May 15, 2012

I know, I know, you have missed me right? Oh probably not but it feels good to say that. And since it has been forever and a half since I have really written not sure what to even post about. How about some high lights, those are always fun...

G-man, turned 11 while we were on vacation in Seattle for spring break. What a beautiful drive it was. And surprisingly not too bad of a drive either. My niece Kate came with us helping manage the cheese whiz cracker spraying and passing as well as keeping me company. We had a blast visiting my sister Aly and her wonderful kids. (trying to find the pictures and can't seem to be able to...)

I am now serving in the primary presidency and that has its fun days and its crazy days as well. I am often surprised at some people's willingness to help as well as some people's lack of caring...

T-rex is graduating from preschool...where did the time go.

Two is doing really well in school and am just amazed at how well she can read.

Bee is having a great time in school and making some great friends. She is turning into a great helper.

Loving our "new" house but as I look around today I feel like I need to finish unpacking and decorating and moving in...I went so gung ho the first month and I don't think I have done much since...Oh well...such is life right.

Sad as it is I can't think of much else that is happening..Oh G and B started swim camp last night and they had a great time. They are pretty amazing little swimmers and I hope they both make the team for summer.

March 05, 2012

Virtual Workshop

Want to learn more about the amazing Heritage Makers? Join me to learn more on March 8th!

March 8th
1. Please join my meeting, Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 8:00 PM Central

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (312) 878-3081
Access Code: 568-874-826

March 03, 2012

Old Map

The other day as I was trying to clean and rearrange my bedroom I broke one of our bookshelves that housed, books :) and shoes.  In my effort to get things organized, I decided I would buy a new book shelf and re purpose the boards to make shelves. Well when I arrived at the store, I found the taller shelf for just 10 more dollars, and figured that would be easier to assemble than getting thingy ma bobbies to hold the wood in shelves.

I lugged the 70 pound box into the house and with the help of my 4 year old we build the shelf.

You know how it comes with the fake wood back that you nail into the back, I planned to only but it on the bottom half, to expose the wall in the top half. Then when I moved things I found this map, of the San Juan islands...and the idea came to me, back the shelf with this map and the back thing it came with.

the map of San Juan Islands (where Eric and I went on our honeymoon)

I placed the map down and then the back thingy over it, the map is a little bigger than the area.
the naked shelf before I decided to back it.

the mapped back with no shelves.

In its spot with the shelves.

all filled in. looks better in real life, housing my sewing machine too.

a little closer look.
I really like it. Love the colors and love the look....I might take the shelf outside in the warmer weather and spray a "shellac" (no idea how to spell it) over it to make it last longer. But I am happy with it for now.  And it fit perfectly in the little corner of "dead" space in my room.

January 23, 2012

Valentine's Day

Does it seem like time is just flying by? I was just recently looking over some photographs from Hawaii, and was like wow that was a long time ago! January is almost over, we sure are well into 2012! I have been spending quite a bit of time designing or rather more like projecting with Heritage Makers--storybooker.com (my personal consultant site).  Anyway I am excited to share with you some of my fun Valentine stuff I have made!! Yeah me! First I made a count down to Valentines, and I have to say I was inspired by someone else's work on Pintrest.  (been trying to link it but pintrest is down--you can find me there and see it)

Made with an 11x14 print, and used personalized card to make the number hearts. Added magnets to the hearts and back of the poster and stuck it to my fridge! Originally thinking I would put it on a cookie sheet and do cute bows and such, but love using my fridge! Count down to Valentines, here we come! Sorry about the glare, the paper is UV coated and is reflecting the light from the sliding glass door.

Then inspired by the Club HM challenge of making valentines with business cards, I created these for my children to pass out at school, at church and to their neighbor friends! They turned out super cute, if I do say so myself :) Hahhah
Front and backs to double sided business cards, creating the most unique and personalized valentines!
And on a totally other note, inspired by Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I am doing a vegan vegetable/veggie mostly juice diet...so far so good.  This morning, was a blended frozen beet, kale and grape smoothie...not too bad. Lunch I did eat an apple, followed by freshly squeezed orange, grape, apple juice. In the crockpot, freshly squeezed and pulp added back, tomato, celery, carrot, cucumber, onion, bell pepper soup.  Aren't you just jealous!!! I bet you just are!! I feel the cleansing coming on!

January 16, 2012

Bee's 9!

Oh Where oh Where does the time go?? Really how in the world did my baby girl turn 9...ok in reality she does have one more day as 8. But she celebrated in pajamas with her friends on Friday. They had a blast painting their nails, getting their hair done, making pizzas and decorating their own pillow cases. Though I think their favorite part was sitting in a circle watching Bee open her presents of major crafts and make-uping items.  And if you can guess what this cake is (please don't let me find it on cake wrecks!) you will get a prize! Well just a great pat on the back. So start guessing!

Quick, Easy and gosh darn cute!

I was trying to come up with a simple, yet inexpensive if not FREE gift to make for my niece. I looked through my craft room and my fabric scraps. When I found the fabric I had used to make my children's pajama bottoms for Christmas, the thought "make her a blankey" came to mind. Much to my chagrin, I didn't have a big enough piece of any of the flannel to make a square blanket. So instead I cut strips the same length, and various widths and sewed them together in one long piece.  Then I sewed the two ends together, creating a fabric band of sorts, if that makes sense. It looked like a giant fabric bracelet. Then I took my iron and ironed the long strip/band/ bracelet into a flat "square", creating a front and back, all with the wrong sides together. Then sewed up the long sides, because the edges were already sewn (leaving a little arm room to flip).  Flipped it right sides out, being sure to pull the corners out and then sewed a one inch seam around the edge holding it all together. Best part, my niece loved it!!!

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