Thursday, January 2, 2014

Valentines Orders for 2013

I never did a post on the Valentines orders I finished last year, so I thought I’d do a quick one, in case anyone is looking for some more inspiration.
I did matching sister dresses from the Whimsy Couture Ruffled Neckline Dress Pattern. It’s one of my favorites. (If you’re interested in your own but don’t want to make it, let me know!!! Find my shop HERE).
(Sorry that all these pictures will have 2 watermarks. Whoopsie.)
Bows and a hairclip too. The lighting is so much better in these.
I also did some boys shirts for 2 sets of brothers. They’re done with freezer paper stenciling and appliqués. (Again, if you are interested in a custom order of them, let me know!!!)
The last outfit I did was a shirt with a heart appliqué done with rows of lace and a shirred waisted skirt made from this pattern.
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I think I probably need to make a tutorial for that shirt. Isn’t it fun?

*Please remember that these ideas are for personal use only! If you want to purchase something you see, let me know!*

BETTER in 2014

My word for 2014. I think I did pretty well last year, with my word "Do". I did quite a bit. But this year. This year, I want to do better.


Isn't that a great word? 

This is what I said about it on Instagram: My word for 2014. There are so many things I want to do better and make better, but I will start with myself. Bettering my physical health and spiritual health are the top of my list. Being a better wife, mother, friend, example, bettering my business, my skills... I could go on and on. Bring it on, 2014! I'm ready for you!!! #betterin2014 #itstime #wholenewme #wellkinda #abetterme

I'm going to try to use the "better in 2014" hashtag throughout the year, as I post things that I think pertain to my word.

Don't we all just want to be a little better? I'm not talking better than everyone else, better than our friend or neighbor. I'm talking about being better than we were yesterday, last week, last year. Better than this morning. 

My biggest focuses right now are being better to my body and my spirit. They both get neglected so often and it's time that I give them the attention they need. Being a better mom and wife are the next biggest things I want to work on. My family deserves all my love and I want to give it to them.

I'm also going to better my blog and my etsy shop (Max & Maycie). Yay!

2014, you're going to be my best year yet! I hope you're ready!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Relief Society General Meeting 2013

My mom got tickets for the General Relief Society meeting for her, my sisters and I. Only Mom, Elizabeth, Sarah, and I were able to go, but it was so amazing!!!

I was so excited that Elizabeth came. She has been my partner in crime on more than one occasion. She's leaving in a couple weeks for her mission to Wisconsin! I can't believe she's old enough to be doing this. But she is and I couldn't be more proud! 

It was such a gorgeous day in Salt Lake! The days before had been so cold and it snowed at my mom's house! 

My wonderful mom and I. Seriously. This is one incredible lady. Her love and grace are incredible and unconditional. I'm so grateful for the example she has set for me all of my life and for the awesome grandma she is to my kids!!  

The three sisters! Sarah (on the left) is my only sibling that's married. She's pregnant with her first little boy!!! I'm so excited to have a nephew of my own!! (2 of Dustin's sisters have little boys, but it's so different for it to be MY sister!!) (Yes, I know it's blurry... Sorry. :/)

It really was such a great day! From trying to kill zombie flies in the car, waiting in line forever at Kneaders for lunch, eating the best salad of my life, laughing at the thousands of women that were everywhere we turned (not really laughing AT them. Just that there were SOOOO many!!!!), hashtagreliefsociety, bawling like a baby while trying to sing the songs, fantastic talks about giving service and sharing ourselves and our time, being uplifted and inspired to do good and share good and be good. It was all so much fun. I really hope that we can do this again and again!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell costumes

Last year (2012), my kids decided that they wanted to be Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. I was all for it!
Hello, fun costumes? That totally go together? That I could make? Yes, please!!!
I think this is the best picture of the two of them together that I got. Yes, I realize it’s horrible.
So, we moved to the back yard.
The lighting was a little better back here. And by the magic of photo editing, I think it looks a million times better. No bright sunset anyway.
Lets start with little miss Tink, okay? Maycie was so excited.
She has such a fairy attitude, happy, flitting and flying all over. It was perfect for her.
I didn’t really use a certain tutorial for her costume. The tutu is a separate piece, just tulle tied on a crocheted headband. The wings are from the dollar store and were too big to fit her shoulders well. I eventually safety pinned them to her shoulders so they weren’t flopping all over. But they were the perfect Tinkerbell wings, and for $1, I wasn’t complaining! Well, not much. ;)
I was slightly inspired by this costume, but I just measured Maycie and kind of did what I wanted. The back ended up off center for some reason, but I figured with her wings on and with her running around, it really didn’t matter. I just used some grommets for the back and laced some ribbon through. I love it! (Oh, the very back petal has velcro to hold it to the other side, so it opens up to make it easier to get dressed)
Hand down, my favorite part of her costume was her shoes. Gah!!!! They still make me happy. (Sorry they’re dirty. She was climbing on the slide which was apparently filthy from all the fall wind!)
(They are currently old and tattered and the paint is all flakey, but I can’t bring myself to throw them away. They were so cute! Maycie says we’re saving them for our baby. No, I’m not pregnant. For someday I suppose.)
The shoes were white before and had a flower on top. I ripped the flower off, stuffed them with paper towels, and taped off the soles with painters tape. I sprayed them with some bright green (called Eden by Rustoleum). After that had dried, I sprayed them with some glitter spray paint (Krylon Glitter Blast Spray Paint in Diamond Dust). I think I actually did 2 coats of glitter. I wanted these babies SPARKLY!!!
When they were all dry, I just hot glued the white marabou puffs on the top. Ta-da! Perfect Tinkerbell shoes!!
On to my little Peter Pan! I was so excited that he chose this. He is such a boy and I think his personality was a perfect fit. I don’t know if I told him to pose like this, but it makes me laugh! He rarely holds still, so I’m just glad I have any pictures of him!
I used this tutorial as the base for his shirt and for his hat (and kind of the belt and sword). I didn’t cut his shirt up the back and I added a collar. I also knew he would want to play with his sword, so it’s not attached at all, just stuck in the belt. His pants are just green leggings from the girl’s section at Wal-Mart. He doesn’t know that. I don’t plan to tell him.
I was right. This was his favorite part (I think part of the fun was that he got to help me make it too!). I used a few layers of white felt (3 maybe?) for the blade and just sewed through them all. Then I painted it with silver fabric paint. The handle is just 2 layers of felt that I slid the blade between and sewed around the whole piece. I also sewed the name PETER into the handle to give it a little more detail.
I tied a few thin strips of felt around the handle too.
I also made him some little shoe covers. They were kind of horribly made and I completely winged it when I made them. But they were a fun finishing touch.
I’m so glad I took a few decent pictures of these. They were my favorite costumes I’ve made so far (and they’re heading to Florida for my cousin’s kids to use them again this year. Yay!!!). Jayden has requested a puppy for this year and Maycie has had a million ideas, but I imagine a princess will be the one that wins. And I have big plans for them too.
Thanks for reading!!!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Follow Me Over To Bloglovin!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Never Really Alone

I started this blog as a place to post my crafty projects. But I need it to be more than that sometimes, I've decided. It's mine, so I can do that, right? I wrote this post a bit ago and have been trying to decide if I wanted to post it or not. It's long, rambling, whiney, a bit embarrassing.

But here it is anyway. Be nice. ;)

I've been struggling a bit lately and it kind of makes me feel dumb.

My life isn't really harder than anyone else's. I'm incredibly blessed and grateful for all I have.

But some decisions I made about 6 and a half years ago are still impacting me today. I knew they would, though that doesn't make it any easier to deal with.

I knew I was going to marry Dustin before we even went on our first date. I didn't know why and I thought I was going crazy. I prayed and prayed about it, and knew he was the one, but it still didn't make any sense to me.

I had always dated good Mormon boys in high school. In college, they were returned missionaries. More good boys.

Dustin smoked and drank. He swore up a storm. He hadn't been to church in at least 10 years, probably more. He wanted nothing to do with it.

This was the guy I was supposed to marry?

He wasn't all bad. Not even close. He was sweet as could be. Loving, loyal, supportive. He became my best friend and I couldn't imagine my life without him. But I didn't know how we would ever get married. I had stopped going to church regularly and wasn't doing everything I was supposed to, but I still really wanted to get married in the temple. I wouldn't accept anything less.

And then I got pregnant.

Not what I had planned, not how I had expected my prayers to be answered. But I can see now that that is exactly what had happened.

Dustin wasn't willing to change and I wasn't willing to give up. So we made a decision and were married. We had been taking about it for months and months, so it wasn't so crazy to us. Not the timing we wanted, but it was too late to pick.

Jayden was born about 6 months after we got married. We were so happy. He helped to heal broken hearts in my family and helped us to look beyond ourselves a little more.

When Jayden was about a year old, I decided to start going back to church. I had missed it. I still prayed, I still believed, I just didn't GO. I knew I needed it, my soul craved it. So, with a little divine intervention, I made an appointment with my bishop and started going again.

I took Jayden with me. He helped distract me from the stares and whispers that I knew were there. It took every bit of strength I had to keep going, keeping my chin up. I looked like I was there alone, except for my baby. But I wasn't. I knew I wasn't. Especially on the hardest Sundays, I knew there was someone else with me, giving me the courage and support to make it through those 3 hours and to go back again the next week.

I started taking a temple prep class, something I wanted so badly. As it ended, Dustin's dad moved in with us for about a month. And I got pregnant with Maycie (yay!!). And I got sick (not so yay). It was getting a little harder. Life was getting harder. I was hanging in though. Holding on tight.

I went through the temple on January 16, 2010. I was 7 months pregnant with Maycie. Emotional and massive. But I was there! I did it! Something I had always wanted. I did it. It was one of the best days in my life. I knew I was getting where I wanted to be.

It also ended up being one of the hardest days of my life. Dustin felt so shut out. Some family members said some things to him that made him feel like even more of an outsider. I spent a good part of the night crying, wondering if I had made a mistake. Done something that I wanted even though it was bad for us. I felt so selfish. But I still knew I had done the right thing.

The next day I went to church, afraid that when I got home, Dustin wouldn't be there. Afraid he had changed his mind and didn't want to be married to a church-going, temple-attending, garment-wearing girl (Yes, that was an issue. They're kind of awful if they mean something negative to you).

He was still there when I got home. He wasn't giving up on me.

We talked a lot that weekend. We cried. We prayed. We talked some more. We kissed a little bit. That does help fix things, in case you were wondering.

We realized that things were still okay, just a little different. We still loved each other. We loved Jayden (and the baby girl in my tummy). We weren't going anywhere or changing in any negative way. We were still us.

And here we are, married for 5 1/2 years. Two beautiful children, a nice little house, a goofy dog, and a happy family.

I still take my kids to church by myself. There are Sundays when I spend the entire Sacrament meeting fighting back tears of frustration. Some Sundays they leak out. As hard as it is, I never regret going. Ever.

I spoke in church on Easter. I dunno who had that crazy idea. But one of the things I kept going back to as I wrote my talk was that we could never give up and that we were never alone.

Out Heavenly Father knows when we feel discouraged, when we feel like giving up. But because of Christ's atoning sacrifice, we are never alone. Christ knows how we're feeling. His comfort and peace is always available to us. We just need to seek it, ask for it. The Lord sends us the companionship of the Holy Ghost to give us the comfort and peace that we seek.

On my hardest days, like today, it's so easy to forget that someone is looking out for me and wants to help me. I'm loved no matter how far from perfect I am. And believe me, I am pretty dang far from it. Prayer is one of the most powerful things we have. It gives us an opportunity to ask for help, blessings, comfort, guidance, give thanks, and just a chance to talk to our Father. There is no one better for us to talk to.

I'm so grateful for this life I have. For my good husband and all he does for our family and for me. I'm grateful for the daddy he is. I'm also grateful for my Father in Heaven and the peace he gives to me when I need it most.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The. Best. Chocolate. Chip. Cookies. EVER.

Really. They’re that good. And the dough is even better.
I’ve had this recipe for around 5 years. I’m pretty sure I got it from another blog, but I just copied it down and didn’t write a source down. Lame. Because I really want to tell them how awesome these are.
This is what my recipe looks like. I keep it in the front cover of my recipe folder. It’s got a bunch of stains on it, that seem to have magically disappeared in the picture. Weird.
Start by creaming 1Tbs vanilla, 3 sticks softened butter, 1 1/4 c sugar, 1 1/4 c brown sugar, and 2 eggs.
This is what it looks like when it’s all creamed together. Yum!
I usually mix my dry ingredients in another bowl and whisk them together, though I forgot a picture of that step. 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking soda, 4 c flour. Add that in, about a cup at a time, until it’s well incorporated. Then add one bag of chocolate chips. Or one and a half. I think I added an extra half a bag of mini chips this batch.
These are my best friends for baking and cookie making.
Scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. I do about 9 and they’re  perfect.
They should be just barely browning around the edges. Barely.
And look like this on the bottom. Soft, gooey cookies. No crunchers here.
I scoop my extra dough onto another cookie sheet and freeze it. When it’s frozen (it only takes an hour), I put them all in a gallon sized Ziploc with the cooking instructions written on the side. {They take an extra minute to bake when they’re frozen.}
I also throw one or two dough pieces in a bowl and put them in the microwave for 45-60 seconds when I’m craving a warm cookie but don’t want to eat make a whole batch.
I also love to share them with my favorite littles!

The best chocolate chip cookies EVER!
1 Tbs vanilla extract (get the good kind, not imitation!)
1 1/2 C butter (3 sticks), softened
1 1/4 C sugar
1 1/4 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 C flour
1 bag chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350.
Cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk to mix. Add to butter mixture, one cup at a time, until well mixed. Add chocolate chips.
Using a cookie scoop (or spoons, about 1 Tbs full), scoop dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until bottoms are just barely golden brown.

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