End of November and start of December

Going into December, wow is the year almost gone? Crazy! Today we worked on planter boxes and that’s the latest inspiration for the Vorpahlism blog. Hopefully the hubs and I can get to blogging more. Budget is tight and I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat, working with what we have is my main goal right now I’m working on Christmas stockings this is one for the munchkin


It was pretty easy to make I traced a stocking cut out my pattern and the used that pattern to make the stocking. Then I blanket stitched the edges ( for this first one, the second one definitely needs to be seen on the sewing machine) and then crochet edge. I used fabric I had on hand, etc.

I love the little steps of self sufficiency and building upon talents. Making the stockings is just building onto the skills. Right now we are working on getting used wood to use for garden beds, plotting out the design for chicken coop and rabbit hutch. Goals are in progress.

VP fam signing out

P.S since I’m absolutely crazy *wink* I’m making stockings for everyone in the family and I mean hubs, me, munchkin, Jo the dog, Lils and froggy Jack ( they will be fish shaped stockings and Jo’s will be a bone) Chocolat the rabbit is getting one too ( still debating the shape carrot maybe?) and I’m making itty bitty stockings for the gerbils… Yes see crazy ( don’t be jealous)

Gratitude Turkey FHE

For family home evening we talked about gratitude and what it is as best we could for the munchkin ( she is two) most of the time was spent working on the turkey. I did some of the turkey while she napped ( it makes FHE go a bit faster and for a two year old it works best) and then we made chocolate chip cookies. While we waited for cookies I let her color a turkey coloring page and then we wrote what we are thankful for on the feathers I cut out earlier. Each day we will write on a feather what we are thankful for.

I googled a feather template and a picture of turkey to go off of to make my own ( I made him really large). You can find free printable templates. For young kids you will have to help fill out their feathers,older kids can write their own of course. I let munchkin draw on the feather a bit and just have a small chat about what they are grateful for like this:

” I am thankful for my dog Jo”

It’s a pretty easy craft, mildly time consuming, it’s also another reasons why I prepped things in advance. During FHE we all did something to help make the turkey complete. Munchkin helped glue and press on pieces of paper. Jim cut out the gobbler and eyes. I made the beak, etc assign each child a certain task depending on age and how many you have.

Here’s some photos to help





And here is a photo of the feathers we’ve placed on the gratitude turkey so far.


I’m wanting to make this a family tradition and hang up a gratitude animal each year 😃

Oh and I almost forgot I utilize the primary 1 for FHE lessons, this photo is a screen shot from gospel library


There are several lessons on being thankful that cater to toddler aged children. Well I guess that’s about it feel free to steal my idea and get your gratitude turkey going ( or horse, penguin, maybe an alligator 😉)

~VP Clan over and out~

November November

Finally getting things in order to open my etsy shop again. Crochet boot cuffs have been made and headbands are on the workbench. Working on just those for right now to sell and then will work with Jim to figure out what we will be doing for the Vorpahlism etsy shop.

This morning munchkin is on the iPad completing her daily learning apps while I blog and watch her between these types words. She is doing well with her matching games. Tonight is family home evening and I plan on making a gratitude turkey for us to hang up on the wall I will assemble the parts for the activity part and go over gratitude it should be a lot of fun.

I will most likely look for a gratitude lesson from the primary 1 book or delve into LDSdotorg to find something from the friend or search sugar doodle.

I will share the lesson later tonight with y’all ( while munchkin sleeps peacefully) and our wonderful gratitude turkey craft.

~ the VP fam~