January 18, 2009

...loving the hearts...

so the kids and i are staying busy getting ready for valentine's day and having so much fun in the process! i decided that valentines is so easy for me to enjoy because there is literally nothing else going on right now. i love christmas, but it almost seems like i'm so busy running around shopping and wrapping and planning that it just flies right by...so i'm loving the fact that we have nearly a month until valentine's day...and can just enjoy baking and doing some fun little crafts here and there.

emerson loves these little window stick-ons and drives her brother crazy because she messes up his designs by pulling them off over and over again. he's finally given up trying to convince her to leave them alone...



we made some cute little waxy window hearts...thanks to martha, of course! they're so easy...you just want to peel off the wrappers of some pink, red, and purple crayons. we used about 10 crayons total...and had PLENTY. so you really don't need to use many. then get a little pencil sharpener & sharpen away.


then we sprinkled the shavings on to some wax paper and covered it with another sheet of wax paper, just like so...


and then iron over it until the crayon shavings are melted. (and just make sure the iron is on the lowest setting.) after that, we made some different sized heart templates and traced them onto the wax paper & cut them out...punched a little hole in them, attached some clear fishing line...


and they were ready to hang! they were fun...and they especially look cute during the day when the sun is shining through...



*and i have to admit that i have a case of ocd...i know these pictures aren't the best quality and it drives me crazy. i know my aperture was set too low...and that's why not everything is in focus...but i seriously get frustrated that i am still taking BLURRY pictures. so to my dear photography friends...please feel free to lend some words of encouragement or insight...because it really drives me crazy. i feel like i sit and make adjustments to my settings and i'm just not getting the quality of pictures that i want. practice makes perfect...but i'm practicing and am still having problems...aaaahhhhh!!!*

4 comments:

Kimberly said...

Lyndsie...I am totally doing this fun craft with Ella Jane this week. You always have the cutest ideas to do with the kiddos. Thanks for the great idea. I will post to let you know how it turned out!

RaeAnn said...

So much goodness going on here. I love the new layout. I LOVE the pic of your fam. I love the music. And, if I haven't said it before...I love the kind of mommy you are!

Charlotte said...

Goodness, Lyndsie... the first thing I thought when I pulled up your blog was "How does she get such amazing pictures?" So I have no idea what you're talking about as far as the photography stuff goes. :0)

M said...

Hi, my name is mike Hawkins(Jon's Brother-in-law). Just wanted to see if I could help but remember I am no expert.
You have great photos(I like your composition). If you want less blurry images you need to have a higher shutter speed especially if the subject is moving. The aperture will controll the depth of feild(DOF) so the higher the F stop # the greater the DOF and the more likelly chance that you subject will be in focus. And of coarse if you subject is not in focus it will look blurry. By the way what type of camera are you using? Does it allow lots of control? Also with P&S cameras high ISO will also degrade image quaility. If you have any questions you can email me agardunia@yahoo.com
mike