Monday, October 31, 2011

Sweet Monday Giveaway-Maple Sugar Lane Item of Choice!

Hi There!
The winner of last weeks fabulous Karla Dornacher giveaway is Becky A!  Congrats Becky...

This week the giveaway is from one of my favorite etsy shops, Maple Sugar Lane.
Jaime makes the CUTEST headbands for girls of any age!  She has nearly 200 items in her shop!  Best thing is, her prices cannot be beat.  She offers really affordable high quality items...
I talked about Maple Sugar Lane here on this "Fab Find Friday" post when I ordered a bunch of stuff for my girl before school started.
Here are some of my new faves...
I love these warm fall colors
Bright and fun.
Oh. My. Goodness.  Cutest thing ever.
Love the flower but also the cool headband!
So into grey right now.  Might need to nab this for myself.

What's Jaime giving away?  Any item of the winner's choice!

To enter: 

Guess what?  Jaime is giving 10% off to all facebook friends.  Just use code "BLOGGY" upon checkout! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Insta Friday Randomness

Like you, I've had one of those week where the days blurred together and when I woke up this morning, I wasn't quite sure what day it was.  Yesterday I took pics of some of the things I accomplished this week.  Not tooting my own horn at all, just nice to see that the week was actually productive and the blur was only due to my brain getting over cooked.  

In the middle of it all, a double rainbow.  Great reminder to be still.  Great reminder of His promises.  Great reminder. period.

Shower stuff... I'm throwing a shower for my sister in law this weekend.  Mustache theme.  
 Handmade goodness...  Burp cloths, first character building wall hanging order, hand knit necklaces and the ruffly camera strap (i didn't make... My friend made for me as a gift.  Isn't it too cute!?!)

 Nursing cover for my SIL, Rings and bracelets for a craft show, and fabulous glittery paper from Hobby Lobby.  Not sure what I'll do with it, but I like it a lot.
On top of that I fulfilled a dozen or so orders for key fobs and custom boy messenger bags (lots of requests for these for Halloween).
Hard to tell in this pic, but I took it right before the storm that then produced the rainbow in the first picture.  The sun was shining in the front of the house and the dark clouds were encroaching the back.  It was such a cool site.  PS:  see the little birdie house in the tree? 

How about you?  How was your week?  

life rearranged

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tutorial: How to Use Powerpoint to make simple graphics!

I'm no graphic designer, but I'm so excited to share with you something I discovered last night while making cup cake toppers for my SIL's baby shower...  Wait for it... Wait for it...  I used powerpoint to make my very own clip art, and it turned out so cute!

The baby shower is a mustache theme.  I searched the internet for mustache clip art and found some but they all had a big white box around them and looked funny on my cupcake circle toppers.  I'm too cheap to pay for something like this...
SO I decided to make my own!  I did a handlebar mustache and a bow tie using this method and if I can do it, YOU can too ;)
Here we go.
1.  Start with a new ppt document.

2.  Insert Shape.  You're going to insert lines and connectors and click the one pictured below (it's called the "curve" line).

3.  You'll need to play with it a bit (see the squiggly blue line?  That's what it looks like when you're drawing), but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it.  You click your mouse at each point you want the line to go.  When you're done with the shape, you double click.

4.  You can see that I made one side of a mustache.  You're going to right click and format the shape to whatever color you want.

 5.  Copy and paste the shape (this is for the mustache or any clip with mirrored sides-bow tie, too).

6.  Right click on the pasted side and flip horizontally. 

Then line it up with the other side.

7.  Highlight both shapes then right click.  Hit grouping and group the items. 

8.  You now have ONE object that should resemble a mustache, or whatever you want to make ;)
If you right click on the clip you can see that you have the option to save it as a picture!  Isn't that so cool?
  Like I said, I made both the bow tie and the handlebar mustache above with this method. 

Since you're my friends, you can download my cupcake toppers here :)  I'll leave it in PPT so that you can change the wording, etc. if you so desire.
You can thank my nephew, Casey.  Can't wait to meet the little man!
Let me know if you have any questions...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sweet Monday Giveaway-Print by Karla Dornacher!

Today is Sweet Monday Giveaway and I couldn't be more excited!
I found Karla Dornacher through Etsy, although I know that I'd seen her art work before.
I was so honored that she was willing to do a give away on my little ole' blog!
 Karla is an author (16 books!), artist and speaker.
Karla has a lot of great info on her website about her journey as an artist, but I really loved this part of her bio:
"I painted my very first watercolor as a gift for my daughter for her wedding in 1993... seriously, every time I had attempted to paint prior to that, it would all turn to mud! I knew this was the Lord and I was so excited! After much prayer, I decided to create a series of paintings based on and including scripture text. Because God's Word is so visual and the truth of it had truly changed my life, I was both humbled and in awe of what God was doing.

Within six months I had six paintings and decided, with much fear and trembling, to attempt to sell my artwork as framed prints through a home party format. I had such a good time just sitting with the women, showing them my art and talking about God's Word because woven within each painting were a number of common, everyday items that represented scriptural truths such as a teacup to remind us of the rest and refreshing that comes with spending time with the Lord or an apple to depict the fruit of the Spirit.

As the women came together, I was able to use this symbolism to share God's love and encouragement in a very unique and meaningful way. After the second party a couple of the women asked if I would write down what I had shared so they could remember it. I did and began to tape these pages or stories as I called them, to the backs of the pictures. That was the beginning of my writing career, so you can see it was quite unintentional."

 Today, Karla is giving away a BEAUTIFUL Joy of the Lord Print!  I just love the whimsical flowers and the color...  Don't you?

This is an 8"x10" print of her original pen and ink drawing digitally colored and printed on high quality matte artist paper with archival inks and includes a white border for framing.

Each print comes hand-signed by Karla!

To enter this giveaway do one or more of the following and comment separately for each:
Like Karla's Facebook Page

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Friday, October 21, 2011


If you're new around here, first off, welcome!
I post my cell phone pics of the week each Friday and participate in "insta-friday".  It's a fun way to remember to take pics of funny and memorable highlights of my week :)

My little Miss and her newest silly face.
 Behind the older two kids school is a pond.  We arrived early for pick up so decided to wander the grounds and found this boat ;)
 Found her asleep on the toy room floor...

 My oldest wanted me to take a picture of his "brave" face before a magic show we attended.
 My entire bed covered in folded laundry.  This is what happens when I wait a week to fold it.
 Fun at the park on an unseasonably warm fall day.
 I went on a womens retreat this past weekend.  It was amazing.  Here was the view from our room!

Thanks for visiting ;)  Sorry this is short.  Lots of orders to fill and the kids are off school today!  Have a wonderful weekend!  Any fun plans? 
life rearranged

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Inspiration Thursday-Favorite DIY Necklaces

I'm linking up to Gussy Sew's Inspiration workshop today where the topic is favorite accessories.
My favorite?  Necklaces.  Particularly those that you can make yourself!  Here are a few I found on pinterest that I'll be trying soon :)  All the links include How-To's!  How-FAB!

Here are a couple of mine...
Thanks for visiting!  Hope you are inspired :)

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Building Character in Our Kids

Being a parent is tough work.  Whether you have kids or not,  we can all agree on that.
We can take all of the parenting classes and Bible studies we want-we can read every book there is on the subject, but unless we put these things into practice, it's kind of a waste of time.  Right?
As a mom, one of my top goals is building Godly character development in my kids. 
It's not easy.  You spend years reminding them to say thank you and please.  But wouldn't it be great if instead of them just saying it, they really appreciated it from their hearts?
They obey.  Great.  But are they doing it with a heart attitude of joy?
The list goes on.
I'm the kind of person who likes tools to help me with just about everything.  If it's something tangible, I'm for it.
One day, a friend sent me a link with a tutorial of a wall hanging advent calendar with pockets.
I thought about how I could make something similar for my kids with their names as a place to house character qualities we could work on. 
Here's a pic of the wall hanging I made for our family.  The big pocket holds the entire set of quality cards.  They each have their own pocket for the quality they're learning about.

The character qualities I used are from the Entrusted with a Childs Heart book.  They are separated into three age categories:

Foundation Stage: Birth to Six years old
Attentiveness, Obedience, Contentment, Orderliness, Reverence, Forgiveness, Gratefulness, Faith, Truthfulness, Security, Meekness, Cautiousness

Training Stage: Six to Twelve years old
Patience, Determination, Dependability, Punctuality, Discernment, Loyalty, Compassion, Alertness, Responsibility, Virtue, Tolerance, Fairness, Joyfulness

Skill Stage: Twelve to Twenty Years old
Wisdom, Self-Control, Discretion, Diligence, Endurance, Deference, Sincerity, Generosity, Humility, Enthusiasm, Initiative, Love, Creativity, Decisiveness, Sensitivity

Here is a sample of the cards.
They include the character quality, definition and scripture that relates.
There are so many ways that you can use these.  You can bring them out when a specific area needs to be addressed, you could work on one every couple of weeks and have them memorize the scripture and definition.  You could do a family exercise that relates to the quality that's being worked on.
Parents, you too could use these to show your kids that you are also working on specific areas of growth in your life along side them.

I sell the custom wall hanging and cards (laminated option) in my etsy shop.

Guess what?  I've decided to give away the PDF files for free.

Click here to download Foundation Stage: Birth to Six years old
Click here to download Training Stage: Six to Twelve years old
Click here to download Skill Stage: Twelve to Twenty Years old

I hope that they help you in your parenting efforts.  Every little bit helps, right?  ;)

Much love to you today!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Sweet Monday Giveaway - Verse Memory Cards from Whimsical Cards

Hi All!
Welcome to another Sweet Monday giveaway.
The winner of last weeks print of choice from Doodle Graphics is: Erin!

This week, I'm happy to introduce you to another  Christian artist whom I met through Etsy.

Sarah of Whimsical cards is a freelance artist and art teacher in the Denver metro area of Colorado. She works out of her home and creates art alongside her 3 year old daughter, Selah.
5x7 Healing Print
Her Whimsicals drawings came out of the need and desire to create smaller artwork while she and her husband were traveling in Central America in 2007. Before that she focused mainly on large scale oil and mixed media paintings. She packed a supply bag with watercolor pencils, watercolors, markers, glitter pens and drawing pens. She played around with illustrating poems and scripture verses and loved being able to create a finished piece in just a few hours!
Christmas Card... Cute!
All of the cards and products that you see in her shop are created start to finish in her home studio. She starts with the drawing then scans and formats the illustration into card (or other) form. The cards are printed using only the highest quality light-fast ink with an over 300 year album life.

Birthday Calendar
Today, Sarah is giving away:
One set of 15 Verse Memory Cards!

Verse Memory Cards are reproductions of original watercolor, colored pencil and ink illustrations and are printed onto a 3.5" x 5" paper card (similar to an index card).   These cards are perfect to put up around your home, to carry in your purse, use as a bookmark or to give away as encouragement to a friend or loved one.

Click here to see all of the verses included.

How to win (2 ways!):
Like Whimsical Cards on Facebook (leave me a comment that you did)
Visit Whimsical Cards shop and tell me your favorite item in the comments section
*Giveaways are for Sweet Floweret friends. All you need to do to be a friend is follow me via GFC on the sidebar!  Thanks ;)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Friends.
My birthday was on Saturday.  What did I do?  Made myself a skirt.  That's my idea of fun ;)
After I made the skirt, I rifled through my dresser and closet to try and find a shirt to go with it.
Couldn't really find one I liked.  So I went to the Gap (all alone-ahhhh) and found this striped shirt.  I hope I don't look early 20th century prisoner in it.  I love stripes ;)
The picture below isn't fabulous.  We were running to church and my husband loves this spot to take pictures despite the glorious sunshine glaring into our eyes.  I look pretty evil and Ella looks like she's giving it 75%.  It actually looks like she's going to puke.  Oh well.  At least I got a shot :)
This is the second wearable item made for myself.  I've always been scared to try after a tunic I attempted to make ended up looking like a moo-moo.  Lots of hours and fabric later it sits in my fabric pile waiting to be re-born.
I started the skirt by using the tutorial from this site except I knew that I wanted mine to be fuller, so I added 6 more inches to the width.  It ended up being too short so I added a 3 inch strip to the bottom which I really like the look of so I'm glad that I erred on the short side the first go around.
I had just enough to make my miss Ella one as well.  And I made her a navy scarf.  So cute.
This skirt is so easy even the most novice sewer can make.  The time consuming part is pulling the elastic (my nemesis) through.    Thanks for visiting today :) !
shirt-gap, necklace-i made (make your own!), belt-fossil, skirt-well, you know
Linking up to what I wore Wednesday!
Momma Go Round
pleated poppy

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