Tuesday, October 7, 2014

O the Owl Costume

 With scraps I had laying around the house over the weekend I decided to make my baby an O the Owl hat for a Halloween costume.
Here is what O looks like on TV.
I thought it would be cute for Ikey because A loves to dress up as Daniel Tiger.
Why would I buy my two year old/third child a Halloween costume when he loves to play dress up with what we have? For all you lacking in PBS children's programming, here is Daniel Tiger. He is the son of Daniel Stripe Tiger from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

Seriously my boy wears tiger pants half the week. Every so often he will stop playing look around then grab his tail and say, "There it is" The pants were handme downs and since he wears them so much I'm worried they will wear out before Halloween.
I meant to make the owl hat big enough to fit the two year old, but once I added the lining it didn't work. A was not so pleased his baby brother was the model and since it didn't fit him very well he decided Cheese the bear should wear the hat. My two year old named his teddy bear Cheese. I guess we know his favorite food.
Maybe after Halloween I'll take out the lining, or after it doesn't fit the baby anymore.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

#ldsconf packets

To get sub par conference packets together this year was a miracle. But I have some tips for myself in six month time.

1. Have a apostle bingo so they pay attention to who is speaking, with fill in the blanks for the women and seventy who speak.
2. A tally for sheet for how many times they hear the word amen. A tally for how many times they see the prophet.

Currently our packets include a cover sheet and then are mostly coloring sheets. They love bingo sheets, and because of their young ages they all get treats when one person gets a bingo as long as they are in the room with conference playing.
I also included some dot to dots. And my oldest got word searches and crossword puzzles.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Middle Three

Turns out I never blogged about my new couch pillows, apparently I was always expected to finish my last and waited until I finished the last pillow.

Remember the fiasco that was my May? Well the deal was my husband was suppose to watch the kids on Saturdays while I sewed my pillows BEFORE he went to Guatemala. If he was going to be gone for 10 days without cell service, I at least wanted to love my pillows. (I also got a new mattress for my bed.)

So in April I made three pillows.
This is how my children took to arranging them this summer. They only had to arrange the pillows three or so times a day since they were constantly throwing them on the ground, as previously discussed. They would have to clean the living room before any request was granted.
Here is my low light close ups. I would tell you this one is my favorite, but then I would have to say this about ever one, except for the one I just finished...
 Everyone loves these goldfish. I get so many complements on this pillow. Its to make up for the fact that I am so busy keeping my children alive I can't even bare to take care of a fish!
 I have had this material SO long waiting for me to make something with it. It was good, I won't go into any detail but I needed to make this pillow so I could move on.
 All my couch pillows, I think my kids have a better arrangement with only three. I really don't like my newest pillow, I love the material, but its just not right.

The Last Pillow

Remember these two pillows?
And then this one, and that one and this one?

Well I had one more pillow form waiting, waiting for six months for me to finish it.

My husband asked why are you making another pillow? We don't need another pillow, which he had a point. All of our pillows are always on the floor because we have three kids and kids have a radar in their head that says, what a pillow is on the couch I better throw it on the ground. I can only assume that radar is connected to the radar that says, what a book is on the ground let me go out of my way to jump on it.

Also when lots of family members sit on the couch there are too many pillows, but if dad or mom lays on the ground then heaven forbid each person doesn't have their own pillow on the floor to lay with. So reason speaks we should have six pillows. Which we now have!

But really I made the last pillow because I had the form waiting and waiting and waiting. It was taking up valuable craft space and so I figured the last form should be downstairs taking up my husband's valuable couch space instead of my craft space...
He honestly didn't think this was a valid argument. But my 8 year old and 5 year old absolutely love the new pillow. Which is funny because I really don't.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Baby Costume

Just thought you should know if my baby was a girl he would be dressed up in a candy corn outfit.
And heck it would be cutest pillowcase dress and had you've ever seen. But he's not, he's a boy and I honestly have no idea what he is going to be.
This is not my dress or creation, I found it on pinterest.

Not having a costume idea is normal for most but heck we are three days into the month I should have this planned.
This is like a repeat of his name, after two boys I ran out of ideas that didn't start with a J, N, Z, A or B. (Sure I could have listed L, but heck there were no boy names I liked with L.) I could list a half a dozen J and A names I love.
After two boys I've run out of ideas, a dinosaur, a rhino, a gnome, Harry and Ron. Really what else is there? A skeleton that's what, but I couldn't find his size in PJs that I thought were cute. I didn't want to waste money on a costume that couldn't be reused in some way. Can you believe the stores are almost all sold out of Halloween clothes/pjs? Two days before October, and the stores were sold out, when I asked about sizing, the merchants looked at me like I was crazy for expecting his size on September 29th.

Halloween 2014 Part 1

Since I'm just a little overwhelmed with life I was bound and determined I was going to buy Halloween costumes.

Unfortunately, my oldest has of course come up with an unique Halloween costume idea. Imagine that, J- unique Halloween costume? Every time I brought up buying a costume he looked willing but sad.
He wanted to be a piece of Modern Art like Jackson Pollock's pieces. I offered to buy a poster of Jackson Pollock's art, but he really wanted to make it himself. So I figured why not he is the one doing the work isn't he?

He started tonight,
I thought he looked just like Jackson Pollock.

Other unique J costumes. Grass and Rock Monster

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I never spend money on my Halloween wreath because I'm spending money on costumes, and I always hate my Halloween wine rack wreath. So this year I decided to do what it takes to like it. I didn't spend any money, I had the crow from last year. But I used fabric I actually liked, it was hard to use fabric I liked without buying a new piece at the store, but I decided there is no reason to hoard my fabric. I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
I decided to tie the raven on like it was tied up from a witch for something.

Friday, September 26, 2014

My Birthday

September doesn't really have a holiday to decorate for, so I always decorate for my birthday. I decided I wanted a different birthday wreath this year, the last one's kitschy vibe was rubbing me the wrong way after all the birthday's we've celebrated. (Part of me loves the old one, but I just wanted a modern one this year.) I printed the bunting from this site. Ignore the fact that I connected the R incorrectly. I guess I could fix it...

 Ok, I love the candle! I used a coffee stirrer, and covered it with baker's twine. Plus the flame, it makes me smile. Happy Birthday me.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Necklaces for Kindergarteners

 On Monday I was feeling distressed about how little time I have to craft. My daughter decided to fix that by asking me to help her bead a necklace.

Not exactly what I had in mind to do during naptime. This is what we made. She wanted very tiny beads so I mostly did it, luckily we didn't use a pattern.
Tuesday afternoon she comes home and tells her how her friend from landsharks (elementary school cross country) loved her necklace so much. Nan told her she would make her one and bring her it. Hooray! *sarcasm* I got to make another necklace! *sarcasm*
She picked out the beads threaded five on, and gave up for me to finish it. I decided to be more charitable like my daughter and husband and happily make it. It was much more pleasant that way.
 My daughter came home from school on Thursday after landsharks in the morning, with only one necklace so I can only assume her friend loved the necklace.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

More Cowns

I think crown posts will soon come to an end. I might make another crown or two for my baby boys as they are preschoolers, but I'm pretty sure my daughter isn't going to want to give crowns out at birthday parties for very much longer. In the beginning of the summer a friend turned 6 and we gave her a crown. After walking around our box store in vain, I suggested shopping on Amazon. Instead Nat asked me to make a crown, she designed it all herself, and told me how to make it. She wanted it to say queen not princess. She wanted a very long veil just like Rapunzel, she picked out the fabric and the jewels.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dog Cake

When my third child turned 2, life was in a bad place. We still had two weeks of summer vacation, I had started some medication for depression but it wasn't really working yet. I didn't want to do anything other than yell at everyone. I was mad and angry. But the day before his birthday, I willed myself to get up enough gumption to bake a cake. I threw it in the freezer, the next day/his birthday I willed myself to decorate it. I knew life would go on quite fine if I didn't make him a cake. I knew in the scheme of things no one would care, but I also knew I would regret it for a very long time if I didn't make the cake. (I'm living a life of minimal regrets with the depression, I'm accepting that I'm sick and can't do much, but I knew a 2nd birthday was different then day to day.)
It was a beyond easy cake to make, less than an hour, but considering all that was going on, it was a monumental cake to make. Never has it taken so much courage for me to make a cake. 
 I used pudding frosting, it was beyond easy, if I wasn't in a postpartum depression fog, it would have been beyond easy. Since I was this is a trophy of accomplishment.

I used Kraft's Pudding Recipe, because its easy and delicious. I wondered how it would work as a decorator's frosting. Since I wasn't trying to be professional, and just please three kids it worked great. It has a bit of solid mass and fluffiness anyway because of the pudding. 

what you need

pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
cup  cold milk
cup  powdered sugar
tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

make it

BEAT pudding mix, milk and sugar in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in COOL WHIP.
SPREAD onto cupcakes immediately or store frosting covered in refrigerator up to 24 hours.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to School Wreath

The Friday before school started, life was beyond chaotic, my house was a mess, there probably was a baby crying, but I came up with a wreath idea and wanted to make it before school started. So I did. And guess what when I finished the house was still a mess, a baby was probably sleeping, everyone else was coloring with crayons. 
Since I used the same polka dots from father's day, the wreath was quite easy. I took a pin and poked holes through the crayons at the same point, and then took fishing line and beads to make my crayon bunting. It was very easy. All the kids wanted to help, no one was allowed, I worked at the bar while everyone else had to color at the table. I'm mean like that.
Its so cheery and jaunty. I looking at it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stocking Boards

A few Christmases ago I made myself a stocking board since we have no fireplace. I used an old family home evening board. Well a few months ago someone we knew moved and gave Brent two propane tanks. When she dropped them off she said, could you use a family home evening board? I said I already have one, she said come on, you know you know someone who needs one. I said sure, because rule one of getting free stuff from someone: you have to take more than you want. Two of my siblings don't have fireplaces either, so I turned these two give away boards into stocking boards for them. I really really love them. 
 I peeled off the vinyl, scrubbed off the leftover adhesive and then added one more coat of black paint. I traced/free handed the lettering, with a silver sharpie just like I did with mine.
 Did I mention I love both of these boards? My siblings both picked out their fonts. Also turns out you could use a stocking board on your fireplace. *Say what? mine blown*
Another link to my board.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Big Sibling Shirts

Remember how I made shirts for my kids?  
Well it took me too long to take the photos, so Ikey's shirt is too small for him, but I finally got pictures of everyone in them. (Look at that drool bomb.)
I over saturated the colors in attempt to see the embroidery, but I'm not sure it work too well. Ah, such is white shirts.
 All the boys. Oh their brown eyes.
 This girl loves the baby more than humanly possible.

Oh how I'll miss hearing this toddler voice yelling for his big brother one day.  I love the way he says, "Osh!"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pink Boy's Room

I have my second son in my daughter's pink room.  I had regrets painting the room pink even before I painted it.  That's a story for a different time, which I think I've blogged about in the past. Anyway.  My 5 year old and my 1 year old share a room, for now.  Even though the wall is pink, his corner isn't TOO bad for a little boy.  I found the temple print on pinterest.

For months I wanted pictures over my daughter's bed that matched. I never could find anything on pinterest so I ended up making my own. Now you are probably wondering why I used ghetto oak frames, because the crib, the bookcase, the dresser and the floor boards are all oak.  
 The Child of God isn't the best, but it works. I LOVE the Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam. The sun is the design from Tangled.  Even though she hasn't been a sunbeam for two years she still loves the song. (My oldest has refused to sing the song since he aged out of the class.) Overall I'm not sure I even like this.  But you know the cost of this project was free! Its been a long time since I've been happy with this room, overall we have TOO much junk!
I also remade the wreath, but I can't find an original, it was pink. It was too much pink.
 Here it is seeing both sides.
I use to have darling white sheer curtains that went to the floor, but those don't block the sun and this room faces east.  So now my window looks a little top heavy.  It use to look perfect....
I also wish I had a different light.  But you know, I've been pondering what to put there for three years.  The room probably needs a fan.

Here is some history on the room,