We are going in multiple directions for the next few days. The high school and the grade school don't have the same days off. What a change having Hannah in high school has been this year. We don't get to eat dinner together as much as I would like. Hannah needs to be at the school for marching band practice before Jim even gets home from work so she has to eat earlier. But we will make it work as marching band is nearly finished. I am really proud of how Hannah has handled it all. She rose to the occasion and even kept up her grades! What a wonder she is! She was so concerned about going to high school and who wouldn't be...but she is doing it very well.
Last night a group of us put on a baby shower for a sweet lady at church. This is Christy's first pregnancy and she is in the home stretch. She got so many lovely outfits. We used a tea party as our theme. Priscilla, Gloria, Erin, and Jennifer were my partners in this adventure. We used real tea cups and tea pots. Priscilla put a sweet baby quilt on every table as part of the decoration. The quilts were all great but the one her sister made that was based on the readers Dick and Jane was my favorite. I loved those readers as a child.
The dishes were just so much fun. We had plates of cucumber sandwiches and cream puffs and little cookies on each table. Priscilla put those together for the tables. Erin and Jennifer made a yellow cake with pink and white icing. They topped it with a couple of Boyds Bear statues.
The gifts were all nice but my heart was touched when Christy's mom gave her some items from Christy's childhood. Lovely old baby outfits, shaw, afghan from a grandma. Real history for the new baby...who is going to be called Abigail Marie...to wear.
Chrisy's mom gave a lovely devotional for lack of a better word to call it. She wrote a loving letter to baby Abigail. Very touching to hear her read it.
Abigail is due in a couple of weeks so I will keep Christy in my prayers daily because God is faithful to hear my prayers. He will keep them in His loving hands.
I made a name banner for the wall and cut some tea pots out for decorations on the cake table. Christy took the banner home to decorate the nursery. Her colors were chocolate brown and pink. Great combination! I used the scraps to make 2 scrapbook pages as part of my gift to Abby.
Gloria was such a trooper. She did whatever was asked in the preparation of the tea and she washed dishes and help clean it all up at the end. I have some great friends through our church and Gloria is one of them.
Even ladies that could not come to the shower sent gifts to Christy and Abby. That is such an encouragement! Don't let an opportunity to bless someone else pass you by...participate in your church events!


Wedding favors for Levi and Lindsey

I really have been crafty but again I don't have pictures. Ahh...how am I going to get back on track and put pictures on this blog for reference. I know it will help me down the road! You know when you have to come up with an idea and you know you have done something like it before but just cannot quite remember...it is great to be able to go to the blog and see a picture. I have to get back on track!

I helped a friend make wedding favors for her son's wedding.
Picked up 10oz jars from the cannister section at Wal-Mart called Emma jars.
Created a jar wrap using CTMH Fancy Flourishes on white cardstock using basic black ink pad.
Stamped names and wedding date using CTMH holiday red ink and PTI Simple Alphabet stamps.
Wrapped a black velvet ribbon around the top of the jar.
Cut some black vinyl using Expression and Story book cartridge to add a flourished heart to the top of the jar lid.
Added red cardstock with torn edges as color peeking out from the top of the white cardstock.
Pop dotted a matted tag (white on black) to the side of the jar with the saying "Thank you for Celebrating with us"
My friend will fill with goodies for those attending the rehersal dinner.
Turned out nice but I am worried the ribbon around the jar is not going to stay on. We have fiddled with it a few times now. We used red sticky strip tape which is normally really sticky but the ribbon is coming lose. On one jar we tried using a little Liquid Glass to see if that will do the trick. I really hope so! They look really classy and I would hate for them to give her trouble when she presents them.