Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Lily: He is Risen {Lesson, Printable + Kid Craft}

I recently did a little lesson with my kids about the symbolism of the Easter Lily. In this blog post, I am focusing on the lily, and how it relates to the phrase, "He is Risen." We love Easter; its such a wonderful time to learn about our Savior's life.


Lilies are Easter flowers because they teach and remind us of Christ in 3 ways.

1. Consider the Lilies of the Field- Faith in Christ
While Jesus lived on the earth, he taught, through the imagery of lilies, about having faith in Him: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they 
grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: …Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the 
field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe 
you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What 
shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? …for your Heavenly Father that that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:28, 30-33. 

When we see the lilies, we can remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us, and they know our needs. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, He will provide for us in all that we need. 

2. Bulbs to Blooms- Burial to Resurrection
Lilies are flowers that grow from bulbs. Bulbs stay buried in the ground all winter, and in 
spring blossom forth with beautiful life. Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days, and then came forth in a perfect form, having immortal life. Lilies remind us of this miracle and 
symbolize the hope we have of everlasting life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and provided a way for all of us to rise again after we die. 

3. Trumpet Ushers in the Second Coming of Christ 
(as relating to the LDS faith)
Lilies are shaped like what instrument? (trumpets) “In the scriptures, trumpets are used to sound warnings, proclaim news, and herald visitors. Moroni holds a horn to his lips with his right hand, symbolizing both the spreading of the gospel throughout the world and the long-anticipated Second Coming of the Savior, which will be announced by trumpet-blowing angels” (“Looking Up to Moroni” by Wendy Kenney, November 2009 New Era). 

The trumpet shape of the lily reminds us that trumpets will herald (announce) the second coming of Christ.

Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” 

Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.” 

(Content compiled by the wonderful Jen Lund)

Visual Aids- 
a bouquet of Easter lilies or picture of lilies in a field
lily bulbs
picture of resurrected Christ
picture of Moroni with trumpet

listen to "Consider the Lilies" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I made this 8x10 printable to add to my Easter decorations. Please feel free to use it too! 
Download here.

Make handprint lilies. 
Supplies needed: paper, markers, glitter, yellow and green pipe cleaners, tape, scissors.
Directions: Trace hands on white paper. Allow children to color and decorate as desired. Cut out as many as you want for the lily blooms. Roll the handprint vertically to form a funnel shape. Secure the side with clear tape. Roll each finger down to form the curls of each bloom. Cut yellow pipe cleaner ~3” (1 for each bloom). Loosely curve the yellow piece to form a U shape. Wrap the top of a green pipe cleaner at the bottom of the U. Curl the ends of the yellow cleaner to form the center of the bloom. Insert the completed green stem into the center of the bloom and pull through. Display the 
lilies in a vase or wrap with a ribbon.

I hope you find this useful, perhaps as a family lesson, or a kid's lesson in church. May you have a happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Week: A Christ Centered Celebration + Printables

Easter is a special time in our home, and this year I am making a concentrated effort to help my children understand why it is that we truly celebrate Easter. It is such a neat time to learn about the last week of Christ's life spent ministering on Earth. There is so much symbolism to be found... 
Spring (newness of life),
the Sun (Jesus is the light of the world),
Easter Grass (mortality doesn't last forever, it withers like the grass, Christ offers Eternal Life),
Easter Eggs (newness of life, resurrection),
Lambs (Lamb of God, Good Shepherd),
Flowers (many important events happened in gardens- the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the Atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Resurrection in the Garden of the Empty Tomb).

To further help us have a "Christ Centered Celebration," I purchased the book called A Christ Centered Easter by Janet and Joe Hales. This is written by an LDS couple, but is full of historical and biblical events that could be used by anyone wanting to incorporate the life of Christ into their Easter celebration. There are plenty of ideas to keep a family busy for several years. This year, I picked certain activities from the book that I'd like to try with my family, and I created daily printables to use during our week of celebration.

This blog post is not meant to lay out every detail of our celebration, but its really to share the printables that I created to go along with our week in conjunction with the book. These are for my family's personal use, but I'd love to share with anyone who would enjoy them in their home. The book will be your main guide, and these are just a pretty companion to go along with it. (PS- no one asked me to write about this book... I just felt compelled to share and write my personal thoughts about it)!

Here's a quick breakdown of what's included in the printables... (I noticed a few minor typos in my printables, and sadly I saved the documents permanently so I can't go back and fix them. I'll probably revamp these again for next year).

Begin the week before Easter, on Palm Sunday...
-Each Day describes what Christ was likely doing leading up to Easter Sunday (with the exception of The Last Supper, it is supposed that happened on Thursday, but since Wednesday was recorded as a day of rest, I moved it to that day to have more time to focus on Thursday's lesson).
-The Symbols are numbered, with a total of 21, and I plan to gather the small symbolic items to place in individual Easter eggs, and use to introduce the lesson each day.
The Lesson section briefly describes what our family will do. I'm not going into detail on this blog post, due to copyright of the book where the main content and messages can be found.
-The Activity is something we'll do to enhance the Lesson, and ideas are also found in the book.
-The Songs are taken from the LDS Children's Songbook (labeled CS) and Hymnal, and can be listened to online for free at
-The Scriptures are either from the King James version of the Bible, or additional books of scripture including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.
-The Pictures are free downloads from the LDS Gospel Art Kit (labeled GAK).

I truly hope that you will find these references helpful, and enjoy learning about the Savior and His life with your family at this special time of year!









Friday, April 4, 2014

Scalloped Bunting Tutorial

My husband and I recently went on a trip to Paris to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. I told him that the only souvenirs I just had to bring home were chocolate and fabric. We went to two fabric shops, and it was a fun experience to order fabric in French, and metres nonetheless! When I got home, I went through my stash and combined my new French fabrics with a few other favorite prints, which include polka dots of course. I also got a few extra notions in France, including some cute polka dot ribbon.

I made a scallop bunting with my French fabric treasures, to hang up in my sewing room! There are several great scallop bunting tutorials around the web, and after being inspired by them, I came up with a different spin, which makes the most sense to me, with the fewest steps I could think of. (For example- tracing, then sewing, before cutting saves a lot of time).

I wanted an exact half circle shape... not a scallop that was too long or too short. I also decided to back each scallop with muslin to save as much of my precious French fabric as possible. So here are the few easy steps to create this scallop bunting.

1. Find a circle template the size you'd like to make your bunting. I used the lid of a jar, and my circles measure 4 inches across.
2. Cut several squares of your fabric. Your squares don't need to be cut to exact measurements, but should be slightly larger than your circle template. Trace the circle to just one layer of your fabric. (I traced mine to the muslin).
3. Place right sides together and sew along the circle that you just traced. Be sure you're sewing through two layers.
4. Now cut your circle from the square. You'll be cutting about 1/4" away from the curve you just sewed on.
5. Cut your circle directly in half, and clip your seam allowances in a few places, without cutting through your seam.
6. Turn your circle right side out. Use a point turner to help the seams lay flat, and press.

7. At this point, decide what you'll be using to sew your scallops to. You can use bias tape (it hangs the best with a bias cut double fold tape), or you could use a simple ribbon like I did for this tutorial. I would recommend finishing off the raw edges if they won't be encased in a double fold tape. Now space your scallops and pin or clip to your bias tape or ribbon.

8. Sew close to the bottom edge of the bias tape or ribbon. Finish off the beginning and end with backstitches, and voila!

I hope you have a great time creating your own scallop bunting!

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Fool's Day Dinner and Dessert

 Last year on April Fool's Day, I made a really silly dinner for my kids, and they still talk about it. They thought it was pretty awesome when I said that we were going to eat dessert first!

For the healthy part, I made meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting. We also had green beans and rolls.

For dessert, I served grilled cheese... which was just store bought lemon pound cake and lemon frosting. I served it on a frying pan to make it look more believable. I also made a raspberry glaze.

For drinks, I made koolaid, which was really jello. This one totally pulled their legs. They laughed so hard when they realized it was jello and couldn't suck it up through their straws.

For a lunch snack that I sent with my daughter so school, I opened a bag of cheetos and replaced them with carrots and a little note. I resealed the bag with double sided tape. I saved the cheetos and gave them to her as an after school snack. She thought that was pretty tricky.

I love silly little holidays like this. What kind of things do you to trick your family members? I need more meal ideas for tomorrow :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ruffle Duffle Bag (Free Pattern + Tutorial)

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These duffle bags are one of my favorite projects I've ever shared on my blog-- they are so bright and happy and extremely functional! I made them for my daughters to use for ballet, and they LOVE them, so that is enough to make a mama happy!

I am crazy about the fabrics!!! I used cotton laminate, which is so much more durable and has such a cool feel to it. Since it's water proof, the bags will clean up really easy. I found my fabrics from the awesome online shop Oil Cloth Addict, using prints from Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, and more.
Here are links to the fabrics I used:
Bag 1: Eloise in Midnight by Sis Bloom, Fairy Tale Sky by Amy Butler
Bag 2: Sketchbook Roses in Blue Spring by Amy Butler, Dotted Paisley in Green by Heather Bailey

I photographed the bags inside my daughter's dance studio, and we had so much fun together. They are super lucky to take lessons from our city's professional ballet organization. They are getting fabulous instruction. Ballet was a big part of my life through high school, and I love having little ballerinas of my own!

This is my own pattern, with new updates of the bag I made a few years ago. It has two pockets instead of one, longer straps, and (I forgot to take pictures of the inside), but it is fully lined with laminate. I added a few girly details with the ruffles above the pockets, but if you were making this for a boy you could leave that part off.

If you want to make this, the full tutorial is being shared on Bernina's site, We All Sew. It is completely free. I used my walking foot, which was really helpful when sewing with laminates. I hope you have a lot of fun making the bag! I'd love to see pictures... upload them to my Sewing Family Flickr page here!

Click to be taken to Bernina for my free Ruffle Duffle Bag pattern and tutorial.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cross Stitched iPhone 5 Case

Hand stitching has recently become my latest obsession. These days I'm on-the-go quite a bit with my kids, and its nice to be able to take a little project along with me. I just love adding a touch of textiles into my every day life. This cell phone case is one of my favorites.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my case has been around the world already. I took it on a recent trip to Paris, and snapped a quick selfie before heading up to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The details for the project are pretty simple. The chevron design just came to me as I stitched along. Each color has a different number rows (between 3-5). I did a random mix of either a back stitch or cross stitch design. All the cross stitched rows are outlined with a back stitch.

Here's a look at the back side of the stitching. I tried to bury all the threads instead of tying knots. That way, there is less bulk and the phone lies smoother in the case. A small knot here or there doesn't make a huge difference though.

Here are a few product information details: This case is manufactured by Coats and Clark. I purchased it in the cross stitching section at Hobby Lobby for about $6 using my 40% off coupon. The case came with a few design ideas, (I changed up the chevron... details above). For my embroidery thread, I used DMC perle cotton in size 8.

One thing I just love about the case is that it is rubbery and pliable. It's very easy to get my phone in and out, yet it stays on the phone very well. The rubber is awesome, because when I lay it face down on a smooth surface such as my kitchen counter, is sticks and doesn't slip around if it gets bumped. I feel like it protects my phone well.

The fun thing about my case is that if I get tired of the chevron, I can cut out the threads and start over with a completely new design! It has held up really well, and it makes me happy every time I look at it!

(I was not paid or asked to write this post, I just love my case so much that I wanted to share details on my blog).

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Make an Olympic Headband (Tutorial)

{This was a guest post I did for Skip to My Lou two years ago for the summer Olympics}.

Are you excited for the Olympics? I just can't wait! I thought it would be fun to make some headbands for my daughters and I to wear during all the Olympic fun! The rosettes represent the Olympic rings, and here's how I made them...  

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I made two styles- one on a regular headband, and a smaller one on a sports headband.
Aren't they fun? :)

in the 5 colors of the Olympic rings (I bought 1/8 yard of each color, for 37 cents a piece at Hobby Lobby. This is enough fabric to make several headbands)!
--Headbands (choose plastic or elastic style
--Hot glue
--Felt (not pictured)

1. Fold your fabric in thirds, and cut on the folds. This creates 3 rectangles.
2. Snip each rectangle, and rip strips of fabric lenthwise.
3. Once you're ripped all your strips, you'll have a colorful pile of fabric ready to roll!
4. Now its time to create your rosettes. I just twist and glue onto the felt. For the sports headband, I prefer my rosettes to be smaller than the regular headband's rosettes.
5. Make a rosette in each color. I don't worry about tucking my ends under, because once you glue them next to each other, the ends will become hidden. (I could have spaced my rosettes closer together to conserve felt, whoops)!
6. Cut the rosettes out of the felt, and then arrange them on a clean part of the felt. Hot glue in place.
7. Cut around the entire shape. Use a good pair of sewing scissors to get around those corners. Glue to the headband.
8. Cut a small rectangle of felt, and glue it to the back of the headband for extra security.
9. TA DA! Let the games begin!!!

In addition to sporting these headbands, I've also got a lot of fun ideas for a backyard Family Olympics. Follow the links below!