Friday, October 24, 2014

Easy Silhouettes


Let's face it.  We all have a project that we've been 'meaning to get to'.   For me it was silhouettes of the kids.   It's been my plan since the day we moved in to get frames of them up and I've just never taken the opportunity to do it.  









 I was shopping at Ross a couple weeks ago and I knew this framed saying would be a great centerpiece to anchor the silhouette wall.  

It's been ages since I've tackled a great project anyway.  And with my long recovery at home, I might as well do something with my hands.  They turned out amazingly well!  I really love it and can't believe I waited so long.

I'll show you how I did it.






Now, when I say "the day we moved in" I'm not exaggerating.  My begin-with-the-end-in-mind self took these profile photos on the day we unloaded the truck at our new house.  It was nighttime, and I think they really enjoyed me forcing a pic before setting up their beds (snort).

I recommend doing it with better lighting, as I really hated the shadows I had to deal with when cutting.  

Why the day we moved in?  I wanted them to be the exact age in the silhouette that they were when we set foot in our new home.   Sappy.




In a Windows Photo Gallery I changed the saturation and tint so I could print them with just a bit of black ink, cuz I'm cheap.  You want plenty of contrast though, or the next step is too hard.




I cut them out, adding hair features and embellishing a bit (football game optional).  Printing the black & white version on regular paper made them easy to cut and retain facial features.  It still took me a few tries on a couple of the kids.  Even though they'd eventually be facing to the right, I kept flipping them to the white side to get a feel for how they'd look when solid color.  

I used my family for feedback.  If a kid hated how they looked, I realized I probably had to rework their details, and eventually everyone was happy.




After the paper templates were done I placed them on heavy black paper and traced.






I had to try two different cardstocks.  The weight of the first was too heavy and stiff.  Impossible to cut the details out.  A lighter weight one was perfect.






I found simple black frames at the dollar store and used a sky blue herringbone cardstock as a mat for the black profiles.  I just stuck them on the blue background with a tiny roll of scotch tape.

 I. LOVE. THEM.

 













It wasn't hard and it was so fun to do.  I spent $5 on the five frames at Dollar Tree and already had the paper on hand.



















 "First we had each other.  Then we had you.  Now we have everything"






I decided to find a moment and do something I've really been wanting.  And it's fabulous.   

We hung it last night and I've been smiling all day.



Linking up to Melissa's Under $10 Under 1 Hour Fall Party





In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread
Day 7 - End table vignette
Day 8 - Letting go
Day 9 - Repurpose
Day 10 - Lead me, guide me

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thoughts today




I had unexpected surgery 5 days ago.  I am recovering, and progress is slow.  Several thoughts on my mind.




Loving: the temperature today




Missing: my kiddo's last football game of the season today





Glad: that I live in a place with seasons to enjoy



Grateful: for all who have helped me over the last two weeks.  They are many.






Wishing: for a few new decor pieces for the house





Thankful: that Potter can help me out by driving when I can't



Listening: to this




Looking forward: to healing by Thanksgiving so I can host my extended family


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me



On Saturday this handsome kid had a date with a super nice girl to the Sadie Hawkins dance.


This was our first time meeting her and we were so glad, once again, for the good friends that he has chosen to surround himself with.  When kids get older they of course spend more and more time away from Mom and Dad.  We are required to trust that they'll make good decisions and that we've taught them correct principles.  The rest, truly, is up to them.  In the moment of decision Mom is rarely standing there.


During our family prayer on Saturday night Strider was voice.  He prayed for Potter because he was away from home, and then went on to ask that he'd have the spirit with him to make good choices while he was out.

Potter came home about an hour sooner than I expected him.  He told me that after the dance they'd gone to the home of someone else in their group and a movie was started.  He immediately felt uncomfortable and went out into another room with a couple other guys, also realizing his date was hiding out in the bathroom to escape the movie as well.   A prompt decision was made to excuse themselves and call it a night.

I am thankful for all parts of this story.  For Strider's timely request, for Heavenly Father watching over 16 yr old tender youth, for Potter and CL living worthy of the promptings of the Spirit.  I was reminded of how the Lord hears each word that ascends up toward heaven.

How blessed we are to be watched and known by Him! Find a moment today and thank Him - I will.





In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread
Day 7 - End table vignette
Day 8 - Letting go
Day 9 - Repurpose





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rethink and repurpose



We love to use the food that I can, like fruit and jam, etc.  But I hate dealing with the jar once it's been opened.  I read that the top of parmesan cheese containers fit canning jars, so I tried it last week when we finished off some cheese.

Presto!  Easy lid to the grape jam.  My kids are confused by it, but I think it's brilliant!  What can you find a moment to rethink or repurpose today?




In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread
Day 7 - End table vignette
Day 8 - Letting go

Friday, October 10, 2014

Letting go



This post has taken me a long time to write.  I'm dealing with some physical limitations right now, and it's causing me to feel rather low.  Even in the writing, deleting, adding, editing I've learned and healed.  And that's good.

See, I'm realizing that a lot of my self confidence stems from my to-do list, or rather, I measure my value and worth far too often by my level of productivity.  




So what happens when you're laid flat, unable to help, serve, lead, DO, in the normal way?  What then?

I'm one who isn't happy till the messes are cleaned up.  I'm the not-fun mom who makes you clean before play.  Who can't think straight in any conversation when there is a ton of clutter or stuff that should have been taken care of but hasn't yet. 

Lest ye think I live in a uber clean home, think again.  



I most certainly do not.  But I'm bothered by stupid little things all the time.




I spent a few days of this ordeal in utter denial about what I was up against.  Then two days having a breakdown (tantrum) because of all I couldn't do.  Because of how inconvenient it was right now to have a health setback.  Because of all the blessings I wasn't getting. 




I am a brat.  I have no right to be so short-sighted, so ungrateful.  I have been surrounded with love and support.  I still have thousands of other blessings.  I must learn to regroup, to focus on the essential instead of overwhelming myself with all the rest that I used to consider 'normal'.  

As I cried in the doctor's office and told him I was a busy mom who didn't have time for this, he gave me the oxygen analogy and reminded me how I need to take care of me - so I have something to offer my family.  Heavenly Father is surely weary of me already.  But I try to ask for understanding.  




Who am I without a to-do list and a full planner?  Who is the woman that remains when those trivial pieces of mortality are removed?

I know that:

I can still love my children even if I'm lying on the couch and their dad is the one waking them all up and getting ready for the day.

I can still care for them even if my friend is the one taking my daughter to school.

I can still want them to eat well even if the RS pres is the one bringing us dinner.

I can still have a testimony even if I have to play the voice recording to listen to my scripture study instead of reading the book since my head is buried face down in a pillow.

I can still ask my kids about their day and offer help and advice if I'm in bed or otherwise in a submissive posture.

My heart still is with RS even if I can't focus long enough to pick up the phone and call the sisters I'm supposed to be caring for.

...and so on.



I could go on and on about my realizations this week.  I hate that I'm hurting and not myself.  I know I can get better.  I know that it will most likely take more patience than I have right now, but I'm trying.  I don't want to be so prideful.  I just want to feel normal, and until I do I'll be humble and teachable.  




Because of my Savior I don't have to be perfect but I can learn in every circumstance.  I'll keep going.  We'll always do the essential stuff and if that's all that gets done, it's ok and I have to be okay with it.
My husband might have a heavier load for a small while but we can do this.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Inspiring quotes + end table vignette








I found another quote to use from my stash ripped from church magazines.



This one is a great reminder and just happens to have a lovely golden fall color, so it's perfect with the baby pumpkins.







Join me all month long while I find moments every day.  
Moments to connect, moments to improve, moments to live.

In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread