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New Digital Scrapbooking site.

Hi Everyone, 

For those who have followed me for the last 10 years knew that I was very active in both paper scrapbooking as a consultant and as a designer. About 7 years ago, I was a part of several online digital scrapbooking store, selling my designs. When I was going through school and adopting of my 2 little boys, I took down my products. I have finally decided to get back into both paper scrapbooking with Close to my Heart (http://krismazy.ctmh.com) and with the introduction of my new digital scrapbooking site at http://www.krisandlarry.com/shop. I will have some of my old designs and many of my new ones.  

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Dryer Sheets

KrisAndLarry.com - Essential Oil Tuesday, DIY Have you read what is in the dryer sheets that we use on our clothes? I have! And I HATE those chemicals touching my body!!!

Dryer sheets are VERY easy to make… and only costs pennies with things that I already have on hand!!!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup white vinegar (if you have a larger jar, you can incread the vinegar to 2 cups and add 10 additional drops of essential oils)
  • 20 drops of essential oils. We used lavender and rosemary in the video. Lavender is yummy, and so is tea tree oil. Lemon grass smells like fruit loops. I love patchouli and orange with a bit of ylang ylang mixed in. All of these can be found online at www.youngliving.com/krismazy. 
  • Glass jar with lid (I picked about a dozen up at the dollar store last year to use for different projects around the house. )
  • Flannel or cotton material cut into 6×6 or 6×8 pieces (DO NOT USE NEW FABRIC in RED or OTHER DARK COLORS!!! It will bleed into your clothes!) We used a worn, old thick shirt that was my dad’s… it was on its way to the garbage since it had a hole in it.

 

Add vinegar to the jar. Drop in the essential oils. seal jar and shake throughly…. I know what you are thinking … VINEGAR? That smells funny!!! Once it goes through the dryer, it has no smell…. and helps get rid of anything existing in the clothes.

Add in the cloth to the jar and let it soak up the vinegar mixture.

When you switch your laundry, ring out one or two of the cloths and throwthem in the dryer with your laundry.

Once you fold your clothes, throw the now dry dryer sheet back in with the liquid in the jar.

We replace our vinegar every other week or so… or as we smell the clothes are not as strong with the essential oils.

 

Creating Garden Gnome Costumes

gnome costume - krisandlarry.comI was honored to be able to make our annual family costumes. Every year we do a theme for the family (this year it is for all 16 of us – our family of 10, my sister Jen and her family and my parents)… This year, Mazy’s (my dad’s gun and cigar store) has one of the business booths at the community “Trunk or Treat” event put on by the Town of Chino Valley

For the boys, we made tunics and beards, both out of felt. They are wearing sweat shirts and pants under. We made belts as well to go around the tunics.

For the girls, we made knee length skirts and shawls. They are also wearing sweatsuits under their outfits.

Everyone is getting a gnome hat as well.

 

Directions:

The tunics are rectangle pieces of felt with ovals cut out for the head openings.

The beards are white felt cut in the shape of a beard with layers of white felt cut with one wavy side and sewn across over lapping. Then, we added a piece of Velcro onto the front on each side at the top to Velcro the beards to the hats.

The belts are just long pieces of fabric tied in the back.

Belt Buckles are pieces of foam core cut and spray painted silver.

The girls’ skirts are just simple  elastic skirts and I added a shawl of felt. We also cut and ironed on fabric mushrooms on some of the costumes.

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Repurpose old lockers – Honor Him wall saying

IMG_20141023Repurpose old gym lockers - Front Entry Hall Storage - www.krisandlarry.com

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I found an amazing find at a yard sale (if you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am a closet-case yard saler! It is my way of escaping for a little while on Friday mornings with my mom and clearing my head of kid stuff for a little while. Having Larry off on Fridays is a HUGE help, and 2 of our kids (2 of our adopted boys) have therapy, so Larry takes them to that for me.

I found a set of old high school gym lockers at a yard sale for $40. (Although ugly in color) They were nearly PERFECT! They were in this super nice man’s shed for the last 30 years as part of his workshop area.

A roll of my husband’s eyes for having to get the trailer hooked up on the suburban and loading kids up to help move this bad boy, we had the rust colored family project at home and in the front patio. $20 later in spray paint (I had to go with Cherry Red) and a visit to a few websites, I have finally found the exact fixtures to fix the 2 broken handles (Still have to work on that part)

This is my new kid organizer! Yes, It is in my front all of my CRAZY Kidlett Ranch. And OH MY! 8 Kids living here right now AND 8 lockers… Never a missing sweatshirt or pair of shoes again!

It took me all weekend to tape and paint… and then moving it was a feat in itself. But, now, we have the PERFECT (and almost CRAZY) piece of furniture in my house… and IT WORKS!! (Even if one of my in-laws thought that it was tacky! LOL) And if I find another one… I would scoop it up just as fast too!

 

To complete what I wanted as my entry hall was a saying from Facing the Giants. AWESOME MOVIE!!!

“And if we win, we praise Him. And if we lose, we praise Him. Either way we honor Him with our actions and our attitudes.”

I changed it up a bit to fit our family…

Praise Him when you win

Praise Him when you lose

Honor Him in all you do

 

 

Pool Noodle "Stick" Horses – Summertime activities

I love Dollar Stores!! I found $1 pool noodles… I don’t have a pool… What am I going to do with them?

I am going to make pool noodle HORSES!

My little LONE RANGERS need these!!! These were so easy to make.


We ended up making 15 of them for our house (and for the motorhome to take with us camping!!)

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These are so simple to create! Here’s what you need!!

  • pool noodle
  • large, thick rubber band
  • twine or ribbon
  • felt  – cut to create hair. (fold the piece in half long ways and cut strips towards the folded section but not all the way through to make fringe)
  • sharpie marker
  • low temperature hot glue gun or gorilla glue – school glue didn’t hold well. (The high temperature WILL melt the noodle!)

Directions:

  1. Fold the noodle about 12 inches from the end and place the large rubber band around both pieces (see, it needs to be a large this one!).
  2. Tie the ribbon on the horse around the “nose” and the body and make a rein.
  3. Glue the Felt Hair on the pony and draw a face with the marker…

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Natural Dye Easter Eggs!


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I LOVE finding interesting articles online. THANKS AUNT DONNA for sending this to me! This article was on What’s cooking America. Every year we use different items like the follow list to dye our eggs. Looking forward to the weekend to do it again. 🙂

As most of you know, Elwyn is Anaphylaxis to Red Dye – Easter when she was about 15 months old, I fed her jelly beans and she has a reaction that sent us to the hospital when her heart having to be restarted among other terrible things because of the dyes that I fed her. We have converted the entire house to dye-free and it helps my 3 amigos as well (Autism and PTSD & ADHD can also be effected by dyes and processed foods as well). 

 

How to make natural egg dyes:

  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be aboEasterEggDye2ut 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer.NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
Color
Items To Dye With
Blue
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Brown Gold
Dill Seeds
Brown Orange
Chili Powder

Gold
Turmeric
Green
Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Grey
Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Lavender
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Orange
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
Pink
Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
Cranberries
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
Yellow
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffr

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Summertime Activities – Chalkboard wall

Leave a message for your kids every day, or every week or every month. A chalkboard wall or message center is the perfect spot to do that!.

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One of the highlights that the kids love in our home is the many chalkboard walls that we have. I have a full wall in my office and then there are stripes in the little girl and little boy rooms.

I have found that since I have put in the chalkboard sections, we do not have anyone writing on the walls in any other places… no crayon, paint or pens! YEAH! And their walls change often. Sometime they are just scribbles… others they are filled with flowers and hearts.

We have converted a corner in my office to a “quiet zone” with a glider, books, felt toys and the chalkboard. It is utilized often! We have found that when our little boys need a bit of relaxation, this is where they both tend to circulate to.

Every week, I change part of my wall near my desk to have a quote for the kids.  Some are bible verses, others are fun quotes that I find online. I do not take a ton of time with the font… I mean, I could make it look like restaurant signs if I wanted…

 

 

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 Creating a chalkboard wall or section is really REALLY easy. Essentials that you need: Obviously Chalkboard paint (I got mine at Ace Hardware. – I love our local Ace in Chino!!) It is also available online if you are not in a hurry – It is on Amazon- I put a link to the right.

You will need blue tape to mark off your area and a paintbrush.  – My FAVORITE TOOL that I use to paint with it the As seen on TV Point and Paint. I put a link to this as well. I know… CHEESEY!  I have used mine on everything from walls to craft projects… and I just ordered another one too.

My full wall took a quart and a half of paint. I buy them 2 quarts at a time so that I have some all of the time.

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Here is the wall in my office – Please ignore the clutter on the shelf! LOL Just keeping it real!!

 

December 2010 Advent – December 22nd – Make yourself another Nativity

I believe that you can never have too many Nativity Scenes up for Christmas time. I have started adding a new one every year to our “collection”. This year, I made one and was inspired by one I saw at my mom’s group, Vital Moms at the Height Church. I was sad to not know WHO made the one there to give proper credit to my MUSE. 🙂 (If it is you, let me know!!)

These are fun to make and do not take up a TON of time… although you can get lost in detail.

You will need:

  • 2 small clay or wooden pots,
  • 2 large wooden balls for the “heads”,
  • a clay or wooden plaque,
  • scrap felt in white and 2 other colors,
  • brown paint,
  • flesh paint
  • white paint,
  • raffia,
  • hot glue gun.
  • Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
  1. Paint the balls flesh and the pots a brown color(I also “crackled” the bodies with my crackle paint). Hot glue together. Add the colored scraps on to make clothing and ties with a piece of raffia each, Mary around her neck and Joseph around the head.
  2. Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
  3. Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
  4. Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
  5. Optional: add texture snow around the base – This MUST dry overnight!!

Here is the sample that inspired me:

And here is my finished nativity:

Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

December 2010 Advent – December 10th – Paper Nativity

I have been looking all over for fun activities to do with the kiddoes and I came across this post on   http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/ and on Tip Junkie. I was SO excited to see it. I had to share with you!!! A printable 3-D Nativity to make with toilet paper rolls.

I copied their entire post below. Have fun this weekend with your kids and make this. (you can also use paper towel rolls cut in half)

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I made a printable nativity set for kids, and the best part is, it’s free! 🙂

Materials Needed:

  • About 13 Toilet Paper Tubes*
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons
  • Printed Coloring Sheets

Directions for Completing Nativity Craft:

  • Print the Coloring Pages (links below)
  • Color with crayons
  • Cut out as indicated on the sheets
  • Glue around toilet paper tubes with glue stick. For most, just glue the bottom even with the bottom of the toilet paper tube and let the heads hang off the top. A few of the weird ones have directions below.


When gluing the angel, let her wings flap free where you cut them at the dotted line, and then curl them out slightly with your finger.


When gluing the empty stable, just glue each edge to a toilet paper tube half way around.


When gluing the palm tree, let the leaves you cut on the dotted line flap free so they stand out.

That’s it! Now, here’s the free printable sheets to get started on your nativity! 🙂

Nativity Sheet 1 – Jesus in the manger and 2 camels

Nativity Sheet 2 – Mary and Joseph

Nativity Sheet 3 – Shepherd and a sheep

Nativity Sheet 4 – 2 Kings

Nativity Sheet 5 – 1 King and a Camel

Nativity Sheet 6 – Angel and a Donkey

Nativity Sheet 7 – A Sheep and a Palm Tree

Nativity Sheet 8 – Empty Stable

All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you’d like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and not my individual downloads. Thanks!

*If you don’t have 13 toilet paper tubes, try using tubes from paper towels or gift wrap! 🙂 You could also consider leaving out some of the pieces.

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Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

December 2010 Advent – December 9th – Make a gift for someone else today

Time to start (or finish) making gift for Christmas time. Shelby is working on gifts for people in her youth group and was going through my book of ideas when she came across these. So, I thought that I would post them.

Shrinky Dink Earrings
You will need the following

  • Shrinky Dink
  • your computer with a color prints (or you can rubber stamp images onto the shrinky dink),
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • earring fish hooks
  • (and your oven!!!)
  • clear spray paint (not necessary however, if the earrings get wet they might smudge without)

Yes, these are all things that I have at my house (remember I am an all-around crafter) but your can easily get them at Walmart or any craft store.

Directions

Draw, print or stamp your image. Cut them out (I did a circle on each of these so there would only be smooth edges). Punch a hole in the top and heat in the oven per the directions on your shrinky dink. Once done shrinking, spray with clear paint and add your fish hook. You have a FAST and FUN gift ready to give!!! ***TIP: watch your finger prints when cutting or it might smear!!***

Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,