T"rain" Concert

Train Concert 2012, Raleigh Amphitheater

This is no creative post for sure...
but it's summer so that's ok, right?
I had a great time with my sweet hubby 
in Raleigh on Friday night,  though.  
Train live...in the pouring rain. 
My favorite song of the night.... I can't get it out of my head.  "Mermaid" 
A wonderful weekend and I'm still smiling!
Hope you are too!  Happy Monday!

~Donna K


July Card Swap - Get Well - Something Old, Something New

I'm fortunate enough to be part of a fun group of gals who get together once a month to create and enjoy new products from StampinUp!  Someone from the group hosts the party each month and this month you had the option of participating in a card swap.  Theme - Get Well.

The fun part about a doing swap is that you get challenged to create something you'd be proud to give away AND you receive some lovely cards that inspire your creativity and that you can have on hand to give if the occasion arises that you need a card real quick!  

For this swap I used craft card stock for the base of the card.
White paper to line the inside and for the the top of the outside as well.
Twitterpated Paper from StampinUp! on the bottom. 
I covered the bottom portion of designer paper with sheer vellum paper and stamped 
the Get Well sentiment with Staz on jet black.
The Get Well sentiment is included in the Perfectly Penned set.
Floral stamp is also from StampinUp! and is dated 2000.  I'd say retired most likely...ya think?
My sister in law picked up a box of goodies at a yard sale and this set was in it so I wanted to try something old and something new on these cards.  
I used Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green ink and viola!  

For an added touch I try to stamp the envelope or lining of my cards with something coordinating.  You'll see the little leaf in the inside right corner of these cards.  

Thanks for stopping by and for letting me share.  I hope you have a group near by who inspires you and makes you laugh...if you don't have one, you should consider starting one!  

~Donna K


Hello RaSonda@Lake Cottage Dreams!

July 12th....already?!  Where has the summer gone?  I have no idea, but while you're thinking about that grab a cup of coffee and prepare to read up on a post from someone very near and dear to my heart.

Thank you, RaSonda for taking time out of your busy schedule to create a post for us!

Much Love....

Hi Created by DonnaK readers! I'm Rasonda from Lake Cottage Dreams and I am so honored to be here sharing one of my home decor crafts with you guys.

One of my main goals in decorating is building character using easy and cheap methods. I live in a home that severely lacks character, charm, coziness... or anything else that may start with a 'C'. It is very builder grade and fairly new so I have been trying to learn how to create my own charm. Since we moved into our home I have learned that there are many inexpensive ways to add character to your home without breaking your budget. Some little tricks I have found along the way are...

Adding quarter round to your base boards to create a customized look.

Using punches of color throughout your home for added warmth.

Decorating with hints of your personal style or things that represent you and your family.

Mounting board and batten or bead board for dimension.

Another way to build character is by making changes to basic things you have laying around your home. Adding fabric to the back of cubby shelves is a super easy and inexpensive way to shake things up and add some color. What you will need for the project is...

*Different sized cubby shelves {I know they sell they at Target and Wal Mart for a decent price, but since these things hit their peak a few years back I see them all over at thrift stores and garage sales}

*Thumb tacks

*Different colored and patterned fabric pieces {I had some leftover from another project and I bought some of the fabric squares from Jo Ann Fabrics They are about $2 smackers for a 12 x 12 piece}



*Measuring tape

First, measure your cubbies and cut out your pieces of fabric. I actually just traced around the cubby with a pencil and cut along my pencil line.

Pull the fabric taut and inset a thumb tack in a corner... you may need to tap it with the hammer. Place a tack in each of the four corners using proper spacing as to not split the wood or let the tack show. Then as you pull your fabric taut place more tacks at halfway points in between each set of tacks. Depending on your fabric you may need to insert more tacks all the way around the square.

Last, You will need to trim off any excess fabric that may hang out of the edges {that is if you are terrible at measuring like I am!}. Finally, cut out notches out where your screws will go and you are ready to hang.

Mount your "like new" freshened up shelves and display all the fun things that encapsulate the room, you, and your family. 

Thanks so much for having me DonnaK, and thanks so much to your readers. I hope you guys had as much fun reading as I did swinging by!!


I am ONE{sie} High Chair Banner

Just a quick post today.  Our middle son is in town for a few days and it's not often that we get to have all three of our kids in the same house at the same time so it's short and sweet but I wanted to show you this cute little high chair banner I created.    

I personally love it...

There are 4 tiny T's....layers of papers in greens and aquas with pops of white. 

The banner is for an Alligator theme party and you gotta LOVE the tiny gator on the onesie, right?!

And that's all I have today.....you'll be pleasantly surprised by a special guest blogger I'm featuring later this week.  She's a MUCH better writer than I am and oh so talented!

Have a wonderful day...
Donna K


Guest Blogger....The Crochet Lady

Hey Friends!

I'd like to introduce you to Lauren aka The Crochet Lady.  

A very talented and busy artist that I "met" via ETSY. 

Since then I've come to know her through Facebook and I also follow her on Pinterest.  
{{ She's a proud military wife like myself }}

I asked for a guest to post their art for me and she so kindly obliged.  
Take a look...Find her on 
Facebook or ETSY and let her know I sent you! 

The Crochet Lady

I opened my shop February 19, 2009 and then let it sit, for almost a year! The Crochet Lady sat there very patiently waiting for me to get the courage up and start posting some of my items for sale. Finally I took the leap and started posting. Many years ago I taught myself how to crochet from a book. As time passed and I got better with the crochet, I started to give away some of the items. People always said “you should sell your work!” My husband always called my crocheting “that knitty thing you do”. I looked at as my therapy. We are a military family. There have been numerous long deployments and the crochet was my therapy for me after the kids were in bed at night. I would stay up and work on the current project. Crochet is calming to me and I could concentrate on that and escape from the daily worry of deployment.So now my kids are growing into nice young adults and I have more free time to devote to my craft of crochet. I spend time looking for and researching for just the right pattern and quality threads. I enjoy crocheting and working on beautiful patterns. And this is how The Crochet Lady came to be! 

 Lauren didn't ask me to post these, but just I had to...

My favorite little Mary Janes..one day I will have these in my size.  

I'm way past "booties" but I adore them and must have them!

Thanks, Lauren, for sharing your talent...

Have a great day today and a safe and wonderful, July 4th!

~Donna K