Feb 29, 2012

Passing Time

I'm not sure if my family is the only unlucky ones but we've certainly had our fair share of colds, strep throat, viruses, sinus infections and other weird, unexplained health things this winter.  Fortunately for me, I've managed to mostly escape it with nothing more than a runny nose here and there.  Well, maybe a few other things but I'll classify them into the TMI category and save you the details.  Currently I'm home for the second time this week with a sick kiddo.  The poor thing is struggling with weird symptoms that put her into extreme pain which then brings on massive amount of tears.  We had to do blood work and x-rays today and now we wait.  Waiting for the Dr. to call is one of the hardest things EVER!

The good part of the waiting is that while I've been trying to pass time I have finished up a few word art projects.  Wanna see???

I made this one for my life-long friend, Judy.  She asked me to make her a word art to cover her electrical panel that is by her back door.  She's been very, very, very patient with me while I made this.  I'd work on it, then set it aside.  I even had to restart it once as I realized the words I printed out were too small and wouldn't work with the paint part.  Needless to say, it's finally done and she can now cover that electrical panel and think of me and all the things she loves, like thunder, trees, cats, and ice cream ever time she heads outside.

My daughter and I also finished up these.  Miss M, my 14 yr old daughter, made the one above and was going to make these word art panels and sell them as a fundraiser for a summer youth program that she wants to attend.  She ditched the idea though because she realized babysitting was the easier way to stock pile her earnings.

Also, using the same theme, I made this one.  I wanted one to keep in our kitchen.  The statement, Arise and Shine Forth is a special statement for the youth at my church and we are focusing on it as a family too.

If you are interested in seeing the tutorials on how to make these projects you can check out these two post:

Robot Art and Family Word Art

All my word art projects are made using contact paper, canvases, and paint.  I've got another big project in the works.  It's a time consuming one though but I'm digging it so far.

Feb 22, 2012

Young Women & CTR Themed Jewelry

Update:  If you are thinking about making these for a Girl's Camp craft, I've listed several tips and tricks in a new post.  Please go here for details:  Girl's Camp craft, word pendants

Do you ever have projects that just sit, and sit, and sit?  You start them and then some how, even though they are easy, you just don't get around to finishing them?  Yep!  That's what today's post is all about.  I started on these Arise word pendants the first week in January.  I got them all done, shaped, baked, painted, & glazed  but then just never did the final steps.  Today though, I'm making some killer progress.

My word pendant tutorial  continues to get a lot of hits.  It's a great little project that can be done by kids and thrown on a string or you can dress it up a bit for a more grown up version.  Plus, with all the rage about the whole "one little word" project that so many do every year, it's a fun way to use your "word".  I'm using my latest designs kind of in that sense.  My church has a great youth program, I love it.  I love that it gives my daughter a safe place to go, to learn, and to become.  She is sometimes completely unaware of all the divine potential that is in her and the programs help her so much to connect to that and to build a strong, Christ-focused life.  Every year our church comes out with a new theme that our youth, both girls and boys, focus on.  This year it's:

"Arise & Shine Forth that thy light may be a standard to the nations."

I love it!  I love that the light referred to is the light of Christ.  That light is in all of us and it's our choice to let it shine.  Anyway, hoping to keep the theme fresh on our minds, because I'm just a youth at heart, I made these:

I'm a huge orange fan so I like the orange with just a small hint of blue on the bead. 

The brown ones are cool too because you can mix the colors up a bit with the paint.  I'm still working on turning it into a necklace and earring set but that should be done soon.  I know lots of YW leaders who are looking for camp craft ideas.  These would be fun but keep in mind you have to have an oven to bake the clay.  Plus they are easy but time consuming.  You have to allow time to design, shape, cook, cool, paint, dry, glaze and then dry again before you can even start to put it on a necklace.  So, if you are thinking of making these at camp I'd suggest you make and cook all the pendants before hand.  Then let the girls paint them and turn them into necklaces.  It's more work for you but you'll have a better end result - just sayin'!

Also, here's an idea to incorporate the word pendants for a younger age.  "CTR" stands for choose the right and the kids that are in the age group from 3-12 at church are very familiar with those letters.

These pendants are a fun idea for Activity Day aged girls and well, I'm biased, but I think they are kind of cute.  And, with that, I'm off to eat lunch and make some more jewelry!

P.S. I have decided to sell my jewelry again, if you are interested in my designs and the details, see the Custom Jewelry tab above. I'm also willing to sell kits, pendant pre-made, that you can just string together with your kids. Email me if you want more info. Thanks!

Feb 20, 2012

A Healthy Thank You

So, I don't know about you, but when ever I want to send a "thank you" I always bake a plate of cookies - always!  It's like it's second nature.  Snickerdoodles.  Chocolate Chip.  Peanut Butter.  I rotate between the three, make a batch, throw them on a plate and ta-da!  Done!  However, lately I've been more aware that not everyone likes cookies - WHAT????  I know, I was shocked too. But I do respect it and I even kind of understand it.  This has forced me to think about my "Thank You" gifts.

Last week we had a meeting that I was in charge of at my church.  We have these meetings usually once a month and they are just for the women's group, the Relief Society.  I have a great board of women who help me put these meetings together, decorate for them and even help with the presentations.  They are awesome women, I couldn't do my assignment (we call it a calling in our church) without them and they needed to be thanked - cookies weren't going to cut it though.  So, instead, I made these ....

Cheesy? - Yep!   Healthier than cookies? - Yep!

My husband rolled his eyes at me and said he "knew" I was going to do something like that.  It's ok though, the response from the women who received them was positive.  I got  a thumb's up from one lady and great big thank you from another so I'll call that success.  Plus, since I also attached a thank you note (not shown) it really was more about letting them know how much I appreciate them, because in the end, that's what it's really about - voicing an appreciation and letting them know their time, service, and talents are greatly appreciated!

Whether you make cookies or give fruit with silly sayings attached, I encourage you to remember to thank those that make a difference in your life!  I really don't think people hear those two magical words - "thank you" - enough.

"Thank you" for reading - now, go enjoy your holiday, it's is Presidents day after all!

Feb 19, 2012

Nativity Tutorial - Wiseman 2

Ok, quick question:  Those of you that sign up for email updates, did you get a post with a little video in it today?   For some reason, I got an update with that post in it, but it wasn't current.  That was from a post way back in December.  Just wondering if that happens a lot?  Do you get an email from Then She Made every day or just on days that have new posts?  Hmmm.  Trying to figure out why that one went out.

Anyway, here is the next little nativity piece.  Another Wiseman.  Just a reminder, all of the bodies, for all the pieces, are pretty much made the same way, so, if you are following along, some of the steps on the tutorial are repeats from our first tutorial. And, if you are just starting to follow this project, our first tutorial has several tips and important info on using clay that you may find helpful. Be sure to check it out here: Nativity Tutorial - Wiseman 1

Feb 17, 2012

Happy Is the Heart That Still Feels Pain

Edited 2/18/12:  I'm doing much better.  All is well.  I am well.  Just needed some sleep and day off.  Nativity tutorial #2 is on it's way.

Today was supposed to be our Nativity day but I'm afraid I have to postpone it a day or two.  I'm coming out of a social event that has me dealing with some major anxiety.  Like can't sleep.  Can't eat.  Heart racing.  Chest pain. Full.blown.anxiety.  It sucks.

Feb 15, 2012

Quick Thoughts

I promise I didn't crop her head off - she bounced right when I took the photo and I fell in
love with the image that was captured.  It's very much her personality!

I'm bouncing my way through a busy couple of days ahead and just thought I'd leave you with one of my favorite scrapbooking layouts. I found it because I'm prepping for a class that I will be teaching tomorrow night and so I've been looking through a ton of old files, pictures, and albums. It's been pretty awesome to walk down memory lane.  It's made me realize a few things....

Feb 14, 2012

Love is in the Details!

I've heard it said multiple times that Love is in the Details.  I hope it's true because today is Valentine's Day and I've tried to put love in the details of what is normally just an ordinary Tuesday.  We don't really have big family traditions on this day of love however, we do always try and celebrate it in small ways.  Like for example; I will wear perfume today - whoa!  I know, that's a huge thing right?  No.  Not really.  But when your everyday wardrobe consist of a baseball hat, jeans, a hoodie and slippers, well, perfume really isn't the priority.  Today it will be.  My husband will like the small detail of a nice smelling wife even if it's only one day a year - hahaha!

Seriously though, here are some LOVE-ly details that have been occupying my Valentines Day and hopefully filling my children's hearts with joy and happiness and their brains with the knowledge that their mom does, indeed, love them greatly!

Feb 13, 2012

And the Winner is...

Lucky #7 - "I have so many events/pictures I want to put together into scrapbook pages... I've made scrapbooks... But I've always wanted to try digital scrapbooking.  Janice."

Janice, congrats!  Now you get that chance to give digital scrapbooking a try.  Email me for details on how to claim your prize!

Also, just a big, giant, THANKS to Elizabeth Mindemann for sponsoring our contest.  If you didn't win, but are still interested in trying digital scrapbooking, contact her.  She can help.  Plus, you can try out Studio J for free without any commitment!

Tomorrow we are back to regular crafting and posting so stay tuned!

Feb 12, 2012

Last Chance!

Just a quick reminder, today is the last day to enter into the drawing for an awesome Studio J digital scrapbooking pack that is being offered by Elizabeth Mindemann. It includes:

5 two page digital layouts
5 memory Protectors
Free Shipping and handling

The cost value is $55 - that's pretty awesome

Be sure to leave me a comment on this post:  A New Friend and A Giveaway

And, if you are interested in seeing more of Elizabeth's work, go to her blog at http://ejoym.blogspot.com/
or find her on facebook.  You can also go into Studio J and play around with the ideas, no commitment needed, at http://elizabethmindemann.myctmh.com/

Seriously, enter quick as the contest ends today!  

Feb 9, 2012

Heart necklace tutorial and giveaway news!

I feel like I'm so behind on my Valentines day posts and Valentines day is just next week.  So, before any more time passes, here's a quickie necklace idea for you.  Plus, keep reading for more giveaway news.

Feb 8, 2012

A New Friend and a Giveaway!

Contest is now closed! 

One of the coolest things about blogging is being able to meet people you'd never have the opportunity to otherwise.  Now, the word "meet" might not be accurate, I very rarely meet these people in person, but online there is a whole lotta love and friendship floating around and I love that I've had the opportunity to be involved to some degree.

Case in point, meet Elizabeth Mindemann

Feb 5, 2012

Another Easy Heart Wreath

I mentioned in my last post that I had started out making a different style of wreath, however, I ran out of fabric and had to switch gears.  The result was the foam pipe wreath with just wrapped fabric.  It turned out cute but I still wanted to make the other one.  So I did. It's another super easy, no sew, no glue project and this is what it looks like when it's done.

Feb 2, 2012

Look Ma, NO glue!

I was surprised at how many people could relate to my last post.  Seems I'm not alone in my perpetual state of optimization!  I'm still trying to get it all worked out but in the mean time, the computer is kind of put back in order and is up on a desk.  It's not in it's new home yet, the computer zone is still a work in progress, but for now it's at least usable which means I can BLOG!!!

Feb 1, 2012

If You Buy a Family a TV

Have you ever read "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"?  If so than you may be able to relate to my current situation.  I feel like I'm living in a home decorators version of that book.  As you know, if you've read the book, the mouse never seems happy with just the cookie.  He always needs something else.  So, my home decor version goes something like this...  (warning, it's not written nearly as cute as the book)