July is here everybody! Along with fireworks, parades, swimming, popsicles, and the heat of summer comes another month for Visiting Teaching! The message for this month is called That They May Be One and teaches us about the importance of aligning our will with God’s. Sister Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, bears testimony of the blessings of striving to align our will with God’s will: “I have struggled to banish the mortal desire to have things my way, eventually realizing that my way is oh so lacking, limited, and inferior to the way of Jesus Christ. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.”
In the message Sister Linda K. Burton, the former Relief Society General President, quotes they hymn “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go” and I chose to use the beautiful lyrics from this hymn as the handout for the month.
I hope that as we study these words and share them with our visiting teaching sisters that we will feel an increased desire to do and become what the Lord would have us do and be. You can download the PDF or save the JPEG below and then share it with your sisters in a text, email, mail them a card, or print and take it to them as you visit.
If a project only takes two steps to complete, can you really call it a tutorial? What if you can complete the project in only one step? I don’t know if tutorial is exactly the right word for this post. It is probably more like super-awesome-incredibly-easy-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-tip! I made a pretty two tiered cake stand and it is a great, easy project that anyone can do. It starts with a candlestick and two plates.
Now in my case the candlestick definitely needed a coat of paint. It was a very unattractive blah beige and clashed with the pretty gray and white plates I picked up on clearance at HomeGoods. They are a nice melamine and surprisingly sturdy so they were perfect for this project.
So this is step #1: Paint the candlestick. And if you are working with a glass candlestick or you have one that already matches your plates then you can skip this step! But for me, white spray paint to the rescue!
I’m pretty confident you can all figure out the next step on your own. Ready for step #2: Glue the plates onto the candlestick. Mind blowing, I know! You can use any strong adhesive or epoxy to glue your plates, just make sure it is something stronger than regular glue. E600, Gorilla Glue, Weldbond, all good choices. And that is all the steps required to make your own pretty two tiered cake stand!
Once the glue had dried completely these are great decor for parties or holidays, or just to use around the house. You can vary the sizes depending on how big your plates are and how tall your candlestick is. They would make great stands for cupcakes, a place to hold jewelry or make-up on a bathroom counter, or by the sink as a place for sponges and dish soap. Lots of possibilities for such an easy project!
There have been times when I am buying a gift bag for a present and I can’t help but look at all the cute bags and think that they would make adorable home decor! There are so many cute patterns and designs on gift bags, for any occasion or holiday too. Well after thinking about it for some time I decided to just go ahead and make my own DIY Wall Art, from gift bags! And just in time for the Independence Day holiday.
I started off with three bags that I bought at the Dollar Tree. You can’t beat $1 DIY supplies! And in full disclosure when I was cutting the bags I accidentally ripped the bag with the heart. Eh, it wasn’t my favorite bag anyway. And since I only spent $1 on it I wasn’t too worried.
I cut the front off of each bag and then cut out a piece of wood to fit each bag. I’m getting a little embarrassed about how often I say this, but this wood is some plywood we picked up off the side of the road because someone was throwing it away. Why let good supplies go to waste?!
Before I put the bag onto the wood I wanted to paint the sides. I spray painted the sides a dark red and while that dried I folded some laundry. It is like the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous over here.
The next step called for the ever useful ModPodge. I applied a thick coat on the board and then laid the bag down on top lining up the edges.
To completely seal the bag down and make sure there were no air bubbles I covered the project with an old cleaning cloth and used a rolling pin to really press it down and just wiped off any extra glue that leaked out of the edges.
After a few minutes it was dried and ready for the next step. Since the print comes from a gift bag there are two small holes at the top where the ribbon handle came through the gift bag. You could simply cover it up with a bow but I decided to drill through the small holes into the wood and string some twine through to hang up the board.
And done! An easy and definitely budget friendly afternoon project.
This DIY WAll Art looks so cute hanging above my entry way table and across from the patriotic display I created on my piano.
I can’t help but think of how many other ways to use this same idea. I just love some of the designs they have for baby gift bags, this could make some beautiful and inexpensive nursery decor. Or themed decor for your child’s room! Or use wedding bags for a master bedroom. And just think of all the pretty gift bags that come out around Christmas time. Yep, this is probably not the last time you will see a project like this on my blog!
If you have little ones that won’t quite be able to stay up late enough to see the fireworks this Fourth of July, then let them have their own firework celebration with this easy and fun firework craft for kids. Some simple pipe cleaners and paint are all you need for your children to create their own bursts of color.
To begin group several pipe cleaners in a bunch and twist the tops together to hold them in place. Bend the ends out in a “burst” shape. Try varying the lengths of your pipe cleaners to make different size fireworks!
(When my daughter first saw the pipe cleaners in this shape she said, “Are we making flowers?” And I bet if you used some pink and purple paint you could definitely make some flowers with this same technique. Just another craft idea for you!)
Dip the pipe cleaners into your paint. We used red, blue, and a light gray. Make sure the paint gets all the way to the ends of the pipe cleaner.
And then press onto your paper! Use your fingers to press down the ends of the pipe cleaners if they don’t lay completely flat on the paper.
A few fingers dipped in paint add little dots and there you have it! You could even add a touch of glitter to your firework craft if you’d like to really make the fireworks sparkle.
If you enjoyed this craft idea please pin and share it! And take any pictures of your kids with their own firework craft and tag me on IG (#darlingdoodlesdesign) so I can see all the patriotic cuteness!
Can I let you in on a little secret? I love Americana decor. I could quite happily decorate an entire room in Americana and leave it up all year round. There is something so homey and quaint about it! So when I found this beautiful framed print at a thrift store for $3.00 (yes, $3.00!!!) I had to have it! And it became the starting point for my 4th of July Mantel Decorations.
Isn’t it gorgeous?! I am so in love with it and I need to find a permant place for it in my home. For now though, it looks perfect hanging up above the piano with the rest of my patriotic decorations.
I found the cute milk cans at IKEA and the burplap framed subway art at Michaels. The rest of the decor I already had around the house.
I love decorating with vintage books too, I always have some on hand for decorating and heaven help me if I stumble across gorgeous books at yard sales or thrift stores. They must be mine!
So how long do you think I can get away with leaving the 4th of July Mantel Decorations up? At least through all of July, right? :)
More 4th of July crafts are coming up next week, so be sure to check back!
This recipe is one that I found in an old family cookbook given to me by my husband’s grandmother. This book is a treasure trove of family recipes from several generations and this Blueberries and Cream Dessert is one of the best recipes I have found yet. It is so deliciously light and sweet and perfect for summer. There is no baking required which means no hot oven, no hot stove! Just tasty, creamy, and delicious berry perfection!
After making this amazing treat I took some to my husband’s work for him and a friend. They both ate it so fast I wasn’t sure if they even tasted it but their satisfied groans of appreciation were proof they enjoyed it. And since it was so easy and quick to make I am definitely adding this to my “company approved” dessert list.
The recipe starts with a graham cracker crust made of crushed crackers, butter, and sugar. Once you have your crust made set aside and mix the filling. The filling is made of cream cheese, milk, sugar, sour cream, and cool whip. This is all mixed together until fluffy and then spread over the graham cracker crust.
Once the crust and cream cheese mixture are all finished, top with a can of blueberry pie filling and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The longer it has to set up the easier it will be to serve.
Once you are ready to serve top with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh blueberries. And then dig in. You’ll find it hard to only eat one serving of this rich cake.
The full recipe is below, and you can also download the PDF to print out and save. Or just pin the recipe to your Pinterest account to come back to this Blueberries and Cream Dessert again and again! Trust me, you’ll want to keep this recipe handy after you realized you accidentally turned that “one bite” into eating the entire pan. :)