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30 October 2012

Color with a Cause: Chapter 12

This week's Color with a Cause chapter was inspired by Halloween! Maybe when all the cute kiddos come trick or treating tomorrow you can hand them some candy AND a super cool coloring page. Just sayin'. You'd probably be the coolest person in the neighborhood, or something.
Remember, please, that I ask that in exchange for these pages you would:
1) Donate any amount to the Color with a Cause Foundation


2) Find some other way to "pay it forward"

Keep spreading the word! I'm so grateful for all of you who are!

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ALSO! I just realized that tomorrow is my 200th post: Pretty big stuff, man.
I hope you have a very lovelee COLORING day!

29 October 2012

Quote of the Week

Never ever give up--ever! You never know how close you are to your goal.

have a lovelee Monday!


27 October 2012

Halloween Party: Children's Music Theory Edition

Before you laugh me to scorn about hosting a children's music theory Halloween party, let me explain myself:

I've been teaching violin and viola lessons for quite a few years now and I like to host a "master class" at the end of each month where each of my students performs a piece they've been working on that month in front of their peers and then we play music theory "games"--the children love them, but I do too because they're actually learning really great things. And since it's Halloween season, I thought it'd be super fun to through a Halloween party for the kids. They came in their costumes and everything. And I may or may not have had a giraffe on my head...Anyways, that's the background story...

I set up a fun Halloween banner for the kids to perform in front of. (My sister Briana made this a few years back). Funny story about this--I overheard this cute little conversation between two students:
Student One: What does "All Hallow's Eve" mean?
Student Two: I think it's kind of like Christmas Eve, but for Halloween...
after the children performed their pieces, I had them gather around in a circle as I taught them about "In the Hall of the Mountain King". I had them listen to the piece, first tapping the steady beat, and then the rhythm. Then I had volunteers come up and write in the missing rhythms in each measure. They LOVED that! 

(here's what it looked like when it was all filled out. Pretty cute, right??)

Then I had them pick their favorite "halloween costume" picture on the floor and we had a "cookie walk" as we listened to the piece again. I decided on a cookie walk rather than a cake walk so that everyone would end up a winner. They were all singing along to the piece by the end, so I think this exercise was successful!

After our cake walk I separated them into two groups and one group went to the "dynamics matching game" center while the other made up "Halloween rhythms".

I cut up circles into 2, 4, and 8 parts so that they could invent a super cool rhythmic pumpkin.

 After all was said and done, I sent them away with a tootsie pop I covered in muslin to look like ghosties. Growing up, one of my favorite parts of Halloween was when my mom would hand me one of these little guys. Not even kidding.

such a fun day! I love my little students.

Have a lovelee WEEKEND! wahoo!


26 October 2012

Friends and Pictures. Pictures and Friends.

Right before the semester started, two of my great friends came up to my house and we had the BEST time.

Seriously...these ladies are so funny.
Sometimes being a friend gives you the best feeling in the world.
..even when they through peaches at you:)

hooray for friendship! ...hooray for Fridays!

have a lovelee FRIDAY--I'm off to go vote! So excited about this.


ps-I used THIS tutorial to make my gifs, and it couldn't have been easier. Highly reccommend.

25 October 2012

Painted Sneakers: DIY

So this is actually more of a "helpful tips and tricks" DIY than an actual DIY. I found this amazing idea to paint your regular old tennies to look like saddle shoes on pinterest, of COURSE, but when I clicked through to the website, there were very few instructions, and the instructions they DID have were in Japanese. Uhhh...problem. I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly fluent in Japanese. So I decided to use trial-and-error logic, and I'm rather pleased with the way they turned out. The image from on the left is from the original post, which you can find here.

白布鞋变布洛克鞋,不是能工巧匠还真不行。Some helpful tips/tricks:

-First of all, you will need a plain pair of sneakers (I got mine at target for $9), fabric paint, a paintbrush, and a temporary fabric marker.

-I used $2 fabric paint from JoAnne's and it worked like a charm. I would, however, advise that you check the actual paint color with the way it appears from the outside. I might have been initally slightly dissapointed that my shoes were golden instead of the tea brown advertised, but I actually ended up liking the color a lot, so it all worked out:)

-Use a SMALL paintbrush. I started out too big and that was definitely not the smartest idea.
-go slowly and maybe even take a few days to finish. Since you're working with paint, you can't really go back and fix your mistakes. Go slow, I promise it's worth it.

-mark all your lines and especially your circles VERY clearly.

-I painted the "large areas" first, and then went back and filled in/went around the small dots

-I did not paint the tongue of my shoe, and I think I like the look better like that. I did paint the  top "piping" of my shoe tongue and I love the contrast.

-the picture where they show the dots on the heel is WRONG! they drew the dots on the heel and then painted over them and moved the dots forward to the arch area of the shoe (visible in the last image, click to view larger)

hope you enjoy this fun little craft as much as I did!

have a lovelee day!


24 October 2012

7 Questions: Halloween-o-Fied

Isn't this fun? I'm not a Halloween person, but I thought I'd get into the spirit for Gentri's 7 Questions. Stay tuned later today for a super cool DIY project I'm sharing. That's right. 2 posts in one day.
I thought that I'd share this cute/funny little vintage Halloween card I found here in lieu of my funny picture of the week. Because it's still funny. And it's still a picture. See what I did there?

1. Do you believe in ghosts?
no...but I get scared pretty easily and can spook myself out/convince myself that something spooky is happening. Remember when I told you guys about the "mimmies"? Case in point. Granted, I was 5, but the basic principle still applies.

2. Do you prefer the cute or the scary Halloween?

Cute. Definitely. Lauren + Scary = not a good idea. Just ask the roomies:)

3. How old were you when you stopped trick or treating?
I stopped really trick-or-treating in 6th grade, but up through high school I liked to go out with my good pals to the houses in the neighborhood that loved me enough to give us candy even though we were way too old.

4. Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?
My family has never been super in to Halloween, but we've had a few fun every-once-in-a-while traditions, like going to see all the fun decorations at Gardner Village, and when I was in high school my friends and I would get together every year and watch a classic "Halloween-like" movie at my house. Everything from Wait until Dark to the Labyrinth. oooooh yeah:) 

5. Share a scary local urban legend.
once upon a time, there was this little girl. She had crazy cool hair and loved to wear bows. She loved all of her friends and going to college and playing all of her instruments. Then one day as she went down to the deep, dark labyrinths of the school of music, she suddenly found herself face to face with a ghost! She shreeked, "AYE AYE AYE!" After the initial shock was over of coming face to face with a ghost, the ghost warned her of  the perils that awaited her if she chose to practice that day. As it so happens, the ghost had lost its soul practicing in that very spot. The little girl learned her lesson and never practiced ever again.

....yes, I did just make that up. Because yes, I am too lazy to google local urban legends. And because I don't want to get freaked out. And because I really hate practicing for hours and hours...but it's good for me.

6. Would you rather be haunted or haunting?
I would want to haunt people! It'd be so fun to tickle someone and watch them be so confused!

7. What's your favorite Halloween character/ creature? (dracula, witch, ghost, etc)
I like witches the best out of all of them, I think... mostly because every year I see my mom dress up in her glamorous witch attire for the annual Witches Party hosted by Gentri's mom. Trust me, she looks goooood.

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And have a lovelee day!


ps-don't forget to check back later for the sweet DIY I'm sharing with you guys. It's gonna be good, I pinky swear! Okay, okay: Here's a little hint:
see those shoes? ooooh yeah!! :)

23 October 2012

Color with a Cause: Chapter 11

I made it! Chapter 11, and it's still Tuesday! ...barely.... enjoy!

Remember, please, that I ask that in exchange for these pages you would:
1) Donate any amount to the Color with a Cause Foundation


2) Find some other way to "pay it forward"

Keep spreading the word! I'm so grateful for all of you who are!

You might also be interested in:
I hope you have a very lovelee COLORING day!

22 October 2012

Quote of the Week

Doesn't C.S. Lewis always know exactly what to say? When I  this quote I immediately fell in love with it and knew I had to share with all of you.

have a lovelee Monday!


20 October 2012

Changes + New Favorite Band

You may have noticed some changes happening lately....I'm in the processes of re-organizing this little blog. I'm trying to simplify everything so that it's easier to find what you're looking for. One of the biggest changes is the new Color with a Cause home page! (The link to which now resides on the right side of the page. It's a big yellow circle, you can't miss it!) I'm working on the "promote" button right now, so in the meantime, just keep spreading the word--have you liked Color with a Cause on facebook yet?!

Now I'd like to introduce you to my new favorite little band. They started out in my little college town, so that makes me particularly proud of them. 

I give you: "Book on Tape Worm"

don't you love them? Super chill, just how I like 'em.

Have a lovelee day!


19 October 2012

I am NOT a One-Woman-Band.

 I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I might have a slight anxiety problem sometimes. This was one of those weeks where I just start feeling so overwhelmed with everything I'm supposed to do, or want to do. Balancing life is hard.
 And life is hardest when I try to solve everything alone. When life gets hard, I always seem to forget that I have the best family in the world, my friends are the tops, and I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and watches out for me. I am NOT a one-woman-band!
And really, what more could a girl ask for?

I saw this beautiful calligraphy work this morning and I just felt like it was perfect for my life right now:
Pinned Image
(it's even in my favorite color. Meant to be!) (via)

By the way, I took those pictures of my newest favorite instrument. Being an elementary music major, I get to learn a BILLION super cool, kinda-weird instruments. This one happens to be an "autoharp". And yes, it's on my Christmas wishlist. Along with a guitar, tamborine, and harmonica (much to my roommates' dismay!)

have a lovelee day, and remember to take it one step at a time!


16 October 2012

Freebie: Don't Eat Pete! (Children's Printable)

I'm very happy to announce the first ever freebie Children's printable on this little blog. I've drawn up some cute kiddos for one of my favorite childhood games: "don't eat Pete!"
(click on image to view larger, right click, save as picture, voila!)

My favorite part of the game? Having an excuse to eat cheerios:)

have a lovelee day!


ps- CwaC Chapter 11 is coming soon, I pinky swear...gotta go take a couple tests today, and then we should be able to rock and roll with that.

15 October 2012

Quote of the Week

Be beautiful: inside, especially. That's the rarest and most beautiful thing about a woman, I think.

have a lovelee day!


13 October 2012

Freebie: Fall Scrapbook Pages

 A brand new set of scrapbook papers is here, just for you! head on over to download the pages and use them for your every fall-y crafty whim. But really:)

 have a lovelee day!


12 October 2012

Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups: Recipe

 Today I'm sharing a family favorite recipe. Tried, tested, and proven to be the most delicious thing your taste buds have ever experienced. I guarantee. Are you ready for this?!

for the bread dough:
1 1/4 C Water
2 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Oil
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 C Flour
2 tsp yeast (make them heaping teaspoons)

Combine water, yeast, sugar: let the yeast and sugar dissolve and soften, then add the rest of the ingredients except for the flour. Add flour one cup at a time, mix well. When the mixture is too thick, start kneading with your hands for 10 minutes. When well mixed, place in a bowl and cover with dish cloth. Let rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350
for the delicious inside:

Ranch Dressing
1-2 C. Diced Ham
Finely Diced Onion (about half)
2-3 C. Cheddar Cheese
Parmesan Cheese, for the topping.

Punch down the dough onto a lightly floured counter top and roll into a rectangle shape. Squeeze enough ranch dressing to coat the dough. Add diced ham, finely diced onion, and CHEDDAR cheese and then roll up (long ways, see picture above). Pinch seams. Cut into 18 sections and place in a greased muffin tin, cover with (greased) saran wrap. Beat an egg and a little bit of water in a small bowl and brush mixture over rolls. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Let them rise in the pan, covered with sprayed saran wrap for about 15 minutes.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and delicious.
you'll love 'em! I guarantee.

have a lovelee day!


10 October 2012

The Perfect Gadget Pouch: DIY

Today I'm sharing a little tutorial for all your touchy devices. I am the proud new owner of my FIRST EVER touchy thing, as of last Friday. Can I get a round of applause or something? So I decided to craft something up to keep in tip top shape. This will work with ANY device..The next one I'm making is for my new bamboo wacom tablet that I love with all of my heart. But really.
measure the length and width of your device and add an inch or a bit more to your measurement.
cut out your fabric in the appropriate dimensions. I chose to have a contrasting lining, but you don't need it.
I sewed my polka dot+cherry WRONG SIDES together. If you want to make it reversible, sew yours RIGHT SIDES together. Then repeat for the back side.
I folded the top into itself, pinned, and sewed for a more professional finish. Once you've done that for both your front and back sides, sew your two sides together, RIGHT SIDES together. I lined the edge of my fabric up with the edge of my sewing foot and that worked perfectly for my dimensions.
at this point I double checked that it still fit. It did!
I sewed up a strip of my lining fabric with a decorative stitch and hot glued a large button on to top it all off.

enjoy, and have a lovelee day!