Saturday, February 3

170 Paper Flowers

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Once a year our church hosts a women's conference with a speaker and luncheon. About 600 ladies attend and that is A LOT of tables! I was asked create centerpieces. I decided to make paper flowers made from coffee filter.  Why coffee filters? They're inexpensive and the paper is sturdy enough to dye & work with. {Click the blue bar below to read more.} 
Artwork by Matt Warren

This was the theme of the conference . . . 
A box lunch was provided for each of the women. I loved the little labels the food committee created.
I found several tutorials but I liked this one the best. 

My tips for success:
  • The supplies I used: these coffee filters, green straws for stems, these little aluminum buckets to put the flowers in & lots of green tape.
  • I used food coloring to color the paper. One of the hardest things was getting the paper to dry after I dyed it. I tried putting the coffee filters in the clothes dryer & that did work. But I recommend not letting it dry all the way. Another strategy is to make the flowers with the white filters, then spray them with food coloring. 
Some of the ladies said that at first glance they thought the flowers were real & they wondered how we found so many peonies at this time of the year. And THAT made me smile. 

Sunday, January 14

Six Top Posts of 2017

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Golly, 2017 sure flew by fast! It was a year filled with blessings for our family. I took on a full-time job & keeping my blog going proved to be a challenge. But I was able to do it . . . baaarrrrely. Here were the top six posts.

1) Paper Bag Stars
2) Pretty & Delicious Shower Food

3) Erin's Key Lime Dessert

4) Six Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

5) Ladies Church Party

6) Keys to Happiness Church Lesson


Saturday, December 23

Church Christmas Party Decorations

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The very first thing I like to do when planning a church party is to decide on a theme. For Christmas parties, carols provide meaningful lyrics that are perfect inspiration. This time we chose "Oh Come Let Us Adore Him". And just to be different, we decorated in gold & silver. {Click the blue bar below for more.}

Sunday, December 17

My Girly Christmas Tree

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For years now I have enjoyed having more than one Christmas tree. Our big tree is red & white this year {more coming about that}, but I just love having a girly pastel tree in my home office. {Click the blue bar below for more.}

Monday, November 20

My Friendsgiving Dinner

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The minute I heard of  "Friendsgiving", I knew I wanted to host one. So I whipped up this invitation & sent, to 13 of my favorite people & a dinner party was born!{Please feel free to use this invitation & feel in your own details. It was formatted for a 5X7 size.}
I really wanted it to be a "sit down" dinner, so we moved some furniture & set up Mom's old table as well as our usual dining room table. My friend Heidi called Mom's table the "kid's table" {and I KNEW she would! LOL!}. But I thought it turned out pretty for a kid's table . . .{Click the blue bar below to see more}

Monday, November 6

Wallpaper - It's Ba-ack!

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Depending upon how old you are, you might remember wallpaper trends from before. And you might have a bad taste in your mouth about it. {Especially if you bought a house with every wall covered & had to get it off! Don't ask me how I know!} But after a drought, wallpaper is making a comeback. 
And I have to say I am on board - with certain stipulations. {Click the blue bar below to read more . . . }

Saturday, September 30

A Tasty Peach Cake Recipe

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After taking one bite of this cake, I knew I needed the recipe AND that I wanted to share it with you! It is one of my friend Susan's oldest tried & true favorites. It is dense & moist - much like carrot cake. But for some reason it just tastes like fall. It is one of those perfect autumn cakes. 

Fresh Peach Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed peaches
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 TB baking soda
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix sugar,eggs,and oil together in mixer (adding eggs one at a time & mixing in between). Stir in mashed peaches. Sift together flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to batter and stir until mixed. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or can use 3 -9" round pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool and frost. 

Frosting

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TB flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a saucepan combine flour, sugar, butter, egg yolks and milk. Boil on medium heat for 10 minutes stirring constantly. Add vanilla and nuts pour over cake or between layers of round cake. 

**  For a fresh peach taste peel and slice or chunk 4-5 fresh peaches. Arrange on top of cooled cake and then pour frosting over peaches. Serve with whipped cream if desired. 

{Susan bakes it in small pans because she said it has a tendency to fall in the middle. She said that if this happens, you cake did not fail. She just covers it up with the peaches on the top.} Thank you for sharing your recipe Susan!

Monday, September 25

The Gone to Pieces Quilt Show

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Have you ever gone to a quilt show? I enjoyed the "Gone to Pieces" show on Walker Lane in Holladay, Utah. This was my first show & boy was I glad I went. A couple of my friends had their handmade quilts in the show which were displayed in the most beautiful barn I've ever seen. 
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