Wednesday, December 19, 2012

LDS ABCs app

This is an exciting day for me! About 6 weeks ago I was approached by a company making a LDS ABC coloring app and asked if I would draw the pictures for them. Yesterday the app was officially launched. Click here for the link. The app is called LDS ABCs.

These are some of the screenshot previews

I wanted to write down some of my thoughts on the process:

- While I am so excited about this, and proud of the work I was able to do, I also want anyone that follows my blog to know that my work is not only for member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or also known as LDS / Mormons. I love my faith, and I feel it brings me closer to God, but I never want it to make anyone feel excluded. This blog and my doodles are for all!

- Second, I was a little nervous for this project because I had never drawn a beard before and they needed a few pictures of Jesus, Moses, Noah, etc and well . . . from every picture I have seen they all have beards. So I practiced and practiced and practiced. My husband and children were wonderful critics and would say yah or nah. If I showed my children a picture and said, "Who is this?" and they would respond correctly with"Jesus!" or "Noah!" to the corresponding picture, then I felt I had accomplish my goal. My husband was a wonderful support and comic relief. With the first Jesus he said, "It looks good, but he looks like a hippie, but then again Jesus does have long hair, wear a robe and sandals, so I guess that doesn't have anything to do with your drawings." :)

- I also wanted to make sure that my pictures showed respect. I talked to a few people and tried to do some research to find out if it is appropriate to draw a cartoon Jesus Christ. I actually stewed over this for quite sometime. In the end I felt I tried my best to depict Him in a respectful way and as the scriptures talked about Him (talking to the disciples on the shore, etc).

-The over all experience was great. I drew 26 pictures in 2 weeks, which is a lot for me, I usually work on one picture for several days coming back to it over and over again until I'm totally satisfied with it. The organization I worked with was so supportive and helpful and would laugh when I would send pictures at 2 and 3 in the morning. With a newborn I find I get some of my best work done at that time.

-The absolute best part of the whole thing is to see my children color my pictures on my phone. I never even dreamed something like this would ever happen. Thank you to the creators of LDS ABCs App for asking me. It was a wonderful experience.

P.S. If the app brought you here to my site feel free to roam around. I have quite a few free printables here.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Nativity printable

My heart has been very full these past few weeks. I think it a combination of several things,

-Holding my sweet newborn, 
-Listening to wonderful music, especially this beautiful song by Piano Guys, I play it on repeat over and over again, 

-And thinking about Christmas. 

As I unpack my Christmas decorations there is one piece that I look forward to the most and unwrap with care. It is the nativity set I grew up with as a child. I would spend many evenings carefully rearranging the wise men, deciding who should be in front, fluffing the gold tinsel  and making sure you could see baby Jesus. 

My mom made this when she was a young mother and she passed it on to me my first year of marriage. It is one of the most precious things I own. 

I think one of the best things my mom did, was a small thing but to me it was a big thing, she let me play with her nativity. The poor donkey's ear was broken many times and mended just as many. But it was special to me and focused my time on the story of Christ's birth. 

It warms my heart when my children play with their nativities. 

I love what the angel said to the shepherds abiding in the field, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

While it is a busy time of year I am overwhelmed at the peace I have been feeling. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and feel our Savior's peace and joy!

Here is a coloring page of the first Christmas. 
(Click on picture and save to your computer, make sure it is scaled to correct size before printing)

Monday, November 26, 2012

For Sarah & Brooke

This is a picture of my cousins holding me as a baby. The older one with dark curly hair is my beautiful and sweet cousin Sarah. Just like this picture she has been this wonderful her whole life. Shining light and kindness to all. Always with a smile. I love this wonderful woman.

This last week my cousin’s 18 month old daughter, Brooke, passed away. She aspirated a bean and suffered brain damage. It was a week of faith and many prayers but in the end our prayers turned from those of healing Brooke, to comforting and supporting Sarah and her family. With Brooke’s passing they were able to donate her organs to several families.

Sweet Brooke.

You can read about it in Sarah’s own tender words here. I don’t know how to thank Sarah for opening up during this time and sharing her thoughts and feelings and asking for prayers. It has truly changed me.

I don’t have words to describe all my feelings. But I do believe in an afterlife, I do believe in heaven and I believe Sarah and her husband will see their sweet Brooke again. I do believe prayer is a powerful communication to our maker and God and he does listen to us and loves us. I do believe that it is through all the prayers and faith of Sarah and her husband’s friends and family that they were able to feel peace and comfort. But I also know there are many more hard days ahead so I ask that you pray for them now and keep them in your prayers that they may continue to feel peace.

We are all friends and family. Your sorrow is my sorrow, your grief is my grief, your joy is my joy, and I will rejoice with you in your rejoicing.

If you would like to purchase any of these 4 picture/quotes, I made, through my etsy shop, I will donate all the money to my cousin’s fund to help pay for the medical and funeral costs. (It is a JPEG file that I will e-mail to you directly that you can print however you like). Click here and it will direct you to my etsy shop. On her blog it also shows how to donate directly to them. 

This quote is so precious to me.

Last night our 5 year old little boy was saying his prayers and he said, "and please bless we sleep good, and please bless Brooke, and please help us not hit people . . ." After the prayer I said, "I thought I told you, Brook passed away, she is in heaven now." He gave me this weird look and said, "I know." It never occurred to him that just because she passed away that we should stop praying for her. I think in our home we will still pray for Brooke in heaven for quite some time. 

Here are Sarah’s words
Brooke's time on earth is at an end. She has had an amazing and joyful life. I have often wondered how God could bear to let her come down here, and I guess He knew that it would only be a short while. She has done what she needed to here on earth. She has made me a mother, and Darren a father. She has knit us so very close together. She has brought joy to everyone who has seen her. She has received her perfect, darling, chubby little body. She has lived every precious moment of her life to the fullest.

I hope that everyone who has hoped and prayed for our sweet little Brooke can feel some measure of the peace and grace we feel now. I know it is because of your powerful prayers and the mercy of God. Today I have felt light and happy. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that I would use those words to describe my heart on a day like today. But I have. I have felt lifted and floated. I have felt very close to the veil, and received wonderful spiritual impressions of the joy, beauty and love in the place where Brooke is now. We feel that her spirit has left her body, and that she is in the arms of our loving Savior, and with family that loves and cherishes her.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clothespin Turkey

UPDATE: This little Clothespin Turkey has become quite popular, especially on pinterest. I have had quite a few people e-mail me having trouble downloading the printable. This post has actual links where you can download. You are also always welcome to e-mail and I can send you the printable. Thanks!

Are you looking for a Thanksgiving activity? Look no further my friends. A Clothespin Turkey will solve almost any problem. Except cooking that darn turkey, something I have avoided and will continue to avoid until I die. 

-some cute kids
-markers or crayons
-glue stick 

-Color your turkey.
-You could even write what you are thankful for on the feathers.
-Cut turkey, feathers and legs out.
-Glue the feathers to the back.
-Glue the legs to the clothespin. They do stick, just hold the legs on to the pin for a few extra seconds. 

And wa-la!

And then make your turkey do the turkey trot!

Here is your free printable. 
Click on the picture and save to your computer. 

Here is a video of some exceptionally cute kids demonstrating how to make a clothespin giraffe, same idea as a clothespin turkey. 

Also here is a silly coloring page. That poor turkey looks so scared. 

Click here to see my blog post where I showed how to make this fun and super easy fruit turkey!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Baby Nursery Room - Animals

Our sweet baby girl, and third child, was born a few weeks ago. I wanted her room to be decorated in giraffes but once I started drawing animals I couldn't stop. I guess her room is now a safari/zoo theme. 

When I was looking for quotes to put with the animal doodles I found this one from Winnie the Pooh. It was perfect. 

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

When I held my baby for the first time I was overwhelmed with how small and perfect she was. Every detail was there, only in miniature size. From the fuzz on her ears, to the creases in the hands and feet. 

Truly, how can something so small take up the most room in your heart?

If you like any of these pictures I have them available on my etsy shop

I also stumbled upon this quote from Charles Dickens, 

"It is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." 

I never feel closer to Heaven than when I hold a new baby.

I adore these hippos. 
Earlier this year our little family went to the San Diego zoo. Every exhibit was swarming with people except the hippos because they were hiding. We were preparing to leave when all of a sudden the hippo stood up from behind some bushes and headed to the pool. Then a little baby popped up too and followed the mama hippo into the pool. To watch the massive hippo nudge her baby along in the water was just awesome. Seriously the best part of our visit. 

I love these zebras with the yellow. I didn't know what phrase to use but I ended up with "my little one" because it's what I call my children.
"Come here little one," "Put on your shoes little one," etc.

I love flamingos but I'm not sure about these ones yet, I might need to work on them some more. 
Don't mind my awesomely horrible paint job on the frames. My yellow spray paint didn't want to stick to my cheap plastic frames

The wall arrangement. The walls are a light sage color, but they look puke color here. :)
I'm not sure how big I can print the pictures and keep the quality. I would like them blown up big on canvas. 

Here is our sweet baby girl.

Brother and sister were a little nervous as first but now they think she is the best toy ever. 

She has already changed so much in a few weeks. She can now focus and gives the best smiles that make her whole body wiggle. 
Thank you sweet little one for entering our lives and making us beam with ridiculous pride.  

I've been thinking of turning these animals into puppets. Comment below if your child/children would like these animals as puppets?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Don't Eat Pete free Halloween printable

One of our favorite games ever is Don't Eat Pete. We recently played it and had so much fun that I decided to make my own Halloween version. Something about eating candy as fast as you can before everyone around you yells "Don't Eat Pete" really gets my adrenaline running. 

Such a great game for any Halloween party, family night, date night, etc. Seriously, I could play this game every night.  

(Click on picture and save to your computer. Make sure to scale it to the correct size before printing)

That monster kid is pretty cute and that Raccoon hat . .  come on that is pretty sweet right? 

If your kids or you want to color it, here is coloring page printable also. 
(Click on picture and save to your computer. Make sure to scale it to the correct size before printing)

This also makes a great gift too. Print out both the game board and the instructions and then laminate the instructions to the back of the game board printout. Tie it together with a package of M&Ms or some other candy/treat, and wa-la you have an awesome gift!

We also made our VERY FIRST video tutorial. Here are my awesome kids teaching "How to play Don't Eat Pete!" They're pretty cute!

Also I have a coloring page printable I made last Halloween. It's fun for me to look back and see how my drawings have changed and stayed the same. Mostly just my editing skills have improved.

(Click on picture and save to your computer. Make sure to scale it to the correct size before printing)

Halloween is just awesome. Here are some of my favorite moments. 
Um . .  someone was a little excited to be Pippi Longstockings. :)

This is my all-time-favorite picture. We often only take pictures of the good times, and then throw out the unflattering pictures, when really we should take pictures of the rotten and unpleasant times so when we look back through our photo albums we will have pictures as awesome as this one. 
This was 4 years ago, and our little girl was Tinkerbell. Her first meltdown happened when she realized her wings wouldn't really make her fly, and this meltdown happened when daddy kept taking pictures when she told him to stop. I remember thinking, "Hold it together Spring" and our little boy is looking at me thinking, "What kind of family was I born into?" 

And this wonderful picture was taken last Halloween. Our little scarecrow was a little disgruntled when we made her stop eating her candy for a picture. 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

A little break . . . will be back soon

Just wanted to let you know my etsy shop will be closed for a few weeks while we have our new little baby girl. 

(My husband finds my large tummy quite funny and calls me his little basketball, but last week he informed me that I have moved up to a beach ball) :)

I have been working on a couple pictures for the baby's room. It was my first time drawing animals. 
I will share more soon. 

Hope everyone has a great couple weeks! 
And thanks for checking out my blog, I love your comments!
- Spring Time