Monday, January 31, 2011

Motivational Monday

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

This week I want to look for opportunities.  I know they are all around I just have to find them.  Today I was at mommy and me class and one of the moms mentioned hair bows.  Normally I would listen and not mention my business, Kelly Krocker Kreates, but this time I decided to be confident and talk about my etsy shop and some of the products I offer.  Well good thing I did, I walked away with an order.  I need to focus on the opportunity and not the difficulty.  

Friday, January 28, 2011

If The Crown Fits

This week I finished up a custom order for a princess party.  Gotta say I loved making it.  There is something about princesses, pink and purple and rhinestones that makes me feel like I'm 5 again.  I wish Disney had all of that stuff when I was a kid.  Anyway, this customer requested party bags, a sign and korker bows.  Here is a picture of the bags.
There were 20 bags

My first sign turned out well.  I also added Princess Aurora to it.  I had no idea that was Sleeping Beauty's name.  I guess I better brush up on Disney Princess knowledge.

And lastly the client had me put a korker bow in each bag.  Nice gift for all of the princesses.
Happy Birthday Sophia!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday is here again!  This past weekend I began training for my half marathon.  I started running about 7 or 8 years ago.  I ran a couple of 5k's and 7 months after my daughter was born I ran a 10k.  It was great!  I was so proud of myself and exhausted at the same time.  So I decided that this year I would up the ante and add a half marathon to the mix.  Not an easy task when you have two kids, a house, and a growing etsy business, but I am committed to this goal.  So on Saturday morning I braved the cold, it was 14 degrees here, and headed out to meet my running group.  We are all training to run a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon this year.  I have to admit the first 10 minutes of the run I was freezing cold and contemplated going back to my warm car but I stuck with it and finished 6.4 miles in 56 minutes.  Not bad considering there was snow and ice on the road and the frigid temperature. So I thought this quote that I found at was appropriate

"I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don't." -- Devin McDonald Vinson, 37, Portland, OR

Ohhh how true Devin.  I may not want to get on the treadmill at 5:45 am but I am so happy when I do.  I feel great and what better way to start your day than knowing you already accomplished something.  Plus, I know I am more likely to eat healthy and stay on track.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whip It Up Wednesday

Each week I would love to share a new recipe.  I love to bake and cook.  I am by no means an expert rather someone that enjoys tinkering in the kitchen and using her kitchen aid mixer.  This week I wanted to make something for the kiddos to snack on when they got home from school.  So I thought granola bars would be great.  I'm a HUGE fan.  They have the best recipes and I love reading the reviews and checking out the pictures.  So here is the new recipe I decided to try.

Easy Granola Bars
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 cup sliced almonds

  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips and cranberries with your hands until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pan.
    3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares then let cool completely before serving.
     I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.  Not the best granola bars, not the worst.  They were a little sweet and softer than most granola bars, which I liked. They weren't super healthy, the recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk but they were by no means super fattening.   So although I would have loved a nice chocolate chip cookie or linzer tart, I opted for the granola bars for the kids.  They always win don't they!

    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    Motivational Monday

    I always like to start my week off with a positive quote.  I think it sets the tone for the week ahead and reminds me to focus on the positive.  A couple of years ago I read the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes.  I was going through a difficult time in my life and it changed the way I viewed so many things in my life.  I began to focus on the positive, not that I was ever a negative person.  I began to think positive thoughts, envision the outcomes I wanted, see them happen in my imagination and feel the happiness that surrounded me.    So I would like to share with you a positive quote each Monday to get your week and mine started on the right foot.  It may seem cheesy to some but I hope it brings a smile to others faces.  So my first quote is a basic one:

    Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference" - Winston Churchill

    Ohhhhhhhh so true Mr. Churchill!

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Special Thank You

    A special thank you to Krystal at Sassy Sanctuary for designing my new blog.  Krystal was an absolute pleasure to work with.  I hope you will stop by her blog and check out her work.

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    Working on New Years Goals One Step At A Time

    For some time I've been wanting to reorganize my jewelry.  My sister-in-law has had three Lia Sophia parties in the past two years and needless to say I've bought a bunch of their stuff.  I just love it!  I love knowing that if something breaks I can easily return it.  Not that it's happened.  So onto my New Year's Resolution, ORGANIZE!  I decided to dump everything out and sort through what I was keeping and what could be donated to the kiddie dress up fund.
    Then I did some research and decided that a jewelry box was out of the question, cost, looks, and where was I putting it.  So I invested in some of these accessory storage boxes that you can find at Michaels.  Pretty, no, practical yes!

    I love that you can adjust the spaces in the boxes.

    Then I began sorting by category, silver earrings, gold earrings, silver necklaces, gold necklaces and finally bracelets.  I used a box for each of the categories.  Then using my cricut I cut out the categories with vinyl to label them and make it easy to locate when I'm rushing around in the morning. 

    Now, I have everything organized and I must say I love it!  I think it will make my life easier when I'm running late and I need to find that silver and blue necklace that matches my outfit.  And isn't that what organizing is all about, making life easier!

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Say No To Resolutions and Yes To Goals

    Have you read, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne?  I have and it's changed the way I view things in so many ways.  I was never a glass half empty gal but I wasn't a glass half full either.  I guess I was somewhere in between.  A couple of years ago I decided to stop making resolutions because I thought it sounded negative and focused on the negative.  Instead I wanted to look at things in a  positive way.  Set realistic goals.  Goals that I know if I work hard enough I can attain.  So I am formally committing to the goals I have set up for 2011 by sharing them with all of you.  I will revisit these goals through out the year and give you updates.  See what's working, what's not.  Feel free to share your goals too.  By sharing them, talking about them, you are more likely to commit to them.
     2011 Goals

    1.  Run a half marathon
    2.  Get organized and stay organized
    3.  Start a blog (I guess I can check that one off my list)
    4.  Increase my Etsy sales
    5.  Cook one vegetarian meal a week for my family (this is my "Going Green" goal for the year.  I have one each year.  Check out what one vegetarian meal a week can do for our planet at wannaveg)

    Sunday, January 2, 2011

    New Year New Blog

    Happy New Year and welcome to my blog, Kelly Krocker Kreates.   I'm totally new to this whole blog thing.  I started reading blogs back in August when I was preparing for my daughters 1st birthday.  Let's just say I've become addicted and haven't stopped reading since then!!  I feel like I've opened up a whole new world.  A world of crafts, mommies,    book lovers and friends.   So I hope you'll become a follower and join me as I navigate through this adventure I call life.