22 December 2008


dang, this time gets away from you!!! i didn't realize that it's been weeks since i was last here, sharing. i need to vent about my butt...i'm just too big rightnow. and i just don't know what is gonna motivate me to lose the weight. hubbs and i both have reunions coming up in six months and THAT hasn't even motivated me! i need help and i don't know what to do! so depressing!

04 December 2008

CRAP! I forgot...

...the show n' tell! first of all, can we just sit back for a second and absorb the fact that i'm bloggin' two days in a row? in the words of the wise and immortal kanye west: you can't tell me NUthin'!!!! but, i digress! i went to the mailbox monday and got this out:
and what to my wondering eyes did appear when i turned to page 74?
that's right, baby!!!! the cutie patootie in the upper left hand corner is my keanohn! that's right...that's right...my noonie willis is all up in there! i'm so excited because this is my first time being published in a paper mag! being published is like tattoos...very addictive!!! i want to contact lowe's free mag and submit my home improvement project. or, i want to submit my bikini clad bod next to a racing car to the racing mags (can you wear a body shaper with a bikini??) i NEED TO BE PUBLISHED again!!!! so, what do you think i should do with the fifty copies that i bought? i was thinking a nice dress for christmas...
so, i've been thinking a lot about a discussion we had at work. i haven't been married as long as a lot of the people i work with. plus, i'm on husband #ONLY-no crap! if he bumps his head and decides he doesn't want to do right, i'm stocking up on batteries...i'm not for the foolishness! but, back to this discussion. my name is legally keandra perkins-willis. the "perkins" is because my two sons i had before i met my husband are perkins-that's my link to them. also, when i kreate, it's a tribute to my father who passed away because he was kreative as HELL!!!! but, i AM keandra WILLIS. i'm feelin' what the Lord said about leavin' and cleavin'. my thing is, i wish to be referred to as willis and i want my wishes respected. well, i work with some of the hatin'-est (if that's not a real word, it SHOULD be!!!) people EVA! they told me that marriage is not about love anymore. according to them, the only reason that i'm so into my husband is because we're relatively new to one another...after 10 years or so we'll start taking one another for granted! WOW!!! i understand what the statistics say: 60% of all marriages end in divorce. but, i feel that 90% of those should have never been together in the FIRST place. come on! how many relationships have you had which ended and you said to yourself: i never should have even given THAT fool my PHONE NUMBER!!! when he first LOOKED at me, i should have run away screaming!!! plus, if you don't WORK AT keepin' it good...how is it supposed to STAY good? if you stop giving each other little surprises (like that stripper pole i had installed in the bedroom...no, i'm joking...or AM I ?!?!?) how can you keep it fresh? tell me what you think: how long have you been married? do you believe in true love? do you think that all marriages lose the ooh la la or is it just that you have to work at keepin' it real?
i'm sittin' here typing like i didn't just do a 9 hour shift! i'll be back soon. no kreating today for me. i have to step away from my kraft studio and klean up before i'm divorced!

03 December 2008


...if you don't have 20 minutes to devote to reading this post, you should ESCAPE NOW!!! i promised to give you all an update on how my birthday was celebrated and i shall keep my word! i've been trying to figure out which room in the house ATE the wire that i need to upload my pix into the computer to no avail. so, you'll just have to wait for the scrap pages to SEE how my celebration went. for now, just VISUALIZE as you read!
hubbs took me and the littlest boys to the beau rivage resort and casino in biloxi, mississippi (how many of you can write mississippi without silently saying it to yourself?) on monday, the 17th. we don't gamble but we DO love to relax and EAT!!!! the casino buffets have the BEST FOOD!!! plus, they sent you coupons to stay free if you feed the one armed bandit a little. but, i digress. we didn't have any plans for our time in biloxi except to relax and enjoy ourselves so it was really laid back. we took the boys to the movies to see "soul man". pretty funny but i wish i had known that EVERY OTHER WORD was a curse word...we definitely wouldn't have taken ahmad to see that! it kinda made me sad, too, because bernie mac and isaac hayes both died after making the movie (in the same week...did you know that?) and to me, both of them LOOKED sick! hubbs also took me to hobby lobby and let me run around uninterrupted for about 45 minutes (how great is HE?!?!). otherwise, we just ate, hung out in the arcade, ate, shopped and ate for the four days that we were there. on my actual birthday, which was friday, my hubby gave me the greatest card and 10 bottles from bath and body works. plus, he cooked some of my favorites: fried shrimp and oysters, crab cakes and fries. don't worry! it wasn't ALL artery cloggin' food...we DID have green salads! my parents came over and we had ice cream and cake after eating. the next day, hubbs took me out to dinner and to Barnes & Noble where he let me run around for about half an hour uninterrupted. he MADE ME do him somethin' dirty...i couldn't help it! he treated me SO WELL that he deserved a treat, too! :)
the entire family ended up with the ebola virus. no, wasn't that bad but it felt like it. so, i ended up missing a few days of work. when i was supposed to return thanxgiving night, kea's tempurature (which had been 101 for two days), spiked to 103. so, we ended up in children's hospital that night. the doctor said he just picked up whatever we had. when i DID return to work on sunday, my friends there gave me a party...of course i was not fit to work afterwards! my partner on the machine at work gave me an oil of olay gift pack...is that a gift or a HINT? just wondering.
do you know what's so cool? when you ask a fellow krafter where she got some scrap supply you can't live without from and she responses to you. i was reading sasha farina's blog and emailed her about some of the letter stamps that she used. not only did i get an answer...she's mailing some to me...how hard does SHE rawk?!?!?
well, i have to sleep before dealing with the post office tonight. if you're still here, check out the layouts i created. these are some of the ones i started last week and just got a chance to finish. i set a goal to complete 450 layouts before january 1st and so far i've done 314...think i'm gonna make it?
This first lo is a picture of kea when he first started sitting on his own. i covered the actual picture with patterned paper and utee.
This girl has been my friend since we were 12. We started talking again last month-this pic is actually from election day.
This sweetie is ADAEZE, my friend abena's daughter. while we were visiting with her, her mom and brothers, she drew this great horse for me and i HAD to scrap it!
and of course you know the kid! this is kea during that breast cancer walk we did a while back!
I really need to cook dinner and sleep now! Hopefully I get to blog again tomorrow...I really have some questions about your thoughts on marriage. Kreate beauty tonight!

26 November 2008


...scrappin' like a crack head! Can you believe that i've gotten all of this done this week?!?!? it's gonna take the next few days to upload it to all the galleries i am a part of!!! i think i counted about ten that i upload to. how many galleries/kraft societies are you a part of? which are you faves? i have four more lo's that i have to add the journaling to and then i'll upload those later tonight or tomorrow. still have to do a post about my birthday WEEK...that's how it goes down around here...we don't just celebrate one day!!!! until later...

21 November 2008

Go, KEE...it's ya...

BIRTHDAY!!! i'm cleanin' right now...have to make sure it's straight before my mom and dad come over. i'll update you on my day later!

17 November 2008

it's OFFICIAL!!!!

I guess I can finally tell the world: I'm officially a member of the Buzz and Bloom 2009 Design Team! Is that freakin' on time or WHAT?!?! And how great was it that one of the owners called me PERSONALLY to welcome me to the team...all the way from Australia? Now that's LUV!!!!
What tripped me out too is that I'm the only American...I'm gonna rawk the B & B HARD for all my fellow U.S.A.-ers! I'm so excited I don't know what to do! I'm looking forward to being on a team with SO MUCH talent! I can't wait to get started!!!! My birthday is Friday, and hubbs is taking me to Beau Rivage (casino and resort) to enjoy a few days of down time. We don't gamble but I'm sure we'll find SOME way to entertain ourselves! ;) This week has started off with a bang! The littlest boy's birthday party was Saturday at the Louisiana Children's Museum so I'll be back soon with pix and the drama we had!
btw, these are two of my entries. the other-which happens to be my fav-was sadly eaten by my computer! as soon as i get home from my trip, i'll rescan and share! kreate beauty this week!

13 November 2008

Two days in a row? SERIOUSLY?!?!? I'm up at 2:30 in the am and TracyP tagged me at scrapbook.com. I've been tagged before but I don't think I've ever played along. OK, here ya go:

Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your friends! Try not to be lame and spoil the fun! if you get tagged, copy this entire survey and paste into your own blog, change all of the answers so that they apply to you. Then visit the profiles of some of your friends and "Tag" them by simply leaving a comment, asking them to visit your blog, and state that they have been Tagged! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known! Some of you may get tagged several times, so they can always refer back to your blog for your answers. 1.What time did you get up this

2:00 AM 2.Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds 3. What was the last film

you saw
at the cinema? TYLER PERRY'S "THE FAMILY THAT PREYS" 4.What is

favorite TV show? AMERICA'S MOST WANTED 5. What do you usually have

for breakfast?

middle name? RACHELLE 7. What food do you dislike? BROCCHOLI 8.

What is your favorite CD at the moment?

What kind of car do you drive?


SIDE 11. What characteristic do you despise? PEOPLE WHO ARE FAKE 12.

Favorite item of clothing? THE CAPS THAT MY DAD MADE FOR ME 13. If you

could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

Favorite brand of clothing?

ME 15. Where would you retire to? HERE IN THE N.O.!! 16. What was your most

recent memorable birthday? MY BIRTHDAY IS NEXT WEEK...I'LL GET BACK TO

YA ON THAT ONE!!!;) 17. Favorite sport to watch? FOOTBALL 18. Furthest place

you are "tagging" this?
SINGAPORE 19 . Person you expect to send it back first?

CHARITY 20. When is your birthday?NOVEMBER 21ST 21. Are you a morning

person or a night person?

What is your shoe size? 10 23.Pets? NONE 24. Any new and exciting news you'd

like to share with us?

TEAM!!!! 25. What did you want to be when you were little? RADIOLOGIST 26.

How are you today? GOOD! 27. What is your favorite candy? KIT KAT
28. What

is your favorite flower? CALLA LILY 29. What is a day on the calendar you are

looking forward to?
NOVEMBER 21ST 30. What's your full name? KEANDRA

RACHELLE PERKINS-WILLIS 31.What are you listening to right now? JASMINE

SULLIVAN "I NEED U" 32. What was the last thing you ate? WILD SALMON AND


BITTY PIECES 33. Do you wish on stars? NO 34.If you were a crayon, what color

would you be?
RED 35. How is the weather right now? Dark &65 36. The first

you spoke to on the phone today? I WOULD GET CUSSED IF I CALLED

ANYONE RIGHT NOW!!! 38. Favorite soft drink? DELAWARE PUNCH 39. Favorite

restaurant? RUBY TUESDAY'S
40. Real hair color? REDDISH BROWN 41. What

was your favorite toy as a child?

17!!! 42. Summer or winter?WINTER 42. Hugs or kisses? HUGS 43. Chocolate or

MAN OR ICE CREAM? 44. Coffee or tea? BOTH 45. Do you want your

friends to email you back?
YEP! 46. When was the last time you cried? TWO

DAYS AGO 47. What is under your bed? SLIPPERS, TWO OF KEA'S TOYS 48. What



NOW) 49. What are you afraid of? SUCCESS 50. Salty or sweet? SWEET 51. How

many keys on your key ring?
5 52. How many years at your current job?

ALMOST 13 53. Favorite day of the week? MONDAY- IT'S MY OFF DAY! 54. If you

can choose your talent, what would it be?
I WANNA SANG!!! 55. Do you make

friends easily?
WHEN I CHOOSE TO! 56. How many people will you tag this to? 4

57. How many will respond?

12 November 2008

Go Lil Kea...

...it's ya birthday!!! my baby is one today!

05 November 2008

O is in the (white) HOUSE!!!!

I stayed up all night, watching the news OVER and OVER, amazed and feeling so blessed to live in this country. I prayed and ask God to protect our prez. Also, I prayed that our prez is about his business...I hope he can walk the walk! Ahmad and I high fived each other until I just couldn't let him stay up any longer!
I've been TRIPPIN' by not bloggin' the way I'm supposed to! I know all of my peeps-all FO
UR of y'all have missed me (LOL!) so I'll try to do better!

We took the two little boys to see When Elmo Grows Up (Sesame Street Live) last weekend. Keanohn was so interested for the first 15 minutes. I was TOO excited because I had to sell an organ to get the tickets. Around 20 minutes into the show, homeboy was like, SCREW ELMO! (and yes, I WILL be doin' a screw elmo layout REAL SOON!!!) I felt like shaking that lil dude and telling him, OH, you're gonna watch elmo and you're gonna freakin' LOVE it! But, hubbs was enjoying the show so we still got our money's worth!

I can't believe that my baby will be one in seven whole days!!!! That blows my MIND because it seems like just yesterday I was praying for God to have mercy on me and let this baby COME ALREADY!!! Now he's walking, trying to talk and just generally getting out of the way! We're having a SpongeBob (his fav!) party at the Children's Museum next Saturday so I'm not sure if I'll be checking in before then! But, I promise it won't be as long next time!!!! Kreate some beauty while I'm gone!

20 October 2008

so much CRAPPANIN!!!

(That means so much crap happenin'!) My mom's birthday is today. Because I cherish each chance to be with her because she was so sick a few months ago (more on that in a minute), hubbs and I decided to drive with the littlest boy to Baton Rouge to take her and my dad to lunch. We're riding along, minding our own business when a piece of concrete flying up and cracks our rear window into a MILLION pieces! So, instead of spending $60 on lunch with mom, we spent the day and $250 getting the window replaced...if I was a little more ghetto, I would have duct taped a garbage bag to that window and kept rolling! bay-bee, if I was still cursing, I would insert some expletives here to make your neck hairs curl! But, I woo-sai and keep rolling!

At the end of April, I got a phone call telling me that my mom was in the hospital in Mobile, Alabama and that we needed to get there immediately. My mom was a principal and she and my dad drove to Atlanta for her job interview. On the way home, mom started feeling badly so she and my dad figured she was hungry. She vetoed burgers in favors of Kentucky, which HAPPENED to be down the street from the hospital. She passed out in KFC. When she came to, she told my dad that she was still feeling badly so he called an ambulance. My mom's heart stopped in the ambulance and again in the emergency room. They determined that a blood clot broke free from her leg and traveled to her lung. She required surgery and her heart stopped a third time. By the time we arrived at the hospital, she was stablized but in a coma. She had blood flowing from her nose, eyes, ears and mouth. The doctors told us that she probably wouldn't survive through the night. GOD is so so awesome though!!!!! She had to retire earlier than she intended but she's doing well. So, Saturday was her "Celebration of Life". These are a few pix from her day:
My mom's cake

My littlest guy with my 92 year old Grandmother Dorothy
My brother, Sean Michael, sister Arianne, Mom, me and my sister Raashand
We ALWAYS gotta do the prison pose!

The next day hubbs and the littlest dude and I did the Race for the Cure (breast cancer). Between the party and the race, I worked for 9 hours. You can look at my eyes and see how whipped I was...but I'm glad we did the race!My hubbs' friend Zeno, the littlest dude and the MAN!

KREATE something beautiful this week!

13 October 2008

Thank You, Mr. Columbus

Thanx to Columbus (Day), I get a three day weekend from the drudgery...Columbus is among my fave five right now! I feel like a deer caught in the headlights though...so much I'd like to accomplish but I would need about seven MORE days off to get 'er all done! I went to sleep like normal people last night which felt great! Can't get used to that because I have to go back to work Wednesday night. Anywho, I woke up around 1:30 and completed a few pages:
This layout is for a challenge over at TallyScrapper. I always complained about my small boobles until I started thinking about the alternative: NO boobles or death. I'm grateful for the continued health of my two little girls!Today we're supposed to take the boys to the park to take family pix! Since we have a SENIOR, he HAS TO have about 35oo pictures taken before he graduates (isn't that a rule?!?!) So, while I'm snapping him I've ENCOURAGED (grrrr!) the rest of my guys to join in the fun! Hopefully I'll get to upload those pix tomorrow! OH! My great scrappy news is that one of my layouts will be featured in the November Rusty Pickle newsletter...GREAT birthday present! So, when it comes out, holla at cha girl and let me know what you think! Kreate something beautiful today!

08 October 2008


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Keandra Perkins-Willis

Meet the last of our guest designers for October, Keandra Perkins-Willis...
My name is Keandra Perkins-Willis and I was born, raised, ran from and returned to New Orleans, Louisiana! I am the wife of John (who actually prays to God each night for continued creativity for his wife...how sweet is THAT?!?). I am the mother of six children: three from my womb (Jamani-17;Ahmad-12; and Keanohn-10 months) and three who came with my husband package (Aaron-21;John Jr.-20; and Engela-17). In my alternate life I'm a postal worker but my dream is to grow up to be Heidi Swapp!

You can check out more of Keandra's fabulous work HERE.

Thanks to our fabulous designers!!! Tomorrow I will start posting some pages that customers have created-they rock!!!

I just clicked on the Kraft Girl site and this is what greeted me...tell me THAT doesn't make ya feel all GOOOOD inside! All KINDS of good things happening right now! The new camera that hubbs ordered for me came a few days ago and i'm in love with the thing! i HATE my sony cybershot! i think it may have been ME...it just wasn't the camera for me! the canon powershot G10 is better for me; it treats me right and is consistent. i don't have to wonder if this shot will be blurry or too dark. now, sony, you did look out for me SOMETIMES so i hope you find another photographer to make happy...we just don't click. i NEED the canon in my life...sorry!

We took the littlest boy to the Children's Museum for the first time yesterday. I was really curious to see how he would react because he's never been around another kid his age before...he really COULD NOT care less! Hubbs and I were like, "Noonie, we paid for this membership to expose you to other children and some kiddie culture!" His face was like, "If I cared, I would thank you!" Anywhoo, his dad and I had fun! Here's some pix with the NEW CAM from the Children's Museum:
When I grow up and become less blog challenged, I'll be able to do these posts without all the white space and some interactive thingeys...i LOVE looking at blog pros whose posts say stuff like "you can view her work here" and you just click on the yellow here and you're directed to another site...tha BOMB!!!! anyone who wants to send me a tutorial on how to do this would ALSO be tha bomb! i'll leave you with a page i did for the survivor challenge at tally scrappers...they RAWK! Check back SOON...I got great news today from a MAJOR craft company!

03 October 2008

Kraft Girl Kreator

I was chosen as the October Guest Designer for Kraft Girl Kits (go Kea, not ya birthday, still go ME!) I really love the challenge of creating with a kit...sometimes I LIKE being told what to do and what to do it with! And can I just get real for a minute? Who DOESN'T love having someone send you free craft goodies?!?!? I really kreated a lot with this kit (AND I rawked it...if I may say so myself!) The great thing is that I STILL have some papers/embellies left...how freakin' great is that?!?!? Thanx again, Pam for the opportunity! I'll leave you with the looksies of my kreations! Kreate something great this weekend!
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