Thanks a Bunch: Visiting Teaching Printable

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Today McGilly and Sis. Baker and I went visiting teaching.  I wanted to take a treat and we had some ripe bananas so McGilly and I spent an hour this morning mushing bananas and baking some yummy bread.  Then we had a taste test which sweetie pie loved and so did the hubby.  Last we wrapped up the bread in some fun wrapping and made a tag.  Take a look…

…And even better steal the idea and share it with your lovely ladies this month.  I had a great time and we get to go tomorrow and visit with another one of our ladies.   Besides getting to share the lovely message this month which is about increasing our personal spirituality and strengthening our families through qualifying for  the blessing of personal revelation–we got to just sit and be friends and share experiences and enjoy one an-others company.

+ Banana Visiting Teaching Tags


+ Blank Banana Tags {Thanks a Bunch}

I hope you had a lovely Wednesday!

With love,



Young Womens Camp Craft–Blink Necklace DIY

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello Friends,
Long time, no write. I got home from Young Womens Camp on Friday! It was amazing, I love working with the girls and I met so many amazing leaders. I will tell you more but I promised some of my new found friends this tutorial so here it is the most popular craft in 6 years…or so I am told…all right here… for your enjoyment!  I needed a craft for 220 girls and leaders that was under 1 dollar per girl, required minimal supplies, low mess and could be accomplished in an hour and a half.  Here is what I came up with, a Blink Necklace.  This recipe will make 25 necklaces.  They end up costing about 75 cents each.

First for the supplies:

  •  Two twin flat sheets from Wal-mart (5.00).  We did watermelon, turquoise, gray, and khaki colors.
  • 25 brass or silver brads
  • 25 roofing nails, can be reused.
  • 25 bent safety pins
  • 5000 (10mm) wooden beads from shipwrecked beads (20 beads per girl)
Prep work:  
Cut one sheet lengthwise so you have 25- 3X96 inch strips.  I used a rotary cutter with a pinking edge so that I did not have to turn them right side out.  Then stich the strips into tubes with a contrasting thread and a 1/4 inch seam.  Last, use the second sheet and cut out 3 inch circles, 8 for each kit.  I then packaged craft kits for each girl and they contained the supplies in the picture above.
Here is how they go together:
Place a bead in the tube and slide it to the center of the tube.  Tie a knot on each side of the bead, repeat with additional beads–adding one to each side until the beads are gone.  Bead, knot, bead, knot.
Next set aside the necklace and take your set of circles, the brad, the roofing nail, and the safety pin.  Fold one circle in half.  Puncture the half circle in the center of the fold, slightly above the fold.
Place the brad in the hole.  This part starts out messy but as soon as you make it bloom it all looks beautiful.
Repeat the last step and add each petal to your brad, fanning them out as you go to fill in the circle.
When you have finished putting on all of your petals…
Turn over your flower and lay out the brad, make sure to press it down as hard as you can to secure the brad in the center.
And last but not least to fluff– This part is done petal by petal and was perfected by the girls at camp.  Take one of the petals that is folded over.  Take the top half between your thumb and your forefinger and the bottom between you thumb and your other forefinger–then twist and pull them apart.  As you pull them apart they get ruffled and fluff up.  Do this to each petal and the result is  that your flower has bloomed.  I think I will video this step and put it up but for now just pull on those petals and ruffle them up—this is what you get…
My favorite part was seeing all the fun ways the girls were creative with these.  They switched petals with eachother to make the flowers multicolor and they were wearing them as headbands, necklaces, and at church on Sunday I saw them as belts–so, so, cute!!
I packaged them up with these tags and put a little saying inside to explain why they were called blink necklaces.  Also I made some instruction tents for the tables because I was going to be instructing 80-90 girls at a time.  Here are those downloads below…have fun because I know we did!
Have a great Monday and make sure to check back tomorrow for my first guest post!

A Saturday for Service + free printables

June 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello lovely friends,

On Saturday’s I am going to share some fun printables, either ones I have made for you or ones from Two Penny Blue’s Printable Directory {just follow the link and use the left sidebar menu to find over 300 free printables with great design from around the web}.  I want to share these for you to use yourself but also give some little ideas for making something to brighten anothers day.

Here is my first idea,

I made a recipe card out of doodle No. 4 and found these cute boxes in the dollar bins at target.  The little push pencils were also a dollar for 8 of them.  My printer ran out of ink or I would have packaged it all for you-but imagine printing the berry recipe cards or the blank cards, placing them in the box and then adding a couple pencils and tieing it all up with some coordinating divine twine.  Click on the berry tag, print, and add to the twine-Voila! A cute and summery gift for someone who needs a berry lovely day sent their way.

Next is one for neighborly goodwill and perfect for summer nights,

Giverslog Smore Packaging and homemade marshmellow recipe…yum!

{Sweet treat packaging from Joy Ever After and a delicious looking blueberry muffin recipe}

Last is a few items for your Fathers Day planning,

{My favorite dad’s day printable yet from Jordan Ferney via Alphamom}

{Cute Dad’s day packaging from Twig and Thistle}

{Martha’s Dad’s Day printables…Spicy!}

{And from a new find this week, graphics from graphics fairy I can see so much potential!}

I hope you are having a lovely weekend and don’t forget Monday is a new series of wonder hour cards…so much fun!


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,


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