Kristine's Place

04 April

Easter is FAST approaching….

…which means I will have to return to work. I have enjoyed not having to go in each night and after some adjustment, I have enjoyed sharing the bed with hubby again. :-P

What have I accomplished? Well if you saw the mess of the house you would say “nothing” because it is FILTHY. This is why it’s filthy…


That stinky mess is what is left of 32′ feet of chimney that hubby tore out of the middle of the house. Part of the mess (okay a HUGE bunch of mess) came from the guest bedroom. Lath and plaster had to be torn out before we got to the chimney and then once he tore out the chimney and repaired the hole in the floor and the ceiling, he got this brilliant idea to tear out more lath and plaster so he could use a bigger piece of drywall. Not a problem, except when he did that last night, he failed to cover anything up. Like the computer equipment, office chair, desk… you get the idea. It’s FILTHY. Ugh. It seems to be a lost cause. LOL! Between all the dust, spring mud that the dog tracks in, cat hair and other dirt from outside; the house is pretty much a wreck. LMAO!!

I’m going to try and clean up as much as I can this weekend but I think it will take a few scrubbings plus maybe a visit from a cleaning lady to get it where it’s just not gross. :-P

OK, enough of me gabbing…

Kim B’s Designs and her sister Gaye of GS Creations have been busy creating goodies for your commercial use!

Here’s the new goodies from Gaye :D


FOLDER_thumb[11]So sweet!! I can’t wait to play with these!


FOLDER-444I am SUCH a junkie for Gaye’s templates and patterns!!

Kim has been keeping me busy with downloads this morning as well. ;-)












I LOVE Kim’s textures and I love layering them over her damask patterns. I could play in Photoshop for HOURS with her collections!!

Lots of goodies this week…why don’t you check them out and treat yourself?

Well that’s it for me for now. I have a TON of stuff to do today. Better get a fresh pot of coffee on.

Have a great day folks!! :D



02 April
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Just a quickie..

Just a quickie post and then running again. LOL!

Still on layoff {holidays}. We have been busy bees around here. Tore out the chimney from the roof to the basement floor. Dirty, heavy work. The house still smells like soot but it’s fading. We have two large piles of bricks on our lawn. We are looking more and more like hill-billies ALL the time. :-P

Now we have to repair huge gaping holes in the floor and ceiling, install drywall in the guest bedroom and try and put that room back together. The house is a wreck but the bright side is that we no longer have any snow left. We have mud. LMAO!!

Spring has sproing and the birds are chirping, the worms are merging and the dog is filthy. :-P

All is right with the world.

18 March

Random R & R

I am currently enjoying day 2 of some much needed R & R…

Our store is getting completely gutted and overhauled which will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. There is no night shift in the trailer, so I opted to take the layoff. Heavenly. I could have bumped onto day shift for two weeks to do the bake there until the baker came back from mat leave, but I decided my sanity was more important and wanted a full break from all the drama. LOL!

What am I planning to do? Clean, bake, listen to hubby tear out the chimney, clean up his mess and catch up on some much needed sleep. I fell asleep on the couch last night and got 9 unbroken hours of the magic stuff. First time in ages that I have had more than four hours. I will take it.

I am scheduled to go back the Wednesday before Easter if there are no complications in construction. Ha. As of yesterday there were already complications and construction hadn’t even started.

Whatever. I will take whatever I can get and enjoy every damn minute of it.

It doesn’t get any more random than that folks. :D


09 March
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I want to go swimming!

While I am wallowing in this lovely Arctic Vortex, I was quickly checking my mail and came across this set of beautiful templates by Kim and Gaye. Holy crap!! I want to swimming and diving and soak up the sun…

kb-DivingHigh-Bundle_thumb[1]Diving High: The Bundle

This gorgeous bundle contains:






Now does this set not make you want to soak up some sun?!

Loucee has a lovely new set of templates as well ;-)


lcc_FloralPapers3_previewDainty Floral Papers 3:

LOVE these dainties!!!

Me thinks I’m off to scoop these up and then get my butt in gear to go to the laundromat. Our cistern is out of water and I need clean uniforms for tonight. Last week of work (I hope) before the layoff!!

Have an awesome day folks!!




01 March
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Silence is awesome

The house is still quiet. Steve and Julie won’t be up for a few hours yet. (okay SHE won’t be up for a few hours. I will be lucky if she shows her face at noon). The dog is passed out snoring on the floor. The cat is up, happily fed and quietly purring on my lap. I have a pot of fresh coffee and the house to myself. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?!


Feel free to add your own sound bite. I cannot carry a tune in a bucket. LMAO!!

I’m trying to clear out one of my inboxes. Already dealt with Feedly. Apparently there were over 500 articles I haven’t ready yet. Seriously? Unsubbed from a ton and marked everything else “read”. (Haven’t missed blog stalking to be honest.). Simplify. Simplify. Uncluttering the house and my life. Hard work but end results are so worth it.

I finally have Photoshop installed on my computer but I haven’t installed any filters, brushes, actions, styles or other stuff I used to use. One of these days. For now I am enjoying the computer being clutter free. ;-)

For those of you that still play in Photoshop , Kim, Gaye and Lou have new CU products at SugarHill Co. ;-)

Lou has a new grab bag of goodies.

lcc_CUGrabBagSix new products for $5. (previews of contents in store. So sweet!)

Kim has a new pack of bows…

kb-TM-stripey8It was so good hearing from her this week!! She makes me laugh every time…

Gaye has blown me away as usual with her templates.

FOLDER-425So freaking cute!!!

FOLDER-430Simply amazing!!!

FOLDER-428I will admit to a HUGE pattern addiction.

Lots of goodies and sales to take advantage of! Treat yourself !!

I’m off to go thru my CD collection. Saving a few to my external HD but the entire lot of them is going to Value Village. Let someone else get some enjoyment out of them. I am keeping a few for my vehicle but over 300 will be gone by the end of today. :D






09 February

Blog silliness

I blatently stole this from Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog :P

Put your music player of choice on shuffle and list the first song

All Uncovered by The Watchmen

Next one up was Dragula by Rob Zombie . Eclectic music tastes. ;-)
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would you take anyone with you?

Toss up between Stowe, Vermont or Tennessee. I’d go by myself for time to clear out my head. Eat great food, drink wine, de-stress….

What is your preferred writing implement? (eg. Blue pen, pencil, green pen)

Fine tip blue pens for this chick.

When did you go on your first trip alone (without your parents)?

Nowhere exciting. Just a road trip in a purple transport with a friend. We delivered a log home kit to a small town not far from where I live now. It was a blast.

Do you have connections to any celebrities (even minor)? List them.

My dad went to school with Bruce Cockburn and played in Johnny Cash’s band in the 60′s. Not my connections but whatever. I also sat next to Dyan Cannon at a restaurant in Florida years ago.

Name 3 items you could pick up from where you are.

Coffee cup, iPhone and the cat.

How would you describe your sense of humor?

Bent. Sarcastic.

Do you ever play board games or other non-computer games? Got any favorites?

Yahtzee junkie.

A musical artist you love that isn’t well known.

Lorena McKennit

A musical artist you love that is well known.


What is your desktop background currently?


Man candy… ;-)

Last person you talked to, and through what you talked to them

Great convo with my kid via texts.

What do you carry your money in?

Rarely carry money. Enough change for a coffee, an emergency quarter and my debit card.

What timekeeping devices are in the room you are currently in?

iPhone clock. LOL

What kind of headphones do you use?

Ear buds that I bought with my phone.

What musical artists have you seen perform live?

Kim Mitchell (unless you are a fan of Max Webster he’ll be an unknown to you), Alanis Morissette, Allannah Myles, Crowded House, 54-40, Chalk Circle, REM, Pearl Jam, Rascall Flatts, Little Big Town and Eric Church.

How often do you clear your browser history?

Once a week.

What’s the best job you’ve ever had?

Had a few that I have loved for different reasons.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Can’t think of one actually. They all served a purpose. To pay the bills.

What magazines do you read, if any?

Mad, Rolling Stone, People, MacLeans.


02 February

Six more weeks of winter doldrums…

Six more weeks of winter. Awesome. That’s what you get for relying on a rodent to forecast the weather. LMAO!!

It’s been weeks since I’ve been on the computer. I just haven’t had time. We have had company and are trying to get this reno started. Mother Nature has had other ideas with her Arctic Vortex. Bone chilling temps, snow, freezing rain etc. is not conducive to being on the roof tearing out the chimney. And so we wait…

This morning I took some time to finally clear out my inboxes and fell in love with the colors, patterns and themes I saw. Sprig is happening somewhere and apparently it’s in South Africa!!

Gaye made my day with her fabulous collection of new templates. If you are a fan at all of ice cream, these are a must have!!




How yummy are these?!

Kim has been busy as well with new CU releases at SugarHill Co. Check these out!








(I am dying to see flowers!!!)







Spring is in the air! (or will be soon. I can feel it in my arthritic bones…) :P

14 January
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baby steps

It has been so long since I’ve had to format a computer and all the nonsense it entails, that I feel like I am 100 years old. My skills definitely need polishing. LOL

I am almost finished. The basics are installed but I don’t have time to complete it until the weekend and even then that will be sketchy. (we are starting to tear out our chimney this weekend. Go. Us. )

Keep me in mind and hopefully I will have this finished in no time. :P

11 January
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I call a time out dammit…

I seriously am calling a time out.

This has been a rough couple of months for me and now to cap things off, my computer is riddled with something that is making it beyond wonky. (I should have logged in more often. I have only been online via my iPhone for ever it seems)

Formatting this was not what I wanted to do but I guess that will be my weekend project. Awesome. Not.

Hopefully will be back online in a few days to pimp the designers I love to bits…

Keep your fingers crossed….

16 November
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Goodbye sale and moving ahead..

This has been a tough week for everyone it seems. I had a busy week of night shifts, blood work and now I’m under the weather with a throat that feels like I have been munching on razor blades. That means in the next few days I will get my ass kicked with cooties. AWESOME. Ugh.

With the news that Scrap Matters is closing, Kim has been busy as well finding a new digital home. She will be moving to Pixels & Co. as an extended guest! To finish off her stay at Scrap Matters, she has a killer sale going on…


Most of her store will be closing on November 21st, however she will be retiring over 80 products that will be seriously reduced until December 2nd when they will be gone for good. If you ever wanted some goodies of Kim’s to add to your stash, this is the time to do it!

Kim will officially open her store at Pixels & Co. on November 22nd so why don’t you swing by and join in on the fun?

With the move and all it’s goings on, she also found time to add a new goodie to her store at Sugar Hill Co. ;-)

Handmade Paper Layer Styles


Busy woman I tell you. Lots of exciting changes ahead! It will be a fun ride for sure!!