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Friday, September 30, 2011

Conference Candy Jars


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When  we hear one of these words spoken, we get to eat a piece of candy from the corresponding jar. We have done a variation of this for a few years-it’s gets fine-tuned a little each time.

This project is as simple as you make it! I just took 5 jars, glued scrapbooking paper strips on to make a label I had the intent of writing the word there. Then I decided I wanted a picture too so I copied and pasted some onto a Word document. Then added some word art on top. I looked around for whatever ribbon, fabric, or yarn I had on hand to tie around the neck to make them  more attractive.

I knew I had succeeded when my little two year-old girl said “oh, that’s cute” all excitedly at the jars (before the candy was even added!). Those tiny little sincere compliments are the best!

My picture leaves something to be desired~ignore that for me.


Sunday, April 3, 2011


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This little guy turned 3-look how excited he is about the candy can Santa brought! Since he was the birthday boy, he got the biggest one.
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Number 5 turned two-and started talking A LOT. She is such a character!
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Little Nikki turned 6. She is definitely our spunky one! She wanted EVERYTHING chocolate for her party. Chocolate filled pinata that looked like chocolate-chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles-chocolate cake, icing, more chocolate sprinkles…you’re getting the idea…
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JJ officially became a TEENAGER!!!AAAAHHHH!! No, really-he’s an awesome young man. He loves sport claying with the guys and he’s undefeated. We took him out for his birthday (my first time). He won as usual, but they did have to reshoot one course as a tie breaker….
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LaLa will  turn 10 in a few short days. She’s the passionate, (dramatic), caring one of the bunch. She’s great at organizing things and shows love and compassion for her brothers and sisters often.  Above is a picture of her playing with Jase and the shopvac/blower.  Here’s a better pic- Ah, never mind-that one makes me laugh!!  Winking smile

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I made each child a pair of pajama pants in a print they’d like. You can’t see JJ’s very well, but they’re all black.
I used this tutorial on It’s SO easy! I had no idea!
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Here are LaLa’s close up. Had to change plans with hers and get a little more creative because 1. I didn’t buy enough fabric, so had to do black with zebra accents on the waist and ankle, then 2. They were too small (tried them on her in her sleep, don’t judge, it would’ve sucked if she opened them Christmas eve and they didn’t fit!!) so I had to cut open the side and add the strip of zebra.
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They turned out, but I learned not to use tight fitting jeans as a template.
When this snowman was among the available crafts to make at the Christmas in July activity at church, I KNEW my mom in-law needed to have one for her birthday (Christmas day, but we celebrate Christmas eve) since she likes snowmen. The hard part here was waiting all that time to give it to her! Whoever thought this up was really creative. It was fun to make and super cute.
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I had so much fun making this cover/case (whatever you wanna call it!) for my sis in law’s nook. I looked at tons of pictures online and decided that I’d take a chance at making one (stretching my talents).  I got to get really creative designing it, planning it, all that fun stuff.
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Oh, and who says you’ll never use that old bridesmaid’s dress again? Laura and I made these 3 skirts using one dress and it’s matching sash thingy. VERY SIMPLE. Most of the hems and stuff were already there… We even used the extra little scraps to make flowers to embellish the $5 tees ($3.50 for Number5) I picked up a wally world, and $1 store headband Little Nicki wanted.
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Wish I knew how to makes ties…
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Maybe next year.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Why I need Photoshop skills…

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Because I have kids! We tried to so hard to get this little child to be still (a smile would’ve been nice, too) so we could just get a (as in ONE) good picture!  I have dozens like this these.december2010 082
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Pretty much as soon as we gave up….she sat in front of the tree and hammed it up for the camera! She even started saying “mom, you take a picture” with a giggle every time she heard the shutter! ERGHH!
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I finally went to “the cloud” (thanks Bri!)
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Ahhh, life with Photoshop skills must be heavenly! One day…

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hippie chick!

When LaLa saw hippie stuff (quite costly) at Party City, she thought it was soooo cute. I was sure we make it at home for much cheaper (like free!)
So we totally shredded this stained undershirt of Daddy’s. Then we added some beads, sharpie artwork by LaLa (on the shirt and denim skirt), my moccasins, and some yarn. I did have to buy her the long sleeve shirt (she can use it all winter) and the socks (target clearance $1.40) Oh, and we forgot to put them on for the pic, but we got some cheap peace sign glasses, too.
There you have it! One awesome homemade hippie costume!
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The downside (sort-of)? LaLa wants to decorate more clothes!
Now for JJ’s costume-ever seen a really portable -(walking!)-Port-a-John….Ahhhh 12 year-old boys…

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Miss Lightyear. Space Ranger.

Yes, I should’ve been doing HW when I made this, too!
If you’ve ever seen the animated Buzz Lightyear of Star Command movies, you know that there are gazillions of space rangers-Buzz’s partner is actually a princess. So, when Little Nicki was OBVIOUSLY INTERESTED in being a space ranger after she saw her brother’s Buzz costume I saw the perfect opportunity to avoid a chemistry assignment (and/or a floor that needed sweeping, dishes, laundry-you name it!)
To JO~ANN, and beyond! This was my attempt and copying his Disney store Buzz costume  (yay craigslist!) and making it girly for her. Here they are, side by side.
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We made velcro arm cuffs that you can't see in the pic and spray painted some thrifted boots white and green before halloween.