Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dipped Pine Cones



Back in February we went up the mountain with Jessica and Porter Webb to play in the snow.  While up there (right below the snow line) Jessica and I found some really cute small pinecones.  I took a bunch home with me to use for a Christmas craft at some point this year.

Shortly after getting them home I baked the bugs out of them, and put them in my big clear vase until I could decide what to do with them.

Fast forward to last week.  After perusing Pinterset for a good while I finally decided I wanted to dip my pinecones.  What to do with them after that I am still at a loss.

I spread some paper out on my table and plopped a chair on top of that.  I then tied about 20 cones to the bottom of the chair.  I took a paper cup, with the top half cut off, and filled it with paint.  I then proceeded to dip the bottom of the cones in the paint.  I let them dry and then cut them down.  The next night I did about 20 more (I've been doing this at night since I don't want my 3 year old and 1.5 year old helping...)  I still have one more batch to do tonight. 

The lighting in my dining room is annoyingly bad, so I had to bring in another lamp so I could see.  So that is why the lighting in the pictures is really off.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Tuscon Adventures and Answer Me This: The Final

I'm still here! I haven't dropped off the face of the earth... I have been working on spending less time on social media, and by doing so I haven't had much opportunities to write anything.

This past weekend Theron and Darla treated us to a trip to Tuscon to play at Breakers Water Park. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures. The first afternoon in town we got a bike for Zach so he can start biking to work and class.  We then went to dinner with Theron and Darla to In and Out. I'd heard of their secret menu, so I looked it upon the way over.  Their fries ordered Animal Style are pretty yummy. I'm going to have to make them here at home. (Fries, sauteed onions, Thousand Island dressing on the fries or burgers).

The next morning we headed to the water park. Poor James had a fever that day (found out the next day it was from teething)  he just got to sit back and chill, munching on fruit. Wyler however was having a blast playing in the water, snacking, going down water slides, playing in the sand/gravel, splashing....  At one point Zach and I took him up one of the big water slides, one you need an inner tube to go down.  I was worried he would be scared at first, but as soon as we mentioned a big slide he was excited. He was trying to get into the tube to go by himself before Zach could get in. He loved it. "Go down again, please!" Then the wave pol... loads of giggle each time he almost got knocked over with each wave.

 3 hours, and some sunburns later, we headed back to the hotel to clean up.  Then it was on to Texas Road House for dinner. By then James was back to normal, and was a hoot to watch during dinner. He loved the hot rolls. So much so that if I took to long to tear off several bites for him he would get rather frustrated and let me know he was not happy waiting.

After dinner we came back home and slept in our own beds.  And that ended the weekend adventures.


While Answe Me This is technically over I still haven't answered the last batch of questions I shared several weeks ago.  So here we go:

1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?

Lately I have been loving Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link. 

2. Who taught you to drive?

My parents mostly. I finished off my permit with my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Denise Richins. 

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

Cookies, cakes and such. Though I guess that is technically baking...

4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?

I am a hugger. One of my main love languages is touch, so I naturally, physically, reach out to those I care about. 

5. Where do you pray best?

Usually by my bed, right before bed. I am least likely to be interrupted at that time. If not by my he'd then in the shower. 

6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?

I saw my Grandma Sharon probably a month ago. And my Payne Grandparents... back in June I think. At the Lordsburg Ward swim party. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Iron Crafter: Embellish

This latest round of the Iron Crafter challenge was Embellish.

Several months ago I took an old wooden wine box, found at a garage sale a year or two before, and painted it green with a couple white stripes.  However I felt it wasn't done yet, but I didn't know what else it needed.  And I wasn't sure what to use it for.  So it has sat collecting dust until a week ago.


I was searching Pinterest for ideas, and found some great quotes about crafting.  A few minutes later as I was in the garage changing the laundry over I saw the box waiting for me to finish it.  It hit me... There was enough room on the lid for a fun quote and other embellishment along the white lines, that looked like ribbons.  And it was the perfect size, and had three compartments in it, to hold all my ribbon!  Yay!



So I decided on a quote, wrote it on the lid, and then let it sit for a few days trying to decide how else to embellish it.



While digging in my messy craft/storage room I came across some silk daisies.  However I couldn't find my hot glue gun.  I did find the superglue.  That should work out just as well right?  After I placed the flowers where I wanted them I held them in place for about 30 seconds to help them stay where I wanted them while the glue set up.  I pulled back... and the daisies left the box attached to my fingers.  Luckily they came off easily under running water.  I went back to the box, pulled three new blossoms off the stems, and tried again.  Thankfully I didn't attach myself to the project once more.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Answer Me This: Kitchen Aid Necklace, Quilts, and Senses

An another round of Answer Me This!  I promise I'll try to post something other than Answer Me This soon...

1. What’s something you've won and how did you win it?

I won an online "baking" contest.  My prize was some cute cupcake liners, and a kitchen aide necklace.  Even though the blogger who hosted it called it a baking contest I guess it was really a recipe contest.  You just send in one of your favorite recipes, then she sent them to her friends and family for them to make and grade.  I tied for first place.  Funny thing is, I don't remember which recipe I submitted.


Exactly like the necklace I won.  I'm pretty sure I found they Etsy shop it came from... at least the shop name is very familiar.  Charmtopia

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?

For a long time I kept all the cards and letters I got.  I have a bunch in a box somewhere.  The fun ones to read are the ones between me and a couple cousins when we were maybe 8.


Not my box of letters.  Mine is buried in our spare bedroom somewhere...
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3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I am not a big fan of shoes.  I like to go barefoot whenever I can.


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4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? 

One of our church leaders, Elder Jeffery R. Holland.  He came to Duncan to speak to the youth in our stake (a collection of wards/congregations) when I was about 12.


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5. What has been your best work of art?

My best work of art has been... umm.... gee I don't know.  I don't consider myself artistic.  I guess it would be the mystery quilt I made for Wyler a couple of years ago.




6.  What’s your strongest sense?

I don't really have one that is stronger than the others.  I guess touch would be it.


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Next weeks questions:


1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?

2. Who taught you to drive?

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?

5. Where do you pray best?

6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Answer Me This: Names, Mom, and Hot Chocolate

Answer Me This time!!

1. How did you get your name?

I was named after two amazing women, my Grandma Carolyn and Grandma Ruth. 

2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?

I pray every night, and try for every morning but unfortunately I miss more than not. I try to pray before meals, and any other time in between that I could use God's help or to thank him for help given. And I make sure to pray with the boys every night before they go to sleep.
3. Did your mom work or stay home (or both)?

She was/is a stay at home mom. I loved knowing she was there if something went wrong at school she could come, that she would he there waiting for us when we got home from school.  I remember a time when I was in the second or third grade I got sick at school. The school couldn't get ahold of my mom (she was gone to town shopping) so I had to go home with a relative. I remember that mom not being able to come really bothered me, and from that day on I knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom, just like mine. 

4. Do you vote?

I do vote. It is a right/privilege that men lost their lives to get and protect for us. Also if you don't vote you don't have the right to complain about whom ever is in office. 

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5. What's your favorite drink?

Hot chocolate.  Sadly it doesn't get cold for very long here, so I have a limited amount of time when I can actually enjoy it, since I don't want to drink something hot when it is in the 100's outside.
6. How are your photography skills?

Good enough to point and shoot day to day life. Not good enough for anything else.

Next weeks questions are:

1. What’s something you've won and how did you win it?

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?

3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? 

5. What has been your best work of art?


6.  What’s your strongest sense?