Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Video- Because HE Lives

There is a great two minute video titled {Because HE lives} that sums up the meaning of Easter and what the Savior has done for us.  Click on the link to view it and when on that web page, scroll down and you can click on a day by day account of Christ's last week leading up to his Resurrection.  You'll love the video!

You are one of my favorite "PEEPS" printable Bible tag

What's Easter without Peeps?  
Bag up some of these little chicks to give to a friend or your class.  
Each year it seems like a new flavor is introduced. 
 This year I found blue raspberry and green sour watermelon. 
I made up these bags for my seminary class
 It's a fold over tag.  On the back it lists the Bible scriptures that give the Easter account.

Print of your {Peep fold over tag}

Cut out and fold.  I used a 4"x 6" zip close bag from a local craft store.
 Mixed and matched my Peeps. When you pull apart the chicks, the marshmallow can get pretty sticky.  Just dip that side in a little white sugar to make it easy to handle and slide into the bag.

Put the end of the bag in the card fold and staple closed. 

Something sweet to eat while you read the about the Savior's resurrection and atonement.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Eggs

While living in Germany, we had the privilege of celebrating three Easters there. I have to say that I absolutely fell in love with German Easters. Easter is still very much a religious holiday in Germany and you feel a communal reverence as people commemorate the life and sacrifice of our Savior. Along with a feeling of reverence, you feel a stirring of hope as the world blooms back into life after a long, cold winter.

I didn't see or really hear much about the Easter bunny in Germany. Instead, I saw beautiful, colorful eggs hanging everywhere. I saw them hanging from people's trees in their front yards or hanging from vased pussy willow branches in their living rooms. Also, turning hard boiled eggs into colorful masterpieces using dye originated in Germany. The custom was to symbolize new life while the bright colors of the dyed eggs represented sunlight and growth.

Sometimes you get an unexpected Spring storm and your outdoor eggs get covered with snow!
Another aspect of the holiday in Germany that I enjoyed was banks, grocery stores, businesses closed for the Easter weekend and public transportation operated on a very limited schedule. Everything shuts down beginning Good Friday through Monday.

When moving back home, I wanted to keep some of these traditions. So, I bought several eggs which now decorate our home here and there during the season. We dot our front yard trees with Easter eggs, we garnish our front door with an egg wreath and garnish our home with ceramic eggs. The egg banner I made this year certainly follows this theme!

We also spend an evening dyeing eggs. We'll be doing this tomorrow night for Family Home Evening.

So, now when you see bright colorful eggs, remember what they symbolize: light, growth, birth and the life each and every one of us receives from our Savior, Jesus Christ.

One way to enjoy your hard boiled dyed eggs after decorating them is to turn them into Stuffed Eggs. I love stuffed eggs. Here's the recipe:

Stuffed Eggs 

6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
Dash of salt and pepper

Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Slip out yolks and mash with fork. 

Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Fill whites with egg mixture, heaping it lightly. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Garnish ideas: pinch of paprika or parsley, crumbled bacon, sliced olives, tiny cooked shrimps, sliced pimiento, chopped chives or shredded cheese.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Make your Own Signs- transfer lettering and Frame

Have you seen the new Cinderella movie?  We went on opening day over spring break and loved it!  Disney did a great job capturing the story without making it "cheesy".  Amazing costumes, settings, acting and animal special effects.  
Cinderella's mom gives her some good words of advice: 
to have courage and be kind.  
After the movie, I knew I had to display that motto at home and had just the right place to put it.  

First print out the words on your computer, using the fonts you like. 
I wanted it big, so printed it out on three papers, taped them together and cut out around. 

Cut a piece of wood to fit.  I'm using 1" thick pine.-- 11 1/8"x 14".  (At the hardware store they will call this 12" wide but it is always a little smaller (11 1/8") it comes in lengths of 4' to 10' and they will give you at least one cut for free)

Paint your background color on front and sides.   
I'm using Americana Bahama Breeze.

After it is completely dry, lay down your wording and tape the top with painters tape.  
Use a piece of carbon paper and slip it underneath. 

Trace around the letters with a pencil. A copy of your tracing will now be on the board.

Paint in your letters.  I'm using Americana White with squared tipped brushes.  Dip your brush in water often to thin out the paint a bit.  It makes it easier to paint.  You can go over areas that are too thin with another coat just in that spot. 

Next, distress with a sander or sand paper.  And stain with wood stain.  My go to stain is Minwax Early American. Wear latex gloves and use a cloth to rub on and off the stain to the shade you like.

At this point, you can be done.  Just hang your board or put it on a cute metal stand.  
To frame it, you'll need some .25"x 1.5"x ..(it comes in 12 or 24" lengths depending on what you need) strips of poplar.  I bought 2 pieces. You want to have your pieces fit around the quote, with what  I call  a "log cabin" type of corner (like log cabin quilting) where one piece will overhang your board the width of the piece below,  which will bump up to that one.  

The top will be flush with one side of your quote board and overhang on the other side 1/4".  The next piece will bump up to that one, being flush with the quote board and then at the bottom overhang by 1/4".  Do this going all the way around, measure and then cut your pieces.  I painted them with the white paint, then distressed and stained.  

Make little dots of glue across the top.  Any kind of strong hold glue.  

Place the top piece, flush on one side and over hanging the other.   I tapped in a few finishing nails (a nail with a small head)  just to give it added strength.  

Set your nails with this handy nail set tool.  Place it on the nail head and hammer the top of the metal tool. 

It will counter sink your nail. 

I love, love how this turned out!! I'm hanging it in the hallway in-between all my kid's bedrooms. 
When you live with courage and kindness, there is power and  magic ! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

14 Day Countdown to the Miracle of the Easter Season

Walk with Christ in this 14 day countdown to Easter Sunday.  Your family can open a plastic egg containing a special item and scripture to read that follows Christ's last week leading up to the Atonement.  It is a great way to remember why we celebrate this season and is a lot of fun.  You can also gather pictures of Christ during this time to show and further discuss each night's scripture with other verses in the New Testament.  At this link:  https://www.lds.org/bible-videos?lang=eng  you will find short Bible videos that you can use as well.  

Here is a list of the days, items, and scriptures you can use:

Day #1: Leaf   Matthew 21: 1-11 , Mark 11: 1-11

Day #2:  Quarter   Matthew 21: 12-17, Mark 11: 15-19

Day #3:  30 Cents   Matthew 26:14-15

Day #4:  Sacrament Cup  Matthew 26:17-29, 36 -56

day #5:  Rope  Matthew 26: 57-72

Day #6:  Piece of Soap  Matthew 27: 1-2, 15-26, Luke 23:14-25

Day #7:  Piece of Red Cloth  Matthew 27:  28-30, Mark 15:16-22

Day #8:  Nails  Matthew 27:31-32, John 19: 25-27

Day #9:  Dice  Matthew 27:35-38, Luke 23: 32-43

Day #10:  Bag of Rocks  Matthew 27: 50, 51-54

Day #11:  White Cloth  Matthew 27:57-60

Day #12:  Rock  Matthew 27: 60, 65-66

Day #13:  Spices (Bay Leaf) Mark 16: 1-2, 4-5

Day 14:  Empty  Matthew 28: 1-7,John 20: 1-17

Here are a couple of examples from our eggs:

Day 3:  Rope

Day 10: Rock

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

General Conference Printable Reminder

Twice a year our church broadcasts a {General Conference}.  At this conference you can listen to talks by our church leaders, apostles and prophet.  
Their words are inspired, uplifting, answer questions and encourage.  
You can watch it online, during or after the broadcast and also read the talks later.  
I made up this fun reminder for my seminary students--to watch the conference and find the "goodness" inside the talks,
 those things that speak to their hearts, 
give inspiration and answer a question they have been praying or pondering about.

Print off your conference "goodness" tags on card stock.
Page one is the circle logo and page 2 has this great quote by  Robert D. Hales

General Conference--"I promise that if you listen, you will feel the spirit.
We can hear the word of the Lord meant just for us.
Our faith gets stronger and our testimonies grow deeper.
If you pray with a sincere desire to hear your Heavenly Father's voice in the messages of conference,
 you will find that He has spoken to YOU to help you."

print your own tags:

You can cut out the tags or use a 1 3/4" punch for the circles. 

Put the image facing up through the circle so you can line it up to punch out.

Just stick these circles on the top of a Hostess Cupcake! You can use glue or double sided tape.  I made mine into stickers.  I have this great sticker maker put out by Xyron. (This really inexpensive sticker maker can be found at craft stores or at Walmart, where I picked up mine.) 
It's manual and so easy to use. Just push your paper in until you feel it stop.  (you can see two circles ready to go through) 

Twist the handle clockwise and it puts an adhesive on the back of your paper, sticking it to a waxy paper.  (Just make sure your first image has gone through before loading another to avoid over lapping)

When finished, tear it along the perforated edge.  

Stick those tags on the cupcakes and cut out the quotes.  We're ready to find the goodness inside General Conference!

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