Perfection Is My Enemy

A Chrisitan mom & crafter shares what's worked for her.

Merry Christmas! December 25, 2011

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I Heart Faces {Feet} Photo Contest December 5, 2011

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This is a picture that I took several years ago with an old point & shoot for my husband for Father’s Day. I know that technically it’s not a great photo, but it just fit this weeks theme of “Feet” so well that I couldn’t resist.

 

A picture for Father's Day!

I used face paint to paint the letters on their feet. This would have been taken in 2007.

Entered in the I Heart Faces weekly photo challenge. 

 

Letters From Santa December 1, 2011

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Well, this is just too nifty to not share. Did you know that you can you can print a free, personalized letter from Santa, mail it to Alaska, and it will be mailed to your house with a North Pole post mark? How cool is that?

 

Here’s where I went to create and print my free letter:

http://www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com/free_printable_letters_from_santa.asp

 

And here’s what you do to get the North Pole postmark:

  • affix the correct postage to addressed envelopes and cards
  • pack them in a larger envelope, box, Priority Mail or Express Mail package
  • send them to:

North Pole Holiday Cancellation Postmaster 4141 Postmark Dr. Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

To ensure delivery by Christmas, all requests must be received in Anchorage, Alaska by Dec. 10. The service is provided at no cost, but each card or letter must have the correct amount of postage and be addressed.

 

I can’t wait to see the boys’ faces when they get their letters!

 

 

I Heart Faces ~ Autumn Splendor November 13, 2011

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My son Mac, being burried in leaves by his brothers.

Pure Joy

I entered this photo in the

 

Halloween Costume November 3, 2011

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The boys all wanted to be NASCAR drivers for Halloween. Since Sam is only 5 and doesn’t read very well, he was just happy to have a costume that looked like a race car driver. And, God bless his little heart, he wore the generic costume that we already had in the dress-up box. I bought Mac’s costume from someone at work for $10 (YAY!). Luke, who eats, breathes and sleeps NASCAR, insisted on being Jimmie Johnson. The problem is that they don’t make that costume anymore. Over a month of constant checking on ebay, only lead to more frustration. We would find a costume, bid on the costume, and at the last minute, it would skyrocket to over $40 + shipping. Even if we could afford it, you’ve got to be kidding me? $40 for a polyester jumpsuit? So off we went to Joann’s for some fabric. We came home with this:

Now on to the business of creating a race car driver suit with no pattern. I used his brother’s costume as a guide to cut out the pieces. I sewed red ribbon on the sleeves and pant legs, and copied the Lowe’s logo. Then I used freezer paper stenciling to make the letters. Finally, I sewed it all together. I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. The boy was happy too!

Luke, Sam & Mac

 

Cowboy Birthday Party October 9, 2011

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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my son Mac’s 8th birthday. He chose a cowboy theme.

The invitation

I created the invitation on Publisher and then saved it as a jpg file. I then uploaded it to Snapfish and had them printed at $0.09 each. They turned out GREAT!

We had intended to have the entire party outside, but the weather was less than cooperative so we moved part of the party inside. I bought really cheesy, foam cowboy hats from Oriental Trading Company and purchased foam stickers from the dollar store for the kids to decorate. I also went to a local discount store and bought bandanas for all the kids for a dollar each.

Mac requested a cowboy costume for his present, so I picked up some fabric and whipped this out in about an hour.

The birthday boy ~ Cowboy Mac

My favorite part of the party was the cake. I used cream cheese frosting for the blue and for the white piping on the boot. The boot, letters and rope are all made from marshmallow fondant. I know, people say fondant is terrible stuff, but marshmallow fondant tastes wonderful and the kids were all super impressed when I told them what I made the rope from.

Some wonderful friends who live down the road from us brought their wagon and mule for the kids to ride on.

We opened presents and then all the kids got to whack the cowboy boot piñata that I made.

{I promise to make a tutorial the next time I make a piñata}

The birthday boy was happy and I don’t have to plan another party until next year (the Husband turns 40 in February).

 

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge ~ Hands

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Here’s my entry in the

weekly photo challenge. This is a beautiful moment with a father and and his new son.

Father & Son