Friday, December 10, 2010

long time no post

o. No posts in 4-E-V-E-R .. i know. I have been sooo busy crafting I haven't really been on blogger. BUT - I am hoping to remedy that by posting some of the crafts that I have been working on.
Here is a new addition to my Christmas decorations. At Second Street, the blog, Has a great printable banner that I just LOOOOVE! If you want to print one of your own just click HERE!
Its so cute. I added a bit of glitter...laminated mine (because somehow no matter where I put it sticky little fingers find it) ... and then hung it by ribbonfied clothes pins - and yes I am aware that Ribbonfied is NOT a word .. but that wont stop me from using it! :)

Anyways - I'm not a very good photographer so thats the best your gonna get.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


So. My this really cool person I know is doing a Giveaway! Wow. Free stuff is always the best huh? Well - If you want to enter... Go HERE .. But .. I'm going to win anyways. So yeah. :) Seriously check out here work its really great!

Monday, October 4, 2010

OcToBeR LoVe

Do you love OCTOBER?!? I sure do. I LOVE halloween...I LOVE October. Seriously. Its one of the best months out of the whole year in my opinion. :)
I love the leaves changing color, I love the fall colors (orange particularly), I love the cool crisp air, I love seeing kids get all giddy and excited over a pumpkin and halloween decorations. I think I have passed my love for halloween and october on to my kids. It is probably their favorite of course LOVE decorating for halloween! Heres a little peek into our home and how we decorated for halloween. We don't have a big budget for decorations..I'm talking like if i spend $5 thats overspending. BUT we manage...we make things and buys stuff at the dollar store and have stuff we have collected from previous years.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath.

This Wreath I am calling the "Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath" BECAUSE it totally reminds me of something you would see on the Nightmare Before Christmas Show. M y Kids love that show! Anyways this wreath is also VERY easy and VERY cheap .

So - Lets start with ... A fuzzy striped scarf from the dollar store. Halloween Ribbon - from the dollar store. And last but not least... A wreath from the dollar store. Making your grand total --- $$ 3. Wow! awesome. I am not very good at tutorials ... so bear with me. Next step. There is a seam on the wreath. Cut it open. its may not look pretty but it will be covered up.
NEXT... Sew together your scarf so it looks like a tube (sorry no pic of this). Then take you TUBE SCARF and push it onto your it looks like THIS ...
MUAHAHA! Then Add ribbon. However much of little you like. AND then you are done!!
Enjoy your finished project. I did a purpley one. AND.......
A pinky stripety one.... MUHAHAHA!!! Dont these so remind you of the Nightmare Before Christmas?!? ENJOY. :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Mmmm....This is my new favorite candy. I am a big Mounds and Almond Joy fan...and these Coconut M&M's just taste sooo delicious! If you haven't tried them you totally should. Okay, so I admit it I'm kind of a chocolate addict. But how else do you get through those stressful moments during the day? Chocolate makes me feel all warm on fuzzy inside. :)
Yes - I do realize my posts are kind of strange and out of the ordinary. Oh well!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pumpkins and My cute Bug

This is Raimees favorite thing to do. She just LOVES it stand at the window sill and play with this toy zebra and tiger. It is sooo cute to watch her play. I just love this adorable little girl. She is just so happy and playful!
PuMpKiNs!! I made these fabric pumpkins as part of my FALL DECOR. Oooohhh! Cute - huh? I thought so...but then again I did make them :). My original plans for this material included pillows - which I did make. I made 8 fall pillows for my couches. I had extra material and decided to make these pumpkins. I love fall!! I love pumpkins!! My favorite is the skinny tall one with the flower. Brads favorite is the short brown one with the button ribbon. WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?!?!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where were you?

I was 15 years old. A sophmore in high school. My friend Brian was actually driving then, we had a routine of going to seminary together and then off to school. Sophmores then couldn't get permits to park on campus. My gramma and grampa live right next to the school so we would always just park at their house and then just walk to school from there. That morning we had been let out of seminary a little early so I had some time before I needed to be in school. I stopped into my grandparents house to say hello. They always watch the news in the morning so naturally the "disaster" was on their television. BUT me being a naive little 15 year old stuck in my world of high school and boys just looked at the t.v. and though "huh...wonder why they are demolishing those big nice buildings." i grabbed some food and moved on to school not thinking much about anything. *
*I know seriously looking back on it - how stupid was I?!?**
Anyways...I got to school and noticed an unusual amount of chatter. I even remember someone coming up to me and asking "did you hear about the world trade center?" and I was like "uhh...sure?!?" trying to be smart...but I wasn't. STILL not thinking much about it I went on to 1st period. I dont remember what class it was..but we resumed class as normal. Then between 1st and 2nd period we had this sort of "breakfast break" instead of just giving us 5 minutes between classes we had a 15 minute break to grab breakfast. I followed my usual routine of grabbing a bagel and cream cheese. Then I noticed it. The crazy chatter, the crying, and then over the school speaker system came a radio broadcast of "The Event".
Then seriously all of a sudden I totally had one of those movie flashbacks. Rewinding in my head my morning. The images that I saw on t.v. came flooding back....
I was in NO mood to eat my bagel then. I headed to one of my favorite teachers rooms and demanded of him to know what was REALLY going on. He simply pointed me to the television and told me to sit down and watch.
I spent 2nd and 3rd period just sitting in his classroom watching.
Then lunch period rolled around and I went to sit with friends.
I was scared and sad and wasn't quite sure what to say or do. I felt like such a moron because it took me soooo long to actually figure out what had happened that morning.
I really dont remember much of the rest of the day...I think it all just kind of passed by like a blur. My mind was in one big fog.

Today on September 11th 2010. I spent my morning sitting around with my kids watching cartoons. I remember the sadness of that day...and I also remember the unity. No one had an unkind word to say, everyone felt the need to band together as fellow Americans.

Some people ask why God would let something like that happen...if he has ultimate power why not stop the killing of so many people.

Sometimes the Lord has to force people to their knees. Just like in The Book of Mormon times with the Nephites...they would prosper and forget the Lord their God and then something terrible would happen and THEN they would remember their Lord.

I'm not saying that the ONLY reason that 9/11 happened was because our Heavenly Father was trying to get us to Remember Him. ...but I think that's PART of it.

This day will forever live in history. Do you remember where you were?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

pizza. kids LOVE pizza and i found this *(just in case you didn't know click on the word this to be brought to the recipe)* recipe from Little Birdie Secrets . i LOVE the blog and LOVE the recipe. Its wonderful! so i hope you like it too.
Oh! and also on Little Birdie Secrets --
if you add this *(again click on the word this)* to the pizza dough it makes it a little extra yummy. ENJOY!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm having an Affair.

That's right. I admit it. I am having an Affair. With Mr. Cello. I love him...hes wonderful! We have been seeing one another for quite a LONG time now. We meet everyday in my bedroom...
Hee. Hee.
Anways...seriously I love my cello. It brings so much peace and happiness into my life. I love its sound..the bow rubbing up against the strings. (eh. eh.) :)
Okay - so I am in kind of a strange mood today.
If you don't know what a cello is then now is the time to become aquainted.(I know my spelling is terrible.)
The cello sound is rich and deep and just magical. Every time I sit down to play I feel like I am rushed off to another world. Its so empowering.
Mmmm....anyways just wanted to confess.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

#2, #3 and Fry Sauce?

Through all the Craziness yesterday I forgot to post my #2 thing I like about Oregon.
So here it goes...#2:
I love the summer weather. Its been in the high 70's to mid 80's for the most part. It cools down in the evening to the 60's ...mmmm....its been wonderful. Its amazing to have nice cool air coming in all day. No need for a/c - fans are working great for us.

#3 thing I love:
All the free things to do. Its great to be able to go out and do stuff with the kids without having to spend any money. Theres hiking trails in the mountains, river trails to walk along, a lake about 10mins away, parks, fishing, adventuring...its great! WE LOVE THE OUTDOORS!

A little side note : FRY SAUCE. I was shopping at winco today and happened to see this wonderful bottle on an aisle just at eye level. It totally took me by surprise! I was amaZed that a sweet little bottle from Farmington, Utah made it all the way to my winco in Eugene, Oregon. THANK YOU! to whoever made this happen. My husband and I are very grateful and excited to eat our fries with this.
An even littler side note: As soon as I got home I made french fries just so I could eat the fry sauce.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

1. Thing I love about Oregon

This week I am going to blog about the 7 things I love most about Oregon...I am sure there are more than 7 things I love BUT since there are 7 days in a week lets just go with it.

NUMBER 1 (and these aren't in any particular order)
Look at the background of this playground. Do you see anything? well I will tell you TREES!!! coming from a place with nothing but dirt and cactus I am amazed at how many trees there are. I LOVE them. I think its amazing that this whole valley is just filled with them. I don't think I have ever seen so many trees in my entire life. I absolutely love looking outside and seeing these gigantic trees everywhere. Mmmm...its just so wonderful to have so many trees! OH! and did I mention how much I love the Trees. :)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Okay - awesome and totally easy project.

*Reversible Beanie Hat.
- Made with Jersey Knits
**awesome for beach and windy weather..when you don't want your head to be too warm.

So -- Items used : Sewing machine
Jersey Material (on sale
@Joannes-Score!) you need
two different materials.
Old Beanie Hat for measurements
Follow the Steps: (sorry no pictures)
1. its simple trace old hat. 2. Sew together. 3. Enjoy.

MUAHAHAH! Don't you just love my instructions?
Well - I sure do.
Really it is that simple.

Sorry if you were expecting more of an explanation...I'm better at just showing off what I made.

Not so good at the Tutorial thing.

So -- VOILA! Look what i made.

Two different and very cute patterns in ONE hat.

That is right people on extremely cute and stretchy hat.

BTW - I made one for everyone in the family....except the boys got a cool pirate pattern - which I do not have any pictures of right now that I think of it.

More pictures to come.

Look at that cute girly enjoying her hat.

Well -- Ciao!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Knight and Day

I FINALLY got to see this movie yesterday. I wasn't able to make it to the "regular" theater...but I did get to go to the dollar movies (which is actually $1.50). I really liked it! I thought it was full of adventure and excitement and a very sexy romance between tom and cameron...of course it did have its flaws but overall I was entertained. I've got to say that even though tom cruise is getting up there in age I still think he so handsome and sexy...seriously this movie shows him at a good angle.
I've always thought being an FBI agent (which is what he is) would be loads of fun. But I think the drama of an agent on the screen isn't as exciting in real life...maybe it is...but i would have to say most likely not.
Anyways that's my latest jibberish for the day.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Something sad happened today. I was unpacking some boxes and found a broken frame - the glass had shattered. I was momentarily sad...and then I thought of something wonderful to do with that broken frame! and....drum roll please...


A framed bow holder. I have been meaning to make one foreverIt was easy and simple - took all of 10 minutes - and it was free! Woo! Just need a Frame, Ribbon, Hot Glue gun (or some type of glue), and scissors for cutting.
Oh and By The Way --- Those beautiful flowers you see on there are something I just came up with the other day. Lovein' them.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bumper Stickers

When you're out driving do you ever notice peoples bumper stickers? Well - the other day I was out driving around and I saw this bumper sticker that said "You can't rid the world of sorrows but you can choose to live in joy." For some reason that phrase got me thinking how true it was. There are all sorts of bad things that happen each day for no reason, parents loose children, people die, get sick, someone goes hungry...and the list goes on and on with out end. With so many "sorrows" in this world wheres the happiness??
In my opinion you have to CHOOSE to be happy. I dont think happiness just comes your way automatically each day. I think you have to look for the joy in life. You have to pick out the little miracles that happen each day and decide for yourself that those things are miracles and then choose to be happy.
Its easy to sit around and think...I dont have this so I'm not happy...or This happened to me today that made angry. Its a lot easier to be miserable and a lot harder to be happy.
As Gandhi would say - "Be the Change that you want to see in the world."
Go and choose to be HAPPY!