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Free LDS Printable: Act on Your Ideas. Especially the Good Ones.

My cousin is on an LDS mission in Oregon. He sends a fun little update every week, and this week’s email had a message that inspired me. He shared this spiritual thought:


General conference was great, but what I really got out of it was that we need to act. Each talk I got different principles and council I felt was directed at me. I think it’s interesting, that they wrote all of the talks at general conference for me. I wonder how anyone else got anything out of it.

But yeah really so many good things I have learned, and now I need to apply it. I have noticed I have a lot of good ideas and stuff in my head. But those ideas are useless if I do not do anything with them. And I’m sure you all are the same way. So please don’t let your ideas (especially if they are good) stay thoughts.

I liked this idea so much that I made a poster of it, and would like to offer it to all of you wonderful readers out there.

  • Elder Jordan Andersen

Download The Poster Files

Zipped file includes 5×7, 8×10, 8.5×11, 11×14 and 16×20″, in both white and green backgrounds.

Check out more inspirational printables at another cousin’s (Kristin) shop:

What’s something you’ve sat on, or acted on? Tell me in the comments.

A Heartfelt Message

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This lovely (and anatomically correct!) felt heart wall hanging, was created for a friend who recently had heart surgery. Luckily, everything went great with his surgery and he’s recovering! And, of course Emily HAD to make him the perfect present — it is both thoughtful and incredibly useful for explaining, to those of us who are less-than-familiar with the finer details of the cardiovascular system, what he had to have done.

heart felt twoIf you don’t happen to know someone who just had heart surgery (which is really, probably for the best), this felt piece is also great for teaching kids (and adults) about human anatomy!

My niece is almost three and is curious about EVERYTHING around her right now! So, not only is this mess-free toy a great way to keep her entertained, but she can also move the pieces around and explore the human heart’s many different layers.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I am passionate about science (especially getting more women in science). So, I do everything I can to spark that scientific curiosity while kids are young!

There are so many amazing kid-safe things out there to get kids conducting their own experiments, learning about biology or the solar system. Here are two that really stood out to me!

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The first is the Dinologia handmade science kit. This kit gets kids playing and learning about dinos and, extra bonus, they can test out their new knowledge when playing on the dino felt wall.

 

 

The other toy I love is the mini-science box! It is SUPER simple and offers a range of activities for kids and grown-ups to try together.

These are some of my favorites; what are your favorite science toys or kits for the little ones in your life?

 

Eight Minimalist Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner! I know that I am an adult, but I still love dressing up every year. What I don’t love is having extra “junk” leftover from Halloween (or any holiday for that matter). This is especially true now that I occupy a tiny apartment with almost no storage space.

So, this year, I am opting for a minimalist Halloween costume! I’m sure everyone has different definitions, but in my book this means I am going to be buying one or two small items that I can pair with things that I already have.

Since the main Halloween party we are going to this year is at my husband’s school and its mascot is a dog, I’m leaning toward getting these dog ears for the both of us. Or maybe these Pikachu ears.

 Easy Minimalist Dog Ear Halloween Costume    Pikachu Easy Halloween Costume - Ear headband

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One Thing to Make Back-To-School Easier.

Do you have a hard time getting everyone and everything ready in the morning? We do! One thing we struggle with is finding an outfit with our morning brains. So we came up with this solution:

Back to School Find an outfit solution

We help the girls choose an outfit and hang it here as part of the bedtime routine. It saves so much time in the morning, and there’s way less fighting. So good for everyone’s sanity.

Available in any color:

What are your morning routine solutions to make things quick and easy?

Resin Art: Antelope Island in a 3d Topographical Land Sculpture

The youtube vortex sucked me in, and I ended up watching this video:

And, like always, I thought, “I NEED to try this!” So I did. First attempt = disaster. But I learned SO much. Only use a little bit of paint in the resin. Background colors can show up. Extremely level/flat is insanely important in the drying process. Work fast. If the first (or second or third) layer looks terrible, you can pour additional resin coats on top.

I decided to experiment and combine paper maché with resin. Sometimes the stars align, and mixed media projects come together nicely. This was one of those times!

I ended up with a 3d topographical map of Antelope Island in Utah. I shipped it off to my pops for father’s day. He recognized Frary Peak right away. 🙂

And now I can add 3d land-form sculptures to my resume. Which island should I do next?

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Slice Oranges, Turn Inside Out. Orange you glad I showed you this!?

You guys. I don’t like to brag (I totally like to brag) but, I just blew my own mind. How?

I was slicing oranges (let’s pretend my kids always have fresh and healthy snacks). I was trying to pop out a few chunks for the youngest; I pushed a little harder than I meant to, and voila! Inside out, GORGEOUS, sunshine oranges!

Healthy Toddler Snack - Sunshine Oranges

Is this amazing as I think it is? Every kid is going to want to eat a healthy snack now, right?? I mean, I think every mom in the world needs to know about this!

Help me out? Pin this to your boards, share with your crunchy friends on insta, and click on all of my affiliate links below! #momlife #easilyimpressed #vainmuch

Love, Em Is Crafty (with food)!

Buy Cutting Boards on Amazon
The cutting boards the sunshine orange was discovered on.
Buy IKEA plates on Amazon
The ikea plates we end up buying approximately annually. Great for serving sunshine oranges.
Buy Upcycled Towels on Amazon
How cool are these upcycled denim/cotton rags!?

 

 

Happy Presidents Day! New USA map felt wall in the shop.

To celebrate Presidents Day, I’m releasing a new Montessori style felt wall, a USA felt map!

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Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness. – George Washington

Shout out to Emily L. on etsy for trying out our pattern. Look at her cute kiddos, and their awesome map!

Felt sticks to felt, making this a fun interactive learning activity.

DIY type? Build it yourself with this easy pattern.

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Airport Bathroom + 3-Year-Old. How Things Usually Go.

As anyone who has potty trained knows, public restrooms are worse than the political bickering in my facebook feed right now. But somehow, in the LAX airport restroom, my 3-year-old had me (and everyone else in the bathroom) in tears laughing.

It happened here:

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It went like this:

3-year-old tells me she needs to pee during our layover. I roll my eyes and groan. Hubs and I play rock, paper, scissors to determine the lucky soul. I “win.” We trudge to the restroom and find the biggest stall, which still isn’t big enough somehow. She wiggles around and touches everything. Because… WHY!? For the love of everything. WHY?? I help her pull her pants down but apparently do it wrong. SHE needs to do it. Drops her overall strap in the toilet. Tells me she needs to take her shirt off. Again, WHY!? Fine, I don’t care, take your shirt off. Can you just pee now? Today? Please? I’m literally begging her now. I try to get some kind of paper barrier between her skin and the porcelain. Futile. She doesn’t want it anyway.

Once she is finally sitting, I try to cover the auto-flush sensor, because if it flushes while she wiggles, we’re adding twenty minutes to our restroom adventure. Twenty minutes later, I’m crying and want to leave the stall. The restroom. The airport. The city. Now. Please. Finally, she pees, we wipe. Congratulations all around. Now it’s Mami’s turn. Things go a lot smoother. After the flush, 3-year-old looks up at me with so much excitement in her eyes and yells at the top of her lungs: “Good Dob Mami! YOU DID IT!!” Laughs all around. All around. Every stall was full, and there were people waiting in line. Glad I could provide some comic relief to the airport patrons today. Very red (but laughing hysterically) Mami.

And so, in honor of my awesome 3 year old, I’ve created a new BreastCardEver. For your friend who just got into her college program. Or your colleague who just got promoted. Or your nephew who just graduated. Or that mom who just took her kids on a trip that involved layovers.

Original painted with breast milk; every purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/492391406

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Here’s where it gets good! I want to hear YOUR embarrassing public bathroom story. Head over to my facebook page, and share, so I can share below!

Mine was at Coors Field, so there was also a large ‘audience’ to overhear my 4 year old son ask me “mom, how can you even pee without a penis?” I laughed out loud, and so did practically everyone else within earshot

Becca from Colorado

Have you ever wanted a pair of leggings with a baby sloth on them? Me neither.

But I’m gonna leave this here anyway. You know, just in case there is someone out there who does.

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Available in my RedBubble shop. Helps a NICU baby get human milk. 🙂

New Thank You Cards – Painted with Breast Milk

You know the drops of breast milk left in the pump after you pump? I paint with them! The latest designs:

BreastCardEver - cards painted with breast milk

The best part? For every craft you buy from EmIsCrafty, you help a NICU baby get human milk.

Your turn! Go paint with milk (cow, breast, goat, whatever!) It’ll be white on white, hard to see, but you can do it! When your masterpiece is complete, bake it up (400 for 3-5 minutes), and share your art! @emiscrafty #emiscrafty

Check out these creations from miss Lila and Hannah, age 7 & 4!

painting with breast milk

 

You guys, THANK YOU. Seriously.

To everyone of you that has bought a BreastCardEver, a felt wall, a printable. That has liked my posts, shared a story, or requested custom greeting cards. That has supported me emotionally through mom life and small business life.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Look what we did!!

Thank you. 2016 donations

We sent $880 to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Mother’s Milk Bank in 2016. And it’s all because of your support. You are the best. I love you.

I Live in a Madhouse Ruled by a Tiny Army I created myself.

LOVE this quote! And LOVE my madhouse. And love the littles that keep it a madhouse. My sister gave me some art like this, and I recently re-created it for a friend. And now, you too, can publicly brag about your madhouse.

madhouse rustic framed print momlife

Available framed, or as a printable file on etsy. Same deal as always, every craft you buy helps a NICU baby get human milk!

This was so much fun to make! Supplies needed:

madhouse rustic framed print momlife

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Have You Ever Seen a Baby Sloth in Footie Jammies?

Well now you have. ♥

baby sloth in footie jammies

Her name is Kate. She was painted by yours truly, and she is available on etsy. Same deal as always, buy a craft, feed a baby!

Sltoh painting - baby sloth in footie jammies. Buy a Craft, Feed a Baby.

Crafty Shelf for my Crunchy Mama Baking Supplies

My big helper and I made a shelf for our wheat flour, flax seeds and yogurt-pretzels. 🙂

Shelf for flour, sugar, flax seeds, etc | Em Is Crafty | Buy a Card, Feed a Baby

Custom Die-Cut Card, Cut from my Silhouette.

Made for a friend going through a rough patch!

Die Cut Silhouette Card | Em Is Crafty | Buy a Card, Feed a Baby

Free LDS Printable on Judging Harshly.

My sister asked me to make a little handout for a church class she teaches. Since I love sharing all of my creations, I’m giving away this LDS printable quote for FREE!

The point is, we simply cannot call ourselves Christian and continue to judge one another—or ourselves—so harshly.

Patricia T. Holland

I love that she says “so harshly” instead of just “stop judging.” I think that’s an important distinction. We have to judge things and people to be able to make decisions and move forward in our lives.

LDS printable on judging | Patricia Holland

Download the File

And since the #2 goal of this blog is to make some money (#1 is to have fun!), check out my etsy shop where every craft you buy helps a NICU baby get human milk!

forest felt wall from Em Is Crafty | Buy a Craft, Feed a Baby

World Map felt wall from Em Is Crafty | Buy a Craft, Feed a Baby

tomorrow's clothes - laundry solution

 

Is there a Grinch in your life? They might appreciate this Dr. Seuss holiday printable.

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Meet Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, hand-painted by yours truly (with a little help from the 3 year old). As all crafts on EmIsCrafty.com, your purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk! It’s an easy decoration!

This printable comes in:

Inches: 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14, or
Centimeters: 12×18, 20×25 and 29×36.

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The Felt Christmas Tree that Helps feed a NICU baby.

Buy a Christmas Felt Tree, Feed a Baby

You may have seen a Christmas felt tree in your feed! Felt sticks to felt, and now that your kid has his own tree, he’ll leave yours alone. Right!?? 🙂

The trees I make are a little different:
Every purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk.

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Includes:

♥ One felt tree
♥ One gold star
♥ 16 felt ornaments (design varies)
♥ 1 trunk
♥ 4 gifts
♥ 3 strands of lights!
♥ Command Strips for hanging

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DIYer? Get the pattern and make your own!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/479024980

Looking for a simpler tree? https://www.etsy.com/listing/171699796/felt-tree-for-the-holiday-of-christmas?
Message me if you are interested in custom colors for an extra fee!

Check out the snowy white tree!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/258425346/deluxe-white-christmas-felt-tree-kid

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Don’t let the fun end after Christmas! Wrap up an ocean or monster felt wall under the tree!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/261054027/huge-felt-ocean-wall-decoration-kids
https://www.etsy.com/listing/260498086/felt-monster-wall-let-kids-create-their

What do Felt Birds and Real Birds Have in Common? NOT Poop.

Do Felt Birds Poop?

Nope! Never, ever, ever since their creation has a felt bird ever pooped on a human. Isn’t that great? That makes felt walls a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for your kids! They can play for hours and use their imagination to create all sorts of games and stories!

Forest Felt Wall

There is NO mess. Since felt sticks to felt (and the birds aren’t dropping surprises on your head), all you have to do is put everything away when you’re done until you’re ready to play again.

If you aren’t interested in an animal-filled forest, but still want an awesome felt board, there are more felt walls for you to choose from ranging from scary Monster Felt Walls to World Maps, which are the perfect, hands-on learning activity for kids and geographically challenged adults.

As if you needed another reason to get a felt board for the special grandkid/niece/nephew/best friend’s kid in your life, guess what? Every time you buy something from EmIsCrafty a portion of the proceeds go toward helping real-life babies in the NICU!

Buy a Craft, Feed a Baby.

Giveaway! Local gal making the CUTEST dolls, with matching dresses.

You guys! Sue is one of the cutest people I know, and she is making one of the cutest (and actually useful) products ever. Her company is called “Love, Molly Sue,” and she makes a molly dolly with a matching dress for your baby. She is on etsy, facebook and insta. This pear combo is my fav, look how freaking adorable!

pear-combo

She’s giving us a molly dolly & dress combo to giveaway to one of you (details below and on facebook)! We asked her a few questions so you can get to know her a bit before you enter. Meet Sue, crafty owner of “Love, Molly Sue”

How did you get so crafty?

Well if you know my family my mom and sisters are queen of DIY. I grew up with home made everything and we were always starting or in the middle of some project or another, so thanks to them I learned the art of starting projects! Now if I could just finish more….

If LMS could talk what would she say?

Haha the LMS at our house would probably be crying all the time, they are constantly getting sucked on, dropped, thrown, etc. but hopefully they would be as in love with their little mamas as they are with them. I love seeing my Molly sneaking hugs and kisses from her dolly.

Okay, the hair on these dolls is the cutest! How did you come up with the top knot??

Well before LMS came to be, I had this fantastically trendy friend I was making a baby shower gift for and her hair was always in a top knot, so I guess she was my inspiration. I LOVE to make the Dolly’s similar to their little mamas and since I didn’t know this little mama yet I modeled it after my friend.

Is adulting what you thought it would be?

Umm am I adulting?? Ha, I keep asking myself when I grow up as big as my mom and dad will I be an adult yet? But really, some days I own adulting, and some days (like yesterday) me and my Molly just lay on the ground and cry because adulting is too much.

Glue gun or sewing machine?

Oh heavens sewing machine! I think if I could I would sew everything, wood, plastic, paper, grass.. Glue guns are so messy and I always leave with a burn or ten.

If money were nothing what would you spend your free time doing?

I would adopt 100 pretty babies. That has been a dream of mine ever since I found out my next door neighbor was adopted 20 years ago, and I honestly have wanted to leave my mark on the world through adoption. It wouldn’t leave me with much free time, but I could just cry thinking of all the babies I could love that don’t get the chance other wise.

What motivates you?

Well currently the prospect of going back to work haunts me into working as hard as I can! But really, since having my Molly girl it has been such a struggle to find cute affordable clothing and toys, so we just started making them and wanted to share the love!

 

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Isn’t she adorable?

Giveaway details:

Two steps to enter:

  1. Like or follow “Love, Molly Sue,” on etsy, facebook or insta.
  2. Head over to my facebook page, and tag a friend in the comments who would LOVE an LMS doll. The more you tag, the better your chances!

Winner receives a molly dolly dress combo. Shipping free to USA. Winner announced Tuesday, Sept. 6. Good luck!

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