Saturday, January 24, 2015

Our Hipster Family Crest

Our family has decided on a motto for the new year. . . Be Good. Do Good.

I know it's a little play on words. Maybe you would expect it to say "Be Good. Do Well." Which is also a worthy goal, but we decided accomplishment wasn't what we wanted to focus on. Making good decisions, service and kindness are what we are focusing on this year. Maybe next year will be, "Do Good. Do Well."

If you want to dig into the symbolism, the two straight lines crossed stand for truth and righteousness. As an X it stands for exactness. The Circle can mean harmony and inclusiveness. The star stands for aiming for success (Be Good) and the heart stands for love (Do Good).

I also made some for friends and family as a New Years gift (I got a little behind with Christmas gifts and didn't get all I wanted to done!)

The three stars stand for Texas, law enforcement, and teaching (my sister and brother-in-laws' lives and careers revolve around those). They also represent achievement. The boot can mean several things, compassion (walk in another’s shoes), and ambition (big shoes to fill). The photo of the barn wood symbolizes home, longevity, comfort and safety.
The mountain represents overcoming trials and obstacles, setting goals, temples, spirituality. The ribbon stands for quality and achievement. The photo of the forest symbolizes strength in numbers, growing together, withstanding adversity, and integrity.
My sister told me this phrase is what she always says as the kids start a game (soccer, basketball, t-ball, you name it) and has become their de facto family motto. The antlers symbolize "the hunt, or the game" which is a sports analogy and means that the chase is as important or fun as the result. And they look cool. The pic of Mount Rainier is important because of where they live, plus a tall mountain always symbolizes goals.
I asked my friend, Annie if they had a family motto. She laughed and said they tried to decide on one in an FHE and her 8 year old came up with "Porters Fight A Lot." So they didn't push the issue. For them, the motto isn't important, the family values are. The shield represents faith and choosing the right. The double arrows stand for truth and righteousness. The stag represents her husband who likes to hunt but more importantly is a cancer survivor. So the buck really stands for his determination and endurance. The olive branches represent my friend and stand for peace, blessings, and Jerusalem. The stars represent the kids and their many accomplishments and striving for excellence.

Why do I call them Hipster Family Crests? LOL. It's kind of a style based on what's come to be known as Hipster Logos. Look it up. It's a thing. The banners and badges and wildlife icons in a white logo in white suspended over a blurry nature photo. . . that's what makes it hipster, not that our family is hipster.

I've made these available in my Etsy shop. I'll design a custom family crest just for you. When you purchase, you'll receive an instant download with examples, photos, and symbols to choose from. You'll email back your family name and family motto or your choices of symbols and photos. I'll put together your unique hipster family crest and email you a high-res, print-ready 8x10" jpg that you can send to your nearest photo printer (ie. Costco). I'll also send you 612x612 low res file you can post on a blog, Facebook or Instagram.

Photo credits:
Ocean Beach by Christopher

Snake Forest Road by Andy Arthur

Snowy Canopy by fishhawk

Natures Own Stripes by Suzanne Nilsson

PhoTones Works #5742

McKay Savage
Peru - Machu Picchu 029 -stone wall

Mt. Rainier by Marcin Wichary

Yellow Flowers in the field (cabin) by Davic Joyce

Fields of Wheat by victorgeere

Log Cabin by Seldom Scene Photography

Old Barn Wood by miheco

*All photographs for this project have Creative Commons licenses that allow the photos to be used and modified with attribution.*

Sunday, February 09, 2014

New Valentine's Printables

Printable Big, Bold Valentine's Cards that fit in Pretzel Bags. Sign the back and tack down with washi tape.
Printable Valentine's Cards - You Dig? Add those little sugar coated, sour gummi worms and who wouldn't dig it? Washi tape around the top.
 Printable Valentine's Cards - From a Real Fungi
 Printable You're Sew Sweet cards for the crafty at heart!
Happy Valentine's Day XOXOXO . . . cute as an insert in pretzel bags or as book marks!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

easter printable

Do you doodle? Do you Zendoodle? I'm new to this, but zendoodles or zentangles are a fun way to harness your doodling instincts into something useful! Perfect to frame or put on a card, I made a pre-doodled sheet of Easter Eggs you can print and color if you want! Or you can print the template and doodle your own!

I also created this printable easter bunting that says "Hoppy Easter." Wocka, wocka, wocka! I could not get that phrase out of my head while I designed it. I had no choice but to use it. I think I was possessed for a minute, the Easter Bunny made me do it. If you don't like the letters, just print the colorful bunnies. They'll be hoppy you did. Ok, enough.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

last minute love notes

Did you spend a ton of time making cute and clever Valentine cards and treats for you kids' classmates and then realize you haven't done anything for your own Valentine? Yup. Thought so.

Todays Mama thought ahead and had me design these little love notes for just that reason. Print 'em out, cut 'em up, and leave 'em around the house for your real sweetheart.

Not that we don't like our kids' classmates, but c'mon! What's this holiday really about? And who's it really for? Probably adults who are actually in love. Not 3rd graders.

And if you need something bigger, here is printable quote from a great Dave Matthews song that celebrates grown-ups in love.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

fish bowls treat cards!

I'm so pleased that the little fish bowl valentines have been popular! This year they've been featured on many wonderful sites. . . here are just a few:

ivillage featured me in their favorite kid-made valentines list

Family Fun Magazine did a fun DIY version which turned out really adorable. If you look in the magazine, you'll see they credited me! They were also very professional to work with.

Dishbaby ordered a cute custom saying and blogged about it.

There is still time to order from my shop!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Despicable Me 2 Valentines

I had a fun project this week. . . I got to help Marie at Make and Takes do these cute Valentines cards for Despicable Me 2!

For the free printable and a nice step-by-step, click here.

Monday, February 04, 2013

So we used up all our emergency water supply to flush the toilets...

Our pipes were frozen for four days last week. Four days. Four. Long. Days.

We quickly used up our entire emergency water supply after only a day and a half. And here is the sad part. . . We used it all up flushing the toilets. 7 gallons of stored water only flushed 36 hours worth of toilets and that was flushing conservatively (I will spare you the details!)
After that we refilled the milk jugs at Grandma's and at the neighbors.

At one desperate moment when it was too late to make a water run to the neighbors, I even went outside, got some snow and melted it down. You wouldn't believe how much snow you need to get one gallon of water! I reiterate, this was all for toilet flushing!

We had bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. Hand sanitizer and baby wipes for hands and faces. Hubby and I showered at the gym. The kids bathed at the neighbors and it was a pain!

So after four long days, I am so So SO grateful to have running water again and am re-evaluating our emergency preparedness.

After reading through the LDS church's guidelines on storing drinking water, I think I have more work to do. Soda bottles are better than milk jugs, they'll last longer. Clean with a little bleach first.

Oh, and leave the faucet trickling at night when it gets down below 0° !!!