Saturday, May 4, 2013

D I N O S !!

I have loved dinosaurs for YEARS and I finally thought I could do some in vinyl {I haven't a clue why I never thought of it before . . . }

The designs . . .


Don't they just make you smile?  I LOVE them!!!

If you would like to order one (or more) just visit my ETSY shop

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Birdcage and birds

A great way to bring a little of the outdoors into your home is to add a whimsical birdcage!


Add a few birds and viola! you have a great room decoration with very little EFFORT or MONEY!!! (isn't that what we all want?)


It brightens any room and adds a little flair to that 'blank spot'!

If you would like to order one, just visit my ETSY shop for this and other great vinyl designs!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Vinyl Chandelier

Have you ever wanted a small space to have just a little more 'pazazz'?  This vinyl chandelier is perfect!



It is a great way to 'pretty up' a room with little effort {or money!}


Visit my ETSY shop to order this and other great vinyl designs!  

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happily Ever After

This is our Happily Ever After . . .

What a great vinyl design to put above a family photo, or a photo of your kids, or how about one of you and your spouse on your wedding day?

I love this design because it is says it all -- simply!  

This design is approximately 9" tall by 40" long and is in black.  It is $20 for this vinyl.  I make custom orders -- so if you love the saying, but want a different size, color or font, just let me know.  If you want a different saying--I am happy to help you with that!

If you would like to order one, just check out my ETSY shop.  If you have another idea you'd like my help with, just e-mail me:  lorene(at)yourvinylgraphics(dot)com

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Photo Wall

My favorite wall in my home is this one:


Every year, after I take down all of my Christmas decorations, I re-arrange it and put up some new lettering with a group of pictures . . .  Sometimes I know EXACTLY what I want, and other years, I flounder--trying to get something JUST RIGHT for MY family.


This year, I discovered pinterest and my friend {thanks Tayler!} posted this photo . . .
I LOVED it and knew I had to {sorta} re-create it.  Of course, my frames are white, my photo isn't as clear (why?) and my photos are different, but I {secretly} like mine more . . . it COULD have something to do with WHO is in the photos {smile}. . . 


What do YOU think?  I would love to hear comments {or suggestions} in the comment space below.




The only problem is, I love it SO MUCH, I have no idea what to do next year :)

If you would like to order something similar, you can, check out my ETSY Shop or e-mail me at lorene(at)yourvinylgraphics(dot)com

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lavender Oil Prevents Cold Sores!

I LOVE Lavender oil!  I know--sometimes the smell can be overwhelming--but the HEALTH benefits are WORTH IT!!!

There are SO many things to do with it, but today I'm just going to tell you about one.


Use Lavender Essential Oil to prevent cold sores!

When you feel a cold sore coming on, just put your finger on the end of a jar of FOOD GRADE oil and tip it upside down.  Put your finger on your lip where it feels tender and then cover it with an ice cube for 10 minutes.

It prevents the cold sore from forming--or if you're too late, just follow the same process for a SHORTER cold sore {which is ALMOST just as good as not getting one at all!}

You need FOOD GRADE oil because you WILL eat some of it -- I've done it a dozen times and EVERY time I think "don't lick your lips" and I don't--but then I forget and wonder why my mouth tastes so FLORAL-Y (is that a word?) and I remember--too late :)
The oil in the photo is doTERRA--which is great stuff.  If you want to order some, just e-mail me.   You can also get your oil at a health food store or online--just search for it & you'll have more than you can imagine to choose from.  Keep it on hand--cause I'll be giving you more tips to use it for!

Promise it works.  Give it a try.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Stop It! by President Uchtdorf--UPDATED POST!

April General Conference was this past weekend.  It is a time where those in my church listen to our leaders and {try}to use it to become better.  I LOVE conference--the twice a year we have it are so enjoyable!

I thought I'd create a few of my favorite sayings and teachings into vinyl.  That way, I can always be reminded of what I most need to learn {or maybe it is my family that needs to learn it?}

My first design is from Dieter F. Uchtdorf's Sunday morning talk.  I KNOW I am not the only one who needs to STOP IT!

**UPDATE** So, I was washing dishes, thinking about a {slight} problem I have {sometimes}--I don't want to admit it, but sometimes I feel sorry for myself.  I had just gotten off the phone with a {slightly}spoiled friend and I was wondering if everyone's life is like hers (except mine, of course).  (By the way, if you are wondering if it is you--I HIGHLY doubt it--she doesn't read blogs--or do internet, for that matter!)

So, I was thinking about President Uchtdorf's talk and saying to myself that he didn't tell me to "Stop It" with regard to my feeling sorry for myself.  Then it hit me--he didn't say EVERYTHING we should stop--we should know for ourselves and just STOP!

So then, I thought of ALL the things mom's want their kids to stop:  biting, hitting, being grumpy, frowning, being 'snarky' (as my sister says) and on and on and on.  Wouldn't it be great to be able to FOCUS on one of those things when needed, but CHANGE it when you wanted?  So I created this:

If you like the design, you can buy it at my ETSY SHOP

If you like the idea, but want different colors, fonts, or size, just e-mail me and I will GLADLY create something just for you.  e-mail is:  lorene{at}yourvinylgraphics{dot}com

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Friday, March 9, 2012

My Bread Recipe

I have made bread my whole life.  I remember helping my mom while standing on a stool, so I know I was fairly young . . . 4 or 5 maybe.  I haven't always made it consistently--sometimes it will be a few months between batches and while I was attending college I probably only made it 1 or 2 times a year.

I am often surprised at the reaction I get from people when they learn I make bread.  "Wow, you're talented" "I could never take the time to do that" "it is way too hard for me" and one last week when a guy came in with my husband {and the bread was cooling on our table}  "Wow, homemade bread, you're a lucky man.".  Little did he notice the pile of laundry waiting {patiently} to be folded or the floor that needed to be swept . . .

The past 2 years or so, I have been fairly consistent with making all the bread my family eats.  Not only bread, but also rolls, buns, cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, breadsticks, etc. etc. etc.  all out of the same recipe.

Today, I'm sharing my recipe & later I'll give you a few specifics on other things you can do with the dough.  I promise it is EASY.  {SERIOUSLY}  If you're lucky enough to own a good mixer machine (K-Tec, Bosch, Kitchen Aid, etc.) it is even EASIER for you!  I'm going to give the directions assuming you're using your strong little biceps to knead this wad of dough, but periodically, {in parenthesis},  I'll give a couple of tips for the machine owners.

BREAD

5 cups warm water
3/4 cup sugar OR 1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 Tablespoons lecithin
3 Tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1/2 cup wheat gluten
3 Tablespoons ground flax seed
13 cups flour (approximately)

Mix the water, sugar, lecithin, yeast, salt, gluten and flax seed and about 5-6 cups flour.  I like to stir all of this with a wire whisk {use a whisk attachment in your machine at this point}.







Gradually add in the rest of the flour and start mixing with your hands.  Add flour and flour and mix and stir until it is no longer sticking to you and the bowl.  After you've got all of the flour incorporated, set your timer and knead it for 8 minutes.  To knead, just press down and away from you, then gather in the sides and do it again and again.  For 8 minutes.  I know that seems like a long time, but you're trying to build up the gluten in the bread and it makes for WAY better bread if you will do this part. After you've incorporated the flour, don't keep adding flour when a little sticks to you.  Instead use oil--a tablespoon in the bottom of the bowl and on your hands works wonders & doesn't make the dough too tough.  {With a machine, change your attachment to a dough hook and add in the rest of the flour.   Then, set it to medium speed and let it mix for 4 minutes -- assuming you don't have a programed 'bread' setting.}

Now you're ready to form the dough.  I like to cut my dough into 5 sections (the original recipe called for 4 loaves, but the bread it made didn't fit in my toaster, so I make each loaf a little smaller)  I like to make sure that they are 'even' by putting the palm of my hand over each lump of dough.  You can tell if one is way smaller or bigger (don't stress about getting them perfectly even!) Then form them into loaves.  One way to do this is to roll it like a snake (like you used to do with play dough) but only the length of the pan.  Set them in the greased bread pans and let sit for 20 minutes.  Turn on your oven to 350*-375* (depending on your oven) Put your bread in when you're oven is heated and bake for about 20 minutes-or until lightly browned.  Take out, let sit for 5 minutes, rub with butter (to make top nice and pretty) and take out of pans to completely cool.

I have SERIOUSLY never had something in-edible come from this recipe (sometimes it is better than others, but that is LIFE!)  If it doesn't work, or you feel you need more help or have a question, PLEASE e-mail me  lorene{at}yourvinylgraphics{dot}com -- I PROMISE I don't mind.  I would be happy if EVERYONE reading this blog started to make their own bread every time they needed it.  I LOVE self sufficiency :)

A few important tips:  

Yeast: I use instant yeast--I just mix it in with the rest of my ingredients and don't give it another thought.  I buy it in a 1 lb. bag from Alison's Pantry for $3.50-$4.00.   After I open a bag, I store it in a jar in my fridge or freezer.





Lecithin:  a LOT of people don't know what this is--and neither do I really.  I know it is something made from plants and/or animals that helps water and fat to mix.  All I know is that my bread is moister, {is that a word?} and fresher for longer when I use it.  I also buy this at Alison's Pantry.  Grocery stores, herb shops, online stores and specialty shops sell it.

Vital Wheat Gluten:  A natural protein found in wheat.  It helps make your dough more 'elastic'.  Also, Alison's Pantry, grocery stores, online, etc.

Flax Seeds:  They're TERRIFIC for you, you can't taste them and they don't cost that much.  I just recently added this to my recipe and use them in EVERYTHING I can think of.  I grind them in a special 'seed grinder' that I have.
Flour:  I mostly use a combination of white and wheat.  I don't measure if it is exactly half and half, but that is generally what the ratio is.  If your family only likes white flour, or only wheat, either way is delicious.  A tip if you grind your own wheat.  Grind what you need--then before you put away your grinder--grind enough to fill up 3 or 4 freezer bags full of it.  Store it in your freezer & I promise you'll use it more often if you don't have to get out all of the 'stuff' it takes to grind wheat!

'Warm' Water:  Don't freak out too much about the temperature--just warmer than you would want to drink and colder than boiling--somewhere in that range :)

Nothing says 'love' like a hot piece of HOMEMADE bread--so try it today!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Young Women Room Walls

LDS Young Women are unique.  They are talented and beautiful.  They know they are Daughters of God.  They stand up and say it every Sunday.  They LOVE beauty.  In themselves.  In others.  In the world around them.

Sometimes our walls in the churches we attend seem a little 'less than' what our beautiful Young Women want {and deserve}.  Beige walls.  Mauve floor.  It just seems a little 'blah'.  

I decided putting the theme above our white board would be welcome addition each year . . .

Some fellow Stake members asked me to help spruce up their room . . . you KNOW I loved that assignment :)





One wall is dedicated to the Young Women theme--it is big and easy to read.  Above the chalkboard and door of the main room is the 2012 Mutual theme, the torch and "I will stand for truth and righteousness" is in one room with 'value tulips' all around the room, tying it all together.  

If you would like to purchase something similar, e-mail me at lorene(at)yourvinylgraphics(dot)com


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Monday, March 5, 2012

Forget-Me-Not Chapsticks

I am not the only person out there who LOVED President Uchtdorf's talk in the General Relief Society Meeting in September, 2011 --  go here to read his FANTASTIC talk.  He taught reminded the women of 5 important things they should "forget not".

I have thought and thought about this and I KNOW that one of Satan's biggest tools {especially to the WOMEN of the world} is to discourage them and make them think they're not "enough" somehow.  His talk hit home with me that I need to:

1.  Forget Not to be patient with yourself
2.  Forget Not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice
3.  Forget Not to be happy now
4.  Forget Not the "Why" of the Gospel
5.  Forget Not that the Lord loves you

So . . . I thought we women needed a great reminder daily & if it can be on something USEFUL, all the better.  I created this design for a chapstick label for you to put on your own chapsticks. Click here to download the file.



Every time I offer free downloads of Chapstick Labels, I get many, MANY questions, so I thought I would answer some of these now.

1.  I use CHAPSTICK brand lip balm.  I get it at my local Wal-Mart store-- in my rural area, that is the most convenient and cheapest place to buy them.  Other brands quite often are not the same size, so these labels might not work.  I like to put a small letter on the bottom of the Chapstick so I know the 'flavor' I am using.  Pull off the label.

2.  To print the label, click on the LINKS I have.  The label design will come up with a tab for you to click that says "download".  Before you print it, make sure to check the option 'reduce to fit margins'.  I print the label on REGULAR copy paper on 'normal' setting .  I trim the label to the line around it.

3.  Use clear PACKING TAPE to 'laminate' the labels.  Cut off a piece, and place sticky side up on the work surface.  Then, place the cut label face down on top of the tape.  On the edges that are going on the cap and adjuster wheel of your chapstick, cut ALL the way to the paper.  The other two edges, leave about 1/4 inch beyond the paper label on both ends.  Then, start wrapping the chapstick with the tape, wrap ALL around it and overlap the label with the extra tape.  This gives it a shiny, durable label.


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