My mom seems to like Pinterest about as much as I do. She regularly sends me cute projects, quotes, kid crafts, just about anything she thinks I will like. (Which happens to be just about everything…) She recently sent me a picture of some crochet snails, and after a little searching, I managed to find the pattern. (You can find it here if you are interested.)

dsc_0088I just fell in love with these little guys and have now made four. They are super easy to make. Well, all except for the antennae, which are just a little too small for my big fingers. I still have a dozen more color combinations I would like to make, so who knows how many I will end up with when I am finished.

dsc_0073Thank you for sharing, Mom. Keep the super cute ideas and projects coming! Please. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is always so much fun. Normally I buy everyone a little stuffy and more candy than they need, but this year our family is doing a sugar challenge, so I had to get a little more creative. Since today is a holiday, we are technically allowed to consume sugar without it counting against us, but I still wanted to make the day a little healthier than I had in the past.


This is where Pinterest came into play. I simply searched “Valentine,” and then spent the next hour perusing some of the cutest ideas on the planet. I had quite a list of ideas, but to do them all would have been overkill, so I had to narrow it down. I then had to narrow it down even further once I realized that some of the things I would need would not be available in our little town.

dsc_0086I had a blast putting together these silly little gifts for the family. My kids may be getting older, but they still love getting things like play-dough and hot wheels. The fun thing was that I got to make them a “Valentine” lunch with Awesome-sauce, “Wild” animal crackers, and an orange with a cute little message on it. Rob’s treats were a little more grown up, but with cashews and sushi, I think even he is looking forward to lunch today. 🙂


Think you Pinterest for all the fun ideas! Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


While searching for a new crochet project to work on, I came upon a super-cute picture of a monster crayon holder. I could not find the pattern, so I decided to see if I could figure it out by myself. I usually do not trust my skills enough to try something on my own, but these little guys seemed relatively straight forward.


I actually was able to get the body on the first try, but the head took me a couple tries to get it the way I wanted. The horns took a couple tries, too. My problem was usually that I made parts a little too big. Or too pointy. I am still not sure I like the fangs, but until I figure out another way to make them, these will have to do.


I had to make some adjustments after the first one, moving fangs and such, and they do look a little different from the picture I saw, but I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I think I may make a few more using different color combinations. I am just excited that I was able to make something without a step-by-step pattern!



Alright, I admit it, I am a slacker. My kids go off to school everyday, my husband goes off to work, and here I sit, twiddling my thumbs. So, why, you may ask, has it been almost a month since I have updated you on… well, anything? There really is a logical explanation. You see… ahh… I um… Okay, so maybe there is no good excuse save for my aforementioned statement: I am a slacker.

I assumed that when the kids started school, I would blog everyday simply because I would have nothing else going on. That has not been the case. Then I started the Photo 101 program back in early November thinking that it would get me back into the habit of blogging again, but I was bored after the first week. Then I planned on posting on Thanksgiving, which I never got around to doing. Apparently I was too busy eating pumpkin pie and cheering for the Seahawks. (Who won, by the way, just in case you missed the game…) Then I planned on posting every day in December, which I have already failed at since yesterday was the first, and, obviously, I forgot to post.

The funny thing is that I lay in bed at night and have all these ideas and thoughts running through my head. And I think to myself that first thing in the morning, l will share them. But once morning comes, they are gone. Well, not technically gone I guess, the ideas are still there, I just cannot seem to remember exactly how I wanted to share them. If I were a smart girl, I would either a.) get out of bed and write my ideas down before they get lost in my sleep, or b.) I would simply blog at night, when my mind is most active. The problem with getting up to write down my ideas is that I am already so warm and comfortably snuggled into my bed. And the problem with blogging at night is that once my kids head off to bed, my brain turns to ‘read mode.’ I am very much a night-owl, so I used to be able to do both, but now that I have to get up 5:30am to get my kids off to school, I turn into a pumpkin around 9ish.

Truth is, I am absolutely amazed at just how fast the days go. In theory, I should have time to clean the house, shower, blog, work on a project or two and still have time to spare before the family comes home. But I really don’t. I usually find myself rushing around at the last minute trying to put my stuff away and figure out something to make for dinner. If I am successful, I have my act together before anyone gets home, if I’m not, (which is more often the case) well, I am sure the other four members of the family are wondering the same thing as you: What on earth does she do all day?

Many moons ago, I enjoyed making crafts, but with three kids running around, there was not much free time for such things. Until last summer, it had been years since I had really picked up a project. You see, my very dear friend had a birthday coming up, and it just so happened that we were going to be back in Idaho for the occasion, and I wanted very much to make her something. I did not have time to make a cross-stitch picture, so I decided to learn how to crochet. I was a master at making chains (very, very long chains), but my skills ended there.

So after much snooping, I came upon a pattern for some slippers. Now that I think about it, I am not sure how many people actually want crochet slippers for their birthday, but that is what I made for her. I used all of my very limited skills to put together a pair of slippers that fell off her feet. But I had so much fun making them for her.

If fact, I had so much fun that after I finished her slippers, I made a pair for each of the kids. I even put little pom-pom’s on Catheryn’s to turn them into Tinkerbell slippers. When I ran out of people to make slippers for, I ventured into the world of granny squares. I made what felt like a million and a half squares and then crocheted them together into my very first afghan. Then I found a pattern for a Care Bear and I actually was somewhat successful at making Catheryn a Grumpy Bear for Christmas. Now I am making snowmen, just because they are cute. I have made toy nets and scarves for Care Bears and a snow hat for Nathan’s favorite CowCow. I have learned so many new things in the last few months.

And I have loved every minute of it. I had forgotten how therapeutic making things could be. How good it feels to make something with your own hands. How nice it is to give somebody a gift that you put your heart into. And to think, it all started with a pair of slippers for my favorite curly-haired friend…

Of course when the kids come home and ask what I did all day, I can’t very well tell them that I have been making them gifts for Christmas, so I just smile and say, ‘Ah, not much.’ And then we sit down to the meal that must have taken me all day to prepare…

Playing with Fire

A couple of years ago when we camped with Rob’s sister and her husband, they brought along these dandy little homemade fire starters. They consisted of wax and sap and a birthday candle in an egg carton. Rob had been wanting to try making some ever since, but we never managed to get around to it.

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The last time we were at the craft store we picked up some wax and wicks, we gathered sap from Chester State Park in South Carolina, and we saved our last egg carton, just in case we ever got around to making some.

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Such an opportunity came yesterday.

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The sap was placed in the egg carton while the wax was put on the grill to melt. Once the wax melted, we poured it in the egg carton on top of the sap. We then stuck a wick in each one. Then all we had to do was wait for them to cool.

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Once they were cool, Rob cut them apart into individual fire starters.

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Nathan, who was very anxious to start a fire, was more than willing to try one out. All it took was one, and he had his little fire started.

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Before he knew it, he had a nice, roaring fire that he was extremely proud of.

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We put the rest of the fire starters in our packs and camping gear so that we will have some with us whenever we are out in the woods. We even ended up with extra wax and wicks so that we can make more once we get more sap. Thank you Jim and Mary Beth for the great idea!

Holiday Kick-Off

It doesn’t seem like it should be time for Christmas trees and crafts yet, but apparently the year has gone by much faster than I had thought. 

The C.M. Russell Museum sponsored A Toyland Celebration this weekend.  A whole room on the lower level was filled with art projects for kids to do.  They were able to decorate cookies, make Christmas cards, sock people and ornaments.  There was even a man walking around who all the kids were convinced was Santa.   

The museum was offering free admission for the weekend, so Rob wandered around through the art for a little bit.  There is so much to see, but we are going to have to plan that for a day when the kids have something else going on.  They aren’t ready for that type of museum just yet.   

Today we made our way over to the St. Thomas Children and Family Center for more activities.  They had big, beautiful baskets they were raffling off, so we let each of the kids pick their favorite.  We must not have won any, though, because they never called.    

The Home Depot sponsored a project in one of the rooms, so the kids were able to make their own little tool box.  With at least a dozen hammers going at once, it was a very loud room.  The kids were oblivious and had a great time. 

The center had beautiful trees on display and there were Christmas Carols being sung by a children’s choir.  As we were leaving there were a bunch of cheerleaders heading in, so apparently there was more entertainment on its way. 

It was a really fun weekend for the kids and we had fun tagging along, too.  It is wonderful that so many organizations put together free activities for family fun.  Christmas is definitely on its way, and this was a great way to kick off the Season.  Next stop, Santa Clause, because all three of the kids are dying to ask him for a pillow pet…