Monday, June 30, 2014

Wedding Memory Box

Hi, friends! I hope that you had a super weekend! Mike and I spent Saturday with our son Justin; Mike's sis Sandy and her hubs Don; his dad Logan and our niece Kari. They hadn't yet seen the house that Justin bought back in November, so we all met for lunch and then went to his place for a wonderful visit. :)

 Today I thought I'd share with you the wedding memory box that my sweet friend Sarah P. commissioned me to make for her friend who recently got married. I used a crinkly white paper for the background, as I love the texture that it brought to the design. I covered a wooden "letter B" with patterned paper, tied a bow using gray lace, and attached a heart shaped lock to the bow. I attached the coordinating key to the lock on the invitation for a little added detail. Across the bottom of the layout I incorporated additional gray lace and a rhinestone buckle for a little extra pizazz. I purchased a coordinating, adhesive backed frame to place over their engagement photo that I cut into an oval shape to fit into the opening of the frame. I really love how it all came together:

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope you have a FANTASTIC week!!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Silly Saturday...

Now THAT is one Hungry, Hungry Hippo!!! ;) Have a fun and safe weekend!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Change is Good!

Every once in a great while an opportunity for growth presents itself - usually when we least expect it! With that being said, as of this month I retired from working in public education. I have thoroughly enjoyed the years I have worked in education, and I treasure all of the friendships that I have made along the way. 

Last week I began a new adventure as an administrative assistant for the corporate office that owns the Los Cabos and Waterfront Grill restaurants. Although it feels a little strange going to work someplace other than a school, my new job is a fun change of pace for me and I look forward to learning new things and taking on different challenges as I start the next chapter of my life. 

Here's a quick peek at the front of the office building where I now go to work each day:

Thanks for letting me share my exciting news with you today! Never be afraid of learning something new or taking on a new challenge...with change comes the blessing of growth and wisdom! :)

Have a SUPER day!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Dorm Room Accessories

Good morning, folks! Well, last week got away from me and I didn't get a second post typed up to show you the dorm room accessories that I made for Kennedie - sorry! Anyhoo, the comforter that Kennedie got for her dorm room is a yellow and gray chevron print, so I found the following fabrics to go with that color scheme:

I created a cute, oblong pillow for her bed. (The fabric on the back of the pillow is black and white gingham.) The yellow tie in the middle has black pom-poms stitched to the ends for a little extra embellishment:

There was enough of the the floral print fabric left over to make a dry erase board for her to jot down messages, homework assignments, etc. Using a spray adhesive, I attached the fabric to a piece of cardboard that I cut to fit inside of the frame. Kennedie can write on the glass front using a dry erase marker that I tied to the hanger on the back of the frame:

As you can see, I glued a large black pom-pom to the end of the dry erase marker, which will serve as an eraser to remove the ink from the glass.

Thanks for dropping by today!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Silly Saturday...

(Photo/saying found on the internet)

Love this photo that I found on the sad and funny all at the same time! Kids will be kids, and heaven knows we love them for it!!

Have a SUPER weekend!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sympathy Card

Good morning, friends! I hope that you had a fantastic Father's Day weekend! We enjoyed a quiet weekend at home. Justin came over yesterday and brought our favorite meals from Olive Garden. We watched an old John Candy movie, "The Great Outdoors", and then ate some of the chocolate cake that I baked for Mike. A perfect day! :)

Today's crafty post shows a pretty sympathy card that I recently made. I really love the little bird, which I punched out of cardstock using the SU bird punch. The rest of the paper is from CTMH, as well as the swirl and sentiment stamps.

Be sure to drop back by my blog in a couple of days to see the cute dorm room accessories that I made for my "adopted niece" Kennedie. (She'll be heading off to the University of Oklahoma in a couple of months and I'm so proud of her!)

Have a SUPER week!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Graduation Party Decorations

Hi, friends! As I mentioned to you earlier this week, here are a few of the decorations that I made for my "niece" Kennedie's graduation party. For starters, here is the banner that was placed on the gift table:

I started out with a plain white mixed media banner from Hobby Lobby. I found some cute grad paper and coordinating cardstock and went to work with the design:

I cut the grad paper into triangles to fit on the banner. I cut them a little bit smaller than the white banner so there would be a white border:

I also made tassels using golden yellow yarn and tied a tassel between each of the banner points:

I created rosettes by cutting golden yellow cardstock into 12" x 1 1/2" strips and scoring the cardstock to make the fan-folding easier. Once the cardstock had been folded I used adhesive to glue the ends together and then pressed down in the center to make the rosette. I glued a small yellow circle to the front and back of the rosette so that it would hold it's shape, and then attached a black cardstock scallop circle to the front as a backdrop for the cardstock letters that spell CONGRATS.

I thought it would be fun to make a little book for the party guests to write some "words of wisdom" for Kennedie. The inside is golden yellow cardstock, and the front and back are black cardstock decorated with coordinating grad paper. I made & attached yarn tassel to match the tassels that I made for the banner.

Since Kennedie will attend OU in the fall, we placed a cute metal bucket, which had the OU logo on it, on the gift table for guests to put cards in. I made a little sign and attached it to the bucket...check out the little "diplomas" that I made to decorate the sign with:

We placed large baskets of pre-bagged popcorn on the food table for the guests to take home. I made cute little tags for each of the popcorn bags that read "Thanks for popping by to share Kennedie's special day". I tied the tags onto the popcorn with yellow curling ribbon for a fun touch:

If you have a grad in your life, I hope that these party decoration ideas will inspire you! Thanks for "popping" by today! ;)


Monday, June 9, 2014

Congratulations Card

This is the time of year when there are lots and lots of celebrations such as graduations, retirements and weddings. With that in mind, this week I thought I'd show you some of the things that I've recently made to celebrate some of these occasions.

Today's post spotlights a pretty card that I made for my SUPER SWEET friend, Penny C., who recently retired after many years of dedicated service to Broken Arrow Public Schools. Penny is a precious lady and one of my very favorite people in the whole world! (She is also the queen of making pizzells, a wonderfully light and delicate cookie, that I just loooove!!!)

Due to another commitment I was unable to attend Penny's retirement party, but I made her this pretty card and mailed it out to her to let her know special she is, and how happy I am for her as she enters a new phase of her life:

I know that Penny will love being retired and spending more time with her hubby Kirby, her kids and her grandkids. Congrats to you, Penny!!! :)

Be sure to drop back by my blog in a couple of days to check out the fun graduation party decorations that I made for my "adopted niece", Kennedie M., who will be heading off to the University of Oklahoma in  a couple of months.

Have a blessed day, friends!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Monogram Wreath for a Friend...

Good morning! As you know, I LOVE to make seasonal wreaths for front doors. I love how something so simple can totally transform a porch/home into a welcoming oasis. My friend/co-worker Jenny M., (who is a 2nd grade teacher at the school where I work), asked me to make a spring/summer wreath for her front door and I was happy to oblige! (She is paying me with a bucket of fresh-picked blueberries - YUMMMMY!!, so how could I say "no"???) Anyhoo, here's the wreath that I created for her front door:

I think the softness of the pink silk morning glory flower vine, curving around the grapevine wreath, is so pretty and I'm quite pleased at how it turned out. Oh! And Jenny really likes it too! :)

Have a GREAT day!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Trash to Treasure: Altered Window Laundry Room Art

Happy Monday, friends! This is my last week of work, then I am officially on summer break for the next two months - WOOHOO!!! I have lots of crafty things to make, vegetable and flower gardens to tend to, great foods to cook, and wonderful books to I ever make time to go to work is beyond me - ha! ha! ha! ;)

Today I want to share with you a really fun trash-to-treasure project that I created for my sweet friend, Pam R.'s, laundry room. I started out with an old wooden window frame and my hubby removed the top glass and added chicken wire in its place. I aged and distressed some tags by soaking them in a mixture of tea and cinnamon. Once the tags were dry, I stamped letters on them in black ink to spell the word L.A.U.N.D.R.Y. I added a piece of rope across the top to simulate a clothes line, and then tied the tags on with jute twine. My sweet hubs spray painted a dozen clothes pins red, so that Pam can hang up socks that end up without a mate. (The remaining 8 clothes pins are inside the basket at the bottom of the window.)

I left the bottom window intact; and attached a piece of cardboard, with burlap adhered to it, inside the window. Before placing the burlap piece in the window, I printed images of old soap boxes and glued them to the burlap. I added red and cream gingham ribbon and buttons to the burlap to divide the soap box images, then tacked the burlap covered cardboard inside the window frame with a staple gun. Here's a close-up view of the soap box images:

Oh! And here's a close-up view of the aged tags:

Lastly, I wrapped gingham ribbon around the top edge of a twig basket. (I picked up the basket on clearance at Lowe's for just $3.00 last fall, and had it tucked away just waiting for an awesome project like this!) I tied a pretty bow onto the front of the basket for a little more country charm. My hubs attached 2 cup hooks along the bottom edge of the wood frame for the basket to hang from, and TA-DAH!, a fun piece of laundry room art was born!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a SUPER week!!