Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Just a Bunch of Stuff

This will be kind of a random post, so bear with me. It's been a busy couple weeks around here and I haven't had time to just sit and collect my thoughts to put in a blog post, but I didn't want to forget about these fun fall events, so here goes!

First, you all know that I'm a fan of the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Love her recipes and her blog and was SO excited to find out that she was the speaker at a luncheon here in Fort Smith. It was a fundraiser event for a local museum/Historic House and they booked her a while back, before she got really big - you know, like "I have my own show on Food Network" big. So, several girls and I snatched up our tickets and headed to a fun day of eating and laughing with Ree herself! They served several of her recipes and the food was really yummy! The main course was her chicken spaghetti - if you haven't made it, you need to! It's great! We had a great time together and had great seats - right up front! It was neat to hear her tell her story. How she started the blog in 2006 to where she is just 5 years later. It was fun to hear how it all happened.

Some of the ladies that were at our table - such a fun, sweet group of friends!

The Pioneer Woman :)

Then last week, we hosted a Women's Ministry event at our church and it was just awesome! We shared with the ladies some fun, but cheap gift giving ideas for Christmastime, and really all through the year - so many times we have people to buy for but just can't afford to spend a lot. Those are always the hardest gifts to figure out - at least they are for me anyway! I always think, "What can I get for $5-$10 and not look totally cheap?!" Well, we brainstormed and came up with so many fun ideas and just had a ball doing it! It's always fun to get together with a bunch of girls and eat dessert, talk, laugh and learn some fun ideas all on the same night! Here are some pictures of the event!

The dessert table

Our Sweet Greeters

Sarah and I

The gift ideas

And the cute Christmas Decor!!

That event totally got me in the mood for the Holiday season! Looking forward to seeing family next week and celebrating Thanksgiving together! We have so much to be thankful for - God continues to bless our family and for that, we are so very grateful!! Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pinterest Projects

So, you all know how much I LOVE Pinterest, right? It's been my go to for new recipes for the past month or so, my inspiration for cute outfits that I can put together for fall and most recently, it's been my how-to guide on craft projects that I can do at home. If you know me at all, you know that I am SO not crafty. I would love to be, but I'm just not. So, when I first started looking at these DIY craft projects on Pinterest, I was inspired, but very overwhelmed.

Then I spotted a wreath, made from a styrofoam wreath form, yarn, some felt for the flowers and those cute fall-colored picks that you can find at craft stores. I thought that it looked simple enough and decided to head to Hobby Lobby, armed with my 40% off coupon and a picture of the original wreath and started looking for my supplies.

I came home and began, and about 2 hours later, I finished with this little beauty:
Cute, huh?!

So, then last week, I pinned another great idea. It was a tutorial on how to turn a printed or enlarged picture into a canvas-type photo. If you've ever ordered those picture canvases from a professional photographer, then you know how expensive they are. I love the look of them, but not the price. When I saw this idea, it looked simple enough for someone like me to tackle. My friend, Olivia, (who is SUPER crafty) came over and did the project with me. I absolutely loved how they turned out! I still have to add the ribbon to the back of the pictures and get them hung up, but they are so nice and something that I will always cherish! Click here to get to the link showing how to do your own: DIY PICTURE CANVASES

And here are how mine turned out! Love, love them!

Are you on Pinterest? If so, what are some of your favorite things you've made or done that you found on there? I'd love to hear! Have a great weekend everyone!