Something new to do!

 LDS Young Women Organization Logo - Torch with Text.jpg

About a month ago, I was asked to serve in the Young Women's Organization at church.  The Young Women are the girls who are ages 12-18 years old. What a time in a girl's life! And I'm so excited to be a part of this little group as they grow and learn and make choices that may impact them for a lifetime.  Specificially, I work with the Beehives...the girls who are 12-13 years old.  Though I will be with all of them each month too!

Last Wednesday night was the first time I was planning an activity for the Beehives. I wanted it to be fun but help the along with their Personal Progress.  It was also my daughter A*'s last week with the Beehive class as she was turning 14 and moving up with the Mia Maids. I asked her what she night like to do as there was nothing planned from the previous leader. She said "Hair stuff."  Oh boy!

As I thought about it, I knew that some girls would love fluffy things in their hair while others would detest it!  (My DD being one of those who detested it! haha) So...after thinking and searching, I came up with an activity that would help us learn more about the importance of having the Holy Ghost as a constant companion, get a goal checked off, and have some fun making hair pins!!

You can make colored bobby pins by using nail polish.  I asked each girl to bring their favorite color of polish if they had colors that matches outfits/favorite colors. I also brough my stash of  colorful polish!

We reviewed the Value Experience for Virtue #2.  (Which also tied in to the lesson last Sunday.)  I reminded them that when we are virtuous we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost is a gift we receive after we are baptized.  We all like gifts..and I have a gift for you!  Then each girl was given a package of bobby pins. Then, as they painted and glitterfied their bobby pins, each girl in turn read one of the assigned scripture verses listed in that experience.  Lucky for us, we had six girls and six scriptures to read.  As the girl would tell us the blessing for having the Holy Ghost in their life based on the scripture she read, I wrote a list on the board.

If your polish is dark, try painting a layer of white before the color.
It will pop!!

The girls got a kick out of designing their own hair baubles!
After we had read all the verses, I asked the girls to take look at the list of blessings.
I asked them, "Which of these blessings would YOU like in your own life during the next 12 months?
Of course we want all the blessings we can get. But some of these might be more important to you at this time of your life."
Then we went around and each girl chose for herself a reason why she 
needed the Holy Ghost as her constant companion...now. 

Most picked...increased  confidence.
Now, what 12 or 13 year old...or even 41 year old doesn't want increased confidence...
to know what you are doing is on the right track!

Typically, our meetings start late, end early...
But Wednesday, the girls didn't want to stop painting.  
We chatted about what fun thing we will remember from this last summer...
what we are looking forward to in this next school year...
and again...how and why we want the Holy Ghost in our lives.
Now, all that was left for them to finish this experience was to write in their journals
about what they had learned and about a time they felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost.  By Sunday, 3 out of the 6 had already done so!  

This Wednesday...JEWERLY...
But of course, there will be a twist to it!


A little throw back...

A little throw back post to get your revved up for the fall holidays!!  Whether you enjoy apples or pumpkins, Lovebug Creations will spice up your autumn crafts!

Sunny September days...are perfect for apple picking or
reading a book!

makes a great statement!

Using a sewing tool, I perforated one side to create a
bookmark that can be easily torn off and used!

Then comes the cool October nights...
do you have your boo-ing plans set up?  
Use Mama's Mesh to create all sorts of shapes.
Add interest by shading in the edges with daubers and ink!

Thanks for checking in on today's Throwback Post!
I hope these reminders will jog your mojo!
For more inspiration, please amble over to the company blog!


Eye on the Images!

Coloring in images can be such fun!  I really enjoy using watercolors as my medium.
After all the creative juices go into your image, keep the background plain so you can show off the images, colors, and your style!

I needed a few thank you notes for my son's birthday party.
I cut some Strathmore Blank Greeting Cards (which are watercolor paper) in half
so the card base measures 3.5 x 5 inches. This way, I could stamp the Yeti, from Big Hairy Hello, directly onto the card base and color him in!

Then I added a popped up, stickle-fied mountain range
for a little dimension!

Remember to add a little detail to the inside of your card too.
This foot print is such a fun one!

It is nearly time for visits to apple orchards...so be sure to pick up this new release!
Tomorrow is the last day you can pick Bushels of Fun (and the other August release sets) for 40% off!

I believe it to my core that you are going to find 2 MUST HAVE sets from this month's release!
What two sets are you putting into your bushel basket this month?

Thanks for dropping by today.
I hope you'll LIKE our FB page and post your designs soon so we can admire them 
and be inspired by YOU!

If you want more inspiration using Pretty Cute Stamps, 
lumber on over to the Pretty Cute Stamps Company Blog!

Cards for Nieces and Nephews!

If you have nieces and nephews,
just check out all the fun you can have when you create cards for them using
Eyelet Outlet brads, bling strips, and enamel shapes!

The little girls in your life will fawn all over these critters, appropriatedly named Fawn Brads.
Add bling strips and enamel stars because every girl is a princess at heart!
The heart brad behind the fawns is a new release as well.

Do you have a nephew who is into legos or building?
He will be wowed by your background construction using Building Block washi tape.
Just two rows of the tape and you have created a patterned element for a card!
This bulldozer is another new brad from the Truck Brad package!  
I added it to a metal ringed tag to get it more of an industrial feel.
But, who doens't love bling??  
(haha...okay, there may be a few nephews out there. 
But I'm sure you can think of how to slip it onto a card for some pizzaz!)

Please rumble on over to the Eyelet Outlet store and scoop up some of the newly released brads to impress your nieces and nephews!

Thanks for stopping by today!  
Feel free to amble on over to my blog,
Sunnyside Up...for more ideas and fun.


Bold Statement!

Let Rumple Ribbon from Lovebug Creations 
be the focal point on your card
by creating a large rumple bow!

Using two very different colors makes a bold statement.
Use similar colors to make a softer statement.

A fun, flirty, fabulous focal point!
Now, that makes ME happy!!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Be sure to check out the Mama's Mesh 
and Beautiful Blooms today too!

After that, check out some more of the fantastic inspiration from the creative team
at Lovebug Creations!


My Alma Mater


When I was a high school senior, I didn't put much thought into the next phase of schooling.  I knew I was going to college.  But I wasn't filling out applications.  My parents handed me an application for Brigham Young University. Not that they wanted me to go there. But I needed something to fall back on.  My boy friend's parents handed me an application for Miami University. They also probably saw that I really wasn't sure what I was doing.  I also applied to Otterbein College.  Of course, I got into all three.

And...I really did not want to go to Brigham Young University. 
My parents had taught me to be strong and true. I didn't want to go to a church school. I wanted to go and be and try on my own.  Otterbein was private and far too expensive.  Miami, luckily...was amazing.  And beautiful. Five hours away from home...it was my chance to go and be and decide for myself.

And that is just what I did. 
Oh, I'm sure I made mistakes here and there.
But, in the end, I came out stronger, a little heart broken, 
and eager for an adventure (in Europe),
but my testamony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was cemented. 
I knew who I was and what I would stand for.

And I had gone to a public ivy, with gorgeous architecture...
in a mostly secluded small town atmosphere...
with friends and a Church family who cared about me.

Was Miami University the best university?
it is my opinion, that where ever you go...
THAT unversity is the BEST university or college or trade school.
It is that span of years in your young adult life where you are on your own, and when you need to decide how you want that life to grow and develop.
Just decide for yourself and decide well.

Thank you, Miami University for giving the education,
the adventure in Europe,
the protection and peace of your campus. Thanks to Oxford, Ohio...
for the townies and churches and society that helps keep Miami growing strong.

I'm a proud Redskin...and I guess by default a Redhawk!


(and I do need a t-shirt!)


...and a hug around the neck with Pretty Cute Stamps!

Welcome to Pretty Cute Stamps' August Release Hop! 
We are so glad you are joining us.  
Follow each of the PCS designers and comment on what you think about the projects today that use the new stamp releases, and you just might be picking up a $15 Gift Certificate to buy up some of the cute stamps from the Pretty Cute Stamps Store!  All New Releases will be on sale through August 26 and that you can save even more by purchasing the August 2014 Stamp Bundle.

You should have sauntered over here from Lisa's blog...aka, the beginning of the hop!  

Years ago, my mon would sing "I love you, a bushel and a peck" to my first baby.
When I saw this sweet song made into a stamp, I was really glad. 

To add dimension to my card, I water colored the apples in all three apple colors,
red, yellow, and green!  Also, I stamped the basket twice. The top layer is just the basket itself.
Don't you love the brads!  

So..since apple season is just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you a delicious
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Recipe for the season.  
Don't let the pumpkin deter you. These are delicious...esp when fall hits!
Preheat oven to 350 degress. 
Lightly grease 18 muffin cups or use paper liners. 
(I get more like 20-22 muffins out of this recipe.)
In a large bowl, sift together:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
In a separate bowl, mix:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Add this pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just moistened. Fold in 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. 

In a small bowl, mix together:
2 T flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 t cinnamon.
Cut in 4 T butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over muffin batter.

Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

While you are waiting for those to bake, how about a few
 extra chances to win that $15 Gift Certificate to the Pretty Cute Stamps store, 
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Next up...is Karla...I wonder what she has cooking up for us today!!

Dawn: http://www.dawnmercedes.blogspot.com  You are HERE!!


Psst...a little sneaky peeky!

Welcome to Pretty Cute Stamps' August Sneak Peek!
School is about to resume,
and the PCS designers are giving you a little cheat
before the upcoming Pretty Cute Stamps release test on August 20th!
(Okay, no test...but there will be a hop!)

With school around the corner, this new set, The Write Stuff, is a must have 
for students and teacher gifts/cards.

This set isn't just for the academic at heart.
These sweet, punny images and sayings can easily be used to send a little
pick me up to a dear friend.  Don't you agree? I love new pencils, regardless of the month.
And a sweet note from a friend is cherished any day of the year.

Here I used a few inches of Lovebug Creations' Mama's Mesh to embellish half a dozen pencils.
After using Removable Glue Dots ® to secure the Mesh, I wrapped it with this vibrant blue Rumple Ribbon, called Ocean's View.  With so many colors to choose from, be sure to get a rainbow for your decorating/gift giving needs!

Thanks so much for visiting today.
For more crafty study helps, crack your books open to 
If you want to study for the test (er, hop), 
sharpen your pencils and make a wishlist of sets you want from 
(The new sets will be on sale for the first week.)

 Be sure to be on time here tomorrow for the next sneak peek!