{Thanks be to God}

Crafts / Decorating

This is one of the vinyl signs I did for the Boutique I had last weekend.

I made quite a few vinyl signs and a few vinyl projects, but forgot to take many photos.


Oh well!

This is one of my favorites.

It is something we say several times at Mass each weekend.

It rests on the framed mirror in my entry way. Love seeing it every day!

Happy Tuesday!


{Spring Boutique Recap}

Crafts / Decorating

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

My friend Pam from Our Adventures in Home Improvement and I had a Spring Boutique on Saturday.

It was a lot of fun!

And turned out to be a great success!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and supported us!

It was greatly appreciated!

We were so busy, neither one of us took photos of our set up!


But I did take a few photos of some of my crafts.

I'm going to try and post a few of them throughout the week.

First up, my chalkboard terra-cotta pots!

Super easy, and super cute!

Just simple pots, painted with chalkboard paint, then using a Chalk Pen I wrote on the chalk.

I also did a few for herbs – Cilantro, Thyme, etc.

What do you think?

Have you made any chalkboard planters?

Or other spring crafts?

Happy Monday!


{Dessert in a Jar}

Cooking / Crafts / Holidays

Happy Monday!

Did you have a great Easter?

I hope so! It was a beautiful day in Salt Lake City yesterday.


Sometimes we have snow on Easter.

Like last year, when we were camping.

Not fun.


I was assigned dessert this year for Easter.

I'm not a huge dessert eater, but I do LOVE to make dessert.

Weird, huh?

Typical of me.

You might remember I made THESE for St. Patrick's Day, last month.

Since I already had the jars, it seemed obvious.

Make more dessert in a jar.


So I did!

First up, Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar.

Angel food cake, topped with Strawberries & Sugar

Cool Whip mixed with Vanilla Frosting

And a dusting a graham cracker crumbs


And, because my Dad loves Carrot Cake

I did Carrot Cake in a Jar

I made Carrot Cake Cup Cakes

Sliced them, added a slice to the jar

Topped with Cool Whip mixed with Cream Cheese Frosting

A dusting of graham cracker crumbs

And repeat!

I added THESE CUTE printables to the lids

And called it GOOD!

We spent the afternoon at my parents' house

Easter egg hunt for the kids (minus Tyson who is in California at school still)

Dinner outside on the deck

And a last photo of Grandpa with Erin and Madison

I hope you all had a very blessed day!

And if you haven't tried making dessert in a jar

Go for it!

So fun!

You will love it!


{Spring Boutique}


My friend Pam and I, are hosting a Spring Boutique in a few weeks.

Do you live in Utah?

In Salt Lake



If you do, and want to come to our boutique, let me know!

We'd love to have you!


I have been working on drink coasters for the boutique

With some REALLY fun papers and patterns!

Love them!

I couldn't forget the UTE fans!


What have you been crafting lately?

Would love to know!

Send me a link!


{DIY Chalkboard}

Before & After / Crafts / DIY

Happy Thursday Ya'll!

That means it's almost Friday!


Can't wait!

I've wanted to DIY a large chalkboard for my craft room, for quite some time

And last weekend was the perfect time

With warmer temps, it was perfect weather for getting' my spray paint on!

First of all I hit our local thrift store and picked up this beauty (glass still intact)

For $10

Pretty darn cheap, right?

I got busy taping off the frame so I could spray paint directly on the glass

I used these items for my project:

Don't judge the beauty that my yard isn't is….it's still "SPRINTER" (spring+winter) here in Utah!

After letting the chalkboard paint dry, I moved inside to paint the frame

Just plain old white

Nothin' special

But perfect for what I'm looking for

Don't pay any attention to Chloe……she's trying to photo-bomb!

Here's the completed chalkboard:

And all ready to hang on the wall in my craft room:

What do you think?

I'm quite smitten!

I can't wait to change up the quotes!

Now…..I just have to get the hubs to hang it up for me!

This thing is H E A V Y!

Linking up to: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/

spring week



{Christmas Card Organization}

Christmas / Crafts / Organization

Do you have a pile of Christmas cards like this after the holidays are over?

image source

I know I do!

I LOVE getting Christmas Cards and I especially love getting photo cards.

I save them every year!

But all I do is usually tie a ribbon around the stack ad label the year.

Not very fun.

I came across THIS POST at the FABULOUS blog Eighteen25 and decided now was the time to get all those cards organized!

I pulled them all out, and just punched holes in the side, and placed them on jump rings, adding the cover page!

So Easy!

Then I just store all the booklets (two years per booklet) in a red velvet box.

I will pull the box out each holiday and make them available for everyone to look through.

It's always fun to see how all the kids and families have grown!

What do you think?

How do you organize your Christmas Cards?

Do you even keep them from year to year?

I would love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Monday!

Linking up with http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/


{Fun Easter Centerpiece}

Crafts / Decorating / Holidays

Do you love PEEPS?

I'm not really a fan. At all. I don't like cotton candy either.

Something about the texture or something.

My kids however, LOVE THEM!

And they love them frozen!


True story.

I've seen some centerpieces using Peeps around blogland and pinterst the past few months, for Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

I decided to give it a try.

I used yellow bunny Peeps, along with some jellybeans.

Cute, easy and fun!

What do you think?

The best news?

I am NOT temped to eat it…..since I'm not a fan of Peeps!

Happy Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with:





{DIY Note Pads}


Have you ever made you own notepads?

If not, you should give it a try! Super easy and super fun!

I subscribe to the Jones Design Company monthly kit. It is the best $7.99 I spend each month!

Here is this month's kit:

I decided to make some note pads out of the grocery lists and the note cards in the kit.


My supplies include the grocery list and note pads printed out, paper cutter, binder clips, Notepad Padding Compound found here, and a paintbrush


Start by cutting down your paper along the dotted line – soooo easy!


I also cut a basic piece of cardboard for the back of the notepads. You can use anything from the back of a cereal box, so whatever you have lying around at home.


Line everything up, and using your pain brush, paint the Padding Compound all along the side you want to stick together. BE GENEROUS with the compound. Use binder clips to keep the papers together, while the compound dries (I leave mine overnight).



Now, you are done!

Step back and admire your work!

I'm linking to http://www.askannamoseley.com/

Happy Monday!


Mailbox Vinyl

Crafts / DIY / Our House

Happy Wednesday/Hump Day!

My hubby is having a little outpatient surgery today, to remove an umbilical hernia. It's a pretty basic surgery and things should be just fine, but I want to send out some love to him and let him know everything will be okay! And that I love him very much!

Okay, enough of life stuff. Let's get our craft on! Today, I want to share with you a quick and easy project to update those lovely mailbox numbers! You know the ones I'm talking about, right?

While there is nothing wrong with these numbers ( I know, I know….they're letters, but you know what I mean), I was looking for something a little more stylish.

I got out my Silhouette and got to work. First of all I chose a shape from the online store and downloaded it to my library. I measured my mailbox and made the label the size I needed. Next, I chose a font and inserted our house numbers into the label. Then, I printed the design on black vinyl. Super easy!




The last step was putting the vinyl on my mailbox!


{NOTE:} that is NOT my manly finger….it's my husband's! I was behind the camera!



I love how it turned out! So much better!

I am linking up to: http://brandyscrafts.blogspot.com/2012/02/get-your-brag-on-link-party_22.html

Thanks for stopping by!


A gift for a University of Utah fan

Crafts / DIY

Happy President's Day!  I have the day off work, and I couldn't be more excited! 

Today, I want to share a quick and easy project that I put together for a friend this weekend.  My friend's Aunt is a huge University of Utah fan (who isn't?), and she asked me to make some coasters and a dish towel for her to give as a birthday gift.  These coasters are super easy to make.  I saw the idea originally on pinterest via this link

First, I got my supplies together:

Basic white ceramic tiles from Home Depot (less than $1.00 each

University of Utah Scrapbook Paper

Mod Podge/Foam Brush


I cut my scrapbook paper in to 4" x 4" squares (slightly smaller than the tile).  The first step is to paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the coaster.  Then center the scrapbook paper on the tile, and top with a coat of Mod Podge.  Let dry.  Repeat another layer of Mod Podge on top of the tile.  You can put as many coats on as you like.  I did three coats on each tile.  One they are dry, you can cut felt squares, cork squares or even felt circles for the bottom of the tiles.  This will keep the tiles from scratching whatever surface they will be touching.  You can finish off the tiles with a coat of lacquer as well.  I didn't take a photo of that step.


I accompanied my coasters with a cute University of Utah dish towel. The towel was super easy to make as well.  Just material attached to a dish towel with Heat 'n Bond and Ric-Rac sewn (or glued) along the top and bottom.



What do you think?  Cute and easy gift idea, right?

U of U