Friday, May 3, 2013

Blessing #205 - The swooping y

I mentioned Wednesday, that I've been making more signs lately.  A couple of weeks ago, I made my friend this sign for her little girl.

When my other friend saw this sign, she ordered one for her daughter, Katelyn.  Excited about a new order, I set out to work on the new sign, but there was one problem....the swooping y. 

Let me explain. Blake has no swooping letters like p, q, or y, but Katelyn has that swooping y right towards the very end.  Because of that swooping y, I couldn't put the last two names underneath without that swooping y interfering.  That swooping y drove me crazy.  

I mentioned my problem to my friend that ordered the sign, and offered a few solutions. Apparently changing the spelling to Katelin wasn't an option, so I told her I would send her a few new designs.  

As I was making new designs, I thought of a solution at the last second to that annoying swooping y. When I shared it with my friend, she loved it.  

Here is the final sign....

Oh! I just loOoOove it! The "...wonderfully made" just makes this Momma's tender heart just melt.

Suddenly, that swooping y was no longer an annoyance, but the perfect break between the verse and the reference on this sign.

Ever since I finished this sign, I have been thinking about that swooping y.

(Warning: Hokey application to real life approaching) 

That swooping y made me think of all those annoyances in my life.I'm not talking about the life changing devastating stuff, but the little annoyances.  Those annoyances that I just wish I could change and they would be gone.

Maybe I think "the sign" should look one way, but God may have a different plan all together for the sign that is me. (See, I warned you, hokey.) Maybe, I see something as an annoyance, but he just might have that annoyance, that swooping y, in just the right spot.  He gives beauty for ashes. Who knows how beautiful he can make my swooping y's?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blessing #204 - Treat Cards

Today, I am sharing one of my secrets of awesomeness. Yes! that's right I do have one secret to awesomeness.

For two years, I have been using the website Treat cards to send all my cards. They are not paying me to write this blog post. I don't even get any perks, but I just really like their cards and had to share.

Have you ever tried to go card shopping with a toddler? Just as I'm trying to concentrate and find just the right sentiment to show my love, the buggy moves a little to close to the cards, and Collin has a card throwing free for all.

When I order my cards from Treat, I can do it from the privacy of my own home, or even use their app on my phone to send one on the go.  They will even mail it to the recipient saving me a trip to the post office.

My favorite part of Treat cards is that you can customize them and add pictures.  Last month, I sent a thank you card for Brandon to some friends that took him on a "funday Sunday." (I messed up with the double commas)

You can even customize the inside of the card with pictures and your own message.

And the back of the card is a nice little surprise.

I made a cards for my mom and Shad's mom after Collin's accident.  I love that I can use the same card and customize the words and message for each mom.

This one I made the outside all black and white with and the inside color.

I know what you are wondering right now. How much do they cost? A Treat card is $3.99, and if you've been to card shopping, you know that's even cheaper than some of the store cards.

With mother's day and father's day coming up, I knew we would be making a lot of cards. I joined the card club at Treat. That is where I bought 18 cards all at once, but the price of each card was only $1.99! I don't have to use all the cards at once, but the cards are credited to my treat account.

When I send a Treat card, the recipient usually calls me and thanks me for the card. It's such a nice surprise. These are the cards that people keep and put on display.  With Mother's Day next Sunday, trust me, be an all-star and send your Mom a Treat card.  

You can find their selection of Mother's Day cards here, and their great selection of thank you cards here.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blessing #203 - Toolbox Transformation

Today, I have a quick make over that I really love!

Over the past few weeks, I have been painting more signs.  My supplies normally stay in my chalk board dresser, but when I'm working, I just leave my paints out in the middle of the table.  That can cause a problem when my tools seem to walk away.

The other day, I decided to use this tool tray that I got from a yard sale over a year ago.

I put all my paint supplies in the tray and it worked great, but it just didn't seem creative enough for all my tools.  A little teal paint later and....

I just love it! I love that this tray was used for tools and hard work and now it's all bright and pretty!

Originally, I was going to put the create label right in the middle, but I like it so much better down in the corner.

Oh! But it gets better! I looked through my shelf paper scraps and....

They match perfectly! I knew I saved those shelf paper scraps for a reason!

Now my tools are much more tidy.

 A bright color, some shelf paper, and a label! So many of my favorite things on one piece!

I'll be sharing this project with these great sites.