During a recent meeting at American Crafts, Erik, one of the awesome designers told us about Letterboxing. I had never heard of this. Stamping? Treasure hunt? Books? It was on like Donkey Kong!
The next day I went on the website (Letterboxing.org) and found the nearest Letterboxes. There is typically a neat story as to why the person planted their box at that spot, and some clues of how to find it. Next grab your stamp, book, ink pad and the clues and you’re off to find the Letterbox.
One of them was hidden at a historic home in our small town that I pass a couple times a day. The clues led us to look behind loose bricks by the front porch. Inside we found a hand-carved stamp and a book full of other peoples stamps and tag-names. It was kind of scary how giddy I was about all this. My girls love it too. Especially Quincey. We have tried a couple places but the boxes were gone… dang muggles. Muggles: People who stumble across the letterbox and take it. (See look how dorky I am!)
There are letterboxes all over the country. I am sure there are some near you. You can also hide your own.
Would you want to Letterbox with me?? I want to put together a traveling letterbox via the mail. Remember Shades of Summer? The thing is, it only works if you guys keep it going. Leave a comment if you are interested.
Collin made a video of Myles’ birth and I had to share. I love it something fierce.
With this simple yet moving video I can recall specific details of those tired, blurry & beautiful newborn moments. Collin adds another creation to the list of things-I-would-run-and-grab-if-our-house-were-on-fire. Thank goodness it’s online… but I probably would still end up racing out the door with the 27″ iMac in my clutches, just to be safe.
M Y L E S I love the flashbacks of before Myles was born… thinking about what we were thinking just a short five months ago. How our family was growing… and to have a little boy…! All the unknown. How things would change. Now his personality is shining through and it’s like he’s always been here.
When he finished this little video, before our family dinner on Sunday, he walked away from the computer with his eyes all sparkly with tears… I knew it was a good one.
VIEW THE VIDEO HERE or PLAY BELOW
A Little Girl & Her Bear
Lola & Tuque are best friends. This is them everyday-the only difference is I filmed their meaningful connection. I want to start making more videos and directing a dog and two year old is tricky! Neither of them want to listen unless there are treats involved. That’s why I just let them do their thing. I had to capture how much she adores him and how patient he is with her.
Honestly though, the main reason I put this vid together was for my husband. Some days he misses scenes of our wacky life and I wanted to show him just how much love Tuque gets on a daily. It was fun to sit him down in front of the computer, put his headphones on and press play. Hopefully this will make up for the times I’ve complained about our cuddly bear. ; )
VIEW HERE or click play below.
Collin emailed me this video this morning and I needed the laugh. “… and all my sweaters are snagged… I mean all of them.”
Even though I immediately replied saying, “whatever this is not me!” ; )
I don’t think I have ever gotten bugged at Collin trying to “fix” things but I definitely don’t stop until I feel validated… ! haha
In December an Instagram friend, Lexi, posted a pic of her printer and how she was printing from her phone. I was on a mission to find a photo printer with those capabilities but wasn’t having much luck. Excited to try it out, I forwarded the info to Santa. Dear Santa, Please get me the Canon Selphy CP900 printer…
Since I was a good girl and all, when Christmas rolled around I unwrapped my new toy. Fast forward a couple months and I am finally getting around to playing with it, and I must say, it’s really fun!
This past weekend, I followed my Avery around & filmed her. For some reason she likes to set up her toys and take pics of them. Or her and Q love to sneak my phone and take funny pictures and videos on it. Then I showed her how easy it is to print her photos directly from my iphone.
(Follow the Canon Selphy instruction manual and it’s pretty quick set up. I just had to make sure that my phone and the printer were on the exact same wireless network. At first it wouldn’t work because one of them was on our guest wireless network. Otherwise it was easy.)
You need two apps you’ll see in the video: Canon iepp & if you want to print two Instagrams on one 4×6 paper you’ll use a collage app like PicFrame with the 3:2 ratio option and save the collage to your photo library then print.
Instagram lovers will appreciate this printer because it encourages us to get our photos off our phones and on display. This makes me so excited for taking it on our trip next month too since it’s very compact.
Song: Katie Herzig
Dear Lizzy: film, edit, text
Collin Kartchner Studios: film printing shots and edits
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for watching! xo, Lizzy
We had a blast making valentines one afternoon and thought these homemade valentines were a perfect way to spread some love. Quincey was so darling running around with us making her deliveries. She really enjoyed hanging with mommay & daddy and being our star of the show.
I especially loved when she yelled, “It’s for Austin Moon!” When I asked who her valentine was for.
Click here to view a Happy Love Day message for you! Video posted just in time since V-day is almost over…
As if the craft show isn’t fun enough, Collin flew out to CHA and filmed a little video of some new products and the booth.
Having him there for a night was a blast and I love to sit back and watch him in his element–filming. There are a couple other videos he is putting together of the event as well. I guess I got first dibs… ; )
if it doesn’t show up above CLICK HERE to watch
Hope you enjoy and thanks! xo, Lizzy
I guess I could say that I’m not really a dog person… but that’s not true because I once had Mookie, a Pomeranian, and he was a baby to me! I love him so much but Mookie didn’t really love the baby additions to our family… at all actually… so my brother adopted him and they are two peas in a pod!! So, gratefully he’s happier still being the one and only.
Since I currently have three little girls I feel like I am puppy training I wasn’t too keen on the idea of adding another one to the mix. But Collin has kind of obsessed about getting a dog and I was dragging my feet until one day that changed. Collin does so much for our family and he is really unselfish. If he wanted he could have brought a dog home himself but he wouldn’t do that. My mind changed while thinking of what I could do for him and something that would make him over-the-moon happy. Something that is also a sacrifice from me because I will be doing a lot of the puppy care while he’s at work. Something that puts his wants ahead of mine. You can tell by the movie that he was pretty excited about the new addition.
The puppy has actually been really easy. Surprisingly!!! The breeders said he will probably cry at night because he’ll miss his brothers but he’s been fine. Sleeps like a log. He loves to be outside and when he’s inside someone is holding him so when he cries to get down because he has to pee then we take him outside and he is already catching on. Phew. (We researched crate training and are doing that when the girls aren’t holding him.)
We are still figuring out a name for him so let me know if you have any ideas…!
This puppy has a piece of my heart now.
WATCH THE VIDEO of Collin’s reaction!! I die laughing at :45 “Look at that face.” hahah! and “It’s a boy, right?”
What do you expect for a boy puppy in a house full of girls?! It didn’t take long for one of them to start dressing him up in bows.
Despite the fact that Collin is outrageous in his humor and pseudo-personality Cleetus – He actually is a softy and wouldn’t hurt a fly. (Except a couple days ago when he literally squished a fly with my Anthropologie catalogue, what a disgrace! ; ) As a hobbie and side job he enjoys making videos and is amazing at it! Being the giving person he is, he was looking for an opportunity to share his talents with video to help someone tell their story. The Koffard family contacted him and it was the perfect fit. He cried with the family during the interview and when he was editing I would peek in on him and he would be wiping tears.
Saturday night I went with Collin to view the video with this incredible family and it was touching.
As a mother, I think it’s natural to worry about anything ever happening to our children. It’s something I try not to think about too much but it’s on my mind. I can’t even fathom the thought of holding or kissing one of my girls for the last time. I think also having lost my father, I don’t want to feel that desperate pain again. I really don’t think that I could handle it with as much grace and hope as Jana has done so. She amazes me. The whole family does.
Now about the last song in the video, a few months ago I was asked to be in a video for BYU women’s conference and the filmmaker introduced us to this song. Since then Collin learned it on the piano and it really is my favorite song he’s ever played. It’s called To Build A Home… The lyrics are moving. There’s a tree in the Koffard’s yard you’ll see in the video and after they watched it Collin mentioned how when this trial came to blow them down they held onto each other and were stronger because of it.
By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top I climbed the tree to see the world When the gusts came around to blow me down I held on as tightly as you held onto me I held on as tightly as you held onto me 'Cause, I built a home For you For me Until it disappeared
From me From you
And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust
How awesome is Collin to not only hang out with us girls all night… but film a little movie of all the fun!
It’s still unknown if I invited myself to this baking night or not but when you hear something splendid your ears perk up.
Macaron magic is what I witnessed on Saturday night because Miss Mercedes has some tricks up her sleeve for making the perfect macaron. She showed us how, then gave us the reigns and we split into groups and set to work. She was so great at explaining even our batches were beautiful. Sometimes I think that this cookie is too cute to eat but then I remember that, no matter what a cookie looks like, I will eat it.
It was a quite the delectable night with these darling ladies:
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