Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hope life has been good to you.

Facebook.  Probably all of us or at least most of us are familiar with the internet wonder modeled after MySpace (but way better!!) that helps us to reconnect with old high school pals, friends, church members, or helps us to stay in touch with those we're still close to.  

I received a friend request today from someone & I didn't recognize the name & the profile photo was not a straight on shot to at least help me try to remember a face, so before I accepted the friend request, I wrote a quick message pretty much saying, 'Who the heck are you & do I know you?'.  

The guy was nice enough to write back & shot off some other names of people he ran around with & he mentioned I was a cheerleader & was his life long crush (just kidding on that part), but that he was pretty sure he knew who I was. So, come to find out, yeah, he knew me, but I still couldn't quite remember him, so I gave him a link to our family blog just because I love to show off my family & I ended the reply message with "and I hope life has been good to you," to which he reiterated the same thing to me when he replied & then it hit me.  

Why do we say that?  Shouldn't it be more like, "I hope you've been good to your life," instead of "I hope life has been good to you,"?  Because what does "life" have to do with it?  Isn't it what we do with our life or how we react to what happens to us in our life?  

So, take a moment & think about it, "Have you been good to your life?"

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The God Particle

Mark & I have been following this news story closely.  It's downright amazing & scary.  I can't quite explain it myself because I barely understand it, but here is an excerpt from an excellent article in National Geographic, "Starting sometime in the coming months, two beams of particles will race in opposite directions around the tunnel, which forms an underground ring 17 miles in circumference. The particles will be guided by more than a thousand cylindrical, supercooled magnets, linked like sausages. At four locations the beams will converge, sending the particles crashing into each other at nearly the speed of light. If all goes right, matter will be transformed by the violent collisions into wads of energy, which will in turn condense back into various intriguing types of particles, some of them never seen before. That's the essence of experimental particle physics: You smash stuff together and see what other stuff comes out."

Scientists are trying to explain how the universe began. How we all became what we are, how the universe went from nothing into so many vast & complicated things.  

I have to sit back & wonder, what questions will this answer? Will it make us feel any differently about how the universe got its start?  Will our curiosity get the best of us in this situation?  What do you think?  The article is lengthy, but I highly recommend reading it.  It was pure fascination for me.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

That's it for tonight!

Okay, that's it for tonight. I have been sitting at this computer FAR TOO LONG!  I need to go cuddle with my hubby before we both crash land into dreamytime.  I hope you like some of my ideas!  I will probably pick 6-8 ideas to have the women sign up for. I even found a GREAT signup sheet over at which is a great website to peruse when you have the time!

I have some more great ideas I found tonight just for your own personal craft files. I'll try to share those later this week.

Idea #17 - Flower Magnets

Do you have any fun magnets on your fridge?  These would be just the thing to stick up all those great pictures from my kids!!  And so easy to make!  
Find them here!

Idea #17 - Scrabble Tile Pendant

This is one of my FAVORITE ideas & I'm sure I could get quite carried away with it! The instructions are here. I figured I could buy old scrabble tiles on Ebay or maybe even find some in old Scrabble games at thrift stores, the rest is easy to come by!  What fun!!  

Idea #16 - Formula Can Makeover

I use a can of formula a day & they are not recyclable, which just KILLS me, so I knew I could figure out something to do with them.  At Super Saturday I will bring the cans & tell people to bring paper, stickers, ribbon, whatever & they can decorate the cans for any holiday or occassion. I figured I could even plan to put out a few mixes, like soup or hot cocoa or cookies & you could scoop the mixture into the can & give it as a gift! 

Idea #15 - Card Organizer

This idea actually came from my mom, because she made one at a card class in Michigan, so I was so in love with it, a few months ago, I scooped up all the little containers Wal-Mart had & stored them in my craft room just in case I needed to make some of these for gifts or what not.  There are dividers inside so you can separate your cards.  I was using it just for homemade cards, but my friend Sybil, who has more common sense than I do, used it for her purchased stationary as well - brilliant I tell ya!  The containers are less than $3.00 at Wal-Mart, the ribbon you can grab for $.88 a roll at Big Lots or $1.00 a roll at Michael's & I'm sure on sale at lots of other places, like Hobby Lobby.  The dividers you make out of cardstock & jazz them up with your own paper & the front I just used some leftover letter stickers to spell out cards.  

Idea #14 - Antique Hearts Family Home Evening Board

There are about a million different ways to make a Family Home Evening Board, but I really like this one just for it's antique look & I know for a fact this project can be done VERY CHEAP!  I found it here. I would put a picture of the family members on each heart rather than just their names & I could probably use rub ons for the words above each knob.  

Idea #13 - Red Plate Tradition with matching placemat purse

I love this idea, but I don't think I would use the Christmas theme with it. I would still use a red plate, but a more common placemat with red in it so that I could use it for birthdays or any day where someone in our family needed to be honored.  Instructions on making both can be found here.

Idea #12 - Brass Plates Game

Sorry no picture, but go here & you can download the PDF file of this game. It is very well put together & if you printed it out in color, you could then laminate it so it would last & it would be a great family game to pull out on a Sunday night or for Family Home Evening. This website is incredible & worth a look when you have the time. 

Idea #11 - Embossed Velvet Table Runner

The only problem I foresee with this project is the price of velvet. I would scour Wal-Mart's clearance fabrics & maybe even Ebay. I thought this might appeal to the more seasoned set of women in our ward, those who would not care so much for the baby, cutesy stuff.  The embossing really does look so beautiful on this type of project & it only takes a stamp & an iron & the fabric of course.  Found it at mormonchic here.

Idea #10 - Fun with wooden block & letters

I just love wooden blocks & all the things you can do with them.  I especially love Halloween themed projects.  I spotted this one here.
I can't remember where I found this idea, but I sure do LOVE it!  

Idea #9 - Decorated Wipes Case

Totally love the skulls!! I have seen this idea used with the large wipe cases too. So easy, so simple, so stinkin' adorable!  I found this idea many, many places as well, sorry I don't have any specific links.  

Idea #8 - Decorated Burp Cloths

What fun!  If they're going to spit up on something, might as well make it look pretty! It will disguise the grossness of anything that lands on it, right?? I would give credit for this pic if I could remember where I got it from, but I can't, so sorry!! Dear way cute burp cloth maker, If you happen to see this post, please let me know this is your picture!  

Idea #7 - Onesies with Ties

Just too darn cute!!!  Found them here.

Idea #6 - Tag Blanket for Baby

I have blankets similar to this for my munchkins, but I know they would probably like these better.  Daphne in particular LOVES to chew on tags & the possibilities, once again, with this project, the fabric, the ribbon - just endless!  
Got the idea here.

UPDATE ON President Hinckley's B's!!!

I got a comment from the gal at Adhering Thoughts & they offer the vinyl lettering for the tile project for $8.75 for the 12x12 size!  HOLY COW! That's tremendous!  Gotta give a shout out to them for letting me know & a shout out because it's her project that's pictured! Thanks for the idea & the great price! THANK YOU!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

5 More Ideas Tomorrow, Maybe even 10!!!

I'll post more ideas tomorrow!  Gotta get back to cleaning so I have more time for crafting!!!!!

Idea #5 - Notebook/Pen/Crayon Roll Ups

I am addicted to notebooks & pens & this would be a great & absolutely fun & frivolous way to store my notebooks for different projects or ideas.  I found the tutorial here.  I love projects that give you such freedom in choosing color, fabric, ribbon. The possibilites are endless!  

Along this same line is the crayon roll up here. This would be awesome for the car or church!

Idea #4 - Looky Loo, I Spy Bottle, whatever you want to call it!

Once I mentioned I wanted to do something along these lines, I got tons of responses & different ways to do it. I don't have a photo of the actual way I want to do it, although I do have an actual example my friend, Amy, let me borrow.  This bottle idea is by far the fastes & cheapest.  Here are the instructions on this version. 

The actual version I would like to present is like a fabric envelope that you can open & the top is covered in vinyl which holds your "list" of things to look for & the bottom part is where you put the pellets or rice & all the little goodies to go searching for.  I figured you could even use cut up old jeans or flannel shirts to use for the backing which would be sturdy & virtually cost free! I'll post a pic later.

Idea #3 - President Hinckley's Be's

This was a highly requested craft. The only thing I don't like is the lettering (to purchase online) is not as cheap as I would like it to be. This website offers the cheapest price I have been able to find so far. I think the instructions are pretty self explanatory.

Idea #2 - Glittery Snow Candles

I need a way to simplify the instructions to suit a Super Saturday craft, but here are the instructions I do have. 

IDEA #1 - GLASS TEMPLE BLOCK with or without LIGHTS!

1. Temple Glass Shower Block
I hear you can get these shower blocks pretty inexpensively at your local hardware store, but I saw another version just yesterday where you buy a glass drill bit, make a hole in the back & add lights....oooooohhhh preeeetttttyyyyyy.  I am going to try to print my own vinyls to add. Buying them is somewhat costly & I like to offer the most inexpesive, but FABULOUS crafts I can!  Here is the lighted version that I stumbled upon here
and here.


I was recently called as Second Counselor in the Relief Society which makes me the Enrichment Counselor & since we don't have an Enrichment Leader & a very sparse Enrichment Committee, I was asked if I wanted to have a Super Saturday this year which was already scheduled for October 11th!  

If you have ever had the pleasure of attending a Super Saturday you know that it is very difficult to survive the holiday gift giving season without one, so YES I WILL HEAD IT UP! YES WE WILL BE HAVING ONE! AND YES, I WILL BE GLUED TO MY COMPUTER SEARCHING BLOG AFTER BLOG FOR SUPER SATURDAY IDEAS!  

So, I am going to post my ideas & finds here for that other poor soul that might be organizing a Super Saturday of her own. And if you feel so inclined to give me your opinion or improvements or ideas on anything I post, PLEASE DO! I LOVE INPUT!