Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Best Laid Plans

This week I was going to have all kinds of fun things to share...I really was. Unfortunately at 2:00 am CST on Wednesday,  February 19th my eldest son woke up and tossed his cookies. That started the downhill slide into stomach virus oblivion. I've bleach, washed, and disinfected everything in site. So much, in fact that my kids think I have a new fragrance called "Ode to Lysol".

This week, on Wednesday as a matter of fact, was my youngest son's 5th birthday. So this week we had all kinds of things planned. I was going to make fun birthday treats for his school. We were also supposed to have our first ever Lego Club meeting on Thursday, which isn't happening. In fact, I'm not going to make it into the salon at all this week, which is a total bummer. A couple other fun things didn't happen either, so now I'm just holding out hope that we still have a birthday party on Saturday.

On the upside, my house is pretty darn clean and you should be able to eat off the bathroom floor by now considering how much I've bleached it. Not that you should. ..It's just that if you wanted to, you could. .....But you shouldn't.

So hopefully I have some fun birthday party pics to share this weekend, so keep your fingers crossed. ..and your toes...and your legs. Cross everything humanly possible to send us your luck!

Happy Thursday.
Love,
Val

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sleigh Ride

In my last post, I promised I would share what we did last weekend and about how we had fun in the snow. I had so many pictures, thanks to my friend Linda, that I decided to just make a little slide show to showcase all the fun in one place. I think I’ll just let it speak for itself! I hope you enjoy it.

 

Happy Friday.

And Happy Valentine’s Day.

Love,
Val

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Silver

My Hubby, boys and I all went to a friend’s/family member’s house yesterday for some fun in the snow (which I will tell you about very soon) and after our outdoor fun, we all went in to warm up a bit with cookies and hot chocolate. After we had enjoyed our yummy snacks, my friend took my boys into her living room and they were all huddled around the computer. I went in to see what they were doing and she was showing them Lego movies that she had made with her Grandsons. I was very impressed as were my boys who immediately wanted to go home and make their own movie. So after a short tutorial from her on how to do it, I promised them that Sunday afternoon would be reserved for movie making. My son, Benjamin, was so into coming up with a script that he almost didn’t realize that he was using some of his Language Arts skills that we have been working on for the last few weeks. So here is the very first movie attempt we have ever made. In other words…please be kind…we aren’t professionals.

 

 

We definitely have some work to do for the next movie, but one thing is for sure, we had a blast doing it.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thanks so much for my friend/cousin Linda Mills for giving us this great idea!!

Happy Sunday.

Love,

Val

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lavender K, Felt Flowers and Purple Tutus

A friend of mine asked me to take photos of her newborn (who isn’t here quite yet) in about 10 days. As you can imagine I’ve been watching every video and reading every article about photographing newborns that I could find. One thing I really want to do is take a photo with the baby’s initial in it (the baby’s name will be Kenslee, as long as the sonograms are all correct!) So this week I’ve been making a wall hanging with the nursery colors in it so that after we use it in the photos, Momma can take it home and hang it up as a keepsake. So here is how I did it..

I bought a letter from Hobby Lobby that I estimate is about 16 inches tall and 8 inches wide.

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I also bought 3 pieces of scrapbook paper that had the colors of the nursery in them and then proceeded to tear them up in to several pieces. I then coated the letter in a liberal amount of Mod Podge and laid the paper all over it so it completely covered the whole letter and let it dry. Once it was dry, I trimmed the excess paper that was hanging off the edges and coated the whole thing with another coat of Mod Podge.

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Once that layer dried, I sponged white paint around the edges so no brown would show and then I sponged a little white all over the letter and then wiped it off quickly to give it a “white-washed” effect. Once the white paint dried, I then gave it a light coat of glitter because… well, it’s me we’re talking about here. You know it’s gotta have sparkle.

While I was at Hobby Lobby, I picked up a couple sheets of felt..

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…and I cut them into strips along the “long” side that was 1/2 inch wide. I then began rolling each strip to make a flower.

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Try not to get too perfect while you roll the felt. The more uneven you roll it, the more it looks like a flower. I secured the free end with a straight pin. I proceeded to make about 20 to 25 of these in different sizes and set aside.

Then I cut about 15,  2 inch sections of ribbon.

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I dabbed a dot of hot glue on the letter and placed the piece of ribbon it and let it dry. Then I carefully folded down the edges toward the middle and secured with more hot glue.

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This will be the “leaf” of the flower.

Just start building the leaves and flowers until you get something like this..

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After I had placed all my flowers I decided I needed more bling. I ran and got my beads and found some pretty faux pearls, self stick rhinestones, and sparkly beads that would go well with the colors and proceeded to fill in the gaps by hot gluing them onto the letter.

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So here is the final result of my crafty efforts..

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I think it’s going to look great with a purple tutu!! I can’t wait.

Happy Tuesday.

Love,

Val