December 31, 2010

Favorite Projects of 2010

I thought it would be fun to do a year in review post like a lot of bloggers have done these last few days.  I picked my favorite post from each month to share with you.

FEBRUARY

February was the month I started my blog.  This was one of my first tutorials.  It was a Hurly-inspired (bleach pen) hoodie I made for a nephew.


MARCH

This is Gunny.  He strikes fear into all children.  Why?  Because he eats up toys that aren't put away.  It works like magic around our house. 


APRIL

I wanted to make some fun pillows for our family room.  These You and Me Pillows make me smile when I look at them.  They add a little personality to the room.


MAY

The Playroom was so much fun to complete.  I think the kid in me gets even more ridiculously excited than my kids do about stuff like this.


JUNE

The Photography Series part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 were really fun to put together as well.

Before:

After:

JULY

I felt like we were having a slumber party during hair week!  Hair week featured tips on styling, hair-dos, and hair accessories.


AUGUST

I had to pick two things in August because I couldn't decide which one was my favorite.

Rex's Little Man Tea Party was a blast to do.


The Upcycled Boy Hats have been a favorite because I have loved seeing all of your fantastic versions of them.


SEPTEMBER

The Autumn Bloom Belt made the cut because I love autumn colors so much!


OCTOBER

Getting The Craft Room done felt really good.


NOVEMBER

The Upcycled T-shirt Dress makes me want to have a little girl.  I do have nieces, though, so I'll be okay even if I never get a girl myself.


DECEMBER

The Good Deed Advent made our Christmas really special.  Rex would wake up and ask about "his service" for the day.  One of my favorite moments was when his good deed was to give compliments to strangers.  This one was hard for him to do, but it melted me heart when he told a random, kind lady in a store that he loved her.  He was so cute about it.


I have had so much fun sharing my projects, ideas, and thoughts with all of you this year.  Thank you for being a part of my blog.  Happy New Year!

See you next year.

December 29, 2010

Lights at Temple Square

It's been nice to get some things done this week.  We've green-machined the couches and stairs, pulled out clothes from the boys' closets that don't fit and rearranged the clothing bins, taken down the Christmas decorations, and we've squeezed in a few fun things.

One of our family traditions is to see the lights at temple square.  They are incredible.


The boys liked it, too.  (That's Rex doing the Ironman pose.  He has officially requested that I stop calling him Rex and start calling him only Ironman.  Maybe next he'll just go by a symbol like Prince.) 


I love snuggling this little guy.


I hope you're all having a great end of the year....getting things finished and squeezing in some fun stuff, too.

December 27, 2010

Holidays

Our holidays have been very full this year. 

Full of PEACE.


Full of JOY.


Full of LOVE.


Hope yours have been, too.

I'm just kidding with the pictures.  It actually has been a wonderful holiday season.  I'm enjoying time with my hubby, since he's not working this week.  That's the best Christmas present ever to me.

December 25, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...

Just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas!  I had my hubby take a few shots of the boys and me on Sunday.  This was our best one :)


I truly hope you're having a wonderful, meaningful day with your family or friends.

Thanks for reading my blog.

December 20, 2010

Hibernating

Well, it's the week of Christmas.  I'm busy.  You're busy.  Let's take a breather, shall we?

Yes, I've decided to hibernate for the rest of the year.  I want to enjoy the last bit of this year exclusively with my family.  I might drop in here and there, but there won't be any tutorials until next year. 


(I think we're tight enough now for you to see my in my sleeper.  I have a few of them.  They rock.)

See you later.  Thanks!

December 19, 2010

Sunshine Sunday - family hikes, chubby cheeks, and mighty beans

We went on a little hike the other day when the weather was nice.  I like to linger behind so I can take pictures without them knowing.  This is my favorite view.


I also love seeing my three boys all in hats.


The only way to get a real smile from Rex right now is for someone to fake a bodily function.  That's what my hubby is doing here.  Yeah, we're classy like that.


I am SO in love with these cheeks.  I know someday they won't look like this, so I'm squeezing in as many kisses as possible right now.


Baden's build is so much different than Rex's.  Rex is a string bean and I've been calling Baden the Mighty Bean.  Have you seen those in the store?  They're these chunky oval-shaped characters that roll around in a funny way.  (Rex is getting some for Christmas....shhhh...don't tell him :)


And just to prove that he does smile sometimes, here's one last picture.


What's your favorite thing to do as a family?

Thanks for dropping in.

December 18, 2010

Soapbox Saturday - the Library

Today I want to declare my strong love for our library.  Yes, I LOVE the library.  Let me tell you exactly why.

1) There are days when we need to get out of the house and I don't want or need to go shopping.  I don't want to spend money and I need to do something my boys will enjoy.  The perfect solution?  The library.

2) I fell in love with Project Runway last season.  It was the first season I had watched and I instantly wanted more.  I didn't want to join Net Flicks just to watch them.  No problem.  I can reserve them from the library online and they e-mail me when it's ready to be picked up!  It's like having a friend that owns every movie.  Yeah baby!

3) I want to introduce lots of different books to my boys, but I don't want to spend all our money on a billion books and it's hard to know which ones are going to be good.  When I check them out at the library it's not a big deal if we get one that isn't great.  We've got twelve other ones to read and I didn't have to spend any money.

4) I have seriously considered dumping our cable because we can check out DVDs for the boys at the library.  They even had old school Transformers and lots of weird old shows Rex loves.

Lately we've found some amazing pop-up books.  Wow, they have come a long way since I was a kid!  Check these out.


This one even has the Lasso of Truth.  Look out.


So, thank you library for loaning us your cool books and shows.  Thank you for not minding that my boys don't really understand the meaning of the word "whisper."  Thank you for giving us someplace to hang out when the weather is cold and we need a little excitement.  Thank you for having that cool conveyer to return the books on.  (I even think that's pretty fun.)  You rock.

What's your favorite thing about the library?

December 17, 2010

You Roared

Alright, it's time for another round of You Roared because you guys have been busy and my inbox if full!  Let's take a peek at what you've all been making:


Some of you have already made the Nativity Blocks.

These are from 4 Bergs Crafts


Crafty Erin made a whole lot of them to share with family.


Kelly used freezer paper stenciling to make these Christmas onesies for her nephews.


Sara used freezer paper stenciling to make her daughter's onesie, completing her absolutely awesome Halloween costume.


Charity from Everything Nice made Disney's Cozy Button Wrap.


Let's see some Upcycled T-shirt Dresses!

Kristin at Lu Bird Baby made this one.  I love the ruffled bottom.


Kristin made her adorable daughter a super cute one.


Here's a fun take on it by The Painted Studio.


Kara's Creative Place made this sweet one.


Sydney made this fun pink one for her daughter.


Laura from Pickled Pink made this rockin' version.


Deen from I Make Stuff made this one...


...and she made the What's Up Weekly Board.


Kim from A Girl and a Glue Gun made these awesome girl versions of the Upcycled Boy Hats.


Mishka made this cool tee with a Bleach Pen.


Sweet Pea and JoJo used a bleach pen for her railroad tracks.




Ellie stenciled and flossed this hat like the Brimmed Beanie.


The Country Girl Chronicles made a super cute ABC book.


Diane took inspiration from the Be Sign and made this gorgeous Oh Holy Night canvas.


Great work ladies!  Thank you for sharing your creations with me.  It means a lot to me.

Feel free to encourage and cheer each other on in the comment section.

Thanks for reading.  See you tomorrow.

December 16, 2010

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly...

Okay, let's have a little flashback.  Do you remember Gunny?  I made him a while back.  He eats up all the toys my kids don't pick up.


Well, my sister took the idea of Gunny and made something I thought was so cute.  It's a gift for our boys' preschool teacher.  Remember the song "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..."?  Well, she made an old lady and all the animals that go with the song. 


That way when they sing that song at preschool they can actually act it out.


Just open up her mouth and throw the animal in.


Check out her cute animals!


Aren't they so fun?


I think the old lady is SO funny.  I love the bun in her hair and her pearl earrings.


I think the kids in preschool are going to love it.


Feel free to show my sister some comment love.

Thanks for dropping by.

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