Thursday’s Thought-Home is Where your Mom Is

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Today I thought that I would do a Mother’s Day thought, since it is coming up here shortly.  My mother has been gone for 7 years now, but I am so grateful for all the many things that she taught me and the wonderful family life that I had growing up!  I have wonderful memories of my mom helping me and teaching me so many of her different talents…sewing, cooking, quilting, and helping others. I was a very lucky girl to have a mom like her!  So this thought is in her honor!

To print this, right click over the image and go to “save image as” then save in a folder, or you can right click over the image and go to “copy image” , open your favorite program like Word or Presentations and right click again and go to “paste”.  This has been formatted to an 8 x 10 size which would be perfect for framing and giving to your favorite Mom! :)

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Strawberry Tablecloth

I have been tending grandkids for 9 straight days and I am totally worn out!  I guess that is why you have your children when you are young, so that you can kind of keep up with them!  :)  They have been really good kids, but I am exhausted.  We went to the park, had picnics, went to our cabin overnight, had our Easter party, went to another Easter party, learned how to do a rainbow loom…made lots of bracelets, went shopping, went to church and I carpooled kids from school!   Oh and we also watched after 3 birds!  I forgot how much time and ENERGY it takes to keep up with little kids!  So my praise goes out to all of you that are raising small children…keep up the great job!

 Needless to say, I have not done many projects this last week, but I do have one very simple sewing project for you today:

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 I got this piece of fabric when we went on our trip to Arizona in March and I knew that it matched some dishtowels that I made awhile ago, so I thought it would be fun to have a matching set!

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 All I had to do to make this tablecloth is:

1.  Find some tablecloth fabric that is already printed to be a tablecloth.  This is just a panel print, but I love this fabric because it is quite a heavy linen print and has a lot of body to the fabric.

2.  I trimmed the fabric all the way around, so that the edges were even.  (I trimmed this one 3 inches from the red flower border)

3.  Turn your fabric under 1/4 inch then turn another 1/4 inch and stitch close to the folded edge.  I moved my needle over to the left, so I could stitch close to the edge.

That is all there is to making a tablecloth!

If you can find some printed fabric for tablecloths, these make great gifts for birthdays, friends, weddings, thank you’s, or just because… for someone you love!  They are super easy to make and can be quite inexpensive depending on your fabric.  This is also a great beginning sewing project if you are just learning to sew or if you are trying to teach someone to sew, because it is just four straight lines that you have to sew!

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 These are the dishtowels that I made last year.  All I did was hem the edges and add the ric rac to the bottom.  I love that they match and I know that these will get a lot of use for different parties or displays! :)

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 So this is my matching tablecloth and dishtowel set!  Don’t they just look beautiful with the snowball tree in the background?  They totally scream spring and summer and… I am ready to bring it on!

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Pioneer Woman Update

I finally got my picture with the Pioneer Woman… from when my DIL and I went to the Roots Tech Conference back on Feb. 2nd!  I guess that it is better late than never, right?  But really, how long should it take to email a picture?  If you missed my post on meeting P-Dub aka Pioneer Woman you can read about it here.

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 Here is my proof that I really got to meet her! She is so cute and fun and bubbly and it really was a thrill for me to get to visit with her for a few minutes.

I have followed her blog for years and I also love watching her cooking show on the Food Network!  (My husband watches with me, or at least he watches the ranching part!)   She is just so fun and down to earth that I feel like she is one of my best friends!  If you have never visited her site, you are missing out!  Take a minute and browse around and you will see what I mean.

Here is one of her chocolate recipes:

(picture courtesy of Pioneer Woman)

Knock you Naked Brownies

Just the name tells you how good these are going to be!

So now maybe you will become a fan of the Pioneer Woman too! :)

Have a Happy Monday

and make some of these wonderful brownies for your family tonight, they will love you for it!

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Easter Egg Pinata

Last week the kids were out of school for spring break, so I thought that it would be fun to make a pinata for our Easter party with the two grandkids that I tend…

 WHAT WAS I THINKING?  

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It  was a big fat mess making the pinata, but we did it and every thing turned out great, but a 4 year old helper with something like this was really not a great idea! :)

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 This was a super easy project as far as pinata’s go, because all you need is the shape of the balloon to make the egg!  

So do you want to make your own Easter Egg Pinata?

1.  Cut a bunch of newspaper into about 1-1.5 inch strips the width of the paper.  Then make a paste of 2 cups flour and 2 cups water, mix together.  There are a few lumps and that is okay.  Blow up a balloon the size that you want your pinata.  Dip the newspaper into the paste then lay the dipped piece on the balloon.  Smooth it down.  Keep repeating this step until the balloon is covered with 2-3 layers of newspaper.  Let dry overnight.  Do not pop the balloon!

2.   After the egg has dried, pop the balloon.  I spray painted our pinata lime green, and then we just mod podged circles cut out of scrapbook paper.  Let it dry good, then add a final coat of mod podge to make your pinata a little bit more sturdy.

3.  Cut a hole with an exacto knife, in the back of the pinata that is large enough for your hand to fit in.  This is where you will put the candy in, but you also need to attach your jute hanger at this point.  

4.  Poke a hole on each side of your pinata with an awl or the pointed end of your scissors.  Put your jute through the hole into the middle of your pinata, then go out the other side and pull so that it is long enough to make a loop hanger.  I did this 3 times to make sure it would hold the weight of the pinata.  After you have filled the pinata with candy, tape the opening closed with packing tape or a good strong tape.  You could also add another polka dot over it if you wanted to.  I added a couple of bows to the top with ribbon, because as you know ribbon just makes everything cuter!  :)

And you are done and ready for the party to begin!

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Have a great Easter weekend everyone!  I hope that you get to spend it with someone that you love.

 Are you ready for the big day?  Do you have an Easter feast or brunch?  We are going very low key this year because most of our families will be with their in-laws this year.  We are going to have an Easter Egg Hunt, our pinata and maybe a treasure hunt for our party. ( If I get the treasure hunt ready!) But our Easter dinner will be very minimal, which is okay with me! :)

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Thursday’s Thought-Life is the Sum…

Today’s thought makes me reflect on some of the choices that we make…

 Some are obviously better than others, but I hope that we can learn from the choices we make, to help us make better choices in the future!

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 This would be a great print to frame for a gift for a graduating student, or someone going out on their own or just for a reminder to each of us… to think about making good choices!

To print, right click over image and go to “save image as” then save in a folder.   Or you can right click over the image and go to “copy image”  then open your favorite program like Word or Presentations, right click again and go to “paste”.  This is formatted to an 8 x 10 size.

So let’s go out and make better choices today, shall we?  :)

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How To Plant a Birdcage

Today I am here with a really fun project for spring.  I am going to show you how to plant a birdcage!  I love to plant pots and planters and I look for fun unique planters all year long.  This birdcage is just from Michael’s so it was an easy find, but you can use old buckets, watering cans, old coal buckets, or just about anything that will hold dirt!  You just have be sure there are holes in the bottom for the drainage.  So rusted out buckets are great! :)

All of the plants that I used in this planter are perennials, so they are really okay for me to put this outside, here in Utah!  If you are using annuals, you will want to keep your planter indoors until the weather is warm all of the time, unless of course, you already live where it is warm!

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To create a beautiful pot or planter, you will need at least 3 different plants.  You will need “thrillers”, “fillers’, and “spillers”.

They are pretty self explanatory:  1.  The spillers are the plants that will spill over the edge of the pot and grow down.  I used the Creeping Phlox .

2. The fillers are the middle height plants in your pot.  You can have several different varieties and colors depending on the size of your pot or planter, but you will want them to be close to the same height.  I used English Daisies in white and pink.

3.  The thrillers are your tall grasses or centerpiece of the planter, in this case the Candytuft.

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1. Start with a birdcage, or pot.  If you need to line the bottom with a coco liner, you will do that first.  If you have a pot, make sure there are holes in the bottom for the water to drain out of.

2. Pick your plants “spillers, fillers and thrillers.”

3. Start around the outside edge and space your spillers.  (It is always good to work in odd numbers)  I used 3 creeping phlox around the outside of the birdcage.  Carefully pull some of the long runners through the wires in the birdcage so that they will “spill” around the outside.  Then add your “fillers”.  I used 3 English Daisies.  Space them between the “spillers”

4.  Last add your “Thriller” to the middle.  I used one candy tuft for my thriller.

5. Water thoroughly and sit back and enjoy!

Fill in all around your pots with good potting soil and pack it down, or water it good and add more dirt if you need to, to keep it full.

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My candy tuft is not quite blooming yet, but when it does it will make a beautiful “thriller” with it’s small white blossoms!

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So now you know how to add a little bit of color to your spring!  

Are you ready to start planting and beautifying your neck of the woods?

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Hogle Zoo

Last week it was Spring break for the school kids here.  My daughter had to work everyday, but did a little “stay”cation with her kids every day after work.  They went to Trafalga, bought a movie, went to the park, went swimming and went to the zoo.  They asked me to go to the zoo with them, and I am so glad that I went.  It was a gorgeous day and we had a great time!

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 There was a large part of the zoo that was closed for remodeling, but here is a recap of some of the animals that we did see:

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The gorilla at the top was sooo cute all wrapped up in his blankie!  I love the curiosity of my grandson thinking that he could sneak up on this pelican!  We have a BIG bird lover in our family, so I had to take a picture of this bird.  The colors in it’s feathers were absolutely beautiful!

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The picture in the top left is one turtle with it’s reflection in the water!   All of my children have been to Africa, so we are naturally attracted to the giraffes!  I love the picture of the giraffe that posed so perfectly for me to measure him up!  The picture of the baby leopard (I think that is what it is!)  Looks just like a darling little kitten all rolled up in a ball taking a nap.  The kids wanted to take that one home!

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 Cute little monkeys!  

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 My grandson that is in these pictures has a fascination for roosters!  If he wakes up before his mother, he goes in her room and yells cock a doodle doo to wake her up!  I got a picture of this rooster crowing and he started crowing right along with it!

I think that all kids love the  elephants because they are just so big and they are fun to watch.  The elephants usually don’t seem to mind entertaining everyone either!

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 So that is a recap of our fun day at Hogle Zoo!  Like I said earlier, it was a beautiful day and we are so excited to have warmer weather and to be able to be outside in the sunshine!  Because now the weather is cold and rainy again… That is Spring in Utah!

How did you spend your weekend?  I hope that you were able to spend some time with those that you love!

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3 Friday’s Favorite Finds!

Today I want to share a few new favorite finds that I found!  

I have lived in Utah most of my life and I had never heard of Pirate O’s!  It is such a fun store that I just happened to find last week!  My husband and I were driving down the road and I yelled, “turn around!”  Well, I really said can you please turn around right here!  :)  And being the great husband that he is…he did!  This is what caught my eye:

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15 Carrots!

I have some really exciting news to share with you before I get to my regular post!  This little old blog is getting a new face lift!  I am working with my web designer and I am really excited about the new changes that will be coming soon.  We are going to have a fresh new clean look and hopefully it will easier to move about my site!  

So stay tuned…

Instead of doing my regular Thursday’s Thought today, I decided that it would be fun to do a paper crafting project!  And what girl wouldn’t love having 15 carats carrots for Easter?

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Easter Popsicle Puzzle & Printable Paper Bag

 Here is a fun Easter project for kids and adults alike!  It is a darling puzzle made from Popsicle sticks!

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Italian Soda Bar

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you as excited for the weekend as I am?

Today I want to share a fun Italian Soda Bar that we did last Sunday when everyone was here for dinner.  

It was a big hit and everyone kept going back for more!  I have done these before, but this time I used Sparkling Water instead of Club Soda and I think that I liked them a little better with the Sparkling Water.  I also had cream that they could add to it, if they wanted to. (but I forgot to put the “creme” bottle in the picture)

These are also wonderful with a dollop of whipped cream on the top!

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Thursday’s Thought-He is Risen!

I mentioned last week that I love both the fun part of Easter and the Spiritual side!  

The hope that comes with the miracle of the risen Savior is truly something to celebrate.  So this week I wanted to do a thought that reflects my feelings about this beautiful Easter event! 

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 This is formatted to 8 x 10.  To print, right click over image and go to “save image as”  then save in a folder.  Or you can right click over the image and go to “copy image” then open up a program like Word or Presentations.  Right click again and go to “paste”, you can then print it.

So now you have printables to celebrate both the fun side of Easter and the truly remarkable Spiritual side! 

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April 2014 Visiting Teaching Handout

Here is my visiting teaching handout for our church for this month.  

Again, we learn of a quality of Jesus Christ and this month it is

“Savior and Redeemer”.  

How appropriate for this Easter Season!

 I absolutely love the message by Sister Burton about the Savior and Redeemer!  It goes right along with the spiritual reason that we celebrate Easter and the importance of the atonement in each of our lives!  The story of the woman who compares herself to an old, used, crumpled up $20 bill is one that every single one of us needs to apply in our own life!

So, here is the printable that includes that message:

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April Conference Snack Tags

This weekend is the General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  (the Mormons).  I love conference weekend and look forward to it every six months!  For those of you that want to know what conference is all about…you can check it out here.

I love conference weekend, because we can stay home and watch it on TV (in our jamies, if we choose to!)  Sometimes we have all of our families together and sometimes my husband and I just watch it together.  But there is always a great spirit in our home and I love the messages that are taught and the things that I can learn!

I have already downloaded and printed my conference packet from Sugardoodle and I have my conference notebook ready to go.. to take notes…doodle…and just enjoy the weekend!

It is always a must to have some great treats or food while watching conference! :) 

So I decided that I would make some fun tags to go along with your conference goodies!  These are fun to pass along to your VT sisters,  or to make for your family, or friends!  You can tie them onto individual serving size packages for everyone, or make one big package for the whole family!

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Count Down to Easter!

Today I have a fun little count down for the kiddos!  This is perfect to make for each of the kids or one for each family.  If you are a grandma with kids that live away from you, this is a fun little package to send in the mail!

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Thursday’s Thought-Here Comes Peter Cottontail

I love to celebrate all the different holidays with my grandkids and Easter is no exception!  We love to celebrate with fun Easter egg hunts and Easter dinner.  My own kids have some very fond memories of Easter Egg Hunts that their grandpa used to do and the excitement of trying to find that one “golden” egg that had the $5 bill in it!  It is fun to now try to make some fun memories for their kids and the excitement of finding those “golden” eggs!

But I also love the spiritual celebration that Easter brings!  

So for today’s thought I decided to do a fun whimsical thought and then I will do a spiritual one later!

So Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

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Our Arizona Trip

My husband and I went on our annual trip to Arizona!  We were gone about 10 days and we had a great time.  We have been making this trip for about 7 or 8 years now!  We go down for baseball Spring Training, (or at least that is what my husband goes for!)   I go for the wonderfully warm weather and to just get away from it all!

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3-D Easter Egg Box

ScanHippity Hoppity  Easter’s on it’s Way!

I made these fun 3-d Easter egg boxes with my Silhouette Machine!  I am quite tickled that I could figure it all out, but it was so fun to do…  I can definitely see more projects like this coming in the future!

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