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Everything is coming up flowers!

Are you all ready for spring?  I am!  I am!  Today’s Friday Find is really more of a source than a find but we are stretching it to say that it is a find.   It’s time for a little spring freshening up so I thought today I’d share my favorite place to purchase fresh flowers.  Drum roll please……….the grocery store!

Yep, I find I can get some pretty flowers at the grocery store.

You have to admit, when God made flowers, He did what only God can do and made a little perfection in each variety of them.

Fresh Cut Flowers: Mason Jar Vase

The flowers above in the pic I purchased at our local SaveMart but almost every grocery store sells bunches of flowers, normally whatever is in season.   Usually you can get bunches in an array of prices.  By the way, that large mason jar vase is a find from Marshalls.  I only paid $5.99 and that thing is huge!  They had smaller sizes too so I got a smaller one as well.

I did add a few camellia stems to the jar to add in some greenery.  You may not have camellia bushes but look around your yard.  You may have some greenery that you can perk up your flowers with too.  Sometimes I use orange tree cuttings.  It depends on what kind of flower bunch you pick.  Most of the time you don’t really need to add anything.

I used to do a lot of events for women’s ministry and grabbing some flowers from Target or the grocery store was a quick and easy way to create some quick centerpieces on a budget.  You can take them apart and put them in bud vases.  Quick, easy, inexpensive, and you are done.

Just a bunch arranged in one vase is great too as a larger centerpiece.  I used to have Bible studies in my home a lot and I’d run to Target and get a bunch to have on my entry table or kitchen table.   Fresh flowers just create such a wonderful atmosphere.  They make me happy.

Just a tip…..never just stick the bunch in a vase how they come.  Take them apart and lay them out and place them in the vase you are using individually.  They will look so much nicer and it adds volume to them.

Okay, where do you like to purchase flowers from?  Leave a comment because I’d love to hear.  I like Costco flowers too.  I know a lot of people get them at Trader Joes but we don’t have one close.  It’s 40 minutes away so it’s not easy to just run and grab some, so I stick with our local supermarkets.

If you like to support your local floral shops, I think that’s great, but it’s not always in my budget.  Floral shops are left for special occasions in this family.

What are you all up to for the weekend?  I’m still working on painting my curio Craigslist find I started last weekend.  We’ve had such cold and rainy weather….not good for painting so I’ve held off.  The sun is shining today so I’m going to try and get that finished.  I have a good start on it though.  Getting some bead board to go inside the back.  It’s going to be pretty!  Hopefully I’ll be able to share it soon.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




Toiling along!

I’m kind of into the blue thing for my living room lately.  I normally just keep it kind of neutral and switch out the accent colors in there.  Anyone else having a love affair with blue and white like me?

Found some time recently to make up some toile pillow covers for my couch.  I’ve had this material forever it seems.  I’m not even sure what I bought it for originally.  I think to decorate some tables for something relating to Fourth of July in past years or something.  Anyway, every time I go to purge my material, I can always toss other things out, but this material always finds it’s way back into the basket.

Blue and White Toile DIY Pillow Covers

Finally! I made something from this material.  You can see the other pillow peeking out.  That is a pillow cover from Hobby Lobby.  I thought the toile covers and the Hobby Lobby ones complemented each other pretty well.

Why I was drawn to this material, I just don’t know.  It’s kind of a historical fabric I guess.  It’s got like civil war hats, guns, cannons, and all sorts of things on it.  Quite a weird mixture of objects on it.  Every time I look at it, I see something that I missed before!

Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  If you didn’t get in on the Valentine’s Bible Memory Challenge this year, you can still pick up the download for it on this post.

Thanks for stopping in.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative Blog

Beep! Beep!

Hello Friends.  Takeaway Tuesday has rolled around again.  Since I get a lot of requests for ideas for group projects for women’s ministry for this time of year, I thought I’d share an easy project that would work as a group.

I always like coming up with new things to decorate with so I had fun doing this one.  I’m going to use this canvas art on my mantle along with some other Christmas decorations.

Red truck décor is all the rage for Christmas this year and I found these cute red truck tote bags at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Only 99 cents and quite adorable!  They were crying out to be made into art, so I got out my scissors, some spray adhesive, my staple gun, and an art canvas.  I was pleasantly pleased with the result.

DIY Red Truck Christmas Canvas Art

I put my red truck on an 11 x 14 canvas.  My bag I chose said “happy holidays” which isn’t my favorite Christmas saying anyway so I didn’t care that part didn’t show on the finished canvas.

Red Truck Love - DIY Christmas Canvas ArtSupplies:

  • Tote bag (with a focal point).  Any size.
  • Spray adhesive
  • Art canvas (with wood frame on back).  Over time just the spray adhesive may loosen so you will want to stretch the tote bag material around and staple it so that is why I suggest a canvas that has wood framing on back. You can use any size depending on the size of tote bag and the size of the focal point of your bag.  You will want enough bag fabric to wrap around the edges of the canvas and to the back so you will be able to staple into the wood of the canvas.
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors

Note:  For the TJ Maxx/Marshalls red truck bags, I used an 11 x 14 canvas and it just fit with the edges of the truck slightly off the front.  Any larger was too big and an 8 x 10 was too small.


  • Cut the picture (focal point) of your tote bag a few inches larger than your canvas (that includes front plus side measurements).  As I mentioned earlier, you will want enough bag fabric to wrap around the edges and to the back so you have room to staple the edges into the wood frame of the canvas.
  • Use spray adhesive on your canvas.  Follow the directions on the can.  You need to let it air dry for a few seconds until it is tacky.
  • Center your tote bag art you’ve cut out on your canvas.  Press on and smooth out across canvas.
  • Fold the extra fabric around the edges of the canvas.  If you want, you can cut a slit into the extra fabric at corners to fold around corners more easily.
  • Staple edges into the wood on back of canvas.  Make sure everything is smooth on the front of the canvas as you staple along the back.


DIY Christmas Art: Tote Bag into Canvas Art

One thing I loved about this was that the bag I used from TJ Maxx /Marshalls is that they are a little textured with a weave throughout the plastic material so they looked kind of artsy on the canvas.

Tip:  This project can be economical if you are going to do this as a women’s group project as many stores have tote bags with designs on both sides so you can do two canvases out of one tote bag.

Thanks for stopping in.  Are you using anything special or a particular color to decorate with this year?  Leave a comment.  I want pops of red in the midst of neutrals!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

home sweet home

Are any of the rest of you like me and just love staying home and piddling around your house?  I thought when I got my second knee replacement done this summer, that by now I’d be wanting to go everything…and I did at first, but really I find myself just wanting to come home and work on my house.

We bought this old house around 8 years ago and we had all these plans but never really did much to it because I’ve had so much trouble with my knees and other health issues.  You know….that stuff called life!

This sign is my sentiment for today  because after I drop off my daughter for her college classes today, I am going to move my furniture around.  I’m want to be ready to put up a tree immediately after Thanksgiving!  I don’t decorate before but I am kind of chomping at the bit this year as both knees are working fine.  Praise the Lord!

Free Staying Home Printable - home decor

I had printed this sign out and put it in my craft area but I have already taken it down and changed that area around too or I would have taken a picture of it for you.  Ha!

If you want to save this, I have it in a PDF, which is how I do all the printables I do for my home.  They will fit a document frame but if you want an 8 x 10 for this, there is plenty of white space to cut it down to size.

Download printable in a PDF Here!

By the way, the handwritten font I used on this is King Basil Lite, which I kind of have an obsession with right now.  You can pick it up for free here.

Thanks for stopping in.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




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