In a Rexburg Community Group on Facebook, the question came up about the best restaurants in the area. I don't have a lot of time, but for some reason, I just had to make a list after someone made the request.
There were a few added after I finished though. The ones not on the list in Idaho Falls are Diablas Kitchen, Cafe Sabor, Cafe Rio, Rusios, The Cellar, Smitty's and Lucy's Pizzeria and in St. Anthony there is Chrissy's Chicken.
Today, I've been able to work on my own projects while current client projects go through the review phase. So I created said list, but I also started a Facebook Group called Rexburg Game Night. If you live in or close to Rexburg, you are welcome to join the group and come to the game nights.
My husband and I really enjoy board games and we know we aren't the only ones, so we decided to start this Game Night. We hope it goes well.
I really enjoyed creating the logo, poster and facebook header. The best feeling is to have the first draft be the final - perhaps I'm a perfectionist with design. Well, when I'm the "client" that always happens. :)
The header (below) looked odd without a background for the logo, so I searched for a good photo and realized, I have taken photo classes and have the subject material. I opened up one of my favorite games, Ticket to Ride, and took a photo featuring the closest train station to Rexburg.
While I have had quite a few projects since March, I wanted to highlight the ones above because the client is near and dear to my heart while now based very far away.
The above posters and T-shirt mock-ups were created for the Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation (VPA) in Sherwood, Oregon. I created the Once on this Island (OOTI) poster first and painted the tree in illustrator and the sunset in photoshop. Then I thought, "Why not try to step away from the computer with the next poster?" So I painted the background with an actual brush and watercolor then scanned it in. It was nerve-racking because I didn't know if the VPA would like it. They loved it and I was so relieved and excited at the same time.
While we lived in Oregon, I joined the VPA as a designer, but also as an alto in the Sherwood Chorale, one of the many choir families in the VPA. They provided two creative outlets for me to thoroughly enjoy. I miss them very much but am so glad to be able to work with them remotely.
2 • A little while after she learned the alphabet, I would be silent and have my daughter say "A" and "I" when they were in the story. Then I taught her "the" and two-letter words like "of" and "is". One day she surprised me while reading Dick and Jane - she recognized "something" and would say it when I pointed to it.
3 • We got the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat book app on our iPhones and she would touch each word to find out what it said then later we'd read from the actual book.
4 • She plays Starfall on our computer and we have a starfall app on our phone. I try not to have too much screen time, but if she's going to be playing with one, at least she's learning something.
5 • Instead of focusing on sounding out the words, we focused on memorizing them. Let's face it: every rule in the English language is broken.
6 • We read to her at night and since she no longer naps, I will read to her during "quiet time." She also likes to read on her own, which is a blessing. Before she could read, she would make up the stories, and I believe that's good practice too.
7 • I have been reading to her since she was born, she listened to all of Jane Austen's books because I was interested in those at the time. It felt weird to read to her when I felt like she wasn't really taking anything in, but I have since learned that she was taking something in. What? I don't know, but babies can understand a lot more than we tend to give them credit for. I also read board books when I wanted to interact with her and couldn't think of something else to do.
Will this work for you? I have no idea. Every kid is different. Why did I take the time to post this then? Because even though every kid is different, some do learn in the same way. Hopefully, this will help somebody somewhere.
My sister started a Crafty Christmas Swap over on her blog where a bunch of us random crafters signed up to make and then send ornaments to each other. I had a lot of ideas involving Shrinky-Dinks and some sort of printable. The joy ornament shown below is what I ended up going with. In the process, I created a few printables that didn't work as ornaments, but would work as something else. Please note all of my free printables are for personal use only.
I created the Christmas printables above for a 2" circle punch. I was going to put them on either side of a flat round glass ornament I had filled with epsom salt (to look like snow), but when shrunk, the designs ended up as the size of a nickel. A nickel was just too small for the ornament. However, these designs would work great printed on card stock as tags for presents to neighbors and friends.
P.S. I participated in this craft swap with 4 other crafters.
I'll come back and add to this post with photos of their ornaments as I get the goodies in the mail.
CGtextures is a great resource for designers. I have used the textures in many of my designs. For instance, I photoshopped the wood planks and paper pieces below...
I decided they needed a little more contrast, so I took them into photoshop again.
This was a fun project. If you live near St. Helens, I highly recommend banking with my client. They're really great AND if you know someone else who banks there, you can get 25 bucks!