About me….


    "A life...simplified"

    "A life...simplified"

I like things to be SIMPLE, yet extraordinary. This theme carries through my life. It is the main goal in much of what I do from my professional career as a salon owner, to the way I live my life through my creative endeavors. This fundamental view with an innovative twist embodies my personality and my vision for SIMPLE surroundings. I love finding new and “out of the ordinary” ways to alter everyday items and create interesting and useful pieces of art. This new art form has grown from a continued hobby of conventional scrapbooking and a sister who insisted I could make something wonderful even out of an old cigar box. From the first one I completed, more ideas flooded in, and thus……”Simply Altered” was established. Enjoy discovering the common items used in each original creation of mine.


20 Responses to “About me….”

  1. Lisa Wilkening Says:

    Look what I found while on a conference call! Like your new “home”.

  2. Ronnie Says:

    Good job kelli
    your sisters are wrong about you i think you are very talented and you were very helpful to me to find this web site and set up my FB but next time could you please not swear at me so much it makes it hard to follow directions.

  3. Ronnie Says:

    kelli i did subscibe and i believe it’s working but i don’t know how to tell anyway you’ll have to stop over and show me more on how to do all this stuff

  4. Jeremiah Says:

    Hello, I seen your story on WHO tonight and the laundry soap caught my attention… I have a new high efficency front load washing maching that specifies to ONLY use HE certified detergents. I was wondering if you would know if this would work alright in my machine or should I avoid this not to damage my machine? Thanks for your time!

  5. simplyaltered Says:

    Yes, it has been tried and tested and researched to be safe for front loading, as well as safe for septic systems!!! you will love it!!!!!! I have many blog readers with front loading machines that swear by it now. You may need to adjust the dispensing amount, but that pretty much needs to be done to each persons needs anyway, but definately low sudsing. Thanks for visiting and feel free to subscribe. (top right hand corner)

  6. FrugalNickel Says:

    When/where is the Art in June event so I can come buy all your stuff?

  7. Marlys Blanchard Says:

    I’m so anxios to try the laundry soap but can’t fing the Fels naptha bar soap Where did you fing it?

    • Kgmother Says:

      Marlys-You probably found the Fels naptha by now, but wanted to let you know I found everything for the laundry soap at HyVee.



  9. Diane G Says:

    I’m thrilled to find your site. I lived in Iowa most of my first 50+ years and moved to eastern Canada in 2000. I still consider Iowa home and will eventually be returning there.

    Look forward to checking out your site further and getting to know everyone.

    Thanks … Diane

  10. monica paprocki Says:

    Hi I wanted to pass on a money saving & green tip I use about water. We use a dehumidifier in the basement so I use the water for plants, no chlorine or salts & better for the plants (indoors & out) I store the water in old milk jugs which I cleaned with water I save from taking a shower. You can waste up to 2 gallons of water while waiting for it to become warm (even with the best shower saver) so I have a pitcher I put it into until it is warm. I also put in the end water from the faucet when I turn it off. This has cut my water bill by almost 100 dollars a year. I would be more if the rest of my family did it but oh well.
    I am from wisconsin

  11. Kgmother Says:

    I’m not really sure how I came across this site, but I’m “Simply” Lovin’ IT! Check it everyday. Thanks!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Oh so happy you stumbled across it!!!!!!!! keep reading…there is more great things to come!!! 🙂
      WELCOME !!!!!!!!!

  12. Bethel353 Says:

    I came across your laundry detergent recipe at the Ankeny Hy-Vee this evening (7/12) They had a nice display at the front door. I’ve been working on getting our family more green and more simplified. We hope to move to the “country” and I want to buy bulk (less trips to the store and less packaging), buy “green” and buy local. I love homemade recipes for the home and I’m eager to try the detergent. And being Dutch, it feels great to save a buck! I will wait on pins and needles for your window cleaner recipe.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I love the sounds of this!!!!! be simple, frugal, green and of course, I can relate with being good ole DUTCH!!!!! I think you are definitely headed in the right directions. Best of luck and keep us posted to the strides you are making in this quest!!!!

  13. Janell H. Says:

    Hi there, I work with Fels Naptha and 20 Mule Team Borax and I love your passion for these products! I would like to talk with you more to learn about how you are using them and maybe even some future opportunities. Please write me an e-mail when you get a chance. Thanks, Janell

  14. Kristin Says:

    Hi Kelli,
    I do homemade laundry stuff too and try to make as much stuff from scratch as I can. My hubby and I have lived in Osky for about 3 years now. Anyway, I saw your feature in the Shopper and am just stopping by to say, “Hi.”

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Glad to see you on here….and be sure to stop by and say hi more often now. 🙂 I do love readers and their input. Makes a whole lot of information that everyone can benefit from!!! yeah!! 🙂

  15. Donna Wyatt Says:

    I found a recipe for homemade diahwasher ‘soap’ it is easy and worked so am willing to share, just need to know you are still available

  16. Donna Wyatt Says:

    wrong e-mail it is; ashasmomma@yahoo.com
    I have been making the laundry detergent for 2 years now, love it! Refuse to use anything else. I now buy 8-10 bars of the soap at 1 time. WalMart is carrying all the products now, too!

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