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Scripture Reading Habit Made SUPER EASY…2014 Scripture Chart!!!!

Ok….so this is the 3nd year I have posted this Scripture Reading Chart.  Some of you may remember the post we did recently where we talked about the fact that all 5 Crafting Chicks and many other creative bloggers are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons, the post can be found HERE.  If you read this post, you can see the importance for us to read from The Book of Mormon in the lives of members of our church.  So you can imagine that it’s also important for us to read this book with our families to draw nearer to Jesus Christ and God the Father.  Until 3 years ago, it was merely a dream to make this a daily habit with our family.  This has really really become easy and we’ve learned that “consistency is the key”.  This is dedicated to our friends that showed us this trick….and we are so grateful for their great idea.  It worked for us (I’m still surprised myself), and I hope it works for you too!

scripture low res 3 years ago at this time we embarked with a new year’s resolution that honestly I didn’t think we would be able to keep up….how’s that for a resolution!  This resolution was to read scriptures every day as a family….not a whole chapter, not even a whole ten verses, just at least one verse.  We just wanted to make family scripture study a habit, whether it was one verse or 20.  We had tried in the past to make this a habit with no real success or consistency.  BUT WE DID IT THIS YEAR AGAIN!  Last year we missed 2 days and so far this year we haven’t missed ANY.  That’s not to say that there wasn’t fighting and wrestling and rough housing and crying on some or all of those days; but that’s the beauty of it, that’s just how it is, for us at least…heavens…my kids are 8,7,6 and 4 and 3 of them are boys, that tells you enough right there. :)Let’s be honest, it’s like herding cats.  If we can do this, ANYONE can do this, trust me.

SECRETS TO OUR SUCCESS:  There are definitely secrets, but they are “EASY EASY” and completely no-fail as long as you can be consistent.

  1. BE ACCOUNTABLE:  This is the BEST SECRET of them all, I tell ya…use this one page CALENDAR CHART (printable below) that represents the whole year!!!!!!  Dave and I said so many times throughout the year that just the thought that we were going to have a gap on our reading chart was enough to muster up the umph to read each night, and how we didn’t anticipate that we would be motivated by that, but it worked.
  2. USE COLORED STICKERS & make it a game:  This was also a main key for us.  The child that was the most well-behaved got to choose the sticker for the chart that night.  This was a major motivator for our kids.
  3. CHOOSE THE SAME TIME EACH DAY TO READ:  For us, the time of day we chose wasn’t exactly at a specific specific time, but right before bed which was around the same time each night.  If you can choose the same time each day that works best for your family, you are really setting yourselves up for success.
  4. KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOW: Ok this is one of those times that low expectations are GREAT.  The kids are going to be rowdy, mean, ornery, and not want to do it at times…hang in there :) .  There should be a level of respect while reading, from my point of view, but it’s not going to be perfect.  Sometimes the best things are HARD, until it’s a habit.  Just tonight as we were reading, the younger two got into trouble because they were being too loud, it happens still, but at least we are reading.

WHY WE’VE MADE IT A PRIORITY?

Let’s be honest, we live in a world with shifting moral values.  We cannot look to Hollywood or the media to give us accurate truths and it seems to be rapidly declining.  -Jeffry R. Holland

ave a talk in October of 2009 speaking about the importance of scripture and it’s soooo powerful (HERE watch the video if you can). I believe that a loving Father in Heaven communicates to his children through prayer & scripture.  We not only believe in The Book of Mormon, but also the Bible and The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints has recently released some amazing Bible videos HERE that no matter what your religion, you will adore.  I want my kids to have open communication with their Savior.  I know without a doubt that learning to be more like God will help them more in their lives than learning to be like any other person they could model themselves after.  Since my job as a parent is to equip my children with the best tools possible for success, this is top priority.

(the thing that worked best for us is to print this out on a piece of white card stock and laminate)  My dear friend AMY SHUMWAY designed this one for our ward…I did our ward’s for that last 2 years and she was in charge this so she kindly lent me the file to share with all of YOU.

DOWNLOAD (8.5″x 11″): HERE

What has worked for you???  Let us know if you make this a habit too, we can’t wait to hear your feedback!

xoxo,
KIRSTEN

 

 

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I Am A Child of God Free Printable

Child-of-God-Girl-Print-in-Frame

I’m so excited about all the work I’m doing for my girl’s room.  It is in the room that I did the Chevron Wall in.  It is going to be amazing with darling frames from Poppy Seed Projects.  I wanted the frames to be filled with cute pictures of them, the family, but also of some fun quotes.  You are all in luck cause today I wanted to share a Free Printable that I made to go in their room.

I Am A Child Of God

 

I-Am-a-child-of-god-boy-girl-printables

I am using some other cute printables from Crystal Wilkerson’s Color Combo 4, so I just used some of my favorite colors from there and made this printable.

To download either click on the picture above, or I Am A Child of God Download.  It will take you to another page of Crafting Chicks where a link will appear and say, “I Am A Child of God Boy and Girl.”  Click on that and a zipped file will automatically download to your computer.  In order to access the files you will have to unzip the file by right clicking your mouse and choosing to unzip, or extract all files.  You will get both the Boy and Girl download.

Being a mom of 3 girls, everything I make tends to be on the girly side.  I made a boy, or more gender neutral version, too.  These are sized for 16×20 posters but you could crop them to make them a smaller size.  Also, if you upload to print, make sure you remember to click on “Don’t autocolor correct.”  It will change the look of the colors.

{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

 

 

 

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2013 LDS Primary Posters {free printables}

2013 Primary Theme

The LDS Church Primary theme for 2013 is I Am a Child of God. Each month focuses on a different theme and scriptures that tie into the main theme–it’s beautiful! (The Primary is what we call the children’s classes from age 3-11 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

A few months ago I created some 2013 Primary Posters with the monthly themes for some people to use in their Primary and I wanted to share them with our dear readers and friends as a free download! These 16×20 posters can be displayed in your Primary room or you can even use them in your own homes to reiterate the teachings with your children.

(You can click on the image to make it a little bit larger) 2013-primary-posters

 

I created the posters in Photoshop using a variety of digital papers from Crystal Wilkerson.

I’ve packaged them all up into 2 zipped folders for you to download and print and enjoy! :) The folders contain 13 posters sized 16×20 inches in JPEG format that can be printed at Costco or your favorite printer. There are two separate folders to download in order to get the full year’s worth of posters. These files are zipped, so once you download it, you will need to right click on the file and select “extract file” in order to print them.

Here are the links to download the posters:

2013 Primary Posters #1 (The Crafting Chicks)

 

Contains 2013 Theme, and January-June)

2013 Primary Posters #2 (The Crafting Chicks)

(Contains July-December)

I hope you enjoy these posters!

{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

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If you are curious about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called Mormons), we and many of our fellow bloggers have put together a packet sharing our feelings and information on why we are Mormon (see the original post here). If you are genuinely interested in learning more, send us an email at craftingchicks at gmail dot com and we will personally send you a free Book of Mormon and the packet with blogger testimonies, no strings attached.

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Ric Rac & Lace Spiders

Happy Halloween friends!!!  Since Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, I have seriously been crafting up a storm.  I shared these last week at the FABULOUS BLOG EIGHTEEN25!!  We have loved their blog for so long as I’m sure ALL of you have, and we have always enjoyed the fresh ideas that come from these fellow crafters.  We have LOVED looking at all the other Halloween ideas for their Spooktacular September….SO FUN!!

Today I will be sharing my LACE & RIC RAC SPIDERS.  I wanted to make some spiders this year.  I immediately knew I wanted to use Martha Stewart Fine Glitter, spray glitter, lace, liquid starch, patterned fabric, and some sparkly beads for the eyes.  As I went along, I added the pipe cleaners to stiffen the spider legs.

SUPPLIES:

  • 4′ ric rac or lace for each spider
  • Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
  • matching pipe cleaners
  • glitter spray
  • loose glitter
  • sewing machine
  • ribbon
  • patterned fabric
  • sparkly beads for eyes
  • glue and glue gun


Dip the ric rac and lace in the liquid starch and wring it out so there is still starch on the lace or ric rac, but no excess.  Next, hang them up to dry either over a bowl to shape the legs, or hang clothes pin them to a string.

The thicker lace needs more support with pipe cleaners, but the liquid starch still lends needed stiffness to the lace and ric rac.  Cut the lace and ric rac to the size of the pipe cleaners.

Glue the pipe cleaners to the back of the ric rac.  These are nice because they stay pretty hidden.


Then, shape the 4 pieces of ric rac into an “M” shape.
Let the lace dry overnight in a bowl that will shape the legs like so….

This is the smaller spider that dried in a smaller bowl.  After the lace dries, hot glue the pieces together and curl that legs like so.

Use a couple of pieces of pipe cleaner to make the legs point upwards a bit.  The starch makes the lace bendable, but stiff enough.

After the pieces of pipe cleaner are glued to the pieces of ric rac, glue the ric rac pieces together and mold the legs to your liking.

THEN EMBELLISH!! At this point, you use the spray glitter and add the Martha loose glitter while the spray glitter is wet.  Then add the orange Martha glitter to the Mulit-colored spray glitter when it’s still wet.  I love the way the different glitters add to the vintage feel of the spiders.  You can’t really see the glitter on the white spiders, but oh it’s there….believe me, it’s there.  Now for the SPIDER PHOTO SHOOT!  Mr. Black Spider Magoo…

To make the scrunched up fabric, all you do it cut a piece of fabric that’s 3″ wide and about 36″ long and sew along the edge, then turn the fabric piece right side out.  Then, choose a ribbon to string through the center and fasten both ends of the patterned fabric so the ribbon so it doesn’t slide off the string.  Glue the scrunched up fabric to the middle of the spider body or anywhere that makes it hang straight.  Add glitter pom poms for the body.

SHOT #2 of the dainty spider.

This spider is much bigger.  I WISH WISH WISH you could see the glitter on the body, it’s magnificent!  For the body of this one, I made a polkadot rosette and folded it into a cylinder then glued it to the spider legs.

Each one turned out with a unique little personality.  I made two of these and this one just fit nicely resting on my corn husk pumpkins.

This guy looks a little spooky here, he’s starring at me with his wee beady eyes.

So that’s a wrap!  You can use these spiders in a variety of ways….add to a wreath, hang from a chandelier or anything for that matter, rest on a tabletop or other decoration, etc. etc.  Happy Crafting!!

xoxo, KIRSTEN


Free Primary Poster Download

Just wanted to let you know that over on my personal blog I have this cute Free Primary Poster Download poster available for free download! I created it in photoshop using fun Primary colored digital scrapbooking supplies from GG Digital Designs, sized it at 12×18 inches and printed at Costco! It’s fun for a child’s bedroom or even for a Primary class if you wanted to print in smaller sizes :) So feel free to hop on over if you want it. :)
http://brookie-wookie.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-primary-poster-download.html