What Would YOU Like to Learn About Here?

I admit it: I’m a lifelong learner and an advocate of online learning, in particular. I don’t think anyone is ever too old to learn new things.  I mean, really, I earned my M.Ed. degree at the age of 50 – with a 4.0 GPA! I’m now 55 and in the dissertation phase of earning my Ed.D. degree. So if *I* can do it, I know younger people can certainly learn new things and pursue dreams–and older people, too, because I have had classmates in their 60s and 70s!

 

Photo Credit: LiveLifeHappy.com.

 

So with THAT introduction, and based on the writing prompt for today’s Article Writing Challenge, what would YOU like to learn about here on this blog?

I have done two blog series of posts with specific themes on my primary blog (K’Lee Banks, Freelance Consultant Services), and I am currently trying to wrap another one up there; I would be happy to do likewise here, if that is something anyone would like to see.

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I would just ask people to keep in mind the overall theme and nature of this blog, because I wouldn’t go against my own moral standards to post about anything questionable or potentially offensive, especially because I think that would dishonor my Dad’s memory–and he’s the reason I started this blog! Here is some info about the purpose of this blog, from my About page:

…the goal of this blog – to encourage others through stories, verses, thoughts, and other bits of inspiration.

This blog is my attempt, in some small way, to honor my Dad’s memory and carry on his legacy of encouragement and inspiration, to help others as he helped all of us in his family, extended family, church family, and so many others during his lifetime. This is for you, Dad – I love you and miss you.

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Since I do research for a living–between my freelance writing and my doctoral studies–I’m not opposed to researching some topic any of you indicate interest in, and learning something new myself in the process!

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This might also be a good time to share what my own vision and plan is for this blog, in addition to what I posted above regarding the goal and purpose of this blog. I post daily “Attitude of Gratitude” posts, devotional thoughts, and scriptures on my Facebook timeline and it occurred to me that I should just “borrow” those posts and bring them here for blog readers to enjoy who may not be connected with me on Facebook.

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I have been writing daily Attitude of Gratitude posts for nearly two years (started in November 2011) and then this year, I started posting daily verses from the Psalms and Proverbs. My plan, beginning in January 2014, is to post those Bible verses on a separate page for each month.  I will probably start posting my daily Attitude of Gratitude posts tomorrow.

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So tell me, please: what would YOU like to learn and discuss here, within the parameters of this blog’s intended purpose? Please leave comments to let me know–or if you prefer, check my Contact page for info on getting in touch with me privately.

 

How Do You Do That?

How do you do that?  This is a question I receive often through emails, Facebook posts and messages, forum posts, and even in person.  So since the writing prompt for today in the Article Writing Challenge is to address such questions, this particular one seemed like the best candidate.

 

Nursery Quilt and Pillow Set

This question that frequently arises, “How do you do that?” is in reference to how I create all my imprinted photos on products such as the quilt and pillow in the above photo.

I finally wrote the whole explanation in a note on Facebook at my K-Lee’s Kreations page, as well as at Etsy and Bonanza, so people would understand the process.

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Since so many people ask about the imprinting process that I use to make my photo products, I thought I would explain it here. 

Most people send photos as ‘jpeg’ attachments via email – some folks send photos via ‘snail mail’ and I scan them. I typically do a little photo editing: do some cropping, make them the right size, add different effects, or whatever works for each photo.

I have a second printer set up with sublimation ink and dye sublimation transfer paper, which is what I use to print out the photos.

The photos are then IMPRINTED into a poly poplin fabric using sublimation ink and a heat press (my first one was a DIY version that  my ‘handy hubby’ made for me, with a simple hot plate and base! Now I have an official heat press made by Gecko Heat Transfer Solutions).

These are NOT regular computer ink photos!

The combination of the sublimation ink and the heat press transforms the ink into a gas, which permeates the fabric. This causes the photos to virtually become part of the fabric, making them permanent, while the fabric stays soft and flexible (not the stiff ironed-on feeling!)

You can also wash and dry the items with the imprinted photos! 

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One of the reasons I most enjoy adding imprinted photos to my handmade products is the joy it evokes in those people who receive items as gifts or who buy them for themselves or others. I also get to share a little in the lives of those who trust me with their cherished photos, and I know I’m creating heirloom products that are personal and meaningful to those who receive them.

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I have concentrated primarily on creating customized products, made to order –but people often ask if I can make some ready-to-buy items. SO…recently, I decided to create a new line of products and call them K-Lee’s Kollectibles.

This will be a line of about two dozen items–a mixture of bags, pillows, wall quilts, lap quilts, and quilt/pillow sets–that will still feature imprinted images, but they will be ready-to-buy, featuring photos from various family members and friends who have agreed to let me use their photos.  Here is a group collection of sample items:

So…that is how I do that!

Did you have any idea of the process involved in adding imprinted photos? What do you think of my idea for K-Lee’s Kollectibles?

 

30 Random Things About Me You May or May Not Know

On this special day, 32 years ago, I became a Mom for the first time to my only son, Andrew James. I just blogged about it in my primary blog, if you would like to read it: Reflecting on the Day I Became a Mom.

 

 

For this blog, however, I am participating in an Article Writing Challenge through a group on Facebook. Yesterday the writing prompt was to update my About page, which I did (check it out!) – plus I posted an October 1st regular post, if you haven’t read that one yet.

For today, the writing prompt is to tell you random things about me you may not know…

SO … I originally did this in another blog, so I’m borrowing it for THIS blog (lots of links to check out other posts, pics, etc.), so here goes {gulp} …

  1. I am 55 years old and blessed to be alive, because I almost died in 1985 before my 27th birthday!
  2. I grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire.
  3. I lived within walking distance of Lake Winnipesaukee.
  4. I climbed Mt. Washington – three times! (…in my MUCH younger, healthier days!)
  5. I also rode on the Mt. Washington - the cruise ship – a few times.
  6. I have been married three times:  a few months to my son’s abusive father, nearly 20 years to my three daughters’ father – and about 7 1/2 years to the love of my life, Dave.
  7. Dave and I met through online dating about 10 1/2 years ago; after a few months of dating, I moved from New Hampshire up to Maine.
  8. Dave and I have seven “fur babies” -  one hound mix puppy, one Maine coon cat, and five feral kittens who showed up in our back yard in the fall of 2009 – and we never could part with any of them!
  9. I am a lifelong learner – still taking courses and pursuing degrees!
  10. I have three degrees, earned in 1980, 2007, and 2008.
  11. My first degree was a B.A. degree in Psychology, from Nyack College, Nyack, New York, in 1980.
  12. My second degree was an A.A.S. degree in Education, in a speech therapy concentration (SLPA), from KVCC in Fairfield, Maine, in 2007.
  13. My third degree was an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, from AIU Online, in 2008.
  14. I am currently in the dissertation phase of my fully online Ed.D. degree in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning, at Northcentral University; prospective graduation date is between 2015 to 2016.
  15. I have unfortunately lost both of my parents to cancer; my Dad in 2002 to lymphoma and my Mom in 2011 to lung cancer, after surviving (or so we thought) breast cancer. I also lost my 12 1/2 y.o. canine companion, Kita (black lab), on 12-18-2012.
  16. My adult kids, ages 24 to 32,  all either attended college, or graduated from college, and are involved in careers (proud Mom here, four times over!)
  17. My youngest daughter got married two years ago, and last year had her first child – my first grandbaby- my beautiful granddaughter Chloe Lyvia!
  18. My daughters live in New Hampshire.
  19. My son lives in New Mexico, where he also attended college for a business degree.
  20. My middle daughter is a nurse (RN); she graduated in May 2010 and passed the NCLEX first time through the next month. She is also engaged, due to get married in November.
  21. My youngest daughter graduated with an associate degree for dietetic technician.
  22. My oldest daughter has four degrees, including two associate degrees, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in organic dairy nutrition.
  23. In my “spare” time (yeah, right), I love to quilt, sew, and do various crafts.
  24. In addition to freelance writing, I run a home-based business called K-Lee’s Kreations.
  25. I have been freelancing “officially” for over five years and now have over 2,500 published articles online and have written one book so far, Fatherly Reflections. I’ve also authored/co-authored about a dozen courses.
  26. I grew up within about a half hour of Loudon, NH – home of the NH Motor Speedway (NHMS) – but wasn’t a NASCAR fan at the time!
  27. I am NOW a NASCAR fan – since I met Dave – and went to my first race in September 2012!
  28. I was much more familiar with Motorcycle Weekend/Week, than NASCAR, all the years I lived in NH.
  29. My hair started turning gray (white/silver) at about age 29 – so yeah, I’ve been coloring it for all this time, but now that I’m a grandmother, I’m slowly letting it go to its natural color.
  30. I was a traveling speech therapist for about a year – averaging about 350 miles/week – until I “came home” to work in early 2008.

Wow, I didn’t think I could come up with 30 random things – but I did – do you dare to share 30 random things about YOU?  :-)

 

Hubby Dave with our Desi pup, doing
their usual morning routine!