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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Marme!

Today is a great day. You probably didn't know that, but it is. You've actually probably been wandering around all morning wondering why today felt so different. Well I'm here to tell you why. Because today 60 years ago our mother was born.

Our mother...where do I start. She is extremely talented in many ways. She is a great teacher, artist, singer, mother, grandmother, friend. She is one of the most selfless, loving, intelligent people. Whenever someone needs a friend our mother is always there. She is the mother of six children and she did an excellent job handling/raising all of us, if I do say so myself ;). Not to mention she is hilarious!


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I'm sure the boys love you also but since this is the sisters blog we get to hog you ;)

Happy Birthday Marme! We love you so much!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Floral Wreaths Watercolor Designs - Be Thankful

I've been trying to practice my watercolor technique and thought I'd try out floral and such. I'm still not so good at it, but it's fun to work on. I recently did this Be Thankful print for our house. I wasn't quite brave enough to do letters in watercolor, but maybe next time. I'd love to learn how to do calligraphy too one day...
Great news is that this Be Thankful print is now in our ETSY shop. Just download it and print it and have it up for Thanksgiving or throughout the year. I'm so happy that I was able to successfully scan it and share it with you. 
I've also added this other floral wreath design to the shop. I originally made it for my Mom's birthday; it was our family scripture growing up. It really is a wonderful scripture (you can find the reference here). You can find the print in our shop here!
Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm Thankful For...free Thanksgiving printable

I LOVE November and especially Thanksgiving. Growing up, it was all about the food. I used to look forward to waking up early with my family and cooking ALL day, while watching our families favorite movies and musicals. But for the past 10 years, I think I've finally started truly appreciating what be thankful really means. This year, the day before Thanksgiving will be 8 years since I had a serious rock climbing accident. I don't often think about what happened 8 years ago, but every Thanksgiving I am reminded of how blessed I am to still be alive. As I think on that day, I suddenly feel overwhelmed of all the blessings I have in my life and how often I over look them. 
Now every year, I try to do a daily thankful wall during November with my little family. This year, I thought it'd be fun to make a cute little design to write what we're thankful on. It was kind of fun because this was my first time taking one of my sketches and making it into a digital design. I've never used Illustrator before, so it took me a while to figure it out. I'm really excited to possibly turn more of my sketch designs into digital designs. 
To download the files:
download 4 on one page click HERE
to get a full page one click HERE





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Monday, November 10, 2014

T is for Train Tunnel [Tutorial]

I've been meaning to share this really cool train tunnel since...well last Christmas. But, I keep forgetting. This awesome train tunnel was made by my husband as a Christmas gift for Captain Awesome. I wanted to buy him a tunnel, but husband said "how hard can a train tunnel be to make?" And so he took the challenge upon himself and whipped up this beauty.  
DIY Train Tunnel

Supplies
piece of plywood (not sure what kind) about $10 at Lowes
a straight wooden train track piece
wood glue
clamp
screws
skinny wooden dowels (found at Lowes or Home Depot, and maybe Joanns)

|1| cut your side pieces out of the plywood. We based it on the height of the tallest train, so ours measured roughly 2 3/4 x 8(length of train track). The top piece was cut proportionally with the side pieces and length of train track. 
|2| Attach your top side pieces to the train track with small screws. To attach the top, he cut the dowels (he can't remember exactly) to maybe 1/2 or an 1 inch in size. Then he barely drilled into top of tunnel two holes on each side, just in enough so the dowel can stick out. He also drilled holes into the top of the tunnel where the tunnel top would match up (sorry, that must sounds confusing). 
Once you have your dowels in place, place your wood glue along the top of the tunnel and attach the tunnel top.
|3| Once you have your tunnel top attached, grab your clap and and place it over the entire tunnel until the glue dries. And that's about it. I think he also sanded the top, so that it is rounded a bit. You can paint your tunnel or stain it or you can just leave it plain wooden like ours. 
I'm sure your little ones would LOVE this and it is relatively easy to make.  And a GREAT homemade Christmas gift.

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