Some of my projects ...

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A busy weekend (with the Osmonds)

This weekend was the annual Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This year it was done in conjunction with the Osmond family to celebrate their 50th year in the entertainment business. Because I do all of the closed captioning for broadcasts and choir events, I had to work the whole weekend on this concert. I tell you now that it's finished that it certainly was worth it! The entertainment was wonderful. The Osmonds truly are an amazing family and wonderfully gifted entertainers.

The original four Osmond brothers (Alan, Wayne, Jay, and Merrill) have been in the entertainment business for 50 years now. They were later joined by Donny, then Marie, and then their youngest brother, Jimmy.

There are two older, lesser-known brothers who are deaf named Tom and Virl.

Below is a video of one of the songs that they sang at the concert: (You'll have to pause my playlist at the bottom to hear this - sorry)

Merrill also has a son who is deaf. Justin Osmond is a personal friend of mine. He was involved in the concert doing all of the ASL for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to view. You can view information on Justin and his work providing hearing aids to millions of children with the Starkey Foundation on Justin's website:

Justin Osmond with his uncle, Donny.

Through Justin I was able to meet 6 of the 9 Osmonds. I met Tom, Virl, Merrill, Jay, Marie, and Jimmy. I wasn't able to meet Alan, Wayne or Donny. Donny is by far my most favorite and I thoroughly enjoy his singing. I wish I had gotten to meet him. Of course, since I was at work I didn't have my camera with me to take any pictures but oh well!

Donny sang a song he wrote called "Whenever You're in Trouble" that I absolutely loved!! The song was written as a tribute to their parents as well as the Saviour Jesus Christ. It is truly inspiring!I will definitely be getting my hands on the mp3 of this song. Here is a sample of the song: (again, you'll have to pause the playlist)
Whenever Youre in Trouble - Donny Osmond

I truly am grateful for the opportunity I had. It was very enjoyable!

Some Projects

For the family reunion that we went to last weekend I made some projects to contribute to a family auction. We were trying to earn enough money to cover the costs of the reunion plus buy a plaque for an ancestor in a museum. We did raise enough money.

I donated 4 projects but only 2 of them were recent creations. The other 2 were ones that had been sitting around for a while and I hadn't done anything with them.

The first one here is a stationery box that I learned how to make from the Cricut MB. It's made entirely from cardstock. I did it all with a "Thank You" theme. There are 8 standard cards with envelopes, 10 cards sized 3.5x3.5 and 8 tags. The pattern paper is Chatterbox, Cardstock is Bazzill, stamps are Inkadinkado, Fiskars, and Stampin Up, Scallop Circle is from Mini Monograms cartridge.
Outside of box

Inside view

Top View


Small card and tag

This next project is some altered letters that spell "HOME" we added some letters to them to make the phrase "Love at Home." I really like how these turned out. The stamped images are not stamped in ink. They are stamped with a versamark pad and then chalked over the image for a more subtle and soft look. The stamps are Inkadinkado, the scallops are Fiskars Threading Water punch, and flowers are Fancy Pants. The rest is just various items.





Thanks for looking. Be sure to tell me what you think. Thanks!

The weekend...

Now that the weekend is over it's time to begin recovering from the weekend.

I took Friday off of work and we headed to Bear Lake for a family reunion on Saturday. When we arrived on Friday my wife took our oldest son to the Minnetonka caves with some of her family. I got the pleasant job of staying behind to watch our younger 2 while I set up our tent and got sleeping arrangements ready. We weren't really "camping" up there. We were sleeping out in the yard of the "family home" we were having the reunion at.

The weekend went well over all. The two older kids had loads of fun with the whole "camping" thing and thought that was way cool! The baby didn't seem to agree so much. He woke up both nights around midnight and 3:00 a.m. My wife and I didn't get a whole lot of sleep over the weekend so I'm sure it will take a couple of days to recooperate.

Saturday we had the reunion which was a good time. They did a family auction to help raise money to cover reunion costs as well as some other family projects. The auction was definitely the most lively and fun part of the reunion. I contributed four projects. I only have pictures of two of them but I will post them later (I don't have my camera with me).

After the reunion was over we took our kids down to the lake to play on the beach. We were only there for about 2 hours but they had a really good time.

We got home yesterday around 3:00 and then just tried to get the house back in order and get ready for a new week.

So that was my weekend. Anyone else do anything exciting?? Sorry this post is boring but I wanted to at least have something new on my blog. I will have lots of pictures to post (hopefully tonight) after I get them off my camera.

I'm Back!!!

After much consideration (and some prodding from a good friend), I've decided that it's time for me to become a blogger again.

I've been asked several times by people why I don't have a blog to post my projects on where people can go to see them in one place. Well, here it is. The primary intent of this blog will be a place for me to post projects that I create, post a little bit about news in the lives of my family, and maybe on occasion to post a tutorial or two.

I have MANY supportive friends from the Cricut MB who have made this possible and made it something worth my time and effort to do. They have all been so wonderful, loving, caring, and sharing with me that I want to be able to share more of myself and my life with such valued friends.

I've spent a lot of time making the blog look as good as I can and updating it the best I can. Unfortunately, I have no way of hiding the posts from my blogging days of more than 2 years ago. If you'd like to read them, feel free. (But they're really not very interesting).

I am considering this my official blog launch and will now be hoping to keep it updated regularly. I will apologize ahead of time if I don't keep it up as much as some might like. I would like to post to it everyday but doubt that will happen.

I don't have any projects to share right now, nor do I have any insightful words of wisdom to impart to the throngs and masses of my adoring fans (ha ha) so until I do, please enjoy two of my favorite videos from Youtube. They are both using the same song by Josh Groban titled "In Her Eyes" and each is set of highlight a different love story from 2 of my favorite movies.

I hope you enjoy them.

Unfortunately, the second one won't allow for embedding on another site. So if you're really interested in seeing it you'll have to follow this link:

Thanks for checking out my blog - I hope you've enjoyed yourself.