November 28, 2011

ABC Book

These are so fun for kids to remember themselves.  I started making this ABC scrapbook for my son a long time ago...hence he is so little in these photos! (He is almost four now)  I call them ABC Scrapbooks. Basically they are an A is for.... etc etc with pictures to go along.  I did his first year only in this book.  So these are the ABC's of his first year.

A is for ANIMALS
B is for BEAR
C is for CUDDLES
D is for DADDY
E is for EINSTEIN (baby einstein movies, he loved them when he was little)
F is for FRIEND
H is for HATS
I is for ICE CREAM
J is for JACKET
K is for KISSES
M is for MOMMY
N is for NEWBORN
O is for OREO
P is for PUMPKIN
Q is for Q-T
T is for TEMPLE
U is for US
W is for WINTER
X is for XOXO
Y is for YUMMY
Z is for ZZZZ'S

I can't wait to make one for my daughters first year.  This marks off one of my GOALS

Just Me?

Is it just me or does everyone feel discouraged about goals sometimes?  I started a goal list in February of 2010 called Allies 101 things in 1001 days.  Seems like a long time to get 101 goals done right? Wrong.  I am feeling super discouraged.  I have only completed 34 of my 101 goals.  I have until November 7 of 2012.  That is less than a year and sadly enough, most of these goals I haven't even started yet.  I know that I need to do them and get off my pity party for myself but at the same time I am so discouraged.  How do you overcome your own self discouragement?  Do you feel overwhelmed when you don't complete goals on time?  Please give me some encouraging thoughts to keep pushing forward and complete my goals on time. 

November 26, 2011

Merry Christmas

I love Christmas! Next to Halloween it is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. My friend and I made this cute decoration for a bunko prize and decided to make one for ourselves too. The two little presents on the side add so much to it. 

To make your own you will need: 

2- 6 inch 2x4's 
2- 4 inch 2x4's 
3- 3 1/2 inch 2x4's 
1- 10 1/2 inch 2x2 

wood stain 
white paint 
scrapbook paper 
mod podge 
black ink 

Be sure to check back:  (Update...the tutorial is on my Jingle all the way post)
If you are interested in a full tutorial, I will be posting one like this that says, JINGLE all the way soon with step by step instructions and pictures to help you make it.  Have a great holiday season!!

November 24, 2011

Give Thanks

My friend and I got together and made a Thanksgiving decoration. She had no decorations and I thought we could make some for fun. 

This is one of the things we made, tonight...literally just in time to decorate her table for Thanksgiving.

I love the colors that we chose. Fall is my favorite season and it is so hard living in Utah because a lot of the time I feel like it is skipped over. There is just something about oranges, browns, creams, and reds coming together that makes me smile. 

If you want to make your own (maybe for next year) this is what you will need: 

2- 6 inch 2x4's 
2- 5 inch 2x4's 
2- 4 inch 2x4's 
1- 7 inch 2x2 

craft paper 
brown ink 
mod podge 

Thanksgiving Minis

These little minitures are so cute and super fun and easy to make! 

Supplies you will need: 

Turkey, pumpkin pie, gobble gobble 

1- 8 1/2 inch piece of 2x2 
1- 7 inch 2x2 
1- 5 1/2 inch 2x2 


ink or stain (if desired) 

always be thankful 

1- 2 1/2 inch 2x2 
1- 3 inch 2x2 
1- 3 1/2 inch 2x2 


ink or stain (if desired) 

Here they sit in their new home, on my bookshelf next to my dvds. I love them. 

I'm going to do some Christmas themed ones and will post step by step instructions with pictures and a tutorial later. These would make super easy, cheap and fun neighbor gift for the holidays!

November 10, 2011

Alphabet Rocks

I've seen a lot of Alphabet rocks all over the blogging land but recently decided to make my own.  I recently joined Pinterest.  You can follow me here if you would like.  I used pinterest to pin the rocks so that I wouldn't forget to make them.  My family went to a cabin with friends and I thought it would be really fun to make them there.  You could use river rocks, which you can buy at pretty much any craft store, but I just used plain old rocks from the mountains.  I collected 52 of them.  I did upper and lower case letters, one letter on each rock (I've also seen them with upper on one side and lower case on the other).  I painted the letters on and then traced them with a marker and covered them with clear nail polish so that they would not chip.  We played with these all weekend.  My son loved to pick things to learn how to spell.  He also loved to put them in colors, organize them from A to Z, and match lowercase and uppercase.

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