Thursday, January 28, 2010


Congrats Nicole!  I will get Mary over to you to help with the kids and get your house 'Spit Spot' ASAP! 

(Nicole is also the the mother of the Lucky boy that wore these when they were jeans, and lived to tell about it ! )

Thanks to all that entered, I hope that was as fun for you as it was me!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

{drum roll please} MY Very FIRST GIVE away! enter HERE

so I've always wanted to do a give away... HOWEVER, I have a deep fear of rejection and think "what if people don't even want the free item I'm about to throw their way??"  so please, just enter my SUPERCALAFRAGALISTIC GIVEAWAY or I might go fly a kite and never come back!

so here it goes, it only seems right that this should be my first ever prize

Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary 2 disk set!

so here's the deal:

  • enter a comment now and tell me which item you like at either of my stores  here or here ,  for one entry (and if you say "i hate them all... then i'll just be sad, but still a little happy that you looked).
  • enter 2 MORE comments if you mention this on your blog and link to me
  • enter 1 MORE comment if you twitter link about the giveaway
  • enter 1 MORE comment if you mention and link to this on Facebook

so that gives you 5 chances to enter.  I will close the giveaway at 8pm MST on Thursday, January 28, 2010 and use the very scientific random number picker thingy website.  If you don't leave me a way to get ahold of you in the comments, I will post your name on 1/28/10 and you can contact me.

good luck to you all (and to me.... what if no one enters ....)


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

even Fancy Nancy would call these gaudy, but we are loving them anyway!

Between the glitter and the hot glue gun it's been a very dangerous night over here at the Poppins household.  Little Miss "helped" me make headbands tonight, and I think they turned out pretty darn cute!  Of course we never finish projects during the day light, so you will just have to rely on our flash photography!  Hold on and keep your arms in the vehicle!
(updated: Kate from red-feather photography took pity on our pitiful pictures and snapped some shots of peanut butter face jojo!  thanks kate!)
I wanted to name one of them "the Kate" but in the end I couldn't pick just one.  Which one do you think Kate?

Friday, January 8, 2010

HOW TO make 2010 Primary Theme Blocks for birthdays - DIY

Need an idea, project or birthday present for your primary kids? 
 Here is an easy how to just for you!
(dedicated to: our Primary President Wendy - who always tries to tell me she's NOT Crafty!)

(model was forced to smile, but I do think she liked it)

what you need:
measuring tape
blocks of wood (we used 3 1/2 planks cut into 6 inch pieces - but get creative use what you can find!)
Picture or graphic - you can get them here
paint  - spray or brush on
spray adhesive, or whatever glue you like
craft knife
sandpaper (if you are doing a lot of them I recommend using a sander)
sealer  - recommend spay on sealer
paint pen

there are lots of places to get wood, but my favorite is the .51 cent pile at home depot.  A 4 ft board got me 8 six inch pieces (for .51!)
If you don't cut wood, call your home teacher, I used Brother Rodriguez, but even he has limits so call your own home teacher!

Paint the back and sides whatever color you like

At this point you should already know the size and you can choose to crop your image if you need to, or wait and do it once adhered.

Apply the glue of your choice (I wanted to show you without going back outside, but did NOT spray this in the house)

put the bare side of the wood to the back of your image.

squish out any air, and make sure it's on there good

cutting the edges off are gonna be ugly, it's ok don't worry about it

don't be a perfectionist!

Sand sand sand, all the front and side edges.  It's ok if you sand part of the picture, it adds character.  Really, quit being a perfectionist!

Wipe all your sawdust off

You can sign now or later.  Our Primary presidency is going to sign them all later, I just wanted you to see how it will look (special huh?)

Spray sealer,  a couple nice coats to ensure a really finished, held together look.

There you go, as easy way to show your kids you think they are special (and for very little $)  We spent right at $20 for 50 blocks!

I hope this gets your creative juices going!