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Valentine FHE: Plan of Salvation with FREE PRINTABLE

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I found this great little drawing on Pinterest and decided to make a printable graphic I could give out during our Valentine Family Home Evening.  For my lesson I went through the whole plan, step by step, then had the kids look for the “hidden word”.  Once they found “LOVE”, we talked about WHY Heavenly Father gave us the Plan and how much he really does love us.

Help yourself to a 4×6 or 8.5×11 of my design for your own personal use.  Thanks to the original genius behind this cute idea.

4×6:

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And here’s the 11×8.5:

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Infant Elvis Costume NO SEW!

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That’s right, you read correctly, this is a NO SEW Elvis costume.  I used my hot glue gun to put it together.  It was a late night, last minute, one hour project, using my cell phone to take pictures… So you get what you get.

Now, if you’re looking for a durable costume to last you for years to come, for heaven sake, pull out the sewing machine and sew wherever I say glue.  BUT, if you know your kid is only going to wear this once or twice, and you don’t care if it lasts that long, follow my lead, my friends.

I started out with a long-sleeve onesie and a pair of white leggings from Target.  I went looking for plain white, but the only ones I could find had little gold dots on them.  Luckily, this worked with the costume.  You’ll also need red felt, stiff white felt, red and gold glitter glue, gold elastic, Velcro dots, sequin, and most important, a glue gun.

Step 1: Cut a slit in the front of the onesie starting at the middle of the collar.  Turn the onesie inside out and fold the side back and glue down with hot glue.  Be careful that your glue doesn’t go through both layers.  Place cardboard in between to be safe.

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Step 2: Glue a piece of red felt over the “V” shape you’ve created.  Again, be sure your hot glue only goes through the one layer of fabric.

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Step 3: Still turned inside out, do the same thing with each of the sleeves.

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Step Four:  Turn the leggings inside out and do the same to each of the legs.  Go along the side of the leg that will face out.

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With the onesie and leggings done, your costume should look like this once you turn it back right side out:

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Step Five: Cut a piece of stiff white felt for the collar.  Honestly, this was the trickiest part for me.  Getting the shape of the collar was hard.  Once you’ve got a shape that works for you, glue the edge along the back of the onesie collar.

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Step Six: Time to bedazzle!  Decorate the collar and sleeves with sequin and glitter glue.  I attached the sequin with glitter glue also.  Notice the zip lock bag in between the fabric so that it wouldn’t go through to the back.

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Step Seven: Glue Velcro dots onto your gold elastic for the belt.

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All done!  Don’t forget to gel your baby’s hair in a slick Elvis curl!  Happy Halloween!

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Book Shelf Makeover with Paintable Wainscoting Wall Paper

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Book Shelf Makeover with Paintable Wainscoting Wall Paper

 

Looking at my book shelves one day, I realized they needed a makeover.  They were cheap to begin with and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to update them.

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I was wandering around Lowes pricing out various ideas and came across WAINSCOTING PAINTABLE WALL PAPER.  Never heard of the stuff, but it looked dang cool, so I thought I’d give it a try.

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I first spray painted everything that I was going to paint white:

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Then I painted with semi-gloss paint the shelves and box.  It took THREE coats and I used Swiss Coffee from Home Depot color, the same as my house trim.

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I then laid the shelves down flat and applied the wall paper following the directions.  That middle shelf is permanent, otherwise I would have pulled that out too.  It took four separate pieces of wall paper for each shelf.  I wasn’t worried about getting it absolutely perfect because it would mostly be covered by books anyway.

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I then taped off with painters tape and painted the wall paper a Sherwin-Williams color called Mega Giege, which is the same color as my walls.  It took two coats with a small foam roller.  Again, I wasn’t too worried about perfection.  Here’s a close up with a few of my favorite books:

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I wish I could arrange my books to look prettier, but we’re going for functional here.  But, you get the idea.  It completely brightens up the room and matches my other furniture and decor much more!

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A side-by-side view:

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My New Master Bathroom

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Our master bath got a serious facelift.  Having a twenty-five year old house means there’s 4×4 white tile with big grout (now grey instead of white) EVERYWHERE.  Now, before you look at the “before” picture, know that this is one of those widened Photoshopped pictures that a realtor took- it didn’t look this awesome or this big before.  Notice the white tile all the way to the ceiling, the odd ceiling soffit, yellow oak cabinets, and the crusty gold shower. You can’t tell from this picture, but the tub in corner takes up a huge portion of the bathroom since its sitting at a diagonal.

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The walk-in shower with cascading glass panel, SO EASY to clean:

showerThe vanity: vanity 1vanity 2Where the tub used to be, but for now empty.  We might add a free standing tub later, but for now I’m loving the empty space.  I’ll probably just put a small shelf with towels in the corner.  I love the 12×24 tile on the walls.  The whole bathroom is grouted with mold free grout.  Sweet.cornerA few close-ups, here’s one of sinks:4Here’s the tile floor, it looks like white washed wood, and I LOVE IT.3 The cool shower drain, no circle drain in the middle of the shower.2 Some of the tile detail in the shower.1This new bathroom is a million times easier to clean and is now the nicest room in house.  We might just have to have Thanksgiving dinner in here…

DIY Soccer Banner and a *GIVEAWAY*

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It’s soccer season around here, and let me tell you, people go ALL OUT.  I love being a soccer mom, but not a big fan of all the costs involved.  In our league, each team is required to pitch in to purchase a team banner which usually runs about $300.  Too expensive!  This year, I offered to make our Bumble Bee banner and Expressions Vinyl was kind enough to donate the supplies.   I also have an awesome giveaway from Expressions Vinyl, more on that at the bottom of the post.

We are the Bumble Bees, a very fun theme.  The blue background piece is heavy vinyl like the type you’d use for table cloths, purchased at a fabric store.  The frame is made from PVC pipe and breaks down easily to carry.  Everything rolls up together and is easy to transport.

The design is all outdoor vinyl and the shapes are all purchased from the Silhouette Online Store.

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banner 6I loved how the soccer ball beehive and the bees turned out:

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banner 4If you’ve never done multiple layers of vinyl, its simple!  Just build the shape front to back, on transfer tape first:

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*GIVEAWAY INFO*

I have a $25 gift card that can go towards any vinyl purchase from Expressions Vinyl to give away to one lucky winner!  I purchase all my vinyl from this company because their prices are low, they send out great coupons via email, and shipping over $75 is free. 

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

Go to Expressions Vinyl and find your favorite product.  List it in the comments section of this post.  One winner will randomly be chosen on Sept. 8, 2014. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!

Reusable Table Centerpieces

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I was asked to make some table centerpieces for our Relief Society 100 Dresses activity.  I decided to make something I could reuse, so I came up with these plain white wood panels.  The base pieces are 1x4s cut 12 inches long.  The upright piece a 1×8 cut to 8×10 pieces.  They are screwed together on the bottom and painted white.  I used my Silhouette to decorate both sides with vinyl to match the theme.  My plan is to reuse these for future activities and holiday decorating by just removing the vinyl and replacing it with whatever vinyl designs I want.

I can only take credit for the centerpieces, but the ladies on the RS committee did a beautiful job decorating with vintage and special occasion dresses hung around the room and beautiful table settings.  And check out those cupcakes!  Amazing!

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Update:  I did this event again, in anther ward.  Here’s a few of the pictures.  The favors are wedding favors from Amazon and I just cut out a dress and glued it over the wedding dress.  Lifesavers are inside.

CTR Towels

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I”m lucky enough to teach the seven turning eight-year-olds at church.  Its a big year for these kids because they are getting baptized.  I’m also lucky because my friend has a FAN-CY embroidery machine.  Check out these cute baptism towels she made for ALL TEN of the kids in my class.

As each child gets baptized, I’ll give them these towels with the Baptism Towel Poem attached.

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My friend sells them for $15 plus shipping. 

You can email me at

synthesizer14@yahoo.com for contact details.