Thursday, April 17, 2014

Passport to Paradise Auction

This month our church hosted their annual dinner auction. Proceeds of the auction benefit youth and young adult ministry, religious education programs and our school. 
Since I'm the coordinator of youth and young adult ministry I have a very active role in this event. Each year I am honored to be in charge of decorating. I love throwing parties especially theme parties so this is right up my alley. 

Over the years we have hosted a Mardi Gras night, a western event, back to the 50's, St. Patrick's Day, Hollywood, medival times and last year was Disney.
This year's theme was Passport to Paradise. 

An overview of the room 

We had two sets of tables - the long rectangle for general seating and the round for premium seating. Premium seating included table linens, real plates and silverware and each table had their own server. 

My Mom with the help of some awesome parents volunteers created all the table centerpieces. Thanks Mom! 

The centerpieces on the premium tables each had a beautiful tropical flower. 

Here is a closeup of the centerpieces from the other tables

In addition to the amazing items for auction we always have a secret gift table. Guests could pay $10.00 and pick an umbrella. Each umbrella has a number attached to it that matches a gift on the table. Each gift is valued at $10 or more. The main draw is always a beautiful piece of jewelry that you can win. 

I have to say this is my favorite . I just loved my hula trash cans.

I found this fun Keep Calm sign at  The Keep Calm-o-matic   it fit nicely with this display at the bar.

I think the night turned out wonderful and several children, teens and young adults are going to reap the benefits. 
I am so looking forward to our auction next. I will truly get to play with decorating on this one. Our theme is Vintage Circus. 

Until next time, 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Favorite - The Video Edition

Once again I am sharing my 5 favorites over at the blog Moxie Wife. This week I want to share my five favorite video's I found on the site Viralvita. I hope you find them as fun and inspirational as I did. (On a side note - I was unable to embed the videos from the Viralvite site directly, so while I found the videos from Viralvite they all came from YouTube.

First up:
One of the best displays of sportsmanship I have ever seen.

Number 2 on my list goes to this fun April Fools Prank

3rd up is a powerful video that puts the abortion crisis into perspective.

My 4th video is one teen's story about suicide. This video needs to be shared with every teen and parent you know.

and finally this awesome video created by a father who took a video of his daughter every week for 14 years.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Making Colored Beans

I'm always looking for fun items for Alexa to use in collages. When a friend if my gave me an bag of beans I knew that with a little color they would be perfect.  

 1. Find a bag of white dried beans
2. Divide beans and place theme in individual zip-lock bags. I used four.

3. You can use food coloring with a bit of rubbing alcohol but I chose to use my favorite liquid watercolor because the color always comes out much brighter
 (I purchased it from Discount School Supply). 
Place a small amount of watercolor in the bag and shake. 
Place on cookie sheet to dry.

 Don't you love these gorgeous colors?

Do you have a favorite collage material? I would love to hear about it, so please leave me a comment below.
Until next time,

Friday, April 11, 2014

7 Quick Takes #11

--- 1 ---
Our Fashionista

Alexa has her own sense of style and we really enjoy the outfits she comes up with. This was her choice for a recent trip to the mall. 

--- 2 ---
Basketball Lessons

Jacob wanted to give Alexa a chance to feel what it's like to dunk and hang off the rim.

--- 3 ---
New Team

Jacob is now a Hoya - No he's not headed to Georgetown. The Hoyas is his new AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) travel basketball team. We thought we would have a quite spring and summer but this was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. 

--- 4 ---
Work has been busy

Last weekend our church had it's annual dinner auction to raise money for youth ministry, religious education and the elementary school.  My responsibility was decorating for the event. Stayed turned for a post later in the week with all the details. 

--- 5 ---
20 years!!!!!
On Wednesday Jim and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. We had a fun mini vacation in Sonoma County. I will be sharing our favorite places in Sonoma County post soon.   

--- 6 ---
Photography Fun
While away on our mini vacation, Jim and I headed to Bodega Bay with my new camera. I got some amazing shots. This one I was playing with the aperture but I really can not remember what I did. 

--- 7 ---
Photoshop Fun!
In the town of Bodega there is a little church, you may have seen it before. Saint Teresa of Avila Church was one of the backdrops for the Hitchcock movie The Birds. I had some fun playing with this picture in Photoshop Elements. 

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Until next time,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Art Box Essentials

Alexa loves to create art. We currently have collections of paints, water colors, crayons, markers, glitter, pom poms, stickers and paper scattered in several places around the house. 

I have been searching for ways to keep everything organized in Alexa's room so she can easily create without  having to wait for me to gather all of her materials. 

Creating collages is her favorite form of art right now so corralling those materials has been my first project.

My solution is an art tackle box we found at Hobby Lobby. Alexa picked it out and of course loves that it's pink.

 The compartments are perfect for her pom pons, glitter, sequins and googly eyes

The bottom holds all of her stickers

Alexa was so excited about her new art box she wanted to bring it to "share day" at school. Her teachers loved the added materials for the wind socks the class was making. Alexa had so much fun sharing her art materials with her friends and having them in the box kept them neat and organized.

Next project: All of her paints. If you have any paint organizing ideas, I'd love to see them. Just send me a comment.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saint Feasts in April - Activity Roundup

Easter will be the big celebration in our home this April but I didn't want to neglect the various Saints who happen to celebrate their feast day during this month. I've chosen a few well known Saints and have put together a list of various activities we plan to enjoy to celebrate. I hope they give you inspiration and great joy.
Have fun!

St Bernadette - April 16 
I found a coloring book for Our Lady of Lourdes on Amazon
The Happy Saints Book 1 ebook has prayer cards and poster of St. Bernadette we can color

Legend says St. George slayed a dragon - these dragon crafts will be perfect to celebrate

How about make a dragon from an egg carton or make a dragon puppet or even make a paper chain dragon.

St. Mark - April 25
Since St. Mark is associated with a lion I'm going to trying these fun lion crafts. All I need to do is add angel wings.
The blog Craftulate has a great post full of Lion crafts

I love this Lion 
Paper Plate craft from No Twiddle Twaddle


I love this idea from Catholic Icing to transform Dr Pepper into:


The Happy Saints Book 2 ebook has posters and prayer cards to color
I found another St. Catherine coloring page at Waltzing Matilda

How about we make Hand print Lilies like these from Easy Preschool Crafts

Last month I purchased this ebook from Catholic Icing: (BTW - it's not free anymore)

Now Alexa and I can make puppets for any Saint we choose to celebrate. I'm looking forward to the Saintly Puppet shows we are going to enjoy.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5 Favorites - Digital Scrapbook Designers

Here is another 5 Favorites post for the Moxie Wife blog. This week I want to share my 5 favorite digital scrapbook designers. I've been digital scrapbooking for close to 6 months now and have really been enjoying myself. My graphic website of choice has been The Lily Pad, there I have found a number of great kits that fit perfect with the photos of our various family adventures. 
So here they are in no particular order:

Just Jaimee
It's a Good Life kit

Each month Just Jaimee has a kit titled Storyteller and it's spectacular. She produces a new one each month and it is perfect for scrappers who like to create project life style pages. 

Kate Hadfield Designs

Doodled Pocket Pages (Rounded) Templates

Kate Hadfield is a designer from England and her designs feed my Anglophile soul. She has many that highlight the sites and beauty of England. I need to go to England so I have pictures to scrapbook. I also love the series of Pocket Pages she created. (see above). They add a fun twist to my project life play layouts.

Sahlin Studios
Project Mouse kits

Sahlin Studios has a series of kits titled Project Mouse. Oh my goodness they are amazing and perfect for any Disney layout. They highlight the rides, food, characters and attractions in the Happiest Place on Earth. I have found her collection perfect for scrapbooking our recent vacation.

Lynne-Marie Designs 

Grace kit
Lynne-Marie is currently hosting a 12 week Love Yourself Challenge and has been creating scrapbook kits to compliment the challenges we have each week. I'm very behind in the challenges but on top of purchasing the kits. 

Little Butterfly Wings
I'm a Princess kit

When I'm in need of a kit to scrapbook anything Alexa, I turn to Little Butterfly Wings. I have not been disappointed in any of their great kits for our little princess.

Do you have a favorite designer? I'd love to know more about them, so please leave me a comment.

Until next time,

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