Scripture Case Pattern

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lets discuss...

I want to know what your thoughts are on holidays...mostly gift giving holidays. Do you like to celebrate birthdays, anniversary's, Christmas, valentines, mother's and father's day? Do you like to give gifts to your spouse on those days?  Do you appreciate it if your spouse reciprocates it? Would you be bummed if your spouse felt it unnecessary to do anything for you on your birthday, anniversary or mother's/father's day?  Do you think it's ridiculous to have designated days to celebrate life, each other, being parents, etc or do you feel it's important to celebrate those days?  If you're not much for celebrating, but your spouse is, do you respect the fact that celebrations mean something to them and try to do that for them, or have you let them know that you don't really feel like doing that kind of stuff and therefore aren't really going to do anything special for them on those days? Now add kids into the equation...if you're not really into gift giving, do you feel it's important to teach your kids to give gifts and celebrate others and special occasions?   Let me know ALL your thoughts on this topic.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Just some rocks and dirt

We went on a little trip to Little Wild Horse Canyon and Goblin Valley this past Saturday. We woke up at 4 am, met Mat, Jen, Trisha and her little sister, Brittney, in Provo at 5 am. 12 hours later, we were back at home. The kids were AMAZING! Gavin hiked pretty much the whole thing by himself except for the few minutes he was freaking out about a blister and insisted he be carried. I quickly remedied that with a couple of band aids. Thanks, Trisha, Brittney, and Mat for taking turns carrying the Gavin-monster.

Kade smiled and laughed the whole way. When we had to walk through narrow parts, he LOVED sticking his hands out to the side to feel the rock. Towards the end of the hike and at the end of Goblin Valley he took a couple of little naps.

Pictures of the troop minus Mat...because that's how he likes it. Lame.

The amazingness that is Little Wild Horse Canyon

We ate lunch at Goblin Valley and walked down around the "goblins" for about 15 minutes and then headed on home.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Little Guy's Day

Today, Gavin said the following:

"Hey mom!  On Little Guy's Day, can you make me cookies and let me eat them with my breakfast in my bed?"

Apparently, if there's a Father's Day, there MUST be a Little Guy's Day.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cute babies

Here's Kade at 7 months and Gavin at 6ish months.  Aren't they so stinkin cute!?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Etched Glasses for Father's Day Gift Tutorial

I've been wracking my brain, trying to figure out what to do for mine and Tim's dad.  I decided to combine glass etching and my kids' drawings

Materials needed:
Transfer paper/contact paper
exacto knife
cute kids
sponge brush
I got the glasses from Target (4 for $9) and all other supplies from Hobby Lobby.

Step 1: Have your kid make some drawings on the vinyl.  I chose which scribbles I liked best and then went over them in permanent marker.  I also helped Gavin and Kade write their own names and I wrote some other stuff that I wanted on the glass ('Papa' 'Bub' '2010'). If you have a vinyl cutter, you could use it to write what ever you wanted to.  It would definitely make for cleaner lines than by doing it all by hand. :)
Step 2: With an exacto knife, cut around the permanent marker lines.
Step 3: Place the transfer paper on top.  Remove the backing from the vinyl.
Step 4: Place the vinyl and transfer paper on the glass, remove the transfer paper and make sure to press out any air bubbles in the vinyl that are close to the openings.
Step 5: Apply the etching cream according to directions. I let mine sit for about 10 minutes.
Step 6: Rinse, clean, and enjoy!  I can't figure out how to take pictures of the glasses and not get a major reflection and glare.  Sorry.  You might be able to tell how they turned out in the following pictures.

For Kade's, I wrapped the vinyl around the glass (before I had taken off the backing), put his hands around the glass, traced them and then cut it out so it looks like he's holding the glass.

I've been wanting to etch my last name onto my pyrex dishes and was finally able to do that too! YAY!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Camera Bag

My mom got a new camera for Mother's Day, so I made her a camera bag and strap.

Tutorial HERE

Tutorial HERE
Scrap Ribbon can be bought HERE

All pictures courtesy of my Ma.

**I still need to go pickup a camera from my parents' house so I can take pictures of everything in my life (because we all know my life is SO beyond amazing and needs to be documented with pictures every 10 minutes)**

Monday, June 7, 2010

Scripture Case Pattern #2!! (For large and regular sized scriptures)

For the pattern for the large and regular size case, click HERE
 For a step-by-step picture tutorial,  click HERE 

I've redone my scripture case pattern (HERE and HERE).  It's bigger and better! And by bigger, I mean that I've made a pattern for the large scripture size too and I've made my original pattern better.  It's a nicer fit and a little more aesthetically pleasing.

**While I was remaking it, I experimented with some things.  The pattern doesn't call for bias tape and in the pattern, the handle is covered.**

You can download the tutorial with just a click of your mouse! Amazing! ;)  So, you don't have to give me your email address anymore, just click HERE and the pattern is all yours! YAY!!

The tutorial has both the large and regular size pattern.  I'll be working on a step-by-step picture tutorial sooner or later, but for right now, I only have the lame, written instructions that I only know how to send by email.  Sorry.

FYI! When you print the template, there will be a small margin that cuts off some of the lines.  Just continue the lines to edge of the paper.