Thursday, July 26, 2012

Big Brother Brag Book

In the month of June I hosted two baby showers that were a lot of fun! In the month of July those two moms have had their sweet little babies. Let me tell you, they are sweet and adorable little boys!

I wanted to do something special for the siblings of these babies. A keepsake for them about the birth of their new sibling. Something they can put together and remember all of those special moments and feelings. That's when the Big Brother Brag Book was born! (Big Sister Brag Book coming soon!)


I searched the internet for ideas. I was also hoping to find some free printables along the way. I kind of did, kind of didn't. I came across THIS website that had a free I'm a big brother/sister lapbook. So, I took one of their little matchbooks and made it into a full size page because I didn't want to make a lapbook.  =)


I wanted some other pre-made pages to put into the brag book. I realized I was going to have to make them myself. I figured it was doable. I ended up only making one more page for the book BUT I had my boys decorate some pages that the big brother could add pictures to. (For some reason I did not photo these. Who knows what I was thinking?)


There are several blank pages as well for the kids to fill with whatever their little hearts desire. We added a pocket in the front and put some colored pencils and stickers for decorating it with. The page I made had a big brother poem I found somewhere online with a space above that has a caption that reads, "Me and my brother". Totally sweet! (Again, I did not photo this. Wha???)


There you have it! A Big Brother Brag Book! The recipients of these books seemed pleased to receive them. I hope they treasure them for years to come.  =)

*I really want to share with you all what I did to make this book! With some printable templates! It is something I would have liked to have found on my search and was sad that I did not! I hope to put something together soon to share. First, I need to figure out how to put a pdf file on the blog! Keep an eye out! I plan on making a big sister one VERY soon!

Have a blessed day friends!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Grafted

Okay, okay... I know I said I would be posting some things I have worked on lately, and I will get there, but I just absolutely HAD to post about this film now! It is titled, Grafted. It is a wonderful film about adoption, of which the heart is the Gospel message.

Y'all know how dear to my heart adoption is! For the month of July you can watch this film for free. I should mention you may need a tissue, or two. It blessed my heart so much!



You can learn more about this film by clicking HERE.

And, while I am at it, don't forget about the adoption fundraiser going on at Good Things in Small Packages. So many wonderful items to bid on for a GREAT cause: to rescue 2 beautiful children of God! Items are still being added, so you may want to check back frequently.  =)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Treasury List

So, I just found out that one of my items was included in a Treasury List on Etsy! I am so thrilled that I just had to share with y'all!


I have a few other fun things I want to share. I will soon!

Until then, have a blessed day friends!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bear Clothes from an Old Onesie {Tutorial of Sorts}

My kids have been begging asking me to make some little shirts for their bears. You see, these aren't just ordinary bears, they are super heroes, aka Power Bears! I just love the imagination of children, don't you?!

Yesterday, I finally made the time to make these for them. I didn't want to spend any money on fabric, especially since we have many outgrown, stained onesies lying around! I knew that these would be the perfect material for this project, as it would be stretchable for the bear heads.


If you need a quick, fun project to do, or if your kids have been asking you to make some tiny clothes for stuffed animals, this is for you! It seriously only took about 15 minutes to make one. My kind of project! 

To get started you are going to need to take in to consideration the size of the bear you are making the shirt for. Since I was just making a shirt for a bear, I didn't do exact measurements. I kind of just eye balled it. How did I do that? Well, pretty much I just took a piece of scrap fabric and laid it over the bear, and made a few marks to where I would cut the neck, bottom, and arm holes.  I used this as my 'pattern'. It is very similar to a kimono style shirt, very boxy as you will see. Also, I did not finish the edges. Since knit fabric doesn't unravel, and it's only for some bear friends, I didn't think it was necessary. Of course, if you prefer a more finished look, go for it! =)









Thinking about it now, this would be a good beginners sewing project for kids also! Only a few cuts and straight sewing. Why didn't I think of this yesterday and have the children make their own bear clothes?! Live and learn I guess.

Have a blessed day friends!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Good Things in Small Packages Fundraiser

Hello friends! Do you remember a few weeks ago I mentioned an adoption fundraiser? Well, it is officially started! There are many wonderful items to bid on, including this Large Playful Rainbow Tote from me!  =)


All of the monies raised will go directly to the Sharp family to help them adopt TWO children from China, both of which have dwarfism. This is a fantastic way to help orphans in need! And remember, NO amount is too small with God!

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Good Things in Small Packages and check it out!!!

Have a blessed day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Foodie Friday: Simple Spring Rolls

Welcome to another Foodie Friday! This week I wanted to share one of my favorites with you all: Spring Rolls.

I think a lot of people are intimidated by these tasty little appetizers. I know I used to be! They really are a easy little things to make though. The recipe I am going to share is super SIMPLE. Very basic ingredients. The beauty of spring rolls is that you can put whatever your heart desires in them!

I tried to take step by step pictures. I hope they are easy to understand!  =)

First let's gather some ingredients:
This is the kind available at my local grocery store.
  • Spring roll shells
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil
  • any other veggies 


Now we are ready to begin!


The first thing you need to do is shred the veggies. I used my food processor for this. It is quick and easy! You could also use a cheese grater to shred the veggies if you do not have a food processor.
 
Next put some soy sauce and olive oil (you may be wondering how much? just a enough to cover the bottom with a layer) in a deep skillet and saute the shredded veggies for about 5-10 minutes.

Once finished, let the mixture cool. Now we will fill each shell with filling and wrap them up.

Filling station
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Step 4

There you have it! You have successfully made delightful spring rolls. That wasn't so bad now was it? ;) 

All that is left is cooking them, which, you could do in one of two ways: deep fry or bake. I bake mine. You can also FREEZE these and cook them later! I usually make a whole bunch, cook some, and freeze the rest. Yumminess whenever you have the craving!


To bake them, place them on a baking sheet and lightly spray all sides with olive oil. This will help them to be crispy. I usually bake them at 350* for about 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden.


 Enjoy and have a blessed day friends!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Life


My family and I are back from a wonderful visit in Kansas. We celebrated Independence day with some family, in a small town. I must say, there is nothing better! We had such a peaceful, relaxing week. I was sad to see it end.


Life out in the middle of somewhere is a real dream for me and my family. I long to look out and see nothing for miles around. Maybe one day that dream will become a reality.


A place where the kids can roam free, explore and enjoy life. Yup, that's the life my hubby and I would like to have. 


With well water pumped from the yard. It's a refreshing thought.


For now, we are back to the real world. It's a funny thing when vacation ends. When you have to leave a dream, wake up, and settle back in to the day to day humdrum. 

I decided to start my day off right though. I got out some fabric, and sat down at my sewing machine. I must admit, while doing all of that relaxing, I did miss my machine. We bonded off and on all day today. I finished one playful rainbow tote, with a larger one almost complete. I tote-ally LOVE this fabric! (The larger one will be donated to an adoption fundraiser. When I have more details, I'll definitely pass them on!)


:sigh: 

I'll take what I can get!

I hope y'all have had a blessed start to a new week too friends!



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