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November 30, 2015

Pear Tree Greeting Cards

This year I'm excited to share my collaboration with Pear Tree for my Christmas cards this year.  
Their cards are absolutely unique and so adorable!
 They really have so many awesome, original cards it's really hard to pick just one favorite.

And going on right now is their Cyber Weekend SALE!

Save 50% on premium cards - the best of our best with code: SAVE50Save 40% sitewide during our Black Friday & Cyber Weekend Sale with code: CYBERWEEKEND

They've got an excellent sale going on, but it ends today!  So act fast!

Here's a preview of some of my favorite Christmas Cards

Holly Jolly Reindeer Christmas Cards

Photo Tag Christmas Cards


Reindeer Games Photo Christmas Cards

Great Big Greeting Photo Christmas Cards

Framed Vertical Photo Photo Christmas Cards

Sweet Mistletoe Message Christmas Cards

Our Christmas cards are ordered and on their way.  I can't wait to check them out!  And of course, I'll be sure to share them on here to.

Happy Holidays!  And good luck, picking out that perfect card!

November 18, 2015

Easy to do Scriptionary-- YW Mutual Idea



 

This week for Mutual our activity is Scriptionary.  I kind of toyed around with the idea of making a gameboard or making this a bit more complicated. Then, of course, I came to my senses and made a fun, quick game of it.

Using these Scriptionary cards from Mormon Share.  
The whole thing probably took me ten minutes to put together.  

Here's what you need to make your own easy Scriptionary Game:
1. Scriptionary cards (strips)
2. 7 Paper bags
3. 1 die
4. Chalk/chalkboard

STEP ONE: On 6 bags write out the Titles: "Person or People" "Place" "Event" "Ordinance" "Song Title or Saying" and "Thing (s)". Then draw out six different sides of the die on each bag.  Or, you could just write the numbers 1-6.


STEP TWO: Print off the scriptionary strips, cut them out and place them in their coordinating bag. 
I did change just a few of the strips to suit my needs, I changed the temple one, to our local temple.  I changed the Prophet, to our current Prophet. And I did not use the one, stand alone,"action" strip.



The seventh bag is for the discarded strips, once you're done, so they don't get re-mixed back in.


GAME PLAY:
Divide your girls into two teams.
One at a time, each girl rolls the die and picks a strip from the bag.
She has 90 seconds to draw what's written on the board.
If her team does not guess in time, the other team gets one chance to guess.
Team with the highest score at the end, WINS!


November 3, 2015

Semi-homemade Halloween 2015

Each year I do the semi-homemade Halloween look.  It suits me quite well.  I do it mostly, because I enjoy it.  I really do want to sew things, but I have no problem, buying things to speed up the process. 
It really wasn't until this year that I realized how much $$ I was saving.  I decided to take my kids into a Halloween store just to look around and it was there that I discovered that typically each costume costs about $30 each.  Really?  That's crazy.  I can't believe people spend that much each year.

I actually had a goal, and stuck to it, thank you very much, of spending $30 total for all four children.  It was perfect.  Here's a breakdown of what I made and what I bought.

My youngest wanted to be Princess Elsa.  Her Nana has just bought her a play Elsa dress, so that made this costume very simple.  I sewed her some long sleeves.  



Then, following my own cape pattern, made her this very simple cape.  The bottom piece of the cape is sparkly Elsa-ish fabric I got from JoAnns, I just serged around all the edges with a rolled hem.  After it's purchase, I immediately regretted it, when it started shedding sparkles everywhere!  And I decided to make it nice and long so it would flow and look regal.  That turned out to be a big pain, too.  Dragging on the ground, it gets quite dirty and can easily be stepped on by the older siblings. So I ended up needing to pin it up. 
Live and learn, but it did look cute!


This girl wanted to be a Spooky Skeleton!


She had a couple requests, a red beating heart, and bone weapons, so she could fight.  She also did not want to look too spooky, so no fake bone/teeth on her mouth.  She was quite opinionated.

I bought her black shirt and black pants, then added the bones with fabric paint and freezer paper.

Check out the full tutorial HERE!


I insisted on the bone on her head, to make her a little cute bone head.


She's fierce.


This boy has been promising me for years that he would be Batman, but ultimately always changes his mind. This year, he finally committed. I made his cape when he was three, and by age seven, it was started to get a little snug on his neck. 



I started with purchased black sweats and a black shirt.  Added a real simple bat logo with Heat 'n Bond.  It was a little hard to see on black, so I added a little bit of white fabric paint in the back, before sealing it so the bat would Pop.

 
I made his gauntlet gloves and made him a simple utility belt to hold everything together.



This boy wanted to be Harry Potter...again.  After having read all the boys through, twice, it was an easy choice for him.  We could even reuse his glasses, from when he was one.
His outfit was pretty easy to put together.  Church shirt, Dad's tie, church pants and shoes.  We made a wand together, out of a stick from out backyard.  All that was left was the cloak and scarf.

About two weeks before Halloween, I told him, "You don't really want a scarf, right?  It's going to be a Ton of work."  Ultimately, he decided, yes, he really did want a scarf.  So I went to my stash and started working at nights on his crocheted scarf.  The color is a little more purple than I would have chosen, but, hey, it's what I had on hand.  It worked out pretty well.  We won't even talk about the 7+ hours it took me to complete it...


For the Cloak I followed Delia's tutorial found here. I switched it up a bit, since I wanted to have the inside red, but other than that, I stayed pretty true to it.  Also I added my own Gryffindor Patch.


 

And that was it!  Happy Halloween, everyone!