Wedding Reception Decor

Map Flowers

I had the priviledge of helping a friend decorate for her wedding reception. The theme was a travel theme. The couple have traveled to many countries on various mission trips and desires to go overseas again someday.  We used maps, travel stamps and different postcards from different places to decorate with. One of the things I made for the tables were these map flowers. The inspiration came from here.  They took a bit of time to make but it was fun.  Plus it went along with the theme AND it still looked appropriate for a wedding.  People who had outdated maps donated them for the cause.  It was great.  It only cost her glue to make these flowers.

Map Flowers 2

We used banner paper as table runners and used a travel stamp to stamp all over it.   It turned out cute.  The cake stand was made by the bride’s father.  I wish I had taken a photo of it but unfortunately I was helping with various tasks at the reception so I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures!! So I will explain what it looked like.  The stand had three tiers.  She took copies of the travel postcards that her and her mother found at thrift shops and deco podged it to the bottom tier.  The middle tier had photo copied maps and on the top tier she used their passport stamps that were photo copied.  It was very unique.

Another thing I made but failed to take a photo of were wreaths.  I made three coffee filter wreaths.  There are many places to find tutorials on making them on pintrest.  I will have to make another post on that sometime.  The cost for those were about $2 each.  Very inexpensive but very nice.  I used the map flowers on the sides of two wreaths and they were placed on the outside doors of the church.  On another wreath I used a map and deco podged it to a wooden letter and placed it in the center of the wreath.  That wreath was placed in the foyer of the church where she also had family photos.  This bride wore her grandmother’s wedding gown.  She had photos of her grandmother and mother wearing the gown.  Each time it was worn there were small alterations made to fit the time.  It was really neat to see a dress worn thru three generations!

And the final thing I made for this wedding were signs.  I can’t believe I don’t have photos of those either but in the rush to get everything done I failed to take the time to take a picture!!  Arrrrrrrgh!  I made 4 signs.  I used a friends Silhouette machine.  I really want one now.  This machine is so great for this project.  I made vinyl lettering and used transfer paper to create wonderful personal signs.  The funniest sign she wanted made was one that said “Mutual Weirdness Forever.”

I then made their family verse which is Phil 4: 2-3 “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  If only all marriages could live out this verse everyday.  What a difference it would make in our world!

Moving on…then I made a famous couples subway sign.  Here is the list they came up with: Fred and Wilma, Han and Leia, Jim and Pam, Beauty and the Beast, George and Jane Jetson, Bonnie and Clyde, Elizabeth Benette and Mr. Darcy (my favorite), Shrek and Fiona, Ron and Hermione, Superman and Lois Lane, Aragorn and Arwen, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Leonard and Penny, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Cliff and Claire Huckstable, and Lady and the Tramp.  Their names were in the center and they each included one set of grandparents on the list.  I thought that was a nice touch.  Do you recognize all the couples on the list?

The last sign I made was their name and wedding date.  I had never made signs before with vinyl lettering, but it is a breeze with the right materials.  I bought the vinyl and transfer paper from Amazon.  It was less expensive from there than buying it from a hobby shop.  I do enjoy being able to buy things from Amazon.  It comes quick and most things are usually less expensive than other places.  Their site is one of the first places I check to see if they sell whatever I am after.

Well I hope this post inspired a bride-to-be or a friend of a bride-to-be with some inexpensive ways to decorate the reception!  Again sorry for the lack of pictures but hopefully the descriptions are still useful!

Magnet Board

Magnet board 1

I wanted to make something to give for Mother’s Day. So this is what I came up with. I saw a pintrest as inspiration for the one I made. Go here and here for my inspiration. It cost me around $15 or so to make this. This one might have cost more than the ones that were made by other people but here is what you need if you want to make one like mine:

Scrapbook paper

craft paint

Mod Podge

Strong glue like gorilla glue

12X12 metal sheet – I bought mine from Home Depot for $4.97

14X14 canvas – you can usually get a deal on one at Michaels.

embellishments

magnets – I bought it from hobby lobby with the 40% coupon so it was $3.20

bottle caps – I bought these at half off at hobby lobby $1

ribbon

staple gun

Magnet board steps

#1 – Choose the scrapbook paper that you want to use.

#2 – Take your metal sheet and cover it with mod podge. Then place the scrapbook paper on it. NOTE: DO NOT PUT MOD PODGE ON THE TOP UNTIL IT HAS HAD TIME TO DRY.

#3 – Once the scrapbook paper is securely on the metal sheet then put a coat of mod podge on top. If you do this while it is wet on the bottom it will not go well. I learned the hard way!

#4 – If you want your canvas to be a different color other than white then paint the canvas.

#5 – Once the metal sheet has a pretty scrapbook paper on it all dry and nice and your canvas is like you want it then glue it down onto the canvas.

#6 – Now make the canvas look pretty! Place embellishments like paper flowers like I did, or put some ribbon along the metal sheet.

#7 – Now for the magnets. I bought magnets from Hobby Lobby. I used coordinating paper and cut circles to glue in the bottle caps and then glued the magnets on them.

#8 – The last thing to do is use your handy dandy staple gun to secure some ribbon on your canvas. I used a staple gun since the frame of the canvas is wooden. I thought it would keep the ribbon on it best.

Magnet board 1

And there you go. Another gift idea. I made this to go on my mother-in-law’s kitchen wall. She has light yellow walls. I think I may make another one for myself! It is useful to have more magnet space since the fridge gets taken up by precious art work!

In His Hands Orphan Ministry

My friend Shannon recently went to a fundraising event for In His Hands Orphan Ministry.  She came back with excitement about what this ministry is doing for the cause.  It was so inspiring to hear what God has done thru one mom’s desire to help orphans.  God has blessed this ministry and I wanted to share it since it has a lot of ways YOU can help with orphan care.  It is incredible the things you can do if you know what is out there.  Here is the page that lists current projects that you can be apart of.  They even list children who need a forever family.  Even if you are not called to adopt, you can sure pray for each child on this page.

I hope you will take time to look and see what you and your family might be able to do.  It is worth your time.

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Spring Wreath

I worked on my spring wreath this week and thought I would share what I did.

Spring Wreath 4 labeled 2

I used burlap, and some moss to cover the letter “P.”  I got the inspiration to do the letter that way from a blog named Love and Family at Home.

Spring Wreath 5 labeled

I used burlap to make rosettes to finish off the look.  I like how it turned out.  I know the picture makes the wreath look crooked and well, it sort of is.  I couldn’t make the burlap work right, but it went up anyway since my 18 month old was done with his nap!  You know how it goes.

Spring Wreath 6 labeled

Then I made a wreath during another nap time for our back door.

Spring Wreath 2 labeled

This one of course had to have some of my felt flowers.  I love the bright colors.

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Girlfriends Cafe

The Women’s Ministry at our church is doing an event called Girlfriends Cafe.  It is a fellowship event that will give the ladies in our church an opportunity to have time to talk and encourage one another.  The idea came from a woman who does it at another church and has put together a kit of what they have done.  Go here to see.  I am looking forward to it and hope that many ladies come!

Since we are doing this event I thought we should make some flyers and these are some of the photos that my friend took.  My friend Christina is so talented and kind for helping me!

coffee cup coffee and Bible coffee two

Her photography is called Adelfia Photography.  We went to a coffee shop together and she started snapping pictures.  It was fun.  Sometimes it was really funny because we tried to get the right angle so no unsightly bulges were visible.  You know what I mean right!?  The hands are mine in the photos and I didn’t even think to clean them up a bit for the photo shoot!  So they had some ink stains and bad nails cause I am a mom of three young ones!!  I told Christina that she will have to use her magic skills and take out anything yucky.  She had a remote for her camera so that we could sit together in the last one.  Didn’t they all turn out nice?  Thank you so much Christina!

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Valentine’s Day Decor

I use felt in my decorations. It is such a versatile material. I love using felt. Here is my Valentine’s Day decor in my living room. I used a combination of burlap and felt to create this look.  It almost looks like wedding decor too doesn’t it.

Valentine decor 1

I made the hanging with a piece of wood that has screw hooks on either end.  Then a dow rod is hanging from it.  So nothing heavy can hang from it.  The “love” sign is made with burlap layered with white felt. I glued unpainted chip board letters to spell out “love”.  I then placed my white felt flowers on it.  They actually have alligator clips on it so I just clipped it on.

Valentine Decor 2

The hearts hanging down are made with white felt and burlap too.  I just cut it out and glued it together.  I did place some poster board on the back to give it more support so it would not flop around.  I again placed my flowers on them with an alligator clip.  The subway art I copied from another woman’s creation of it from pintrest.  I created it at a site called PicMonkey.  I added just a little texture that was different from hers.  It is a 11×14 size.  I glued it to some poster board to make sure it stay straight.

Valentine Decor 3

I continued the burlap theme by placing it in a frame.  Then I stenciled a “P” monogram on it.  I had a square picture that I wanted to updated so I glued burlap on it and added a felt heart.  If I had 2 black square frame I might use it to frame the hearts.  The candle holders were made by a tutorial I found here.  I love this site.  She has great ideas and is a fellow believer in Christ.

I hope you got some good ideas to decorate in your home.  Who says Valentine’s decorations are always red and pink!

Word of the Year 2013

humility

A friend of mine recently told me that she had chosen a word to represent her goal for the year.  She printed it, found a verse to go with it and even had her children to do the same.  It is easier to focus on one word so I thought I would give it a try.  My word for the year is humility.  The synonyms for this word is lowliness, meekness, submissive.  God has been using this particular word in my heart for a little while now and unfortunately instead of embracing what God is teaching me I have been ignoring it.
So now I am putting forth effort to embrace it.

God places a lot of importance on the character of humility.  Of course the ultimate expression of humility is Jesus Christ. His humility is perfect, and thankfully because I am His I can claim that perfect humility.  I am learning that with His help I can joyfully experience ways to show humility to my husband, to my children, to my family and friends more and more because of what He has already done for me on the cross.  Knowing and understanding what He has done gives me greater joy to cultivate the character of humility.  He says in Isaiah 66:2 that is what he looks for in His people.  We can be humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at His word because of what Christ has done.  I am thankful.

Isaiah 66:2
“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord.  But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”

I am beginning my year off by reading the book “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick.  It is a wonderful book.  It is helping me to remember my identity in Christ, which helps me to be humble.  It may seem silly to need to be reminded of that since I am a Christian, but sometimes I don’t always live like my identity is in Christ, which then in turn does not help me to show humility.  Instead I find myself being the opposite of humble.  So I am glad that this book is helping me towards my goal.  It is a great read, I recommend it!

What can your word be for the year?  Here are some words a few friends have chosen: kindness, unconditional, learn, patience.  Continue the theme by picking a verse and maybe even a praise song to go with your word.
Then see what God does.

Encouraging Words

I lead a small group at our church.  It is a group of wonderful women.  I encourage them to read a small passage of scripture daily to see how the power of doing so will change them.  So this is the passage I asked the ladies to read the last two weeks.

Psalm 103:1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

This passage was in a book study that the women’s ministry team was leading called “Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl” by Lysa Terkeurst.  It is a good study.  It hits you in all the right places.  She writes, “This passage outlines everything we need during our ugly moments: praise the Lord and remember how He forgives me, heals me, redeems me, loves me, has compassion on me, satisfies my desires in good ways, and renews my strength.”

 

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Coming Back

I am sorry for not getting my site back up as quickly as I had hoped!  It is taking a lot longer than I expected.  I have been making my flowers along with a new item for the Orphan Ministry that has taken up a lot of my time so it has been hard to stop and post anything and create pages.  I am making these mother’s nest necklaces.  It is a personalized necklace.  A bead for each child.  I have made many that represent grandchildren as well as a nest that represented children and grandchildren.  I made one with 11 eggs!  You couldn’t see all of them in the front but they were all there.  I started making these necklaces about a month ago and have been able to raise over $1000 dollars!  I’ve never raised that much in such a short amount of time so I am super excited.
So again I am sorry for the delay in reworking my site.  I will continue to work on it as I can.  I appreciate your patience!

A mother's nest

Why I sell my flowers

I am making my felt flowers to help an orphan care ministry called Team Chenzhou.  The woman standing next to me is Shannon.  She began going to one of the orphanages that she adopted one of her two chinese daughters from back in 2010.  She takes teams with her to minister to the children there.  She is very dedicated to orphan care in China!  She has developed a tremendous relationship with this orphanage and it is amazing to hear what her team is able to do because of this relationship she has formed.  She is taking 2 teams with her next year.  Going over consistently to this orphanage has opened many doors for God conversations.  Continuing to show love for the staff and children has made a huge impact.

The craft fair we did this past weekend to raise money for her and her teenage daughter Makena went well.  We were hoping for more traffic but we did receive more than when we came in, which is good.  We plan on doing one more this month.  Hopefully that one will do better.  You never know how they will go.

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