Get your sweet on!

I’ve been roaming through my files for things I have saved and searching out some fun things for Friday Finds.  Today I thought I’d share some cute little Valentine’s Day tags that you can put with a sweet treat.  Wow!  Valentine’s is sneaking up on us fast.

I’m thinking these tags would be nice for a little something for your girlfriends or secret sister perhaps.  They are free to print out.

These come from a blog called, Crazy Little Projects.  Don’t you just love the name of that blog?   The owner, Amber, has got a little bit of baking, sewing, and all kinds of crafty tucked away over there.

Cute Valentines Day Packaging Free Printable

Thank you to Amber of Crazy Little Projects for the use of her photo.

Here is the direct link to find these cute little free printable tags to perk up your Valentine’s Day sweets.  Be sure to leave a “thank you” in her blog comments.

Cute Valentine’s Gift Tags and Packaging Ideas (Crazy Little Projects)

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Don’t forget–Today is Day 3 of the “Love Talk” Bible Memory Challenge.  Hope you will join in.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

We are talking love!

I’ve held three memory verse challenges connected with my main website (Creative Ladies Ministry).  Starting another one today!.   I can’t believe this will make the fourth year I’ve done this.  I usually start on the first of February and we finish on Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t get started yesterday as I’ve just been really busy and didn’t get it up and going, so we are starting a day late.  Sorry about that!

Creative Ladies Ministry 2017 Love Talk Memory Challenge

For the first verse (which should have been for yesterday), I gave you an easy one and one that so many of you ladies already know….Proverbs 31:26

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

I’ve been kind of picking a theme for these challenges and this year I thought we could all do with a little “Love Talk”.  Amid so many people verbalizing so much hate in the world right now, we ought to work on our speech.  Don’t ya think!  Most of these Bible verses revolve around our tongue in relation to how we speak to others.

The hardest part for me on making up these challenges is narrowing it down to 14 verses!  The Bible has so much to say about our speech so this years was particularly hard to narrow down.

Pick up the list of challenge verses to pop onto your refrigerator or bulletin board.  I normally write out the verses on these but this time I just listed the reference.  You will need to look the verses up in your Bible each day.  I hope you will join me and commit them to memory.

Be sure to grab the pdf file and not the image itself.

Download “Love Talk” Memory Verse Challenge List.

Valentines Love Talk Memory Verse Challenge

Find previous year’s challenges in PDF files below:

“Loving God’s Word” Memory Challenge (2016)

“Loving Others” Memory Challenge (2015)

“Love” Memory Verse Challenge (2013)

Hope you will join with me for this year’s challenge.  Leave a note here in the comments or comment over on the Creative Ladies Ministry Facebook Page.  I’d love to know how many are joining in this year.  It’s always a blessing for me to hear from those participating.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

Going galvanized!

Yay!  It’s Friday!  I’m so excited to share with you another Friday Find.  Today I’m sharing something from the Dollar Tree because, hey, who doesn’t like stuff for a dollar?  Especially those of you who follow along for ideas for women’s ministry.  Yeah.  I know you are all on tight budgets or the little extras come out of your own pockets as leaders.

Galvanized Metal Vases from Dollar Tree

How cute are these little galvanized vases from the Dollar Tree?  Wouldn’t they make great centerpieces for some of your women’s ministry functions?  Or if you like that farmhouse style in your home, you could grab a few of these.  They are 6.75-in. tall, and have a 4.75-in. opening.

Find them on the Dollar Tree website here!

You could tie twine around them or even some ribbon.  Gingham ribbon on them might be fun.   I can just see some bright colored spring flowers in these and I am so looking forward to spring!

I like the Dollar Tree for things for women’s events because you can always order cases from them online and have free in-store pickup on most things.  That’s always a help for retreats and things like that.

If you need help on building a prop closet with items like this for your women’s ministry, there is an article on my main website here.  My top picks for women’s ministry supplies are here.

FYI, I don’t get any compensation for sharing my Friday Finds.  Just sharing cause I like to!  Where is your favorite place to find vases for your events?

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

Picking up strawberries and putting ’em in a basket!

Okay, I know it’s not exactly time for strawberries yet.  We have lots of strawberry fields around here and I love it when it is the season for them.  Love stopping by the side of the road at the little fruit stands and getting one of those big flats of them.  Delicious!

DIY Felt Strawberry Craft

Today I’m sharing with you a project I did last year.  I made some of these for my crafty friends as gifts.  Actually I made a sample along with all the cut-outs and supplies for them.  Kind of kit gifts.

I was putting a few touches of pink on my coffee cart in my kitchen for Valentine’s Day and so I pulled out some of these strawberries.  Anyway, I thought I’d share how to make them.
DIY Felt Strawberry Sewing Craft

For all my paper crafting friends, these require a couple older Stampin’ Up! Sizzix dies, so I hope you’ve held onto them.  You will need the Stampin’ Up!  Island Floral Bigz and the Originals Blossom Party dies.

 

Tools:

  • Stampin’ Up! Island Floral Bigz Die
  • Stampin’ Up! Originals Blossom Party Die
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Needle

Supplies:

  • Pink or Red Felt
  • Green Felt (for stem leaf)
  • White (for flower)
  • Matching Embroidery Floss (I used 2 strands)
  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Polyfill
  • Hot glue

Felt Strawberry DIY Craft Project

Directions:

  • With scissors, cut out enough felt for the 3 leaf flower on the Island Floral die (red or pink).
  • With scissors, cut enough green felt for the little pointy flower on the same die.
  • With scissors, cut enough felt for the smallest flower on the Blossom Party die.  The one with the hole in the center.
  • Die cut as many strawberry pieces as you desire.
  • Thread your needle with floss (2 strands).
  • Put two sides of the 3 petal flower (pink) together, knot your floss, and whip stitch (or any fancy stitch you desire) on the outside of the seam.   Start with the connecting end (not the pointed end).   You could pin these but I found it was easier just to pinch it shut and stitch it closed as I went along.
  • Next,  pull up another petal, and pinch together and keep on stitching around one more side – without stopping.  (This is why you must start at the connecting end for the first step.   If you start at the pointed end, you will need to knot off and start again before doing the second seam.  You might as well avoid that and knock out two seams at once so be sure to start your first seam beginning where the die-cut connects.)
  • Tie off at the end of the second seam, tucking the thread end inside.
  • Pull up the last petal and knot and make 3 or 4 stitches into the last seam on the outside as before.
  • Add in a small amount of stuffing through the open side.  It doesn’t take much to fill them.
  • Finish stitching last seam and knot off at the end.  You’ll just have to keep pressing in the stuffing to keep it out of your way as you stitch.
  • Hot glue on the green little flower for your stem top.
  • Hot glue on ribbon to center of the green stem top.
  • Hot glue the little white flower onto your green stem top.  There is a hole in the middle, so be careful and don’t glue your fingers!  You’ll be covering up that hole with a button.   I placed my little white flowers a little to the side, just under the bow, so they were kind of coming off the seam.
  • Hot glue on a button over the hole in the white flower.  I threaded some floss through my buttons.
  • That’s it.  You’ve grown your very own strawberry!

Strawberry diy craft

Tip:  If you wanted to, you could sew on some little clear seed beads.

Hope you enjoyed the project.  Let me know if you make any.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

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I am a lover of all things creative---writing, crafting, decorating my home, d.i.y. projects, and event planning.   Find more about me here.

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