Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Crafts

Its never too early to start getting things ready for Christmas. I had some extra time this evening so I whipped up a few things. I bought the frame for $15.00 about a month ago. I painted with a aqua spray paint, and then used my glaze to give it a more antique look.  I initially found them for $65.00 on ETSY.  I think that's called a rip-off. I painted the insert with chalkboard paint so that I could have fun with different sayings. I got the other crafts at Wood Connection. I just bought the letters for Jolly separately and then found some coordinating papers at a scrapbook store. I painted to "O" and while the paint was wet, I pressed glitter onto it. I continue with my obsession for Subway art. I got a shadow box and painted it white. I glued the paper to the front of it and then applied the vinyl. I added the ribbon so that it would kinda look like a gift.
The pictures at the top are of a Lemon Poppy seed cake. I made it last Sunday, It turned out perfect! I love that cake, so moist and the lemon flavor is delicious.  

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Whats Happening

I recently joined a Non-Profit Organization called, Fight the New Drug. I have been trying to find ways that I can help with the fight against Pornography. I decided that the best way was to get involved with a program that is aimed at youth. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to volunteer at an event, or do some blog writing for them soon. I encourage you all to check out their website, and all of the interesting information that they have compiled. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

200th Post: A Call to All Crafters

I have recently discovered a craft place that will host classes. My friend Kristie introduced me to it. They have cute projects, and I want to make some. The real kicker is that I want you all to join with me. Please check out their website

If you like the projects and would be interested in doing a class with me please leave a comment on my blog. These are just a sample of what could be done. Wouldn't this be fun!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

All Hallows Eve

Greetings to all you who are enjoying this lovely fall evening. I write to you from the confines of my room. I have put myself on house arrest, because I have been struck by an awful bug. I thought I may as well update you on the wonderful Saturday evening at my house. I decided this year that I would throw together a Halloween party. I slowly got my roommates excited about the idea, and the plan was put into motion. I guess you can see for yourself the fun that was had by all. 

Is that Mrs. Claus dancing? Yes, Yes it is. 
I hope that everyone else is out getting some candy and enjoying the festivities of Halloween. 

Honduras becomes western hemisphere cocaine hub |

Honduras becomes western hemisphere cocaine hub |

Just one more thing...its makes me so sad. Honduras has such a corrupt system of government. They can't control anything, and everyone suffers.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tutorials for Everything

 To begin, take one used book. I picked one up a DI for two dollars. I wanted an old book so the pages would appear very worn. If you don't like the thought of destroying a book, quit reading here....

 Take three or four pages and tear them out. 

 Draw a swirl pattern starting in the middle of the book. Try and keep the lines evenly spaced, so your flower is the same all the way around. 

 Here is the close up of the lines. I drew it in a pink pen, so it doesn't show up very well in the pictures. Start on the outside edge and start cutting it around. 
 It will look like this when you are done cutting. 
 Line up the edges, so that you can begin rolling them together. 

 You will roll the center really tight, and then loosen up as you get farther out. 

 Keep rolling. 
 Now you have the nice round center at the bottom of the flower shape. Fill the bottom with hot glue, and then push the round part over the glue. This helps keep the whole thing together and stable. 

 This is the result of one flower. Aren't they cute?

 Are you now prepared to make a hundred or so of these? If you are then you can proceed with the project.

 When you have a few done, then you can begin hot gluing them onto a wreath form. 

 Are you starting to get the picture?

Almost finished product. I wasn't going to have time to finish the whole thing so I wrapped some pages around the rest of the wreath. I will continue to fill it in when I get the time. These wreaths(although much smaller than mine) are being sold on $40.00 or more on Etsy. I think its going to be quite lovely. Now you can see why I may have gotten a few burns. In case are are interested my finger is doing better. I am receiving treatment from my roommate, Brittany, who works in the Burn Unit. Lucky I have here to look after me when I make foolish mistakes. 

Next, I made a delicious soup from Pioneer Woman cooks for a Relief Society Activity. I decided that in October we should have a Soup Social. I haven't really got a committee so I have to plan ahead and get everything done myself. 

This Recipe is Carrot and Yellow Squash Curry Soup:

Cut up one onion. Five cloves of garlic, three carrots, and four yellow squash. You cook the onions and garlic in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Let them cook for a few minutes and then add the carrots. Cook the carrots for 3 minutes or until they are starting to get soft. Then add the squash. Let all the cook for about five minutes. 

Add a tablespoon of curry powder. 

 It's looking tasty. 
Now add two boxes of Chicken broth. Then put the lid on and cook for one hour. 
 Open the lid, and it looks exceptional. 

 Put in blender and puree. 
 Put it back in the pot and let it warm up again. It has a little kick, so I recommend letting people add a little cream. I think the consensus is, its the most amazing soup. Its a definite keeper. The girls loved it. 

To top it off, hot rolls from the oven. 
Although we didn't have a bunch of girls come, the ones that did were well fed and happy. 
Enjoy your Saturday!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


This is what happens when you are careless while crafting. I hope the project is worth all of the pain. I was out of Ibuprofen, so I had to find a substitute. Luckily, I had some left over pain killers from when I was really sick last year. I haven't had a burn this bad(that I remember) since 5th grade. I am hopeful that my project will be one of my best ever. Stay tuned, I hope to be posting the tutorial by Saturday morning. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Disneyland Surprise.

I got emotional watching this video. I hope the girlies are so excited to get there!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blustery Bitter Days

I can't help but be a little depressed that the weather has turned so cold, so very quickly. It makes me want to snuggle up in my bed and never leave it.  I had a little bit of that problem this morning, I was all warm and cozy with my fluffy blanket and my cursed alarm ruined everything. I have broken out the Pumpkin Spice candle, and it remains lit as long as I am home. It helps to remind me to be cheerful, and reflect on the beauty of fall. Indeed, fall is my favorite season, when it is not ruined by an early winter. I have been extremely grateful this week for all of the blessings in my life. Conference couldn't have come at a better time. I did a lot of self evaluation, and I am making the changes that I have determined will make be happy. So far, I am very content. I have been able to spend time with my dad these last few weeks as he was living at the hospital. It was good for me to be able to be there for him when he needed me. I was given many opportunities to serve last week, and it only made me more grateful for the great things my parents have taught me. One of the most touching moments of the week, I was laying awake with a 4 year-old at 1:00am. We were both trying to relax and she was telling me stories. I was on the floor next to her bed, and she put her arm over the bed and asked me to hold her hand. We stayed like that until she fell asleep, but right before she fell asleep she peeked over the side of the bed, and said,"I love you." It was a testimony to me that Heavenly Father is watching over me, and that we are instruments in his hands. Her tender words inspired me and helped me to be grateful for service. I never know when people are watching me or need me, but as I pray diligently that I can be guided to help everyone, I have had numerous experiences these past weeks. I wanted to share something that Glendon said to me in one of our last conversations. I was at their house for breakfast, and Glendon was asking me what I wanted to do with my life. He didn't want a general answer like I am use to giving. He wanted me to give the real soul searching answer. I sat pondering for a few minutes what I knew was the answer but one that I so rarely share. I told him what he wanted to hear, and what I really wanted to say. His response was simple, and yet so thought provoking for me. It was exactly what I needed to hear. "So, what are you doing to get it." My response......"Nothing." The one thing I wanted most in life, I was really not exerting none of my efforts towards it. I attribute my new found discovery of "my life" to him. I will forever be grateful for the many kind words that were spoken, and encouragement that was given. Glendon has been a great influence for good in my life, and I hope to be able to share with others the things that I learned from him.

Monday, August 15, 2011

End of Summer Adventures

 This is the Car Seat Cover that I made for Julie's little girls, Kaestli. I think for not following a pattern, it turned out quite cute.

 Banner wandering off in the Sand Dunes. We had a great time out riding together. We laughed so hard, because we about threw ourselves off when I hit some human size washboards too fast. 
 Next, an adventure to Cave Falls. It was a very pleasant day, except that I got attacked by Mosquitoes. My face still itches. 

 Banner and Lily. They were little buddies on this vacation. 
Remember this hair, it is going to be chopped soon. I can't decide on the exact style, but....what do you think?

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I have been given a lot of time to think about the Freedom that I enjoy as an American. To celebrate and to help me remember the sacrifices that have been made for the blessings that I now receive, I made a little craft. Leslie helped me get it painted. I decided that I wanted it to resemble a flag, so we embarked on tracing our lines, and painting inside of them. It turned out just as I planned. The flag on the side, I made in June. Miranda should put up a picture of the one that she completed at the same time. I then made one a Bridgette's request for her mother-in-law, and then I made one for Glendon for Father's day. Glendon got very emotional, and told me no one had been so thoughtful,(He is a very patriotic man). So, let's just say I have a little practice putting together a stacking flag. I love them, so I won't complain. I want to wish everyone a Happy July. It was 2 years ago yesterday, that I made it back to the U.S.A. and I am so grateful for this wonderful country. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wood Connection

My favorite craft store is having a contest. I would like you guys to go onto their facebook page and like them. Check out their blog at You could earn yourself a $50 gift certificate.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I have been working on my photography skills with my new camara. I think the first two images are my best. I hope to get much better. What better time to practice than at Hannah's birthday party.
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