Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Making General Conference Memorable

Conference is this weekend!  Is everybody prepared?  Are you having trouble coming up with good ideas to keep your kids involved?  I love coming up with traditions for my family.  Here are some great ideas to incorporate into your own family traditions at conference time!  I'm so excited to try some of them out (o:

Halloween Skeleton fence

This would make a cute centerpiece with a haunted house in the middle or a huge pumpkin etc.

Home Depot gives paint stir sticks for free - I tried to pay but they wouldn't take my money. 
You'll need quite a 30.  I cut the bones out on my cricut and used black paper to add a shadow.  I reccomend using the cheapest $1 spray paint from Walmart.  It looks more rustic. 

The paint job doesn't need to be perfect because most of them will be covered with bones on one side.
My husband cut most of the sticks down for the cross bars of the fence.  We used wood glue to assemble the fence and actually added some hinges so that it could fold up and be used in multiple ways.

I'm linking up to A little Tipsy's DIY under $5 and Lil' Luna

Easy Halloween kid craft

Aren't these the CUTEST ghosts ever?!?  My friend Angie made these while watching my girls!  What a fun and easy project!  My girls LOVE crafting and I LOVE these cute ghosts! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sucker display

I had the mister make these sucker stands for me the night before last years Halloween party and my nieces painted them up with chalkboard paint. I'm so happy with the way they turned out! I made these teeny suckers to display.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall wreath

Here's a great DIY fall wreath that will cost around $5.00
I started with a piece of cardboard cut into a square.  Paint your cardboard ( I didn't and wish I had) a fall color.  I hot glued dollar store fall leaves to cover the front.  The wreath is super light, super cute and super cheap!
Last year, that is all I did to my wreath.  This year, I cut a foam pumpkin from Michaels' 50% off bin in half and glued it to some brown paper (burlap would look way cute too - I just didn't have any) and taped it to the back of the wreath.  I really like the way it turned out.  If you don't want to do the pumpkin, it should cost only $4.00!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Temple block

I am in LOVE with the way my new temple blocks turned out!  They're way easy and way cute!  I used a scrap chunk of board, painted it black and roughed up the edges.  Mod-podge worked great for glueing the picture on.  I find if you use a roller to do your top layer of Mod-podge, you get a more professional looking texture.  Sometimes I'll just use a spounge brush and tap it on after applying the glue - same result as a roller.  I put a small finial on top and a small candlestick on the bottom with e-6000.  My inspiration comes from Lil' Luna who offers these BEAUTIFUL pictures of so many different temples distressed for FREE!  I also drew inspiration from Shanty2Chic.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Salt Lake Temple print

I found this great foam board backed print at D.I. for 75 cents!  My Dad and I made a frame for it using baseboard.  It's super lightweight and looks awesome in my dining room!  Hooray for D.I.!!!

Back to school routines and an upcycle pencil tube

Well, we're back into the swing of things and these little routines help SO much.  Rahel can't read yet so I just made them both with pictures.  The girls love marking off the items as they accomplish them.  I had them laminated so crayon can wipe off easily.  If they accomplish their routine each day, they can mark one of the boxes on the right.  If they finish all five boxes at the right, they get to choose a book from D.I. and earn a dollar.  They love it so far...

I couldn't fit the box of colored pencils into Faith's pencil box, so I used a paper towel roll and taped one end shut.  I hot-glued ribbon around the tube and glued a strip of stripey ribbon to hide the seam.  It fits perfectly and doesn't need a lid.  Faith LOVES it.  She's my artsy fartsy girl (o:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Storytelling dice

These are so fun for the girls!  They LOVE making up stories with the pictures they rolled!
I just painted up some craft blocks and used diamond glaze to glue on and seal pictures I printed.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

There is a spring in Logan Canyon that we decided to visit.  It was just breathtaking.  The water was SO blue!  There was a cave right next to the spring that we explored.

From the outside looking in...

From the inside looking out

The water really is this color!  It's FREEZING too (o;

Here are some ferns hanging from the ceiling of the spring cove

Look at the reflection of the sunset shining on the cliff above

We enjoyed a great dinner at the Pickleville Playhouse.  BBQ - yum!

Labor Day weekend at Grandma's house!

The girls spent Labor Day weekend at Grandma Lemon's house.  Hey ADORE Grandma Lemon's yard and the fun things there are to do there!
We all went hiking on Friday in Deep Canyon.  We used to go all the time when we lived in Mendon.  I miss how BEAUTIFUL Cache Valley is!

The girls used huge leaves as umbrellas on the hike (o: