Friday, December 14, 2012

Peace Love Hope

While I was writing a blog post about legos today, working on my daughters baptism invitation and program, eating lunch, getting groceries and so many other "normal" day to day things, someone went into a school and killed very innocent children.
aPeace I leave with you, my bpeace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ctroubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
I can't fathom the anger this person had inside them. I can't fathom the level of selfishness this person carried in their heart with all the hate a person can muster up to do something so senseless and horrific. My heart aches for all those children. For their brothers and sisters and cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. My heart is torn apart thinking of all the parents of these sweet little children that will not get to kiss them goodnight tonight all safe and warm in their beds, but instead, will have to kiss them goodbye until they meet again in heaven. 
aFor his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but bjoy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5
I cry at the thought of all those sweet little babies crying and scared out of their minds watching it all happen until it was their time to go. I know Heavenly Father is not cruel and unjust. I know there is a plan for each of us and our trials will be overwhelming. I know this is not my trial, but I want to send hugs out to all of them whose trial this is. I am sorry for your loss. May you find Peace and Hope in the coming days, weeks, months and years. May you feel the prayers of all those who believe your children are in a beautiful Heaven with a loving God, that those prayers will lift you up and give you strength during this heavy time. At the same time I pray for those who lost their Mom today, Aunt, Sister, Wife or friend, etc, as there were adults killed too.
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a asteadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of bhope, and a clove of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and dendure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eeternal life. - 2 Nephi 31:20
I really am so sorry.

With much love and prayers, Kerry

Infinite Fun with Legos - A Cruise Ship

I had to share these pics of the Lego Cruise Ship my daughters created one day while I was working on my book. They actually started this masterpiece around 6:30 in the morning before I woke up, and took them about 3 hours. They wouldn't even stop for breakfast.
All aboard....the passengers leave the dock and board the ship prior to a prompt departure.
This is the ships wheel. The little pole on the bottom near the right is the anchors attachment.
This pink frog (squinkie) is one proud Captain.
The Cruise Ship leaves the dock and travels the charted waters with all passengers on board.
Below deck there is lots to see and explore. Not sure where the potty pic went...but here's the opposite side - the Sleeping Quarters, fully furnished with night tables! The beds are under the Captain's Office.
This is the ships garden, where they harvest all their flowers for the ship and the Chefs harvest veggies for the kitchen.

What will you make next with your Lego's?

I will have a fun wintery tutorial up next week - so keep your eyes peeled! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Photos: Our Trip to Arizona

WOW - It's been a long time since I last posted anything on my blog. I have barely had time to breathe and cuddle with my girls,  let alone time to do anything else but write my book. I'm so excited for the book though and can't wait to share all the fun projects!
This is my hubs and his cool tennis team representing the Maine section of New England. Word.
This past October my husbands tennis team won the chance to go to the USTA Nationals Tournament in Tucson Arizona. We had decided many years ago, that if they got to go to Nationals again anytime soon - I was going with him, and so were the girls.
This is my hubs - I love catching him when he's getting some air! He said the serve shot had more air than this. lol. critic.
So amid all the chaos of writing a book and trying desperately to finalize our renovations (the new Studio space above the garage)...we packed up our bags and headed out west for a lot of sunshine tennis, and pool time. They all played their best - but didn't win the Nationals title. Maybe next year. My husband lost his game, it seems, when word of the "perfect storm" was beginning to hit the air waves. As the days approached Hurricane Sandy became very real and very close to home (not ours, but to many of our family members).

I never leave home without my camera, so here are some pics from our trip. I know it's a lot but there was something about each of them that wanted to be shared! We also had a 4 day extension on our trip due to our flights being cancelled, which gave us time to visit Phoenix too!
I have NO idea what this is - but it's off of I10 and somehow my camera caught the image crystal clear. I just thought it looked really cool. If you know what this is - please let me know! I've been searching like crazy and can't find any answers.
I don't know what these 'bulbs' turn into - but they were pretty. I could've done without seeing tons of red ants on them!
I see tons and tons of dragonflies here in Maine and NH - but I never get sick of photographing them while still.
Can I PLEASE bring a few home? I love them. I really really LOVE them! Who doesn't love cacti? They are so cool!
We meant to go and pick some oranges - but forgot to ask for the picking pole. This is a grapefruit...I don't eat them - but it's still pretty enough to photograph. I'll take a few fruit trees too. This was on the hotel property.
This was a really tall palm tree. I'm grateful I don't have to shimmy up there to trim the palms! Whew!
And I took the road less traveled by. Which way would you go?
We loved walking this stone path. Watching them venture on their own path made me think to the future. Am I leading them to choose the better paths? Will they be safe? Will they miss me? I hope so.
Plants and leaves are really amazing to me. I can't believe how God can create such beautiful things!
I don't know who made this HOPE sign in Phoenix, AZ, but I imagined someone painting, nailing and the tying the letters to this fence wanting and needing to say or feel something. Who ever did this - thank you for sharing your hope!
After finding the HOPE word...we were on a mission to find other words, maybe by the same artist. My daughter spied this word RELAX and my husband drove back the same way after the zoo so I could snap a pic! Phoenix, AZ
I am so obsessed with green. I want this house. I love this house. It's absolutely awesome!
The art in AZ was amazing to say the least. Everywhere we looked there was art. I was in awe and loved that it is so embraced out there. Maybe someday there will be more here?!
This little guy was at the Phoenix zoo. He was so fast - most of the other pics of him were blurry! Not this one!
This was the epitome of our trip. I took the girls to watch daddy play tennis in the sun. I took them to the pool in the the end daddy joined us as we got stuck in AZ for the extra days with more sun. I am a turtle. I need sunshine like this everyday! Maine just doesn't cut it for the sunshine factor and Vitamin D levels! This was the last pic at the zoo.
Almost every highway exit ramp and every side to every bridge had artwork on it. This was my absolute favorite one!
This monkey had quite a few friends! I so desperately wanted to hold one - but they forbid human/animal contact! Very sad! They were really small and fuzzy. I should've put one in my pocket. No that would be bad. Very bad.
I don't know why - but I loved the message on this door. "Nearly Open". It's just not a common way of saying we are opening soon, or coming soon - it was nearly open. But not yet. So I don't know what it's going to be! lol!
So 23 photos - did you make it all the way to the end? Do you have a favorite? I think my fav pic is the one of my daughters walking on the path ahead. It's very though provoking for me as their mommy. Anyhoo - more new posts will be up soon. It's good to be back.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have/had a wonderful 12/12/12 kind of day. That kind of date won't happen again in my lifetime or yours. Isn't that weird?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Personalize Your Back To School Notebooks - DCC Blog Hop

Who doesn't love back to school shopping? Everything is so cheap when you hit the right stores at the right time. One thing I love stocking up on is Composition notebooks, and I've created a fun and easy design to personalize your kids notebooks before heading back to class.

I have always loved weaving string around nails and making my own designs that are carefree and fun. Threading a needle and looping it through holes in a notebook, is just as easy and you'll want to make more than one.

Here's what you need:
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Felt colors of choice
  • Kreinik Threads
  • Strong Needle - Doll size is ideal
  • Sewing Awl
  • Scissors
  • Printed letters (or shape of choice - and free hand is good too)

Here's what you do:
  1. Carefully using your Awl - poke very shallow holes into the cover of the notebook. If you go too deep - you will poke through the pages too.
  2. Once you are done with the little holes, open the notebook and go through the cover a little deeper so the holes are large enough for the needle to pass through. 
  3. Then place the paper on top of the felt and use a pen or marker to mark the dots for the letters. 
  4. I meant to leave my felt piece intact to cover the whole book, but forgot and cut it out in the shape I was making. You can decide for yourself how you wish to do it. You can also put a different piece behind the letter or shape before weaving the thread - or you can do as I did and add pieces later to cover what you want. (If using lighter colors, I would definitely place an extra piece in the background to hide the glowing white box underneath!)
  5. Place a knot at the end of the thread and begin threading and weaving by placing your needle through the inside of the notebook cover to the outside. 
  6. There are no rules in this class....weave it how ever you want. Make it a plaid pattern, use more than one color, use only right angles or no right angles at all. Outline it or don't - the point is to have fun and make it personal.
This is a great project for homeschooling kids too. It can really help kids with their gross motor skills and creativity. You can purchase dull ended needles to prevent poking little fingers - but please use caution with them regardless.

Thank you Kreinik for providing me with some threads for this project. My girls are looking forward to making their own, and I'll be sure to post a pic of them here when they are done! I can't decide if my notebook is done. I think I may go and add more colors to the "K" and add some weaving to the pink areas too.

Have a great time making your own personalized composition notebooks and enjoy the rest of summer before heading back to class! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out all the other back to school crafts throughout the hop by clicking below!

Although I was given free Kreinik thread product, the opinions set forth in this post, are my own. This tutorial is shared with you in the hopes that you will learn a new fun craft. Please do not use my tutorials for your own gain. Please do not use my photos without permission and please do not retake any photos to remake the tutorial for your own blog or another company. These photos and the text are copyright protected. If you'd like to "Pin" one of the photos, please credit me by using "#kidgiddy". Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Beat the Heat This Summer Frozen Washcloths Craft - DCC Blog Hop

The heat waves are upon us folks...or they are coming soon, and I've got a great way to beat the heat this summer. Get your craft on with me, and make some awesome, freezing cold washcloths to keep you as cool as a cucumber!

I don't remember everything from when I was little. My memories are spotty at best, as if I took one photo out of an entire album to keep, and lost all the rest. One of the fondest memories I do have though, of my Grandma Pratt was of her packing up wash clothes for a day on the golf course.

The night before her golf day, she would get her stash of washcloths, dunk them in cool water, wring them out and package them in small sandwich baggies (or maybe it was just saran wrap?), then pop them in the freezer. The next morning, she would grab all the washclothes from the freezer and pack them in the cooler with a couple of ice packs on top.

She was a confident woman. I always felt that way about her. That she knew who she was and didn't let anyone walk all over her. She was also brilliant. She explained to us that she used these washclothes on really hot days on the golf course to keep her cool. She said when she got hot, she'd lay one on the back of her neck or wrap it around her wrist and that would help cool her body temp down. Or she would simply 'dab' (because ladies didn't 'wipe') the sweat from her brow. lol! I've never forgotten these washcloths.

They are really easy and fun to make for all ages!

Here's what you need:
A pack of (inexpensive) plain washcloths - I used white (as did my grandmother, you can use any color you'd like)
Fabric Markers - I used Marvvy Uchida Fine Tip Fabric Markers
Embossing Heat Tool - I used the Marvvy Uchida model #2500 (this will help set each color so it doesn't bled through or blend with each color. It also sets it prior to washing)
Cardboard to lean on

Here's what you do:
1. Set your cardboard on your table top.
2. Place the corner of a washcloth in the center of the board.
3. With an idea already in mind, begin your design by dotting with the Fine Tip fabric marker as you go along. I found dotting to be easier and more effective on terry cloth than drawing, as it helps get further down, and gives you a richer color.
4. After each color, set with the Embossing heat tool. Be sure to read all the manufacturers instructions prior to using. It can get very hot and should be used with care.
5. Once your design is completed, finish it with the embossing heat tool again to set the design prior to washing. You can also throw it in the dryer.
6. Once they are set, you can give them a quick wash.
7. Don't dry them, but add a little more water too them (not dripping) and place them in the freezer folded in 3's or in quarters, in separate baggies. Do not put them in touching the side of the freezer or an ice cream maker bowl. Certain things will cause it to stick and not release. (may also depend on how much water is in the washcloth).

My girls made their own too and had a lot of fun! My only recommendation when deciding what design to put on your washcloths, is to only outline. Trying to fill it all in can use up your marker quickly and again it's difficult on terry cloth. On the thermometer design, I dotted it a little to looked filled in, but when you look closely at it, it's really not.

Here are some ways you can use them:
  • On any hot summer day - This may be at home, or at the beach, during the day or at night - no matter when - it's a great way to cool off!
  • Lunch Surprise - for a little refresher after lunch or recess - pack a frozen washcloth in your child's lunch bag, with a small ice pack to keep it really cold! My girls love this, and their friends are jealous! I've wanted to bring in tons for the classroom - but I wasn't allowed.
  • Sick Days - when the girls get really sick, it helps keep their core temp down to avoid tons of meds when it's just not that bad! It also helps with the stomach bug and they heat up quickly!
  • I Workout - no matter what sport you play (for my Grandmother it was Golf, for me it's Karate and Insanity workouts, for my husband it's Tennis) we can all use them to stay cool while we get our workouts done!
There are so many ways to benefit from these washcloths and beat the heat! Make one, make a ton, either way - it will be fun and cool this summer with your new frozen washcloth! (I will post a pic of my grandmothers cloths later...I can't locate the pics - so I'll take new ones. She did sailboats!)

Thanks for stopping by and crafting with me. If you'd like to see more vacation crafts, please hop around through the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop to check out what the other designers have come up with!

This tutorial is shared with you in the hopes that you will learn a new fun craft. Please do not use my tutorials for your own gain. Please do not use my photos without permission and please do not retake any photos to remake the tutorial for your own blog or another company. These photos and the text are copyright protected. If you'd like to "Pin" one of the photos, please credit me by using "#kidgiddy". Thank you for your cooperation. Although I was given Marvvy Uchida products free for my use, the ideas and opinions are my own.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Have A Picnic Even When It Rains "Grass Blanket" Tutorial - DCC Blog Hop

It's been pouring rain here in Maine for the past few days, and all along the east coast. Everything is sopping wet and it feels like we skipped over summer. Luckily that is not true! When trying to come up with a crafty "picnic" themed craft, I was stumped....but not for long.

Here in Maine we have to really get out when the weather is good. We only have a few short months of amazing warm weather, and I know I need all the Vitamin D I can get! So I get out when I can, but when the weather is bad...bring the outdoors in!

I made this "grass blanket" for my 2011 CHA Designer Showcase table, and wanted to put it on my desk during the winter months when I got home. It's really easy to make and your kids will love having their very own indoor picnic when it's pouring rain outside!

Here's what you'll need:
Lots of green fabric. The qty will be based on the size you want to make. If you want to make a smaller blanket, approx. 44" square, you'll need at least 5 yards of 4 or 5 different green patterns. 1 yard will be used for the base, and the others for the strips.

Here's what you do:
Step 1: Cut 3-4 inch strips of fabric. Mine are 4" (if you want the pieces smaller and the blanket "tighter", do 3").
Step 2: Sew down the center of the strips lengthwise.
Step 3: Fold over the first strip and sew the center of the next strip, approx. 1-2" apart from the first. Again this can vary, it's up to you how tight you want to sew them together. It will make it fuller if you sew them closer, and looser, if you spread them further apart.
Step 4: Continue to sew all the strips from one side of the blanket to the other. (TIP: If you want to sew on a backing, which I did not do, leave a 1 inch space on all sides of the base - don't sew to the edges).
Step 5: Cut the strips an inch apart, without cutting the seam. Then stagger the next row 1/2" so they are not cut the same. You can see my Scrappy Owl Tutorial for some photos of the "fluff" - which is the same process here.

My girls had a blast setting up their AG dolls for the photoshoot...and will have a blast playing with it again when they get home from school, since it's STILL raining!

I hope you can bring a little of the outside, inside at your home too! Go for a family picnic when ever you want with the Kid Giddy Grass Blanket! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. Be sure to click through the other blogs today to find more picnic and/or Father's Day crafts!

This tutorial is shared with you in the hopes that you will learn a new fun craft. Please do not use my tutorials for your own gain. Please do not use my photos without permission and please do not retake any photos to remake the tutorial for your own blog or another company. These photos and the text are copyright protected. If you'd like to "Pin" one of the photos, please credit me by using "#kidgiddy". Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Life Cycle of a Poppy Flower

I have become some what obsessed with this little plant of ours and had to share some pictures to show you this amazing life cycle. I received this poppy plant from my dear sweet friend Amy almost 2 years ago. She loves the color orange (and who can blame her) and thought it was just too pretty to leave at the store and gave it to me.
My husband takes care of the plants better than I do in this family, which is why we almost lost this one. It was dying rather quickly, so I found a rather empty spot in our newly landscaped yard and popped it in a little hole (before it was too late). I watered it frequently during the hot summer, as I watered the rest of the flowers, and nothing happened. Last year, we left it where it was and watered it more. Nothing happened.
My husband was going to pull it out this year with the weeds, and I said, no just leave it in there. It's not like the leaves had all died and withered, it just wasn't blooming. About a week and a half ago, my husband sent me a message and said "I'm glad you told me not to pull the flower out! There's a bud shooting up". The fact that he was glad I told him not to pull it was so sweet, but the fact that he was checking on it, was cuter than anything else! He kept me up to date on the buds progress and then a few days later the bud and shoot were well above the height of the nearby Daisy plant. One tiny little bud leaning over and dangling on a shoot almost 2 feet tall. Then another day went by and it got taller and slowly stood up a little straighter.
Friday morning he told me it was going to bloom soon, and later that day the bud popped open. So I immediately took my camera out and snapped a few pictures. I have not photoshop'd these pics at all. I have not added any filtering effects. These are pure nature at it's best. (And I couldn't be more thrilled if you were wondering!) I wish I had gone out later that afternoon or evening, because by the next morning (Saturday) the poppy was standing straight up, and in full bloom. Isn't it beautiful? It look so soft and fragile, like tissue paper. How does God make such amazing and beautiful things like this? I'm in awe!

Today, Monday, I noticed that the flower had already reached it's peak and was quickly fading. Even in death, this amazing flower, was too beautiful to not capture. It was very windy (of course) and I had to lean it over a little to the side, in the hopes of getting the flower to be still. Just one picture was all I was hoping for, that captured the beauty of it fading away. One picture that was crisp and clear, and it worked. It reminded me of Orange Sherbert. So sweet. So delicate.

Flowers are so uplifting and inspiring, and as this little plant began to bloom this year, we awaited it's blooms with baited breath. We did not give up on it. Almost did, but in the end, held out just a little longer. How often do we have to wait a little longer, to enjoy the richness and beauty that life and opportunities have to offer...until of course, the time comes to an end? It's worth it.

While this little flower bloomed, this little friend enjoyed his share of sunshine and sunflower seeds in our back yard. He was too cute and had to be photographed too! (again - no filter - no photoshop)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope that you can stop and enjoy whatever cycle you are in. Every cycle has something wonderful to offer. Even the end, because that only means a new cycle is just beginning.