Friday

DIY Story Stones - Fresh Living

One of the hottest trending children's "toys" out there is a simple stone, a Story Stone.  Story Stones are all over Etsy, Pinterest and local markets too.  They are simple to make and give hours of creative fun for your entire family.

A Story Stone is simply a stone that has an image on it that helps spark a story.  To play with them you paint or modge-podge a collection of images onto rocks and place in a bag.  You can play with one person by having them choose a rock and start a story, pick another rock and add a little more until your tale is told.



In a group setting have one person pick a rock and tell a sentence and then pass the bag onto the next person who chooses a story stone and adds another sentence, and so on.  For children who are very young, you can have them draw their story after choosing a rock.  I love this game because it gets everyone talking and laughing together...and the stories never end!



The materials are simple.  Rocks that can be found outside or at your local craft shop, paint markers, Sharpie Markers, acrylic paint, some clip art and Modge Podge.  I love to paint the rocks and if you need a little inspiration look up Story Stones on Pinterest and you will find plenty of ideas.

If you are not the artistic type, you can use clip art images Modge Podged onto the rocks.  It's super simple.  Just lay down a thin layer or Modge Podge to glue the picture to the rock and then brush over it again to seal it.  Let dry, and you are ready to play.

I found my little bags at the local craft store in the jewelry section.  They were super cheap..about $3.00 for a set of four.  I like to decorate my bags for whatever theme rocks I have in the bag.  


There really are no "rules" to how these Story Stones are used.  I know my kiddos will want to mix and match and play with them a characters.  It's just how they roll, but getting them to come up with their own bedtime stories is a treat...and it helps Mom who flat lines when it comes to making up my own story.

Ps -- They also make great gifts!



Wednesday

Upcoming Barn Quilt Classes

I'm so excited to announce upcoming dates for my Barn Quilt classes.  Most weeks throughout the fall that you can find me painting with a fun group of ladies somewhere.  These classes are addicting and I love to have repeat students come and paint for a day.  If you have ever wanted to learn about barn quilts and how to paint one check out my upcoming classes and sign up!


In addition to teaching I will also be at Swiss Days over Labor Day weekend in Booth A-2 with finished boards, unfinished boards and quilt block patterns for sale.  We love this event!  It has been a tradition in our family for years and I look forward to seeing many of you there!  I will also be at the Sundance Harvest Festival on September 24th.  Come by for a visit!





Fall Schedule

September
  • Swiss Days - Midway, Utah September 2 & 3
  • Olie and Evie - Riverton, Utah  September 10th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  (olieandevie@gmail.com)
  • My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe - Logan, Utah September 16th 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  (435-654-2844)
  • Sundance Harvest Festival - September 24th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
October

  • Elaine's Quilt Block  - Cottonwood Heights, Utah October 8th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (801-947-9100)
  • American Quilting - Orem, Utah October 14th 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (801-802-7841)
  • International Quilt Market - Houston, Texas October 28th - 30th



Monday

Wildflower Necklaces - Fresh Living

It's summer time and the fields are full of wildflowers!  We've been out hiking and collecting wildflowers of all kinds.  It's one of my favorite summer hobbies.  In fact if you pick up a random book in my house you will most likely find a flower stuck in it's pages from some trip.  I love flowers and I like to use them as souvenirs of places I've been.  

Preserved wildflowers are all the craze now and you can find them on cell phone covers, acrylic nails, wall art, floral backdrops, and jewelry.  On today's KUTV's Fresh Living we are making wildflower necklaces.


These are super easy to make and relatively inexpensive.  It costs about $1.50 per necklace. My favorite supplier for the necklace parts and resin is a little Etsy Shop I found called Candytiles Studio.  They had everything I needed and it cost me about $19.00 for 24 necklaces and they shipped within 24 hours.  

For these necklaces you will want to find small little flowers.  I keep a little book or paper towel in my nap sac to protect the flowers until I get home.  You can dry and press flowers by placing them in a book and letting them dry for a week or two.  Or you can use your microwave and preserve them in minuets!


To preserve your flowers with a microwave you will need two ceramic tiles and some paper towels.   Place your flower face down on a paper towel and sandwich between the tiles.  Place in your microwave on 50% power for 1.5 minuets.   




Open up the tiles and check the flower to see how dry it is.  If it still feels moist return to the microwave for a minute or two more.  You can over cook the flower and have it turn brown so keep an eye on it.


Once it is dry remove it from the towel and it's ready to go.  I love this method because it is quick and the flowers retain their color.


To make the necklaces;

1.  Cut a paper background that fits the jewelry piece and glue in place.

2.  Use a little E6000 to glue the dried flower onto the paper background.  Let dry.

3.  Once it is dried, you can either cover it with the glass top or with my favorite resin called Diamond Glaze.  If you are covering it with the glass top adhere is with the E6000 and press into place.  It you are using resin, follow the instructions for the product and let dry.

My youngest daughter was married last week and I am taking little pieces from her bouquet and making her a necklace to remember her day.  This is a quick summer project that can be completed from beginning to end in one afternoon.  

To enter to win a kit to make your own necklace, Leave a comment below of your favorite wildflower.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday!

 
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