Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Did you know? He loves you so!

Another little treat I added to the gift baskets for the retreat this weekend 
were these super cute little frames. 

Our Michael's always has little frames like this in a
 variety of colors in their $1 bin.

I always have some on hand and have spray painted a ton of them
{after popping off the backs} in a variety of colors
for a variety of different uses. 
{little chalkboards, little pin cushions, little memo boards}

I was lucky enough to find these at Michael's the other day in black and white
 so I didn't even have to paint them- woo hoo!

I just created this little poster, printed it out wallet size at Walgreens, 
trimmed it to fit these super cute frames and they were ready to go! 
There's just something cute about something in a tiny frame- so cute!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Scripture Cards

I've been working on some projects for a retreat this weekend 
for mothers who have lost a child. 
I'm in charge of the gift baskets that will be in the ladies room 
when they arrive on Friday night
 and I've enjoyed working on things for these sweet, grieving ladies.

Last year I made these scripture rings for the ladies.  
This year I wanted to do something with scripture again, 
but wanted it to be different.

So I created these 13 scripture cards, printed them out on cardstock, 
and placed them in these fabulous $0.99 IKEA frames
{I love these frames- they are so cute and double sided!}
I put two of the verses in the frame and then packaged the other 11 cards.

I thought the ladies could put them on their bathroom counter, their desk,
 their kitchen counter, their computer- 
anywhere they need a reminder of God's promises.

If you'd like to make your own set you can find the JPG's HERE
{these you can download and print in any size}
and the  81/2 x 11 PDF's HERE or HERE

{You'll notice the JPG's have more white space around them than the 
PDF copies so that they would work in the IKEA frame}
Scripture Cards

Friday, June 15, 2012

SB Special Requests

I  LOVE getting emails and comments from readers asking me to make 
special posters or and signs for them. 

I've been working on several special requests lately and 
although I emailed them to these sweet friends personally, 
I thought I'd post them here in case any of you would like them too! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sweet Southern Sayings

I've always lived in Texas so to me hearing things like...
howdy y'all
bless your heart
gimme some sugar
good night nurse
seems totally normal but I realize that it's not the norm for many people. 

I love our silly southern sayings and decided to make
some fun little posters with some of my favorites! 
If you are my friend on Facebook, thanks for helping me come up with ideas!
{If there's one you wish were here that isn't,
just leave me a comment and I'll make one for you!}

Here they are in three groups:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bible Blessings

My precious friend Betty is one of the most amazing ladies I've ever known- 
she is godly, so wise, and has the biggest heart of anyone I know. 
She is an incredible teacher, friend, mother {and Gigi}and
 is such a fabulous example and role model to everyone in her life.
She is truly beautiful- inside and out! 

We became friends shortly after my mother died and
 although she's a little young to be my mother she definitely has helped
 to fill that mama role for me and I thank God daily for her. 

Betty recently retired from teaching and moved several hours away 
to her new lake house {I see lots of lake trips in my future!}. 
I'm so happy for her but will miss her SO!

As we prepared for her retirement party 
I began trying to think of a gift idea for her. 
What do you give someone who has made a huge difference
 in your life and in the lives of so many others? 

As I sat down at church one Sunday morning and 
opened my Bible, I had an idea. 

Here's a picture of a page in my Bible.

As you can see I write the date of a verse when I read it. 
I've been doing this for years and absolutely love looking back 
and seeing when I read a verse- 
and thinking about what was going on in my life during that time. 
It's like a history of my scripture reading and I love that! 

As I looked at my Bible I thought of how neat it would be to give
sweet Betty a new Bible to take with her- 
full of all of her friends favorite Bible verses. 

So I purchased a new Bible for her along with some pens and highlighters. 
At her retirement party I set out the Bible with a sign for everyone to find
and highlight their favorite verses and then write their name next to it. 

It was so neat to see what verses people highlighted as their favorites! 

I plan to do this at Madison's graduation party {just 2 years away- eek}
and let all those people who have impacted her life highlight 
their favorite verses and then send it to college with her. 
How great will it be to have godly wisdom and advice from those she loves? 

Friday, June 8, 2012

You are MORE

This is a line from one of my favorite songs
You are More by Tenth Avenue North.
Such a great reminder that we all need sometimes!

Parties and Surprises & Surgeries, OH MY!

This past week and a half have been so stinkin' busy! 
Here's a peek into just part of what's been going on through 
some Instagram photos from my phone! 

We held a retirement reception for my sweet friend Betty!
She's one of the most amazing, loving, wise women I've ever known 
and although I will miss her, I am so excited for her to
 begin this new stage of her life. 
I love her so!

Packed up my classroom and moved things to my new office.
Starting my new job the beginning of July and I'm super excited but 
it's always sad to leave a classroom. 

Mad and her sweet friend Meagan both turn 16 this week and they 
had a swim birthday party on the last day of school. 
Instead of presents they asked for donations of diapers
Love these sweet girls and their hearts! 

Mad has the very BEST grandparents EVER 
who bought her a new car last Friday. 
She hasn't been super excited about driving but this snazzy new car
 sure did seem to motivate her! 
{Her mama likes driving it too!}

Saturday we had a small surprise party for my sweet girl. 
It was so great to be able to get her whole family 
{me, Tony, her dad, her brothers, all three sets of grandparents} 
plus some close friends together. 
She had no idea and it was super fun to surprise her! 

At 5:45am Monday we were at the hospital for my 
husband's knee replacement surgery. 
This was him before getting his nerve block- feeling good and ready to go! 
He is one tough cookie!

I wish I had been able to snap a pic of Tony AFTER his nerve block but 
before he went into surgery because that was FUNNY! 
As he was being wheeled away to surgery- he threw his hands up and yelled
We all died laughing and of course he can't remember it. 
Madison drew a pic to hang in his hospital room that shows him
 in his snazzy purple gown and socks. 

My friends sure do know and understand my Sonic addiction. 
All four days that we were in the hospital I had Sonic delivery! 
I am blessed!

I spent lots of time in the hospital FREEZING 
and not sleeping as you can see by this pic.
I often entertained myself by sending pics of myself to my BFF Dory. 
Lovely pic huh?

My sweet friend Jamee's sister makes the cutest cookies so
 I had her make some with the logo for the Joint University that
 Tony was in for his knee replacement.  
The staff was amazing and it was fun to give them a little thank you treat! 

We are home now and although he has a long 
road of recovery ahead he's doing great!
And I am so ready for life to slow down a bit!