Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bible Verse Valentines

Wow, another idea inspired from Pinterest.  Bible verse valentine, what a great idea for my daughter to give your Sunday School class friends along with her friends from choir and bell choir.   Of course, I had to change it from hand written (I would never be able to get her to write all those out) to being done on the computer.  You can download the template that I made here .  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine 2012

Tradition says, we need to make home made valentines for my daughter's school classmates. With the class party on the Friday before Valentine's Day, I needed to get cracken'.   We have made valentines together since Kindergarten. Hmm, but what to do this year?  The inspiration came from Pinterest, where else do my ideas come from these days.  I found the idea for the  friendship bracelets here.  My idea morphed into using scrapbook paper with valentine hearts on the back with the wording printed on  vellum paper.  The original Pinterest pin had a template for the wording, however it was too big for the paper cutter that I had for the scalloped edged circle.  I had to make my own which you can find here . Of course you can simply braid 3 strands of thread together but why take the easy way ?  I searched for a pattern that I liked and found this one here .  Easy enough, then I was on my way.  When I first started, it took me about 1 hr to make a children's size wrist bracelet but by the time I got to the 22nd one, I was whipping them out in about 40 minutes time.  If we ever make these again, I will sure start earlier.  It was a fun project, but a little more time consuming than I had anticipated.  I was thinking about doing these for her neighborhood friends and changing the wording but the jury is still out on that one.  I think I might take the easy way out and make Valentine Smores .  Since Valentine's Day isn't until next Tuesday, I have a couple of days to whip those out !  I'll post pictures of those as I get them done.

Will be going to the class party later today and will let you know how the kids felt about not getting candy with their valentine. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Well, it has been since April 22, 2011 and I have just summoned the courage to ask Shelly from Sassy Smudges to create a tribute to our Maggie.  Maggie could try your patience to the last degree.  She took forever to house break, could not be separated from Hershey, our lab we had at the time. She could get herself so worked up when she could not find Hershey. She would run from window to window and door to door looking for Hershey, if she was unable to find her, oh start covering your ears because the howling would start.  She relied on Hershey for so much from cleaning her daily to  softening her rawhide bones for her. She was always up for a wrestle with Hershey in her younger years. Always a game to see who could jockey for the coveted underneath position.  She would then go and sleep for hours until the next match.  One of her biggest thrills was being able to get Hershey's collar off.  She would nudge and nudge until it was off and be quite proud of her accomplishment.  "Maggie Doo" lost her companion in May of 2010.  She would go upstairs and just lay in the crate that they shared for 12 of their years together. I could not bear to wash the bedding for fear she would lose the "Hershey scent".  We feared she would not last long without her Hershey.  We moved to a new home in October of 2011, she did not handle the move well at all.  Multiple times, I remember having a conversation with her regarding if she was done or not with life.  She would bounce back and have a little spunk back in her step.  April of 2011, she did not bounce back and signaled to us she had had enough of this life.  With a sad heart, we took her to the Vet.  Maggie's tribute will now hang proudly next to her companion,  Hershey,  on the wall in our home forever.  Maggie was a one of a kind who is missed but will always be remembered.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Family Tree

What do you get parents or in-laws that have every thing they need or want?  Good question, right?  Well you create something of sentimental value.  But what?  Hmm, sometimes it can be hard getting those creative juices flowing.  I spend lots of time on Pinterest, my new addiction right behind Words With Friends.  I can spend hours on end exploring the different boards.  I do find I spend the majority of my time on the craft boards though.  I have seen multiple fingerprint crafts and took my inspiration from this pin .

A Family Tree would be the plan.

I would need to purchase the following items:
- (2) 8x10 canvases (one for my parents, and one for my in-laws)
- brown paint
- (2) paint markers  (1) chisel tip and (1) fine point
- various color ink pads for the finger print leaves

My original plan was to find a picture of a tree that I liked on the Internet, print it out and then trace it on to the canvas.  However, I was in Hobby Lobby exploring and came across a Fiskar Woodland Tree template for $6.99.  Yes, kind of expensive, but it fit the idea I had in my mind perfectly for the tree.

The next task was to plot out the family and decide how many branches I would need and the # of limbs needed for each branch.  Once I determined that, I was able to trace the tree on to the canvas adding or subtracting limbs as needed.  That now being accomplished, it was time to fill in the tree with the brown paint.  I ended up using (2) coats of brown for full coverage of the tree.  Once the paint dried, it was time to use the chisel tip paint marker to trace the outline of the tree to make it "pop out" on the canvas. 

The next job was to decide the wording for the top.  What to write? I decided on "Our Family".  I have no idea the font of the template that I used because I have multiple sets with no font names written on them.  All I can say is, it was a script font, which was exactly what I was looking for.  I traced the letters on to the canvas, then went back over with the fine tip paint marker.

Now, that part is completed, I will now have to wait for the next family get together to get everyone to pick their desired ink color to use for their finger print leaf.  My plan is to have every one sign their name next to their print.  We will see how that turns out.  Will add photos latter, once they are completed.