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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Emily's Baptism

Emily's baptism on Saturday was great.  She was just beaming, and so happy.  We were even lucky enough to have my parents and one of my sisters travel out here to spend the weekend with us.  It kind of stinks to be so far away from family sometimes.  But since so many people weren't able to attend, here are a couple of pictures of the day.
I bought her a new white towel and sewed her initial on it and attached a poem from the Idea Door.

 I also cut out this cute little box and filled it with treats that had different sayings on them.  The "you're Sweet" stamps are from My Thoughts Exactly.

 Here's the full list in case you want to do the same.

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I also did a little display on the table by the door.  You can't see it great in the picture, but the pink card on the left is one I printed out from Oopsey Daisy.  The flowers are fake, but were such a pretty color--even pinker than in this picture.  And the vase is a small jar that I painted inside with white paint.

We sure are proud of her and glad she's part of our family!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Make a Splash BOWS

Welcome to February's edition of Make a Splash.  I'm sure you'll enjoy all the projects I'm sharing today.  I had some very talented ladies who were all assigned the Secret Supply of Bows.  I told them to interpret it anyway they wanted, whether making a bow or putting a bow on something--they got very creative.  Check it out!

Kara from Mine for the Making 
Felt Bow Bracelets
Hi my name is Kara & I blog over at Mine for the Making about crafts, recipes, frugal decor, mommy adventures, teaching ideas, and printables. I made my daughter & I easy, no-sew Felt Bow Bracelets for the Bow Challenge. Come visit me for the tutorial! {www.mineforthemaking.com}
**No-sew is always a winner, plus so cute that you made one for your daughter too.  My girls would love these!**

Christina from I Gotta Create 

Party Hats
Hi everyone! This is Christina from I Gotta Create!  It's a pleasure to be visiting here at Steph's place to help Make A Splash!  When I heard this month's mystery challenge would be bows, I couldn't wait to put my commitment to R3 to work. What's R3? Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose. With Love.  This project is R3 in more ways than one. Can you guess what my pom-pom "bow" is made of? Come on over and let me show you how to turn plastic grocery bag "trash" into gift bow and party hat treasures!
**I love your 3 Rs--and how your project turned out.  I'll definitely be coming over to see how you made them!**
Tonia from The Gunny Sack 
Bow Hair Clips
**Tonia's making me even more antsy for spring with these lovely bright colors.  These would be adorable on any girls pig-tails!**

St. Patrick's Day Wreath
**D added a cute tulle bow to her green wreath made out of scarves from the Dollar Tree!  Way to be prepared for the next holiday!  I think the stripey scarf is my favorite.**

Holly from My Sister's Suitcase  
Kite Wall Art 
Hi everyone! When Steph told us our challenge for this month was to create something using "bows" I was a little stumped at first :) I wanted to make something that I would use in my home decor, and I finally came up with this idea! A 3-D art project for my baby girl's room. The "kite" was the perfect way to incorporate some of these cute felt bows {I love these things, and they are so easy to make!} For more info on the bow tutorial I used and details on the project, visit us at My Sister's Suitcase. Thanks for inviting us!
**Love the unique way of using bows here.  Plus the rainbow colors are beautiful!**

(and me-Steph,  Crafting in the Rain)
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Bow Scripture Bag
Our oldest daughter just turned 8 and for her gift we gave her her own set of scriptures and I made this bag for her to carry them in.  That's right, in the space of about a week I made *2* bags with box corners...and they weren't scary!  I combined two tutorials to make it, since I needed the dimensions of the first one and I loved the bow and pleat on the second.  

Scripture tote from Quilt or Stitch?
Tohoku Tote from I am Momma Hear Me Roar

Thanks so much again ladies for playing along this month and for your great projects.  We'd love for you to pin these to Pinterest, but please click over to their blog to pin from the original source.  They'll love you for it :)  You can see all past projects on this page.

Remember if anyone else wants to join in the challenge, leave me a comment and let me know.  I have spots open starting in the summer! 

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easy Curtain Fix

{How to fix curtains that are too short}

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With all the remodeling we've done since we moved into this house a little over 2 years ago, we're admittedly bad about actually decorating.  We were so proud when we hung curtains on our new sliding door pretty much right away!  Of course they were still just white, but at least we put up something!  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Natalie and Alice Fish Day

February 25th has been declared Natalie and Alice Fish day by Utah Governor Herbert.

Those of you who live in Utah may have seen some new coverage on the Fish family.  Two of their children are undergoing treatment for a very rare condition requiring chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

Information can be found here at the Fishes for Marrow Wishes site.

I'm sharing this today because my path crossed Lisy's for a short time when we were missionaries in Cape Verde.  We were companions for only 6 weeks, but she's one of those amazing people that leave an impact on you right away.  We had some great times together...from our little mouse "Ralph" that lived under our stove to our flooding stairs from a broken water shut off valve on the roof, or leaving a "message in a bottle" at the top of a little mountain we hiked, and some great spiritual times as well.  She was always leaving cute little uplifting notes for me to find around our small place.

Anyway, if anyone in the area of Pleasant Grove/Cedar Hills wants to help out at all there's information about a fundraising silent auction taking place this Saturday.  You can also make Paypal donations right from the site.  Such an easy way to help out some great people!  Thanks for taking the time to read, and I hope you click over and learn more about the Fishes.  Good luck you guys--thoughts and prayers are with you!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dyed Clothespin Frame

I'm up this week in the Crafterbowl at Pinkapotamus!  This week's challenge was clothespins.  Here's what I made with mine.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fala Portugues?

Source: google.com via Emmy Lou on Pinterest

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that I served a church mission to Portugal back when I was 21.  For 18 months I lived in Portugal (and also the Cape Verde islands) learning the language, learning about the people, and talking to them about Christ.  It really was an amazing experience.  Since it was *soooo* long ago ;) none of my pictures are digital.  Maybe someday I'll scan a few to show you.  Maybe.

Anyway, I got curious recently if anyone who reads my little old blog also knows some Portuguese.  Honestly, I've forgotten a lot.  I haven't kept up with it like I would need to to really retain all of it.  But I thought it might be fun to pass a few notes back and forth with someone who also speaks...even just a little.  

So, deixa-me uma mensagem!  Obrigada!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Business Card Holder

I started blogging a year ago tomorrow. And what a fun year it's been, writing this little blog of mine!

No fancy parties or gigantic giveaways, but thanks for coming and reading.  It makes my day!

So, I'll give you this project instead, as my free gift--no purchase necessary.

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I keep thinking I should make up a few cards to take with me to SNAP in a couple of months.  I haven't actually done that yet, but just in case I do, I now have a cute holder for them.  And isn't that what's really important?

Here's how I made mine:
inner fabric 8x5 inches
outer fabric (mine was the same, yours can be different) 8x5 inches
fusible interfacing 7.75x4.75 inches
ruffle fabric 4x14 inches
elastic (hair tie)
ribbon slide (or regular button)
embroidery thread (optional)

  • iron interfacing to the wrong side of inner fabric
  • sew ruffle fabric into a tube, right sides together, turn right side out
  • pin ruffle fabric onto the right side of outer fabric, 3.25 inches up from the bottom

  • sew ruffle fabric on--once down the middle for a regular looking ruffle or close to the edges to create a "smashed" ruffle like mine

  • pin hair elastic to the top of the outer fabric so that some sticks to the inside (right side)

  • pin right sides together, 1/4 inch seam, leaving an opening to turn right side out
  • fold up the bottom to see where your ribbon slide or button should be placed
  • sew on--I used embroidery thread to attach my ribbon slide

  • fold up the bottom and sew, close to the edge, to create the pocket 

  • and you're done!

Fill it up with cards that you can give me if we meet at SNAP.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some Things I Know

Just thought I'd share a few things I've learned recently.  

  • Heavy Duty aluminum foil from the Dollar Tree is actually wimpier than regular aluminum foil.
  • A bread saw is way better than a bread knife for cutting bread.  It will unfortunately also cut through your thumbnail and thumb.
  • "Make sure your laces are tied so you don't trip and land on your face" is good advice for me as well as my kids.
  • Large marshmallows expand and get very slippery when placed in a cup of hot chocolate.  Cut them up first so your 3-year-old doesn't swallow it and choke--'cause that makes for a scary morning.

What have you learned lately?

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Don't Eat Pete

We recently had a party for Emily's birthday.  We played Don't Eat Pete while we waited for everyone to arrive and it was a big hit.  In case you don't know the game, here's how it works:

Create a game board by making a grid and putting a different graphic in each square (could be kids or animals, whatever) and print it out or have it printed as an 8x10 picture (which is what I did)

Place an M&M (or other candy) on each square.

Pick one player to be "it."  They turn their back, or leave the room, and the rest of the players decide on one guy on the game card to call Pete.

The "it" person comes back and picks an M&M to eat.  They get to keep eating candies until they reach for the one dubbed Pete, and everyone else yells, "Don't Eat Pete!"  

Their turn is over.  Refill the board and pick someone else to be it.

Here's what my board looked like.  I can't share the file with you  since the images came from Lettering Delights--but you can purchase them or find several other options online for clip art.

Everyone had a lot of fun with it, and I think it's time to pull the board out and play just with my kids :)

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