Sunday, April 26

Floating Shelves Storage Solution

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I love my home but it seems like it sure could use more storage space on the main floor! Especially in the tiny little powder room in my master bathroom. 
I don't always like the storage units that go over the toilet, so we came up with this solution instead. We found these floating shelves at Home Depot - here's the link at about $20 each. The finish is actually an espresso color - even though it looks black in the photo.
I would only recommend storing lightweight items such as towels & toilet paper on this type of shelf, but that is perfect for what we needed. 

We use the basket on the back of the toilet to tuck away feminine & personal hygiene items. 

By the way, I post lots of videos of projects & cooking ideas on my Instagram Stories & Instagram IGTV feed. You can find me here!

Friday, April 3

This Isn't The End of the World

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“ When you see the empty streets, empty football fields, even the empty children’s parks, don’t say to yourself, ‘ It looks like the end of the world’. What you are seeing is love in action. What you are seeing in those empty spaces is how much we do care for each other . . . We care for people we will never meet . . . It isn’t the end of the world – it is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness in our lifetime.” - from a video made by a Belfast community response team. 💕

Church Bulletin Board with a Young Women/Young Men Theme

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For the latest church bulletin board, we wanted to spotlight the youth program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I created the graphics including the "Go & Do" pennant banner on the top - as well as the four areas of personal development below (spiritual, social, physical & intellectual). 
I also included the two new themes & (in a lapse of judgment - haha) a handwritten quote alongside each one. I should have created these quotes digitally.
For the Young Women theme the quote is, "Note the shift from 'we' to 'I'. These truths apply to you individualy. You are a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents. You are a covenant disciple of our Savior Jesus Christ." - Bonnie H Cordon
For the Young Men theme, "We hope you will begin reciting this theme when you gather in Sunday quorum meetings. We hope you will carefully study its meaning & commit to live by its teachings & principles." - Stephen W. Owen
And by President Nelson, "The adjustments we now announce are intended to help young men & women develop their sacred personal potential". 
To fill up space & add color, I cut wrapping paper in strips for the border & added these tissue paper pom poms from the dollar store. 

Our bishop has challenged all the youth & adults to memorize the themes. As we each do, we will place a star on the bulletin board.

Friday, January 3

A Delicious Salad Recipe & A New Year Celebration Tradition

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This is my beautiful friend Carolee & she brought a delightful salad to our New Year's Eve party this year. With her permission, I'm sharing her recipe. It's so delicious & so easy to make. 

Carolee's Arugula Salad
  • arugula lettuce
  • juice of a lemon
  • herb flavored olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • freshly grated parmigiano cheese 
Carolee assembles the salad just before serving in the order listed above. She uses a vegetable peeler to grate (or shred) the cheese. 

Every year, we ring in the new year with this same group of friends. We meet around 7 o'clock in the evening - have dinner, play games & best of all . . . laugh! We rotate & take turns hosting in our homes. 
We also all chip in with the meal. This year we had appetizers, chicken, rice, green beans, Sue's home made rolls, & chocolate cake for dessert. 

We play lots of games such as "What's Yours Like", "Telestrations" & "Wits & Wagers" - which are all fun, but honestly our favorite is always a White Elephant gift exchange. I couldn't stop laughing when someone brought a "Squatty Potty"! 
I hope you have a wonderful year & that you are blessed with "20/20 vision" about what's really important in life. 

Wednesday, November 6

Thanksgiving Inspiration

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Thanksgiving is coming up soon! If you need a little inspiration, here's an overview of some of the decorations, tablescapes & even a "Friendsgiving" I've done in the past . . . {Please click the blue bar below for more}

Saturday, October 19

Fall Porch Decor

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What's green & white & orange all over? My fall porch! This is the kind of wreath that looks good from September through November. 
White pumpkins are really having a moment. One nice thing about them is that they transition beautifully from Halloween to Thanksgiving. I've also observed that their stems often fall off at the store before you buy them. Since I LOVE the stems, I fish them out of the bottom of the pumpkin box & hot glue them back on! 
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Sunday, October 13

Keep on the Covenant Path Church Bulletin Board

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I've recently blogged about my church bulletin boards here & here. I'm still new at this, & I like the way some of the boards turn out more than others. Each time around, I learn something about designing a bulletin board. This time I discovered that I don't love a white background. But, there wasn't the time or budget to change it, so here it is! {Click the blue bar below to read more.}

A Bridal Shower for Baylee

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This sweet girl just got married & right before she did, I hosted a little bridal shower for her. 
There has been a lot of buzz about balloon arches lately & I just HAD to give it a try. Oh my goodness - it was my favorite thing I did for the shower. I can't say enough good about the beautiful "Ginger Ray" party supply line. I purchased several things online {I'm SO short on time these days, so . . . lifesaver!} & I loved them all. You can find the balloon arch here.
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Tuesday, July 23

The Living Christ Church Bulletin Board

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As I stated in an earlier post, When I started my blog I decided right then & there that it would be a platform to share my creative endeavors - whatever they be!  I was recently asked to be in charge of decorating our church bulletin board. If you missed my first attempt, you can see it here. This is my latest . . . {click the blue bar below for more!}

Sunday, June 30

A Box of Sunshine Missionary Care Package

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While looking for an inexpensive package to send to our missionaries, I stumbled upon the idea of a Box of Sunshine. {Click the blue bar below to read more!}