Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Easter Tree

Just because its tradition.
Why stop now?
And black and White to be dramatic :)

Note: the fabric bunnies we've made over the years are getting out of control.
The cutest tiny ceramic bunnies were this years addition. They are hard to see on the tree. But they are adorable. We also broke a ceramic bird, must get more. Those are my favourite.

Previous years here:



Imprinted Onion Skin Eggs/ Serbian Orthodox Eggs

Last Easter a sweet friend taught us her family's (Serbian) tradition of dyeing Easter Eggs.
It was so wonderful, I was excited to try it this year.
I really enjoyed sitting around with her family making these last year.

Each time I visited the grocery store I cleaned up around the onions and put a few skins in a bag and bought them home. 3 visits and I had enough onion skins saved up. Or just ask at your local fruit and veg, I'm sure they will be happy for you to take them.

What you need:

Onion skins
1 litre of water
4 tablespoons of white vinegar
4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 dozen eggs
pretty leaves, herbs such as coriander and rosemary, flowers
clean stockings

Put onion skins, water and vinegar in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Allow to cool and remove skins.

Cut stockings into pieces big enough to surround an egg and tie a knot.
Place leaves, herbs, flowers onto eggs.
Carefully place into stockings and tie knot tightly around egg
Flowers/leaves may have moved, use your fingernail, or toothpick or like to gently push leaves into back into desired position

Place eggs in pot and cook.
Allow to cool and remove stockings and leaves/herbs/flowers

Now you will have cool imprints left behind on the eggs.

Shine your eggs with a bit of olive oil and paper towel.

We are just displaying our eggs, so it didn't matter what foliage I used.
But if eating the eggs stick to things you know are safe to consume.
The tying the stocking around the egg can be fiddly and frustrating to small children.
Best to get the adult/older children to do this. My smaller kids helped in all the other stages.

In Serbia, the first dyed egg is kept until next Easter, guaranteeing family security and health. All the rest hard boiled dyed eggs are used in a traditional game, known as egg dumping, where each player hits the other players' egg with their own. The winner is the holder of the last intact egg. The losers get to eat their eggs. This is a common practice in all Christian Orthodox countries on Easter Sunday.

 A real chicken egg, hard-boiled and dyed or decorated, takes the central place in the Easter celebration. Eggs symbolise the eternal life of Jesus and according to some legends, the white eggs Mary left on her son’s grave as a sacrifice turned red after his resurrection.

I've still got the onion water, the neighbour kid loves our eggs she wants some too.
I'll just have to get more stockings. Water can be reused over and over.

I just love the simple natural method of these eggs.
Almost felt like how people did things in the old days.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

FHE Lesson {Easter Footsteps}

This lesson inspired by Easter Footsteps in April 2012 Friend Magazine

Opening Song: Jesus Has Risen #70

Opening Prayer: Child

Jesus Christ did important work at special places in the days before He was crucified and resurrected. 1/3 of the gospels from the New Testament all happened in the last weeks of Jesus Life.
 Follow the footsteps to find out where He went and what He did.
Cut out a bunch of footsteps.
Have them lead to different places. {within lounge room, or all over house/yard if you wish}
At each place/spot have a picture of the below mentioned  events

Christ Teaching
Before the last week of his life Jesus taught many parables and people.

Triumphal Entry   Triumphal Entry #2
The triumphal entry, remembered today on Palm Sunday, is a joyful prelude to the sad events. It represents one of the few times during His mortal ministry when Jesus was recognized as the king.

Cleansing the Temple
During the first part of this week Jesus spent the nights in Bethany but came to the temple each day to teach. He healed people and cleansed the temple.

Washes disciple’s feet, eats Passover meal. Institutes the Sacrament

Garden of Gethsemane
Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. Suffers for our Sins.

Jesus Crucified

Resurrected Christ  Christ and Nephites

Tomb discovered to be empty. The Lord is resurrected. Christ has risen on the third day.

Jerusalem illustration
Illustration by Adam Koford
1. Jesus taught people on a hill called the Mount of Olives.
2. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Many people were happy to see Him.
3. Jesus healed sick people at the temple.
4. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to Heavenly Father and suffered for our sins.
5. Jesus was crucified.
6. Jesus was resurrected.

Alternatively make a little cut out of Jesus to follow the footsteps on the above picture.

*** Some articles for the adults on the Saviours last week :)

Reflections on the Saviours Last week

Overview Jesus Last Week

Timeline Saviours last week

Closing Song: Easter Hosanna #68

Closing Prayer: Child

Treat: Hot Cross Buns


Sunday, March 8, 2015

FHE Lesson {Easter Lessons}

Assembling the 2015 Easter Tree

I have more Easter FHE Lessons than weeks before Easter.

I am compiling them all here for easy reference.

Thank you to all who use these lessons! {Lots of you! I'm honoured!}

I enjoy writing them for you.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

FHE Lesson {Revelation/Patterns of Light}

This lesson based on a favourite talk Spirit of Revelation April 2011 General Conference

Opening Song: Search Ponder and Pray #109

Opening Prayer:


Watch this 2 min video Patterns of Light  by Elder Bednar  {Part 3 of 3}

Revelation is communication from God to his children on earth.
We can all have this illumination to guide us all through life.

What is revelation and how do we get it?

You are entitled to revelation for your life,
mum and dad for this family,
the Bishop for the ward,
the Prophet for the church.

Would you like to receive revelation to guide you in your life?

Have some pictures/draw/ object lesson for the following:

Light Switch {turn light on and off}
Some revelation from God is like a light switch.
Quick, Sudden, Darkness gone immediately, we can see clearly instantly.
This can and does happen in our lives but is often the more rare kind.

Revelation like a sunrise is gradual, you can see the light is coming but you still may be in dark, the light rises slowly over the horizon. This type of Revelation is more common.

Revelation is often like a fog. You know there is light, you know you are not in the dark. However you can't see far ahead. You can only see ahead a few steps. However your path/decisions can light up for those few steps. As you carry on, the next few steps are illuminated and the light always follows.

Have you had revelation/an answer to your prayers in your life?

Was it like these examples above? Which one?

How can we continue to have revelation in our lives?

Closing Song: I Pray in Faith #14

Closing Prayer: Child


Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentines

Since we will be out celebrating a birthday tomorrow and not Valentines.....
We took these previously.
Miss A got a camera and tripod for Christmas.
Still trying to work out how to use the camera for best photos
but oh self timers are so much fun.
As are heart shaped balloons.
Happy Valentines Day!

We swear we do have a man in the house... he's just absent when we do all the fun things :)


Sunday, February 8, 2015

FHE Lesson {Helping Hands}

Opening Song: I'm trying to be like Jesus #78

Opening Prayer: Child


You Are the Savior’s Hands

Lesson inspired by You are the Saviour's Hands January 2015 Friend Magazine

Some Love Songs:
Jesus Said Love Everyone #61
Where Love Is #138
Love One Another #136
Love is Spoken Here #190

If you choose, share the story of the statue of Christ without hands below:

For younger children just mention- Since Jesus is not physically here on the earth able to help every person WE must be his hands. If every person on earth chose to help others just as the saviour would, imagine how happy the world would be.

We want Love and Happiness for everyone.

What are some ways we can be Jesus's hands?

This year The Friend has issued the  Give Us a Hand Challenge .
Children can trace around their hand and write on it what service they have done for others.
Even if you don't send a hand in, its a great idea to keep the hands around the house.

Trace around Child's Hand and cut out hand. {Also have extra handprints predone}

Have children think of a service they have done for another and write on the hands.

Fill out lots of handprints and stick on wall/fridge/poster

Try during the month of February to fill out as many hands as possible.

I help my teacher in class
I gave a hug to someone who was sad
I help my mum....
I gave to a charity
I share my toys and make everyone happy

I know that everyday we give service to people all around us.
We should remember what good things we do, and also strive to do more good things.

We should LOVE others by helping them.

Closing Song: Love One Another #136

Closing Prayer: Child


A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.

Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been broken so badly that they could not be fixed. The people added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: "You are my hands."

When I think of the Savior, I often picture Him with hands outstretched, reaching out to comfort, heal, bless, and love. He loved the humble and the meek and walked among them, ministering to them and offering hope and salvation. This is what He would be doing if He were living among us today. It is what we should be doing as His disciples and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits grow stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more open to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.
Let us commit to become the Savior’s hands, that others through us may feel His loving embrace.

~ Elder Dieter F Uchtdorf

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Heart Mobile

Saw this pin a friend pinned and immediately made it.

What's happened to me? I swear holidays bring it out in me.

It's been over two months since we/I have done any sort of craft.

I made it in about an hour and felt so happy.

The neighbour girl loved it too, maybe I'll make her one.

Wish I had better photography skills (or a camera) I promise its much cuter in real life.

How to make a stuffed heart mobile

Take 15  scraps of fabric
Cut a heart shape out of cardboard {I always use old cereal boxes}
Trace around heart on fabric making 2 hearts from each design
Cut out heart shape and place the two hearts together - RIGHT sides OUT

Sew around heart.
Do not sew all the way around!
Stop. Leave a little gap to  put stuffing in.
Push stuffing in and continue sewing.
Sew heart shut.

Place hearts in desired order.
5 hearts in 3 rows

Using White embroidery floss {I used crotchet string}
Tie a knot and sew through heart from bottom to top.
Place a knot at the end and top of each heart to prevent them slipping.
Continue adding heart till you have 5 hearts on the string
Repeat 3 times.
Tie strings to a branch.
Attach string to both ends of branch
I used a mini 3M hook to hang my branch on the wall
Valentines D├ęcor in my dining room.
Then perhaps off to the girls room.

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