Wednesday, March 11, 2015

St. Patrick's day printable

I needed some St. Patty's day decor and ran across this beautiful Irish Blessing.  I thought it would be perfect as a printable.  You are welcome to use it as well.  (right click and save as to your computer.  Its sized as an 8x10 but you can easily change the size in a word document.)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Easy go to crochet flower

Earlier this week I was asked to teach a group of ladies how to crochet a flower.  Most had never crocheted or had little experience so I went with one of my favorite go to flowers.  Its quick and easy if you know a few basic stitches.
Picture by the amazing Amie from Kitty Cats and Airplanes

You will need an H hook (or any size depending on how big you want your flower) and a small amount of worsted weight yarn.

Round 1: chain 2
Round 2: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook, sl st in 1st sc
Round 3: ch 2, (dc, dc, ch. 2, sl st) in same stitch, *sl st in next sc, (ch2. dc, dc, ch. 2, sl st) in same stitch* repeat until you have 6 petals. sl st. to bottom of 1st petal. fasten off
*Leave a long tail to sew to headband or you can cut it short and hot glue to headband. I prefer to hot glue flower to headband on top of the knot where you fastened off. Then cut a felt circle and glue to the back side to create a clean look.

You can change to look by adding a button to the center or make a double layered flower by crocheting another flower with a hook one size bigger.  Stack the smaller one on top and sew together.

Do you have a go to flower?  I'd love to see it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FHE based on Richard G. Scott's talk

I want to try something a little different with Family Home Evening.  Each week we are going to pick a talk from the most recent general conference and teach a lesson based on it.  My kids are 9, 6, and 1 and the lessons are made to fit their age group.

Start by asking "how can we make our bodies strong?"
When they say exercise have them show you some of their favorite ways to exercise.

 Teach that before we were born we were taught that the purpose in coming to Earth was to be tested and help us grow.  There are many things that are hard, that can make us sad, or frustrated.  However there are also many things that make us happy, make us strong, and build our testimony.  “Despite all of the negative challenges we have in life, we must take time to actively exercise our faith.”  

Ask "What are some ways we can exercise our faith?"
 Explain that Elder Scott talked about 4 ways we can exercise our faith in his talk.  Prayer, Scripture Study, Family Home Evening, and attending the temple.  Since my kids are young we focused on the first three.

In a bag I had cards with different quotes about prayer, scripture study and Fhe.  (all are from the talk, some are paraphrased.)  Here are my cards, you are welcome to use them :)  

We would pick a card and read it.  If it was a quote on prayer they kids would do jumping jacks, scripture study-push ups, Fhe-sit ups.  We rolled a dice to determine how many.  The girls loved it.

To finish I explained that just like our bodies need exercise to be healthy, strong, and grow our spirits need to be exercised so that our testimonies can grown and become stronger.

I really loved this talk.  I also recommend reading the notes at the end the quotes are amazing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Visiting Teaching handout

I loved this months message and had a hard time picking just one quote to share so I included them all :)    

Just click on the picture, copy, then paste in a word document.  You can size to fit your needs. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rustic Fall Sign tutorial

While browsing pinterest I fell in love with this sign (she shares a great painting tutorial).  I didn't want to paint my letters by hand so here's a quick way to get a fun rustic sign look.
 I love how my sign turned out!
I started with a pre-cut board from walmart (in the craft section for $2).  Paint the entire thing brown (or whatever color you want your words to be).  It doesn't need to be perfect.
Let the paint dry.  Cut out vinyl and add it to the board. You can also use stickers if you don't have access vinyl letters.
 Paint your board and vinyl with main color (I used ivory).  Again it doesn't need to be perfect.  This was 2 coats.
 Once the paint dries pull all the vinyl letters off.
Sand the edges and over your letters to give it the distressed look you are looking for.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Painting with Water

Here's a fun way to beat the summer heat.  We grabbed some paint brushes, a cup of water, and headed outside.  Dip the brush in water and start painting. 

 My kids' favorite thing was to try and paint their name before it started to disappear.  (It was over 100 degrees so they had to work fast).

What are some fun summer games you play?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August Week 2 Sharing Time

Family Home Evening Strengthens my Family (You can find the outline here)
To start I am going to use the some of the Hatch Patch's ideas and pictures (you can find it here).  I am going to start with her tug of war idea the show the word strips Family Home Evening Strengthens my family.  
Explain that Joseph F Smith started Fhe in 1915 and promised "great blessings" for holding regular Family Home Evening.  Almost 100 years later our prophet stills testifies Family Home evening will strengthen our family (words from outline) Show picture of Joseph F Smith and Thomas S Monson.  (Also here)

Next we are going to play a fun game called Zap (idea found here)  I modified it just a little bit.
Divide the primary into two teams.  Each team will pick a number.  Read the question that corresponds with the number.  If they answer it correctly the team gets a point and gets to open the bag with the same number.  (IF they miss the other team gets  chance to answer).  Inside each bag is a card that will either give them more points, take away points or Zap some ones points (zap means all points are lost).
Here's a sample of some of my cards.  I used most of the ideas at the end of this post.  (however I did not leave any blank) 
Instead in 6 of them I included parts of Joseph F. Smiths talk pertaining to FHE.  (I purchased this kit so I used the pictures that went with it.  You can always make your own or just add word strips).  I will be adding the pictures to the board as we find them.

Play until you run out of bags or time runs out.

I've included my list of trivia questions, my numbers (cut and attach with clothes pin), zap sign (display on board) and list of quotes from the talk.  This game would be very easy to change for any Sharing time theme or  for family night. 

Zap questions
1.Jr. Who is your favorite prophet? Sr. What can we learn from him?
2.Name 1 or 3 Latter day prophets
3.Recite 1 article of Faith of your choice
4.Who did Joseph Smith see when he prayed in the Sacred Grove?
5.How can you help make your family strong?
6.Name 1 or 3 people in the Book of Mormon
7.Name 1 or 3 people in the bible
8.What is your favorite scripture story
9.Jr. How old do you need to be before you can be baptized? Sr. How are we baptized?
10.T or F I can return to live with Heavenly father even if I don’t repent.
11.Recite 1 article of Faith of your choice
12.What are 2 things you can pray for?
 13.How often should we have Family Home evening and when?
14.Jr. Who is your favorite prophet? Sr. What can we learn from him?
15.Name 1 or 3 of the current apostles
16.How can you help make your family strong?

Quotes from Talk
The whole family should be invited to Family Home Evening

There can be prayers, music, and scripture-reading

Lessons can be about family, the gospel, everyday problems, family rules, home, the church, the country you live in or how to get along with others with lessons for smaller children made especially for them.

Light refreshments can be served that you can make at home.

Family Home evening shouldn't be formal or stiff but relaxed and comfortable.

Then, we are promised that there will be love in our homes and children will be more obedient to parents.  The young people will have more faith and be able to fight against the evil and temptations of the world.

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