Friday, August 2, 2013

Pin of the Week - Beeswax cloth snack bags

In case you missed it, here is my segment on making the beeswax cloth snack bags for Good Things Utah!

Pin of the Week

Beeswax cloth Snack Bags - as seen on Good Things Utah

 I am so excited to begin this new adventure of "reviewing pins" for Good Things Utah!  What a fun way to get my craft on :)

I found this pin on pinterest and was so intrigued with the concept of using beeswax to make some cute sandwich or snack bags for the new school year!  I liked the idea of making something that is 100% natural, non-toxic and relatively inexpensive.  Coating your snack bag in beeswax will keep your food from drying out because it doesn’t breath.  It makes your cloth water resistant and helps to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and bacteria.

I followed the instructions on this pin almost exactly but did change just a FEW things.  Here is what I did:
 Cut your 2 fabric strips to be 7" wide x 13" long.  With the right sides of your fabrics facing each other, sew them together at the top & bottom of the fabric.

Turn the fabric right side out and iron your seams.

Cut your FabricFusion velcro to be 6.5” long and iron to the top & bottom of the bag leaving a 1/4” space for a seam on both sides.

Melt the beeswax on LOW heat in your pan.  Put a magazine in between the liner and the front of your bag.  This helps keep the bees wax from leaking through onto the front of the bag.

 It looks like this when that happens:
 Carefully paint the wax below the velcro and 1/4” from each side.  Believe me, you will want to do this carefully because your sewing machine WILL NOT like having to sew on waxy cloth :)  Let the wax dry.
Fold the rectangle in half with the velcro facing out and sew the sides

Fold your bag right side out to use!

To wash:  Hand wash in COLD water with a mild detergent only.

Helpful lesson I learned:


Instead of using the block of bees wax, I bought these beeswax organic pastilles on Amazon.com.  They were only $18.38 for 2 lbs.  This is MORE than enough.  I am sure I could make a bazillion of these bags with this much wax.  I liked this wax because it melted quickly and was easier to measure.

I also noticed that the original pin mentioned ironing the bees wax onto the fabric with wax paper.  I tried this but it made the wax go all the way through so there is wax on the outside and the inside of the bag.  It isn't so bad now, but I was worried about wax melting onto my stuff.  Don't be tempted :)

Before I figured out to use the magazines, I didn’t like that the wax was showing on the front of the bag when I first tried this.   I tried to first do the liner with the beeswax and then sew the fabric with beeswax on it but it was way hard to sew AND wax ended up melting on the main fabric when I tried to iron on the velcro so that was not a successful way to modify this.

HAPPY CRAFTING!  :)

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Crafty ways to get your kids do chores!

With spring in the air I am REALLY feeling the need to clean my house!  I am quickly realizing I need my kids' help to do this so I created a few ideas to help get things done.

SATURDAY CHORE BUCKETS
I saw this idea on Pinterest and I would LOVE to give credit for this cute idea but there was only a picture, and not a link anywhere!  Since I have 3 kids I got 3 buckets with the supplies needed for them to do their chores.  I put a tag on the bucket with their "to do list".  When they finish this chore, I am going to let them draw a lottery ticket!
This lottery ticket is where I got my craft on!  I went to CAMERA SHY IN LEHI and told them I needed a decent picture of myself (hard to do!) holding a frame.  It was easy because they have so many props they grabbed this frame right away!  They snapped me some pics and I picked my favorite one.

Because they give me the CD of pictures, I was able to use photoshop and add a white square inside the frame and then just simply print these puppies at Costco.

With a thin sharpie marker I wrote in the "prize" they will get for completing their chore.

Using 2 parts metallic paint to 1 part dish soap, paint a square of paint on a piece of contact paper or clear tape.  Let dry and re-paint as needed for coverage.

Cut the contact paper to the size of the square on your picture.  Now it is ready to be scratched off!

The kids will love the surprise and the fun of scratching off this card when they finish their chores.  (I'm not going to guarantee they will love the actual chore, heehee) 
CHORE JARS
I love this idea because I can make their chores match my room and look like decor! To start, I will give you instructions on how to make this cute little puppies and then I will tell you how I use them!
I wanted the color on my candlesticks to show through as being white so I painted each wooden candlestick with a coat of white paint first.

I then applied Aquaphore (but I think you can also use vaseline) to the areas I wanted to have the white show through.
Paint the top coat you would like.  I used blue paint.

Sand the Candlestick with sand paper and the white will show through effortlessly.  LOVE easy distressing!

Glue a wooden 4” disk (painted blue) to the top of your candlestick.  Glue the glass jar to the top of the wooden disk. I used E6000 glue.  I then tied ribbons and a tag with a picture of my kids (love that I can print Camera Shy pictures to any size) to each jar.  One jar got a tag that simply says “done”.

Next I got some popsicle sticks from the craft store and wrote the chores I wanted each kid to do on the stick.  I used my crop-a-dile hole punch to punch a hole and tie a ribbon on the top of each stick.  Each stick has a different color of ribbon for each child.
I used one of my pictures from Camera Shy to make these "Mom Bucks" on my computer.

Now, are you wondering what to do with all this?  It is simple!  I just put the sticks in each jar for each child at the beginning of the day.  When they have completed their chore, they will get to put that popsicle stick in the "done" jar.  At the end of the day I pay each child by putting their mom bucks in their jar.  They can cash them in at the end of the week.  I like using mom bucks so kids don't lose the money throughout the week, but they get to see it add up as they do their chores.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Young Women Testimony Handout

I am re-posting this post and adding the LINK where you can get all these originals, hope this helps someone needing it! 

Each month we do a joint lesson on fast Sunday.  We finally fine tuned it to be about a 20 minute "talk" and then open up the time to the girls for testimonies.  It's been awesome!  I make them a handout for the lesson each month and this is the handout for Testimony worth this month. 
 
If you take the handout and save it, please leave a comment so I can know you actually like to use this stuff! :)

For the design, I used the Ettes digital collections.  You can see it HERE

 This was the first handout we made for them to put in their lunch box (below) as "spiritual food"


 This is a handout I did with a mini lunch tin.  I printed these on full sheets of paper stickers and put the "my testimony" on front, and the quote on the back.  I told them they were lunch boxes and they can put their handouts in there throughout the year to help them "feed" their testimony.

 This was also in the lunch box so they could write their own testimony. 

I made this handout small so they could put them in their scriptures to review each fast Sunday during Sacrament meeting.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Jelly Bean Poem

My husband is teaching Sunday School on Easter so I made this cute little handout to put on a bag of Starburst jelly beans for him to give his kids!  I thought I would share.  I made it into a jpeg that you can just print on paper from home!

Click on the picture below to be linked to the download:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Cereal"sly lucky for my leaders!

I have seen some similar ideas like this on Pinterest and thought it would be an AWESOME idea for my leaders!  I just made this simple little tag on a 4x6 picture and attached it to a box of Lucky Charms.

Although we usually use the word "blessed" in place of "lucky", I am excited to show my leaders just a little bit of my appreciation with a box full of SUGAR, heehee.

Such an EASY way to show appreciation without taking to much time :)
Digital Scrapbook Kit purchased on ScrapOrchard.com

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Book of Mormon Reading Challenge


I finally finished the Book of Mormon Reading Challenge and downloaded it all to this LINK so you can CLICK HERE and get all the files :)  I am excited to do this with my young women and hope it helps your ward as well!