Thursday, June 14, 2012

CHEAP Dollar Store Jewelry Organizer!

Maybe I'm the only one!?! I don't know. I've had a jewelry box for years but in the last few years Ive collected costume jewelry, I've had no where to store it with out it getting tangled up into a HUGE mess of necklace. Then I would never wear it often because it wasn't easy to see or coordinate with my outfits.
I was on a hunt for a wall mounted jewelry organizer where all my necklaces, bracelets and rings would be easily displayed and most importantly...NOT TANGLED!!!
As I looked & looked I found some jewelry displays online that I liked and would work BUT they were pretty spendy. I didn't want to pay $75 to display my jewelry. I'd rather spend $75 ON jewelry.

Then I found these accordion hooks at the Dollar Tree. AHHHHH...I LOVE DOLLAR TREE! They were well within my budget of what I wanted to spend. I bought 6 of them. Then I went to Staples and bought a roll of  Command Double Sided tape. I hung them on the back of my sliding closet doors.

I was so happy when it fit ALL my jewelry PERFECTLY!! All my necklaces, bracelets & rings are now on these hooks. So I see all my jewelry displayed as I get dressed in the morning. Let me tell you, that makes all the difference!! I wear jewelry WAY more often now. I kept my earrings in my jewelry box but even that is more functional now that it only houses my earrings and all the other clutter is gone.
I know, I know, they are NOT as cute as some of the adorable jewelry hangers you see on Pinterest or Etsy. BUT it is functional and it was cheap!! With the accordion hooks and the tape the total cost was about $12!! SCREAMING DEAL!! AND I love it!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Measuring Up!

Apparently these ADORABLE Ruler Growth Charts are all over the web aand have been sold by Pottery Barn. But I JUST discovered them!!!
The minute I saw them, I wanted one. I told my hubby to buy me one off of ETSY for my Mother's Day Gift. By coinsidence, after Idiscovered them, a couple friends of mine happen to be making these for our monthly church craft group. Talk about good timing!!! Soooo I bought the wood from them for $10 (wood measures 6' x 12"). I then stained the wood myself to look as much like a real ruler as I could. I cut & applied my own vinyl to fit it...again to look most like a ruler.

It was a pretty easy craft project. Only took a couple hours total.
My hubby hung it up for me on Mothers Day Weekend and I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way it turned out!!!
All I need to do now is actually measure my kids. :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"Your Future is BRIGHT" YW Grad dinner

It's that time of year...GRADUATION!!
I had 7 young women at church who were graduating from high school this year.
With the suggestion of one of my Laurel advisers,
we decided to host a graduation dinner for these sweet YW.
Our theme for the night was "Your Future is BRIGHT." To tie in the 2012 mutual theme of "Arise and Shine Forth." We decorated with YELLOW, YELLOW & more YELLOW.
We invited all the laurels, the entire YW presidency, the laurel advisers, the entire RS presidency,
& the Bishop.
We began the evening by having each of the younger laurels spotlight one of the graduates. It was really cute to see the girls spotlight each other.
For dinner we served chicken Caesar salad, rolls & fresh fruit kabobs.
Lemonade & water for drinks. Lemon cake for dessert. It was all YUMMY!!

After dinner, we turned the time of to the RS pres. who welcomed the YW into RS. She talked a little bit about the RS organization. Then presented them all with a RS manual, the new RS book 'Sisters in my Kingdom," a bookmark & some chocolate. The YW really liked it.

We then had all the YW leaders stand up and each give a bit of advice to the YW. The advice given was collected in advance that we put into a book that each YW could take home that night.
Then the Bishop presented each YW with their Laurel certificate for finishing YW.

To complete the night, we gave each graduate an "off to college" basket that were put together with contributions from all the YW leaders. Each leader contributed one or two items they bought for a dollar or less to help fill the baskets.
Each basket contained:
Laundry bag, flip flops, air freshener, antibac hand sanitizer, bleach wipes, ear plugs, book lights, first aid kit, sewing kits, sleep masks, face microfiber cloths, advice book & Top Ramen.
They turned out so dang cute!!
For the rest of the YW- we made these ADORABLE light bulb favors. Found these at Hobby Lobby 50% off-making them .71 each. Then we added lemon heads to each & tied them up with ribbon and a tag.
It was such a fun night. We will defiantly have to make it a tradition each year for the graduating YW.
I am going to miss this group of girls SO much!! They are all beautiful and amazing YW!! Best of luck to them all and they head of into the world.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

End of School Teacher Gifts

 Every school year-the end of the year seems to approach way to quickly. This year, my husband and I were going to be out of town during the last week of school which meant teacher gifts has to be done even earlier than normal.

This year I kept them SIMPLE!!

I found these cute insulated cups at Wal-Mart for about $4 each. I then bought Country Time lemonade drink packets to put inside of each one. Then tied them up with a cute tag and ribbon.

The tag read "Thanks for sparking my creative JUICES this year...
Have a COOL summer!!!"

My boys really liked them and were excited to take them into their teachers.

Grandma Gifts

This year for Mother's Day, I really wanted to give our mom's something they would use. Both Mom's/Grandma's have certain treats that they ALWAYS have on hand to give the Grand kids. My mom ALWAYS has fruit snacks for the boys. My husbands step-mom ALWAYS has lollipops.
So I decided to make them special jars for them to keep their treats in.
I hunted and hunted for cookie jars. Seriously...I went to 12 stores trying to find cute cookie jars. FINALLY, found these jars at K-Mart. Then added the vinyl on the front & filled the jars with the treats for the Grand kids.
Both mom's seemed to like them & appreciate them.
~Happy Mother's Day~