October 2015 Visiting Teaching

October’s message is called Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ- Filled with Charity and Love.  President Monson offers us this beautiful definition of charity, “Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down.  It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.”  That is definitely something I can work on in my life, how grateful I am for these monthly messages that teach us!

Here is the handout for this month.  Download the PDF

October 2015 VT.


LDS Prophets and Apostles Printable Flash Cards

Who is excited for General Conference this weekend?!?  I know I am!  For those who are not members of my church General Conference is a world wide gathering of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held twice a year in April and October.  We have the opportunity to listen to the men and women who lead our church and hear their inspired messages as they speak to us over the course of Saturday and Sunday.  It is a weekend I truly look forward to!

Our church is led by prophets and apostles, organized the same as the church when Christ walked the earth.  “Today is not different from ages past. The Lord does not love the people of our day any less than in past times. One of the glorious messages of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ is that God continues to speak to His children! He is not hidden in the heavens but speaks today as He did in ancient days.  Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance.” – President Uchtdorf

This coming General Conference (Saturday Oct. 3rd and Sunday Oct. 4th) is slightly unique because we are expecting to hear three new apostles called.  Within the last few months three of our beloved apostles have passed away and while we said goodbye to them with great sadness, I know I am looking forward to sustaining the new apostles that have been called by the Lord.

In anticipation of General Conference I have created printable flash cards with our current leaders (I’ll update them with the new apostles after they’ve been called).  Each card has a front and back with a few fun facts about these great men.  These are perfect for helping kids learn a little bit more about the prophet and the apostles, not only this weekend but all the time!  You can laminate the cards and keep them in your Sunday bag to have anytime.

There are two PDF files to download, I had to split the files in half so they wouldn’t be huge.  I hope these come in handy this weekend (and beyond) as we follow the counsel these wise leaders give us!

**The sets have been updated with our new apostles! So happy to have had the opportunity to sustain Elders Rasband, Stevenson, and Rendlund.**

LDS Prophets and Apostles Flash Cards Set 1

LDS Prophets and Apostles Flash Cards Set 2

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Seasonal Dry Erase Calendars- Set of Four!

When I created my DIY Dry Erase Calendar I had no idea that so may people would ask for the template to use in their home and when I added it to my Etsy Shop I had no idea it would soon become the most popular and best selling item.  It shouldn’t surprise me though, I use my calendar every.single.day.  Multiple times a day actually.  It has become one of the most helpful items for keeping our family organized.

DIY Dry Erase CalendarSince I look at the calendar so often I decided it was time to do a little update and provide some additional options for myself and for you!  I created a Set of Four Seasonal Calendars so you can easily change them out every few months for a fun, fresh new look.

Seasonal Calendar Set Etsy ListingI’ve listed these calendars in my Etsy shop and they are sized to be 16×20 and come in JPEG and PDF files.  You can either laminate the calendar or place in a frame and use a dry erase marker allowing you to use the calendars over and over again.  For easy storage keep all four calendars in the same frame and just rotate through as the seasons change.

This can also make a great bridal shower gift, wedding gift, or house warming gift!  And don’t forget, once you purchase the files you can print them as many times as you’d like.  That could take care of a lot of wedding gifts.  :)

The original calendar sells in my store for $5.00 but this set of four is only $10!  (Time for some cheesy infomercial lines…) But wait!  There’s more!  From now until the end of the month use the coupon code CALENDAR2015 for 15% off your purchase.  Act now and we’ll throw in a full set of ShamWow towels!  You won’t find a better deal out there so don’t delay!

Okay, so the part about the ShamWow towels isn’t true.  Which is  shame I know because we all need more of this in our lives:

amd-shamwow-jpgWhat is true is the 15% off coupon code and the set of four cute calendars.  Here is a look at each individual calendar:

Seasonal Calendar Etsy Listing Summer Seasonal Calendar Etsy Listing Spring Seasonal Calendar Etsy Listing Fall Seasonal Calendar Etsy Listing Winter

The code does expire at the end of the month so head on over the the shop if you’d like to pick up a set!  And the next time you need a good laugh go watch the ShamWow or Slap Chop commercials on YouTube.  You won’t be sorry.



How to: Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can’t Paint!

I’m so excited to share with you this tutorial on creating a watercolor painting…without having to paint!  It really is so, so easy and I know you’ll love the results.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial

This idea started when I began looking for some artwork to hang above the bed in our master bedroom.   You’ve already seen the horrible before picture that was the blank oatmeal canvas of our master bedroom:

Master Bedroom Makeover- The Before

And the big improvement that came from some new bedding and our feature striped wall:

Master Bedroom Makeover, Striped Wall Tutorialand here is where we are today:

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial(Details of the nightstand decor are coming next week!)

It doesn’t even feel like the same room to me!  Every little step gets us that much closer to having our finished romantic, peaceful, retreat.  Here is a close up picture of the artwork, and the subject of the tutorial today.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialI will admit that drawing is one of my talents and since I can draw fairly well I assumed I would be pretty good at painting too.  I signed up for a painting class in college and from day one it was clear that I was way wrong!  Painting is so different from drawing and no matter how hard I tried I could not get my paintings to look like more than messy blobs.  But thankfully there are other people out there who can paint and are willing to share their amazing talents with us! And by using their paintings you can create unique artwork that is all your own!

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialYou’ll want to start by heading on over to Etsy.  Did you know you can buy watercolor clip art from Etsy?  This is clip art that is actual hand paintings done by talented artists that you can then use in your own personal projects.  It is PERFECT for the painting challenged like me!

I bought the Daisies Collection from SLS Lines.  I fell in love with the pretty yellows, soft blues, and creams.  Like I said, these are real paintings down by the owner of the Etsy store and then put in clip art form for you to use.

Daisies Watercolor Clip Art SLSLinesThe files cost only $5.50 which I think is a steal considering the time and talent put into the painting.  After you purchase your clip art you can download it straight to your computer and you’ll find each individual piece in a folder like this:

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialYou have each individual flower, leaf, and even backgrounds ready to use.  I created my “paintings” in PhotoShop by arranging the clip art in layers.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialBy creating three different arrangements I now have three different “paintings.”  I know that a lot of people don’t have PhotoShop so I wanted to show you easy it is to create the same look in a program almost everyone has… Microsoft Word!

Open up a blank document and then click on the insert tab. Select Pictures.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialWhen you choose the option “In Front of Text” you can then place the image anywhere you want on the page, instead of being constricted by where Word thinks you should put the image based on the text fields.

Arrange the clip art to its desired position on the page and use the tools to resize, rotate, or move the clipart forward or backward.  Repeat the previous steps for each layer you add.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial1Do you see how easy that is?!  Once you are done you can print the finished product, frame it, and no one will ever know that it isn’t an actual painting.  And you can create just about anything.  The selection of watercolor clip art on Etsy is amazing.  Seriously, just search for water color clip art and see the gorgeousness that comes up.  None of these shops are paying me to mention their products, they have no idea I’m writing about them, I’m just sharing some clip art that I love and adore.  And remember that while you see the clip art arranged in these pictures, when you buy the files you get each element as a separate item.

Reach Dreams Violet Watercolor Clip ArtThese beautiful violet flowers from Reach Dreams (and actually everything in her shop.  she has gorgeous florals.).  $5.90

Honey Florals Clip Art SLS LinesGah!  How adorable are these Honey Florals from SLS Lines?  I love them.  $5.50  The jar, the cheerful flowers, the cute bumble bee… so many possibilities!

Hydrangea Watercolor Clip ArtAren’t these hydrangeas from kaazuclip stunning?  $5.00 and just as pretty as the real flowers in my opinion.

Cupcakes?  Yep, you can find that too!

Watercolor CupcakesThis Cupcake Collection for only $5.00 from kaazuclip.

Watercolor Cupcakes SetThis cute set for only $3.66 from Scrapstorybook.

You can even buy Christmas (and all other holiday) clip art.  Think of the one-of-a-kind Christmas cards you could create.

Watercolor Christmas Clip artThis is a beautiful Christmas Collection by ReaniDesigns for $10.00.

Christmas Owl Clip ArtPretty sure I need these Christmas Owls from DesignOnALara.  Only $3.50!

Christmas Clipart PackAnd this Christmas Trimmings pack definitely has everything you need for only $4.49 from FRANCEillustration.

I hope I’m getting my point across that you can find basically ANYTHING on Etsy for amazing prices and then easily use it to make your own unique creations.  I love supporting small businesses and finding special and unique items that I can use in my own home and life.  The next time you need some new art work in your home, whether for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc I highly recommend creating your own by using the vast resources available from talented artists who are willing to share their creations with us.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial






September Visiting Teaching

The message for this month is called Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ- Powerful and Full of Glory and teaches us about the power we can find in Christ and now it helped Him to fulfill his divine mission.  “Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that by this power our Savior created the heavens and earth, performed miracles, and endured the pain of Gethsemane and Calvary.  As we come to understand this, our faith in Christ will increase, and we will become stronger.”

This month’s message features a quote from the Relief Society President.  As we make and keep temple covenants, the Lord blesses us with His power. Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, said: “Covenant keeping strengthens, empowers, and protects…”

I hope you enjoy taking or mailing these handouts to the ladies you visit teach!

Download the PDF

September 2015 Visiting Teaching Handout from Darling Doodles

My Gallery Wall

When we moved from our two bedroom apartment in Boston to a much larger, four bedroom house in Phoenix I found myself with a lot more space to decorate!  One wall in our house sat empty for many, many months because I could not figure out what to do with it.  Our family room has very high ceilings and the main wall is quite large.  I’m one of those weird people that actually don’t like high ceilings.  I’d rather have them be a normal height with pretty moldings or a something like coffered ceiling.  Tall ceilings feel empty to me, whereas a lower one feels more cozy and intimate.  But I digress….back to the actual room I was decorating.  I spent lots of time looking for inspiration on Pinterest, trying different layouts, and once I was finally done I really liked how the final gallery wall turned out.  I thought I’d share the design with you!

Knowing we had a big space to fill I also wanted to incorporate some shelves.  Of course I always try to keep things as budget friendly as possible so I hit up Goodwill first. (Sorry for the poor photo, I snapped it with my phone really quickly before painting the shelves.)

My Gallery Wall and Family Room Design

I ended up finding two shelves that still had their Pottery Barn price tag on them and I picked up each one for $5.00.  They are the bottom two shelves.  The top shelf was one from our old apartment that the previous tenant had left on the wall.   I am not above using another person’s cast offs!  :)

A fresh coat of white paint and the shelves looked like a perfect matching set once hung on the wall and accessorized.

My Gallery Wall and Family Room DesignThe white frames are all from Ikea and the black frames were another freebie.  A friend was going to get rid of a box of 12 black frames she had in her basement and I was more than happy to take them all. The rest have been painted and hung in other rooms around the house.  The clock is from Hobby Lobby and you might recognize the white vases from this post.  (Reminder, they are actually sparkling cider bottles that I spray painted.)

My Gallery Wall and Family Room DesignI am really happy with how well the gallery display fills the large wall and gives me a place to show some of my favorite art and family pictures.

My Gallery Wall and Family Room DesignIt looks great above our toy storage piece which Sam built for me a few months after moving into this house.  I LOVE it.  It is perfect for controlling the mess of toys and helps keep our family room clean and organized.  The bins are from Home Depot and the baskets on top are from Ikea.  The baskets hold diapers, wipes, burp cloths, baby blankets, etc.  They make it so easy to have all the necessary stuff on hand and yet tucked away so that the diapers are not on display for everyone to see.

My Gallery Wall and Family Room DesignWhile there are still some projects I’d like to do in this room I’m pretty happy with how it looks overall.  It is a great room for our kids to play in and for us to kick back on the couch and watch a movie after they’ve gone to bed.  What more do you need in a family room?  :)

My Gallery Wall and Family Room Design