Tuesday, July 2, 2013

End of Year Teacher Gifts

 As the school year came to a close, I was asked to take over the planning of Tessa's end-of-year class party. This meant coordinating the teacher's gift too. We had such a diverse class this year, so I thought a bouquet of gift cards and notes of appreciation would be nice. I started with an inexpensive clay pot (Home Depot), wrapped it in twine, and embellished with a few fabric flowers.  For the "bouquet" I used wooden dowels inserted in green foam blocks, and on the dowels I glued clothespins to hold candid photos of the kids, as well as the gift cards (most of those were added later on the day of the party) and notes. I also used some buttons, bookpage flowers, and leather die cut butterflies. And there you have a Gratitude Bouquet!

For the many wonderful "specials" (PE, Art, Music, etc.), I bought key fobs (www.mythirtyone.com/ch31), added a tag (printed the words on notebook paper which fed nicely thru my inkjet printer), and a skeleton key (I found these at Home Depot in a 2-pk. for less than $2 per pk.)
Teachers work so hard and I love finding ways to thank them for all they do!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My One Word for 2013...

Early in 2013 I read a wonderful book, My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen. I took about a month and chose FOCUS for my word this year. I have many reasons for choosing FOCUS.
  1. I need to focus on Christ, and God's will for my life, choosing to spend my time and resources in ways that bring Him glory.
  2. I need to focus on the many projects and activities I start but often do not finish.
  3. I also need to focus on gratitude and being thankful in all circumstances. I am learning to count my gifts/blessings and focus on those things. I am thankful for another wonderful book I read this year that is helping me with this: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (about 10 ladies are joining me in the DVD Bible study to learn and fortify our practice of daily gratitude.)
  4. I need to focus on my family, church, and friends, and try not to allow my focus to shift to worldly temptations and technology.
  5. Focus reminds me of perspective and seeing others as Jesus sees them, looking at the world through God’s lens.
To help me remember my one word for the year, I had it embroidered on one of my Thirty-One tote bags. I also plan to find other ways to keep it in front of me throughout the year. I posted my word over at the My One Word site and will be receiving monthly reminder emails... I need accountability to stay focused this year!

I encourage you to read this book! I plan to re-read it every year in January as I select a word for the year. I've never done very well with New Year's resolutions. I think the practice of focusing on one word (allowing God to teach me through it) and writing down scriptures, life lessons, and gratitude gifts will help me be more of the woman that God wants me to be. I hope to be more joyful, more productive, and more of a blessing to others.

Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Been Too Long...

I have not posted in a long time. I have not scrapped in a long time. But I still create. Banners... decorations... recycled T-shirt necklaces...and a few other things here and there. I've even taken one knitting class (and trust me, the result is not worthy to post yet... but maybe one day, if I keep practicing!)

The most "creative fun" I've had in a while is the "Thrift-themed" table I hosted for our church's "Calendar Coffee" back in January. I re-purposed or made most of the things on my table. The "tablecloth" is a queen-sized sheet. Almost everything was purchased at Goodwill, Freedom House Thrift, or some other local thrift/consignment shop.

I loved making little favor neckaces (tied around the water glasses) from leather swatches a dear friend gave me, and Scrabble tile pendants. The silverware pockets are just that, pockets cut off jeans (I cut around the pocket with a rotary cutter) embellished with denim flowers I made from scraps, crocheted flowers I cut from a crocheted sham, and glued on buttons. Goodwill plates and candlesticks glued together make the centerpiece tiered stand. Twine wrapped around cans, bookpaper modge-podged to the back of clear plastic plates, and Big Shot cut shapes from bookpages and denim are a few other things you see. I used a black Sharpie marker to make the initial cups (all different, all less than $1); I baked them at 400 degrees for about 15-30 min. to help set the permanent marker. This didn't work on all the mugs I found and I'm not sure how permanent it will stay, but they made nice favors for the evening.

 It was such a fun table and I hope it gives you some ideas you can use!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sunday is coming...

Today is Good Friday and this week my kids asked me why it is called "Good" Friday. We discussed the "good news" of Jesus Christ but this morning I found a quote from Billy Graham posted on Facebook:

"What appeared at first to be a tragedy was in fact a triumph -- because by His death on the cross Jesus Christ purchased our salvation. We are separated from God because of our sin, and because we are sinners we have no hope of eternal life. God is pure and holy, and even one sin -- just one -- would be enough to keep us out of heaven. But by His death on the cross, Jesus Christ became the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins -- and because of that, heaven's door is now open to all who put their faith and trust in Him. And that's why we can call the day on which Jesus died 'Good Friday.' In fact, it was the greatest Friday in the history of the human race, because on that day Jesus Christ won our salvation. At one time, the Bible says, we were 'without hope and without God in the world' (Ephesians 2:12). But now we have hope, because Christ died for us."

So, we prepare to celebrate Easter. Tonight we will dye eggs. We may have some hunts in the yard tomorrow. Today, Tessa and I made some Easter cards to share with friends and neighbors.

While there will be some gifts discovered Sunday morning after following a trail of jelly beans to Easter baskets, and we'll have a family dinner of ham and deviled eggs, we know the real celebration is about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We look forward to worshipping at church Sunday morning, celebrating the best news. May your family be blessed by the true meaning of Easter!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #200!

Wow, Shawn has published sketch #200! Congratulations Shawn! I love this sketch and enjoyed creating this layout:

Please be sure to head over to Nuts About Sketches to see the Sketch #200 and the other wonderful layouts created using it!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!

And here's a new layout with Nuts About Sketches #195:

Be sure and go over to Nuts and check out the other layouts! And Shawn has a new Design Team call going on right now, so page down to the Jan. 4 blog post and read all about it!

We started 2012 in Mississippi at Grandma's house... we left here in 2011 right after Christmas and returned home the 2nd day of 2012 to finish Math and Science projects, lots of football watching, lots of XBox and iPod Touch playing, and a minor surgery for me. All is well and we are feeling quite blessed already in 2012!

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's December...

and that means we have recently had our annual Christmas Card Photo Shoot. It's a tradition. PJs, Santa hats, humoring mom for 15-20 minutes...

Today I share some of the photos on a layout done for Nuts About Sketches #191. I loved working with this sketch!

While our photos don't show it, we do cherish this Christmas season for it's true meaning, the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And just in case I do not post in December again, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!