Archive | January, 2011


13 Jan

It is with much excitement that I announce to you that “The KC Experience” has found a new home!!!

From now on, all updates to “The KC Experience” will be at:

Please check out the new site and be excited about the new things to come at the new home!


Valentine’s Picture Frame Tutorial

11 Jan

Here’s a first for me: a craft tutorial.  If you didn’t know already, I read a few – ok ok – a lot of craft blogs every week day.  I’m consistently impressed at the creativity of people out there.  And I have many ideas stored up in my bookmarks toolbar for future craft sessions.

I also happen to really love Valentine’s Day – not necessarily because of all the love and gushy stuff, but because my birthday is so close to it (February 16th, in case you forgot).  😉

And in honor of Valentine’s Day I am presenting you with a picture frame tutorial inspired by my recent shopping excursion to Michaels.  I just love that place – though my bank account doesn’t love it quite as much as I do…

Anyway, on to the tutorial…

Valentine’s Picture Frame Tutorial

What you will need:

  • An unfinished wooden picture frame – I got mine at Michael’s for $1.00
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge – I used glossy, but it doesn’t really matter what kind you use
  • An Xacto Knife – or another utensil to cut your paper
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon for the border of your frame
  • A foam brush
  • Some sort of throw-away plate for the Mod Podge
  • Embellishments for your frame
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper to cover your surface

(I added some of the materials after I took the picture.  Sorry about that.)


What you will do:

Place your frame onto your paper and trace the frame – or just do what I did and cut around the frame with your knife.


Take out the insert from your frame and place it in the middle of the paper you just cut out.  I’m lazy and didn’t measure it out so that it’d be perfectly centered, but, if you so desire, be my guest.  I eyeballed it to get it centered and traced it with a pencil.  Then cut along the lines on the inside of the lines.  I say the inside because you can always cut off more if you need to, but once it’s cut the damage is done – take it from me.


So now you should have 2 frames that look something like this.  After I had the center cut out, I realized that I cut a little too much – see above.  So I took a Sharpie and colored in some of the spots that looked like they might show through.  And since my paper is zebra print, I could get away with it.  Otherwise, use a marker that closest matches the color of your paper.  OR you could just be a little more careful than I was.


This is where it starts to get really fun.  Using your brush, put a coat of Mod Podge onto your wooden frame, and, as precisely as you can, put your paper frame on top.  Make sure to rub it all over with your fingers to get out any air and to make sure it’s all going to adhere to the wood.  Work quickly, but be careful (especially if you’re using thin-er paper).  The paper I used was closely akin to cardstock, so it was a little more forgiving than regular paper.  Once you’ve got the paper down, brush on another coat of Mod Podge, and let it dry.  And then brush on another coat just to be safe, and let it dry.


If you’re like me and need to stay occupied while you wait, treat yourself.  My choice of treat: warm peanut butter bars with chocolate chips and Reeses peanut butter chips that I made earlier today – thank you Paula Deen for your baking genius.  It went along perfectly with this…


My inspirational music during this project.  Yes, I watch Glee and listen to the soundtrack.  And, yes, I realize it’s late.  And, yes, I realize I don’t have service – don’t ask.


Ok.  Now that we’ve waited…put another coat of Mod Podge on your frame and then cover it with glitter.  Make sure to shake of the excess.  And now, you guessed it, wait for it to dry again.

*Insert Jeopardy theme song here as we wait…*


Once the Mod Podge is dry, use your hot glue gun to glue your ribbon around the border of your frame, as well as the inside border.


My ribbon was sheer black ribbon, and you could see the hot glue through it – yuck.  So I decided to glue another strip of silver ribbon that I had on hand in the center of the black ribbon.  Although impromptu, I like how it turned out.


Now for the really fun part – add your embellishments!  I picked up this “XOXO” when I bought the frame and just hot glued it on.  PS – Isn’t Michael’s just wonderful?!


All you have left to do is insert your picture, and you’re all set!  I just love how mine turned out!  And the added bonus is that I had all the materials on hand, with the exception of the frame and the “XOXO” that I got for $2 at Michael’s!


Hope yours turns out great too!  Feel free to leave comments below!  Happy Valentine’s crafting!

Holiday Wrap-Up

5 Jan

I thought I’d give you an update about my holiday!  I know it’s a little late, but…better late than never?  Right??

Matthew and I flew down to TX the Wednesday before Christmas, and – believe it or not – it was colder in TX than it was in Seattle when we left!  I definitely didn’t anticipate that, which meant I didn’t really pack for that kind of weather…and neither did Matthew.  Fortunately we made it through okay.

We had such a great time down there.  It was a very packed week, but we really enjoyed ourselves.  We made (almost disastrously) and decorated Christmas cookies, ate more food than you can imagine, went to the weirdest Christmas Eve service ever, and so much more.

Christmas day we went down to my Gran & Papa’s house in New Braunfels to spend the holiday with the whole family (minus a few, unfortunately).  Matthew got to meet everybody there, which was fun, and we all enjoyed our annual White Elephant gift exchange.  I personally think I ended up with the best gift out of everyone, especially considering most of the gifts are gag gifts.  I got a whole bunch of red satin ball ornaments that were my great-grandmother’s.  What a precious heirloom!  I can’t wait to hang them on my own tree someday.

Two days after Christmas, Matthew and I spent the day together shopping (thanks to the ‘rent and grand’rents who gave us gift cards) and enjoying ourselves at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.  And when I say Texas Ranger, I’m not talking about the baseball team, people.  I’m talking about THE Texas Rangers…as in the Chuck Norris kind of Texas Ranger.  My favorite exhibit was the one for Bonnie & Clyde.  As it turns out, one of the people in their gang killed a man in my hometown – CRAZY.  (And, not coincidentally, I watched the 1967 version of “Bonnie and Clyde” a few days ago for further “study” on the duo and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.)  And while we were shopping, Matthew got himself a pair of legit cowboy boots – one of his goals for the trip.  I can now say I’m dating a cowboy.

The rest of our trip in TX was spent chilling with the family, which was nice after the hectic-ness of Christmas.  (As an aside: I think, as I get older, Christmas seems to rush by so much faster than it did when I was a kid.  It’s a little saddening.)  I so enjoyed seeing my family, extended family included.  Matthew seemed to really enjoy his time, too, which was an added bonus.

We had Christmas with Matthew’s family the day after we got back to WA, which is always fun with all the kiddos.  And for New Year’s Eve we didn’t really do much, but it was fun nonetheless.  We made pigs in a blanket, and Matthew made a delicious roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots as a “last meal,” so to speak, of the year.  He’s a goober (but I love him).

When I think back on 2010 I have a wave of mixed emotions.  This last year was definitely an interesting one.  As a whole, it seems like it was a pretty dark year for me.  I went through unemployment, a huge fight with Matthew, a demotion, and the ending of more than one friendship (for more than one reason).

On the other hand, though, I can’t help but see just how blessed I am – if for nothing else – for how the Lord has turned every one of those bad situations into a good one.  I don’t know that I’ve ever been able to see so many bad circumstances (in my life, at least) come full circle into great circumstances.  I’m just so blessed.  🙂

I guess I’ll wrap it up with some pics from the holidays – click on any of them to make them larger.  Enjoy!

On a Jet Plane

Matthew caught this out of the plane window: the tip of a mountain peeking out through the clouds

The "Welcome Home" sign Kristen made for me & Matthew.

O Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas!

My Dad wearing the hat/beard combo I made him

Lunch with high school friends (Photo taken by Nathan MacDonald)

Matthew being a Cowboy at the museum

Me being a Cowgirl at the museum

The A-M-A-Z-I-N-G picture Matthew snapped at the museum

The New Year's Eve Chicken: "Before"

The New Year's Eve Chicken: "After"

That’s all folks!