Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Reap What You Sow - Marriage Survival Kit

It is that time of year again - WEDDING SEASON! I have not had to organize a wedding yet, but a lot of my friends have - thus, I get to create a lot of wedding gifts. This couple had already been set up in there house so I needed to think beyond the kitchen and household items that are usually given. And so - the REAP WHAT YOU SOW marriage survival kit was invented. Here is what I put in the kit:

1. Don't get choked out with weeds - Garden Tools. I purchased mine at Canadian Tire but I also saw a similar set at Costco.

2. Work together, hand in hand - Garden gloves.

3. Plant your roots in fertile ground - potting mix.

4. Don't let your love wilt - watering can.

5. Cut out the dead wood to allow for new growth - pruning shears

6. Add the essential nutrients - Miracle Grow

Each tag has a corresponding quote which has a suggestion on strengthening marriage which relates to the title on the tag. I printed each set out on card stock. I put the quote tag behind the title tag.
You can find the pdf file for the tags HERE.

I purchased a large galvanized bucket from a Dollar Store and fastened burlap and lace around it to match the tags. 
Stay tuned for my next project - Home Sweet Home Marriage Survival Kit.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Mom Themed Explosion Box

I made some exploding boxes at Christmas (yet to be posted) and I have to admit, I am addicted. These are so much fun! Even putting simple things in them make them look impressive. 

To make the box all you need is a 12x12 sheet of card stock. Score  at 4" and 8". Turn the paper, and score again at 4"and 8". Cut out the four corners and there you have the box part.
The lid is from 6"x6" card stock and scored at 7/8" all sides. Cover the cardboard as desired.

This gift was for a baby shower. I am all about talking up the importance of a mother and this gift was part of that promoting. In the centre I pasted a small doily, and a small teddy bear that held a frame of a silhouette picture of a mom with her baby. I bought the mini frame, the flowers and the doilies from Michael's. I found the clip art online. 

Each side has a decoration. All silhouettes I found online. I searched, Mother silhouette and a good selection came up. I cut each one out as best I could. I adhered the silhouettes with pop dots.

 On one of the sides I added a pocket. I put some "mother" quotes inside the pocket.
All the quotes can be downloaded HERE with my free PDF for personal use.

The top of the box I decorated with lace, a circle punched pattern paper, lace tied in a knot and a flower glued over the knot and the banner quote.

I went to three showers this past month, and the mom's absolutely loved these. I have two more to make for upcoming showers. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Relief Society Bulletin Board Idea

Welcome to my blog! With a new year upon us I thought it was time to freshen up our bulletin boards in Relief Society. I started with a blue cloth that was left at a Give and Take table we had. I painted on some darker blue acrylic paint to give it some spunk. The pictures of the bulletin board do not do it justice. The fabric looks rich and velvety.

We have a pouch for the newsletter and lesson outline schedule for the year. The border around the bulletin board is burlap ribbon I purchased at Michael's in the clearance section and I stapled lace over it. I was fortunate to have someone think of me when they were thinning out their sewing supplies and this lace was in that fantastic package. 

 The top portion of the bulletin board is a miniature gallery wall. The right corner has a round tin and I printed a Relief Society emblem to put in it. I inked the edges with brown ink to give it definition.
I had purchased a bunch of little clipboards years ago and thought they would be perfect for posters.
I added lace to each of the bottoms and tied lace and ribbon to the clips. I bought the middle "frame" from Michael's in the paper section. I inked the edges for dimension. Inside the frame is our Ward Relief Society focus for the year - united in the cause of Christ.

I made two embroidery hoop pictures to fill in the empty space. I found these at a second hand store for 25 cents. I printed off a banner, a triangle for the top of the house (with the same background paper I used for the banner) and a couple shapes with book page background for the house.
I sewed the edges and hot glued everything on the linen which is from a jacket I purchased dirt cheap at a second hand store. The heart I cut out of red felt. I tied two bows with jute and hot glued those on to give the impression the banner is tied with string.

We have two bulletin boards and the boards are pretty identical except that I made the embroidery hoop art a little different. 

One of my pet peeves about bulletin boards is how messy push pins are. I saw an idea HERE for a tin tart pin cushion and so I followed those directions to make my push pin holder. I had tart tins on hand that I found at a second hand store, again for next to nothing. I hot glued tacks to the bottom so I could pin them to the board. I had to fix one of the push pin holders after a week. My guess is someone took it off the board to see how it was made and accidentally ripped off three of the tacks. They have been up for almost a month now and I haven't had any other issues. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

DIY Toddler Backpack Made from Baby Clothes

I made a little backpack for my grandsons second birthday from some of his baby clothes. I was putting off this project for sometime as I was not sure how to approach it. The size of the backpack depended on the size of shirt I was making with it. 

I was originally going to use this flannel shirt as the outside. I cut off all the buttons and sewed the shirt shut. I cut off the sleeves. I discovered that the backpack would be too flimsy so I got some
cargo pants to use for the outside of the backpack, and used the flannel shirt as the liner. 

I decorated the outside with pockets from other cargo pants and a tag from one of my grandson's shirts. The "cool little dude" was from a onesie. 

I thought it would be cute to personalize it a little so I made our grandson's first initial out of leftover flannel from the shirt and sewed in onto a denim star tag.

I tried to utilize all the pockets I could from the cargo pants and any extra snaps or buttons I randomly sewed on. I did purchase a backpack to use the straps from it. I did cut them down a little to make it smaller for a toddler back pack.

This made for a very sweet and sentimental gift as it is hard for moms to get rid of those sweet little baby clothes. Of course I filled it up with other things for a birthday surprise. 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Elevate Your Thoughts

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This past weekend I watched the 185th Semi-annual General Conference. I loved all the General Conference messages. Now that the conference is over it is time to apply those teachings to my life. I am going to start with the easiest one to do in my eyes

 - PONDERIZE  a scripture every week. 

This new word was presented by Devin G. Durrant during his Sunday afternoon talk.

 I love this idea to pick a scripture every week and ponder on it every day that week. Doing this is an effort to fight back against the filth of what the world tries to jam into our minds by replacing it by elevated thoughts. The next week I will pick a new one to PONDERIZE and so on and so forth. 

 Will you take the PONDERIZE 
challenge with me?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Old Man Survival Tool Kit

Hello! Welcome to my blog! There are a lot of milestone birthdays in my family this year. My step dad was turning 70, and that was an opportunity calling out for an Old Man Survival Kit.

I had to go to the store to get some inspiration. I went down the handy man aisle at the local dollar store and came up with these ideas....

1. Magnifying glasses - for when you are blind.
I found the perfect nerdy magnifying glasses at the dollar store.

2. Duct tape - for when you fall apart

3. Mini screwdrivers - for when a screw's loose.

Other items I had to go to a hardware store or grocery store for...

4. Fake Jar of Viagra Pills - Stud Finder -  No explanation here. I printed off a background picture of viagra pills. I placed them inside a jar. This looked so good. I will have to do a post on how to do it. I put peanuts in a bag inside the jar. I made a drug label and adhered it to the jar.

5. Calking - for when you spring a leak.

6. WD - 40 - for when your joints seize up.

You can download the printable tags HERE.

I hope this helps you get some ideas for that gag gift you've been searching for. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day Gift - Mason Jars Snack Pack

Father's Day is just around the corner. I love "punny" sayings. I liked the 'uh-mason' one so I needed to come up with some creative way of giving the jars.  I made the jar carriers out of a cardboard box.

You can make a two pack or four pack carrier. Then print out the tag below, adhere it to the carrier and you are good to go! I printed the tag out on cream card stock and grunged it up with Tim Holtz walnut ink. 
 Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!