Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Flowers for the Teachers

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of spending the day with Erica at the Marshalltown Christian School were she teaches first & second grades. It was Parent Teacher conferences and a work day for their spring program.

Before I went I wanted to make something special for the teachers. They are a wonderful group of women that mean so much to Erica. I decided it would be nice to have something bright and springy for their desks during conferences. I used the Cricut and the George cartridge using both flowers from that cartridge. With each color I cut them at different sizes and shapes. I curled the edges slightly and glued them together and attached them to a wood skewer and attached a button to the center of each. I filled the vases with spring colored M&M's and tied a ribbon to each vase. It was a fairly quick and easy project.

During conferences I cut titles and images for their spring program using the Cricut. When we were done with the items needed for the program I cut images for their bulletin boards using lots of different cartridges. The one we used the most for images was A Child's Year. I have lots of ideas for Erica's classroom bulletin boards next year.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Last of Kitchen pictures

The wall words are above the pantry door which you see when you come in the back door. I love this verse and it sits the feeling for my whole home as soon as guests walk in the door.

I cut the pantry letters and scrolls out with my Cricut with black vinyl. I really liked the way it turned out.
The iron scroll work hangs above the the island and cupboards. I bought this plate at Hobby Lobby and love it. It sits on the island between the kitchen and dining room.

I love the coffee mugs and iron carrier, it was a gift from the kids at Christmas.
Little did they know it would go perfectly in the new kitchen. I found the curtains when we were first talking about redoing the kitchen. I loved the Waverly print and knew it would add the warm feeling I wanted in the kitchen. We did change out the faucet to match the oil rubbed bronze knobs on the cabinets.
The school cookie jar above the cabinets was my mother inlaws. She always had it filled with cookies when Roger and his brothers and sister came home from school.
I love my new canisters. I ended up buying them from Ebay and they were much much cheaper than JC Pennys. They are the first things I see when I walk into the kitchen from the family room and they make me smile every time. First- because I love the way they look and Second- because I know what a terrific deal I got.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lambs of the Lord

Here is a lamb I made for Erica's class bulletin board. As a christian school teacher she doesn't have alot of money to spend on class room decorations. For her spring bulletin board I made each of the kids a lamb and she'll put them up with the title "Lambs of the Lord" It's a very inexpensive decoration compared to the prices at the Learning Center.

Thursday and friday I'll be in Marshalltown using my Cricut to make back drop decorations and titles for the Marshalltown Christian school spring program. I get to play with the Cricut all day and it helps the school have inexpensive decorations.

Monday, March 8, 2010

More kitchen photos

The countertops are in and I love them. It gives such a totally different look to the kitchen. I'm still deciding on some finishing touches. Like the canisters. I found these at Target and I like them well enough but:
I LOVE these I found at Pennys Home store. But the price is a bit much. Hmmmmm, maybe a Mothers Day present???

Loving the new frig with ice and water in the door and the new pantry is so wonderful. I don't even mind cooking with my new double oven. I do LOVE the new counter tops. It makes the wood of the cupboards look even better. The kitchen has such a warm feeling to it now.
I'll post pics of the decorating soon. Roger still has to put up the cornice boards on the cupboards and I need to wire the flowers to the greenery. We put up the wall words tonight and it looks great.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Perfectly Ordinary Days

This video is to all Moms. The empty nesters who understand this all to well, the soon to be empty nesters that are just now coming to the realization and the Moms with kids still at home. Treasure the ordinary days!!
(it takes a second to load so please be patient. It's so very worth the wait)