Friday, 27 April 2012

DIY Mod Podge

Mod Podge is forever being mentioned on Pinterest and I had no idea what it was, so I found out...and how much it cost, eeek at the latter one.  I was hoping that somebody, somewhere, had 'pinned' a cheaper alternative, and they had, whoopppeee!!!  Pinterest to the rescue again :)

This DIY: Decoupage 'recipe' is soooo cheap, quick and easy that even I was shocked by it, so much so that I couldn't stop telling my fellow crafters all about it the other night whilst I was making a label for it.

I made the label whilst chatting, eating and giggling and hadn't even noticed that I had misspelt it, so I made another one and stuck it on, only to then have it pointed out to me that I had misspelt it again!!  I've actually quite taken a liking to my misspelling so I haven't replaced it as it makes me chuckle whenever I look at it now -

Here is the 'pin' I mentioned earlier with the recipe and instructions - Do It Yourself Divas/DIY: Decoupage

Hope this brings a massive smile to your face each time you use it....because it does me, ooooo, I love a bargain and plodge :)

Monday, 23 April 2012

The Race of Life

What with school holidays, visiting family and our Conference Highlight Night, tonight was our first FHE from the April 2012 General time flies!!!

Where better to start than with the prophet's talk entitled 'The Race of Life'.  I focused on the part about the toy boats what with all my kids being young, so after dinner we set off for an adventure to a nearby canal.  Before we reached the water, we stopped to have a little lesson.  I asked the kids if they would be able to sprint to the top of the nearby steep hill, my 10yr old son was sure he would be able to do it, my daughters were not so we talked about the distant etc he realised that he wouldn't be able to do it either....but they all knew they could walk it, or even jog bits of it, because we had walked to the top several times before. As Thomas S. Monson said -

 “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.”10
 Actually, the prize belongs to him or her who endures to the end.

We talked about what the above quote meant, and then shared with the children how President Monson made toy boats when he was a little boy, and that each of them had to find a 'boat' before we got to the canal so that we could race them.  We had all shapes and sizes, one sunk, several got stuck but the rest happily bobbed along the canal while we talked about the boats.  My daughter then read this quote from the talk -

Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal voyage without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him guidance to ensure our safe return. I speak of prayer. 
I speak too of the whisperings from that still, small voice; and I do not overlook the holy scriptures, which contain the word of the Lord and the words of the prophets—provided to us to help us successfully cross the finish line.

We asked the children what 3 things mentioned help us on our voyage here on earth, which they answered surprising quickly...normally we have to prompt them or reread it...and after that it was time for us to go home as several needed the toilet and one had trodden in something...ewww!!  We ate our treat on the quick march home.

After we all got cleaned up and before we had family prayer, we recapped on our little adventure and finished with this quote -

It is the celestial glory which we seek. It is in the presence of God we desire to dwell.
 It is a forever family in which we want membership. Such blessings are earned through a lifetime of striving, seeking, repenting, and finally succeeding.

The kids, went straight to sleep with no fuss tonight...I think we might have to have more FHE ramblings :)
I really like this bit at the end of the talk too...

I'm so grateful to know where I have come from, why I am here and where I am going, it has helped me so many times during my journey here on earth.....and I also need to remember that it's not a race and to slow down a bit too :)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Free Facebook Covers

When I was offered a facebook new timeline, I thought why not...but I was a tad surprised that my 'cover' would be available worldwide?!!?!...I personally don't like the thought of my family photos available to anybody, so luckily one of my images from an earlier post (Tuesdays with Morrie) fitted in perfectly, so I used that.

I fancied a change so I made some more this weekend that you are more than welcome to use too, if you want. If you need instructions on how to do this they are below...and I hope they make some sort of sense!! 

...and this one, because I just couldn't resist using these cute buttons :)

Below is how I copy images from the web, I don't know if this is the quickest or easiest way, but it works for me...and hopefully for you :)
Instructions - right click on the 'fb cover' that you like, and select 'save image as...', next click 'save' (you can change the file name before you save if you want).  
Sign into your fb account and then hover over the bottom right corner of your current fb cover till you see 'change cover', choose 'upload photo' from the list and then find the saved image using it's title, press 'open' when you've found it (sometimes it takes me a while to track down what I've downloaded!!).  It will then upload the image and then press 'save changes' and it's done, phewww!!!

Let me know what you think...and any other ideas/links for future fb covers would be great too.

p.s. I have 'windows' installed on my computer so I don't know if it's different for other programs??