Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lots of Cards

Regina over at the Cutting Cafe designs such wonderful printable as well as cuttable files. I was needing several cards for different occasions and her Every Day Block Sentiments was perfect. I just printed the black and white version (also comes in color) and using up lots of scraps I had leftover from other projects was able to make several cards. I kept these quick and simple.

I actually made several more than these, but forgot to take pics before I mailed them out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

May Day Baskets

I know it's a little early for May Day, but I wanted to share these quick and fun baskets that we made at our Ladies Night Out Monday night. If you are looking for something fun to do to brighten someone's day, these are super quick to make.

We started with peat pots and glued ribbon or doilies to the front, then added this cute little pinwheel from Cutting Cafe's Pinwheel Sentiment Template. The handle or stem is a cut up straw or chenille stem and the handles chenille stems or raffia covered wire.

the tag was created by typing the sentiment and then punching with a tag punch and tying on with string. each one then added tissue paper and a flower seed packet and there was still room to add some candies or other small goodies for the recipient.

this was a fun an inexpensive gift to create esp since the peat pots were purchased last year at 90% off. even if you buy them now you can get a pkg of 10 or 12 for a dollar at most dollar stores.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Review: "The Ebb Tide"

If you know me, you know I won't pass up an Amish book and one written by Beverly Lewis at that. I think I've read almost every book she has written. So when this book came up as one to choose from Bethany House, I signed up right away.

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis is about Sally Riehl becoming a nanny for a wealthy English family for the summer at their New Jersey vacation home. Sally feels this is her chance to get away from her Amish surroundings before she is baptized in the faith as her parents are wanting her to.

With her weekends free, she develops a friendship with Kevin, who is a college student. But Kevin is Mennonite and not Amish and she knows her parents will not approve of their relationship. She has a big decision to make when the summer comes to an end.

I loved the flow of the story and it kept me reading late into the night.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Altered Egg Cartons for Easter

I have a lot of 2017 photos to share of showers and misc, but thought I'd show what I've been working on this week for fun Easter gifts.

I bought some egg cartons online a few years back for CHA ...that ended up getting lost between here and GA, so wasn't able to teach the class in CA...but thankfully, I had purchased a few extra for myself and had never done anything with them until now.

This first one is my favorite. I painted the carton brown and used a bunny from the Target Dollar Spot that I added a ribbon and pompom tail to, along with a sentiment from Cutting Cafe's Easter Mini Words Printable Set.
 Each of the boxes have 6 plastic eggs that can be filled with candies. I tried to coordinate the eggs with the outside papers.
  the bunnies for these cartons also came from the Target Dollar Spot and were just wood. I covered them in designer papers and added a bow.


this plaid designer paper is a free download from eyeinspire, see the link below this post

  this carton is Reese's inspired, 3 mini Reese's fit into each egg.
 and then these....the bunnies are cut from Lori Whitlock's pink bunny cutting file. the sentiment i made 

egg cartons *this is where I got mine, but I see the price has gone up quite a bit from when I purchased them. you can also get them here, at Target in the Dollar Spot (if I remember right those were a 4-pk), and from Stampin' Up!

free plaid digital designer paper from eyeinspire

Lori Whitlock's Pink Bunny Cutting File

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BFB Grace and the Preacher

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story set in Fairland, KS during the Depression Era. This story is about Grace Cristler who is a postmistress and had pretty much given up on finding a husband. When her preacher uncle decides to retire, Grace is responsible for finding a replacement. She starts to fall for one man, who applies for the position, who she only knows through correspondence. 

What she doesn't know is that Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. 10 years ago, Theo decided not to help his cousins with a robbery and now that they are out of jail, they are after him with revenge.

I loved this story with an unusual twist to it. Kim Vogel Sawyer has a beautiful way of writing that makes you feel like you are there.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

New Biker's in Town

This fun baby shower was inspired by the baby's parents who love motorcycles. The colors were inspired by the parent's wedding colors.
I saw a motorcycle diaper "cake" on Pinterest and had to give it a try.
 Here you see the bottle/pom poms show up again 

Invitation inspiration
motorcycle image I turned into an svg cutting file
Layered Labels 3 Cutting File: Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon labels mounted under motorcycle
Diamond Plate Embossing Folder
White Ink: Paper Trey Ink
My Pinterest Board

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mission Conference Ladies Supper

Every year our church has a mission's conference where local missionaries and/or missionaries home on furlough come and speak at our church. On Monday night the men meet together for supper with the male missionaries and the women with the women missionaries.

Through conversation before the conference, I found out that one lady in our church was doing all the work! I offered to help her out and she had me do the decorating and dessert. Since it was close to Valentine's Day, I went with that theme. I like to decorate with reds, pinks, and aqua for Valentine's Day.

We had strawberry spinach salad, baked potatoes with BBQ pork, green onions, sour cream and shredded cheese and yummy chocolate and vanilla raspberry cupcakes.
 We kept it very simple for the decorations, letting the salad and the cupcakes be a part of the decor.
I spray painted cold coffee jars with aqua glass paint and made yarn pom poms. With my Silhouette, I cut hearts and layered them and tied around the jar with a little tag that had the mission's conference theme on it.