Thursday, July 17, 2014

Camp Recap… Anchor My Soul in Christ

I had the opportunity to be the Girls Camp Director again this year!  I wanted to share with you some of the fun things we did with this theme… Anchor My Soul in Christ.

Even if this theme were not to be used for a Girls Camp,  I think it would be fun to use some of the following ideas for a Nautical Party idea too!

I made this sign from Cedar fence slats and found some thick chip-board anchors at Hobby Lobby.  I painted them Gold and bought some rope to wind through them.  I found the perfect tree to put the sign on!  M-wah!


I really liked this theme!  So many fun things to do with Anchors.  We made some pennant banners out of fabric left over from something we made for each of the girls that I will share with you at the end of this post!  

Our campsite was perfect!  We had some fun little groves of trees that were fantastic to hang our banners on.  This area served as a stage for our skits and in the background we put the cubbies I made to serve as a place for secret sisters so the girls could sneak in and deliver their goodies to each other.  




We made Anchor Bracelets with some charms I ordered.  To see how to make this anchor bracelet, you can see that HERE or click on the photo below…





My Assistant Luetta Cut all of these boards for the girls to make journals.  They are made with thin particle board that the girls spray painted and decorated and filled with paper.



My Husband did an activity with them where they were put into teams and had to carve a Boat out of a bar of Ivory soap.  We judged them and then the girls Raced them down the creek that was  next to our camp.  He tied in a message with the whole boat and Nautical theme!



I made them up treat sacks that coordinated with our theme and put them each night in their boxes…  I found all of my designs from Creative Market.  They were all pre-made.  I just put in the text I wanted to...

We did another craft, Anchor Boards.  Just paint and they picked out their own color of Vinyl.   I'll do a follow up post on how we made these. 


Oh yes and of Course they had a Water day/ Water Fight with the Bishop!  My husband has so much fun with the girls at Camp!  He is such a Kid!



We did a Spiritual Walk with them.  They went to  4 different stations.  At each station they were taught about a certain subject.  At the end of the walk they were given a little bottle (get it? message in a bottle), and some paper.  They wrote down their thoughts about the walk and their testimony and rolled it up and it was theirs to keep! I found this Treasure Map online and just added my own text to it.  



On each stage of the walk they received a charm that represented what they were taught about.  Once they got each of their charms, we later put them on Bracelets for them to wear while we had scones.  Yes, this all took place in a nice little drizzle of rain while my awesome assistant was making us Scones!



Now for one of the exciting things we gave each of the Girls…To Go along with the whole Nautical theme...

We made each of them Backpacks out of cute Fabric we found at Hobby Lobby! 

I took a pattern I have seen on Pinterest, re-designed the pattern to have pockets on the inside as well as the outside too and yes they are lined!!  I also designed the pockets to have various sizes to accommodate different items such as sunglasses, water bottles, journals.  

So Fun to see the girls using these on their hike and walking around camp with these!  We thought they could use these bags once they were home from camp for the rest of their summer and school too!! 
  


We started sewing a few months before camp and made 22 of these backpacks!!! Whew!


I do not have a tutorial of how I made our bags at this time.  I patterned mine after this Summer Tote  HERE at the Gunny Sack.  The bags I have here are different than hers, I made mine a little bit bigger and re-designed them to have pockets inside and out, which meant cutting my fabric differently at some stages than she did on hers.  
We tied a tag that was laminated to each of the bags, kind of like a luggage tag. Again this template I found at Creative Market and I added the text...



So fun!!! I loved  how these Backpacks turned out!

There is a little re-cap!  So Exciting!  I think it took me a couple weeks to recover from this!  The girls were great!  They were amazing!  Love them!  I could not of made it with out the help of my fantastic assistant Luetta & her family,  all of our awesome Young-Women's Leaders, Priesthood Leaders and everyone else who was involved in making this camp possible!! Hugs! 


With Much Love& Gratitude,













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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to make an Anchor Charm Bracelet

 
I wanted to share with you how to make an Anchor Charm Bracelet.

It is actually pretty easy!



Supplies
Anchor Charm   (figure out what size you want first... I found and ordered mine on  Etsy)
                                          This anchor I purchased is roughly 1 1/2 in. long.  
Suede Cord  (purchased from Michaels)
Clamps
Jump Rings (split & normal opening)
Lobster Clasp

small pliers (jewelry pliers)

First Cut your cording.   Cut two different cords, each measuring roughly 5-7 inches in length.  Fold each cord in half so it is doubled.  They will remain doubled in half and secured that way.

1. & 2. Take the doubled in half cord on each of the ends of the anchor charm.   Coming up from the bottom of the charm, push the two ends up from the bottom towards the top, leaving a small loop to push the ends through.   Do this for both ends of the charm… the top hole and the bottom of the anchor.  

3. & 4.  Pull both cords tight to tighten the loop and fasten the cord onto the charm.  


Once that is fastened.  You need to place the charm with the cords on the wrist and measure around the wrist to see how long the cords will be.  Trim them to fit the wrist the bracelet is going to be worn on.   (keep in mind that each of the fittings you will attach will add some length to the ends of the bracelet.)

5.  Assemble your Clamps, jump rings and lobster clasps.  You will need them to be assembled like they are in the photo above.  (clamp, jump ring with simple opening and lobster clasp.)  (clamp and split jump ring).  

6. At this point you have your bracelet with the charm in the middle and doubled cords on each end of the charm.  Take the ends of one side of the bracelet say the top end of the anchor.  *Make certain you have both of the cords that are that side of the bracelet. (it will have two cords or laces in it because each end of the bracelet has a doubled cord in it.)    

7. & 8. Lay the doubled cords ontop of each other in the channel of the clamp.  Take some pliers and crimp the clamp closed over the doubled up cords.  Repeat for the other end of the bracelet say the bottom end of the anchor so that each end of the bracelet's doubled cords are securely fastened together with a clamp.  


Place the bracelet on the wrist and latch it closed with the lobster clasp and Bracelet is complete!

Enjoy!



 With Much Love & Gratitude,













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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Winner of Creative Spaces Vol. 3

I wanted to announce the winner of the Creative Spaces Vol.  3 that I am giving away on my blog today!

The winner is…..

Marty Walden of Marty's Musings!




  

Thank you to everyone who entered!  I appreciate all of your wonderful comments!

With Much Love & Gratitude,












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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop!

 
I'm excited to announce I am apart of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 that is hitting newsstands as we speak! It is a beautiful issue, packed with pictures and ideas of Amazing Spaces to Create in! 


Two items I have designed and built are being featured in this Issue, my Fold-n-Go Wooden tote and my Cubbies...

 I also want to give a huge Thank You to everyone At Creative Spaces who put their time and talents into this issue.  They are an amazing team and produce fantastic issues.  A special thank you to the editor Jennifer Schaerer.  She is an amazing editor and has been so great to get to know.  

Would you like to see a sneak peek of the issue?
You can see that HERE

*Directions on how to enter to win an issue from my blog at the end of this post.

As a part of the Blog Hop, I wanted to share with you a tutorial on how to build this Vintage Crate below!  

Fun as a Craft Supply Organizer

Or Entertaining…





Materials
2-  8 foot 3.5 in. wide Pine Boards
1/4 in. Smooth Finish Plywood    Cut 12 1/4 in.  x 18 in.  
2 handles
Small strips of sheet metal
Nails to tack Sheet metal
Wood Glue

Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
1 1/4 in. Brad Nails

*Note.  I painted my boards first before I did any cutting.  

Cut List  Out of  3.5 in. Pine
4 -  16 1/4 in. long   (Rows)
2-  12 1/4 in.  long    (Ends)
9-  3 in.  long     (dividers)

Out of Plywood
12 1/4 in. x 18 in.   (bottom)

Here is a labeled crate 



To Assemble Rows



1.  Take board cut at 16 1/4 in. long.  Measure over from the end of the board 3.5 in.   
2.  Take one of the block dividers cut 3 in. Mark on both sides of the board..  
3.& 4.  Measure over again from your last board another 3.5 in.  mark.


Row Assembly
5.  Turn row board on its side. Place amount of glue between lines where divider is marked.  Place divider board back on Row board and Nail with Brad Nailer.  Repeat for the next 3 divider boards.

Build 2 more rows doing the same process. 

6.  Take row 1 and place row 2 on top of it.  Nail at an angle attaching row 1 to row 2.  Once those are assembled  attach row 3 doing the same.   

7.  Once all three rows are attached take the last 16 1/4 in. board and nail it to Top to Top off the three rows.

8.  Take boards cut 12 1/4 in and nail them to each end of rows.

Take your plywood cut at 12 1/4 in. x 18  Glue and attach to the bottom.



9. If you want to attach sheet metal.  Using tin snips Cut 4 strips 3/4 in. wide by roughly 7.5 - 8 in. long. 
10.  Wrap metal around ends.
11.  Attach metal with nails.
12.  Attach handles on ends.

Stencil.  I made a stencil that I created on my Silhouette.  I made up the name Island Farms due to my love of Bainbridge Island.  I cut it on contact paper and stenciled it to the front of the crate.


Project Complete!  Time to fill it with fun things to Create or Entertain with!









To Continue with the Blog Hop, Here is a list of the Bloggers Involved.  Just click on the name to continue to their blog post...




  
HERE is a link to the Blog Hop post


*If you would like to Win a copy of this Magazine from my blog,  Follow me on Instagram, Like me on Facebook and Leave a comment at the end of my post.   

 You have until July 1st, 2014 at midnight to enter…
Winner Will be announced July 2, 2014.  

This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to Marty from Marty's Musings for winning the issue!


With Much Love & Gratitude,














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Friday, June 20, 2014

Metal Framed - Arrow Sign!

My USA sign was feeling lonely…

So I made it a Metal Framed Arrow Sign!



This will be so fun to set out next to my USA Sign around the 4th!



This is how I made mine…


I used some 3/4 in thick plywood.


1. & 2.    I free-hand drew my  arrow and then cut it out with a jigsaw.  It is approximately 20 3/4 in. tall and 6 in. wide in the channel where the word Parade is.  12 in. wide from the bend to the tip of the arrow.   


3.  I next painted the cut out arrow with red paint of my choosing.

4.  I used some tin snips and sheet metal.  I cut various strips of metal about 1 1/4 in. wide and various lengths. I bent over just an 1/8 th of an inch and crimped it with needle nose pliers.  This crimped edge will be the top edge once the metal is attached to the side of the plywood so when the sign is handled, there is no slicing of the fingers.  



5. - 8.   I next took longer strips of metal and bent them around the outside of the arrow.  The metal strips overlap in some places just a bit.  Its not perfect, it gives it a more vintage feel that way. In fact in some places there are small strips to fill in little cracks.


I used some smaller roofing nails and a hammer to attach the metal once it was bent around the outside of the arrow.  



Here is a finished edge.  Notice the top edge is crimped...



I cut some Vinyl Letters spelling out PARADE and applied them.  You could also buy some smaller wooden letters and spell it out too instead of vinyl…   

Project complete!



Now our USA sign has a friend!  

Note.  I am going to display my arrow sign so it can lean on a wall and not fall.  If you want to hand this sign, drill a hole in the back or place a hanging bracket to display it however you choose!  



If you would like to see how to make the larger USA sign, you can see that HERE or by clicking on the photo below…





With Much Love & Gratitude,













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