Sunday, February 1, 2015

Goals Quote

Just a quick post today on a quote about goals. The first month of this year has flown by and I am left pondering about the wise use of precious time. I like how Marvin J. Ashton reminds us that striving is more important than arriving, and if we are trying our best every day, with the wisest use of our time and energy to reach realistic goals, we are a success. Here is to another month of striving to make the best of every day!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Love You All Year Valentine Calendar

Hello and welcome to my blog. With Valentine's Day just around the corner I wanted to get this project done that has been floating around in my brain for a while. I have wanted to give my husband a playful calendar with sexy pictures of what I will wear some time in that particular month. This year we will have been married for 23 years. I like to keep things interesting and the spark a glowing. One of my favorite quotes about marriage is this one - "Marriage can be more of an exultant ecstasy than the human mind can conceive. This is within the reach of every couple, every person. There is nothing unholy or degrading about sexuality itself, for by that means men and women join in a process of creation AND in an expression of love." Spencer W. Kimball.

I made up a "theme" for each month, found or thought of a Valentine-ish saying, and collected some outfits that would work for each one. I did try to make the themes according to my hubbies interests like hockey, dirt biking and his profession, fire fighting. There are all sorts of other themes that would be fun like fishermen (You're a great catch!),  hunter (I'm aiming for you), etc., etc.
These are the themes I chose:

January - Baby It's Cold Outside - Warm me Up (white winter furry coat)
February - You Stole my Heart (cop outfit)
March - Wanna Get Lucky?  (St. Patrick's day green attire)
April - Spring Fever (nurse outfit)
May - You're the Goal I'm After (female cut hockey jersey)
June - I'm Wild About You (animal print outfit)
July - You Light My Fire (fireman outfit)
August - You've Roped Me in Cowboy (cowgirl outfit)
September - You Rev Up my Motor (leather jacket, helmet)
October - Trick or Treat? (little red riding hood)
November - You are Fan Tache Tic (mustache prop)
December - Santa Has a Little Gift For You (Santa Suit)

I am not the type of girl who feels comfortable dressing up in skimpies and posing in front of a camera. I did feel better not having a cameraman other than my tripod and timer. I set up a black curtain for a back drop and went for it. I had a lot of fun and of course I look forward to giving this gift to my hubby soon. I am even thinking of another calendar for next year. 

I apologize that I am having a hard time loading my pdf files as my computer is old and Google won't let me load the files unless I upgrade my browser, which it no longer supports. I am working on getting a new computer some time this year. If you would like the file please email me. It will have the backgrounds but not the female silhouettes as that is where you would put your picture.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Harry Potter Pillows

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I did not make as many presents as I wanted to for Christmas this year. I did get this one done, that I wanted to make last year. Thank goodness my niece still likes Harry Potter. These pillows were inspired by projects I seen on Pinterest - HERE and HERE I basically just winged the Harry Pillow. I didn't even draw out plans. My husband called it the Minion Harry Potter pillow. The "Keep Calm" pillow is made with cream cotton material and an iron on transfer. I downloaded a free Harry Potter font and the other font is Arial using the caps. I did knit the scarf and sewed it into the pillow at the seams. The rest of the pillow is made of fleece, including the mouth and scar. I machine sewed the eyes/glasses and hair onto the pillow and hand sewed the mouth and scar. I used chalk for the cheeks. 

The gift was well received. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nylon Doll Nativity

About ten years ago I made a nylon doll nativity that I re-crafted today. I made these dolls with the idea of putting them on a wreath. I thought these were so cute, that I suggested to my daughter that she make these wreaths for Christmas presents for her grandmothers and great grandmother.

The wreath pictured above is the one I made. The dolls pictured below are the ones my daughter made when she was in grade six. They are so adorable. She did make wreaths for the grandparents, however we received my grandmothers back when she passed away. I did not need two of these wreaths.
So I pulled the dolls off and glued them to a wood slice that I had hanging around. 

Now these adorable dolls my daughter made are the centerpiece in my living room. They bring back memories of my granny, the treasured time my daughter and I had when these were created, and the reminder that Christmas should be centered around Christ, and His message of love for all. 
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Grandkids Welcome, Parents by Appointment

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I am posting something quick today. My friend purchased a sign with this cute saying on it but needed more than one so we made this.  I thought I would share....

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Doctrinal Diamonds

Hello, and welcome to my blog. It seems like ages since I have been on here. At the end of summer I was called as the Relief Society President for my ward. For those who do not know what this is, I am called to serve as the female leader of my congregation. This is a call that is very demanding. With going back to work full time, and a few other things that have been added to my plate, my daily scripture reading has not been as enlightening as it has been in the past. I get more out of the scriptures when I write something about the thoughts and feelings that came to me as I read. I am organizing my time a little better now and getting back into the groove. 
I love this quote from Neal A Maxwell expressing so beautifully that scriptures are doctrinal diamonds, that when read with the Spirit, will sparkle and illuminate the path we are to follow. I know that so often when I pray for direction, the answer comes through a scripture that plays back in my mind, even though I had not memorized it. 

Neal A Maxwell says some other things about scriptures...

The holy scriptures represent mankind's spiritual memory. And when man's connection with scripture is severed, mortals are tragically deprived of an awareness of spiritual history, blinding the eyes of faith.

How can we truly understand who we are unless we know who we were and what we have the power to become? How can there be real identity without real history? How can one understand his tiny, individual plot without knowing, even a little, about Father's grand, galactic plans?

We possess these truths! Now they must come to possess us! We are to search them, to ponder them, to feel them, and to live by them!

I know that by searching them I have found greater meaning and purpose in my life, and by applying the doctrines contained in them I find greater success. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mother Who Knows Survival Kit With Free Download

 Hello! Welcome to my blog! My life has been super busy the last few months so my creative side has had take a little break. I made a gift like this quite a while ago, but I decided it needed a little tweaking along with some tags that can be downloaded. This is a Christian centered baby shower gift. The idea is inspired from a talk Julie B Beck gave a few years ago about the importance of Mother's who know who they are, who God is, and who know the importance of Motherhood.

Although the gift theme is inspired by this particular talk, I have used quotes from others that help and inspire mothers with this awesome responsibility of raising their little ones. 

 I am having issues with my Google Drive right now, so if you would like the pdf you can email me. I printed the tags on kraft card stock. 
I cut out the quotes (on the first line of the border so it was a little smaller) and glued them on the back.

Here's what I put in the kit:

1. Great worth - craft jewels
2. Clothe... in righteousness - clothes
3. Don't Waste Energy - fluorescent light bulb
4. Cry For Help - tissue
5. Power to Heal - band aids
6. Atmosphere of learning - baby book

Here are pictures of some of the items with tags.

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