Friday, December 10, 2010

Paper wreath

I just found a paper wreath on whipperberry that I must make.  It is like the paper pumpkin that we made back in october.  I can't wait to make this it looks so cute.  This time I am using matte modpodge though.   Mine was glossy and didn't have the look I wanted last time.Go here to see the tutorial on it.  Isn't this just so pretty?  I am thinking the possibilities of papers are endless.  I might have to have one for every holiday and season!!  ~Andi

New entertainment center

So here is my new entertainment center, almost done.  The only thing left is the knobs.  I loved my last one but we needed more wall space for our deer.  So I built this one, Waylon did help me here and there, mostly on things where I neede a bunch more hands than my own 2.  And then there were those horrid little false faces we cut out and then I was irritated at how they looked so Waylon went out and cut a bunch more and really did a good job on making them perfect!!  Thanks sugar!! I got the plans from Ana Whites site.  We spent about $145 on this so far.  We saved about $754, by building it ourselves.  I think that savings is pretty impressive.  It will look much better when I get the knobs that I want.  It will have 16 knobs, one on each false face.  Will post more pictures when completed.  ~Andi

Christmas things...

So I am finally posting some pictures of things I have made for christmas.  This picture above is an advent calendar made out of little match boxes.  I took scrapbooking paper and put it around each one then glued them all together.  I obviosly took out the matches before giving them to my kids.  Each day I put something new in the day that it is.  Some days I just put a small candy in a box or if I have a trinket to give then a note telling tham where to look for the new trinket.  Or this year we are doing some things like watch a christmas movie or play a game together or different things like that.  By the way I made this advent last year, my mom found the idea in a magazine.  Not sure which one sorry for not giving credit where it is deserved.  
  So this cute little Christmas tree was all over the wweb this year.  This is my 2x4 tree.  I got it from here.  Since then have seen it in many different places.  Everyone has such good ideas out there, I am so glad everyon is willing to share so we can all have cutely decorated houses. 
My friend Nicole, her sister and I have been having scrapbook days once a week for 4 or 5 years.  We skip some weeks, and when my friend was working we weren't able to keep up with our ritual, but we are mostly back to it, and we have just decided to call it craft day.  So a few weeks ago we decided that we really needed to make these cute porch hangers.  I have seen them in two different places.  So we took a couple of ideas and put them together.  Now we have something to make for each holiday or season, a sign to go on it.  So there is my Christmas sign, I can't wait to make the next one.  Should I just skip the New Year sign and head straight for Valentine's day?  go here or here to see other porch hangers.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Family Photos

We had our family photos taken by Tyler Burkett this year.  Usually we just set up the tripod and do it ourselves.  I think it was good that we did this this year.  I am very happy with the way they turned out.  hese are just a few of the shots he got of us.  We had this date set up for about a month and would'nt you know it Mindy ended up getting sick.  So our pictures could have been better if she wasn't sick.  We didn't have very many choices for dates.  We took our photos at Waylon's Grandma and Grandpa's house.  ~Andi

End of Season Football Party

The great coaches Rylee's football team had this year put on a football game Mom's vs. Kids.  The rules were mom's could only have five defensive players on the field and 8 offesive players on the field.  Mom's had to pull both of the kids flags, and no mom could run the ball 2 times in a row.  The kids ended up winning and a few kids got hurt that day.  I think all the mom's got hurt too, but we didn't know it until the next day.  I did end up falling down scraping my elbow up while I was reaching for a flag on a little guy.  We started cheating in the second half of the game beacuse we were losing so bad.   We did finally score once, I think.  ( That score was due to cheatig.  Oh and we were coached by a few different high school boys.  They had fun coaching us and trying o explain exactly what a sweep was.  One mom started pretending she was sweeping, she said I am a mom I know how to sweep but I don't know what a sweep is.  It was a fun time.  I am sure it was comical to watch.  ~Andi

P.S. I was sore in places I did not know I could get sore in!

Deer Hunting

My hunt was this past weekend.  It started on Friday November 12th.  We didn't get to go on Friday because Waylon needed to work.  So we went out on Saturday after Rylee's end of the season Football party.  So we didn't leave to go out until like 12:30.  We got out there and Jeremy spotted these deer within a couple of minutes of sitting down glassing. We also took our kids with us because they really had been wanting to go hunting and we were only going out for a half day, and figured we wouldn't see anything anyway.  So needless to say we probably won't be taking them again for a while.  They also thought it was a lot of fun, but they were very tired and grouchy by the time it was all over.  This was one heavy deer.  Waylon and Jeremy packed him out for me.  I couldn't have picked up half of the deer by myself, so I am thankful that they both are strong and could carry him out for me.  We didn't get home until like 1:30 in the morning.  He is a 3x4 with eyegaurds and a kicker.  Mindy didn't want to get in the picture with the deer, imagine that! We have already butchered our meat and got it in the freezer.  We now have a freezer full of meat. Yay!  ~Andi

Hanging Window

Here is my old window hanging from my kitchen ceiling.  I decorated her up with my Thankful garland that I made using some of Tatertots and Jellos tutorial.  I think this is just what i Needed in between my kitchen and living room.  I love it.  Now I can change it out everyseason or holiday! ~Andi

Kids Turkey Craft

Since the kids had Veteran's day off we went to crafting the day away.  My sister was here so she crafted with us.  I finished my 2x4 turkey's, the kids and I made these cute little birds out of paper bags.  Mine is the middle one Mindy's is on the riht and Rylee's is on the left.  I think they are cute and sew simple I found the idea somewhere in the blog world but I am not certain where I found it. (Sorry to whomever I stole the idea from for not giving you the credit deserved!)  We had a really good day.  ~Andi

Turkey 2 x 4's

Here is my little turkey family that I made last week using 2x4's!  I love how they turned out.  I found the idea via Craft Goodies.  She has lots of really good ideas.  I found her via Someday Crafts.  ~Andi

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Marshmallow Recipe

I found this awesome recipe over at I heart naptime
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Unflavored Gelatin {approximately 3 1/2 envelopes}
1/2 Cup of Cold Water
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup of Light Corn Syrup
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
Confectioners' Sugar {10X Powdered Sugar}

Makes 40+ Large Marshmallows

Combine unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, let sit for 30 minutes. {This can also be prepared without a stand mixer - Just place ingredients into a large bowl and use an electric hand mixer}.
In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and the additional 1/2 cup of water. Place over low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.

Increase the heat to high and boil mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 244°on a candy thermometer. {Approximately 12 minutes} Immediately remove pan from heat.

With a stand or hand-held mixer on low speed, slowly pour the syrup mixture into the gelatin.

Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is very thick, white and nearly tripled in volume. {Approximately 15 minutes} Add the vanilla and beat to incorporate.

Spray a glass baking pan with a light coat of non-stick baking spray and dust with confectioners' sugar. {my pan measured 13 X 9 X 2 1/2 inches} Pour marshmallow mixture into pan and sift a good layer of confectioners' sugar on top. Wet your hands and gently press on mixture, making sure it is even in the pan and somewhat smooth. Sift another generous coating of powdered sugar on top and place in fridge {uncovered} for at least 3 hours up to 24 hours, until firm.

Dust a large cutting board with confectioners' sugar. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan and invert. You may need to use your fingertips to gently pull the marshmallow out.

With a serrated knife, trim off the rounded edges and begin to cut into squares. It helps to dust the knife before each cut with confectioners’' sugar. If the knife becomes sticky wash, dry and complete steps above. A clean dry knife helps keep the cuts precise and the marshmallows square. Toss the cut marshmallows with additional confectioners' sugar to fully coat; This will prevent them from sticking together. The marshmallows will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.

I can't waitn to try this recipe it sounds like a yummy one and fun for gift giving! ~Andi

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Puppy

(Picture courtesy of Rylee Crump)
Rylee has a buddy whose dog had puppies.  Waylon wanted to go look at them because I had told him they were Border Collie's.  So we went and took a look, and we got one.  The kids are so excited.  Only problem is we are having another name problem.  Wayln and Rylee want to call him Oso, and Mindy wants to call him Oreo or Puffy.  I told them they all needed to pick a name so he would know what to come to.   I think his name may always be Puppy!   

The Scout...

 So some time ago, (like July) we started slowly working on painting our ocout that was handed down to us from Waylon's Grandpa. It originally had belonged to his Great Grandpa. So anyway we are finally finished with the outside. It looks great. We used paint that we already had, we weren't to sure about it at first, but then once it was done it seemed perfect for our scout. So the picture to the right is a before shot.  (By the way this is a 1964 International Harvester Scout 80. In running condition.) 

Picture to the left is also a before shot.

Above picture is after all the bondo work.It is ready to go to the paint booth.   

The above shot is of the scout in the paint booth.


These are the afters.  Doesn't it look great?  We put alot of hard work into this thing.  So now we are trying to name him, I think he should be named Senor, or Elmer (cause it kinda looks like an Elmer Fudd truck).  Waylon thinks it should be named Pedro.  So tell me what ou think. Next to do is the inside.  Then eventually Waylon is going to do some engine work to it.  I have taken the kids to school and picked them up in it a few times.  They love it!  ~Andi


 We had a Woody and Buzz Lightyear at our house this year!!  They looked adorable!  We did forget to put the bandanna on Rylee before we went to the trunk-or-treat.  But it was still cute.

 Notice the dimple on the chin.

 Woody even has a pull string!

Here are our carved pumpkins

So this big frankenstein guy is Rylee's carved pumpkin.  He did alot of the work.  Waylon helped him a little with the intricut details.  He did need a little help punching some of the holes in the pumpkin to get the right design but he did a good job. 

This here little pumpkin with the heart nose, Mindy did all by herself except the nose.  She was really into carving pumpkins this year.  She couldv'e sat and carved pumpkins all day long. 

This skeleton pumpkin is also Mindy's, she needed a little more help with this one because she picked one with so many details.  So helped her cut in a few spots.

This little guy is my pumpkin.  He is called All Stitched Up.  I used a drill for the eyes, It got juice all over, but it was fun. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rylee's Football season has come to an end...

He had a great football season this year.  He got to make lots of touchdowns, and pulled lots of flags.  Our team really learned lot from tjeir coaches.  Next year we have to move up to tackle football, Rylee is very ready for it, me not so much.  I am warming up to the idea.  We haven't gotten the photos that were professionally taken yet so I'll try to get one up here one of these days. ~Andi