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Friday, November 27, 2015


Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations.

Well, as many of you are aware, the week before Thanksgiving I was without power for 7 days. If you have not read this story you can read about this HERE.

11 years ago when my mom died, my two brothers and I split up the holidays and because Sean was a trained Chef we received Thanksgiving. Every year I take the week before and usually prepare all the food and decorate the table with floral arrangements, place settings and fun custom "pop" packages. Well, having no electricity caused me to go into a panic, and we made plans to move Thanksgiving to my brother's. Thankfully two days before Thanksgiving at 1:10 PM the power was restored. We were back on, however, I had not put ONE thought into my plans. WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO? Luckily I was able to pull everything together and finished with a BEAUTIFUL table in just 12 hours! BUT HOW?

Luckily I have a Cricut Explore! With any of the Cricut Explore family( Cricut Explore AirCricut Explore or Cricut Explore One) will automatically come with Design SpaceDesign Space has many cool features, but one of my favorite's "GO TO" features is the Make-It-Now Projects. And frankly, this is what SAVED my Thanksgiving! What is Make-It-Now Projects? These are projects all ready designed and made for you. You can either choose to customize it, or just hit "GO" and cut! Check out this video to see how Make-It-Now Projects work!

The great thing, is with the Cricut Monthly Subscription, most of the Make-It-Now Projects do not cost ANY money! Both of the projects that literally SAVED my Thanksgiving were also FREE for me to make! So here are the two Make-It-Now Projects that I made for my table settings the DAY BEFORE Thanksgiving!

Because of these two  Make-It-Now Projects, I was able to make 3 sets of pumpkins and 19 placards in about 3 hours using my Cricut Explore! I am not kidding when I said that this literally saved my Thanksgiving. I would have normally spent weeks designing, planning, and then executing my decorations for the table settings. But, without electricity and having just one day left before thanksgiving, I just did not have time. However, I still wanted my table to look nice and handmade for my family. My Cricut Explore teamed up with the Make-It-Now Projects, truly have become a MUST for any home!

Make sure to look below for all the supplies I used to complete the above two projects in Design Space using the Make-It-Now Projects. I really recommend the Cricut Monthly Subscription so you can access all that the Make-It-Now Projects have to offer!

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Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations.

Well the time has come for us to let out our pants, get on our pajamas and start our engines. WHY? well I for one do not try to force myself into the craziness of Black Friday in the real world! Oh HECK NO, I do all of my shopping from the comfort of my own home! So for your convenience I have gave you some of my FAVORITE Black Friday Deals!




I will keep posting more as I find them over the weekend. Thanks for always supporting Ken's Kreations!

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Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations

Well some of you might have noticed I have been MIA on my BlogFacebookYouTube and other Social Media ventures. The reason? Simple. I had no ELECTRICITY!

I live in Spokane, WA and on Tuesday November 17th, 2015 Spokane, WA had one of the WORST wind storms our city has every encountered! We had record 75 MPH winds that toppled trees onto houses and snapped power lines to over 200K people in the city.

The storm started to hit Spokane while I was at work and at about 3:45 the storm was getting so bad that I decided to let most of my team leave work except the core needed to run the operations of our banking center. Soon the City Of Spokane decided to shut down all operations in the city. My work, Washington Trust Bank, decided to follow suit and at 4:00 we were able to start shutting down the bank. Sadly right at that moment the entire power grid went down and I was not able to leave until 4:30. My normal commute home from the Manito Banking Center to my house is about 10 minutes, however during the wind storm it took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Why? TREES!!! LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of DOW TREES!

When I got home, of course no power. The winds were howling at 75 MPH and of course we have towering pine trees all around our house. I was just praying none would fall on my house. The first night we had no idea the devastation as we went to bed. I assumed my power would be restored over night, as it was just some strong winds. However in the morning we awoke to this:

The news was reporting that almost 200K people were out of power and it could be 3-5 days until it was fully restored. This sadly turned into 4-6, than 5-7 and sadly for some people 7-10. Why? Because of the photos above. The hurricane force winds combined tall "weak root" pine trees knocked down 315 trees across the city. Most of these trees where in my neighborhood. When the trees came down, so did the power lines. Those power lines then YANKED on the transformers and poles which created a domino effect along the entire system. I was lucky as I already had a Gas FireplaceCandles, and Lighter. However most grocery stores in my area closed due to no power so stores supplies went quickly and if you did not stock up you were out of luck. These items included:

Luckily I had some amazing friends come to my rescue with some of the above supplies to provide us some heat, electricity and COFFEE!! We were very fortunate, because some of my dearest friends had no electricity, but also because of the trees and storm, sadly now had no house. 

This is just one house that was hit with trees during the storm. The cost of this storm will be in the millions. We might have been without power for 8 days, but I am thankful we did not have a pine tree peeking though the roof!

So for a week, Sean and I sat in the house disconnect (kind of) to the world. We made the best of it as we could. He used out BBQ to make dinner most night and my best friends came to the rescue with thirty-one bags and washers to get laundry done! But 8 days is a long time for me not to craft or make a video...so.....I decided to do a little Periscope called "Ken's Kreations Crafting In The Dark". Now be warned! This is not edited! It is long! And I am a LITTLE insane without power! 

Ken's Kreations Is Proud To Present
Thanksgiving Invites "Crafting In The Dark"

Told you! You were warned. make sure if you want to see more Ken craziness with my sidekick Sean, subscribe to me on Periscope! I am way more relaxed and fun on Periscope versus YouTube where i tend to be more professional! Anyways for a complete shopping list see below!

I wanted to thank all of my family and friends last week for everything they did for us last week. If anything was proven to me last week, it was this. I am so thankful for everything I have. That is exactly why I am writing this entry today on Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the roof over my head, my beautiful family and friends, my 3 furry babies and all of the support i get every day from all of you! Last week really hit home how much I take for granted on a daily basis and how fortunate we are, and it really hit home. It was an eye opener and one that I am embracing and hoping you will too! Thank you for embracing me everyday and I cannot wait to start recording content for all of you again! Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!

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