Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Favorite Things Mother's Day Block craft

This week I am excited to do a pin that is actually my own pin!  I love this craft and think it would make the PERFECT Mother’s Day gift!

The original pin is here
I made this pin 5 years ago and it is one of the few crafts I made and actually kept all these years! It still sits in my office!

For Mother’s Day, I think the perfect thing is pictures! Making these blocks just adds even more of a personal touch to your gift. 

For these pictures, I went to Camera Shy (www.camerashy,com) at Gardener Village and did an outdoor shoot. I love this idea because I can make this craft, but also give all the pictures from our photo shoot to my mom! Camera Shy gives you the pictures on a really cute jump drive so you can print or distribute your pictures however you would like!

To Make this craft is soooo easy:

Items Needed:
4x6 pictures
2x4 cut to 13 inches
4x4 Beam cut into blocks…. did you know you can ask Home Depot to cut your wood? 
Photo Texture Cream (I got mine from Poppyseed Projects)
Paint Brush
Adhesive (I used Elmer’s Spray adhesive)
Nail File

1) Paint your 2x4 block of wood
2) Print out your saying, glue it on the front (or you can use mod podge)
3) Paint the edges of your blocks (optional)
4) Cut your pictures to the size of your block and glue them to the block. 
5) I like to use a nail file (I buy a really rough one and use it to make the edges of the blocks perfectly flush)
6) Use a paint brush or any texture you would like to paint on some photo texture cream. The cream is optional, I just like it because it gives your photos texture!
Such a fun finished craft!

And not to brag... but really, to brag... here are a few more of our pictures from our photo shoot!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Products I've been Pinning!

Do you ever find the PERFECT thing and just fall in love with it? People love to share lipstick colors, nail colors, I find myself pinning products that I love. These products are like that favorite lipstick color. They are not items I am "selling" or are being paid to talk about. They are products I love so much I bought them for myself. 
The first product would be these amazing cuddle blankets. True story… when I had my first daughter I was given a VERY HEAVY crochet blanket. I didn’t understand the concept of a “blankie”. That blanket went with us everywhere and it was huge, sweaty and started unraveling (which really put me in a panic). Since then, I have selected my blankets VERY carefully because I know how important they are! This blanket is lightweight but warm and has the sweetest little addition that I think makes it different from any other blankie…these darling charms. 
You can put get whatever charms mean the most to you inside. It can be for sympathy, babies, get well, I love you, you name it! The owner (Brian) hand sews these blankets for you with SO much love and he is right here in Utah. I adore these blankets and have been addicted to buying them. You can check out their website at 
I found this company “In a Pikle” at a local trade show here in Utah and bought it because I hadn’t seen anything like it. I STILL have mine and I think I have bought one for all of my friends. 
I have the classic  in my purse and one I have had in the door of my car for years and years. It has saved me because I throw bandaids, medicine, tweezers, so many things in there! It is amazing what can fit!  They sell really fun kits of things you can put in them, or you can get creative. I used one to organize my jewelry for travel! They have come out with a few new products that was just delivered to me and they are SO FUN. 
The purses have a place where you can put in some pouches or it can just be a super fun cute purse on its own! 
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I love this “bundle” because you can stick a baby changing mat, diaper and some snacks or supplies and grab it when you just need to run somewhere real quick. Since I am out of that stage, I just stick my makeup in it and it is PERFECT! Their website is Check it out… I got one for my Mom for Mother’s day and she loves it too! Oh - and did I mention that when I got my shipment the other day I noticed that this is a LOCAL Utah company!
I love Spring! But  here in Utah the weather is just a bit crazy. So, my bumper is always dirty. Since I am so short I have to lean on my bumper to reach all that I have inside and it gets so frustrating if I snag a sweater or get junk all over my clothes. This bumper blanket is a simple but MUCH NEEDED item in my life. It just attaches to my trunk with velcro  and when I need to get things out of my trunk, I can just pull it out to protect my clothes. looovveee this. And, they are a local company. In fact, I know their family. Such great people :) They even gave me a discount to pass on to you!
Use the code Shyloh for 25% off your order.
Last little gem I found was on Amazon. I saw someone just post a picture of this on Pinterest with a tag that said “lifesaver” and I had no idea what they were talking about. Now I do! Holy cow! You can make boiled eggs in 6 MINUTES! Let me remind you of an old Instagram post I once did. 

I am terrible at boiling eggs. This little cooker takes up no space, and makes it so I will never have exploding eggs ever again! They come out perfect and better yet, you can get this thing for around $25! It is called the Dash Go, Rapid Egg Cooker. The link I ordered mine from is here.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Super Mom" Easter Pins

The holidays are a great time to amp up the "super mom" skills and really try to be creative. I picked 3 pins I have seen quite a bit. I wanted to see just how realistic they are!

Egg Lunch Original Pin
This is super easy to do. If you are a regular super mom… I would definitely suggest you do it! Don’t forget to wash out the eggs first. 
I wrapped a bow around the egg carton to keep it shut. I thought it added a cute touch!  But, when I offered it to my 11-year-old son, he looked at me like I was playing a joke on him. I think this would be a great pin for a preschooler!

Egg Painting Original Pin
I got this idea from the original pin but cut out quite a few steps (because, well, I am NOT that “Super” of a mom). 
1) Drain the eggs. 

Here are a few tips:  Use a butter knife to crack the top of the egg. Make sure to hold the egg in your hand when you do it. If you have it on the counter you will crack the opposite end too (oops)!
I know you could take the effort to drain these in a bowl and use them to eat. I started that idea too. Then, the egg shells, the mess, the time… I just couldn’t do it! So, I ran the egg under water. The water forced the yoke right out and it was nice and quick. 
2) Let the eggs dry a bit. I dried mine in the dishwasher, upside down. Worked like a charm!

3) Fill your eggs with WASHABLE paint. I bought Crayola Washable paints and filled each egg about 1/2 full.
4) Chuck your eggs onto the canvas. I didn’t do the steps of wrapping them in the tissue paper… way too lazy for that! It worked just fine with the open top!

My picture was just 6 eggs. You do have to throw them with a bit of force. Don’t be shy! If you want more paint, you can adjust the amount of eggs you use! I did mine on the ground. I didn’t want there to be paint flying too far all over my yard. You can prop yours up on an easel if you are brave!
Crochet Egg Cover Original Pin

I was THE MOST excited about this pin. I think that these covers are nostalgic for me because  my Nana used to make them. Hard as I tried… and after 2  hours for ONE simple cover… I will have to say that the talent to make these must be a gift. 
I can’t call this a Pinterest fail because I have seen them be done. But, I can definitely call it a Shyloh fail for sure.  I wouldn’t be a first time crocheter (my own word) and buy a bunch of yarn to make these for your kids classroom (like I might have done). I tried SO HARD to get the cute loops for my lamb, it was just not happening. All I can say, is if someone has made this for you… KEEP IT, APPRECIATE IT, and give them the BIGGEST HUG for their talented gift. If you would like instructions, I would go to the original pin. They really are great and she has a darling bunny and duck on there as well. Good luck, if you succeed please send me a picture!