Friday, October 28, 2011

2x4 Pumpkins

A few awesome cousins and I got together and made some fun pumpkin decorations. Jessica Webb had learned how to do this in her Evening Relief Society (I'm pretty sure that is where she said she learned this), and she taught the rest of us how to make them.

What you need:
2 2x4s 6 in. long
2 2x4s 4.5 in. long
1 1.5x1.5x1.5 piece of 2x4
wood glue
orange and brown paint
scrap-booking paper in autumn shades

1. Sand the cut edges of the 2x4s to remove any rough places from the saw
2. Water down your orange and brown paints (so they are more of a wash... you want to be able to see the grain through the paint), and paint your pieces of wood. The four longest pieces get orange, and the small piece should be brown.

3. Pick out your scrapbook paper color scheme, and trim them to strips. You will need 4 strips just shorter than 6in., and 4 strips just shorter than 4.5 in.
4. Using either non-watered down brown paint, or a flame distress the edges of your papers. I have one side of my pumpkin where I used paint to distress the paper strips, and the other side I burned the edges (the paper burns very quickly, so you need to use extra caution).

5. Assemble your pumpkin as shown below,with the stem centered on the top. Glue pieces together.

6. Glue the papers onto either side of pumpkin.

7. If desired a decoration of ribbon, silk leaves, yarn, etc. can be put around the stem.

This project is very adaptable... for example, Jessica already had a pumpkin, so instead of painting the one she made with us orange, she used red and made and apple. If the lengths are adjusted a Christmas tree can be created.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My life

Well, my life has pretty much been revolving around my family the past two months. I dont' have a lot of new things to report. Mostly just Wyler pictures and videos...

Jessica, Kelleen, Llisel and I were doing pumpkin crafts yesterday. Wyler ended up sleeping the whole time. Right about the time we were all finishing our pumpkins Zach came home from work, and Wyler woke up fussing to eat. I went to go get him, when Zach walked out of the nursery holding Wyler. Whenever Wyler looked at Daddy's messy face he would grin real big. But then he'd look at me with a look that said I had better feed him soon. Then he would look back at Dad and start to grin again. It was pretty funny seeing his reaction to Zach's after work look...

Grandma Darla and Grandpa Theron watch Wyler on Tuesday nights. He almost always comes home with a new pair of pjs from Grandma.

He got a super cute outfit from Grandma Paralee, so I thought I would dress him in it for the day and snap a few pics... that way she could see him in it.

I put him on his tummy, wanting to get a picture of him holding his head up for the camera, but instead all I got was him talking to me, and staring at the camera that kept flashing at him...

I played a video of Wyler crying, at the same time he was crying. As soon as he heard himself he stopped crying, and tried to find the other baby...