I recently bought a small white frame at IKEA, oh lovely IKEA, to put on the shelf in my craft nook. I know my crafting area is nothing compared to this but it is the best craft space I have had since I’ve been married and I love it. My husband just recently hung the shelves for me and I’ve been collecting little things to organize my supplies and make it cute.
For the frame I wanted to make a print that would inspire me every time I looked at it. I absolutely adore the talk Happiness, Your Heritage by Deiter F. Uchtdorf. One of my favorite passages from the talk is:
“You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.” If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.”
If that’s not the perfect thought to go in a craft room I don’t know what is. I wanted to make it personal though, so in the print I wrote “I am” instead of “you are.”
Do you want the print for yourself? Do you want ten color combos to choose from? Well it must be your lucky day. Just click on the image of your choice and download the PDF, sized to be 5 x7. If you need a different size just send me an email letting me know the size, email@example.com, and I can make that happen.
I have a treat for you! And something to top it with. Isn’t that great how life works out? First you need to start off with the treat. I made some delicious cookies, known around our house as Butter Bombs. I’m sure you can tell from the name, these are super healthy cookies. (sarcasm button on.) This is a recipe out of a family cook book, and it is a favorite around our house. It is a variation on a chocolate chip cookie and they don’t last long around here!
Mix it up:
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chopped pecans (optional.) Although I don’t know who would want to ruin a perfectly good cookie with nuts, blech.
Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter, egg, vanilla, water, sugars, salt, and baking soda. Mix until light and fluffy. Add flour one cup at a time, stirring until just mixed. Add oats and chocolate chips. This time we also added some butterscotch chips, a personal favorite of mine.
Drop by spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Do not over bake! The cookies will look a little underdone when you take them out of the oven but they will set up and be perfect. Slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool. Or just eat right away.
Yum…just dig right in to that warm, gooey deliciousness.
If you can bring yourself to give some away (maybe you should just make a double batch) then top them off with some fun treat bag toppers, perfect for Thanksgiving.
In 1842 a newspaper editor asked the leader of our church, Joseph Smith, for more information about what we believe. Joseph Smith wrote back 13 short statements that summarize our basic, core beliefs. Today these 13 statements are known in my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Articles of Faith and we learn and memorize them from the time we are little kids.
I made these cards similar to the Young Women Value Cards or the Gospel ABC book. The cards can be downloaded in a PDF and are about 4 x 5 in size. Perfect for putting into a little photo book and throwing in the diaper bag, putting on a ring, adding to church quiet folders, or even hanging up in a bedroom or primary room. If you would like the cards to be a different size you can just save each individual picture to your computer and then resize it before you print.
This little banner will not only look cute with your holiday décor but it is a visual reminder of everything you have to be thankful for this time of year. Simply print off the Count Your Blessings sign and the little ‘I Am Thankful For’ cards. Attach a long piece of ribbon to the sign and hang. You can use clothes pins or paper clips to attach the cards or pictures. I think this would make a great family night activity. Or each person in the family could have a banner hanging from their door and they add one thankful card each night. Or just have it up on the wall and add to it whenever you think of something you’re grateful for. Lots of different ways to recognize all the blessings in your life! I’m excited to make this banner a family tradition.
Yes, we are thankful for ice cream in our house. Is that not normal?
With Thanksgiving just around the corner (seriously, where does time go?) I decided it was time to update my little frame on my bookshelf. Out went the Lovely Autumn print and in came this fun Give Thanks piece. I am really liking the bright colors and cute little bird. And the simple reminder to be thankful. I love this holiday for that reason. It is always a wake up call to be grateful for the numerous blessings in my life. I feel like Sam and I have had some particularly amazing blessings just in the last few weeks and I have much to be thankful for. That’s one reason I love this holiday. The turkey might be another. And the mashed potatoes. And the great shopping deals.
The PDF has been sized to be about 5 x 7. Download the PDF here. If you want a different size you can just save the above image to your computer and resize it in whatever program you choose.