8/25/2015

Some Hobby Lobby Decor Ideas

So often I see pieces at Hobby Lobby that I like but I don't know what to do with them.  Same for Michaels Craft Store.  I wish they gave more ideas to work off from the decor instead of just putting it on the shelf to sell.  Here are some pieces that I bought from both of those places and how I used them at church.



The wall pieces are from Hobby Lobby.  So are the half table and the ceramic lion with the lamb.  The other pieces are from Michaels.
Hope this sparks your creative juices,
<^..^> Lori

8/22/2015

Back to School table decor

I am starting to take down the summer decor at church.  I was going to move to fall but it is just a little too early so I set up some back to school stuff.



<^..^> Lori

8/21/2015

Fourth of July Wall Flowers

Definitely Pinterest Inspired

I made some of the paper flowers that were everywhere on Pinterest this spring.  The first set were spring colored, pink, blue, teal, yellow.  I tried making them with Astro Bright papers.  The colors were very pretty and vibrant but they were too fragile for my taste.  Bending the ends of the paper ruins the flower's affect in my opinion.  So I moved to card stock.  They are less fragile and might even last another year to put up again if stored where they will not get humid or fade from light.  Anyway my second attempt of the flowers for summer was in red, white, and blue.  This time I added another dimension by cutting the leftover yardstick into stars and sewing them together.  I strung the stars over the flowers and let them dangle.




I had them hung on a wall at church.  I like the 3D affect.  I am trying to figure out what to replace them with for fall.  I would like to make these flowers in glittery fall  colors but the cost of the paper is prohibitive for me.  It takes about 65 of A2 size pieces of card stock to make each flower.  I cut them down to A2 (4.5 x 5.5 inches) from 12 x 12 sheets.

<^..^> Lori

8/19/2015

Valentine Banquet

We had a Valentine Banquet, yes it was in February! I just never got anything posted for it.  Today I decided to stop and take time to post some events from church.  I hope they inspire others to get involved in serving the Lord Jesus at their church or homes.
I found the most beautiful Valentine flower arrangement at Michaels in Peoria, IL.  The florist there is really very talented.  I know other Michaels could have similar arrangements but her's always stand out somehow to me.  Look at the lovely heart shape she made with the greenery behind the twisting roses.



Just lovely!  Now the price was not so lovely.  They had it marked at $120.00.  I wouldn't spend that much on flowers in a single arrangement.  I priced the individual components and the cost was $50 not including the glue and spanish moss.  Then Michaels did what they always do as the holiday approaches, they dropped the prices by 50%.  Now I did consult with my husband as this was still pretty expensive at $60.  He agreed that I could buy it.  I know the flowers look pink in this picture but they are actually a very lovely deep red.
I put it on a table at church that sits just outside my office.  I smiled every time I went past it.  It was also the entrance where attendees for the Valentine banquet came in to hang up their coats.  I added hundreds of Christmas lights under the table cloth as I had seen on Pinterest.  I know I have a picture of it all lighted up but do you think I could find it today?  But when I do, I will post it.
We had the banquet catered and it was very fun.
We did some special napkin folding.  Again I found samples on Pinterest and we folded the guys' places with a free flowing red heart shape.  It made me think of a water color heart.  We folded the girls' places with a rose bud.  I think my daughter must have the photos on her phone.  I will check with her before I post.  I really am bad at getting pictures of the stuff we make, do, etc.  Sigh!


<^..^> Lori

8/14/2015

Dessert Theatre 2014 Phil's Diner

This goes back to 2014...Christmas Dessert Theatre was set in Phil's Diner so it was really different from the elegant table settings we had done the previous 6 years.

Among other things, we made gum drop Christmas trees for each table.  Here is one that I brought home to use for decoration after the production ended.



<^..^> Lori

11/03/2014

Big Lots Laundry cart has other uses

I saw this laundry cart ad for Big Lots for $24.


I decided to try it.  I have other laundry carts and they are getting worn out.  That sounds funny doesn't it.  The fabric is torn from too much laundry stuffed in them.  They have been in my basement for many years and are starting to rust a bit.  Plus I had a $5.00 off coupon from my Buzz rewards card from Big Lots to make the replacement deal even sweeter.

Turns out they have a great feature where there is a wire rack underneath the baskets that keeps them from sagging and eventually the baskets getting dragged along the floor like my old ones.  Each basket can be removed individually unlike my old one.  That is super for moving dirty clothes from the laundry cart to the clothes washer.  I am really liking this laundry cart.  I bought a second one to replace my other laundry cart...then I got crazy and bought a 3rd one.  Why?  Well, good question.  I got another Big Lot coupon in my inbox.  Coupons are a good thing in my book.  Plus, I decided that the cart would be useful to organize some other items than laundry.  I put my gift wrap into it.  I don't know how original that is but it works for me.


My old laundry carts have been washed and sewn up.  I will recycle them at church to hold gym equipment for Awana games.  I think it would work great for dodge balls or bean bags and the like.

<^..^> Lori

10/31/2014

Whoooooooo loves you?

My son's Boy Scout Troop did some community work at a local church last night.  They helped with a Family Fun Fest that included a Trunk or Treat.  Here is our trunk!



I cannot accept credit for the idea of using owls and "Whooooo loves you?" as a very talented lady I know used a similar theme a couple of years ago at our church.  I put my own crafty cat spin on it though.

<^..^> Lori