Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's Time to Say Goodbye

Well, as it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens". I feel like the season of The Path Before Me Blog is over.  I feel like there are lots of things that I am not doing well and blogging is one of them.  I just want to craft and not feel like I have to write about it.  I just want to enjoy my kids and my family and not feel like I have to chronicle it all.  Blogging was fun when I started 2 years ago and I have really enjoyed it, until recently.  It's become hard for me to get on and even enjoy the other blogs that I follow because I then feel pressured to write something at my blog.  That's not how it should be.  I am not saying that I will never write a in a blog again but I am going to close this one down and have a good blogging rest.  When it feels like I could enjoy it again then I might come back. 

So thank you to all the followers who have left me nice comments and have entered my giveaways.  I enjoyed sharing this time with you.  

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mother's Day Pictures

It's been over a week since Mother's Day and I am just now getting around to looking at these pics of me with my boys.  Not one of these pictures is "perfect" as far as everyone looking at the camera, or lighting and all that. But all I see is my life.  Constant action.  Being a Mother is my greatest joy and I am so thankful for these beautiful boys that I get to watch grow.  I am still in awe of the gift of my children.  God is so good.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Car Craft Tutorial - Scoop Ball

I know you shouldn't run with scissors, but are they allowed in the car for crafting purposes?  Probably not too safe.  However, I made sure to tuck them snuggly in my purse when I was done with them so they wouldn't become a projectile in the event of an accident.  Although my purse would probably be pretty deadly.
Anyway, this is not a post about car and passenger safety.  This is a post about crafting on the go.  I've been wanting to make this scoop ball game for awhile and have had the 1/2 gallon milk carton's taking up space on my counter for too long.  So I decided, that it could be done in the car on the way to Josh's baseball game.

15 minute drive.  15 minute craft.
Cost: less than $5.00

Scoop Ball Supplies

2- 1/2 gallon plastic milk cartons, rinsed and dried
1 roll of fun Duct tape
small ball

 Before you leave the house cut your milk cartons in half horizontally about 3 inches from the bottom of the handle.  Regular scissors cut this for me.  

Begin taping at the cut edge by folding the Duct tape over into the inside.  You may need to snip at the  inside corners in order for it to have a good fit.  My son Caleb picked out this flaming Duct tape.  There are so many fun designs and colors to choose from.

Then I just wrapped it around the carton and I did one strip around at a time.  So I would cut after I had gone around once and then start on the next strip.  

I used smaller strips for getting around the handle.  I had lots of wrinkles in my tape, it did not go on smoothly, but I tried.  However, I think it still looks pretty good.  

Repeat the process with your other carton and then find a ball that will fit inside without getting stuck.  This one worked okay but I think we are going to try to find one just a bit smaller.

To play scoop ball you need two players.  The object of the game is to toss the ball using your scoop and to catch the ball using your scoop (like Lacrosse?).  You can make up your own point system and rules.  We just like to toss it back and forth and then increase the distance for a challenge.  

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Monday, May 9, 2011

My New Toy

This is the new toy that I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago.  I haven't been able to play with it as much as I would like but that's how it goes.  For those of you who don't know what this is, it's a  Silhouette.  A digital dye-cutting machine.  It cuts through all kinds of paper and vinyl.  It will even cut through material.  I've done a few simple things with it, such as making tags for teacher treats.  But I've also done some fun sewing projects with it too.  Here are some of the things I've been doing.

I used the pennant design to make the size I wanted and then I cut it out and used it as a pattern to make the pennant on this bag.

I did the same thing with this rocket.  I used the Silhouette to cut out the design which I then used as a pattern for this applique.

Again, I used an apple pattern from the silhouette to make this applique.

I used the vinyl to label my Sugar and Flour Containers.  I love the vinyl!

Here's a tray I bought at The Goodwill Store for 45 cents!  It no longer had any of the ribbon but, I have tons of ribbon so no biggie.

I used a black and white ribbon and then printed out "To Do" in black vinyl on the Silhouette.  Now I have a To Do List on my craft cabinet door.  I just used sticky Velcro dots to place it there. 

I found these dry erase crayons at Michael's and they are fantastic!  The boys use them on their dry erase boards and I don't have to worry about marker stains. 

The crayons worked perfectly to make my list.  All this was done for under $2.00!  The Good Will and the YMCA can sometimes have some good finds! 

All in all, I am diggin' my new toy!  I am excited about using it for scrapbooking next weekend!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Looking Forward

Well, this week was full of just about one thing, cake pops.  I spent all my extra time working on building a display for 100+ cake pops and then in the making of 150 cake pops.  It's the biggest order I have ever done and I learned a lot in the process.  However after finishing those on Friday afternoon and then making 30 cup cakes for a shower that was this morning...I'm not taking any orders this coming week.  I need a cake break.  So this week I'm looking forward to NO cake! 

There they are folks!  127 of the 147 cake pops...3 of them didn't make it.   It might be a little tilted on top, but I think it turned out pretty great! 

The blue color was really hard to make.  
The customer ordered white and navy, with silver sprinkles. 
I don't think the blue was quite navy but it was close.

I did two cake pop bouquets for door prizes.
This was the small one.

 And this was the larger one.
I had fun doing the 4th of July theme!  

I know I promised some tutorials and I will start making good on that promise this week.  I have lots of new followers and I am glad that y'all haven't left me yet! 

Stick with me...there's good things comin'! 

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