Sunday, September 30, 2012


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Friday, September 28, 2012

once upon a weekend!


it was BYU printables that exploded all over my blog this week. Here's what I made. And not to worry, if you aren't a BYU fan, I've got more college football printables coming sporadically in the next couple of weeks. Let me know if you have any requests!

Next week marks the beginning of October, and that means this blog is having a blogiversary! I have a ton of awesome giveaways lined up... be sure to check in. The fun begins on Monday!

Check out these fun finds from last week:
Haunted Hollywood Halloween Party at The High Flying Adventures of GrammaLuvlee

Crochet Flower Pillow by Dear Emmeline

Doily Pumpkin by Twigg Studios

 Toddler Command Center by My Sisters Suitcase
(these girls are celebrating their blogiversary this week... check out all their fun giveaways)!

Happy Weekend to You!
What have you been up to?

{Free BYU Printable} Rise and Shout the Cougars Are Out

In my 5 years of being a cougar, I failed miserably at learning 2 important things. 

1- I could never remember the rules to football, and had to relearn them every year.
2- I never learned all the words to the fight song! 

I remember trying to memorize it, and it is hard! But there was at least one part that I never forgot: "Oh rise and shout, the cougars are out!" and then I would keep singing until I ran out of the right words. At least song ends with all the Rah Rah Rah's (that part is easy, although it made me giggle every time). Ah, if I close my eyes right now, I can hear it all in the stadium again... :) I miss it!

This printable is completely free for your personal use. 
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check out my other BYU football printables: 
and just a regular football printable:

{Free BYU Printable} And it Came to Pass

If you're familiar with the words of scripture in the Book of Mormon, this will make sense to you. A lot of the verses begin with the phrase, And it came to pass. So the football being passed through the air on this printable is just a (silly) play on words.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

{Free BYU Printable} Rah Rah Rah.... Go Cougars!

At every single football game whenever the crowd burst into the "rah rah rah's" I just couldn't stop giggling.... for some reason that part of the song is just so funny to me! hahaha. So of course I had to make a printable with the Rah Rah Rah's.

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Also, if you like or use this printable, I'd love for you to.....
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{Free BYU Printable} Riley Up!

Ok, this BYU printable is kinda random, and will only be relevant while Riley is the quarterback. (Let's hope he doesn't get injured this season)! But I had fun coming up with the design anyway :)
Please feel free to use it!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

{Free BYU Printable} Chevron BYU

Here's another BYU printable! This one is very versatile- good for any of the sports, the start of a new semester, a graduation present, a congratulations for getting in.... then display it in a fun frame! If you use it, I'd love to hear what you do with it! Have fun!
(Bear with me if BYU isn't your team, I'll be adding more colors and teams soon)!

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check out my other football printables:
Are You Ready for Some Football?

Stay tuned for more, coming on the blog soon!

{Free BYU Printable} True Blue Through and Through

Get ready, get set... for a ton of blue BYU football season printables! We used to live a stone's throw from the Lavelle Edwards stadium in Provo, and loved going to all the football games during those magical undergrad years. Now we live thousands of miles away, but still enjoy cheering on our team. I made some printables to bring a little school spirit into our home, no matter how far away we are. Go Cougs!

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check out my other football printable:
Are You Ready for Some Football

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

{Free Printable} Are You Ready for Some Football?

I love football season. Last month when my family was altogether on vacation in California, all the boys in the family + me set up all our laptops and did our draft for Fantasy Football at a Starbucks. We've had a family league going for 4 or 5 years now. One of the reasons we love playing is because we all live in different states, and its a fun way to keep in touch. Somehow, I am the only girl who lets herself get brainwashed into playing year after year (probably because I'm not considered a threat... my poor Troy has to re-explain all the rules to me every year, heheheeeee). All I have to say about that is.......
Get ready, get set, are you ready for some football printables?
Here's the first of many to come!

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Friday, September 21, 2012

once upon a weekend


Ah... the weekend.
This week we pretty much, well, cleaned and caught up on projects. 
Oh, and decided what we're all going to be for Halloween (pirates)! And I got a ticket to attend the blogging conference, SNAP next year.
My husband and I are going to a Mexican Fiesta party tonight with his co-workers, so I am excited for that! I hope you all have something fun to look forward to this weekend :)

Here are the projects I posted this week:
I'm the chorister for the kids at church, so I made this Ice Cream Sunday board to review all the songs we've been working on this year :)

My blog turns 2 next month (I've always felt so cheesy celebrating a birthday for a blog, haha). But, it is such a fun reason to contact my favorite companies and get some fun giveaways set up, as a great big thank you for reading this blog :) Look for the Big Bash starting in October!

Ermagersh!!! Here's what caught my eye on the www this week:

These darling, lovely, whimsical paper folded flowers, with amazing tutorials, from Sandy's Space.

This is so fun... a DIY stamp, from Lines Across!

Love this cheerful Sunbeam Skirt + tutorial from Freshly Completed!

Talk about getting creative and taking risks, this mudroom reveal is so awesome, from If It's Not Baroque Designs!

Longhorn Gameday Dress by Melly Sews

DIY Owl Mask by Sew.Craft.Create.

Check out this colorful art paint pallette of cupcakes, from Bear Rabbit Bear.

Happy Weekend to You!
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grilled Pizza

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We have some dear friends who recently moved and didn't have room for their grill, so we inherited it! Over the summer was the first time I've ever grilled. Instantly I loved it, and couldn't wait to try my hand at grilled pizza, using tomatoes and basil from our garden. I think I may use the grill year round, not just during the summer months!

I used a recipe for the crust from Betty Crocker, and substituted the white flour with freshly ground whole wheat, (using my Wondermill wheat grinder).

2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour
2 TB sugar
2 tsp salt
4 1/2 tsp yeast
6 TB olive oil
2 cups very warm water

1. Mix the whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and yeast in mixer, using the dough hook. Add olive oil and water. Beat 3 minutes, scraping bowl. Add remaining flour. Stir in mixer 5-7 minutes.
2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, let it rise for 30 minutes.
3. Shape into a very flat crust and place on a medium hot grill. Let it cook for about 5 minutes on one side. Then flip over and add your ingredients (sauce, cheese, pepperoni, veggies, crushed red pepper, herbs, whatever floats your fancy)! Cover your grill and let cook until melted to perfection.
 *Tip: Keep a jar on olive oil with a pastry brush in a jar near your grill, and keep it well oiled.

*I really wish I had made my own sauce... next time for SURE!

*I was given a wondermill wheat grinder for free, in exchange for blogging 5 recipes using ingredients I ground with it. That was no problem since I had been borrowing my friend's wheat grinder for the past 2 years! haha. I love the machine, and that's my real honest opinion! In fact, that specific machine had been on my Christmas wishlist for 3 years, so I was ecstatic to receive it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm Speaking at The Sewing Summit Conference!

A couple of weeks ago, I received a super exciting email from the fabulous Erin, the founder of The Sewing Summit, a big conference for the online sewing community, which will be held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City this October. The tickets sold out within just a few hours last April, so there was really no chance that I'd be able to attend. Until I got the email! Erin invited me to come to the conference and be a speaker. My heart was totally pounding when I got the news... this was such an unexpected opportunity. In fact, I hadn't really imagined myself to have such a fun opportunity related to blogging, like ever! I told my husband about it when he got home, and he realized how excited I was and what I neat chance I had been offered. The problem is that we live quite a ways from Utah, with no family around, so we didn't exactly know how we would swing it. But Troy (my husband) is so awesome, and really wanted to make this happen for me. So he called his mom to see if she'd be willing to fly and take care of our 3 kids while I travel to Utah. She is amazing, and the kids are so excited. I really can't believe all the pieces came together so quickly, and I am super honored and excited to attend such a cool conference!

One of the reasons I'm so excited about this is because of all the hands-on classes. I took a bunch of sewing classes during college, and it was really really cool to be in a huge classroom with 30 other sewing machines buzzing away. At the Sewing Summit, Babylock will be a sponsor, and from what I hear, there will be like 200 machines set up in a huge room for us to learn and sew on. That's like being back in college, times ten! I just can't wait to meet so many other women who share the same passions that I have.

Here's a quick look of the agenda for Friday morning. I'm blown away by the other teachers that will be there, and still pinching myself when I see my name on the schedule along with all the other talented people. Go here to see the incredible list of teachers!
Here's a quick description of the class I'll be teaching:

 In addition, I will be having a giveaway at the end of my class, provided by one of my most favorite online fabric (and ribbon) companies, The Ribbon Retreat! TRR has actually played a huge role in my blogging journey, supporting my contests such as Sew-vivor and Cre8+2=Me and You. They've given me amazing opportunities to try some of their products, and write guest posts for them. They also been such a great sponsor of my blog, and have hosted very generous giveaways. I have met their staff in person, which makes it even more sweet to work with them. They were the very first online fabric and crafting website I had ever found or ordered from. They have the best products and prices. I just really adore them, and I am so grateful to share them as party of my blogging journey!

 So if any of you are attending the Sewing Summit, I would just LOVE to meet you! Feel free to leave a comment so we can connect. I can't wait for what's in store!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LDS Singing Time: Primary Program Review Idea

Are you a great singer? I wish I was, but I just wasn't born with it!
Are you a musician? I can play some songs on the piano...

I may not be the most musically gifted person, which is why I was super surprised when I was asked to be the Singing Leader to all the children where I go to church. It turns out that I do have 2 skills that come in handy- I used to be a teacher, and I love to craft. I kind of wing it with the musical aspect, but I do try hard at that. I absolutely love that I get to work with the sweet children at church. It is seriously the best job. I remember when I was a kid, learning the same songs. They have always stuck with me, and brought me comfort in times of need, and helped me learn about my Savior. 

At the end of October, the primary (what we call the group of children) is putting on a big program, and singing all the songs that we've been working on since January. September and October are the months where we review and polish up all the songs. One of my friends (hi Margo!) helped me think of a fun idea to keep track of all the songs we're practicing, and to motivate the kids to do a good job.

If they earn it, (and I know they will), we're going to have an ice cream sundae party!

The idea is called, "I Sing, You Sing, We All Sing for Ice Cream... Sundays!"
Scroll down for the tutorial!

*I taped a ziploc with all the songs written on an index card- I use those a lot when playing games. The bag also has the extra ice cream scoops and sticky tack so we can add them to our board.

Here are a few notes how I made it:
*This is made on a cardboard trifold display board, which is 40x28 inches. 
*I bought it for $3.99 at the grocery store of all places, but I have seen them at Hobby Lobby and Michaels too.  
*Every thing else I had on hand... I used scrapbook paper, cardstock, musical note die cuts, a glue stick, scissors, paper cutter, computer, and a pom pom garland.
*I didn't use any fancy tools... I hand drew and cut all the ice cream scoops and cones. I used my simple paper cutter for everything else.
*I printed all the words using a huge font size on my computer (fonts are: My Own Topher and CK Becky).
*I thought it would be fun to use the "primary colors," red, yellow, and blue.
*The only thing I didn't cut on my own was the musical notes. I purchased those at a teacher supply store a while ago, but they would be easy to free hand draw and cut from black paper.
*This took me about 3 hours to make (3 hours for 2 months of singing time lessons = not bad).
*I couldn't decide if I wanted the play on word to be spelled "Sunday" or "Sundae." I went with the first.
*Under each song title, I wrote the page number and key signature, for my quick reference. (remember, I'm not super musically-inclined)!

How it works:
*We have 9 songs to practice. Each song represents a different ice cream topping. 
*As the children practice and do a good job on the song, they can earn a scoop of ice cream. Once they reach the top of the row, they will "earn" that topping at the ice cream party.
*We have 2 groups of kids- the junior and senior primary. So there are 2 columns for each song, and there will be 2 columns of ice cream for each song.
*We play a different game each week (I'll post a few ideas soon). The game determines what song we'll work on that day, or it helps us review the song.

I hope this helps anyone out there who needs a fun activity to review! In addition to primary and church, this can be used for many different types of groups and ways to review! I'm going to save it and possibly use it to motivate my kids to do something next summer :)

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