Loads of Love (and Laundry)

I recently went to a baby shower for one of my friends who was expecting her first baby.  He has since made his debut and is the cutest little thing.  I have never seen that much dark, thick hair on a new baby head before.  He is adorable and I’m so thrilled for her!

Her shower was really fun and I wanted to share the gift I took because I am so happy with how it turned out.  It got a great reaction from everyone at the shower and yet it was so easy to put together!  In anticipation of the laundry increase she and her husband are about to experience I put together a new baby laundry basket, complete with a little decorative wash line!

Laundry Gift IdeaThe laundry basket came from the Dollar Tree and was the perfect size to hold some laundry necessities.  Here are some items you could include if you make your own baby shower gift:

  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Hangers
  • Clothespins
  • Blanket
  • Clothes (I put in a cute Pajama set)
  • Socks
  • Towel or Washcloths

But what really pulls it all together is the miniature clothes line.  It was so easy too!  I used small wooden dowels and tied them to the side of the basket using ribbon.  Then I tied some baker’s twine between the dowels and hung up some socks with mini clothespins.

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_DSC0857I made the tag and then created three different colors to share with you so you can use the tag for a boy, girl, or when it is a surprise!

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Baby Shower Gift Idea with Printable Tag in 3 Different ColorsThe PDF download has all 3 colors included- blue, pink, and yellow.  If you put together a similar gift and use the tags please send me a picture!  I love to see your own creativity at work!

 

Pretty Pastel Easter Holiday Decor

Even though I think it is weird that Easter is in March (it seems like an April only holiday to me, I don’t know why) I was very excited to pull out my Easter decor.  I love the bright, fresh colors that are so cheery and pretty.  Every time I walk by my piano I smile a little bit because it just looks so happy.  Yay for spring!

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsI picked up most of my Easter decor last year at either Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods and then all the flowers are from the Dollar Tree.  I made the banner by cutting pennants out of cardstock and taping them onto baker’s twine.  Easy peasy.  And mixed in are the various white vases or stands that I reuse over and over in each of my displays.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsPretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsThis pretty pink plate is an exception to last year’s shopping trip.  I’ve actually had it since high school.  I worked in a little boutique and they had these in a set of four.  My 16 year old self loved them and I bought them right away.  I regret many decisions made in high school (that one blind date that spent four hours talking about himself) but these plates are not one of them.  I still love them.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsI had a few more pieces but I was out of room on the piano so I added them to the entry table for an extra little bit of color and cheer and created a print to place in the white frame.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsOkay, I actually made two prints because I couldn’t decide on a design which means good news for you!  Two Easter prints for you to choose from!

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Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsOr if you’d like them in JPEG you can just click on the images below and save them to your computer!  I hope these help add some cheerful spring decor into your home!

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February 2016 Visiting Teaching Message

This month’s message is called Marriage is Ordained of God and there were several wonderful quotes to choose from.  Besides the one I picked for the handout I also loved this quote from Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Everyone, no matter what their marital circumstance or number of children, can be defenders of the Lord’s plan described in the family proclamation. If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan!”  That last sentence stuck out to me especially.  “If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan.”  It couldn’t be any plainer or more simple to understand and can apply to every aspect of our lives.

Here is the handout for you to take to the ladies you visit teach or send it to them in the mail or through email.  I hope having a little handout helps you as you complete this inspired assignment!

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February 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout

Valentine’s Display and Decor

You all know I love a good project and enjoy doing all sorts of fun crafts for the holidays.  But it is also kind of nice when I go to decorate and find that I don’t need to do any crafting because I have enough decor to put together a look already!  That is what happened with my Valentine’s display.  I picked up a few things at Hobby Lobby because they were cute and when I came home to put it all together I found I had plenty to decorate my piano.  I wish I could say that the time I would have spent crafting was able to be turned into time reading a book on the couch but let’s be honest.  I have two busy, little kids.  I don’t know when the last time I opened a book was.  More likely I took that extra bit of time and used it to scrape dried baby food off of our kitchen table and chairs.  Such a glamorous life I lead.  :)

Red and White Valentine's Display and Decor

I don’t expect anyone to really remember this, but if you pay extreme attention to detail you would notice that the floral arrangement in the vase is the same one I used at Christmas, just with the gray berries removed.  Super easy!

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The cute heart banner came from Hobby Lobby, as did the red bottles and the tall red candle.  The bottles and the candle were in the Christmas clearance section for 80% off so you better believe I snagged those right up.  I’ll definitely be able to use them for more than just this holiday.

Red and White Valentine's Display and Decor

I love this little red heart plate I found a couple of years ago at a thrift store.  It was so cute that I couldn’t resist.  Everything else I already had around my house.

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And a big thank you to Yellow Bliss Road for the adorable print.  It is perfect and she offers it for free in several sizes!

Red and White Valentine's Display and DecorHope you enjoyed this peek at my Valentine’s Day decor!  I’d love to see yours so free feel to send me an email.  Reading messages from my followers is one of my favorite things!

Red and White Valentine's Display and Decor

If Kisses Were Snowflakes…

I think something happened to my calendar because when I looked at it I saw that Christmas was one week away.  That can’t be right.  Somehow the dates must have gotten all mixed up because I know I have more time than one week.  Right?  Anybody else feel this way?

I’m not ready for the season to be over!  We have been busy (like super busy) but it has been the wonderful kind of busy.  Spending time with family and friends and taking part in all the wonderful things this time of year has to offer.

Christmas Season Fun

I know that you have to be as busy as I am so I have a little gift idea that is really quick and easy to put together if you want to give a treat to someone special.  All you need is some Hershey kisses and a bag or jar to put them in, then print this tag and you are all set!

Free Printable Kisses and Snowflakes Treat TagI love the candy cane kisses that come out at this time of year.  I could eat a whole bag all on my own if I’m not careful.  I may have snuck a couple of these for myself while I was taking pictures.  :)

Free Printable Snowflakes and Kisses Treat Tag

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As busy as we all are I think it is still important to take a few minutes to make the important people in our lives feel special, and this is one quick and easy way to do it!

Christmas Decorating & Free Printable

This holiday season will be known as the Great Decoration De-Cluttering of 2015.  When it came time to decorate for Christmas I sat down in my living room with my boxes of decor around me and made three piles: one to donate, one to throw away, and one to keep.  I went through with a pretty detailed eye and if it was worn, faded, falling apart, or a style that I no longer liked then away it went.  And at the end I was really surprised at how small the keep pile was.  I definitely got rid of a lot more than I had planned on but I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to any of it.  This will be our 10th Christmas together so it makes sense that some of the decor needs to be updated.  And since I had such a small keep pile I basically got to start from scratch.   So of course off to Pinterest I went for some inspiration!  It may seem weird but I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for when I saw this picture of blankets.

Christmas Decoration InspirationThe words that came to my mind right away were cozy, winter, snow, and holidays.  I loved the colors and the textures in the plaid and different fabrics.  I had found my new Christmas decorating theme!  The only problem is my budget doesn’t really allow for me to go out and buy a houseful of new decor.  :)  So I’m starting small.  I bought a few new simple things and just decorated a couple of small spots in my house.  I plan on hitting the after Christmas sales and slowly but surely rebuilding my stock.  One area that I decorated is our entry way table with a print I designed inspired by the blanket picture.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

The berries in the white vase all came from the Dollar Tree and you might recognize the fluffy white and red Christmas trees from this post.  And the snowflake vases are from Walmart and the frame and lantern I already had.  That pretty much consists of my decoration shopping this year.  I told you I was starting small.  :)

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

And of course here is the print!  Feel free to download it and use it in our own home if you like.  I had mine printed up at Costco at 8×10.

Free North Pole Sleigh Company Printable from Darling Doodles Free North Pole Sleigh Company Printable from Darling DoodlesDownload the PDF

North Pole Sleigh CompanyI shared this picture of our tree on my Instagram account a couple of nights ago.  One of my very favorite things about this season is the warm glow from a Christmas tree.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling DoodlesThe other part of our house that is decorated is the most important part.  On top of our piano we have our beautiful nativity my parents gave us when we were first married.  I love this set so much.

Christmas Decorating with Darling DoodlesAnd next to the piano is our collection of small nativities that we add to every year.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

In a way I am really liking the simplicity of the decor with the main focus being on our nativities and thus on Christ’s birth.  Which is exactly how it should be.