Anniversary Gift: Couples Poster

Welcome back to the Anniversary Gifts Made With Love series.

See yesterday’s post to understand today’s post. 😉

Below is hubby with the 11:18 AM gift celebrating our 18 year anniversary.

Again from a previously pinned pin on Pinterest I was able to use this idea.

I call it the couples poster.

You can buy one of these made at Not On The High Street.com for a mere $50 or so.

Instead, I made mine using my scrapbook software on my computer.  I also changed up the couples some.  I decided to add names of couples my husband and I would like. 😉

The 8 1/2 x 11 frame was previously purchased {Dollar Tree.}

Day 3: Framed With Love

Day 4: Music For Your Love

Day 5: Last 3 Gifts

Make your own couples poster,

Anniversary Gifts Made With Love

Who remembers the post entitled, “Love The One Your With?”

It was my 18th Wedding Anniversary post where I unveiled my master plan of showering my husband with gifts on every hour {from 9:18 AM – 4:18PM.}  I believe it was a huge success!  {Click on the title above to see more.}

Here he is with all the gifts before he opens his first one at 9:18 AM.

I used a small border stamp and wrote the time on the inside of each gift.

Above he is holding the 10:18 AM gift.

Remember, all of the gifts I gave him were homemade in some fashion except one.  Pinterest was my friend.  I found this idea in my Creative Ideas board.  It’s one of the first pins I pinned.  Framed here is everyone’s birthday in our family except the one in the middle {in white} is our anniversary date.  I planned to make one on my computer along with some of the other gifts I made.  Fortunately, the talented Andrea at A. Steed’s.Life has a list generator/form which made this project super easy {Thank you Andrea!}  I think I paid about $9 for the downloaded graphic.  After a day of making gifts, it was worth every penny to not have to make it from scratch.  I had the frames already. {which I had bought previously at Hobby Lobby}  It was as simple as download and print…voila!

You might remember why I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on these gifts…I mentioned a trip.  It’s been 7 years since we have been on a trip WITHOUT our kids.  Our anniversary gift to each other was an all-inclusive beach vacation.  Thanks to 2 of the 3 kids having camps this week and my Mom & Step Dad are watching the third…we are on that trip right now! {Believe it or not I scheduled this week’s posts before I left.}

So in celebration of our anniversary trip, I thought I would share some of the gifts I made DH for our anniversary.  I’ll make it a ‘series’ and title it Anniversary Gifts Made With Love.

Day 2: Couples Poster

Day 3: Framed With Love

Day 4: Music For Your Love

Day 5: Last 3 Gifts

Love the one your with,

Introducing A New Series

Do you have a summer anniversary?

I know many of us do.  Maybe yours is right around the corner?

If not, you will still love this idea and can use it next year.

I’m releasing my new series beginning Monday, July 9, 2012.

It is 5 days long, so Monday – Friday.

Please join us, share with your friends and pin away! 😉

See you Monday,

Baby Girl Shower

I’m excited to take you on a tour of a baby shower for one of my friends…

My friend, I’ll refer to her as D, has 3 boys.  She was expecting a GIRL, so I wanted to make the theme of the shower very PINK & GIRLY.

I added 2 pink bottles {gift for D}, some pink & white curly ribbon and tulle to this wreath I already owned. {all supplies purchased at Dollar Tree} {Used a pink pipe cleaner to attach to wreath}

As you come into our home, the first room you see is on the right, our dining room. {I haven’t decided on a different paint color yet, for those of you who know I have been wanting to change the paint color in here.}  I found the sign and thought it would be PERFECT for decor and to give as a gift.  D can hang it up in the baby’s nursery.

These poms {my daughter likes to call them puffs} are easier bought than made.  Believe me, it’s difficult to find tissue paper large enough in bright pink and lime to make them.  Let alone, making them is way trickier than you think. {mine were a major flop!}  I found these at Party City.  They came in a package of 3: one pink, blue and green.  I think they were around $6 a package…DH bought them for me.  Be warned, however, you have to fluff them.  These poms are popular and I know why.  I believe they add a fun & wispy atmosphere to the decor.

The reason you DO NOT see my dining room table with the food we served…I forgot to insert my SD card in the camera.  Please don’t make the same mistake I did.  I went around snapping LOTS of photos of the spread without my SD card.  I didn’t realize this until the food was gone.  Sigh…see…keeping things real.

Menu:

  • Petite Quiches
  • Watermelon
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wafer Cookies
  • Relish Tray – Black Olives, Green Olives & Pickles
  • Vegetable Tray with cut up Petite Cucumbers & Carrot Sticks
  • Pink Punch
  • Cake

I made this above banner to hang in the entry of the dining room with scrapbook paper.  It’s as easy as cutting out triangles and hot gluing them to a ribbon.  However, the banner adds another special touch, which again, D took home to hang in her girl’s new room.

This metal tree adorns my small semi circle console table in the foyer.  I added these cute pink baby girl party favors.

I placed my vase into this small wicker baby bassinet for the floral center piece of the table.  All flowers, except for the hydrangeas were given to me by DH for Mother’s Day.  They still looked lovely so I added them with some hydrangea blooms I cut from my bush.

Do you see the pretty runner I used on my newly painted china cabinet?  It is a wall panel folded up.  It will be so cute hung in D’s nursery.  I am loving the chalk board on dishes scenario I have been eying all over Pinterest & blog land.  I bought a white plate at the dollar store, covered it with saran wrap, cut out a circle with a craft knife and spray painted some chalkboard paint {I already had} on the plate.  The paint bled a little bit, so I would recommend the chalkboard paint you use a brush to paint on instead of the spray paint. {fortunately you can’t tell in this photo}  I added the monogram of the baby’s name with chalk.

The rectangular plush ornament you see hanging is a cute door knob sign which states if the baby is asleep or awake. {another gift}

The cake was made by my talented friend, The Caker Baker.  She has skills!  So anyone local, look her up here.  Bonnie has been my cake maker for the last several birthday parties.  Not only are her cakes exquisitely decorated but they are magically delicious!  The best cake I have ever tasted!  Since I am a visual person, all I have to do is send her a photo of what cake I want and she will duplicate it!  The other special aspect included was the ability to use my beautiful milk glass cake stand.  It is a family heirloom {Thank You Aunt T.} and I was delighted to add the satin pink ribbon.

Pinterest was my friend in this baby shower endeavor.  I was able to use many of the ideas I have pinned in the past including the above balloons.  Take a needle and thread to sew the balloon ties for a lovely balloon garland without helium!  Below you will see I hung them to the entry way of our living room.

This table was dedicated to Wisdom & Wishes for D & her baby girl.  I gathered up some branches to add to a glass vase with white decorative rocks {$1}.  I used the Cricut to cut out the birds from scrapbook paper.  Guests wrote their wisdom & wishes on the birds which were attached to the branches using tiny wooden clothes pins.  The tiny clothes pins were in the craft section of Wal-Mart.  D took home the Wisdom & Wishes Birds.

On the above chalkboard paint plate you can see how the spray chalk board paint bled outside the saran wrap.  I will eventually repair this plate by buying some brush on chalkboard paint.  I meant to do it before the shower, but ran out of time.  Hey, it’s not perfect, but it’s good enough.  Fortunately, no guests pointed it out. 😉

Above is D admiring the sweet, beautiful dresses for her baby girl.  I can’t wait to see them on her at church. 😀

I love the name D picked out for her baby girl, don’t you?  Her name is Grace Joy, but they will call her Gracie.

The banner: in keeping with my love of chalkboard, I used some left over chalkboard labels for her first name, Gracie. {They were from my playroom closet organizing project}  I didn’t peel and stick the labels.  I just attached the label onto the ribbon using the small clothes pins.  The pink and purple pieces of cloth behind the name are baby washcloths {gifts to D.}  Since I didn’t have enough of the labels to do her middle name, I cut out some black card stock in the same size as the labels.  I still used chalk to write the letters on the labels including the black card stock.  Stencil letters helped me make the lettering for GRACIE accentuating her first name.  I wrote her middle name JOY free hand.

I want to say a little bit about D.  I admire her so much.  She is a rock star {not literally} Mom.  I appreciate her spiritual strength and dedication to her family.  She has been a wonderful friend to me and I hoped this baby shower somehow displayed my love &  gratitude for her.

I know sometimes people don’t hold baby showers for women who already have 3 kids.  But let me remind you, a baby shower is not primarily for outfitting the family of baby items.  A baby shower is a celebration.  It is a party celebrating a new life coming into the world.  Not only that, celebrating WITH the person with whom we care for.

After the shower was over D shared something with me.  This was her first baby shower.  She said her work held a luncheon for her before her first boy was born.  Otherwise, there was not a baby shower with a cake, games, etc. held in her honor for her previous 3 children.  When she told me this I was surprised, but grateful that a loving Heavenly Father inspired me to hold this special baby shower for her & Gracie.  Everyone deserves to have a baby shower.

Many of the decorating ideas you see in this post are not original.  This is important.  There is nothing wrong with duplicating good ideas.  If I see something I like, and think I can do it, I will do it.  Sometimes I add my own twist on the idea, but it is not wrong.  Ideas shared on blogs, Pinterest and other social media are there for this purpose.  However, it is crucial and polite to give credit to the original source of the idea.

Sources: Leslie from Goodbye, House. Hello Home! Kara from Kara’s Party Ideas {Thank You Leslie & Kara :)}

Grace Joy was born Monday, June 4th at 8:03 AM.  She was 7 lb. 2 oz.

Babies Bring Joy,

Love The One Your With

Oh How The Years Go By

In our times of trouble
We only had ourselves
Nobody else
No one there to save us
We had to save ourselves

And when the storms came through
They found me and you
Back to back together
And when the sun would shine
It was yours and mine
Yours and mine forever

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

There were times we stumbled
They thought they had us down
But we came around
How we rolled and rambled
We got lost and we got found
Now we’re back on solid ground, yeah

We took everything
All our times would bring
In this world of dangers
‘Cause when your heart is strong
You know you’re not alone
In this world of strangers

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

And if we lose our way
Any night or day
Well we’ll always be
Where we should be
I’m there for you
And I know you’re there for me

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

– Amy Grant

On this day, 18 years ago my life changed.

Two became one.

As with most things with me, {grand ideas at the last minute} I decided  Saturday I would spend Sunday working on a few things to celebrate our anniversary.  We haven’t really celebrated in a grand way…our love for each other…in a while.  My daughter’s dance recital is always the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  {One year it was on our anniversary.}  I wouldn’t miss her recital for anything.  It is one of the highlights of my year to be able to see her dance.  I’m also very grateful to have family who travel from afar to see her recital and visit.  Thus our reason for not celebrating.  Don’t get me wrong, we still try to have a date with a dinner & movie, but not anything out of the ordinary or special, just kind of the same old thing we always do when we manage to go on a date in our small town.

So here I am at 1:11am typing this post.

I came up with a few things to do lot of things I wanted to do:

  • 18 gifts given on each hour on the 18th minute {made 5 of the 18 today}
  • CD titled 18 Running Songs of various running music
  • CD titled 18 Year Anniversary Mix filled with love songs
  • 18 balloons with a love note attached to each

I didn’t want to spend money for these expressions of love.  You see, we have an all inclusive beach trip planned to celebrate our anniversary for a later date.  It will be the first vacation we’ve had in 7  years ALONE together WITHOUT KIDS.  It is long overdue!  This trip was our gift to each other.  We agreed NOT to exchange gifts because of the trip.  However, I still wanted to do something special for him and for us.

What I will DO

Here’s the deal, I realized we won’t be AWAKE for 18 hours of this special day. {Duh! Shan…sigh…it’s been a crazy month.} Plus, I only have 8 gifts to give him, not 18.  I made 7 {2 are the CD’s mentioned above} and found 1 in the closet {it was a Christmas gift I forgot to give him because it was buried underneath all the piles…sheesh}  So instead of 18 gifts, he will receive 8 at 9:18am, 10:18am, 11:18am, 12:18pm, 1:18pm, 2:18pm, 3:18pm, 4:18pm.  Again, these are things I made him.  Maybe next year I can plan on doing the balloon idea.  I just didn’t have my act together to do that this year.

I’ll share with you photos and more information about the gifts in a future post this.  If he happens to read this before 9:18am he already knows what 2 of the gifts are.  It’s okay, because he doesn’t like surprises near as much as I do.  As a matter of fact, it’ll probably kill him to not be able to open ALL the gifts right away.  The essence of surprise will be what I enjoy about this plan. 😉

Happy Anniversary to my Husband.

Above current photos taken by Blue Lily Photography

Love the one your with,

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Today is the last day of school.  I’m at the hair salon using the Word Press app while my color is processing.

I wanted to feature my youngest’s 3rd grade teacher today.  I’ll call her Mrs. L.  She has been a phenomenal teacher for my daughter this year.  Many days A {Daughter} would hop in the car and excitedly tell me about something she learned.

Mrs. L's wrapped gifts

In appreciation, we gave Mrs. L one of my favorite music albums ever.  It’s called Anchor by Mindy Gledhill. You see, we gave her Mindy’s Christmas album for Christmas.  She liked it so I thought we should share Anchor with her as well.  The title inspired me to think about how Mrs. L is an anchor to her students.

Mrs. L was the runner-up in our school district for Teacher Of The Year last year (for the whole district.)  I was thrilled to have her as my girl’s teacher this year. A talks about how kind & nice Mrs. L is.  I have seen an amazing jump in my Daughter’s desire to read.  Not only that, she has better confidence in her reading.

Mrs. L was nominated again this year for Teacher Of The Year.  I just knew she would receive the award.  She definitely deserves that honor & recognition.  I was looking forward to telling everyone how A was in her class the year she got the award.  Shockingly she was not awarded the title of Teacher Of The Year.  My Daughter & I are very disappointed. :(

This has weighed heavy on my mind, probably more so than Mrs. L, knowing her.  She is super sweet & laid back.  So I made a special gift for her to open today, the last day of school.  It is a plaque that says, “Mrs. L, our Teacher Of The Year 2011-2012.”

The class! {sorry I cut off the girl on the left}

I’m extremely grateful for all my kids teachers.  They have such big hearts with lots of patience!  However, I want Mrs. L to know how grateful I am for her.  In our minds she is Teacher Of The Year! 😀

Above {middle} is Mrs. L with A on the first day of school. Isn't she pretty, too? :)

Teachers bring JOY,