Monday, November 28, 2011

Goodies for the holidays

Hello everyone!  Here are some of the things I have been working on lately.  

 This year we needed a new treat plate to set out for Santa.  So I got out my trusty Silhouette and cut some letters, this cute little tree and stars and now we have a cute plate for Santa's treats.
I needed more Thanksgiving decorations, so I made this.
This plate is meant as a decoration only, as it's made with vinyl, and I don't know how I would wash it with out taking the vinyl off.
 It looks pretty cute on our piano though 
and the candy corn is for all we are thankful for......the kids loved that!
 These were fun to create.
I saw some like these online somewhere and thought I could make those.
 Do you want to know how to make these cuties.....
 1.  Cut your ribbon (grosgrain) in the shape of petals and heat seal the edges.  
To heat seal; just lightly run a lighter or flame around edges until they are sealed.  
Careful not to burn them.
2.  Take a needle and thread and sew along the bottom of each pedal.
 3.  When you sew all of the bottoms, connect to the first pedal and sew it up really well.
 Next, you end up with poinsetta's like these.
 Now you can decorate them however you like and put them on a ribbon covered clip or a pin for the brooch.
Have fun making these and have a great holiday season 
and stay tuned for some other things I'm working on!

Monday, November 7, 2011

F.H.E.; Journal writing

Before I start my post, I'd like to apologize for not being very good lately at keeping my blog.  Since the last post we have had many things happen (all good).  First of all, we traveled, by car, to San Antonio, Texas.  (It's about a 23 hour drive, ugg!) We went there to visit my husbands family who live there.  His younger sister, Danielle and her sweet family just welcomed a new little one and we went to attend the blessing of their baby girl and also to party hard at their little boy's 5th birthday party.  Good times were had by all.
Then, when we got back home from that, there was Halloween and a 4 day weekend for the kids.  We had a good Halloween /Nevada day.  The kids costumes were pretty cute and creative if I must say.  Our oldest, Dallin was Link....from Zelda.  Our next boy, Calvin was a guy from one of his video games, Raze...kinda like Halo (if you know what that is, if not count yourself lucky. Ha!)  Our next one, Elsa was Kit Kittredge dressed in her hobo clothes.  Elsa has read all of Kit's books and loves her.  Our youngest, Abby wanted to be a barbie and we got a wig for her, then one day out of the blue she changed her mind.....again.  (She had been doing that quite often) and wanted to be a girl spider.  I thought that would be fun to create and I hadn't gotten too far on her barbie costume, so I made a spider costume and a couple big bows for her hair.  She was a spider for her cousins birthday/halloween party in Texas, but then for the actual holiday she went back to wanting to be a barbie.  So since we already had the wig, and a dress-up carousel with a LOT of dress-ups, I let her change her mind.  After all it does only come around once a year, right?!  Well, October was great, but now it's time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving and then CHRISTMAS!  I love this time of year!

Tonight we had our Family home evening.  For those of you who don't know what that is.  It is something we do in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints every Monday.  We get together and have a little lesson about different things pertaining to the Gospel of Jesus Christ such as loving one another, service, prayer, paying tithing, etc.  It's something our leaders have told us to do to make our families closer together and to teach our child how to make good choices and be good people.  Anyway, tonight I did the lesson (we rotate responsibilities) and I have been wanting to get my children to start writing in their journals, since they are getting old enough to start doing that.  (The oldest is 12, then 11(on Wed.), then 8 and finally 6 years old).  So I did a lesson on journal writing and how God commanded the prophets of old to keep a record so that we could have them to read and learn from. (Which are the Bible and Book of Mormon.)  Then I applied that to us today and explained that we need to keep a record for our children and grandchildren and so on. 
I remember when I was young and I had to write in my journal.  Sometimes I just didn't know what to write about and I now that I am a mother I knew how my kids felt when I told them they needed to start writing in their journals.  So to make it easy for them, I went to the dollar store and got four tin boxes.  Then got online and googled "journal prompts" and a whole bunch came up.  So I printed off a few and I let the kids decorate their own "Journal Jars".  Elsa, my 8 year old was especially excited, because this is what she loves to do.  She loves to write stories and decorate things.  Abby loved making hers also.  The boys made theirs but they weren't too excited about it.  (They're "pre-teens")  Anyway, here is how they turned out.
 The snowflakes were already on them. 

 She wrote, like, five journal entry's and of course drew pictures

 I used my Silhouette to make the decal's and words...I love that thing!
Full of journal they have no excuse to not write in their journals, right?

So what have you done with your kids to help them create good habits?