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Monday, September 22, 2014

Flipping the Deck

This is our deck.
  It was in pretty bad shape when we bought our house and has been on our "To Do List" ever since we moved in.
Obviously the boards were well worn and hadn't been taken care of for quite some time.    
But there were other things too.  Like the railing, or lack thereof.  We had a lot of work on our hands.
The first item of business was to close up the side.  It had been left completely open and critters were becoming a problem for us.  So, my awesome hubby bought some latice and went to work.  Love the way it turned out! 
Then he started flipping the boards.  Literally.  It took hours and hours and hours and HOURS.  But, the underside of those boards was like new. 
There were only a few boards that had to be replaced.  
And after all that hard work, it was so pretty!
Next up was beefing up that railing a little bit.  We'd been looking online and finally found a pattern for how we wanted it to look.
And this is what we came up with.  We are in love!
I just can't get over how different it looks.
This last weekend, we stained the entire thing.  It feels like it took all summer!  
 But we are sure happy with the results. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scatter Sunshine Relief Society Activity

We recently had a great activity for our Relief Society sisters.  Relief Society is a group within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for women. 
This was our invitation and display for the activity. 

I got the idea for this activity on Pinterest of course.  These are all images found on the many pins I found.  I thought it would be great to have little baskets of sunshine ready to give someone once a need arises.

You could really fill the basket with anything, but we chose to keep everything yellow to go with the "sunshine" theme.

For the activity, we had a sister teach us how to make baskets using paper bags and paper twists.  That was our time filler.  Another idea I had was to have someone speak about service.  But for this one, we made it a crafty activity.

We had a few things for people to put in their baskets, but we didn't have enough to fill it so that people could personalize it any way they wanted when they gave it away.

The items we provided were pens with flowers taped onto them - you know: daisy pens.
Also little yellow card/envelope packages,
waterbottles which we labeled with sunshines,
along with single lemonade drink packets,
paper enveloopes like you get at the bakery that they could put a little goodie in,
and lastly the dove caramel hearts - cause they're packaged individually in gold. 
Everything was yellow.

Once the sisters made their baskets, they got to fill them up with the items we provided.

Personally I love these baskets most for using when people are feeling under the weather.  Love all the little goodies in this huge teacup.  

A lot of the pins on my {Scatter Sunshine Pinboard} come with printables you can use if you make your own baskets.  These are the printables we used.  

Everyone got a card - I printed about 6 on a sheet. 

And every waterbottle got a sunshine.  We just peeled off the lables and stuck this on instead.
We also provided the sisters with this list of ideas for what else they could include in their baskets:

Lemon Heads
Yellow Starbursts
Sunkist Lemon Gummies
Extra Dessert Lemon Gum
Golden Oreos
Juicy Fruit Gum
Jello/Pudding Cup
Sugar Babies/Sugar Daddy
Jelly Beans
Wheat Thins
Shortbread Cookies
Lays Potato Chips
Homemade: Banana Bread, Yellow Frosted Cookies, Lemon Bars, Cinnamon Rolls, etc.

Snapple Drink
Lemon Lime Gatorade

Little Gifts (All Yellow)
Nail Polish and Nail File
Flip Flops
Lotion/Hand Sanitizer 
Spa Accessories like Headbands, Towels, Wash Cloths, etc.
Burts Bee's Products
Lip gloss/Chap-stick
Notepad/Post-it Notes
Rubber Duck
Drink Cup with Straw

Just to name a few…  A good idea is to make the basket more specific to the recipient’s needs, once you have a person in mind.  Be Creative!  Put your own twist on it!  Have fun!

It was a great and also fun service project.  And I've already used these baskets twice.  People love them!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baby Girl's Nursery

I've been a little busy of late.  Renovate a house - check.  Move in - check.  Have a baby - check.  Decorate a girly nursery - check.
This is the first room that we feel is totally finished in our house.  Here is a before shot:
Could not WAIT to ditch those blinds, tear down that wallpaper, and cover up that mauvy pink paint!

We started with the wall color.  I knew I wanted gray, and we went with Silver Chain by Benjamin Moore.  It's a perfect gray.  Just gray.  Not blue, not green, not purple, not tan.  Just gray.  And we love it!
It is one of my favorite colors we've used so far.  I may repaint my Master Bedroom this color, I love it so much.  It makes the room look and feel so calm and pretty, and I love the way it plays with the pink.  Gray makes pink more soothing.

Next came the curtains.  Good old Walmart had these from Better Homes and Gardens and I love them too.  I love that they're not baby curtains.  But, they still look great with all her baby things. 
 We already had the furniture from our two boys.  My husband actually built - yes built that changing table for me.  Isn't he the greatest!!?  
And the bedding is Wendy Bellissimo Sweet Baby Dreams, with a bumper I found at Babies R Us.  I wanted to go with pink, but especially after drooling over all the bedding at Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, I wanted there to be tan mixed in.  I think the tans and greys really tone down the craziness pink can give a room. 
So, I was really excited to find this bedding on the cheaper side on Amazon. :) 
Above the crib are some shelves filled with little nic nacs I found mostly at Michael's.  I fell in LOVE with this little crown!  Princesses all need little crowns in their bedrooms!  And the pedastle from Hobby Lobby was perfect for it! 
I love the tiny little flowers I found to accessorize the shelves, too. 
At the head of the crib, I hung a mobil that I made using styrofoam balls, ribbon, fabric, and an embroidery hoop. 
I saw the idea on Pinterest and about died!! 
I mean, so cute.  I'm in love with the way it turned out. 
And I think it adds the perfect touch to the head of my princess's bed. 
Love this pillow from the bedding collection. 
The shelf is of course filled with baby essentials like diapers, creams, and clothes.  But there are a few nic nacs on it as well. 
My favorite piece is probably the little children figurine.  It was my Mom's.  The basket is filled with burp clothes, and the canister holds binkis. 
I really love this little display shelf. 
Found the cute little cherry blossom canisters at Michael's, and they hold the hair accessories that don't match the room. :)  Perfect!   
These blankets were a gift and I'm completely in love with them.  There will be newborn photos taken with them shortly. 
The ducky and block box were re-used from my boy's nursery decorations. 
These headband holders I found on Amazon.  I LOVE them.  They are white leather and really sturdy.  I found the candlesticks they're sitting on at Marshalls, and I think it just gives them a prettier perch.  The headbands were all given to me at my baby shower.  This is what we did instead of play games. 
I saw these headband holders on Pinterest, and through the links I found out that you can get a kit to make them at a baby shower from {LB Boutique}.  I LOVE the idea, and I LOVE that my host did it for my at my shower.  She's the best! 
Last but not least, a little pretty clock sits above the door, so I know how long thost night time feedings last. :)  It was a photo clock, but I just covered the holes with paper to match the room.

Ta-Da!  I love it.  Girls are so much fun.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gifts of Love Service Auction - A Relief Society Activity

There seems to be a lack of Relief Society Activity ideas on the internet, so I've decided to add to the idea pool.  This was an activity that went really well for us.
For the month of February last year, we decided to have a service auction.  And we thought the title "Gifts of Love" tied in well with the whole Valentine theme in February.
To advertise for the even, we decorated our board like a present and had the information for the event printed and placed on the board like a tag for the present.

We sent out the following to give the sisters ideas for what kind of items they could bring to auction off:
(contact me for a PDF or Word file)
To decorate for the event, we first made some heart strings to hang from the ceiling.  Using the idea from {this post} I just cut out a bunch of little hearts randomly and sewed them together on my sewing machine.  Cheap and easy, and we hung them up with white thumb tacks.  The effect was pretty cute. 

We got pink table cloths and just placed a piece of tissue paper in the middle as a centerpiece. 

Then, I just brought my Valentine's Day decorations from home to fill the center of the tables.

We had a questionnaire, a pencil, and a heart for them to label sitting at each place.

We had one main table set up in the front for all the items to be auctioned off to sit on.

In the center of that table, I set up a "tree" for the services to be auctioned off to hang from.  Each item to be auctioned off was labeled with one of these hearts made using heart shaped doilies and cardstock. 

The food table was decorated as well.

As people arrived, we encouraged them to eat, and fill out the questionnaire.  The questionnaire from {Mish Mash Mom} is how they got points to use to purchase the Gifts of Love.   

Once everyone had arrived and the questionnaires were all filled out, we encouraged everyone to take one last look at all the times to be auctioned off before we began.

I was the auctioneer, and just went from item to item until every single service or gift had been "purchased".

It was a great time for everyone.  There was a lot of love going around, and quite a few items that were "fought" over.  We had quite a spread of different gifts.  There were services from cooking classes to planning parties.  There were items from home made bread to decorations to something someone promised to make for someone else.

All in all, it was a great night and very unifying for everyone involved.  We loved it so much, we've decided to do it again this year.
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