Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tribal Camping Theme Baby Shower

I don't know how I can have so many favorites, but it seems each shower is my new "favorite". Yesterday's baby shower was for a sweet young lady that I have enjoyed getting to know when she first started dating a guy who is good friends with my boys. He hosts an overnight camping trip in JANUARY (yes, I typed that right LOL) that my boys go to and that was my inspiration for this shower.

I created a back drop using burlap and then decorated with a baby boy banner with my Silhouette. I designed the arrow thingies at the top,. The arrows on the banner are from the Silhouette Design Store.
Here you see my window show up again. I created a new pom pom swag with yarn matching my color scheme.

For the beverage, we served orange juice (in aluminum canister), strawberry/kiwi water (this was so good! I will definitely be making it this summer) and lemon/lime water.

the food was make your own trail mix, grapes and cheese skewers, and s'more bars.

sign in table
for the centerpieces, I used tin cans I wrapped in burlap and then "squished" to give an oval top and different look, filled with "weeds" from the ditches, cedar branches, and apple blossom branches from our trees. The cans are sitting on tea dyed paper doilies and the feathers are from another cut file from Silhouette design store.

Here is the invite I designed: 

  and probably my favorite part was this gift I crocheted for the baby. His daddy has a beard and when I saw this on Pinterest couple of months ago, I knew I had to make one for baby boy Jones!  

feather cutting file 
arrow cutting file\
banner flag template
hat and beard

S'more Bar Recipe:
I have no idea where this recipe came from. It is one I found when we were first married, way before we had internet, It has been a favorite and I have made it several times.

1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. flour
1 pkg (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (you could use milk chocolate)
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add combined flour and graham cracker crumbs; mix well. Press into bottom of greased 9" square pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool; cut into bars.

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