Friday, May 30, 2014

Place Card Holder Photo Display

Last weekend I went on my annual girls' trip with some longtime friends. We spent three days having fun and doing lots of shopping. Yesterday I showed you the secondhand treasures I found.
Today I'll show you a few new items that I bought and what I did with them . . .

Here's the finished product.

I fell in love with this photo stand.
I've been wanting one of these and was amazed when I found it on the clearance rack.
It was regularly $23.50 and I got it for 75% off which means I only paid $5.88 for it!

I dug into my vintage photo collection and slid one in.
Then I added a little color with a piece of ribbon.

I spun it around and placed this photo behind the first since this stand is two sided.
Wouldn't this be great to use as a centerpiece for a party or wedding?
I also got these three place card holders.
They were regularly $14.50 and I got them for $3.60 each.
I'm even cheap at real stores!:)
I think they look like tiny music stands.

I used one to hold a vintage postcard,
then I added a little lace along the stem.

The other two are holding vintage photos.
I used twine and a strip of fabric on these.

I thought they turned out so cute that I placed them around my living room.
See the photo peeking out behind the large spools . .

and the photo stand in amongst this arrangement?
Next time you come across some cute place card holders, think about how else you could use them whether for photo display or holding recipes in the kitchen.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #119

I was out of town last weekend and got the chance to stop into a couple of thrift stores on my trip.
I always enjoy visiting my usual stores, but I really love getting to shop at new ones.

Check out this old peach crate that I found. It was marked $8- I asked the gal running the shop
if I could give her $5. She seemed happy to get rid of it.

Well, I sure was happy to take it off her hands!
See the printing on the side?
I'm going to place it under my door couch for storage.
Now I only need three more. . . :)

I got this beautiful teacup for a quarter.

The matching creamer dish was a dollar.
Cute, huh?
There were lots of the matching plates for fifty cents each,
although I only got one.
I plan to use it to make another china plate wreath.
That's it, my friends.
I'm hoping to hit some yard sales this weekend. I haven't had any major scores lately, so I'm due:)
Good luck to all of you with your treasure hunting!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lovelies That I Love

If you'd like a birds eye view into what I'd place in a shopping basket, here you go.
I  found the cutest items to share with you today. . .

Oh my gosh.
This pattern paper combines wood grain, rainbows, and vintage postcards all on one piece.
If that's not great enough, it's double sided and the other side is just as cute!  
I totally love it.
It's from the Good Day Sunshine line by Simple Stories.
Here is yet another piece of paper that makes my heart sing.
If I could design paper, this is the kind of paper I would make.
It's by Crate Paper and is part of their The Open Road line.
I always love cute tags, and these labels by Little B fit the bill.
They work great for scrapbooking journaling, as gift tags, and for love notes in lunches.
How great are these tiny Distress ink pads by Tim Holtz?
I want one in every color!
Another product that I can't get enough of are cute stickers- especially word stickers.
I love to keep lots of them on hand and I use them a lot!
This set is Market Street from My Mind's Eye.
Isn't this stuff amazing? If only I could buy it all:)
By the way, I'm not associated with any of these companies, I just like their products.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
Luke 18:27

This post is linked to My Girlish Whim, The Dedicated House, Tatertots and Jello, and Ivy and Elephants.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Recipe of the Week #120- Cheesy Enchilada Stack

Cheesy Enchilada Stack
1 lb ground beef
2 (10 oz) cans red enchilada sauce
1 bag shredded cheese
1 can refried beans
2 cans diced chilies
1 bunch green onions
6 flour tortillas

Brown beef and drain grease. Stir in 1/2 cup enchilada sauce.
Place one tortilla in baking dish. Top with 1/3 beef mixture and 1/4 cup cheese.
Top with 1 tortilla, 1/2 the refried beans, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce, 1 can drained chillies, and 1/4 cup cheese.
Repeat layers one more time.
Top with tortilla, remaining beef mixture, and 1/4 cup cheese.
Top with remaining tortilla. Cover with foil. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes. Uncover and add remaining enchilada sauce, cheese and green onion. Bake for five more minutes.

This is simply delicious- the photo just doesn't do it justice! There's layer after layer of awesomeness. If you like enchiladas, you'll love this dish.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:2

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, and Plucky's Second Thought.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day.
I hope your day is filled with family time and remembering those who have
fallen in service to our blessed country.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Vintage Hymn Necklaces

I love crafting with sheet music.
There's just something so fresh and unique about it.

Today I used pieces of a vintage hymnbook printed in 1923 to create these necklaces.

Here's the first one. I added a decorative cross to it.

In this photo you can see the words on it.

 For the second one, I used a larger rectangle necklace charm and a fancier chain.
Here's the third necklace.
I used a religious charm on this one.
All three necklaces are double sided.
What do you think? Would you wear one of these?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
according to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:1

This post is linked to Tater Tots and Jello, FunkyJunk, and My Repurposed Life.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #118

We've had a crazy week at school, so I haven't been able to sneak off to the thrift stores.
Can you believe that?
My hubby and I went to a couple of yard sales last Saturday, but didn't find anything good.
Luckily, my friend happened across a fantastic roadside find. . .

this darling bench. Isn't it amazing?

It needs a little TLC which is why my friend shared it with me.
 I'm thinking that I'm going to paint it a white and distress it a lot.
Then I'll give it back to my friend, all pretty and new.

I'm hoping that this will be my first project of the summer!
I can't wait to show you how it turns out.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Luke 18:17
This post is linked to Junkin' Joe, Today's Creative Blog, and Embracing Change.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Layout of the Week #87

Do you ever have photos or a story that you want to make sure you scrapbook?
That's how I felt about today's layout.
My younger son is quite a character and I try to write down the silly things he says.
Today I'm featuring the funny school stories I have written down about him.
Here's the layout we'll be creating.
Yours will look similar, but not exact as you'll be using your own products.

To make it, you'll need:
one piece of 12"x 12" pattern paper
six 3" squares of coordinating pattern paper
one piece of 7 1/2 "x 4 1/4" white cardstock for journaling
letter stickers for the title
paper trimmer
four photos
Start by placing the six 3" squares about 1- 1 1/2" from the top of the paper
along the left edge, placing the pieces by alternating slanting them.

Finish placing your squares as shown.

Trim your photos to 3"x 4" and stagger them.

Place your last two pictures.

Write your journaling on the white cardstock and adhere it in the lower right corner of the layout.
You don't have to use the whole piece if you don't write as much. Just trim the paper to the size you need and adhere it below the photos slightly closer to the right edge.

Place your title above the journaling card.
That's it!
I did two more steps: I placed two strips of decorative tape in the lower left corner of the layout.
I also adhered my journaling paper as a pocket so I could add more journaling on a tag behind it.

It's such a good feeling when I complete a layout! I've been meaning to make this one for quite sometime. If you enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial, stop by every other Wednesday for a new layout.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
but he who is impulsive exalts folly.
Proverbs 14:29
This post is linked to Glitter, Glue, and Paint, I Heart Naptime, and My Girlish Whims.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Recipe of the Week #119- Fiesta Ranch Dip

Fiesta Ranch Dip
1 packet Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip
10 oz can Rotel Original, drain liquid
16 oz sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix ingredients together. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Eat with tortilla chips or Fritos.
optional: add 1 can corn
This dip is fantastic! Once you start eating it, it's hard to stop. If you're needing a dip to take to a party, try this one. It will be a hit!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
Psalm 48:1
This post is linked to Skip to My Lou and Plucky's Second Thought.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mini Album Monday #30- Mini Album Made From Project Life Cards

When my boys were in elementary school, I made mini albums for their teachers as a last day of school gift.
I prepared a simple album, then about a week before school was out, I went to school during lunch and  took pictures of all the students and also had them write down
their favorite thing about the teacher.
Then I went home, printed the photos (cropping each student from the photos) and adhered the photos next to their comments in the prepared album.
That gave the teacher a darling keepsake of her school year.
Today I'm going to show you how to make a simple school themed album that you could use for a teacher gift or you could add photos from your child's school year.
To make this album and keep it simple, we'll be using cards printed for the Project Life album.

Here's the album we'll be creating.

To make it, you'll need:
a set of school themed Project Life cards
5 pieces of coordinating pattern paper
school themed stickers
2 office rings
paper trimmer

To start, choose five of the 4"x 6" cards.
These will be the covers and interior pages.
Then choose 5 pieces of pattern paper and trim them to 4"x 6".
I used pieces from a 6"x 6" pad of paper.
 I love using these in mini albums because the prints are smaller.

These will become interior pages as well.
Using a corner rounder, round the edges of these pages.

Flip them over and attach a 3"x 4" Project Life card to each of the backs.

Now place the pages alternating a Project Life card with a pattern paper.
You should have ten pages in all.

Punch two holes along the left edge of each page.
Bind them with office rings.
Tie a ribbon to each office ring.
Then this is what you will end up with.
A Project Life Card as the cover.
The one I chose even has a place to stamp the title.

On the back of the cover, I attached one more 3"x 4" card that says, "Name, Grade, Teacher."
The next page is one of the pieces of pattern paper.
Attach a school sticker at the bottom of it.

On each of the pattern papers, I placed a school themed sticker.

There's lots of room for photos and journaling throughout.

If you decide to make this as a teacher gift, I suggest that you crop the photos around
each child's head, then place that photo next to their quote.

This should allow you to feature 1-2 children on each page.

If you feel you need more pages, it's easy to add some.
Just use more pattern paper or another 4"x 6" card from the Project Life cards.

Ta-da! Can you believe how easy this book is?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 14:11
This post is linked to Ivy and Elephants, Simple Nature Decor, and Between Naps on the Porch.