{ahoy! it’s a boy! baby shower}

Babies, babies everywhere! This spring has proved to be the season for babies, because I everywhere I look someone is expecting a sweet new addition. Babies = baby showers, and chances are you will be involved in the planning of one at some point.A couple of weeks ago I went to the most darling baby shower. I loved everything about it, and my friend Sarah (the planner) did a fabulous job. I just had to share all her fun ideas!What I love most is the perfect simplicity and meshing of all the components. Sarah chose a nautical theme, and carried it through the entire shower. Everything coordinated, but in a subtle way. {LOVE} it!.....The invitation started everything off........I … [Read more...]

General Conference Treat Buckets

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Our church has the opportunity to hear from our church leaders twice a year, which is called General Conference. It's always a fun weekend, with lots of food, family, and friends. Having little ones can be a challenge though, since they aren't quite as excited about sitting down to listen. My good friend shared this fun idea with me, and when I introduced it to my kids, it was a hit. A {HUGE} hit. So much so, they have been talking about it since October. General Conference Treat Buckets *I found the tin buckets in the dollar section at Target--perfect! *We decided the words we wanted the kids to listen for during Conference--prophet, temple, faith, scriptures, and family--then I … [Read more...]

{a place for everything…with The Idea Room}

A huge welcome to Amy, from The Idea Room!.....I am always on the search to find things to make getting out the door as painless as possible...know what I mean? If your house is anything like ours, quick and easy is a must.When I saw these adorable labels on Alpha Mom created by Cindy from Skip to My Lou, I thought they were adorable but knew if I wanted to use them I had to get better at organizing my lunch making system. Here is what I came up with.I pre-printed the cute fruit labels and have them cut out and prepared to slip over the fruit. Cindy also provided some fun little notes to slip into your child's lunch bag to remind them of how special they are. I also added some post-its and a … [Read more...]

{burlap dry-erase weekly calendar}

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After I saw the dry erase calendar from Friday's post, I knew I had to make one of my own. (Click HERE for the full tutorial.) Even though I loved the large size, what I needed was a smaller version for a space I've been trying to fill for a long time. Despite the fact that I have a calendar inside my cupboard, it seems like everyone is always asking what's going on during the week we're in. So, my answer to both problems was to make a weekly calendar--perfect for quick reference for the current week. I had a frame that was just calling my name for this project--one that I've had since we were first married. I loved the frame, but not the color or the decorative picture inside. I redid … [Read more...]

{2×6 spring decor}

Spring is coming!We've had such beautiful weather the past couple of days, and after a long and cold winter, we are {so} happy that the end is in sight. We've been outdoors as much as possible, with trips to the park, nature center, and in our own backyard.I don't have much by the way of spring decor, and wanted a little something to celebrate. So, I headed down to the workshop, went through all the scraps of wood, chose a 2x6 board about 8 inches in length, and got to work!This is such a fast and easy project, plus it's super inexpensive. It would make a fun gift, and would also be perfect for a craft day. I chose "spring" for my text, but you can use this technique to spell out anything … [Read more...]

{personalized pillowcases}

I was SO happy when I learned that Silhouette had a new fabric interfacing product, and now had the capability to cut fabric. I was even happier when they sent me some to try, and this weekend I started a project I've had on my list for awhile.I love white sheets, and it's all I use on the beds in our house. I just love their crisp, clean look, and I can bleach them (a lot). On the other hand, they all look exactly alike! I felt like it would be fun to add a little something to my girls' pillowcases so that they had a pillow that was personalized just for them.Personalized PillowcasesITEMS YOU NEED:pillowcasefabricSilhouette fabric interfacing--clean cut OR heat 'n bondribbonspool of heat … [Read more...]

{a place for everything…with somewhat simple}

Check out this super fun calendaring idea from Stephanie, at Somewhat Simple!.....These are so fun, I am sure you have seen them- but here is my take on it!MATERIALS: All you need is a glass frame, a sharpie marker, a ruler and vinyl stickers if you have them. (If you dont have them, just write the labels yourself with the marker, or email me- I will get you some!)Here is the frame I chose:(My sister actually got it years ago at IKEA in the as-is section for $1.99- I don't know what it was supposed to be for, but it sure fits perfect for this calendar of mine!)DIRECTIONS: First, I painted the frame red and then distressed it by sanding the edges.Then I flipped the frame over to the backside, … [Read more...]

{brown paper packages made babble’s top 50 craft blogs!}

Guess what!Brown Paper Packages has made Babble's first ever listing of...I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of it, especially considering the company of other fabulous bloggers (and ones that I love and have long admired) that I'm keeping.I want {you} all to know how much I appreciate the fact that I was nominated in the first place (thank you to whoever you are!), and for reading, following, and passing the word along.This totally made my day, and I wanted to say {THANK YOU}!..... … [Read more...]

{numbered twine balls}

Okay, so decorative balls are everywhere.I've always loved the look of them, and wanted to put them somewhere in my house. However, I decided to make mine just a little bit different, and instead of making them smooth, with the twine directly against the styrofoam ball, I made them a little chunkier looking--with lots of overlap.I'm really happy with how they turned out--perfect for my dining room table.Numbered Twine BallsITEMS YOU NEED:styrofoam ballstwine/jutehot glueblack craft paintfoam stampsDIRECTIONS:This is really easy, and literally will take you less than 15 minutes. Don't you love projects like that? It's also quite inexpensive--I made all three for less than $10.I'm so sorry … [Read more...]

{scripture book cover}

I just {LOVE} this scripture book cover fashioned out of a "sweater" baby blanket, by my friend Jedda over at This Little Project. What a darling idea!I especially like the buttons holding the straps on, and the monogram (of course). And the pocket on the back? SO cute!Click HERE for the tutorial!..... … [Read more...]