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October 31, 2011

Ghostie Pancakes.

Happy Halloween!!

The boys were beyond thrilled this morning with their ghostie pancakes.

So simple.

One pancake recipe with craisins for eyes and mouth.


October 28, 2011

super invite.

It's Birthday Season around here and I've been Really excited to celebrate my boy's 3rd Birthday.

Here's an example of the card I made using Picnic:

I obviously changed some important details, but you get the idea.

In my opinion turning 3 is the absolute best!  I sincerely LOVE three year olds.

And this particular one is fun, happy, crazy, loud, silly, and very opinionated.

He's never had his own birthday party, so we're hoping this one will be a big smash!

I'll be sharing more things we made and how the party went next week....

Have a good weekend.  We're off to Party!

October 27, 2011

Lil' Sugar

I was contacted a couple days ago by a contributor of Lil Sugar to see if she could post my Incredibles Costume idea.

May I just say the Incredibles post has passed the 2,000 view mark (2,054 and counting) and it is mind boggling.  Some might even say, "It's Incredible!" ha, ha,...hmm.

Anyways, it looks quite profesh' featured up there.  Check it out!

October 24, 2011

How to WIN a Pumpkin Carving Contest

This past Saturday night we had a church activity. Our first annual pumpkin carving contest. I thought it sounded really fun.

 I also really wanted to win.

 As soon as I heard about it I thought of this post detailing how to carve a pumpking with someone's face. I quickly thought up my plan and ran it past my husband.

 He thought it would be hilarious.

 And now I present to you...

The Plan?

Create a pumpkin with the picture of my Bishop on it.

So the answer to the question, "How does one win a pumpkin carving contest?" is, "Carve out a picture of the judge on it."

Ready to make your own?
STEP ONE: Upload your picture onto Picnik.

Using the "Effects" button, click on the "Sandbox Effects" button (very bottom).  Then click on "Adjustable Threshold".
Then work with the black and white threshold to make it very black and white.

Once done, save and print out on a 8 x 11 page.

Warning: The rest of these photos are from my phone-- so they're not very clear.  Sorry.  They were taken at my church.


 Keep going until your picture's done.

STEP SIX:  Impress the Masses!
I kid you not, this was the BIGGEST Hit.  When I sat down initially and pulled my paper out, someone from across the hall saw it and yelled out, "You are KIDDING me!"

The entire place went silent as everyone stared at me holding my picture.

The rest of the night people kept sauntering over to laugh and ooh at my project.

After a while the bishop was brought over and he thought it was hilarious.

The whole project went pretty quickly and was an immense hit. 

October 19, 2011

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Are you having issues in your house of teeny little fruit flies trying to destroy your sanity via harassing you all day...no?  Just me?  Yes, you there?!

Good, thought so.

Well, I thought I'd share my little fruit fly pearls of wisdom with the world wide web.

I probably should have shared this in June or July-- but you see I started this blog in August so that was inconceivable.

And this problem is drawn to my attention currently because I have a bucket load (literally) of yummy pears sitting in my kitchen back porch (I kicked 'em out).  I've already cut and cooked up half of them to make into baby food.  The other half are waiting to be eaten and are currently breeding yucky flies.  Ew.

So, without further Ado:

Step One: Mix up a 1/2 mixture of apple cider vinegar and dish soap.

Those little buggers like two things: Strong, sweet smells and the light.  So this combo seems to do the trick.

That's it, so simple.  Why didn't I do it two days ago?

October 17, 2011

VOTE on a Shirt!

I was contacted by the wonderful non-profit organization Kostopulos Dream Foundation to design their summer camp shirts for this coming up summer season.  This organization provides recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities for children, teens, and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities year round.  They run nine weeks of summer camps servicing upwards of 550 individuals during the summer. There the participants are able to do such fun activities such as canoeing, riding horses, swimming, completing the ropes course, fishing, plus more.

Believe me when I tell you I was Totally excited to think of some ideas for their shirts this year.  They told me they were looking for black or bright orange shirts.

After about a week of planning, here's my favorites:

Now's the fun part...which is your Favorite?  Please vote:

October 14, 2011

Cultivating Art.

The other day I was sitting at the table art studio preparing my latest Temple magnet for the Shop...

when I looked up to see my two cute buddies sitting next to me painting away to their heart's content.

 Of course they made me smile as they talked away at silly stuff and painted whatever it is that 5 and 2 year old's paint.

Then I thought back to my schooling in college.  I remembered learning in a Child Development class how typically around the age of 9 or 10 children are often less willing to create art, they are less likely to want to draw and are self-conscious about the art they create.  Often a child's art is stunted at this age because they don't want to continue to practice making it.  Thus, many people's art (due to lack of interest or otherwise) is at about the level of a 10 year old.

To be honest there aren't a lot of things I remember specifically from my college days (what?  it's been 6 years since graduation), but this one really stuck out in my mind.

In my own childhood I was drawing constantly.  There were always endless supplies of scratch paper on which my sister's and I would create and draw.  I found that in high school, and college there was hardly ever a note ever taken with some sort of doodling in the margin.

So what can I do to cultivate art in the lives of my own children?

First, there is always an endless supply of scratch paper onto which the children can draw, color, and paint whatever they feel like drawing.  I'd say it was safe to say my boys spend time drawing or coloring almost every day. Some times I'll print off sheets from the internet of fun things (star wars legos) for them to color.

Have you ever let your child just paint for the sake of painting whatever they want?  And I'm not just speaking of watercolor, which is an easy, fun paint.  I'm talking about real paint, from a tube.  I promise he or she would love it!

You wouldn't believe how entirely proud I was of my first born when he started to draw things that actually resembled what he said they were. I even have photographic evidence (it was a very proud day for me):

I remember those days very clearly.  I would save everything he created and proudly show them all to my husband, who was for some reason a little less impressed with the art than myself.

Second, encourage them by looking at what they make and help give suggestions for improvement. I obviously don't always do this. Usually I let them do whatever they want.  But if I want them to grow in their art I like to give them suggestions.  Don't be shy in giving advice to help them grow. Should that boy have a belly? How many legs should a dog have? Let's see if we can fill up this whole page just with the face.  The advice you give will help them in their practice. Often when my child will ask me to draw something for them I'll draw it on my paper and have them watch me.  Then they know how to draw it for themselves.

Third, Start when they're young.  Yes, that scribble, scribble doesn't look like much, but for a little one seeing their vision of, Oh, yes, I do see the robot eating the bad guys and giving positive reinforcement will always help encourage them to want to create in the future.  And, as in all things, they will improve with time.

Fourth, sit down and make art with them.  I promise they and you will love sitting together and creating together.

Fifth, you could always do fun things like visiting museums, checking out art books, taking an art class together, hanging up real art in their room for further encouragement.

I want my children to love art just as much as they do reading, writing, math, and all those other subjects that we know are so important for a successful child.  I want my children to paint and draw when they're 2 and 8 and 10 and 15 and 22 and 55.  So I'm doing what I can to encourage art and cultivating a home where art is not only appreciated but encouraged.

October 12, 2011


I feel like with three children, carpooling, helping my husband finish his thesis, cooking, cleaning (occasionally), doing all my side projects-- sewing, painting...add on top of that all my fun blogging and my days are pretty filled.

I do see the convenience and idea behind Pinterest, but (for now, anyways) I do not have an account. However, I do find it fun to check out the Pinterest World just to see who's pinning my stuff.

Today I saw this (read her comment) and it made me both flattered and kind of weirded out.

Seriously, that's one of your top 5 reasons to have children?....strange.

But he was really cute, so I get it.

October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Garland

Have you ever been to GYGI?  Super fun store.  Go there if you need to waste time/spend money on kitchen items and food you never knew you totally needed.

I went there a couple weeks ago with my sister.

While there I saw this Happy Birthday Garland.

As we walked past it I couldn't help but have the following conversation with myself.

"Oh, I really like the fun shape of this banner."
"I could totally make this."
"Hm, baby's 1st birthday is in two days."
"Yep, I can make it in time."

And so I did.

Wanna make one too?

1. Print out of (14) birthday pennants
2. Print out of Birthday Letters
2. Scrapbook paper
3. Mod Podge
4. String
I didn't want tassels out of the end of the pennants, 
but you could add them if you like that look.

Step One: Print out Happy Birthday Letter page.

Click HERE for the pdf.

Step Three:  Print out birthday pennants on backside of cut scrapbook paper.  Either 14 large pennant pages or 7 small pennant pages. 


(Right click on the image to save, and print on an 8x11 page to get the proper size)

(Right click on the image to save, and print on an 8x11 page to get the proper size)

Step Six: Glue on one birthday letter to the front of each pennant. 

Prepare String.

Step Nine: Mod podge letters onto the front of pennants, one more time to seal.

Step Ten: Hang up!

FYI: Goes great with the Happy Birthday Seat!

October 6, 2011

D. I.

Did some D.I. shopping the other day.

Went to two D.I. stores. Spent $23.

Got the family all ready for Halloween.

Any idea what I've got in mind?

Husband's costume:

My costume:

When I was checking out with this white dress (made in Hawaii) the check out lady told me, "Oh, what a gorgeous dress!"

I didn't have the heart to tell her I had big plans to cut it up and re-sew it...for my Halloween costume.

So I just smiled and said, "yes."

To add to brother's costume:

October 5, 2011

Iron Man

Here is my last Halloween outfit to share with you.

This one I created last year.

Last year Iron Man was all over the place, since Iron Man 2 had just come out.

My boy got this special helmet from Target about a month before Halloween, just to play with.  But as Halloween got closer, he decided it would be really fun to BE Iron Man.

So, we made it happen.

The gloves he got from his Uncle, who worked at a Halloween costume store and I added the triangle and yellow felt pieces to make the suit more complete.

The outfit went like this: 

Baby sister was only a month old, so we kept things pretty low-key, including her outfit, which was her coat.

And brother was a monkey (also provided by Uncle), though everyone said what a cute bear he was.

October 3, 2011

Sheriff Woody

I'll be finishing up my walk through past Halloween outfits this week.

FYI-- My Incredibles tutorial has been viewed over 1,100 times.  It's kind of blowing my mind a little bit.

Any whoo, back on topic-- Sheriff Woody!

This was the second outfit I made for my oldest.  He was super in to Toy Story, at the time so it seemed an obvious choice.

Here's a breakdown of the outfit:

I made the yellow Woody shirt and the cow print vest and bought the hat and holster from the dollar store.

I made the yellow shirt by making my own pattern following his church shirt.

I made the vest by cutting out a vest design and folding all the sides in.

Oh, he was cute!

Off to go trick-or-treating.