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The wreath was on the door, ready to announce to the neighborhood and all UPS  & FedEx drivers delivering our almost-daily Amazon Prime packages that we have
THE. BEST. DAD. EVER.

Coleman’s stealthy approach to unveiling his Daddy’s Father’s Day surprise:
“Hey, Dad!  Let’s take a little walk around the house!
Hmm….let’s go by the front door.  I wonder what that is????!!!!”

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After seeing the fun printed burlap ribbon available at Hobby Lobby, I decided to celebrate the Best Dad Ever with this wreath – a little more masculine than the ones I created a couple months ago that are found here – but the same principle applies.  Tie wired ribbon around a $5.00 grapevine wreath and add a phrase or sign or some kind of ornament to fit whatever season you are celebrating, and you’re done.

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2″ wide ribbon seems to work the best but for this wreath but Hobby Lobby only had one roll of a couple of the ribbons I really wanted to use.  Instead of wrapping it completely around the wreath and tying it in a bow, I opted to make loops with the ribbon, tie them off with wire, then attach the pseudo-bows to the wreath with wire.  I was able to get almost double the number of bows when I did it that way.

They don’t cover the grapevine wreath if you don’t tie the ribbon around but this is a great way to incorporate low-quantity ribbon into more places on your wreath.  If you put these wired loops next to fully-tied ribbon sections on your wreath, you can fluff it and manipulate the loops to not show the wire.  Can you tell which ribbons I did that with?

I don’t think so!

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Coleman helped me paint the board for the quote and I used outdoor vinyl to cut this phrase before attaching it to the board.  Find it here at my Silhouette store (shape #61557).  Remember, all Silhouette files are only meant to be used on your Silhouette die-cutting machines.  They cannot be used (even for printing) if you don’t have the software!  After the vinyl was applied, I sprayed the entire board with glossy varnish to seal it and give it some shine.

My friend saw our Father’s Day wreath and wanted a 4th of July wreath for her door.  Same burlap ribbon technique – this one took about 2 hours to complete, start to finish, and the wooden phrase was at Hobby Lobby for 40% off.  I removed the hanging wire from the phrase and tied it onto the wreath with ribbon.

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Celebrate the Best Dad Ever in your life.  Enjoy!

 

Right now…
In This House we do T-ball.

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We do “End of Preschool” Programs.

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We do Superheroes.

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We do roller coasters.

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We do Cabo, Mexico.

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We do Together.

Find out how to create this fabulous “In This House” painting project using this phrase as a vinyl mask over at greylustergirl.  For all of you non-Silhouette users, you can find the shape over at Lori Whitlock’s svg shop here.  Lisa’s tutorial is found here.

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Enjoy!

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I whipped these wreaths up for an auction fundraiser because I had the mesh ribbon already on hand.  I was in a hurry so I wasn’t able to take photos step-by-step but it’s easy so I’ll tell you my formula for making a quick and simple wreath for any season.  Click here for a Father’s Day version and another 4th of July version.

STEP 1:

Using 3-4 spools, tie mesh ribbon around a grapevine wreath – I tie bows because I like the loops and the cut ends both in my wreath.

I use grapevine wreaths because it grabs the mesh ribbon – it makes it a little trickier to work with but it hold the bows fabulously.

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STEP 2:

Attach seasonal decor items to your wreath (Hobby Lobby is my go-to for fabulous seasonal items – I look for metal ones first because they look so great and expensive but are reasonable with my 40% coupons).  I usually use 2-3 decorative items for the top and a phrase or sign across the bottom.  Try to tie them on with ribbon if possible.  If needed, use hot glue to add more reinforcement.

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Note:  I tie on as many pieces as I can because it makes the wreath more stable.  If using metal items, many of the best items are made for the garden with metal stakes attached – find a friend with a metal grinder (or lucky you if you have one!) and it takes about 15 seconds to cut off the garden posts.  The metal pinwheels and flowers were all garden items where we cut off the metal posts before attaching the decorative items.

This welcome sign started out orange and I spray painted it using Rustoleum 2X Coverage spray paint and added a little clear glitter when it was wet.  I also removed the wire hanger that was attached to it and tied it on with wide ribbon that I wanted showing on my wreath.

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STEP 3:

Create a hanger if needed by tying a ribbon loop around the top of the wreath.  I hang my wreaths from a nail on my door because my door is too high for a wreath hook.  If you use a hook, you don’t need the ribbon loop.

Keep your wreath from scratching your door by hot gluing strips of felt around the back of the grapevine wreath.  I use dark brown felt and cut it in semi-circle strips, overlapping the felt to cover the entire grapevine area, protecting my door from the scratchy sticks.

You can make a custom wreath for $30-40 using this method and your 40% off coupons!  Give it a try – these also make a great gift!

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I’ve designed some flourish frame monograms over at my Silhouette shop – click here to get them from the Silhouette shop (the entire alphabet is available) or here to get them from Lori’s svg shop.

Lisa knocked it out of the part with this tutorial where she teaches you to create an offset from a shape and then uses a cool painting technique that you will love to personalize her Easter baskets.  Isn’t this so pretty?  Click here for the entire tutorial.

 

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You’ll want the entire set of flourish frame monograms so you are ready for any project, for any person.  Each letter comes with both a horizontal and a vertical shaped frame – lucky you!  These really are so versatile (no wonder they’ve been so popular in the shop!)

Enjoy!

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If the Shoe Fits

Mendi, from over at Lori Whitlock’s design team sent me this picture last week.  Fabulous scrapbook page, don’t you think?  You can find the quote here in my Silhouette shop or here in Lori’s shop.

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Don’t you just love the variety of color she used on the quote?  So cute.  And her shoes are cute, too!

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You will love this.  It’s one of those things that I looked forward to before it happened but after the fact, I loved it so much that I feel the need to share it with everyone.

It’s a party.  A family party.

But not just any family party.

A party dedicated to celebrating….really celebrating….EVERYONE in our immediate family.  Here’s the thing, though.  It is a family party that will work for ANY group – youth groups, Activity Days, even co-workers.  Totally applicable – just tweak it to fit your needs.

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There have been a lot of great things happening in our family recently and my sister, Kara, decided to throw a party for all of us to recognize what an awesome family we have.  We are the Coleman family and COLEMANS ROCK!  This party included our parents and our siblings’ families.  There are 6 siblings in my family and 17 grandchildren.  Everyone who could make it came to the celebration.

1.  INVITATIONS – ask everyone to send in 3-4 things about each person in their immediate family.  Some people had no problem sharing their awesomeness on their own and some people needed a family member to submit their accomplishments for them – either way is fine.  Just find 3-4 things that you can share about each person.  It was easy to email the lists to Kara before the party.  But be prepared to hound some of the people to get their lists in or to help them come up with ideas.  You can also assign food for a dinner or lunch if you choose.

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2.  ACCOMPLISHMENTS – we kept it simple and just hand wrote each person’s accomplishments and talents on bright colored paper squares.  Multiple people helped write them because it took forever.  It’s ok if they’re not perfect or the same or extravagant.  Remember the purpose – to share why each person in the family ROCKS….it’s not about perfect-looking writing.

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What do you think happened as people trickled in to the party that day?  Reading.  Laughing.  Talking.  Sharing.  Celebrating.  “Wow, you ran a half marathon?  I didn’t know that!  Awesome!”  “That is so exciting that you got into the Nursing Program.  You will be great!”  “Tell me about your new job.”  “Hey, did you see Mackenzie’s over there?  That’s a good one!”

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Keep in mind that EVERYONE who was going to be there that night had their own accomplishments included.  My niece brought her boyfriend – we learned that he won a 4-wheeler in a milk-drinking contest.  My other niece had brought her friend with them on their family vacation from Washington.  We learned that she is #1 in her class and on track for Valedictorian next year.  What???!!!  Awesome!

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3.  DINNER – we like planned pot lucks in our family so Kara planned the Mexican menu and everyone contributed something to the cause, helping to get it ready all together.

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4.  PROGRAM / LESSON – Kara was brilliant in planning the lesson portion of the evening.  Very short.  Kept it light but meaningful.  Perfect.  My brother, Kyle, gave a short lesson about magnifying your talents (see below).  Jason spoke about his Grandma Hall who was a celebrator.  She liked to play the game, “Why is it Like Me?” and for each person’s birthday, they did “I Love ___________ Because….” (see below for instructions of each game).  He shared why these habits were so important for their family to do together and how amazing it is that we can share that same celebrating attitude in our family.  Colemans Rock!  We love celebrating each other!

The messages were short, taught important lessons, and were applicable to all ages in attendance.

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Talents Lesson Overview:

  1. Pass around clear pebbles or marbles and have everyone take one.  Discuss how each is individual just like each of us.
  2. Ask everyone to think about a talent that they have and how that talent has helped someone.  Have a few people share (Kyle knew who he wanted to share in advance – people who don’t normally want the spotlight, and people of different ages – this was a really special part of the lesson when we got to hear why each person is awesome).   Ask one person in advance to choose NOT to share something about themselves when asked – this is a secret.
  3. When each of the 4 people share, give them another pebble if they share their talent with us.  Take away their pebble if they choose not to share.
  4. Retell the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30.
  5. Each of us has been given our own talents and when we share them with others, we are given more talents.  God wants us to recognize our talents and share them with others for good.  Where can we find out what our talents are? (patriarchal blessing, work opportunities, prayer and personal revelation, others can tell us, etc.)
  6. When we recognize our talents and work to develop them and share them, we are given more talents and we are happy.

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“Why Is It Like Me?” Game

  1. One person goes out of the room.  As a group, the other people in the room choose one item in the room that they want the person to guess.
  2. The person comes back in and says, “Why is it like me?
  3. Giving positive clues, the group tells them why the item is like that person.  “It is bright.”  “It shines.”  “It smells great!”  Whatever you choose – the clues being harder for older people and easier for younger ones.
  4. The person guesses till they discover the item – feeling GREAT because everyone just said such nice things about them!
  5. Repeat.

 

“I Love __________ Because….”
This family tradition has lasted through to our generation.  On your birthday or other special day, everyone goes around the table and tells why they love the birthday person.  It doesn’t matter if you are a friend visiting and you just met the birthday person for the first time that day or not – everyone tells why they love the birthday person.  We have warned many friends attending our family events to be prepared because they will not be given a pass!

This tradition does two things: 1.  It teaches everyone how to celebrate each other.  2.  It teaches YOU to accept compliments and love from others.

I believe that this is why Jason’s family is so good at recognizing each other’s talents and why they have a strong sense of self.  They have PRACTICED it their whole lives so now they are good at it.  It is an amazing quality to develop in a family.

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5.  DANCE PARTY – the evening ended in a spontaneous dance party, complete with a Congo Line and singing along to the “Frozen” soundtrack, of course.

Simple.  Meaningful.  Fun.  My three favorite descriptive words for any event.  Don’t you wish you were there?

Enjoy!

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I just attended a Recognition Activity for Activity Days where they focused on Developing Talents.  I’m going to share it with you – I’ll tell you a little bit about how they carried it out and also how it might be adapted to fit your resources (i.e. people) and needs.

Here’s the gist of it:  they invited a couple who have strong musical talents – she is a professional violinist and he is a vocal coach and recording artist.

1.  She gave a talk about talents that we normally think of (music, sports, academics, cooking, etc.) and about spiritual talents that we can develop (Christlike characteristics, reading the scriptures, friendship, etc.) and encouraged the girls to develop more than just one talent.  Everyone has many talents if we choose to look for them and then work at developing them.

This lesson can be taught by anyone.  She brought her experiences of being a concert violinist into the lesson but anyone can do this same thing referring to their specific talents.

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2.  He then taught a short vocal coaching lesson to the entire group.  This was a challenge and would work better in a smaller group but it was interesting and fun to learn about something that many of the people didn’t have much experience.

This part can also be done by anyone with a talent that you want to share with the group.  Maybe acting or storytelling or something where everyone can participate in the instruction then “perform” for each other.  There are MANY talented people in our wards and stakes who aren’t “professionals.”  Think about YOUR resources and use what you have to develop a fabulous lesson that everyone can participate in.

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INVITATION

I LOVED this idea for an invite.  The leaders asked the Activity Day girls to draw a picture of a talent that they had or a talent that they wanted to develop.  These pictures were scanned in and became the border of the invitation.  Come on…don’t you love that????  The purpose of Recognition Activities is to share the girls’ growth in the gospel.  This is a great way to accomplish “sharing.”

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DECORATIONS

They created little vignettes of different talents throughout the room.  Cooking, music, art, sports.  Simple and effective.  But my favorite part had to be the display of each girls’ talent picture that they had created.  Each girl took home their picture at the end of the activity.

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TREAT

Keeping it simple, they  sent everyone home with a little favor box filled with jelly beans.  What girl doesn’t like little boxes?  It was a sweet way to make the treat special.

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GO FOR IT!  Find the people in your sphere of influence and think about their talents.  Someone will come to mind that can teach a group a new skill and have fun at the same time.  Paired with the girls sharing their own talents through their artwork on display, this made a great Recognition Activity opportunity for families to connect and celebrate these girls.

Enjoy!

 

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