Follow up on the Awana pumpkin patch

We set up the pumpkin patch for the Awana club tonight.  I told you about this project earlier in the month so I thought a picture of the finished patch would be nice.

<^..^> Lori

Clementine pumpkins (part 2)

They look so cute in the mailboxes at church that I have to share a photo.  So many people give their time and attention to the Awana program.  We hope this gives them a smile and encourages them to continue to serve the Lord in this ministry.

Here are the leftovers in our fruit bin at home.  My daughter is already eating them.  She loves clementines.

<^..^> Lori


Clementine Pumpkin Awana leader treats

I pinned this idea about making jack-o-lantern faces on clementine oranges with the idea of using it for an Awana leader treat.  Tonight I made them.  It didn't take long to put faces on the clementines.  I made up three of the 3 lb. bags.  That made about 60 little clementine pumpkins to give the leaders this Wednesday.  The kids are getting pumpkins too but they will have chocolate in their paper pumpkins.  I really like how this turned out.  I plan to give one to each leader with a note attached thanking them for their dedication to our church's Awana program.

Originally I thought I would cut faces out of vinyl but a sharpie was faster and easy to do a simple jack-o-lanter face so I went with it.

<^..^> Lori


Imitation BakedBree Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

One of the blogs I read regularly is BakedBree.  Wonderful recipes are found there.  Of course, it takes more than a good recipe to make the dish.  Some people just have the knack for it and I think Bree definitely has the knack.  I saw this recipe for Chocolate Chip Layer Cake.

Isn't that lovely?

I decided to make it for a get together we are having tonight with the Grenada missions team.  Ta-da!  It looks good.  I hope it tastes good when we cut it tonight!

<^..^> Lori


We have a toilet monster

I spent years teaching my kids not to be afraid of the toilet.  Well, now that they are teenagers and we have no danger of set backs, I have decided to put a little fun into our fall decor.  I pinned this from Crafts Unleashed with hopes of trying my own version of it and tonight I did it.

I cut it out of vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo using a simple triangle and then added some monster parts from the Silhouette store.  Now that is not a phrase I ever thought I would type out.  You can get monster eyes, hands, feet, etc.

Let's see who notices our new little friend first...LOL!

<^..^> Lori


More ideas for Pastor Appreciation Month

You don't need to be elaborate with your gifts of appreciation.  This bag contains a package of fall napkins and some cookies.  I got the napkins on clearance from my local IGA.  I got the cookies from Target.

I decorated the bags but you don't have to do that bit.  I just love creating those little crafty extras.  I cut their names out of tags using my Silhouette.  I backed the tag with some green card stock then filled in the letters with Stickles.  I embossed some fall stamps with gold embossing powder then put on some distress inks.  I added some ribbon that says grateful to each tag.  The rosettes were left over from a project I did last year with Bazzill textured card stock and some great fall fabric brads.

We really don't have 6 pastors serving in our church.  I may have mentioned this in years past, we have several retired pastors as well active pastors.  I like to include them all in my gifts of appreciation for their faithfulness.  They certainly are leaving good legacies from the lives they lead.

Do a little something for the pastors in your life this month.

<^..^> Lori


October is Pastor appreciation month pumpkin tin

It's that time of year again.  I love October as Pastor appreciation month.  I was inspired by this Oriental Trading ad to make my own version.  I had a package of Wilton 15 ct. favors that I purchased on clearance from Michael's for $3.  I don't know when I bought them but it was a few years ago.  I always check out the wedding aisle there for clearance favor tins and boxes.  They can be customized for any occasion.  I also had gotten some Halloween bling on clearance for $1 last year.  I used scrap black vinyl and my Silhouette Designer Studio to cut out the pumpkin face features from Samantha Walker's 3 jack-o-lanterns.

Here is my take on how to put it together.

I didn't have enough orange M&M's to fill the tins today.  My kids often raid the stash.  ;)  I will need to get more but you get the idea.

I hope it puts a smile on the pastors in my life.

<^..^> Lori

Customize the back of your cell phone with vinyl scraps

I was inspired by a Jeana's post on the Silhouette blog.  I get so much inspiration from this blog that I check it a couple of times per week!

I may change it out to something else but for now my phone looks like this...

The cut is from Lori Whitlock but I had to stretch it a bit to fit my phone.  Easy peasy with Silhouette Designer Studio software.

<^..^> Lori


October Awana Treat to encourage the kids to invite a friend

I am working on a project for Awana.  Last year Halloween fell on our normal Wednesday meeting night so we had a special Trunk or Treat night for the kids.  Halloween falls on a Thursday this year so we will change things up. 

The kids will get loads of candy on Halloween so we will give the kids a smaller candy treat of three Hershey kisses inside a 3-D pumpkin.  They will also get a glassine bag.

The bag will have an orange marker we got through NAEIR and a two sided card.  One side of the card is for the kids to color.  The other side has an invitation for the kids to give a friend.   If they get a friend to come with them, they will both get a special out of this world treat.  I am going to get large Milky Way bars for each of them with a flag on it that says "Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

The 3-D pumpkin idea was from my partner in teaching 1st graders at Awana.  She had a pattern but I wanted to be able to make it a little larger and to cut it with the Silhouette.  I found this pumpkin with free pdf download.

I altered it just a bit in my Silhouette Design Studio to make it large enough to hold 3 Hershey kisses and have holes to threat the twine through the top for tying.

Because I cut them out of 12 x 12 orange and fall colored paper, I had space on the sides that I didn't want to waste.  I added "toothy pumpkin" by Sarah Bailey in those spaces.  I glued the toothy pumpkins on the outside of the glassine bags.  You can see a couple of the glassine bags in the photo.

The kids will get to pick a pumpkin treat from a table set up as a pumpkin patch.  Each pumpkin was cut from paper on my Silhoutte Cameo.  Three Hershey kisses are inside each pumpkin and the top is held together with twine.

If the kids have friends attending Awana they are more likely to come each week.  It isn't about numbers.  It's about having fun as we learn about God's truth.  I pray the Lord will bless our efforts.

The Ladies Missionary Fellowship group will help to put this all together at next month's meeting.  I am so grateful for the willing hands on projects like this one. 

<^..^> Lori