Valentine’s Day Tradition

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The last couple of years on Valentine’s Day, the kids have put together homemade valentines for the widows and widowers in our church family. They put up no fight putting them together and actually quite enjoy it. On the other hand, the most important side of this, is that they learn to be a servant and think about other people’s feelings. The widows and widowers are so excited to get these homemade valentines from the kids each year. I don’t write about this to be boastful or put myself above anybody else…I sincerely write about this to give you an idea of something very simple and easy to do with your kids that instills so much into their hearts and souls. Just by doing a very small, simple act you can help your kids be a better servant throughout their life and you also melt the hearts of some very sweet men and women who deserve a little extra love this time of year.

All it takes are some paper hearts, Valentine-ish stickers, and any other little embellishment that you can find for a cheap price. It literally only took the kids about 20 to 30 minutes to make about 40 Valentines. In our congregation we have 38 widows and widowers. The kids made a few extra for a few other couples that they are close to as well.

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Another little tradition that we do around each holiday is to make treats for their Bible class teachers, the elders, secretaries, and the preachers of our congregation. It’s usually something very simple, very cheap to make, yet very delicious. :)  The picture above are the small bags of caramel popcorn that we gave out this year.  The kids love to pass the bags out to those we have on our list.

Our preacher’s wife, Cindy has a blog and she has several articles involving things that you can do with your kids to make them better servants.  I suggest you go and read a few of those.  They are simple things that can instill so much into their little hearts. The following link, is one that involves widows specifically.

http://thecolleyhouse.org/mamas-k-i-s-s-number-1-widow-hugging

We hope you and your family have a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year.  Remember to take a little time out of your life to show someone a little extra love this year that you might have originally overlooked.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Add Videos To Your Scrapbook Page

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I mean, seriously, I would never have thought to do this…  But, if you are like me, I take videos on my phone or our video recording device regularly.  I would say that at the very least we have a significant memory in video form at least once a month.  I usually upload them pretty quickly to YouTube and then they sit there.  Oh, I watch them every so often but, mostly, they just sit there for viewing in the future.  So, here is the answer to keeping those videos at the forefront of your mind and it allows others to see your memories when looking through your scrapbook pages.  Instead of saying, “Oh, I have the cutest video of that day.  I will have to show it to you”, (Knowing that you will prob never get to it…), you can say…”Hey, get your phone out, scan the QR code, and you can see the cutest video of that day.”  Obviously, the second statement is much more fun and rewarding to you and to those who may peruse your scrapbooks.  So, here are two ways to do this.  I use the first example just because that is what works for me and then I can place the square wherever I want it on the page.  The first example prints at a size of about 1.25 inches.  I used my square punch to cut it out.  The second example, you can make it whatever size you prefer.  Have fun!  I have been printing QR codes like crazy to add them to my old scrapbook pages.  :)

Example #1:  http://scrapaneers.com/how-to-include-videos-on-scrapbook-pages/

Example#2:  http://tracireed.com/news/2013/01/add-video-project-life/

 

 

Jan 29, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Recipe Card Dividers

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So, I needed some new recipe card dividers. The last ones I made were about five years old and I was in desperate need of some new ones. As much as I cook and bake, they were pretty scuffed up and dirty.

And, you know me, I am not going to go spend money when I can just make it myself. So, I went to work. I used the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Label punch, folded it in half and used the mini stapler to attach it to the card.

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Here is a picture of the finished project. They are simple, cute, and effective.

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Project Life: Week 1-3

So, I have been keeping up this year so far!! Yay. It’s the small things, people. I have kept on schedule of organizing and printing my pics on Sunday. I pick them up on Monday and start scrapping on Wednesday. Now, just to finish 2014…

Week 1:

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Week 2:

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Week 3:

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Jan 14, 2015 - Card, gift, Gift Idea, Tips    1 Comment

Tag Set and Raskog Cart

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Today I had a couple hours to myself while the kids were at school. Wow. I should have sat, watched a movie of my choice, and sipped on hot tea. But, no, I worked at my desk on a couple projects…AFTER I got all my pics off my phone from the last few months and organized them onto my external hard drive. First things first, you know.

I worked for a few minutes on my PL layouts for the first two weeks of the year. Then, I made some mini peanut butter pies for us and some as a welcome gift for a new family at church. Well, after I packaged the mini pies, I had to have a cute tag for them, right? Right.

Instead of starting from scratch, I pulled out a Christmas tag set from SU! that I got on sale but never used this season. So, I made them look more like a “daily” tag instead of a holiday tag. Hope you like them!

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Last night, I pulled out my Raskog cart I got from IKEA back in November. My husband talked me into it…although it didn’t take much. Ha! I put it together all by myself. :). I have not filled it with stuff yet, but I love it already!!!

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Jan 7, 2015 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Project Life 2015

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At least this year, I can say that I started well, right? Ha! I made this title page for my 2015 album…even though my 2014 album has no title page and is not even half done. Shhhhhh….don’t tell anyone. :)

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I really like this color scheme. It is bright, happy and complementary. A good way to start off a new year, right? I used cards from a WRMK set (not sure of the name) and then the card in the upper right hand corner is from the set Seafoam. The embellishments are from things I have printed off the computer, Basic Grey HEY YOU! pack, Studio Calico Veneers, or things cut with my cricut using my SCAL program.

Hope you can take from this some ideas for your title page. Get on it, we are already 7 days in…

Till next time!

Dec 17, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Christmas Tree Cookies

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November 10th was my last blog post. Well, that’s inexcusable. The Holidays get a little crazy around here…especially with two kids in different schools, having two different Holiday schedules of events. Yikes.

Here are a few of the many cookies that were made in this house this week. All have been packaged this mornings and will be taken to school teachers, Bible Class teachers and a few others.

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Hope your holidays are filled with fun and great family time!!

Nov 10, 2014 - Card, Recipes    No Comments

Num-Num

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I bought this SU! set 2 weeks ago and the day I received it, I got it out immediately…albeit to work on some cards for my mother…but I got it out!  The name of this set is Num-Num.  I cannot wait to use this set when making treats for others.  These are just 3 of the cute little phrases to place on treat bags and such.  When I was telling my Mom about this set (knowing that she would probably like some little cards for her holiday treats and such) she immediately said, “Oh, I need some little cards that I can put on my holiday treats for some of the people I work for.”  So, these little cards are about 2×3 inches in size.  I used the Gorgeous Grunge for the back splash and then stamped the cute phrases on top.  Love these.  Simple and cute.

Nov 8, 2014 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Pilgrims

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This week, I have had my sewing machine out.  You know what that means…it is going to stay out for a while and I am going to get a few projects done while I have it all out.  I love to sew.  I HATE getting it all out and therefore, I do not sew as often as I would like to.  I have so many projects unfinished and a few in my head that I WANT to do, but I am too lazy to get it all out.  I admit it.  I am lazy when it comes to this task.  Does it take that long to get it all out?  In the grand scheme of things…not really.  It is just a chore.  I tell my husband…”One day, when we have that extra bedroom (in a new house), I will leave my sewing machine out all the time so that I will actually use it like I should/want to.”  It is the going joke when we need a little extra space for something…”If we just had ONE more room…”  :)  One day…

So, I volunteered to make 7 bonnets and 7 aprons for the girls in my son’s first grade class to wear at their Thanksgiving Brunch in a couple of weeks.  What possessed me to take this on?  Knowing that sewing is a dying art these days and that I might be the only parent who was able and willing.  So, yeah, I said “yes”, of course.  If you want something done, just ask someone who is busy, right?  I got them done in just a couple of sittings but I am glad they are done and off of my “to-do” list.  :)  They weren’t hard, really, and they turned out very cute.  My daughter, after watching me make all of these, wants a less traditional set.  She wants a purple bonnet and a pink apron…  She has put her order in.  I will fulfill that at some point.  First to make a few outfits for her, a Christmas present or two and some PJ pants for both my son and daughter.  My husband wants PJ pants too….he keeps asking for them…so, my sewing machine will be out for a little while longer…  :)

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