single size soda bottle. They also keep the concession off of your hands and will have your giftee looking cool at the same time. 

  
Have you ever been to an event like a cook out and everyone puts their water bottle down? You go to pick up yours and can’t remember which one belongs to you ? Well, with these cozies that will stop all that foolishness.  

Give these in a pack for family and friends to keep in their homes for when they have company over.  
Leave them in your lunch bag or at your desk at work.  

If your are interested in ordering some contact me below.  

Well, I hope this helps in your search for gifts. Check back tomorrow for more ideas. 

Merry 9 days before Christmas and keep making the ordinary extraordinary!

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18/11/2015 Karen Sydnor in Uncategorized / No comments

Hope you have been having a crafty year. I have had some hick ups on my blog this year and lost a great deal of content. “Angry face”😡. However, I am back up and running.  

Today, I want to take a break from crafting a moment and share with you a few Influenster vox boxes that I received lately!  I believe I shared with you all on a previous blog what Influenster was, but if I didn’t, here you go.  In a nutshell, Influenster is a website that allows you to test products for free based on your social media influence. You fill out a profile, do a survey based on products you like and start giving your opinion on products you use.  Influenster will contact you with Voxbox campaigns if you fit the campaign that they are sending out at the time.  

Recently, I received the following Tastykake #tastykakeminiwins and Apple and Eve #quenchersadventures Voxbox. I received these for free!!! Did I just say free? Yes, free!!😉  

 Really love the Apple and Eve 100% organic juice. I tried the tart cherry. It was very refreshing, slightly tart and flavorful.   

My daughter tried the Organic quencher juice boxes in pink lemonade, berry and fruit punch flavors. She also told me that it was refreshing and that it does not have a lot of sugar, but taste great.  I believe it is a good product for younger children since it is a low sugar content product. I recommend you try it and your local grocery store. 

   
 On National coffee Day, I tried the Tastykake Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with my minion!! They are so good!! They are not helping my girlish figure, but they come in a fun size for a quick little treat. 

So if you would like to try out some products for free and give your opinion and you are social media savvy, give Influenster a try.  

Talk to you soon, and continue to make your ordinary days extraordinary!!
 

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Asterisk All I see is Gold!
23/01/2015 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

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During Christmas, most crafters incorporate lots of gold into their handmade creations. It is usually the color of the season. Whether it’s bows, ornaments or wrapping paper, it is seen everywhere. Well, the holiday season is now over. The glittery ornaments are now tucked away resting till next Christmas. The trees are a distant memory and we are waiting for the warm days of spring ahead. So why am I still seeing gold?

If you see what I see, you will notice that gold is on trend right now in the craft world. Scrapbooks, cards, stationery, and craft spaces are all being blinged out with bold gold. This rich, shiny color is breathing a freshness into our land of handmade goodness.

My top six gold crafting products are:

1. Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator – This little beauty will allow you to add customized gold prints to paper snd stationery. It premiered at the CHA Mega show this month and will be available to purchase soon. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Check out the details at http://www.heidiswapp.com/minc/

2. Anna Griffin cuttlebug- I know the cuttlebug die cutting/embossing machine has been out for a while, but the exclusive Anna Griffin cuttlebug by Provocraft is so darn cute. You will want to update yours if you have a previous version. http://www.hsn.com

3. Cricut’s heat transfer and vinyl in gold by Provocraft – With the use of your Cricut Expression or Explore, you can bling out all kinds of things (clothes, walls, glass and more). It is limitless what you can do with these items. http://us.cricut.com

4. Teresa Collins Studio Gold scissors by Fiskars – These dazzling scissors will have you cutting up a wide variety of mixed media. You will feel so sophisticated and chic using them at your next crop or crafting event. You can find these at your local Joann’s craft store or online. http://www.joann.com

5. Teresa Collins Studio Gold three ring album from We R Memory keepers – This shiny little album will compliment any craft space. It will also be a delight to anyone receiving it as a gift filled with their precious memories. There are several to choose from at http://www.scrapbook.com

6. Xyron 1.5″ sticker maker – Go for the gold with this updated adhesive sticker maker. You can make stickers out of paper, cork, metal, ribbon, chipboard, fabric, and more. This exclusive baby is bundled with the refills and sold at HSN.com. http://www.hsn.com

So bring on the glitz and glamour this new year with these products. You will leave a little sparkle in every project you complete.

Thanks for following me on my crafty adventures.

Kayroche – helping you arrive at your crafty destination.

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Asterisk Hello Autumn!
22/10/2014 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

As the lazy days of summer are now a sweet memory; we are now enjoying the crisp cool days and nights of fall! The glorious color changing of the leaves are a sight to behold and pumpkins are all around.

I spent the end of my summer perusing some of my knitting books/Pinterest and dreaming of cooler days that are now upon us. In anticipation, I picked up my knitting needles and worked on completing a pattern that has been five years in the making.

I started this wrap one summer after finding it in a Debbie Bliss magazine. I was so excited and thought surely it would be done by the end of that summer. However, I put it down and worked on other things. The next summer rolled around and I picked it up again. This cycle continued for the next 4 years till finally I decided this summer was it. I had to finish this thing. And so, with a drumroll please, I am happy to announce I am done, complete, c’est fini, finito!

What a wonderful feeling! I have accomplished my goal and will wear this wrap now even though it is made in a baby blue color. I will figure out how to add it to my fall wardrobe.

Do you have projects that you have not completed? “WIP” (works in progress) that you look at and sigh? I challenge you to go and get them done.

Now let me go find that cable knit scarf I started last fall…

“Happy crafting”

 

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Asterisk Pull out those old tools
28/07/2014 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

I have been doing a lot of purging and cleaning in my oh so messy craft studio lately. And while the process is somewhat daunting; it is also refreshing as I find stuff I haven’t used in a really long time. (I am not bold enough to show the before and after pictures of my craft space like some of you. LOL).

A while ago I purchased a Hot Boss Embosser tool (wood burning tool) at a scrapbooking convention. I thought I was really going to use it. However, it sat still in the box buried under a mound of stuff in a corner of the room. Today, as I am continuing the cleaning process, I found it and had a brilliant idea. I decorated a clothes pin by stamping letters with the tool. I then proceeded to embellish it with some mod melts that I made from Plaid brand Mod Podge.

I think it came out really cool. I can now ass some magnet on the pack and use on my refrigerator or just leave it as it is and keep notes together on my desk. I encourage you to pull out your old tools and use them
In a new and out of the box way!

And as always, “happy crafting”

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Asterisk January is National Papercrafting Month
15/01/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments
National Papercrafting Month

Hey guys.  Did you know that January is National Papercrafting Month? Check out this great deal going on at Close to My Heart this month.  And remember if you would like to place an order, you may do so through me at kayrochestamping.ctmh.com.

 

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Asterisk Do What Makes You Happy Everyday
02/01/2014 Karen Sydnor in Uncategorized / No comments

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Happy New Year everyone!

Due to some website issues out of my control, I have been away for a little bit. During that time away, I have discovered my love for cooking healthier foods, picked up my sticks again, completed several knitting projects, finished a few books on my nightstand by my favorite authors, and more. I realized in this digital, technological, you tube, social media age we live in, people are doing less and less of what they love to do. They are spending their down time with their faces glued to their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices. Pinning things that they want to try, but never getting up and doing them.

Years ago, someone gave me some great advice and said, “Spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day how you would like the rest of your year to be!” So this year, I want my year to be comforting, creative, relaxing and happy! On New Year’s Eve, before my family and I went to church, I made a big old pot of chili, invited some friends over and enjoyed some good food and fellowship. Then, on New Year’s Day, I lounged around during the morning hours and made a nice size bowl of fresh, homemade guacamole, fried some hot wings, stir fried some cabbage, brewed an ice cold pitcher of tea, worked on a new patten of a cable scarf that I am knitting, and oohed and awwhed while watching the 2014 HGTV dream home.

Based on my new mantra which is, “Do what makes you happy everyday!”, I have decided to spend 2014 doing just that. I encourage you to do the same. If you love to cook, find some great recipes on Pinterest and whip them up! Do you love to read? Remember the library pre-Kindle and Nook days? Take a ride to your local branch, scour the shelves and get lost in a book again. Are you a knitter? Do you sew? Can you crochet? Pull out that yarn, scissors, fabric, pins, hooks or needles and challenge yourself to make something new!

Find what makes you smile and create this year like never before. Don’t just look at all the great pics on Instagram of the stuff you enjoy! Put down your devices and go do what you love!

And cheers to the most creative year ever!

 

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Asterisk Simple Monogram Card Tutorial
15/05/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Today, I am featuring our first craft tutorial showing you how to do a simple monogram card using Close to My Heart exclusive Artiste cartridge, Chantilly paper pack, and monogram stamp.  Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Asterisk May is National Scapbooking Month
01/05/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with this yummy Dream Pop paper packet that you get for only $10 when you spend $35! You can place an order at www.kayrochestamping.ctmh.com0513_CC_ImageGallery

Also, check out this CTMH stamp of the month (Pinwheel).  You can get it for only $5 when you place an order of $50.

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Pull out those crafting tools and pictures you have filed away and get your craft groove on! It’s National Scrapbooking Month!! Look for some great post this month as we celebrate!

And as always, “Happy Crafting!”

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