50 Jar Gifts: idea #24 – bird feeder

from the GardenRoofCoop.com ideas for four different jar bird feeders

Do you have a birdwatcher in your ancestors? A bird feeder would be a great way to share that joy of birdwatching along with stories about that family member. Some of the ideas use old plates or saucers as part of the bird feeder. I can imagine spending a quiet morning watching the birds and sharing family stories. If you have some old plates to use that could make another connection to the past. Here are a few tutorials on how to make bird feeders from jars:

from Old Time Pottery

from RunnerDuck.com

from LittleHouseLiving.com

ideas for several kinds of bird feeders via simply-living-simply.com

from celynnssunflowerpatch.blogspot.de

from q-made.blogspot.com

If this idea inspires you, let me know. I’d love to share your project here too.jar gift logos25

Want some more ideas? Visit my Pinterest board dedicated to jar gift ideas.

Key West: a new challenge

practicing in the pool at U/WSS in Key West

Yesterday I spent some time chatting with my Dad about his memories from the Underwater Swimmers School. As he was explaining how different parts of the SCUBA equipment work he came up with and idea that is both exciting and scary. He wants me to take a SCUBA class. That is not something that I’ve ever thought of having on my bucket list. While the thought is kind of scary and invokes claustrophobic images in my head, I think it would really give me some insight into this history and even other volumes of my Dad’s Navy experience. So I’ve add finding a class to my to do list for the week.

I’ve been working on writing at least 500 words on this project everyday. It is rather haphazard now but I’m doing it and that is a very good thing. My parents are heading back to Idaho tomorrow. I’d hoped they would stay down until the end of next week so I could get with my Dad some more but my Mom really want to get back home. They will be back in a couple of weeks.

I had no idea where this story project was going to take me when I started. It is stretching me in so many ways I never imagined. It is good to learn and do new things especially as I get older. I don’t want to get so old that I’m not willing to try to do new things. What ways have your family story projects helped you to learn new things?

50 Jar Gifts: idea #23 – hanging vases

Mason Jar Hanger by Midwest Finds via MasonJarCraftsLove.com

When I think of my Grandma Jenson I often think of flowers too. We had a family reunion recently and when Grandma Jenson came up the conversation also included memories of her lilac bushes and hollyhocks. She was also very proud of her Amaryllis and other houseplants. I great way to share memories of Irene would be to put some lilacs in one of these great hanging jar vases and give them to a family member along with a story about Grandma either verbal or written or both. Tell the story and include a written copy along with the vase. Chances are every time that family member say that vase they would think of Irene. Do you have an ancestor or living relative who loves flowers? Here are several different ideas for hanging vase jars.

beaded jar vases from PrettyHandyGirl.com

tutorial by intimateweddings.com

this tutorial by 17apart.com includes a frog for the top of the jar

upcycled baby food jars from HGTV.com

If this idea inspires you, let me know. I’d love to share your project here too.jar gift logos24

Want some more ideas? Visit my Pinterest board dedicated to jar gift ideas.

Something Sweet 2014: South Jordan

polycarbonate tree for this years candy window

I haven’t posted anything on the Candy Window project all year. It is about time I did. So first thing to do is catch you up on what has happened so far. In January we picked the theme “Hearts All a Glow”. Then not much happened for several months. I thought about window ideas but didn’t settle on anything because I didn’t know where my window was going to be and some ideas just aren’t very conducive to some spaces. Things have been up in the air on funding. Last year the developer of the shopping area gave us some money but the property was sold to a new developer and we still don’t know if they are going to come through with money. The back up plan is the South Jordan Arts Council.

I had hoped to work with the Bingham High School Art Club (they helped a little last year). But the adviser for the club has too much going on to do the club again and no other teachers came forward to help. Then in the spring there were some rumblings about having the South Jordan Youth Council help on the project. About that same time I found out that my window was going to go between the main front doors of South Jordan City Hall. I went to see the space and it was about 4 feet by 8 feet, so generously sized. My big concern was getting power to the space. It is in the entry way between the sets of doors. Not an area that normal has electrical outlets.

About that time I got the news that the Youth Council wanted to help. So I got together with the kids and their leaders to brainstorm ideas. I didn’t want to pick an idea and then tell them what we were doing. I wanted them to feel like they were part of the project from the beginning. There are two things I’d like to accomplish by using a youth group. First is just hands to help get it done. There is lots of gluing to be done and my hands are starting to show the wear and tear of the repetitive motion. The second and in the long run the more important, teach them how to do a candy window and hopefully over the years a few of them will catch the vision and want to do windows of their own. I’d like to move into a more advisory role with the windows but to do that we need more artists.

On the day of my meeting with the Youth Council, in July, the power for the window got worked out. The city is installing outlets in the back wall above the window. I asked them to put outlets in the two side areas too. It would be super fun to have a three-part window the could be walked between. I can image it would be like walking through candyland.

half-scale model of the Ferris wheel

After some brainstorming with the Youth Council we came up with a really fun idea. A big project for sure that I wouldn’t tackle without their help and couldn’t pull off without Bill’s help too. We are building a Ferris wheel with more than a dozen different Christmas characters on and around the wheel. The plan is to have lights on it and to have it rotate. I’ve been meeting with the Youth Council a couple of times a week to work on getting things going. They start school this week so hopefully they will still have time to come regularly to help. Their leaders are great and easy to work with.

section of snow with dehydrated mini marshmallows

Last week we got miniature dried marshmallow glued down on half of the snow for the base. We have 5 polycarbonate Christmas trees that will have light inside them. All the plastic is cut out but only one is assembled and ready for gummy bears. Bill has the steel to build the Ferris wheel but has only done a little bit of the cutting. There are lots of technical details to work out on the Ferris wheel. We have the plywood for the seats on the Ferris wheel and the pattern printed and ready to go for cutting them out. The original goal was to have the structure done by the end of August. That wasn’t realistic but I hope we can have most of it done by the time the new puppy comes on September 11th.

It is kind of funny because Bill and I were busy working on the very first candy window we ever did when the World Trade Center collapsed all those years ago. Interesting the connections we make to different events in our lives.

Pupdate: Coming & Going

Puppy Truck Countdown21Just 20 days until our new “F” puppy comes. Here is the current list of names from the naming contest. It is an impressive list of names. But there is still time to add your suggestions. Additions don’t have to be unique. This is also about guessing what her name will be, so you can “vote” for a name already on the list. If I’ve failed to credit you for a suggestion let me know and I’ll add your name to a suggestion. I see a couple that I don’t have anyone down for suggesting (oops).

  • Faberge     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabia     Minh
  • Fabian     Jan
  • Fabiana     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabianna     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabianne      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabrica     Kellie
  • Fabiola     Minh
  • Fable      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabray      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabrice      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabulous      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Facet     Tina
  • Fáelán      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fahari     Janine
  • Fahrenheit     Tara
  • Fairfax      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fairlane     Kellie
  • Fairy     Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fairytale     Kellie
  • Faith     Jo Ann, Louise, Kellie
  • Fajita     Martha, Tara
  • Fala       Karen (Lisbon), Janine
  • Falafel      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Falcon     Janine, Louise
  • Falina      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faline     Kellie
  • Falkland      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Falla     Tina
  • Fame     Martha
  • Famous      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fancine     Laurel
  • Fancy     Holly, Randy, Karen (Lisbon), Brianne, Tara
  • Fandango     Jan
  • Fanfare     Janine
  • Fanny      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
  • Fanta      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fantastic      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fantasy      Karen (Lisbon), Tara, Kellie
  • Fantine      Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fanya      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fantasia     Donna, Holly, Laurel
  • Fantine     Kellie
  • Fara     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farckle     Tara
  • Faren     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farewell      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fargo     Toni
  • Farhana     Laurel
  • Farica     Janine
  • Farida     Laurel
  • Farina     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farissa     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farley     Minh
  • Faro     Tina
  • Farrah     Jo Ann, Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Toni
  • Farsi     MInh, Linsay
  • Fascia     Tina
  • Fashion     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
  • Fate     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fatima      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faun     Tina
  • Fauna      Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fausta       Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faustine      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fava     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Favor        Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fawn     Donna, Kellie, Karen (Lisbon), Janine
  • Fawna     Kellie
  • Fax      Karen (Lisbon), Jan
  • Fayda     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faydra     Kellie
  • Faye     Louise, Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fayette     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
  • Fayla      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Falin     Kellie
  • Fayna     Janine
  • Feather     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
  • Febe     Minh
    February     Louise
    FedEx     Jan
    Fedora      Karen (Lisbon), Jo Ann
    Feisty      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felda      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felena      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felice      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Janine
    Felicia     Kellie, Karen (Lisbon)
    Felicidad      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felicity      Karen (Lisbon), Minh, Kellie
    Felipa      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felisha      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felita     Karen (Lisbon)
    Felix     Minh, Jan
    Feliz     Laurel
    Fema     Minh
    Fender     Marilyn
    Fennel     Karen (Lisbon)
    Ferdinand     Minh
    Fergie     Karen (Lisbon), Toni
    Ferguson     Toni
    Fermata     Jan
    Fern     Kellie, Bill, Karen (Lisbon), Janine
    Fernanda      Karen (Lisbon)
    Ferrah     Kellie
    Ferrari     Roxanne
    Ferris     Kellie
    Festal     Jan
    Festival     Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Jan
    Festive     Donna, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Feta     Martha
    Fez     Laurel
    Fianna     Karen (Lisbon), Katie
    Fiat     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fiddle     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Janine, Tara
    Fiddler     Tara, Kellie
    Fidel     Tara
    Fidela     Janine
    Fiera     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fiero     Minh
    Fiery      Karen (Lisbon)
    Fiesta     Tara, Karen (Lisbon). Laurel
    Fifa     Minh
    Fife     Tina
    Fifer     Kellie
    Fifi     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Fig      Karen (Lisbon)
    Figaro     Jan
    Fiji     Tara
    Filamena     Brianne
    Filene     Karen (Lisbon), Minh, Tina
    Filigree     Karen (Lisbon)
    Filipa      Karen (Lisbon)
    Filippa     Donna
    Filly     Karen (Lisbon)
    Film     Tara
    Filomena     Minh
    Fina     Karen (Lisbon), Meagan
    Finaky     Louise
    Finale     Janine, Jan
    Finbar     Tara
    Finder     Karen (Lisbon)
    Finesse     Donna, Karen (Lisbon)
    Finish     Louise
    Fink     Tara
    Finley     Minh
    Finn     Minh
    Finnian     Jan
    Finola      Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay, Tara, Katie, Jo Ann
    Fiona     Jo Ann, Donna, Karen (Lisbon). Kellie
    Fionna     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fir     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fireball     Tara
    Firebird     Karen (Lisbon)
    Firecracker     Tara
    Firefly     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
    Firelight     Laurel
    Firework     Tara
    Firenze      Karen (Lisbon)
    Fisher     Minh
    Fisk     Jan
    Fix     Tara
    Fizz     Tara, Laurel
    Fjord     Laurel
    Flag     Jan
    Flagler     Jan
    Flake     Kellie
    Flair     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
    Flamingo      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flan     Randy, Karen (Lisbon)
    Flame     Lindsay, Laurel, Tara
    Flannel      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flare     Randy, Tina
    Flash     Randy, Lindsay, Minh
    Flavia      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flavor     Laurel
    Flax     Tina
    Fleece     Laurel, Tara
    Fleur      Karen (Lisbon), Minh
    Fletch     Kellie
    Fletcher     Minh
    Flick     Kellie
    Flicka     Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Katie, Kellie
    Flicker     Minh
    Flickr     Kellie
    Flight      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flirt     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
    Flit     Kellie
    Flo      Karen (Lisbon), Toni
    Float     Jan
    Flora     Jo Ann, Kellie. currentdescendent, Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn
    Floral     Jo Ann
    Florella     Karen (Lisbon)
    Florence     Karen (Lisbon)
    Florencia     Karen (Lisbon). Laurel
    Florentina      Karen (Lisbon)
    Florette     Laurel
    Florianne      Karen (Lisbon)
    Florida     Karen (Viansa & Ballad), Donna, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
    Floriah     Marilyn
    Florie     Karen (Lisbon)
    Florinda      Karen (Lisbon)
    Florine     Kellie
    Flossie     Kellie
    Flouta     Laurel
    Flower     Jo Ann, Louise, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fluffy      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Flurry     Jo Ann, Kellie, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Flute     Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Jo Ann
    Flutter      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flyer     Jan, Loiuse
    Foggy     Karen (Lisbon)
    Folly     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fonda      Karen (Lisbon), Janine, Tina
    Fondant     Jo Ann
    Fondue     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay
    Font     Jan
    Fontina     Jan
    Fontaine     Laurel
    Fontainot     Laurel
    Fontana     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fontina     Jo Ann, Kellie
    Fordham     Minh
    Forest     Karen (Lisbon), Jan
    Formosa     Karen (Lisbon)
    Forsythia     Karen (Lisbon)
    Forte     Jan
    Fortitude     Minh
    Fortissima     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fortunata     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fortuna     Jan, Jo Ann
    Fortune     Karen (Lisbon), Kellie, Jan, Loiuse
    Fountain     Tara, Laurel
    Forward     Craig
    Fossey     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fountain     Karen (Lisbon)
    Foxy      Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn
    Fraline     Donna, Laurel
    France      Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Lindsay
    Frances     Jan
    Francesca     Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Minh
    Francisco     Minh
    Francine     Tara, Randy, Karen (Lisbon), Kellie
    Francis     Karen (Lisbon), Kellie, Jan, Toni
    Francisca     Karen (Lisbon)
    Francoise     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Franconia     Jan
    Frankenstein      Karen (Lisbon)
    Frankfort     Minh
    Frankie     Lisa, cottonthemaltese
    Franklin
    Franklynn     Katie
    Franky     Marilyn
    Franna      Karen (Lisbon)
    Frannie     Becky
    Freckles     Karen (Viansa & Ballad)
    Fred     Toni
    Freda     Donna
    Frederica      Karen (Lisbon)
    Frederick     Minh
    Fredrick’a     Kellie
    Freedom     Holly, Tara, Karen (Lisbon)
    Freetown     Laurel
    Freesia     Karen (Viansa & Ballad)
    Freezee     Louise
    French     Tara
    Frenchie     Randy
    Frenchy      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Fresca     Crystal, Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay, Minh
    Fresh     Randy
    Fresia     Kellie
    Frey     Tina
    Freya     Joanie, Karen (Lisbon)
    Frida     currentdescendent
    Friday     Louise, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Frieda      Karen (Lisbon), Jan
    Friend     Tara, Kellie
    Friendship     Laurel
    Frieze     Tara
    Fringe     Tara
    Frisbee     Tara, Karen (Lisbon)
    Frisco     Randy, Toni
    Friska     Brianne
    Frisky     Randy
    Fritter     Jan, Kellie
    Fritos     Tara
    Fritter     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fritz     Karen (Lisbon), Tara, Minh
    Fritzi      Karen (Lisbon), Janine
    Fizz     Donna
    Frizzle     Tara
    Frolic     Janinie, Karen (Lisbon), Holly
    Frost     Karen (Lisbon), Kellie
    Frosty     Minh, Jen
    Frozen     Karen (Lisbon), Tara
    Fruit      Karen (Lisbon), Tara

    Fuchsia     Kellie, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fudge     Louise, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fugue     Tina
    Fulani     Laurel
    Fun     Randy, Karen (Lisbon)
    Funky     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fusion     Laurel
    Futura     Karen (Lisbon), Jan
    Future      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Jan
    Fuzz     Tara
    Fuzzy     Donna
    Fye
    Fynn     Minh
    Fyodor     Minh

Single Paw Print Countdown23Emma had her official eval today. It was planned for Liberty Park but the rain moved it to PetSmart. She has a hard time with pet stores so she wasn’t on her best behavior. She was super sniffy and some distracted. But she did fine anyway and she is on the September recall. So she will be leaving in 22 days for San Rafael, California. Our pups usually go to Boring, Oregon but for some reason this recall is for San Rafael. Banta was our only other pup to be recalled to San Rafael. While I’m excited to see what Emma decides to do with her life, I was hoping that she would be around for a few weeks to mentor miss “F”. But she is ready, more ready than Dune or Zodiac where. So there will be just two days of overlap between the new puppy and Emma, the time it takes for the puppy truck to go to Colorado and drop off baby puppies and then return picking up grown-up recall dogs.

I need to take lots more photos of Emma over the next 3 weeks and see if I can get her puppyhood book done to send a digital copy along with her on the puppy truck. Oh my, there is always so much to get done. Yikes! I’m sure they would like her end of project report asap too. Most of all we are going to miss that sweet little girl. I’ll just have to enjoying everyone of the next 22 days.

A New Plan

Since the writing challenge is over and I don’t want to post everyday about my progress on the Key West history for my Dad, I need a new plan for posts. Lets mix things up a bit with more variety than I’ve had for the last few months. Here is my plan:

Mondays: Candy Window Project – we are in full swing on this year’s Christmas display made of candy for South Jordan, so a weekly update will be a great time to share what we are doing.

Tuesdays: 50 Jar Gift Ideas – this has been long neglected but I’m determined to pick up where I left on and get it finished.

Wednesdays: Key West Project – a weekly update will help me be accountable and I can share what I’m learning along the way.

Thursdays: 50 Jar Gift Ideas – with only 18 weeks until Christmas it is going to take more than one idea a week to get finished.

Fridays: Pupdates – haven’t done many updates about my puppies other than for the big things like graduations and such. Weekly posts about our current and past puppies is a good way to keep a record of their lives.

So there is my plan. Now I just have to follow it. Planning is easy, it is the doing that is hard. But with focus and self-discipline I can do it!

Writing Challenge: day 58

The last day of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge has finally come. Kind of unbelievable. At times I wondered if I’d ever get through it but I was determined, no mater how long it took me to complete this. One of my goals with the challenge was to make a regular habit of doing something toward my Dad’s Key West history. For the most part I’ve accomplished that. I’ve also learned how much I still have to learn about writing creative non-fiction. But I have a plan for continuing to move forward with the history and improving my writing skills. Here are highlights of Lynn’s advice on the last day of her 28 day family history writing challenge:

  •  Take a lesson from this challenge and enlist the help of others.
  •  Continue to improve your craft.
  •  Find your ideal time.
  •  Plan your writing.
  •  Seek deadlines and accountability.
  •  Believe you are a writer.

The last one hit me the hardest. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “I’m not a writer.” I am now vowing to never utter those words again. I certainly won’t become a writing if I keep saying that. To accomplish my goals I need to become a writing. The other one that needs some attention is finding an ideal time to write. While I’ve gotten this done almost everyday during the challenge, I haven’t been consistent with the time. So I’m setting a goal to figure out when that is and try it and adjust until I really do find the best time to write everyday.

Thanks to all of you who have stuck with me through this challenge. I think I’ll do at least weekly updates on how the Key West history is doing.