I am an unfinished work, and so are many of my projects. This blog is just an odd collection of things I make and do.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter--the Atonement

I wanted to keep it simple and try to bring in the Christian meaning of Easter. I found the basic background in Scrapbook Factory and added the flowers and picture of Jesus Christ.

Please use for personal and church use only.  All other rights reserved. Proportions are 4x6. 

Easter Project Part III--and finished!

Here are the baskets, done but not filled.  

Here is one all ready for delivery.  I would like to post pictures of the smiling girls with their finished projects, but I respect their privacy and don't do that without parents' permission.  Some of these teenagers are very sensitive about their pictures.  

Each basket includes a little card with the picture of one of the girls, signed with the name of our ward and "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" printed on it.  The girls decorated the front of the cards with adorable floppy bunny stickers.

The goodies include fun things like an Easter Bunny puzzle, the little pill that you soak in water and it turns into a seahorse or fish, a string to tie onto the butterfly so they can make it "fly,"  the story puppets I showed earlier, a pencil, a scroll with the Easter story, a little container of play-dough, a colorful straw, and paper to fold into frogs, with instructions.  Not too bad for a four-inch basket!  

It was so great to hear the girls cheerfully work and chatter away as they put together the final product.  I hope the children who receive them will be happy and feel our love.

I found a lot of the little toys and goodies at Dollar Tree.  Others I printed from various websites, which I may be able to show and list in a later post.  Right now I need to get ready for my own grand-children's Easter.

Have a happy Easter. Remember the Atonement of Christ is for YOU!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Priesthood Blesses Everyone

Lesson 13 is on how the Priesthood blesses families. There is a lot about what a father should be, and not all fathers are, so I chose to focus on other areas of ways the Priesthood blesses us.  Maybe if I taught Young Men I would focus on the fatherhood thing. 

In my own group, so many of the girls' fathers do not live up to gospel standards, and a card featuring that would have discouraged me.  I hope that using a picture of the boys their age at the Sacrament table will help them focus on their actions now, and making choices that lead to the temple, featured in the bottom panel.

I'm sure they only look at it once anyway, but I want that one time to make an impact.

Feel free to use this for personal and church use only; all other rights reserved. The temple and rose photos are copyright Anthony R. Ford, and the Sacrament picture is from lds.org  The quote is from the Young Women Manual 3.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Project Part II

Here are some pictures of the baskets partly finished. Ginger's sitting in the middle of all the color. We used heavy cardstock (Walmart, $5 for 30 12" square sheets) and then used lighter-weight scrapbook paper for the woven strips. 

These turned out to be kind of hard for the girls, so I spent a couple of hours later finishing and gluing.  It's all okay.  I enjoyed the project. The many paper clips held them together while the glue dried.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Who Am I?

Anyone else teaching YW is probably way ahead of our ward; we've had a few delays. We're on lesson 11, Extended Family Relationships.  Sometimes I wonder if these lessons are YW or Relief Society! 

We are supposed to give them a questionnaire asking "Who Am I?"  They don't handily put it on a separate page of the manual all ready to photocopy. So, if I have to type it up anyway, I might as well make it pretty and journal-worthy.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easter Project (Part I)

Our Young Women are making Easter Baskets for children in a hospital. It was their idea, and it is a joy to see their happiness and enthusiasm as they prepare this special project.

Last week we made stuffed bunnies. I presented a simple one as an example, and it was delightful to see their creativity shine as they stuffed and decorated the bunnies.

The pattern is from "Fantastic Rainy Day Book", a wonderful treat for the creative child. (Angela Wilkes, Dorling Kindersley books)

Here is the big group of bunnies. We used Crayola Fabric Markers for the faces. They were not as expensive as typical fabric pens, but not as smeary as a regular felt-tip marker.

I don't want to give all our secrets away just yet, but here's a box of supplies for the project--looks like Ginger Giraffe, our family mascot, wants to get in on the fun!

See that bag of pompoms? The girls wanted tails for the bunnies, so if they get focused and finish up tomorrow's part of the project, they just might have time to sew them on.   I got them, along with other fun supplies, at Dollar Tree.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Easter Story (Resurrection) UPDATE

I kept the pictures the same but created a separate story card to go with it. The card folds in half so it looks like a little book or leaflet.  We spent the morning session cutting out the pictures, and I have glued the first set onto craft sticks. Printed on card-stock, these make a cute little puppet show to tuck into the Easter baskets.

This is the outside of the leaflet. The front is on the right, the back on the left.

This is the inside of the leaflet.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Easter Story (Resurrection)

Our Young Women are making Easter baskets for children in the hospital. We are going to include stick puppets of the story of the resurrection. Here is a sheet of pieces I put together from various cutouts from different manuals.  It took some searching but I liked this combination the best.

 If you want a full-size copy, let me know and I will find a way to send it to you, either by e-mail or facebook.  I do these to share.