Monday, December 7, 2009

What I am working on

Well its been a long weekend.  We almost finished one bathroom and fixed the toilet in the other.  I still have to sand and paint the guest bathroom.  Then I will be done except for a few out of the way things.  Happy days!

I do have to finish painting trim in my daughters room.  I got it all painted last night.  We painted it pink.  PINK PINK….I am talking Piiiinnnnnkkkkkk!  It will be very cute though when I am done.  I have to paint her door too.  The 3 yr old decided her door was a great canvas and expertly used markers to adorn it.  Fun, for her, not so much for me. 

So while I have been up since about 5:30 am, my motivation has been left in bed for the time being where I do believe I shall find myself momentarily.  I wiped, tired, been running a low grade fever for a few days, and need to catch up on some much needed rest.  Hopefully waking Mini up early means she too will slumber with me for a while and allow me some much needed zzzzzzz’s. 

I will be updating more probably later in the day but there is a new freebie up and I will likely be adding some tutorials, photographs, and maybe a new recipe. 

Oh and if I spelled anything wrong please forgive me…I'm fresh outta toothpicks and my eyelids are going on vacation to the south without my consent.  Darn things have a mind of their own.



Crazy Change Freebie #4

Here it is.  Another freebie as promised!  Remember, there are four all together so be sure and snag them before they are gone.  If you missed any of them just click the freebie link above and it will show you all the freebies on the blog. 


Download the groupie HERE

Have fun and be sure to check out the kit if you haven't yet.  It is chock full of great backgrounds and elements!


Desperate for a nap

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My wee lil friend

I found this lil guy hopping around outside my front porch.  I was taken by him  because he was soooo small.  Cute as he could be, he would just sit there looking at me.  I couldnt pass on the moment so I grabbed my Canon and starting taking so  many shots.  These are all SOOC (straight out of camera) so no photoshop magic was worked on them.  I thought they were great as is cuz he was such a cute lil dude. 

We all remember our lil froggy guy from summer.  Oh, and just so you dont sick peta on me…we found him a gorgeous lil spot over by the fountain in our front yard where he happily continued his day after his famous photo shoot. 

little frog

little frog1


I love frogs.  Little ones, big ones, short ones, fat ones, bumpy ones, and smooth one.  I think they are just too cute.

Crazy Change freebie 3

Here is number three. Have fun…!


Download the groupie HERE

Ok gotta run…!  Be back with more later and tomorrow!  Don't forget these will expire so get them for free while you can!

My Niece and Nephew

I love my sister.  It goes without saying.  She has always been one of the most amazing mainstays in my life.  There are so many stories from back in the day when I was young and just wanted to hang out at her house.  She was my idol.  Always tan.  Perfect skin.  Perfect nails.  Perfect hair.  Yeah well, when don't you think your idol is perfect? 

Its been a few years (I refuse to out my age dang it all) and now she is happily the mom of four great kids that I am lucky enough to call my niece and nephews. 

I was so excited when they, the youngest of the four, came to my house over summer break where we built a bonfire, roasted smores, slept in a huge 12 person tent, watched movies on the laptop, and had an overall blast.  They consumed more food in 3 days than we consume in a week, but I just had a freaking blast and always look forward to having them here.  My nephew is a true charmer.  That boy is the epitome of a gentlemen, funny as a kid could ever be, and just an over all amazing boy.  My niece, the only girl, is a force of nature.  She is gorgeous, tan all the time, blonde hair, and truly unique.  I adore them both and enjoy every minute they are here.  I miss them….dear sista….please send your children to my house soon.


We had a quick photo shoot in my house and this was one pic of them that I love.

I will update this post with more pictures soon.  Right now…I have to get going with other things because we are still finishing the bathrooms and carpeting my stairs.  Oh, and now I am going to paint the middle child's room pink. 

What….I say “What” have I gotten myself into? 



aunt (ka-ra-zay) Kerr

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking Layout

Here is another layout of my baby during a time in the tub when I couldn't really work my DSLR ( its a Canon Rebel XTi – Lens: 18-200 IS) so I did break out the Photoshop wand and cleaned them up a bit.

As I said in the other post all the products are from DSP.  I don't remember which cd its from but you can find the stuff in their store.



That's my baby girl.

All Girl Digital Scrapbook Layout

Its been a while since I have scrapped anything.  You know life gets in the way, you get overwhelmed, or you flat out just dont have the time.  Well after surfing through my computer this mornin I decided I wanted to revisit some of these and decided I would share them.  I have quite a few more that are resting in my external hard drive but I will be posting a few today before getting up to finish remodeling the bathrooms today. 

Here is my baby Selene Brooklyn, aka Mini.  I absolutely adore this picture and this layout.  None of these products are mine. 

I used to work over at DSP and you can find these products in their store.  Feel free to get ideas, copy the layout, switch it up a bit or whatever you want.  I would love to see some of the layouts you fab-u-lous digi-scrappers have done.

Feel free to comment and put up a link to one of your favorite layouts.  I am going to be picking one and showcasing a new layout every couple of weeks. 



Crazy Change Freebie 2

Here is the second groupie in the set.  These are quick and easy items that you can plop on a digital scrapbook page and make quick work of your layout.  They are definitely time savers!

crazy change groupie freebie 2 for download

You can download them HERE

As always if you like em, please leave me some freebie love in the comments or cbox.  I love to get comments :)


Friday, December 4, 2009

Crazy Change Freebie

Since I just put the Crazy Change Page Kit in my store I figured I would give you a taste of the kit by giving away a free groupie a day.  Every day for the next four days (including today) I will upload a new free groupie for you to download. 

Be sure and download them as the link will expire in 7 days!  After that they will be available for purchase in the store for 99 cents for the set of four.


groupie_1 Download the Groupie HERE

As always, please leave me a comment if you like em, love em, or leave em!   

Crazy Change Page Kit

This kit has a very old world and well worn feel to it. Its wonderful bright yet muted tones will work well with lots of pictures both old and new.


  • 300 ppi
  • 4 crackle backgrounds
  • 8 unique elements
  • File Size 17.2 MB



Antiquated Autumn Page Kit

This wonderful page kit is neutral with unique textured elements.  Traditional and simply shabby chic, this kit is a fun must have for multiple styles of digital layouts. 

  • 300 ppi
  • 3 backgrounds
  • 9 elements



Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tag Your it …Freebie!

Quickly here is a freebie to help you get going today.  Its a cute tag set with a hanger that has a front and back to it so that you can use it realistically. 

I hope you enjoy.  And as always, if you use please link back or put a comment in the cbox so I can go check it out.  I love to see how others use my work.



You can download it HERE.  Happy Thursday!



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pecan Pie Recipe

We live for  pecan pie in our house.  If we make two they are gone in less than 48 hrs.  One pie alone is reserved for me (and dont you forget that husband and children…) or at least I usually claim as much. 
This year they didn't turn out as pretty as usual because we didn’t have our DELUXE recipe that we usually use but, alas, they still ‘boasted’ about putting 12 lbs on me in 24 hrs (I have a love / hate relationship with pecan pie…I love to eat it and then hate myself for doing something so dumb as to sit and eat a half of pie in one sitting.  What…?  I am just being honest here)
So anywho….when I get the DEEEEluxe version of the recipe I shall update accordingly but here is the recipe we used for our Thanksgiving feast. 

Now grab all your ingredients:  Whole pecans, sugar, dark and light caro syrup (you can sub with just one or the other but we always split them between both), butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and deep dish pie shells.
Pecan Pie Ingrediants
Now grab a large bowl and whisk your eggs
pecan pie: mixing eggs in bowl
Grab your caro syrup, measure, and pour it in.
caro syrup
Make sure you get all that good stuff in there!
pecan pie: getting all the caro in there!
Now add your sugar.  Is it weird that I love this picture?  Yes, apparently I get excited by pouring sugar and getting a good picture of it.
pouring sugar
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh baby loooook at that sugggah!
more sugah sugah
Grab the butter and pop it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds until its warm but not boiling.  I had to let  mine cool….oops!
cutting butter put butter in bowl and microwave it dont boil your butter like me LOL
*Note to self: 30 seconds is toooo long in your microwave*
Pour in your vanilla
pouring vanilla extract
Oh baby here is my one true food love in the world in its base form
pecan pie mixture
Mix it all up with your mixer on medium.  Warning…I am only using one beater cuz well….thats a whole nother blog post.  Lets just say it has something to do with a three year old and her love of singing into my beaters….nuff said! 
Hey, that’s how we roll round here.  Feel free to use two :)
Now pour your butter in making sure that you are still mixing.  Remember we only want the butter melted not boiling…
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…..if your a batter lover (what? why did everyone look at me?)  this stuff is heaven in a bowl. 
WARNING: I do not condone eating raw eggs in batter….consume at your own risk.
***Public service announcement over***
Oh lordy, pour all that amazing goodness into the pie shell.  20091125_0799
Please be sure you don't leave any of this goodness behind in the bowl.
I do condone licking the bowl clean.  Just be sure no one is around to witness your temporary insanity. 
Break out those bad boy pecans and grab yerself a handful.  Now, I know there are many ways to skin a cat (please don’t try and prove that theory) but this is how we roll around here.  We hand place our pecans delicately after pouring in the batter.
However you want to do it feel free.  I am just showing you my way of doing it.
disclaimer: those are not my hands.  I cannot take pictures while holding pecans in one hand and placing pecans with the other.  If that were the case then I would actually be able to walk, chew gum, and talk on the phone all at the same time.  One can dream…
Carefully place your pecans around the pie starting at the edge as shown.
uh huh…..
second row…
wow thats looking good…
last pecan!  Now grab some tinfoil and pull it out about 2 inches.  Tear off two pieces roughly the same size.  This isnt crucial as far as size goes but it is crucial to make for a nice crust while these babies cook.
Here we are all wrapped up and ‘ready, ready, ready to rrruuuunnnnn’ .  Thats my best impression of the Dixie Chicks.  Now, don’t actually run to your oven but place this bad boy in there to get reaaaaalllllly happpy.
Here it is.  But, its not quite done yet.  We still need about 12 minutes left before the center is no longer wiggling like a weeble-wobble.  You know its done when it doesn’t jiggle and wiggle.  Its usually around 55 minutes you will start noticing it getting firm.  It can sometimes take as long as 65-70 minutes (especially if you have a dorky electric stove and two pies involved) to completely cook. 

Here is the finished product.  Not our most beautiful pie but that sure wont be stopping me from devouring it within hours of stuffing myself full of turkey dinner.

Printable PDF Pecan Pie Recipe 

Pecan Pie Recipe
1 bag whole pecans
½ cup of dark caro syrup
½ cup of light caro syrup
3 eggs slightly beaten
1 c sugar
2 tb real butter – melted but not boiling
1 ts vanilla extract
Preheat 350 degrees
Cook 55-65 minutes
Cover crust with foil for the duration of cooking time
Tip: Don’t get your foil into your mixture or when you pull it off it will pull up your pie and possibly the pecans with it.


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