Showing posts with label Family Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family Projects. Show all posts

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Resurrection Eggs

These eggs were super easy to make. I used Sarah's eggs over at CREATE to help me get started. I made a little book as well for a quick reference to the Bible verses.

Here we go:

Egg Number 1

Message: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.

Passage: Matthew 21:1-11.
Item: A small plastic leaf or a piece of a palm branch.

Egg Number 2

Message: Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet.
Passage: John 12:2-8.
Item: Small perfume sample, a piece of cloth or a piece of cotton with perfume on it.

Egg Number 3

Message: Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage: Matthew 26:17-19.
Item: A small piece of cracker to represent the Passover bread.

Egg Number 4

Message: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage: Matthew 27:3.
Item: A dime or plastic “silver” money.

Egg Number 5

Message: Jesus carried His cross.
Passage: John 19:17.
Item: A Popsicle stick that is cut and glued in the form of a cross or a small plastic cross from a necklace.

Egg Number 6
Message: Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head.
Passage: John 19:2.
Item: A small thorny branch or a single large thorn.

Egg Number 7

Message: Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage: John 19:18,37 and John 20:25-29.
Item: A nail

Egg Number 8

Message: Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage: John 19:23.
Item: Miniature dice.

Egg Number 9

Message: They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage: Matthew 27:34.
Item: A small piece of sponge.

Egg Number 10

Message: Jesus was wrapped in linen for burial.
Passage: John 19:40.
Item: a long strip of white fabric

Egg Number 11

Message: The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away.
Passage: John 20:1.
Item: A small rock.

Egg Number 12

Message: The tomb is empty. He has risen!
Passage: Luke 24:6.
Item: None.

Isaac has seriously enjoyed these eggs so much. He requests them almost every day. At first, he was genuinely surprised when the last egg was empty. But now, when he opens it, he says, "Jesus is not here, He is risen!" And when he opens the egg with the cross, he says, "Jesus died on the cross. Sweet boy.

Hope you have fun making these and that you also will be blessed as you bring the gospel to your kids.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Touch & Feel Book

This little book was FREE! Meaning I didn't have to buy anything new for it. AND, it only took me about an hour from start to finish. Here are all the materials I used.
I used paper to cover up the Ritz cracker side of the box using mod podge. I actually messed up by putting the materials on the red side. oops. but it really made no difference. Here are the finished pages.
I used fleece, foil, sequins, yarn, clear plastic canvas (that's what the packet said), cotton balls, sandpaper, and pipe cleaners. Everything was glued on using tacky glue. Super easy.
To finish it off, I connected them all with a key ring.
This little book is somewhere in between my two boys. If Isaac is left alone with it, he'll pick it all apart. If Simon's left alone with it, it'll go straight to the mouth. But, I'm sure there will be this perfect window one day when they'll both be able to play with it functionally.......someday.....

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day Presents

Here's a picture of my boys with the present and card made my Isaac (and mami). Isaac is saying cheese, though he hasn't learned to smile while he says it :)This whole thing was so much fun. The card is pretty self-explanatory. Keeping his attention on it was the hardest part really.

The frame, I have to admit was not my idea. I got it from another blog during mother's day. I used foam board and a knife to make the letters. Knowing the letters would only be used this one time, I wasn't overly concerned with super clean edges and things. Here are the close-ups of the pictures I used.

What a cutey! Didn't intend on diaper only pictures, but dad was gonna be home any minute (because I procrastinated) and I didn't have time to dress him. Plus I ran the risk of putting him in a bad mood.

Here are some secrets: I took 166 pictures in order to get these three! He was a busy body! And, he didn't want to hold the "D" the right way so both of those pics had to be mirrored.

The picture frame I actually found at the Dollar Tree. Isn't that great?!? I was so sure finding the frame would be the hardest part and was relieved when I found it so quickly.

So Happy Father's Day to all those dads. I hope your kids (and wives) were extra crafty for you!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Magazines and Playdough

Here are two things that have been on my checklist for a while that I finally got done.

1. Magazine Straw Magazine holder. What better way to hold my magazines in the bathroom than with rolled up old magazine pages! I got the box for like a dime. I originally thought to Mod Podge some pretty paper on the box but then saw this awesome idea HERE. I like the way it turned out!

2. Homemade Playdough. Easy enough and I really hope Isaac likes it. I got this recipe HERE.

Two Down, many more to go!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cupcake Stand

For Easter, I usually enjoy and am more than willing to bring dessert to Easter lunch. This year, however, though I was just as excited, I was completely blank on what to make. i wanted try something new and creative but I just couldn't think of anything. So I settled for cupcakes. They did have a minty cream filling though! So to make up for my lack of creativity, I decided to make my own cupcake stand! It was alot easier than I thought it would be. I thought it turned out great! Here's what you need (at least, here's what I used):
  • 2 foam boards
  • 2-3 flower Styrofoam squares
  • 4-5 sheets scrapbook paper (in design of choice)
  • mod podge
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • 2in. wide ribbon (in coordinating color as paper)
  • 3/8in. wide ribbon (is same or coordinating color as paper)
  • tools : sponge brush, rotary cutter or xacto knife, pins, cutting mat or ruler
Note: I apologize for not taking pictures along the way.

  1. Cut out 2 of each layer of foam board. I used 2 for stability. Measurements as follows: 12in x 12in, 10in x 10in, and 8in x 8in.
  2. Cut out 1 of each layer of scrapbook paper, in same measurements. If you want to cover bottom side of each layers, cut out 2 of each but make sure and buy more paper.
  3. Mod Podge paper onto board. Once dry, add another layer of Mod Podge on top to finish off.
  4. Once these are dry, hot glue the 2 pieces of foam board (of the same size) together. Lay heavy books on top to flatten and evenly glue.
  5. While this is drying, start wrapping the 2in. wide ribbon around the foam blocks. Don't go around and around. just cut out 3 strips (or as many as you need) and wrap each strip around one at a time. Fold down raw edge and pin down with simple silver pins. If you have pretty white ball tip pins, use those. I only used 2 blocks for a total of 3 layers.
  6. After the foam board layers are done drying, start hot gluing the 3/8 in. wide ribbon around the edge of the boards. Do little sections at a time because the hot glue dries very quickly.
  7. This is the trickiest part. Center the blocks on each layer making sure they align from every angle. Hot glue the foam blocks onto the board. It dries very quickly and strong so make sure and get it right!
And you're done! Here's out mine turned out with the cupcakes on it. Some of the cupcakes were already gone by the time I took the picture. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. It really goes fast. If I could've done it in one sitting, it would've taken me about 1 hour maybe 2, but with a husband and a toddler, it basically took me all day :)


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Easter

We had a great Easter and I hope you all did too! Here are some pictures highlighting our day!

If you follow my blog, you know another thing I'm slightly obsessed with is matching my family on special days. And Easter is no exception. I made Luke a tie, Isaac a romper, and myself a skirt in matching yellow gingham. LOVE IT!!! Isaac found some chocolate after the egg hunt while I wasn't looking. Oops! And my two boys. I love my family so very much! And thanks to my awesome sweet husband who was such a good sport about our matching outfits!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cascarones (Spanish for Egg Shells)

Let me introduce you to my Easter Egg Hunt Tradition growing up in Laredo, Texas, which I lovingly call, "Practically Mexico", since it's a border town.

Growing up, we didn't hunt for plastic eggs with candy in them. In fact, I don't remember candy at all during Easter. That's not to say there wasn't any, I just remember then eggs more. My family would start weeks in advance saving eggs shells for the hunt. Then on easter, we would lok and look and look. Then, once the eggs were found, it was a free for all, chasing eachother aroud the yard cracking the cascarones, which were filled with confetti, on each others heads. Sounds crazy I know, but I remember it being so much fun. I don't actually remember a whole lot of what would happen after this.

So in this blog, I'm going to show you how to make a traditional Mexican cascarone. I know it's late since I've been saving for months, but maybe, if you have a big family and are gonna make a lot of omelets this weekend, you might have a shot!

First, getting the eggs shells. I would take a butter knife and slowly but firmly (but not too hard) crack away the top of the egg, the top being the narrow end. Chip all around the top then just remove it. This doesn't have to be perfect and it won't be a perfect line, just as long as you have most of the egg in tact. Make sure you wash them out well in soapy hot water. Don't want any salmonella here people.

Here's how mine turned out. And here's an important note, I actually cooked the eggs and ate them for breakfast. I'm not trying to support the wasting of food here.

Next, start dying the eggs. I just used the food coloring you can get at the store and followed the instructions , which included boiling water and white vinegar. Disregard the ugly colors, I thought they would be a pretty purple and pink but turned out pretty yuck.

Next, fill the eggs with confetti. I don't actually know where you can get confetti. Try a party supply store or a mexican store. I got mine when I was in Mexico a few weeks ago and it was very inexpensive.

Then, glue small squares of tissue paper on top of the opening. I used watered down Elmer's Glue and a foam brush.

And that's it! I know Isaac's going to be too small so we might invite some of the neighborhood kids over. So, if you are able to get to it this year, GREAT! If not, save this link and try it next year!!

**This is the last of my Easter projects. Hope you've enjoyed them. Scroll down to the the rest or click the links below:

Easter Banner
Easter Scripture Tree
Easter Egg Wreath
Easter Kitchen Towels and Coasters

Easter Egg Scripture Tree

Wow, Easter is this weekend and I still have 3 projects to post. Here is my Easter Tree. It was really easy. I found THIS template online for these cute little eggs. Your technically supposed to have 2-sided eggs but because 1) I wanted to write scripture on the back and 2) wanted to save some color ink, I decided to just make one sided eggs and print 40 of them. 40 because it's the number of days in lent.

So I printed and cut them out. Here's the best part, I was planning on laminating them and on my recent trip to the Scrap Exchange, I found this package of self-laminating sheets (where you don't need the machine) brand new for $3! I was very excited! after then were all laminated and cut out, I just hole punched them and tied some simple ribbon to them. This proved to be the hardest part because I just have a wimpy dollar tree hole puncher. Too bad Luke wasn't around.

Then on to the branch hunt in the back yard. I wasn't extrememly happy with the branches I found but thought they were good enough, and didn't want to go in the woods beyond our fence.

Another tricky part was finding Easter verses but through prayer and Luke's help, we found some. We haven't done that great of a job reading one every day but I know one day, Isaac, and all of out children will enjoy decorating our Easter Tree together!

He is Risen!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Is Coming

Well, we are back in town. What an adventure we had. I loved seeing my family and taking my husband back to my hometown for the first time. He keeps telling me that he understands my quirks a little more clearly now after spending time where I grew up and with my family. Just for fun, here's a picture of Isaac with his great grandparents. So cute, I could just cry.Anywho, I hope you all are still with me. Here, as promised, are a few of the Easter projects I worked on before we left. Easter in our family is just as important as Christmas. And I try to anticipate and prepare for it just as much. As followers of Jesus, Easter should be just as important as Christmas. Christmas is when God came to us in the form of a baby, but Easter is when Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. And not only die, but He was RAISED TO LIFE! Our Savior is ALIVE! We really want to teach Isaac, and all our children that Easter is so much more about Jesus than about the bunny and eggs and candy. So in all my crafts, I used easter eggs and colors, but I always tried to add Jesus into it! Here's the first:

Easter Kitchen Towels and Coasters. I got this fabric at a Walmart that was closing down for 75% off. WooHoo. I also got the towels at the dollar tree. I first printed and ironed on the "He is Risen on some white fabric, and "cutely messily"sewed in on the easter fabric. Then I sewed this onto the towels. Super easy.For the coasters, I sewed them right sides together leaving an opening to turn them inside out. Then I pinned the white fabric with the writing onto the easter fabric. Then I sewed around and around until I got to the middle.
Happy Easter everyone. Two more projects to come.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Not Pretty but The Boy Loves It!

Before I was a mom, I was a developmental therapist for kids (0-3) with special needs. I also worked with a bunch of other therapists and we all had our "bag of tricks" of stuff we would use for therapy. This is one of them. Like the title says, it's not pretty but very functional. I took a plastic container I had and cut a slit on the lid. Then, I got some poker chips that I found in the dollar spot at Target a few months ago, on clearance no less, for about 70 cents! The object is to push the poker chips through the slit. This little activity is good for fine motor skills, problem solving skills, eye-hand coordination skills, and a good activity for increasing attention span. I would recommend this activity kids about 10 months-18months. This way, they're past the "everything straight to the mouth" stage but aren't at the "this is so easy, I'm bored" stage. This little can of coins has come in handy in restaurants, at church and for Blanket Time. For little guys, like mine, it may take you sitting with him to try and figure it out a few times before he takes to it himself. If he doesn't feel success, then he'll never like it. I also did the same thing with an old can of formula and marbles. Just cut an "X" on the lid instead of just one slit (you MUST ALWAYS supervise this one however).

How much did this one cost me? 70 cents!!!! You can't beat that. And if you did want to make it pretty, you could just mod podge some nice paper to it. But, the way I see it, Isaac didn't look up and say, "I'm only gonna play with this if it has nice paper around it."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's a Bag......Or is it?

The fact that it's a bag is only half of the story. The other half is that it's actually a blanket! I took some of Isaac's old receiving blankets and cut them into 12"x12" squares and sewed them together for a 36 inch square blanket. I cut 18 squares total for two sides. I strategically sewed on some velcro strips in order to make pockets for the toys. Then, I sewed on some straps. Here's a picture breakdown of how the blanket turns into a bag. First, the bottom side opposite the strap folds up. And there you can see the other strap. Then the right side comes over so the short velcro strips match up. Then the left side. Then just fold in half so that straps meet. Here's a close-up of how the velcro makes pockets. Why did I make it you ask? Here's the reason:

I was talking to my friend Andrea one day about how the time when I'm making dinner is always the hardest for Isaac. As soon as he sees any food, starvation hits him and he starts crying and whining, and pulling at me right there in the kitchen. It's not only frustrating, but not safe for Isaac when sometimes I'm in and out of the oven and the fridge, and he's in all the cabinets, and on and on and on. And whenever I took him out of the kitchen, he would wail and only come back in. She said that she had taught her son, Benjamin, about "blanket time". This is a time when Ben would sit on his blanket and play with special (not out all the time) toys until daddy came home or until meals were ready or really anytime that he needed to be confined without being imprisoned in his crib or pack-n-play. I thought this was a great idea and couldn't wait to start teaching Isaac. But being crafty, I just had to make my own blanket for him. The straps are so that the blanket can be an on the go blanket and the pockets are to put the toys in. Now that Isaac is walking, it's hard to keep control of him at other people's houses, especially those that aren't baby proofed. So this technique doesn't just work at home, but at friend's houses too. It took about a week to teach Isaac the concept. The first few days required ALOT of bringing him back and ALOT of crying, but then he got it. And now, as soon as I say "blanket time", he happily comes and sits. The "happily" part really does change from day to day though:) We even have started using the blanket for Bible time everyday.

Thanks Andrea for the great idea! What would we do without other moms to help us in our mommy journey!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How Much Wood Could Isaac Chuck Chuck?

Well, a lot apparently. Poor The Boy. Bad The Mom. I can't believe I let it get this bad. But, don't worry, I've fixed it. I know you're all thinking that I bought one of those plastic thingys, but i didn't. Because why buy when you can MAKE!!! I have ALOT of left over fabric from when Isaac's grandmother made him his bumpers so I decided to use that, some white muslin, and some batting. I also sewed in some ribbon to tie it onto the crib. Measured, cut and sewed, and voila! And it looks nicer than the plastic cover. Plus you would have still seen the chucked up wood. Now all you see is nothing. Unfortunately, Isaac's found another spot to start chewing on, so I'll be making another one of these soon! I'm glad Isaac's gotten the most use out of this crib before his little brother or sister starts using it!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Knitting Needle Holder for Jamie

My friend Jamie started knitting about 2 or 3 years ago. She needed a hobby to occupy her time and mind. Boy did she jump into it. She's a masterful knitter now. She knit Isaac a green and white polka dot blanket! It was amazing! I about cried when she gave it to us and boy does Isaac love cuddling with it. I might feature her one day and show all the stuff she's made.

Anyway, all that to say, she has accumulated alot of knitting needles and supplies. So I made her a knitting needle holder. I saw one online (check out the link under "What I want to try") but it looked alittle too involved for me. This is one of the things I finished up during the snow weekend we had a couple of weeks ago. I just loved making it and I think it turned out great. I was so excited to give it to her.

For this project, I even made my own bias tape. Check back later to see how. On the inside, I put pockets of different widths, 1", 2", and 3". You can't really tell from the picture because it's all the same fabric.This was because knitting needles come in various sizes. I also put a little pocket on the upper lift hand side for little knitting knick knacks you use. I had alot of bias tape left over so I just sewed it together to make it a tie.This may sound prideful, but I was very proud of how it turned out. It was one of those things that actually turned out the way it looked in my head, and that's pretty exciting.

In conclusion, Jamie really loved it and said that she was excited to start using it! YAY!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Family Silhouettes

Since our Christmas Trees came down, I have been really bothered by the emptiness and blandness of the corner where the Christmas tree was. We prefer family pictures instead of artwork but I just didn't know how to get it decorated. Silhouettes are big now and there are alot of different ways that you can get them done (for a price) or ways that you can do it yourself. I even found that there are alot of different DIY ways . So here's what I came up with. My husband was on board the whole time and was really excited when he saw the finished product. So this is the way I did it (and sorry I don't have step by step pictures)

1. Take profile pictures of everyone in your family.
2. Shrink and crop to the size that you want and print them out.
3. Very carefully cut along the profile trying to exact as many of the bumps and curves of the face and hair as you can.
4. Paint the cut outs black. It took me about three coats with regular acrylic paint to get it really black.

And that's it as far as the silhouettes. Next, I wanted to do something different for the frame and matting. The frames I had were shadow frames I got a long time ago. They had a matte that sat right against the glass and a "board" that sat lifted up higher. (I don't know if that makes sense and you can't really tell from the picture). I had some book pages from another project I worked on that I decided to mod podge onto both the matte and the back board. After those were dry, I simply glued, the silhouette with mod podge, and put another coat on top. The whole porject took about 2-3 hours spread over a couple of days (there's only so much you can do during naptime!). Total cost for the project $0! I had everything at home. And yes, I even did one of the dog....little MissyGirl! I am very happy with how they turned out and I think it adds so much to our living room!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I had these coasters that I found at the Target dollar spot many years ago. they were the glass kind that you slide in pictures and had a nice white border. Well, Luke hated them. Even more so when we had Isaac. He just knew Isaac was gonna cut his finger off with one of them :) I actually started not liking them after a while. The condensation just ran right off them them (defeating the purpose of the coaster) and cups always stuck to them then came crashing down. Too much drama. So they've just stayed stored away. Then my brain started working on how repurpose these.

I took off the photo pocket and scraped ( i mean seriously scraped) the white border off until I had a nice clean, clear glass square. I had seven of them. And this is what I ended up with!
I love it. Luke wasn't too sure about it, but when I was all done and they were displayed, he loved them.

It was pretty easy, once you got past the scraping. Of course, if you have floating frames or other plane glass panels, you won't have to go through the scraping. Then I picked a word and a simple design. I don't have a stencil maker so I picked easy fonts and design I knew I would be cutting them by hand. I printed it on card stock and cut away.
My initial plan was to glue the letter to the back of the glass, but, the mod podge showed badly and very messily on the front of the letters, so I just glued to the front of the glass. Uh, so fun. Except, I centered the "a" instead of putting it low to like up with the other letters, but you can't tell too badly.

Next hurdle, how to keep them standing. I walked the aisles of the Dollar Tree looking for something that would work. I found some cord clips. 16 for a dollar, not bad. I spray painted them black. When it was time to slide the glass panel in, I noticed that it wasn't completely sturdy and could very easily lean. So I just added a bit of hot glue for stability, and voila:It stands!! These were so easy and so fun. I was done in one day and I love love love what it adds to our living room! And total cost of the project.....$1! I had everything on hand except the cord clips. Which made Luke love it even more!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Goodwill Treasure

I found this amazing, oh so cute, little kid's table at goodwill the other day. The price...a whopping $5!! I'm excited for little Isaac boy to use it. I'm not too crazy about the colors so I definitely have my brain turning and turning about what I could do to it to make it Isaac-y. Unfortunately, because of my love for polka dots, that's all I ever go to. I'm trying to avoid polka dots in order to stretch my creativity more.

I would love any ideas that you all have!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Picture

Here are the pictures of my sweet family at the Christmas Eve Love Feast. (hear me screaming happily here!) Luke wore his bow tie proudly and everyone just ooo-ed and aww-ed at them.Oh I just can't stand it!!! HE'S SO CUTE!! and he's so precious to me. Thanks MaMa-WatWat (cathy watkins) for his awesome green corduroy Christmas pants!!!Here are the three of us. I know you can't see my necklace too well but it looked good. And I also mod-podged some shoes with red fabric at the last minute to give me more Christmas flare! I didn't take pictures though.

We had a great time celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Every time I think of what the angels told the shepherds, "Behold, I bring you GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY that will be for all people" , I just break down and cry. Thank you God, for coming to earth in the form of a baby and saving me from my sins. AMEN!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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