Friday, December 31, 2010


I dedicated myself to sewing a few days ago.  It was a lot of fun.  I completed 6 pillow cases, 3 bibs, 1 potholder, 4 napkins that look like Christmas trees, and 1 place mat all in 1 day.

I forgot how much fun sewing can be.  I really wanted to go to a new fabric store and knew my pile of unused fabric needed a purpose before I could justify buying more.

The Quilt Barn was awesome.  I stood in the entrance just taking it all in for a few minutes.:) I did come home with a bag of super cute fabric.  More projects to come.:)  Happy New Year! A blog that truly touches my heart and all should read  Kelle wrote "I am capable of so much. And I am excited at the opportunity of new challenges, more love..."  what a great message for the new year.  God Bless.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A "whoot...whoot" for walmart!

Christmas was amazing!  Magical when you have little ones.  Elves seem to sneak around stuffing your ears with magical dust while you sleep.  Between Santa, Mom, and the grandparents the 3 things that my girl really wanted came to be.  So thank you gma and Santa.:)

This is the HOly COW!!!!  face(I got what I wanted)

The family.

Okay-  Here is my shout out to Wally world!  I was there a couple days ago, walked by the fabric center and BAM!  There it was, this cute little apron material and pattern all for $2.22.

I picked up enough to make three.  I had to alter it a bit.  I put a back on it because I think it looks more finished and cute.  So total cost around $3.50!  Cute.  This is the first thing I have sewn in years besides a blanket or burp cloth.

Thanks Wally world for your cheap corprate material and a special "whoot"  to Mrs. Kinyon my home ec. teacher from back in the day.  With out you, I wouldn't have been able to do this.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last 2 days!!!!

What have I learned?  I hate blogging everyday! I love it when I don't have to do it.:)

Who am I?  Hmmmm......I'm a Mom, wife, sister, friend, daughter, and so much more.  A lover of life and love.  I love to craft, teach, and laugh.  I love to cry with compassion and smile without fear.  I love God and his mysteries.  I love to learn and grow and hope that my children do the same.  I love silly things, fun things, and ice cream.  I am happy with the person I am.....and dammit I'm not changing.  I'm glad I did the blog challenge but I think I'll stick to weekly posts,:)

I was thinking today isn't it funny we convince our children Santa is real, the tooth fairy takes your tooth and leaves you money, and that the Easter bunny gives you chocolate yet, when they are scared of the dark or a monster we tell them "Don't be silly."  Just a thought.

Well Merry Christmas to all.  I hope Santa brings you what you want and God touches your heart this Christmas.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Days I have missed! 23-28 to be honest.

Day 23- What do you crave?    Duh.....chocolate!

Daty 24-  A letter to the rents-

Dear Mom and Dad,  Hi.  Just wanted you to know that I appreciate everything you have done for me.  Thank you again.  I love you both.  Crystal

Day 25-  What would you find in my bag?  a wallet, a check book, a real estate key, and chap stick.   Boring!  Oh well it's the truth.  One time I did find 3 pacifiers in my purse.  haha

Day 26-  What do I think about my friends?  I think I have been blessed with amazing friends.  I love them all.

Day 27-  Why are you doing this challenge?   I DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!!!  What was I thinking?  It would be fun to make myself type everyday?  Well it has a little, but I think I will try just once a week to post after this.:)

Day 28-  Photo of last year and this.  Have you changed?

Ummm yeah.  I was way prego so be prepared for the photo.
Okay caught up......wheeew.....only two more days! 

Kids are out of school.....Christmas is close.  Life is good!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Contest Rules & Prizes « Dollar Tree Flair For Crafts Contest

Hey Friends- Please vote for me Dec. 17-28th.I would really love to win! I made this book for the project, my daughter helped paint it.  It's cute and way cheap to make.   Thank you.Contest Rules & Prizes « Dollar Tree Flair For Crafts Contest

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 21 and 22

Day 21- A photo of something that makes me happy.

Who can't smile when you look at Herby?

Day 22- What makes you unique?

Let's see.......hmmm...My sense of being.  I always want to make a diffrence in someone's life.  I say hello to strangers on the street,   I laugh a little to loud, sing a little off, and dance to the beat of my own drum.  And I'm happy with that.  I'm happy with person I have become.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 19- Nicknames

Day 19- Nicknames and why?

Chris- Duh.....short for Crystal.

Mom-  I have 3 kids.

Honey-I guess my hubby thinks I'm sweet.:)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Crafty-slash-decorating on a dime!

 The Bedroom cheap spruce up!

So my bedroom was kinda-blah!  So i have been crafting!  I love all things crafty, thrifty, cheap, and easy.
 I made the shelf.  Yep. Well,  Jay screwed it together for me. Thanks hunny.
Wood from Home Depot-$ 8.00
Spary paint-$3.00
The garland- I already had.

 Photo frames-$1.00 at the D.I.( I hit them with spray paint.)
Cute star-$1.00 at the big D.( still had the price tag on from Real Deals for $3.00)
Number 5-  Home depot clearance- $.05!!!!!  (So cute.We are a family of 5.)
Pillows- I made with fabric, I already had. FREE!!!! Well not really but you know what I mean.
Stuffing- $1.00

So my total cost of my project was- drum roll please-$14.05!!!!!!

Whoo hoo- pretty darn good.  P.s. my camera is dying so the date is off.  Darn thing!

Day15-18.....boy I'm behind!

Day 15-18

Day 15- First songs on your ipod?  That's easy, I'm old school.  I have no ipod.:)

Day 16- Photo of me.
Shooting rock chucks! girl.

Day 17-  Someone you would want to switch lives with for the day?
My Daughter......I would love to see things from her perspective.  I'm sure it would help me see why we get frustrated with each other sometimes.

Day 18-Plans, dreams, and goals?

Plans- Tonight is Christmas tree night.  We will put it up while watching Lampoons Christmas Vaca., drink some hot cocoa and laugh.  One of my very favorite pastimes.

Dreams-LOL.....most nights, I don't dream, I'm to tired.

Goals-As listed, fudge needs to be made and ate.  Gifts need to be wrapped. And list goes on.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 12 and 13

Day 12-

Why I blog?

Well, it's for all those who want to read it.  Like a letter to all, to get to know me better or laugh because they know me so well.  lol.....The person that inspired me to blog is my cousin Jake's wife Natalie.  I don't see them or talk to them in person as much as I would like, so to read her blog helps me feel connected to them.  I wanted that for me and other people.  Busy, busy, today.  Baby boy had shoots, I had errands to run, wheeew.

Day 13- 

A letter to someone whom has hurt you.

I have been dreading this one.
Dear person-who-shall stay-unnamed,

I don't understand what I did?  Why after 10 years are you still angry, resentful, and rude?  I have tried to make amends with you multiple times and failed.  This is my attempt to say "Hi.  Let's be friends again." letter.  Hope some day we can.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 10- Songs I listen to-

Day 10-  Song I listen to when I'm sad,happy, bored, hyped, and mad?

Well, I like all music.  Not rap to much, but all other music.  I don't really have time to play music when I' m feeling these emotions.  My favorite lately is the 24 hour Christmas channel on dish.:)  Tiss' the season.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 9- I'm proud.

Day 9-  Something I am proud of in the past few days?

My girls.  They don't have Christmas lists a mile long.  They are content.  And it is nice.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 8- Short term goals!

Day 8-  Short term goals for the month

1.  Have all Christmas gifts made or bought before the 23rd of Dec.
2.  Have all gifts wrapped  before the 24th(last year was a late-nighter wrapping;)
3.  Reiterate- Teach my children the real meaning behind Christmas.
4.  Make fudge.
5.  Eat fudge.
6.  Watch a Christmas movie while drinking cocoa with a candy cane.
7.  Enjoy the season.
A few of my crafts......Some for the craft show and some for gifts.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 7- Biggest impact

Day 7, person who has impacted your life?  Well my family, my husband and children.  Just a few days ago we celebrated our 9th anniversary, we are blessed with truly great friends who watched our three small children for us.  I made steak and crab legs, the whole works, all in the comfort of our home.  We snuggled on the couch and watched a movie.  I thought to myself how strange it would be to not have three little blessings in my life.  Sure there wouldn't be endless loads of laundry and dishes, etc.  But the joy that they give me far outweighs the toil of chores.  Like the sweet little comments and snuggles at night, and the soft cheeks for kissing, the sweet snuggle my son gives early in the morning, outstretched arms.  And the list goes on.  On this Thanksgiving Day I'm truly thankful for my Husband and children, may our Lord always bless us.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 6- Super Nella

Day 6-My favorite Super Hero?  Super Nella!  Who is she, you ask?  A very special little girl, saving lives by offering us love and understanding of things we sometimes don't quite grasp by ourselves.  Her Mama has a awesome blog I have become an uber fan of.  Her Mama's blog-website is Nella helps us to be thankful for what we have and remember we are more alike than different.  Amen!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 5- Las Vegas!

The sign says it!  Las Vegas!

Always fun!
 I love going up in the Paris at night, you can see for miles.  Above the Bellagio, below New York, New York.

A couple years ago we took the kids, alot of fun.

Love the warmth of Vegas and energy.......but there's no place like home.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 2,3,and 4....

Okay, so I'm already behind.  In my defense I have had a very busy weekend.  Friday was Annaliese's barn dance and sleep over.  Saturday we trekked to Boise for the triplets birthday party and Sunday we had Church and a birthday party. Wheew,,,,,,

Day 2.  The meaning behind my blog name.  Just like it says From Diapers to dishes and everything in between.  My days seem to snowball from dishes to diapers to pick up times to play dates to laundry to what ever.  One of the joys of Motherhood, being perpetually busy.....always.  I like being busy though, I seem to not be able to say no.:) 

Day 3.  Photo of me and my friends.

My 2 beautiful friends from High school.  Breanne and Janelle.  Even after ten years we share smiles, tears, and friendship.  Miss you Bre.

Day 4.  My bad habit!  Yuck.  I am a procrastinator!  Full blown, I wish I could change it.  Oh well.

Well tomorrow I will be back on the ball.  Yeah. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

a task.......

My cousin Betsey recently had this on her blog, and I'm embracing the challenge. 

Day 01 - A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02 - The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03 - A picture of you and your friends
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn't have
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere you’ve been
Day 06 - Favorite super hero and why
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08 - Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09 - Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12 - How you found out about blogs and why you made one
Day 13 - A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14 - A picture of you and your family
Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16 - Another picture of yourself
Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18 - Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19 - Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot
Day 24 - A letter to your parents
Day 25 - What I would find in your bag
Day 26 - What you think about your friends
Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30 - Who are you?

So Day 1- Me and my Beautiful friend Tara-

1.  I have 3 children.
2.  I am a full blown sugar addict.  I love candy, cookies, what ever!
3.  My husband and I have been married for what seems like forever nine years!  Just kidding on that.:)
4.  I'm a teacher, preschoolers are very entertaining.
5.  I have a little different style.  I like patterns, and dress's with jeans etc.
6.  My sis and I live a mile apart, for that I am thankful.
7.  My favorite color is pink, but to wear it's black.
8.  I love to read,  I'm a twighlighter, but who isn't?  And Team Edward.
9.  I love football.  Go Pack!
10. I don't really care about spelling of grammar sometimes.
11.  I have an Idaho real estate licence.
12.  My favorite food is Mashed potatoes and gravy.:)  I true Idaho girl.
13.  I fall asleep on car rides.
14.  I love the smell of Downey and Carmex it reminds me of my Gram.
15.  I am a soft hearted person, I cry at movies and while reading books.

Well there we go........see you tomorrow.  P.s.  Baby boy has another tooth.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Because we all need a little Aloha.....

 Because I feel a vaca is badly in need, I'm blogging about one of my favorites.  Beautiful Kauai.  Need I say more.  Above is the beach in front of our room, yes room not hotel.  It was ours.  People came and went but by 5 in the afternoon it was ours.  Heaven......insert sigh here.
 When 2 Idaho boys arrive on the island.  Hehe   look at Jay's feet.
 Our room was gorgeous!  Tell me, does it not make you want to throw yourself down, arms open like a child?

 My very favorite beach.  It's uninhabited and rural and so Hawaii.  We took a little winding road to get here.  Along the way there was a lady selling coconuts to eat/drink.  This my friends is the beaches of Hannali.  Yep, like the song.  Come on..... Puff the Magic Dragon.  If I was a dragon, I would live here too.
 May I offer you a Mai tie? 
 Sailboats at dusk.....................
Just one of the flowers that help make Hawaii smell amazing.  Well my ode to Kauai must end, but until we meet again.  Aloha....

Monday, November 1, 2010

Candy crusaders!

Hmmmmm......Where do I start.  This year we had Annaliese as Minnie Mouse, Emma as a Tiger, and Cameron as Elmer Fud and (brace yourselves Mark and Meg)a BSU football player.  Let's face it U of I doesn't have a  standing and the costume was free.:) I made a little flag he carried that said "Be very quiet, I'm hunting 'wabbit's!"  I was also duel parts as Snow White and a Kitty Cat.  We had four days of Halloween at our house!  Thursday, my preschoolers dressed up and had our party, Made hot dog mummies and popcornballs.  Friday was Annaliese's school party, we watched How to Train Your Dragon.  Very cute, if you have not seen it, you really must.  I made 30 popcorn balls and handmade her outfit.  Saturday we had a birthday/Halloween party at some friends.  So much fun!  Cute little gobblers ran all over the place.  And yesterday, after a church meeting we carved pumpkins with the kids and went out for The official Candy Crusade.  Needless to say my children now have heaps of candy and other treats from those we love and like wise.  It really was a great Halloween.

Love- Crystal

P.S.  I think popcorn balls should replace jelly beans at Easter.  They are so good to have just once a year.  What do you think?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Destination wedding!

A few weeks ago we were blessed to go to a destination wedding to beautiful McCall Idaho.  It was pristine. The lake, the Mountains, and the Resort.  The Bride and groom were gorgeous and so sweet.  Thank you Kate and Justin. The band was awesome.  The food was great. Our Lady of The Lake church was breathtaking.  We danced 'till our toes hurt and may have drank a wee bit much.:)  We walked down town and enjoyed the sites of small town America.  My kids loved every minute.  Yesterday, Annaliese says to me"The Shore Lodge was the bestest hotel I have ever been to."  I smiled and agreed and we talked about all the fun we had.  Thank you N's again for letting us be part of your very special and beautiful day. 

Here we go.

Okay, after becoming a bit of a blog junkie, I have decided to start one up.  Hope you enjoy.  New stuff very soon.   Crafty Mama