Treasury: Aqua

After completing the coral treasury, I decided to work on an aqua treasury as these two colors seem so well paired!  Enjoy!

Baby Shower in a Bag

Dear Reader,

Happy Friday!  The days seem very full at our house right now - a combination of end of the year school activities, a busy work schedule for my dear husband, and a little girl who delights in spending every possible minute outside!   I found a bit of time this week to be creative with a purpose in mind.

I prepared a baby shower in a bag for an upcoming silent auction at our church.  I picked out a large baby gift bag and filled it with items to host a baby shower.  Since I have hosted a number of showers over the years, I have some "formula" items for each shower.  Here's what I included in the bag: invitations, luncheon plates, cake plates, napkins, plastic silverware, cups, and decorations (banner, tissue poms, etc.)

I made the decorations, but otherwise I just attempted to coordinate items that I found at a few stores.  I really enjoy prepping for parties, and hopefully this bag will be put to good use by someone who could use the extra spare minutes of having some of the planning already completed.  To me, it's a win-win.

I hope you enjoy the long weekend ahead!  I'm linking up with Tatertots and Jello!


Treasury: Coral

Happy (how is it already?) Friday!  Time seems to go so quickly these days.  Earlier this week I put together a coral treasury on Etsy, and I like how it came together.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

DIY Frame Clipboard

Dear Reader,

This time of year seems filled with opportunities to give gifts - teacher appreciation, graduations, Mother's Day, Father's Day, wedding showers, etc.  I always like coming up with something handmade that I could include as a present.  This is my latest idea - a frame/clipboard for photos, stationary, art prints, notepads, etc.

This is an easy DIY.  Here's what I did:

1. Gather materials: a wooden board (I used an 8" x 8" board previously painted - an extra from another project), scrapbook paper, sealer (in this project I used Mod Podge Hard Coat), foam brush, bulldog clip, nail/screw and hammer/screwdriver.

2. Paint edges of the board.  Sand if desired.  (Again, my board was already painted.)

3. Apply a thin coat of craft glue or Mod Podge to the board, and then glue on trimmed scrapbook paper.  I used a scrapbook page with a weathered wood appearance, which has a fun effect!  Make certain to smooth out the surface for any bubbles.

4. Apply two coats of Mod Podge or another sealer to the surface of the attached scrapbook paper.

5. Attach a bulldog clip using desired hardware.  This board could be hung for displaying photos, but would also look great leaning against a wall or on an easel.

The possibilities to customize this project are endless.  I find it so enjoyable to come up with projects like these that are practical and hopefully a bit unique - probably because those are my go-to qualities for giving gifts!  Please let me know if I left out any details that would be helpful if you want to try this out!  Enjoy!

I am linking up with Sugar and Dots today!

Free Teacher Appreciation Printable

Dear Reader,

I have a boy in kindergarten this year, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for his teacher.  She manages a class of 26 kids with energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and caring. Teacher Appreciation Week begins Monday, May 6, and I am hoping to find a few ways to express my gratitude for all that she does for my son and for all of his classmates.

I have prepared this free printable from a wonderful Albert Einstein quote.  I am hoping to include this within a small gift for my son's teacher.  This printable would also be a great option to include in/as a card at the end of a school year.  Enjoy!