Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos of the Week

Wow... what a week!  I haven't been this busy in a long time, but I was lucky to have enough energy to handle most of it.  Thank goodness.

Every time I am blessed with a burst of energy I'm reminded of how I used to be.  I used to be kinda normal.  It's weird to realize how not-normal I've been for so many years.  It's been so long that I could run more than one errand in a day without getting a migraine, or babysit some kids for four hours without getting totally wiped out.  I hope this new energy lasts and that it's a sign of good things to come :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painted Pumpkin Floral Vases Tutorial

Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative
Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative

I love decorating for fall!  It's probably the season I get most excited decorating for (other than Christmas).  But just using the traditional orange-yellow colors gets a little boring.  Why not add some fun contrast with bright greens and blues? I'm all for it!

I discovered the idea for pumpkin vases over at Green Wedding Shoes, but I wanted to add more color and I don't have a rose bush in my yard so I tried out Zinnias, Geraniums, and Cosmos flowers instead.

Here's how I made my vases:

mini pumpkins
acrylic craft paints
paint brush
large nail or nut pick
fresh cut flowers (or if you want these to last longer, you can use fake flowers)

Step 1:  Choose a color scheme of 3 or 4 colors and paint your pumpkins with acrylic craft paint and let dry.  You can do many things with this part. I chose to do a little ombre.

Step 2: With a large nail or nut pick, create a few small holes in the tops of the pumpkins by hammering the pick into to top.

Step 3: Cut flower stems to desired size and slip them into the holes in the tops of the pumpkins.  You may need to enlarge some of the holes to get the stems to fit.

Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative

Arrange your pumpkin vases on a table to enjoy! If using these for a party, prepare them right before.  The fresh flowers don't last long!

Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative
Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative
Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meet the Mormons

Hi everyone!  I wanted to take a second to write about something other than crafts or watercolors or crochet.  All good things, yes.  But there's more to life than that right?

Today  I had the chance to see the new "Meet the Mormons" movie in the theater.  The first time in years I actually went to a full priced normal theater!  It was good.

The movie exceeded my expectations and not just because I happen to also be a Mormon.  It was really uplifting. It made me want to do more and be more.  It gave me a new perspective on my own religion.

Mormons don't just live in Utah.  They are all over the world.  They don't just hide out in their homes, totally secluded and sheltered from the world.  We live in the world and have many of the same concerns and struggles that other people have.  What struck me the most about the movie was how happy the people were.  The movie focuses on six different Mormons in different parts of the world doing different things.  Their lives were not perfect.  One mother came from an extremely difficult background, but there she was with love and joy in her life.  I cried. I smiled.  I left feeling good.

This was my favorite quote! Go check out the trailer for the movie!


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