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HI. My name is kimbo and I’m a craft hoarder. I have a unnatural attachment to my glue gun. I like crafts that are fast, easy and cute. I do more than just glue –but the glue gun represents me as a mom AND a crafter..whether it be making hair bows or gluing batman’s head back on…

I am an Idahoan and I love potatoes; fried, baked scalloped, mashed….whatever. Blackfoot is where i was born and raised (and if you just finished that with the theme song from fresh prince of bel air..then YOU, my friend, are in the right place) but I live in CHUBBUCK now! (oh..and i should clarify that i went to snake river…NOT Blackfoot…it matters.)

I have been married to this man (lover isn’t really his name..his name is karl. lover just sounds better)

for 12 years. (sometimes 12 verrrrry long years) xcards

I have three kids…. DSC00369

11/ 7/ 9

(ain’t they cute?)

and a few baldspots from where I have ripped my hair out. love them to death but every once in awhile I have a SERENITY NOW moment. I am currently thinking of crafting a cage for them…pvc pipe…do you thing that would work?

Things I love:

no..not myself…my glue gun
all things crafty
my family
good books (as if I have time to read)
super saturdays
painting murals
holiday socks
my church
my iphone
Reality Television shows
hot chocolate
quoting seinfeld and the office
Panda Express
a movie with a good twist (or anything with a hot guy)
Date night
disney anything
getting comments on my blog
getting new followers on my blog
sleeping in
Thrift stores
The color pink
My mother’s chicken noodle soup
My electric blanket
board games
my silhouette

Things I hate

hot glue gun burns
being sick

mexican food
biting fingernails
talking on the phone

and to get to know me reallly really well…you can check out the interviews I have done


and here

and occasionally here

and here

and once and awhile here

and maybe even HERE


Visit Kimberly West (a girl and a glue gun)’s profile on Pinterest.

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.


  1. What a cute blog you have! It's so fun to see creative ideas shared.

  2. Hi there! Saw you on another's blog and wanted to see what you were all about! Fun blog! Saw that you have a Cricut! I just got one and am having a fun time getting to know it!

    Now following along! Can't wait to see what projects you come up with next!

  3. 4evermemories says:

    You are so cute….fun! I've just starting into the blogging world and noticed yours because I believe that a glue gun is a necessity in every woman's toolbox! (and plenty of extra glue sticks on hand) I also noticed you are from Idaho…me too! I live in Cedar City now, but grew up amongst the potatoes near Blackfoot Idaho. I went to Snake River High….oooh ya…go Panthers! Cute blog!

  4. Loving your blog. Great projects and fun writing style. I used to live in Idaho and could live on potatoes! Keep up the great work! (and I am now follower #403 – you reached your 400 goal!)

  5. I can help you out with quite a few of the things you love :0) I'll start with a comment … then follow up by being your newest follower.

  6. I've just been exploring your blog (have decided to do one a day and came to you first!) Oh my goodness you have some amazing stuff!! I love your barbie house and the detail, right down to the posed family photos of the dolls!! 🙂 . And you have fabulous things for sale in your etsy shop!! Look forward to reading your blog more!!

  7. the.crocketts says:

    I'm in Idaho too! Pocatello, Idaho actually! When you mentioned that you bought some alphabet pop outs at Sierras I was like: OMG – she's in IDAHO. haha, love your blog!

  8. skateBettyT says:

    I heart your blog. Just saying. 🙂

    New follower here, from NC. I love every detail of your blog, from the fun colors, to the amazing crafts and posts. And the picture of the Mini Eggs with a heart……..oh my goodness LOVE!!!

  9. You hate pie!??! Obviously you haven't had the right kind. Obviously.

  10. Hi Im Jess and Im addicted…to your blog 😉

    I stumbled upon your blog yesterday, and I have to say its awesome!!! Love all the cool crafts you do and I like that you show lots of pics… which is extremely helpful to a visual learner like me 🙂

  11. Hi Kimbo!
    You could use the finger-tips from your daughter's "Halloween" gloves to make finger puppets with the kids!

  12. Hey girlie I was just reading your post on the stuffed animals and turning them into scarves! So cute by the way! When I saw the picture of your craft store, I was like no way is this girl from Idaho I know that store! It is Sierra Crafts right? My dad's entire family lives in the Pocatello area and that is my favorite craft store to go to! Anyway I just thought I would share my excitement with you! I hope you have a great day!

  13. I am your newest follower and love love your blog!!

  14. LibbieandFam says:

    Okay.. love your blog.. Same crafty Kim.. So beautiful too!! as always

  15. Yay for potatoes! I love your blog, Kim! I'm from Idaho too. I grew up in Mountain Home and currently live in Boise. Small world!

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  17. Hi Kim I am new to this blogging world and found you through cutest lil things blog. I am working on creating my blog as we speak. Maybe I can speak with you sometimes. I am hooked to your blog!

  18. Mrs. Mommy says:

    I love artichokes, too! Why are there so few of us…?

  19. Sky Buffat says:

    I just love when I find blogs that scream both creativity and realism! Love your site… Also an Idahoan 🙂 I am about to become a follower…

  20. Hi Kim ! Congratulations. I visit your blog often and love all those beautiful creations you make and the creative ideas you come up with. Here is something special for you.
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  21. KurtzCrafts says:

    I LOVE cadbury mini eggs!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't like the x-box, but I don't hate it, what's up with the hate?

  22. So.. I love you! LOL I know thats a lot from a total stranger but I found your blog and it is so awesome! You are so crafty and cute! I am a brand new stay at home mom! *4 months* and I actually was a full-time, single mother for the last 4 years.. SO it was a huge adjustment! I love working and now that i've found your blog it has shown me that I can be this stay at home mom all while working 😀 You are my inspiration! ;D Hope i didn't scare ya but Thanks for all your creativity I'm learning a lot 😀 and i'm loving it! 😀

  23. I like the photos. I am glad I found your blog on Google.

  24. I found your blog today and I am loving it! that felt hop scotch you made for your kids?! AWESOME! I'm an official new follower. 🙂

  25. I stumbled across your blog from a pin on Pinterest…..I love your crafts. I'm a crafty mom too. I saw you also are from Pocatello, Idaho? I was born there and lived there for most my childhood. I wish I could visit. It's so beautful there. I now live in Arizona, which is a huge difference in weather.

  26. Kim, love your blog. I just saw the stuffed animal scarves… don't know how I missed them. They are stinkin cute! And, I didn't know you were from Pocatello. My mom grew up there -my grandparents still live there. Small world.

  27. What a fun blog. Found you on pinterest. And yay for a crafty fellow Idahoan! 🙂 (Twin Falls here)

  28. Droversford.com says:

    Oh, you are darling! Love the blog and glad to have found you via my beloved Pinterest.

  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!! I follow u on pinterest and instagram and u and ur family are adorable! I love the pic in this blog "about the girl" section with u and ur husband. 🙂

  30. Just wanted to say that I'd stopped by, as I just acquired a glue gun and was looking for ways to put it to use (I actually glued four glass bottles from the recycle pile together because I could, ha) Anyways, your writing style cracked me up, just thought I'd share 🙂 Will be checking in, so… uh… yeah! I guess that's all I had! Nice blog 🙂

  31. Er, checking back. Checking in sounds kinda strange. Back as in the blog 🙂

  32. freakin hilarious 🙂 So nice to have a rummage through such an unpretentious blog. Nicely done hot glue girl. If I am ever in Idaho I will be stealing your curling wand and michael jackson glove. That will be tricky from Hawaii, but you never know..

  33. Beth Parker says:

    Nice to meet you! I saw you on Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom. My mom and brother live in Blackfoot! I try to head up there every other year from Oklahoma to see them. Mom is originally from Pocatello. Small world.

    Your blog looks like so much fun! I'm glad I popped in.

  34. love seinfeld and the office, and channing, oh and of course hot glue- it's like magic, hot painful magic!

  35. donna hires says:

    Hi i sure wish you lived near me ive had a cricut and the scal software and havent taken it out of the box need someone to teach me lol

  36. Your family is so so cute and you are gorgeous! I’m loving your blog 🙂 Mexican food & potatoes are so wonderful! Xo

  37. I have a circuit and was told I could hook it up to the computer but haven’t figured out how to make it work I found something I thought was it but its not working any ideas?

  38. Charmie (tonia) says:

    Yes! Another taterbaby! I got transplanted to Texas 7 years ago and wow what a culture change lol. I fell in LOVE with your blog and as a bonus when I need sense of normalcy I meander through your pages lol. My in-law family thinks Im strange cause I craft so much, mega quilting is their thing down here. (bleh) So I’m going to show my mother in law your blog and say “see…I’m normal” lol Thanks so much for sharing. P.s. yeah I know the Blackfoot thing , lol good call lol

  39. Hallo from Mackay! I just discovered your blog, via Pinterest. I was looking for homey design ideas. I have the same problems that you do. Everyone tells me what I need to do, I do it, then…. I hate it.. sigh…

    I hope you have made progress! And have found your groove!!

  40. If you think 3 is hard….what about six kids! Homeschooled as well….it can get HECTIC!!

  41. Hi from France… II just discovered your blog, via Pinterest, looking for creating stuff. Your blog is amazing ! You are a superwoman, because with 3 kids (and a husband….) , you get to have time to make creatives things. bravo!
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  42. I am trying to find the instructions to your shelving unit that holds all the pictures. I have a perfect spot in my home for it, but I can’t seem to locate how to do it. Also love you geometric art pages, I’m going to try them with my students tomorrow.

  43. Frankie Gibson says:

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it and You!!! I have zero crafting abilities but I honestly think I can do some of the things you have on your blog. Thank you so very much.

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