Pirate Party Free Printables!

October 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Dear friend,

Last weekend my cousin Tiff threw a pirate party for her cutie little girl that was turning 4.  When McGilly was turning 1 I made all these printables for a pirate party but then decided to go simple since she wasn’t really even going to know what was going on-I finally got to see these printables in action and now I am sharing them with you!  Tomorrow I am going to post a party planner with games, food, crafts, and music to use at your party.  Take a look!

  

This is the invite, it can be given presented in lots of ways but the idea was to create an invite that was cheap to print and interactive.

  • My idea was to print this on 11X17 and fold it in 6th’s and put in a  5X5 black envelope {When you fold it that way and put it so the bottom middle panel shows it says, “You are invited” as soon as they pull it out.  Then deliver with a mini sized watercolor set or a set of crayons so that the invited child could color the invite.
  • My cousin Tiff rolled it up like a treasure map and wrapped it with an eyepatch.
  • Another fun idea would be to clean out pop bottles and roll up the invites and slide them in and then recap…did you know you can ship just about anything?  Take it to the postoffice, have it weighed, use a permanent marker to address them or slap on some labels and ship.

 
These are the thank you cards.  Tiff had her cutie sign the cards and she put them in the favor bags {her favor bags included: a pirate flag, a pirate telescope, candy from the pinata, a captains hook, a cardboard pirate hat, and all kinds of goodies gathered in the treasure hunt and pinata blow out.

 
 

Check back soon for a party guide with all kinds of ideas from this party and my pirate week I celebrated in my kindergarten class.  For now I hope you enjoy these pirate printables.  Download them below:

{Banner Alphabet}

{Happy Birthday Banner}

{Cake Topper}

{Cupcake Toppers}

{Pattern Paper}

{Invitation Back}

{Invitation Front}

{Pirate Icons}

{Thank You Card Girl}

{Thank You Card Boy}

{Thank You Inside}

Thanks for visiting,

Ash

No. 6 Faith and Family Doodle

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friends,

This week I was reading on sweet Clara’s blog, and her mom always ends each post with some inspiring thought.  This one caught my eye,

 “In this world of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities.  Famlies lie at the center of our Heavenly Father’s plan.”

In this talk Elder L. Tom Perry talks of the importance of family and all the things we can do on this Earth to help build and support ours.  This is my most important missionary work, to share with my children the joy that the gospel, my faith and my Heavenly Father have brought to my life.  I could not imagine living a life without Him.  I went over and read the talk this was from and he went on to say,

“We need to make our homes a place of refuge from the storm, which is increasing in intensity all about us…our families are not yet ours.  The Lord has committed them to us to see how we will treat them.  Only if we are faithful will they be given us forever.  What we do on Earth determines whether or not we will be worthy to become heavenly parents.”

Pretty heavy stuff…but how wonderful it is we are not only given this council but given all the tools we need to full fill this responsibility.  So today as an intro to Family and Faith Fridays I wanted to show you the places I find some of my guidance in trying to be everything that I can be to my hubby and sweet McGilly.

On the LDS website there section called Happiness in Family Life, it is broken up into 10 parts, 8 of which are imperative to happiness in the home and beautiful tools in aiding us in building up our own families (the other two parts are great two but they are activities and resources).  The eight are faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, and work.  The great thing about these topics is that whether you are LDS or not, these topics can help us to make this world a little better place through our children.

Here were some of my favorite quotes from the pages,

 “Near the end of his life, one father looked back on how he had spent his time on earth. An acclaimed, respected author of numerous scholarly works, he said, ‘I wish I had written one less book and taken my children fishing more often.’ Time passes quickly. Many parents say that it seems like yesterday that their children were born. Now those children are grown, perhaps with children of their own. ‘Where did the years go?’ they ask. We cannot call back time that is past, we cannot stop time that now is, and we cannot experience the future in our present state. Time is a gift, a treasure not to be put aside for the future but to be used wisely in the present.”

“Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). On this simple phrase hangs the success of every marriage and family. In the light of Christ’s love we see our family’s divine potential. We love them with all our heart, soul, and mind. And as we do, our ordinary family is transformed into an extraordinary one.”

“We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other as we approach God together through family prayer, gospel study, and Sunday worship.”

I grew up a member of the church but my family was not active.  After I met my husband was one of the first times I prayed aloud (and I had to write it down first), read the Book of Mormon, and attended church regularly.  I always knew that the church was good and I thought I knew it was true, but it was more because of the faith of others.  I had a strong relationship with my Father in Heaven he had helped me through many difficult times and I knew Him.  When my husband asked me to marry him in the temple.  I knew that I had always wanted that but I wanted to make sure it was because it was the right thing and not just that I had grown up in a society that temple marriage was revered and even expected by some.  This led to fervently reading the Book of Mormon from front to back in a short period of time and an intense amount of prayer.  I tested what I thought was right and it turned into what I knew was right and I have never once looked back.   The gospel, the teachings of a latter-day prophet and apostles, the knowledge and testimony that I have of Joseph Smith and that he restored the priesthood and the true church to this Earth has not only enriched my life but brought me more joy and strength than I can begin to explain.

I want to try on these Fridays to put into words the miracles that faith has brought into my life.  I want it as a record for my sweet McGilly and if by chance it can help one other person it would do my heart good.

Have a fantastic weekend and make sure to check back tomorrow, Service Saturday, for some free printables to help you in brightening some one else’s day…oh yes and Monday for some awesome new additions to your wonder hour box–8 activities to be exact.

Ash

No. 5 Doodle Salutations

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well hello there,

I can’t tell you how excited I was when-while playing around in illustrator with this sketch-I discovered that I could make a clipping mask from the negative parts.  Clipping masks have to be my favorite thing I have learned about in Illustrator so far.  I learned how to use one from Jenn on Good Look Cook Book.  Good Look Cook Book is a design kitchen with recipes from very talented designers, one day I want to write a recipe for them.  Alma Loveland has a few recipes in the cook book and she is a fantastic teacher I am saving my pennies to take her online course on this lovely program called Illustrator.  I seriously got giddy like a little kid-what is wrong with me-but it is just so fun to think of something in your head and then be able to create it.  I have too many to count brewing right now because of this new skill I discovered.

Inspiration?  Every morning since McGilly was born, after picking her up out of her cradle or crib, we have opened the blinds in her room, let in the sunshine and said, yes you guessed it, “Hello world, what have you got for me today?”

Speaking of, guess who I hear babbling into the monitor, McGilly just woke up…lets talk tomorrow.

Have a fantastic friday night!

Hoooo is the coolest?  Yooou are the coolest.  {Sorry I couldn’t resist},

Ash

No. 4 Doodle Apple a Day

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

You are the apple of my eye or appley dappley…hmm?

This was a twitter version of my doodle day challenge {quick and to the point}-the blog design has to be ready for the launch tomorrow which means I am working on a little last minute coding.

I made the apple using an oval and the anchor + tool in illustrator and then sketched a smile, scanned, and added color…voila!  A sweet little apple for you and all the lovely teachers in Heber and Midway, Utah-School’s Out for Summer!  If only it felt like summer, I wore a sweater all day…silly weather.

Love, love,

Ash

Two Penny Blue Mom is Here.

June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello Friend,

Well here we are the first official post of Two Penny Blue Mom and I am excited.  If this post doesn’t have enough text for you, skip and a hop over to the about page for some background information about how this little blog came to be.  To cut to the chase, I wanted to begin a blog that was a journal of my everyday and one that was supporting all the things that I am focusing on right now in my life.  So, I decided to come up with a set of life focuses that define my goals right now for myself and my family and then create a blogging schedule that integrates those things.  So without further ado, here is Life focus No.1 through 4…

Spiritual focus is the first on my list because it is core and center to my life.  Without the gospel without my relationship with my Savior my life would be empty… to put it frankly.  So this focus is about strengthening and nurturing my relationship with my Heavenly Father.  Following Christ’s example is the foundation for this focus.

Taking care of myself so I can take care of others is at the root of this focus.  Taking care of myself tends to fall to the bottom of the list when life gets hectic.  I am going to make sure to take care of myself spiritually {life focus #1}, physically {exercise & nutrition}, and emotionally {finding time for my passion, life focus #4}.  I also want to live a grateful life no matter the place I am at, always be grateful.

My lovely lovely family.  This focus is about first my tall dark and handsome hubby {his grandma used to call him that} and McGilly my 14 month old little girl with the chubby cheeks, her daddy’s eyes and crazy amounts of dark hair.  This focus also includes all of my extended family, who I love oh so much. This focus is especially about not multi-tasking McGilly’s Childhood away,  I want to get down on her level each day and relish in those tender sweet moments.  And about actively strengthening my relationship with my best friend, my hubby, through snippets of us time and keeping kindness and gratitude a part of our daily interaction.  This focus also includes serving others not in my family here on Earth but being aware of all those in our realm of influence and seeking out opportunities to serve and help others.

Last but not least is to create, and keeping my passion for those things that have made me who I am {teaching, art, poetry, creating pretty things}.  I want to meld who I was before I became a mom and new founded motherhood into one, I believe I do this by still seeking after those things I cherished before-helping children, teaching, learning new things, admiring beautiful things, creating new things with new mediums and sharing those with my children {well child and future children}.  My goal as of late is learning the adobe suite, and spending more time hands on creating.  I love creating with fabric, sculpting, photography, graphic design, beautiful correspondence, lovely packaging and really making anything aesthetic to the eye through color and shape. So…this focus will be about creating beauty.

In my religion we have 13 articles of faith to live by and the 13th is one of my favorite sayings on this topic-

“…If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

Okay so there you have it, my mini manifesto.  Next is my blogging schedule…

Monday is my Momma Monday- this day will share fun activities from mine and McGilly’s week and spotlight anything exciting we did.  I can envision sharing printables and DIY’s so you can try them out at home.Tuesday is Teacher Tuesday-this day is going to help me stay connected with the profession I love so much and I will be sharing lots of fun ideas and printables from my teaching days and also information from my experience.Wednesday is Weigh-in Wednesday- one of the first things to go when I get under the gun is taking care of myself.  This is going to make me change that.  I will explain more next Wednesday.Thursday is Thankful Thursday- a quick post to be thankful for from the week.Friday is Family and Faith Friday- On this day I am going to talk about, you guessed it, my family and my faith, and show any Family Home Evening fun I find or create and anything wonderful I have spotted across the web.Service Saturday- Because I think that acts service whenever possible should be anonymous, I will link to stories of service rendered to others, fun free printables to aid you in your service endeavors, and fun ideas for serving the ones you love.

Intertwined will be my Doodles of the Day {my 20 min challenge to doodle and design something regularly- you can see all the posts so far under the doodle day category in the left column}  and my Mail for McGilly {a letter from me to my munchkin as journaling has become harder and harder since starting a blog}.

Whew…well if you read all of that you are better than I, I am a visual reader when I frequent my favorite blogs but this was meant more for me  to commit to myself to my mini manifesto, verbalize my goals, and introduce you to Two Penny Blue Mom.

Have a lovely lovely weekend, see you for Momma Monday,

Ash

No. 3 Doodle Berry Day

June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello Friends,


Here is my doodle of the day-I decided to break out the watercolors… here is the sketch scanned in…
and here is something fun out of them, so cheery!

This has been so much fun, now I just need to find a little time to clean them up and make some printables for me and for you…that is if you would like some-and Miekel, the 1st cup poster is being sent to you as soon as I clean it up.  You made my day with that comment, thank you, thank you.


For Easter I got a winston pocket set of watercolors that I can throw in my bag and take with me-it came complete with a collapsible paintbrush {how cute is that.}  Even though this is the first time I got them out I am happy they are always on hand, just in case.  But just between me and you… let’s pretend I pulled them out somewhere more glamorous like at a farmers market in a lovely east coast park and painted my berry with a real life muse…that’s my story…and only you and I know the truth, it was 10:30 last night at my kitchen table after the babe went to sleep…ahh the life of a mom, I love it!


…And I hope you all have a berry berry lovely day,
Ash

No.2 Doodle Redo Day

June 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

How about this one?

Had to try, the girls are down for their nap.

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