Thursday, March 29, 2012

Parenting Tip Thursday (No.5)

ParentingTipThursday

Today’s parenting tip is all about Self-Image. This is such a huge one and definitely an area that I need to focus on!

Life and death is in the power of the tongue.healthykids

This verse really explains how much what we speak really affects each other!

A healthy self-image for a child is hugely important, at all ages. How many of you were called awful, horrible names as a child? I constantly got made fun of for my teeth and TO THIS DAY I still am self conscious about my freaking teeth! How crazy that something like that would stick with me! I totally think that what you speak over your child will come to pass. So choose to speak life instead of death.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

They glean from your self-image.

little girl

-How you talk about yourself.

-How they see you eat.

-How much time you spend on yourself.

-How you will not leave the house until you are “perfect” or how you leave the house looking like a “slob”.

-A little girl’s self-image is formed by what a father says about her mother and what a mother says about herself.

-A little boy’s self-image is formed by how the mother speaks about the father and how the father speaks of himself.

 

Self-image is passed down.

This is not always true but just think of this example. If you had heavy-set parents and you made fun of them, chances are you will be anorexic or say, “Oh, well” and be heavy-set yourself. I think in these situations it can end up being extreme!

Decide not to let the media form the image of your child. Instead, you decide how your child should be groomed. Media these days can definitely ruin a little girl’s self-image. That’s why I am not really focused on my weight but by getting fit and healthy. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be in shape!

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.

 

Clothing

Boys and girls are prone to “become” what they choose to wear or what they choose not to wear.

expensiveclotheskids

If you have a child that is “all caught up” in a certain style of clothing and is completely fanatic about it-wants to feel good and has to wear those particular jeans, then there needs to be a talk about pride and idolatry! Their image is being caught up in idolatry, instead of being portrayed in the image of Christ.

You need to know that jeans are not the issue; the jeans show the “fruit” of what’s in the child’s heart. So where do these kids get this stuff? They get it from YOU! If you live in greed, they live in greed and YOU are setting them up for poverty.

I AM GUILTY AS CHARGED!

If your kids have to have the best brands and have to be the “in thing”, and if your kids are asking for that, you have to ask yourself, why? Where does it lead to?

It leads to a “fix” that is temporary-a self-image that is temporary and not eternal. When everything ages and falls, so will their identity.

Matthew 6:28-29

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

If you catch your child being “caught up in” pride over a certain “look” you can use this script as a guide to confront their heart, not their clothing… remember protection…NOT control. :)

You: “Child’s Name”, you know that we love you and we believe in you and that God has such a great future for your life. We have had talks before that if we see something popping up in your life that could hurt your future, you’ve asked us to let you know.


So, we just want to make sure that your heart is not being captured by the enemy concerning your identity. Sometimes when we make something so important in our lives, like a pair of jeans or a certain look of clothing, that if our hearts are completely set up to where we only feel good in those clothes or that those clothes are all that matters to us, it shows that the enemy has slipped something in your heart that is going to be hurtful in the future.

So, just to make sure that hasn’t happened, why don’t we go ahead and lay those absolutely favorite jeans of yours down for a few days? This way we can prove to the enemy that it is not an issue for you. We know and believe that you have a heart for God and that you want a great future and that you don’t want your life to be complicated, so this is just a ways to say “NO” to the enemy just in case pride has risen up.


I do want to add that you may not agree with much of this but I want to share my own experience. I was raised with cheap clothes from thrift stores and I cared what people thought about what I wore but I definitely appreciate nice things more today. I honestly think that kids EXPECT everything that they have and we need to break that horrible cycle. We are teaching them to love name brands and to plan for future debt. I can’t speak for you but I know that I want something different for my children! :)

 

Thanks for joining again this week! Please check back for next week’s which will continue talking about Self-Image. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure you enter your email on the left on the side bar to receive free monthly printables from me! The first one will be going out on April 1st! :)

Parenting Tip Thursday (No.5)

ParentingTipThursday

Today’s parenting tip is all about Self-Image. This is such a huge one and definitely an area that I need to focus on!

Life and death is in the power of the tongue.healthykids

This verse really explains how much what we speak really affects each other!

A healthy self-image for a child is hugely important, at all ages. How many of you were called awful, horrible names as a child? I constantly got made fun of for my teeth and TO THIS DAY I still am self conscious about my freaking teeth! How crazy that something like that would stick with me! I totally think that what you speak over your child will come to pass. So choose to speak life instead of death.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

They glean from your self-image.

little girl

-How you talk about yourself.

-How they see you eat.

-How much time you spend on yourself.

-How you will not leave the house until you are “perfect” or how you leave the house looking like a “slob”.

-A little girl’s self-image is formed by what a father says about her mother and what a mother says about herself.

-A little boy’s self-image is formed by how the mother speaks about the father and how the father speaks of himself.

 

Self-image is passed down.

This is not always true but just think of this example. If you had heavy-set parents and you made fun of them, chances are you will be anorexic or say, “Oh, well” and be heavy-set yourself. I think in these situations it can end up being extreme!

Decide not to let the media form the image of your child. Instead, you decide how your child should be groomed. Media these days can definitely ruin a little girl’s self-image. That’s why I am not really focused on my weight but by getting fit and healthy. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be in shape!

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.

 

Clothing

Boys and girls are prone to “become” what they choose to wear or what they choose not to wear.

expensiveclotheskids

If you have a child that is “all caught up” in a certain style of clothing and is completely fanatic about it-wants to feel good and has to wear those particular jeans, then there needs to be a talk about pride and idolatry! Their image is being caught up in idolatry, instead of being portrayed in the image of Christ.

You need to know that jeans are not the issue; the jeans show the “fruit” of what’s in the child’s heart. So where do these kids get this stuff? They get it from YOU! If you live in greed, they live in greed and YOU are setting them up for poverty.

I AM GUILTY AS CHARGED!

If your kids have to have the best brands and have to be the “in thing”, and if your kids are asking for that, you have to ask yourself, why? Where does it lead to?

It leads to a “fix” that is temporary-a self-image that is temporary and not eternal. When everything ages and falls, so will their identity.

Matthew 6:28-29

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

If you catch your child being “caught up in” pride over a certain “look” you can use this script as a guide to confront their heart, not their clothing… remember protection…NOT control. :)

You: “Child’s Name”, you know that we love you and we believe in you and that God has such a great future for your life. We have had talks before that if we see something popping up in your life that could hurt your future, you’ve asked us to let you know.

So, we just want to make sure that your heart is not being captured by the enemy concerning your identity. Sometimes when we make something so important in our lives, like a pair of jeans or a certain look of clothing, that if our hearts are completely set up to where we only feel good in those clothes or that those clothes are all that matters to us, it shows that the enemy has slipped something in your heart that is going to be hurtful in the future.

So, just to make sure that hasn’t happened, why don’t we go ahead and lay those absolutely favorite jeans of yours down for a few days? This way we can prove to the enemy that it is not an issue for you. We know and believe that you have a heart for God and that you want a great future and that you don’t want your life to be complicated, so this is just a ways to say “NO” to the enemy just in case pride has risen up.

I do want to add that you may not agree with much of this but I want to share my own experience. I was raised with cheap clothes from thrift stores and I cared what people thought about what I wore but I definitely appreciate nice things more today. I honestly think that kids EXPECT everything that they have and we need to break that horrible cycle. We are teaching them to love name brands and to plan for future debt. I can’t speak for you but I know that I want something different for my children! :)

 

Thanks for joining again this week! Please check back for next week’s which will continue talking about Self-Image. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure you enter your email on the left on the side bar to receive free monthly printables from me! The first one will be going out on April 1st! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jet Lag

I just want to apologize for the lack of posting. You may not even care. I do because I'm not following my schedule very well. You see, I just got back from California. I attended an amazing conference and got to meet some of the best ladies ever! (Only Shaklee could do that!) So I will resume blogging as normal tomorrow with my Parenting Tip Thursday. I'm trying to catch up on sleep. I'm have not been successful so far because life keeps going on when I'm trying to play catch up! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. I can't wait to post about all the amazing things that have been happening lately!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Jet Lag

I just want to apologize for the lack of posting. You may not even care. I do because I'm not following my schedule very well. You see, I just got back from California. I attended an amazing conference and got to meet some of the best ladies ever! (Only Shaklee could do that!) So I will resume blogging as normal tomorrow with my Parenting Tip Thursday. I'm trying to catch up on sleep. I'm have not been successful so far because life keeps going on when I'm trying to play catch up! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. I can't wait to post about all the amazing things that have been happening lately!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Parenting Tip Thursday (No. 4)


ParentingTipThursday
Hi guys! :)
It’s time for our next parenting tip……on Spiritual Equipping.
Let me just remind everyone reading that a) I’m not the expert. b) I’m not even close to being the expert. c.) I’m not perfect and not even close. d.) I’m always still working on these “tips” with my kids (obviously they are still young!).
Spiritual equipping is all about teaching your kids whatever it is that you believe in spiritually. This will look different for many people.
Kids need to know who their God is and what He has done for His people throughout history.
Okay, so it may have been mentioned a time or two on this ole’ blog that I believe in God but I’ve not spent much time on the topic. People are really sensitive about it. I’m catering to other people who are reading. I know I shouldn’t but I do, guilty as charged.
Today is different. If you are reading, you now know…I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in God. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I read the Bible. I want my kids to grow up knowing what I know now. :)
Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

8Spiritually
1. They need to be exposed to God.
They need to know that God loves and accepts them. They need to know that God wants them to succeed. They really need to know that God is preparing them for something great and that He has a plan for them.
2. They need to listen for God.
Many people don’t think that God speaks to them. Many do. It’s a toss up. Our kids need to know that He does speak to them if they will listen.
3. They need to know that through Christ all things are possible.
As a teacher I hear kids saying all the time that they can’t. I can’t do this. I can’t do that. I have a no “can’t” rule in my classroom. So instead of saying I can’t they tell me that they do not understand and we work through it.
Tryp will tell me all the time that he can’t do something. It’s because he is starting to be lazy and wants me to do it. If I let him be lazy now at 4 years old that very nasty bad habit will stick with him. I always tell him that YES he can do it. He can because the bible tells him that he can. And I tell him Philippians 4:13 You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. He usually doesn’t argue with me about being able to do something after that.
4. They need to be taught the Word of God and armed with it.
They don’t just know about it. We listen to Bible stories in the car and Tryp LOVES it. I also use bible verses here and there around the house. This is something that I want to get better at. I also want to find a pre-school “curriculum” so to speak that will break big verses down into words and phrases that Tryp can understand. I want him to start learning them now. :)
5. They need to know how to serve.
Tryp does very well with helping clean around the house. He also does well in helping if you ask him to do something for you. In the future, I will continue to teach him how he can help others and not just around the house.
6. They need to know that God is not boring.
I think kids today think He is boring. Church can be boring for them. Think about it, they are constantly stimulated with games and movies and then you put them in church to sit and just listen. It’s hard for them. (Just like it’s hard for kids in school now!) I don’t think at this point that Tryp thinks God is boring but I’m sure the day will come and I want to keep him involved in church activities that are fun!
7. They need to be taught how to pray.
We pray every night with Tryp. It’s the same prayer every night which isn’t a true reflection of praying but he doesn’t yet have the concept of praying differently. This is an area to work on for sure!
8. They need to be protected from idolatry.
This is difficult. Our world is filled with it. I think you can protect your child from some of it though. We struggle right now with Tryp. He idolizes all the super heroes and wants to be just like them. I don’t mind it because he told me the other day that God is a hero too. :) We just have to teach our kids that those things aren’t always that important!




Next Week will be focused on Self-Image. Thanks for stopping by!

Parenting Tip Thursday (No. 4)


ParentingTipThursday
Hi guys! :)
It’s time for our next parenting tip……on Spiritual Equipping.
Let me just remind everyone reading that a) I’m not the expert. b) I’m not even close to being the expert. c.) I’m not perfect and not even close. d.) I’m always still working on these “tips” with my kids (obviously they are still young!).
Spiritual equipping is all about teaching your kids whatever it is that you believe in spiritually. This will look different for many people.
Kids need to know who their God is and what He has done for His people throughout history.
Okay, so it may have been mentioned a time or two on this ole’ blog that I believe in God but I’ve not spent much time on the topic. People are really sensitive about it. I’m catering to other people who are reading. I know I shouldn’t but I do, guilty as charged.
Today is different. If you are reading, you now know…I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in God. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I read the Bible. I want my kids to grow up knowing what I know now. :)
Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
8Spiritually
1. They need to be exposed to God.
They need to know that God loves and accepts them. They need to know that God wants them to succeed. They really need to know that God is preparing them for something great and that He has a plan for them.
2. They need to listen for God.
Many people don’t think that God speaks to them. Many do. It’s a toss up. Our kids need to know that He does speak to them if they will listen.
3. They need to know that through Christ all things are possible.
As a teacher I hear kids saying all the time that they can’t. I can’t do this. I can’t do that. I have a no “can’t” rule in my classroom. So instead of saying I can’t they tell me that they do not understand and we work through it.
Tryp will tell me all the time that he can’t do something. It’s because he is starting to be lazy and wants me to do it. If I let him be lazy now at 4 years old that very nasty bad habit will stick with him. I always tell him that YES he can do it. He can because the bible tells him that he can. And I tell him Philippians 4:13 You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. He usually doesn’t argue with me about being able to do something after that.
4. They need to be taught the Word of God and armed with it.
They don’t just know about it. We listen to Bible stories in the car and Tryp LOVES it. I also use bible verses here and there around the house. This is something that I want to get better at. I also want to find a pre-school “curriculum” so to speak that will break big verses down into words and phrases that Tryp can understand. I want him to start learning them now. :)
5. They need to know how to serve.
Tryp does very well with helping clean around the house. He also does well in helping if you ask him to do something for you. In the future, I will continue to teach him how he can help others and not just around the house.
6. They need to know that God is not boring.
I think kids today think He is boring. Church can be boring for them. Think about it, they are constantly stimulated with games and movies and then you put them in church to sit and just listen. It’s hard for them. (Just like it’s hard for kids in school now!) I don’t think at this point that Tryp thinks God is boring but I’m sure the day will come and I want to keep him involved in church activities that are fun!
7. They need to be taught how to pray.
We pray every night with Tryp. It’s the same prayer every night which isn’t a true reflection of praying but he doesn’t yet have the concept of praying differently. This is an area to work on for sure!
8. They need to be protected from idolatry.
This is difficult. Our world is filled with it. I think you can protect your child from some of it though. We struggle right now with Tryp. He idolizes all the super heroes and wants to be just like them. I don’t mind it because he told me the other day that God is a hero too. :) We just have to teach our kids that those things aren’t always that important!




Next Week will be focused on Self-Image. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 19, 2012

How to Paint Your Own Razorback Canvas

Hi Y’all!

I have done several of these paintings for friends who are teachers and I don’t think I am really being all that creative but they turn out great! So, I thought I would share with you how to make your very own razorback painting (or any other kind!) too.

First thing is the supplies you will need.

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-Canvas (this is 11x14)

-Paint (Red, Black, White)

-Paintbrushes (many different sizes)

-Paint pens (black but could use white too)

-Razorback magnet/sticker or print out a picture of a razorback and cut it out

-Polka Dot stencil or something round to use as a polka dot.

-Ribbon

-Clear Acrylic Sealer (Not Pictured above but you will see later)

-Staple Gun (Not Pictured)

-Lighter (Not Pictured)

 

Step 1: Paint the canvas red. It took about four coats for me. It may take less for you, depends how thick you put it on and the type of paint and the red that you use. :)IMG_7709cc

Then I let it dry. This drying process really didn’t take long. I did it with the windows open and the fan blowing so it was dry in no time.

Step 2: Trace the razorback. I used a razorback magnet to trace and it didn’t quite fit on the canvas. (oops) But guess what? It actually looks great with a little missing! You’ll see. Perfection is not the key here.IMG_7719cc

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Step 3: Start painting inside the lines. I chose to do white but you could easily change up any of these colors. You could do the background black with a red hog, whatever. It’s completely up to you! That’s the best part. Now, I know you may be thinking why didn’t you just leave the white canvas WHITE instead of painting over the red. Honestly, I’ve tried it before and I end up making LOTS of mistakes that are noticeable. This method works best for me. IMG_7725cc

This is only one coat.

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This is after three. The best I think.

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Step 4: Time for polka dots! Who doesn’t love polka dots?! For the longest time I was making my own polka dots. They weren’t too bad I might add but usually I ended up making them bigger than I wanted because I was trying to make them perfectly round. Insert stencil. It has helped me out. Tremendously. (I’m somewhat of a perfectionist so for me to tell you not to worry about it being perfect is a bunch of bull…it would drive me mad so if you like perfection then you make it perfect! For you!)

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I have no rhyme or reason to the polka dots, just laid it down and traced. 3 different sizes. IMG_7734cc

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Step 5: Stop and eat breakfast. Totally not on my diet here but man cheerios and bananas. YUM.

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Step 6: Paint the polka dots! I chose black to keep the color scheme going. This was hard to take a picture of me doing BUT I did it. Just for you. :) Two coats to be exact. They make pretty black polka dots.

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Step 7: Step back and admire your work so far. It’s coming along quite nicely.

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Step 8: The hardest part. Add the wording. I normally do schwoopies and different styles of lettering but I chose to go simple on this one. I have no clue why. Just did. I also couldn’t take any action pictures of me or I would have made a complete mess of it. So here is a picture of the wording AFTER I did it. I didn’t use a stencil, that’s free hand. I try using pencil first but I usually mess up and should just go for it with the paint pen the first time around. Pencil doesn’t erase well off of white paint. (fyi)

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Step 9: Clear coat it baby! I went outside and used a tv tray (my husbands favorite one to be exact). He wasn’t exactly thrilled. The first picture is what it looks like BEFORE clear coating.IMG_7757cc

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You can see the shiny part, that’s with the clear coat. :)

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Step 10 (Final): Use a staple gun to staple the ribbon on the back. You can see how I did that below……

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And you will also need to use a lighter to finalize the edges of the ribbon or the fray and it sucks.

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Then tie the ribbon how you like and VIOLA!

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I am totally not an expert at this…but it is so much fun to do! If you end up making one please share with me! I love to see creations! :) (Especially ones that support our Hogs!)

WOOOOOOOOOOOO PIIIIIIIIIIIIIG SOOOOOOOOOOIEEEEEEEEEEEE

 


How to Paint Your Own Razorback Canvas

Hi Y’all!

I have done several of these paintings for friends who are teachers and I don’t think I am really being all that creative but they turn out great! So, I thought I would share with you how to make your very own razorback painting (or any other kind!) too.

First thing is the supplies you will need.

IMG_7699cc

-Canvas (this is 11x14)

-Paint (Red, Black, White)

-Paintbrushes (many different sizes)

-Paint pens (black but could use white too)

-Razorback magnet/sticker or print out a picture of a razorback and cut it out

-Polka Dot stencil or something round to use as a polka dot.

-Ribbon

-Clear Acrylic Sealer (Not Pictured above but you will see later)

-Staple Gun (Not Pictured)

-Lighter (Not Pictured)

 

Step 1: Paint the canvas red. It took about four coats for me. It may take less for you, depends how thick you put it on and the type of paint and the red that you use. :)IMG_7709cc

Then I let it dry. This drying process really didn’t take long. I did it with the windows open and the fan blowing so it was dry in no time.

Step 2: Trace the razorback. I used a razorback magnet to trace and it didn’t quite fit on the canvas. (oops) But guess what? It actually looks great with a little missing! You’ll see. Perfection is not the key here.IMG_7719cc

IMG_7720cc

Step 3: Start painting inside the lines. I chose to do white but you could easily change up any of these colors. You could do the background black with a red hog, whatever. It’s completely up to you! That’s the best part. Now, I know you may be thinking why didn’t you just leave the white canvas WHITE instead of painting over the red. Honestly, I’ve tried it before and I end up making LOTS of mistakes that are noticeable. This method works best for me. IMG_7725cc

This is only one coat.

IMG_7726cc

This is after three. The best I think.

IMG_7732cc

Step 4: Time for polka dots! Who doesn’t love polka dots?! For the longest time I was making my own polka dots. They weren’t too bad I might add but usually I ended up making them bigger than I wanted because I was trying to make them perfectly round. Insert stencil. It has helped me out. Tremendously. (I’m somewhat of a perfectionist so for me to tell you not to worry about it being perfect is a bunch of bull…it would drive me mad so if you like perfection then you make it perfect! For you!)

IMG_7733cc

I have no rhyme or reason to the polka dots, just laid it down and traced. 3 different sizes. IMG_7734cc

IMG_7735cc

Step 5: Stop and eat breakfast. Totally not on my diet here but man cheerios and bananas. YUM.

IMG_7745cc

Step 6: Paint the polka dots! I chose black to keep the color scheme going. This was hard to take a picture of me doing BUT I did it. Just for you. :) Two coats to be exact. They make pretty black polka dots.

IMG_7737ccIMG_7738ccIMG_7739cc

Step 7: Step back and admire your work so far. It’s coming along quite nicely.

IMG_7741cc

Step 8: The hardest part. Add the wording. I normally do schwoopies and different styles of lettering but I chose to go simple on this one. I have no clue why. Just did. I also couldn’t take any action pictures of me or I would have made a complete mess of it. So here is a picture of the wording AFTER I did it. I didn’t use a stencil, that’s free hand. I try using pencil first but I usually mess up and should just go for it with the paint pen the first time around. Pencil doesn’t erase well off of white paint. (fyi)

IMG_7747cc

Step 9: Clear coat it baby! I went outside and used a tv tray (my husbands favorite one to be exact). He wasn’t exactly thrilled. The first picture is what it looks like BEFORE clear coating.IMG_7757cc

IMG_7758cc

You can see the shiny part, that’s with the clear coat. :)

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Step 10 (Final): Use a staple gun to staple the ribbon on the back. You can see how I did that below……

IMG_7794cc

And you will also need to use a lighter to finalize the edges of the ribbon or the fray and it sucks.

IMG_7796cc

Then tie the ribbon how you like and VIOLA!

IMG_7795cc

IMG_7802cc

I am totally not an expert at this…but it is so much fun to do! If you end up making one please share with me! I love to see creations! :) (Especially ones that support our Hogs!)

WOOOOOOOOOOOO PIIIIIIIIIIIIIG SOOOOOOOOOOIEEEEEEEEEEEE