Friday, December 31, 2010

Me, Myself, and I

One of my favorite blogs is The Idea Room. She started a post of random facts about her and invited others to join in. Take a look at the others HERE. Sounds like fun! I normally don't like to talk about myself...but since this is my blog...this is where I can talk about anything I want...right?

I don't have any digital images of me as a child...and I've given up on trying to use my scanner...so most of my pictures are within the past few years when I finally got a digital camera...

Sooooo....here's some tidbits about me, myself, and I....

~I have six children...yes, 6.
~I recently turned 35, and am trying to cover all my silver hairs (I have MANY). Although, as my mom would say....I've earned every gray hair!
 ~I love to do crafts and decoration projects.  I love to rearrange my furniture, and pretend I know what I'm doing.
~When I make family recipes...I think about my mom and grandma...always. Maybe this is why we have chicken noodle soup all the time!


I took an art class to fulfill a degree requirement, then I fell in love with oil painting.  It relaxes me, and helps me to be more patient I think.

~I love spending time outdoors with the family. Even though it takes me a while to get moving in the morning, I'm always happy when I'm outside enjoying the fresh air.

 ~I don't really sew much.  But my mom is a super duper awesome seamstress!  And she helped me finish my daughters blessing dress.  I was so proud of myself! (grin!)

~My favorite thing to do with friends is having BBQ's.  I'm a pretty casual person, and nothing beats a good ole' BBQ! Below is our good friends from California that we miss so much.

~My heart melts when my husband plays with the kids every day.

~Nothing makes me smile faster than my little man.


 ~My kids are probably the goofiest, silliest, and most dramatic around.  I was SUPER shy as a child so I don't know how not one of my children isn't shy!

~I recently moved to Colorado, and we are LOVING the weather here! It's so beautiful!


~I love it when my kids ask me to do something "cool" for them!  (Does that make me a cool mom?)
My son broke his arm a year ago, and asked me to paint a picture of a Halo character on his cast.

~I love watching my kids achieve their goals. My oldest son is very aware of my feelings, and will give me a hug if he thinks I'm getting frustrated or sad.  He melts my heart each time.


~I hate cockroaches and cannot kill them unless the Raid sprays 20 feet.  But I can squash a spider without even thinking about it (unless it's a Black Widow...that's a different story...I have goosebumps just thinking about it!)
~I don't have a favorite color, but I love wearing red.
~I love my kids to death...but I hate grocery shopping with them.
~I was a lifeguard and swim coach for several years before I got married.
~I wish I could sing and play the guitar.
~I can play the piano and violin though!
~I got to play for President Reagan when I was in the 9th grade.
~I'm terrified of heights.  And I don't like stairs.
~I have 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.
~I could spend all day in a craft store.
~I usually listen to talk radio while in the car (I think this came from my dad).
~I like country music (yes I do!). But I also love other music, except rap and heavy metal!
~My husband thinks I'm a size 6. (grin!)
~I'm looking forward to a trip to Hawaii in a couple of years.
~My New Year's resolution is to get organized.

Do you want me to go on? Just kidding...I'm not THAT exciting!
I hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!



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New Year's Poppers!

Happy New Year!!!


Have some of these laying around???

Use some leftover wrapping paper, roll up the tube, and tie off one end...

Then fill it through the other end with sparkly stuff, little toys, coins, etc....

Tie it off, and you have yourself a nifty little Popper!
When your ready to celebrate have 2 kids (or adults!) open the popper by pulling on both ends and it will POP open with all the fun stuff exploding out!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Minute Gift Idea

Are you feelin' the pressure? Need a last minute gift for someone who has everything?
This was a simple solution for a couple people my husband works with.  They both have young children, so we got a Night Before Christmas book, and I made a "Santa" plate.



I found a clear glass plate for $1.50 at Walmart, and painted some "puffy" permanent paint on it (found in the craft section). Be sure to wash the plate FIRST, or the paint might not stick properly. It takes a while to dry. So plan for that.
Being the impatient person that I am...I took the blow dryer to it!


I'll leave you with some newly fallen snowflakes in my daughters hair.
Hope you're stayin' warm!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

A gift for me!

Here's what my partner, Shawna, from the Craftaholics Anonymous gift exchange sent me!
She knew that I recently moved to Colorado, so she made this sweet book for some of my memories and adventures here. It is so cool! She made it out of brown bags, and scrapbook paper. 



There's neat little compartments to put things in! It's like my own little treasure box!



Thanks, Shawna! I love it!!! And my kids love it too!

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She sells sea shells by the seashore...

I participated in the homemade craft exchange from Craftaholics Anonymous this year, and this is what I made for my new friend Shawna...
Shawna love the ocean and traveling, so I thought this would be fun for her!
I simply spray painted some shells white, then mixed them up with natural shells, and hot-glued them onto some wood that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

painted...

sanded...


spray painted... (who knew the spray paint wold eat away the styrofoam plate?)


hot glued...


grabbed some twine...tied a knot...


push the loop through the back...


then bring the strings over the front...crossing them...


wrap around a couple times...hot glue in back...and your done!
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Love at Home Art

One of our walls was looking pretty blank, so I made this with a verse from one of my favorite hymns.
I love how it turned out, and can't wait to get some family photos up around it!


I painted a large board (about 4 feet by 2 feet) white, then lightly brushed over it with some stain.
After it dried, I used a sharpie permanent marker and wrote the words.
Then...sanded over everything a bit.

Then I attached some skinny strips of wood around the edges, and painted it with a brown/black mixture.





Here's the verse to Love at Home:

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home;
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.
Peace and plenty here abide,
Smiling sweet on every side.
Time doth softly, sweetly glide
When there's love at home.
Love at home, love at home;
Time doth softly, sweetly glide
When there's love at home.
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