October 27, 2014

Spiritual Spa Night with Free Printables

Last month for our Relief Society Mid-week Meeting (enrichment night), we did a "Spiritual Spa Night". I will be the first to admit that sounds a little hokey, and I was pretty iffy about the idea at first. But really we just got three amazing speakers, and when you put a loose theme and cute handouts with it, more people come so...

The first speaker talked about keeping your testimony "polished". She loosely based her talk on the "Steps of a Pedicure" found here. I made these little handouts, printed them on brown craft paper and tied them to dollar store nail polishes (which actually weren't as crappy as we thought they'd be).

The next speaker talked about cleansing. This could go a lot of directions, but she chose to base her talk on Elder Holland's talk "Like a Broken Vessel". We made a simple face scrub with lemon, coconut oil, and sugar and put it in baby jars with these labels printed on return address sticker sheets.

The third speaker was a massage therapist and she talked about how when she was training they had to learn the importance of receiving as well as giving. I really loved her talk. We often focus on the importance of giving, but it's so important to receive too--for our sake and that of the person offering love/service. We printed these on card stock and put little chocolates on them.

At the end, everyone took a little bag to fill with each handout. For refreshments we had fancy waters (you know with fruit and herbs in them) and fruit and dip. It seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves and many tears were shed. Victory! 

Go here to access all the printables

January 17, 2014

Twin Girls' DIY Nursery

Hi there! Had some babies a little bit ago... 4 months ago. I started working on their nursery before they were born, but am just now finishing.  Probably because I had to make almost every decoration and/or collect used items. Oh and because twin newborns sort of take up a lot of time. Who knew?!

It started with finding these cute fabrics at SAS which were inspiration for a woodland creatures plus florals theme and took off from there. I am NOT a decorator and wish I could just pay someone to come decorate my whole house, but I had fun putting it all together and a pretty happy with how it turned out.

Pillow covers made with fabric remnants, glider from Craigslist 

Cute quilt EmmaLee made, hand-me-down crib, blanket crocheted by my aunt

This saying popped into my head when I was thinking about twins and I had to use it! I watercolored these little signs, mounted them on floral fabric and threw them in cheap Ikea frames. Blessing dresses crocheted by my mom.

Branch from our yard on Ikea hooks + a paper flower garland I made

Big paper flowers are by Bethany and I, Ikea spice racks as book shelves

Prints and frames from Ikea, fabric plushy trees and pompom flowers I made, wood log round from JoAnn's painted in chalkboard paint

January 13, 2014

Easy Gift for Dad

This Christmas I made a simple, inexpensive gift for Ray to use at work.  I found a pencil holder at Target and mod podged pictures on each side.  SO quick and easy, yet meaningful.
First, print 4 pictures on regular paper and trim them to fit your pencil holder.
Using a foam brush, completely cover the back of a picture with mod podge and secure to holder.  Then brush mod podge all over the front of the picture as well. Brush the mod podge over the edges of the pic and onto the pencil holder so it's all sealed down.  It will dry clear.  Repeat with each side and let dry!

January 1, 2014

Visualizing Goals

Happy New Year!

I am a visual person.  I have to see things to help me remember and stay motivated.  A few years back, a friend introduced me to creating a vision board or Bagua Map of my New Years goals.

You can really organize it however you want, but if you want inspiration, you can use the Bagua Map Template found HERE.

I used Adobe Illustrator to organize and edit mine, but Picassa, and even Publisher would work great.  Even better, print off the photos you like and make an actual vision board you can hang on your wall!

I wish you luck in your efforts to set goals for 2014!  If you make a vision board- send us a link!  The sisters would love to be inspired by your work.

December 9, 2013

Pine Cone Door Decor

The wreath I usually put on the door at Christmas time was lookin' pretty scary, so I made this for free!
 I stole some pine cones from my parents' yard, glittered them up with snow-looking glitter, hot glued them to various lengths of ribbon, then added a bow.  Such an easy alternative to a traditional wreath!

November 6, 2013

Burlap Bunting

I am in charge of a craft day for my church.  I saw some different versions of Burlap Bunting floating around and decided it would make a cheap, simple craft.

1.  Use a paper template to draw 4 triangles onto burlap for my Noel bunting.  Adjust the number of triangles based on your word choice (ex. 3 for Joy, 5 for PEACE).  Be careful as you cut these out, because the burlap will slide a little.

2. Use an iron to fold about an inch of burlap over.  This is where the cord/yarn will be glued later.

3.  If you don't have a stencil and don't feel comfortable drawing your letters free hand, simply print off letters in your favorite font, cut them out and trace around each letter.  Be sure to draw each letter in about the same spot on each triangle.

 4.  Use paint to carefully fill in each letter.  You don't need any special fabric paint.  I used basic acrylic paint.  You'll want to put something under it so you don't get paint on the table. Duh.

5.  Once your letters are dry, glue your choice of ribbon, twine, yarn or cord to the back of each triangle.  You can also sew the burlap over the cord if you don't want to glue.  This is the step that will really customize your bunting.  You can leave it simple with no ribbons. Maybe add some big brass jingle bells?  Pine cones would look cute at each end.  I may make one for my house using tinsel ribbon and ric-a-rack for more of a retro look.

For the ladies at my church I created a rustic look by adding torn strips of fabric and thick yarn for the string.

November 4, 2013

Pinterest Caramel Apple Semi-Flop

My friend told me she had tried this inside out Caramel Apple recipe from Pinterest, and that it worked perfectly.  Basically you melt caramel squares and pour them into apple halves that have the core scooped out by a melon baller.  Let the Caramel set and drizzle with toppings.

My attempt was not so perfect.  My mistake was that I made the caramel myself- I couldn't find the squares of it at the store.  It didn't help that my husband poured more cream into it, ever time he walked by ( I have no clue why...).

I hope your laughing as hard as I am at this!
They could not be sliced, so they stayed little cups.  It tasted pretty good, even if they looked a little deformed and slimy.

I think this recipe is actually a fantastic idea- if you follow it correctly.  It makes them way easier to eat.  Next time I will be sure to use a thicker caramel recipe or just find the caramel squares.

Do you have any interesting topping ideas for caramel apples?  I like white chocolate and graham cracker crumbs