Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Garden Plant Markers - A DIY Craft


Newly published on Squidoo my DIY Garden Plant Markers.  
It's a free crafting tutorial for those interested!

I show how to make sign markers, popsicle stick markers and clothespin markers for now...
I hope to soon add river rock markers.

K

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Muesli Cookies

 

Mmmm...I'm taking ANY cookie (healthy) recipe I can...I crave cookies most of all.  Here's my Squidoo lens on Muesli Cookies.  I substituted, making them healthier.


 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Healthy Bread Pudding Recipe

 

  What a difference a few months make...November - December I was undiagnosed with a metastasis breast cancer to my brain...I would be diagnosed in January 2014 with 4 weeks left to live.  I am here because of my husband and children.

Here to make Squidoo lenses on Healthy Bread Pudding Recipes ...I'm finding different ways to incorporate "healthy" into our diet...slowly, I admit.  But better baby steps than none at all.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Boppy Nursing Pillow Review



We were asked recently to review our favorite baby product on Squidoo.  Now, it's been MANY years since I held a baby in my arms as my string beans are tweens and teens but the best baby shower gift I received was a Boppy Pillow and so I've posted my Boppy Nursing Pillow Review.
Thanks!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Halloween Cupcake Contest !!!

Woohoo!  My kids are so excited!  Our entry for Halloween Cupcakes is in the Squidoo Halloween Cupcake Costest!  
We're #15 in the poll - How to make Ghost Cupcakes
Wish us luck!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Halloween Cupcake Ideas

I love it when I'm on the front page of Squidoo...there's something about seeing your photo up there, especially when it's a cute Ghost Cupcake for Halloween.

The kids and I baked up a few on the weekend.  I shared a simple cupcake recipe that's nut free, it's also vegan free (I'm pretty sure) as there are no eggs or milk.  Check out the page, we made it fun with "who's the cuter cupcake" poll...named them and you can even add a caption.

Enjoy & Happy Baking!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Camera Review & Photo Gallery

So pleased about the new purple star (Squidoo thing) I received for my page about photographing with my new Canon EOS Rebel T3 (which I purchased with Squidoo earrings!).  I'm also excited to be on the front page of Squidoo.

Check out my review of the Canon digital camera and my photographs...let me know what you think.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tree Frog


My friend the tree frog came back.  I was cleaning the sun room when I heard him singing and a few minutes after weeding the vines by the rock wall there he was.  He love to pose for the camera...maybe I'll add the photos to my Zazzle store.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Digital Collage Sheets

Up early this morning, baking cupcakes and banana bread for co-workers and re-listing and listing digital collage sheets on Etsy before going to work.

1st one I re-listed was a Thanksgiving collage sheet and came to the realization that summer is almost over.  The kids are close to going back to school and for August it's quite chilly out...after school starts it's Thanksgiving, Halloween, (my US friends celebrate in November) and then Christmas...wow, time is just flying by!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Alice in Wonderland Images

I'm seeing RED!  Honored that my red Alice in Wonderland digital collage sheet made it into this 'sun ripened strawberries' Etsy treasury by Tessa.  Great color...love it!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review

Every day there are new things for me to photograph in my own front lawn!  My neighbours must laugh watching me roll around the grass following the dragonflies or bent over in a half squat with my face in my lilies.

I love my new Canon EOS Rebel T3 camera, if you want to read my personal review, you can do so here...


I need to figure out what to do with all these pictures I am accumulating...Zazzle? a photography book? any ideas?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Start of Weight Loss Journey & Getting Fit

So it's time to "alter" Kat.  
 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 I fell under the category of being HER2+ (Her 2 positive) ...this means my cancer was "estrogen fed".  I didn't drink, I didn't smoke, I was under some stress and I was and still am obese.  :(  ugh!

I don't feel obese, but for my height and weight I guess it's a technical fact.  

I weigh 175 - 180 lbs, I am 5' 3 and it's time to change that.  
 I am on year 3 of  the cancer drug, Tamoxifen with very few if any side effects (maybe some joint pain but that could also be the start of osteoarthritis) and the added pounds won't help with arthritis either. 

I have 2 more years of Tamoxifen to go, my oncologist told me to look at it like a vitamin, and I do now...but in 2015 I have to stop taking it, which means it won't be protecting me or my breasts from cancer any more...so I need to be at a normal, healthy weight. 

Do I want to do this publicly?  Absolutely not.  But maybe if I put it out there for people to see I will be more accountable when it comes to chips vs spin bike.  

My deadline for this transformation is June 2015 (when I finish Tamoxifen...I extended it because my DH said it was too aggressive a plan before)   I had to pick a deadline and better to do it slowly rather than some shake or pill diet where it happens over night and (IMO) isn't the healthiest way.  Slow and steady wins the race.

Not sure when I'll post updates but stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tree Frog Photograph

Enjoying summer and having fun experimenting with my new Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital camera.

There is still a lot to learn about the different settings but it's a great and easy beginner camera.



Monday, July 08, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Butterfly Images

I recently found inspiration in my Butterflies digital collage sheet, dusted off the sketch book and started sketching.  My muse has been on vacation for a couple years...at least!

What inspires you to create?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Free Vintage Image of a Child with a bird nest

Found this public domain copyright free vintage image of a child holding a bird's nest and thought I'd share it.  I think it's adorable and can visualize it lightly tinted with flesh tones and red highlights in the hair.  Whatever you chose to do with the image, scrapbook, smash book, altered art etc...enjoy!

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Smash Journal Pages


Updated my Squidoo lens about my Smash Book with a new journal page...this really is the "scrapbooking" for me...messy, freehand etc.  Anyway I did a "what are you doing currently" page...check it out:
http://alteredkat.squidoo.com/how-to-make-a-smash-book

p.s.  The part about wanting a dog...well, I've been puppy training - that's why so few blog posts.  :o)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Digital Collage Sheet Listings on Etsy

 

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Easter...I can feel spring is here, the snow is melting and I'm so looking forward to preparing my garden.  In the meantime I am busy adding the last few Digital Collage Sheets to my Etsy store.  It's a task that I've let slide.

Thanks for lookin & Happy Creatin!
~ Kat