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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Star Wars Corner bookmarks

for Christmas, my brother got these. He is an avid reader and literally read's like 10 books at a time. One by the couch, one in his room, one in his office, one in the kitchen, one in the car, one in the 72 hour kit and one by the toilet (I feel for the book stuck there)...I might have just exaggerated a bit, but probably not. So for all his books, I decided he needed some friends to join him. 
I basically guaranteed that the force will be with him as he reads
...I guess that includes the dark side as well
The hubby wasn't so happy to see me mixing Star Wars and Jane Eyre (he despises Jane Eyre), but I did it anyway. Yoda understands Jane.

OK here's my How To make Star Wars Corner Book marks
- check out this easy tutorial here
- Copy into photo shop or word and make them the size you want them. Then print
- Color in if you so desire 
- Follow tutorial and make corner book marks. Then hot glue on Star Wars stencils 
Have fun making some awesome bookmarks!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Joy To the World - Map Decoration

I saw this picture on Pinterest and loved it, and I thought it would be the easiest project; which it was. A few months ago at our party surplus store, I found a party map for only $.99; yep 1 dollar. So, I figured it was was totally worth the price and effort to try painting the 'Joy the the World' out.

1. First I sketched out my letter design.
2. Then I painted with tons of cheap white acrylic paint until it looked how I wanted it too. 
3. Then I hung it smack center on the wall. 
and I LOVE IT!
I just love Christmas Decorations that center around the true meaning of Christmas. 

As an extra bonus, you must watch these beautiful, authentic Life of Jesus Christ videos: Here




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Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY light box + Beaded Ornaments Tutorial

 My hubby gave me my Christmas present early because he knew I could use it before Christmas: a light box!!! and I love it!!
 I've been asking for one for a while now, and he finally found the best way to do it. He used this tutorial here. And seriously, it is pretty easy. After we got the supplies (yes, I went shopping with him, how else was he going to navigate Micheals by himself?), it probably took him about 10-15 minutes to cut and put it all together.
 
The cost wasn't too bad, but it would have been cheaper if we already had some of the materials, 
which we didn't
Cost:
3 Foam boards and poster board - $8
day light energy saving bulbs (a little pricey but worth it) - $10 for 2
two cheap desktop lamps - $10
total: about $30 

Every penny was worth the investment. 

After taking a few pics with the light box, we both couldn't believe it took us so long to make one of these
With light box

Before without light box
After:

Super amazing right! My husband is the best! no more terrible looking pictures. 

And just for fun, here is a tutorial of the above beaded ornament. Super easy and awesome looking. p.s. these pictures were taken before the light box and I was too lazy to take more. : p sorry. 
1. get a glass or plastic ornament
2. string some beads on to wire (about necklace length or longer)
3. push them into the ornament 
3.5 keep pushing until all the beads are inside. It will be a wonderful random mess. 
4. Hang on the tree. 
Older kids would love to do this! you can do all sorts of colors. 


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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Help

“The Help”


“Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” What a great message. This book is full of so many messages that unless you are heartless, or your heart is just “two sizes to small” there is no way you can finish it without learning something. Obviously the main idea behind this story is the civil rights movement which is something in this day and age that we don’t really understand but this book shows you the side of the Help and shows three woman who are ready to stand up for what they believe in.

 I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Even if you have already seen the movie the book gives a lot more insight and details to what is going on.  I am usually one of those people that if I see the movie first I am not likely to read the book but I decided to go for it this time and I definitely did not regret it.  So do it, go read it and keep being awesome!


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

in my world, Elves are big - ergo big Elf stockings

Here is the finished stocking; a big stocking for our little elf. 
I made it to match the two stockings that I had made for the hubby and I a few years ago. 
While we're visiting the mantle area, I just have to show you this nativity we did for my church's Super Saturday craft day. The original one was all black (you can find the pattern HERE), but I decided to do mine in color and I'm so glad I did. 
They are wooden and the perfect nativity for Luke and our future children to play with. 


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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas stocking sneak peek - the name

here's a sneak peek at Luke's Christmas Stocking. I was inspired by this and this.
 I really wanted to try the name embroidery for Luke and decided it would be perfect to do on Luke's stocking. 


stay tuned for the finished product

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Hand Print Snowman Ornament

This last weekend the kids and I made some new ornaments for our tree. I am so happy with how they turned out...and I think the kids are too. Jackson takes his off the tree daily and runs around with his then points out Anne and Andrew's ornament on the tree. I love it!

I wasn't intending to post about this little project but I posted a picture on Facebook and a few people asked for a tutorial. Well I didn't do a tutorial. I didn't because there is a really good tutorial already out there. Why redo what is already done really well? Right?

So go on over to eighteen25 and see what Jamie, Jodie and Jen have to offer. They have tons of fabulous ideas. For the hand print snowman look here.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Popcorn Ornaments

Stringing popcorn is always fun, but what about a happy contained popcorn ball as an ornament?
I'm going to a Christmas ornament exchange and I thought these would be perfect. 


In high school, I remember seeing these ornaments in some magazine, so my Mom and I experimented and made some. However, back then my success rate was breaking 2 out of 4. This time I made 12 successfully and only broke 2. Not sure how, maybe it was the microwave or the glass balls were more sturdy. Or I just got lucky
To Make your Own Popcorn Ornaments:
You need:
- glass ornament blass
-Popcorn kernels. 

(I'm sure you can experiment and come up with your own way but this is what I did.)
1. In a glass bowl (if you use plastic, it will get really hot and potentially start melting after doing a couple of these), put some popcorn kernels and put them in the microwave for about 20 seconds. If  you hear popping take out. You don't have to do this step, but I find it better to start heating the popcorn before popping them in the actual glass ornament  

2. Now take the bowl of kernels out of microwave and put about 15-20 into a glass ornament. Then put glass ornament into glass bowl to keep it from rolling around the microwave.Then turn the microwave on for short segments and watch it closely. As soon as it looks the popcorn has filled the ornament then take it out. (use a hot pad). 

Anyway, good luck and happy popping!!


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Knit Skirt

I did it. I sewed something, well part of it. If Havalah had not been there forcing me/helping me do it there is no way I would have done it. But I will admit that it was ridiculously easy and that is saying something coming from me, someone who does not sow. You can find the pattern here at Suburbs Mama. Here are some of my modeling pictures that Havalah also convinced me to do, seeing as she has dubbed me the "awkwardly awesome" model.

Yes you can even jump in the skirt, it is that comfortable!
So coming from someone who doesn't sew I would recommend this pattern to anyone. It is super easy and if you buy the right material it is very comfortable as well! Enjoy and keep being awesome!

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