March Visiting Teaching- LDS

The message for March is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Light of the World.   I particularly enjoyed this quote from Elder Quentin L. Cook, “We need to protect our families and be at the forefront together with all people of goodwill in doing everything we can to preserve light, hope, and morality in our communities.”  It’s a powerful responsibility.

Here is the handout for the month!

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March 2014 VT

A “Creative” Gift Idea for Her

It is snowing here.  Again.  Lots and lots of snow.  And it has been so cold that the snow from all of our previous storms hasn’t had a chance to melt.  The snow banks are now taller than me and driving down the road is like driving down a giant white hallway.  It’s getting a little crazy.

So while we try to dig ourselves out of yet another storm I thought I’d take a break and share a quick post with an easy gift idea.  If you know someone who enjoys scrapbooking, crafting, making cards, or just working with their hands then this is a great gift idea!  It is a gift box full of all sorts of creative goodies!

Gift for Her- perfect for the creative gal in your lifeI’ll break down what I put in my gift, but the possibilities are pretty endless.  To start with the box is just a plain cardboard box lined with some pretty scrapbook paper and filled with some brown shredded paper.  Inside there are some embellishment flowers and bows, a small jar filled with buttons, ink pads, stamps, markers, and ribbon and twine.  The ribbon is wrapped around a paint stick that I cut and stamped the word “create” on.  Easy!

Gift for Her- perfect for the creative gal in your lifeAt this risk of sounding super cheap, this may also be a great way to re-purpose some of your own crafting supplies that you have had laying around for awhile and haven’t used.  It isn’t throwing it away, but hopefully passing them along to someone who will actually use and enjoy them.  And hey, it cleans out some space for you!

Gift for Her- perfect for the creative gal in your lifeThe box I’m showing is a little more for scrapbooking or card making, but you could certainly change it up depending on the recipient’s hobby.  If they enjoy sewing include some needles, safety pins, buttons, thread, etc.  Or put one together for crocheting.  There’s lots of ways to adapt it.  And here is the printable tag I made to go along with it!

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Gift Idea for Her- perfect for the girl who loves to create!

DIY Rope Vase

The other day I was rummaging through the shelves of my favorite thrift store and found a few fun treasures.  I’m always amazed at what I can find if I take a moment to look through the broken frames and chipped mugs.  This time I did pick up one item that I normally would have passed over.  It was a vase that was… let’s just say it was unique.  But the price couldn’t be beat.

DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope!

I’m sure someone somewhere lovingly painted this vase and displayed it fondly in their home.  And I hope it gave them lots of joy.  It mostly makes me cringe.  But I had a project in mind that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and the size/shape/price of this vase fit the bill.  It went from the image above to this:

DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope!

The whole process is really simple.  I bought some 3/8 inch rope from Home Depot (it was about $8 for 50 feet and I have a ton left over) and used some hot glue to wrap it around the vase.

DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope! DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope! DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope!

It is important to wrap it around as tightly as possible and make sure each next rope layer is pressed down completely against the layer before it.  This way there are no gaps in the rope and you won’t be able to see the vase through it.

When I got to the top I wrapped one more level of rope down inside the vase.  It is kind of hard to tell in the picture but the top rope is inside so the end is hidden.

DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope! DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and ropeAnd that is all!  Now I have a beautiful vase with lots of texture and interest, and one that fits my style a little bit more.  And I’m pretty pleased with the cost too.

DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope!The pretty white teapot in the back?  Also another $1 find from the thrift store that same day.  Score!  Now that I’m sitting here writing this post I also remembered that the white cake stand I used in the picture was also $1, but this time it was from a yard sale last summer.  Goodness I love deals!

DIY Vase made from $1 thrift store find and rope!And fun craft projects.

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A Wreath for All Holidays

I love seeing cute holiday wreaths greeting me whenever I walk up to a door.  There is something so cheerful and welcoming about them.  But I’ve never really had wreaths to hang on my own door, and the main reason was lack of storage.  Wreaths aren’t exactly the easiest things to store if you live in an apartment like I do with the world’s smallest closet.  *Note I said closet.  As in singular…one.  My life is hard people.  :)

But after seeing so many fun Valentine’s Day wreaths on Pinterest I decided to make one anyway.  And somewhere along the process I came up with an idea to make a wreath that could be used not only for Valentine’s Day, but for every holiday.  Let me show you what I mean.  I started with a Styrofoam wreath form, some yarn, lots of felt, hot glue, and baker’s twine.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThe base of the wreath is covered in the grey/white yarn.  I wanted to make sure I chose a neutral color that would look good with any other color and the grey and white also adds enough interest that it isn’t boring.  Wrapping the wreath in yarn isn’t difficult, but it does take some time.  That’s what Netflix is for.  The ends are secured with some hot glue.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysNow to decorate the wreath I made different banners for different holidays that can easily be removed and then reused.  I had planned on cutting out shapes in felt for each one, but then I found some of these packages at Michaels.  Most of the work done for me?  Yes please!  I only found some for Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day, so I cut out some felt flags for the Easter/Spring version.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysUsing a small hole punch, I put two holes in the top of each little piece and strung them onto some baker’s twine.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidays Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysI learned that it is important to do two holes because otherwise the pieces won’t hang correctly.  They’ll turn to the side instead of facing the front.  I took a picture of the St. Patrick’s Day banner to show you what I mean. Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThe circle on the left has two holes, the circle on the right has just one.

I made sure to leave plenty of string on the ends of each banner so that all I have to do is tie it around the wreath in a bow.   Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThe wreath is hanging on my front door by some wire I also wrapped around it and to hide the wire I tied a ribbon around it that matched the banners.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysPretty cute wreath, right?  And so easy to change for each holiday!  All I have to do is untie the baker’s twine and the ribbon at the top, and then add the next holiday’s banner and bow.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysHere’s the one for Easter and/or Spring.  The flower bunch on the side is also tied on with twine.  I hot glued some flowers to a piece of felt and then used the hole punch in that felt as well.  Easy peasy.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThese are the only banners I have made so far, but I have plans to keep making them for the 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and maybe just some general fall or summer ones too.  I’m so excited to finally have a cute wreath on my door to welcome anyone who stops by!

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidays

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February Visiting Teaching- LDS

We’ve just about made it through the first month of the year which means February is right around the corner.  The visiting teaching message for February is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Good Shepherd.

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. … And I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14–15)

This month’s handout includes a beautiful quote from President Monson reminding us of our responsibility to care for the Savior’s flock around us.

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February 2014 Visiting Teaching

2014 Winter Olympic Printables

Its almost time again!  One of my favorite events is the Olympics and I LOVE when they come around every couple of years.  Summer or winter, I love them both!  Two years ago I created some printables for the London Olympics and I’ve updated them now for Sochi.  I know I am cutting it a little close since the Olympics are only 10 days away but you still have plenty of time to throw together a fun Opening Ceremonies party whether it is just for your little family or with lots of friends.

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2014 Winter Olympic PrintablesThe PDF set has a Medal Tracker where you can keep a running total for different countries throughout the whole games.  It comes with Olympic Party Circles that can be used as cupcake toppers, mini banner, decorations, etc.  However you like!  And it also includes large and small medals in gold, silver, and bronze.  You can also use them as decorations or make your very own medals by stringing them onto some ribbon.  And if you happen to be rooting for another country besides the USA then you can just discard those elements.  But I had to include them for my good ol’ homeland!

Here are some other great ideas to get you started.

Leana threw an adorable Olympic birthday party for her son and the details are so cute.  My favorite are these Olympic torches.  Perfect snack while viewing.

Olympic Torches

I made some Minty Olympic Cookies, and if you enjoy thin mints from the girl scouts you’ll love these as well.

Olympic Cookies

Olympic Rings Pizza from Taste of Home

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Gold Cookies & Paper Torch from Alpha Mom

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However you decide to celebrate, enjoy cheering on your country and all the athletes!  And I just have to say….Go Team USA!