6 B's Sign Touch up

You may remember when I posted about this Thrift Store Find back in February.  At the time I thought that I would just keep it how I found it.  After having it up for a week or so, I decided that I wanted to touch it up a bit.  You can see in the picture that there are a few scuffs and scrapes.

The sign is a 18" x 3.5" x .75" piece of wood.  It was painted cream and had dark brown vinyl letters on it.

You Are My Sunshine Board tutorial

My Thrift Store Find for this week started out pretty boring.  I found a wood boards that looked like it was supposed to be the front of a drawer. I bought it for $1.00  A friend gave me a few pieces of vinyl and I decided to use one on my board. Read on to see how it turned out.


DIY Scrabble Tile Coasters

Are you wild for Scrabble? Make these useful and fun scrabble tile coasters for you home. Whether you decide to use them as coasters or just have them for display, they will be a neat addition to your home.

easy Scrabble Tile Coaster tutorial

About a month ago I saw this post from Mod Podge Rocks about how to make coasters from Scrabble tiles. I have a dear friend from college who is a Scrabble Queen so I asked if she would like me to make her some. She was excited so I went on a hunt for Scrabble tiles.

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Spring General Conference Giveaway - $400+ in Prizes

 It's spring time again, which means General Conference  is right around the corner. I have joined with seventeen other LDS Bloggers to share a few of our favorite things. We are excited to have two giveaways for you and we will be giving away over $400 in prizes to our wonderful readers. It's been a treat to work with so many talented women to spoil our readers with products that strengthen the family, and make our lives a little easier too. We as bloggers are so thankful for you - our readers! Thank you for your encouragement, comments, and the time that you take out of your busy day to check in with us. We appreciate how you #sharethegood with us and hopefully we can share some with you as well! Meet the great bloggers who are taking part in this giveaway:

  LDS Bloggers
 Now for the giveaways! If you are anything like me, you love to shop online or in the store at Deseret Book. I love getting their catalog every month and looking at the great new things they are selling.  Your wish list can get to be a mile long! We are excited to send two of you some fun money to spend there.

 Do you love the recipes from the Six Sisters as much as we do? If so, you will love their cookbook! I use the cookbook of theirs that I have all the time!

I'm sure you will love Sego Lily Soaps as much as we do. Their products are all natural, smell wonderful, and are oh so pretty to look at. My favorite is the Ancient Seas made with sea salt from Salt Lake!

From bulking up your food storage with Thrive to the cutest projects by Fizzy Pops - there are so many wonderful prizes. Check them out and ENTER TO WIN below! There are TWO rafflecopters so be sure to enter each one!

  Spring General Conference Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes!
Prize Package #1
$85 Gift Card to Deseret Book
$50 Gift Card to Sweet Salt Clothing
Fizzy Pops Young Women Zipper Pull Kit ($50 value) with
The winner for the first prize package is: Angela with a juno.com e-mail

Spring General Conference Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes!
Prize Package #2
$85 Gift Card to Deseret Book
$75 value Food Storage Package from Thrive
$50 Gift Card to Sego Lily Soap
Pink Star CTR Necklace and I am a Child of God Pin from Ringmasters
The winner of the 2nd prize package is: Colleen

The winner will be announced and e-mailed April 2.

 We've compiled a few of our favorite General Conference Activities, Recipes, and Ideas. Comment with your favorite traditions or add a link below!

  LDS General Conference Activities and Ideas

Top 6 Craft Room ideas

I'm dreaming of a craft room.  One place where I can keep all my crafting supplies and work on my projects.  Right now I have my yarn in the bedroom closet, my sewing machine and storage of paper crafting supplies in the bedroom, and my paints and current projects in the kitchen. I have to work on my projects on the kitchen table, which is inconvenient when my family wants to eat dinner.  My husband has found, made, and bought me many organization and storage solutions, but I would love for it all to be in one place.

Which leads me to my exciting news!  We are in the planning stages of making changes to some rooms in our house.  When we are all finished, I will have my very own crafting area!  I've been searching the internet (okay, you got me, I've been practically glued to Pinterest) for ideas of what different craft rooms look like.  I've put together a list of what I think are some great examples. You will notice that some of the ideas are for humongous rooms, but there are also ideas for crafting in a small space too.  I wanted a good mix for readers in different situations.


Thrift Store Finds - Landscape painting

I found this landscape painting at Deseret Industries a few weeks ago. I almost missed out on buying it because it was hiding under a jewelry box.  At DI you definitely have to search for the treasures you find!
  It is a flat 10 x 8 canvas panel board.  I paid .50 for this.  If you were to order the canvas from JoAnn's you would end up paying $1.33 per board.  It seems like I got a great deal!

Here is how far I've gotten on making it my own.

I've stopped for two reasons.  One, I'm not sure what saying I would like to add.  And two, because I love how it looks just as it is.  It makes me feel peaceful.  The problem is, I'm going to try to sell it, and not everyone will feel the same way I do.  

So here's where I ask for your help.  What do you think I should add? I like "Dare to Dream" or "Live Your Dreams" or "Dream A Little Bigger".  Which one do you like?  Or do you have a different idea? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Ginger's Garden Cafe

To wrap up my week about Springville, I'm writing about Ginger's Garden Cafe.  It is located in the little downtown area of the city.  As with many downtown areas, there isn't much street parking.  They do have parking next to the cafe.  In fact, I wouldn't have gone to eat there except I was stopped in traffic and happened to look over and see the neat artwork on the side of the building.  I saw that it was a cafe and decided to find a parking space and check it out.  They serve whole foods that are organic and many ingredients are locally grown.  They serve soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers (chicken or veggie), grilled items, smoothies and desserts. They have quite a few options that are vegan or vegetarian.

The cafe is located in a building that has a health food store also. They sell organic items, nutritional supplements, natural beauty products and loose herbs to make teas.  When you walk in the building it smells so nice because of all the herbs.  It is definitely an earthy place that can appeal to anyone.


Treasures Antique Mall Part 1

Strange title for my post right?  You are probably thinking, how much could she write about shopping at an antique mall that would need more than one post.  Keep reading to see.

A while ago I wrote about the different thrift stores in the area where I enjoy shopping (click here).  While I was writing that post, I decided to Google thrift stores close to me to make sure that there weren't any that I was missing.  I was surprised to find an antique mall listed in the little town next to where I live.  I knew that I needed to make a trip up there to see what they had.  I love to look at antique stores, but most of the prices are not quite in my budget.  You never know what you are going to find though, so I decided it would be great to check out.  It was fun wandering around the aisles (I'm using that term loosely because there aren't straight aisles to go down, you kind of meander here and there) of the long yellow building. My reason for going there was twofold.  I wanted to find the perfect treasure I could write about for my Thrift Store Finds (see what I found here), but I also wanted to take pictures and let you know what it was like.  Want to go shopping with me?  Okay, let's start.


Fun at the Holy Cow Boutique

My visit to the Holy Cow Boutique in Pleasant Grove combined my love of shopping and supporting local artists.  If you are in the Utah County area, I would advise you to go over there and see all the different vendors and items offered.  They will be open through Saturday.  There are over 65 vendors selling different items.  And you can't miss out on the Big Buns...cinnamon rolls that melt in your mouth.  You can smell them while you are walking around looking at all the cute booths.

On to the different vendors.  Each booth has items displayed for sale, but not all of them have someone that is actually there that you can ask questions or talk with about the products.  Most have cards at the booth so you can get in touch with the owner either by e-mail or visit their website.  I took pictures of just a few that I thought people would like to know about.


Adventure with Pottery

About a year and a half ago I decided that I wanted to take an art class. I had been working full time and hadn't spent much time being creative.  I looked into classes and found that the local school district has evening community classes that they offer in 4 different cities in the area. They have dance, music, language, sewing, hunting, gardening, cake decorating, martial arts, and a limited number of art classes. I signed up for their pottery class. I have fond, but dim, memories of a pottery class I took in Kindergarten and first grade.


My Visit to the Springville Museum of Art

My family loves to visit the Springville Museum of Art.  It is a free museum (they do take donations) that always has unique and interesting exhibits.  They have multiple exhibits showing at the same time.  My favorite thing to go and see is their annual quilt show.  I don't quilt, but the examples that they show always amaze me and make me want to learn.  Be warned that there are quite a few pictures on this post.  I wanted to show the beauty of the building itself, the current exhibits, and previous ones that I have viewed.

They have a fun activity for children too.  You can ask at the front desk for a box that hold little examples of something that is in the paintings or artwork displayed, that the children will have to search for.  It keeps the kids occupied and having fun while you look at the artwork.


Thrift Store Finds - Books

Here is the first post for the week focusing on Springville Utah.  While shopping at Treasures Antique Mall I found quite a few things that I wanted to buy.  I will post a review later this week about the neat items you can find there. Today I will focus on my best find of the day.


My Week in Springville

Have you ever been to Springville?  It is the small town next to where I live.  It's nickname is Art City because they have art located in parks and other areas around the city, it has a wonderful art museum, and they have quite a few artistic and cultural celebrations throughout the year.  It is an easy 8 minute drive south of Provo, so if you are near there, then it would be worth it to visit this neat little town.  I go there quite often to visit the 7-Eleven (I'm a Slurpee lover) and my girls love to go to the sprinkler park during the summer.


Mixed Media Art inspiration

In a previous post, I wrote about how I was interested in Art Journals.  That led to me learning about Mixed Media art.  Mixed Media art is so interesting to me because it combines different art techniques and mediums to create one beautiful piece of artwork.  In my head, I have so many ideas of different projects that I would love to do.  It is such a branching out from what I am used to though, so I wasn't sure how to go about actually creating a mixed media project. Sure, I can do collages, but to create a piece of work such as the picture below seemed like such a big leap for me.


New Spanish Fork Jo-Ann Fabrics Store Review

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I've written before about how much I love to wander around craft stores and look at the wonderful supplies and imagine the possibilities.  A new Jo-Ann Fabrics was just built here in Spanish Fork, Utah.  I had been impatiently waiting for the new store to be built since I saw the first sign announcing it last summer.  I was so excited to think of how nice it was going to be.  It opened last Friday and I had plans to be one of the first customers.  Unfortunately, I had a migraine and had to wait until Saturday night to go to the new store.  While I was there, I ran into a few different people from my neighborhood and made a friend in the scrapbook paper aisle.  It's so nice to meet other crafters and hear about the projects they are working on.

They are also having a Grand Opening celebration on March 19 - March 21.  The first 100 customers each day will receive a gift card for between $25 and $250.  They are having giveaways each day, free face painting on Saturday, free demos each day at 11am, and an Open House for their classes offered, and quite a few 60% off sales.

Now, on to my review and what great new features you will find at this store.


Adorable Picture Frame

Here is another project that I have finished. It is another Thrift Store Find that I have updated. I have so much fun looking through my collection of papers (another Thrift Store Find) to see which ones would work best for each project I work on.

So here is the before and after of this frame.


Thrift Store Finds - Little Teapot

Generally I share about craft supplies that I find for good deals at the thrift store.  This time I have a cute teapot to share.  I love the design on it! Flowers and ladybugs.  The handle on the top is a flower too!


Family of Owls

This most recent project was such a fun one for me to do.  It all started last fall when I was wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby.  I didn't have anything specific I was shopping for, just looking at the wonderful crafting supplies that they had and seeing if anything caught my eye.  As I was walking down the wood aisle these cute little wooden owls just begged me to take them home.  Could you resist this cuteness??

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my Facebook giveaway is Kay Judson!  I can't wait to find out which of the prizes she will pick!

Thrift Store finds - Colorful Picture Frame

Usually when I take a trip to the thrift store, I just browse around not really hoping to find anything.  This time when I went, I was crossing my fingers that I could find another wood picture frame to buy and update.  I really liked how my last one turned out (check this post for the finished project) and wanted to make another one. 

I was having a lucky day when I went to Deseret Industries this week.  I found this square picture frame that was painted brown, had scrapbook paper, ribbon and a little button flower on it. For some reason, I love the look of the square picture frames.

  I figured that I could remove the paper, sand it down, repaint it and add paper and decorate it. I did save the flower button for a future project, or just to add to my collection of wonderful supplies.  I will post pictures of the finished project when I'm finished!
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