Monday, March 30, 2015

Doctor/ Nurses Day Gift DIY

Doctors' Day is March 30 and Nurses' day is May 6.
I don't know if you'd have a reason to give a gift for either of these days,
but if so, here's a simple idea.

It's a large candy bar that looks like it's wearing a medical coat.

You just need to trim a piece of white paper so that it's slightly shorter than the candy bar.
Then you want the paper to be just long enough to overlap itself by about 1/2".
(I used copy paper)

Fold the two top flaps back making it look like the flaps on a medical jacket.

Finally, just add two buttons and a name.
I used a label maker to make my name strip.

Some of the nurses at my work made these for our doctors last Friday.
The doctors seemed to really like them.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For his mercy endures forever.
Psalm 118:29

This post is linked to Life with Lorelai, Skip to My Lou, and The Dedicated House.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Doily Garland DIY

I love doilies and garlands,
so I blended the two today and this is what I got. . . 

a doily banner.

 I got these colorful doilies at Michaels in the $1.50 bin.
I love the bright and happy colors.

To make it, all I did was fold the doilies in half -

 and tie them together with small pieces of twine.

Too cute. Too easy.
Give this a whirl if you need a little color in your life. :)

I'm going to have to try this with vintage doilies.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

You are my God, and I will praise You; 
You are my God, I will exalt You.
Psalm 118:28

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thrifty Thursday #159

Do you have one thrift store that for some reason is your favorite?
Perhaps it just seems better than the rest?
I do.
The staff who works there is friendly, it's clean and organized,
and doesn't have that funny secondhand smell:)

It's also where I get most of my good finds.
 Here's what I found there this week. . . 

I fell in love with this burlap bag- especially when I saw it was only $1!
It's about 12" tall.
I plan to turn it into a small decorative pillow.

I got this wooden plaque for fifty cents.
My mom has a collection of these in her kitchen, so I'll give this to her.

I got these three vintage atlases for ten cents apiece.

The graphics are great.
What will I do with three of them, you ask?
Well, I gave one to a friend.
The other two are sitting on a shelf in my closet just waiting to be turned
 into jewelry or a bunting or a scrapbook layout.

Less than two dollars got me some good stuff, huh?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, 
and whose hope is the Lord.
Jer. 17:7
This post is linked to Embracing Change and The Crafted Sparrow.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lovelies That I Love

This week's Lovelies That I Love features new paper products.
You can use them for all sorts of crafting projects- especially for my favorite. . . scrapbooking!

Take a look at what I found.

I love this paper by Websters Pages.
It's called Dream In Color.
It looks like a real photograph- and an awesome one at that.
Think about what you could do with it- frame it or print a quote on it.

How about these rockin' stamps from Tim Holtz?
Love them. Actually I love anything by him.
He seems to have the Midas touch in the paper crafting world. All his stuff is awesome.

Check out these tags from American Crafts.
I am a huge fan of tags- any size and shape.
Don't ask me why. .  .

This is a kit that comes with everything you need to make a mini album.
Love it.
Quick and easy- totally my style!

I love this set of word stickers by Authentique.
One of my go-to products on nearly every paper project I do is word stickers.
They're so versatile.
Even if you don't paper craft, you could use these on gift tags- perhaps even the above tags:)

There now. Wasn't that fun?
Don't you just want to get your hands busy now?

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

I will praise You, for You have answered me
 and become my salvation.
Psalm 118:21

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recipe of the Week #162- Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup
2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic
2 14 oz cans whole peeled tomatoes or diced tomatoes
2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cubes chicken bouillon
3-4 oz low fat cream cheese, softened and cut into 1" cubes

Melt butter in a pot. Add onion and garlic, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes with their juices, sugar, bouillon, and milk. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

In a blender or food processor, blend soup until smooth. This may need to be done in batches.

Place back into pot. Add softened cream cheese and stir well. Allow to melt for 1-2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

This soup is fantastic! It's so good that the next time I make it, I'm going to have to double it to have enough. I served it with grilled cheese sandwiches- yum!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, 
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, 
which surpasses all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Phil. 4:6

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, Life With Lorelai, and Plucky's Second Thought.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mini Album Monday #50- We Are Loved Album

A few years ago, I read about a great idea to show some family love.
The whole family sits around the table and everyone takes a turn to say
what they love about each other.
To make it even more special, a crown that says, "I am loved," should be worn by each member as the nice things are being said about him or her.

When I did this with my family, I recorded all the answers and put them into this mini album.

I started with an old piece of junk mail that was sent with a CD in it.
I removed the CD holder so that all was left was the case.
Then I painted it light blue and added some pattern paper to the cover.
The title was printed on a transparency which was then attached to the cover.

The interior pages are just one long strip of cardstock that is accordion folded
so that it would fit into the case.
I added a quote about family to the inside cover.
Then I placed the title on the first page.

Each family member has one layout.
On the left side, I placed a strip of pattern paper to add some color, then added a photo with a tab stating the family member's name.

On the right side, I printed out all the responses on colored cardstock.
Then I used letter stickers to write each person's name.

I took a photo of everyone wearing the crown and that's the photo I used.
I made a very simple crown- I just cut a strip of cardstock and added a heart
with letter stickers that said, "I am loved."

On each photo, I added a tag with each person's age at the time. 
How cute does my younger son look here? This was how he chose to pose.
I miss those days. . .  :)
I am not only glad that I did this with my family, but I'm so glad that I recorded the answers!
On this page at the bottom in parenthesis, I added this memory, "When it was Ethan's turn to wear the crown, he whispered, 'I know what I'm going to say!' which was funny because he wasn't supposed to talk about himself. Then he whispered to his brother, "Say cute!"
I wouldn't have remembered this moment if I hadn't written it down and it tickled me pink to read it.
Even if you don't want to make an album like this, try the activity.
Write down the responses in a notebook.
Someday you'll be glad you did.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
O Lord, my strength and my fortress,
my refuge in the day of affliction
Jer. 16:19

Friday, March 20, 2015

Orange Dreamsicle Sugar Scrub DIY

Remember the orange dreamsicles we used to get off the ice cream trucks when we were little?
This sugar scrub smells just like them!

Orange Dreamsicle Sugar Scrub
30 drops orange essence oil
3 tsp vanilla extract
4 tsp vitamin E
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup grape seed oil

Mix the vanilla, orange oil, and vitamin E.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and liquid mixture.
Slowly add the grape seed oil until you reach the desired consistency.

Place in an airtight container and use within a month.

This scrub can be used on hands, arms, feet, and elbows. 

Sugar scrubs always make such nice gifts.
I'm thinking of making this for my co-workers for Christmas.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

This is the day the Lord has made; 
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

This post is linked to Life with Lorelai and Tatertots and Jello.