Monday, January 13, 2014

Nativity Blocks

 Merry (very late) Christmas!

I saw these nativity blocks last Christmas and wanted to make my own. However, I didn't have time to make them until a few days before Christmas. That is why we are discussing Christmas in January, lucky you!

I planned these in my mind for a whole year and was so excited for them. But sometimes when you have something in mind that long, it's hard to live up to your expectations.

I like how it turned out, but I feel like it still needs some work. Not sure what it is. Maybe the wood is too dark, maybe I should use white? Maybe my drawings should be a little wider to fill up the 2x4 wood. Maybe I have too many people in the nativity. hum . . . 

I (and by I, I mean my dad and and his awesome power tools) cut the 2x4s to varying heights, from 2 1/2" high for the sheep and baby Jesus, 4" for Mary and one wise man, and 5" for most the others. I think the star is 7 or 9". I then lightly painted the wood brown and sanded the edges. Cut the pictures out and then mod podged them on. 

Could you give me some feedback. 

Would you display something like this in your home? 

How could I make it different / better?

Would you like these as paper puppets for your kids? 

No offense to brunettes, I promise! My oldest daughter was my first little angel and she is blond and so my angel is blond. :) 

I think the shepherd and sheep are my favorite. 

Want to know how we cut these out? Scissors and lots of hand cramps. My husband stayed up late with me cutting these out, that's love. 

Aw, I do love that camel and donkey too. 

My oldest two loved rearranging them. It's funny that we all arrange the nativity differently.

My daughter got a kick out of the orange wise man's clothes. She wasn't a fan of the stripes. 

How about the baby?

She's a fan of anything she can get her hands on. 

I would love your feedback. I'm going to work on them through out the year and have some kind of version ready for Christmas this year. 

P.S Want to know where I got the 2x4s? 

In January 2010 my husband started his own business. One month later he was going stir crazy being home all day (I thought the kids and I were great company), so one day he ran to Home Depot and brought home a massive amount of wood. In between work he build a half pipe in our garage (actually 2 quarter pipes). It was his "break room".

 I can't remember if this is the first version or second. (Oh ya, we built it twice) I think the first.

Want to know true love? I helped build that sucker. . .  twice!

And he promised, promised, promised that I would still be able to park our car in the garage after. 
hum . . .  that car spent the winter outside. 

We have moved twice since then, and that beloved half pipe sits in a pile in our shed now. My husband has new plans. He wants to pour a cement skate pool in our back yard. Um . .  we shall see. 

Until then I have unlimited amounts of 2x4s and plywood. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Exciting announcement - Bible app coming soon!

UPDATE: Bible app has been released! Check it out here! Also a free version here! (lots of exclamation marks because I'm so exited.)

Happy New Year! I am excited for this new year! 2 years ago I shared this Be Happy poster around New Years that I still love and still think about often.

Exciting news . . . .  remember that LDS ABCs app I drew the pictures for? I just heard from them and they told me that between the free app and the paid app they had over 10,000 downloads. I can't believe it. I am so happy for all their hard working putting the app together and hope lots of little children are having fun coloring my little doodles.

Well, they asked me to draw the pictures for their new da . . ta . . da  . . . Bible app! It's coming soon! I am really excited. I think I love these pictures even more. Here is a sneak peak. 

Daniel and the lion's den. My 6 year son let me know that these lions are not scary enough. 

These pictures for the bible app took 3 times as long to draw as the other app.

What took me so long? 

This is the picture I sent my sister when she called me and asked "What'd ya do today?"

How can something so cute cause so much destruction?

I load the dishwasher, she pulls everything out. She opens the cupboards and throws everything out. The counter is constantly full because I am pulling everything out of her reach all day. I finally surrender and throw some goldfish crackers on the ground to distract her as if she was a puppy. She loves it. 

So I appreciate the guys making this awesome app for being patient with me and not laughing too hard when I would send pictures at 2am. My only alone time to draw these days.

I'm excited for the great things in store this year for my little blog. It still warms my heart every single time I am asked to draw a picture. It warms my heart so much that I often do a little jig in my kitchen, and then go back to stirring my children's mac n cheese. So thank you, thank you to my dear friends and family that have supported me and to random strangers that have found me on pinterest, facebook or etsy and wrote sweet comments or asked me to draw your family. I can't find better words than it really does warm my heart! 

Thank you! 
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