Furniture Facelift Friday: Entry Bench

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I love the arm rests on this bench! Marilyn did a wonderful job bringing this unique piece back to life.

Furniture Facelift Friday:
Every Friday I post before and after pics of a furniture restoration or repurpose. If you have any before and after photos you would like to submit, just post them to my Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/Jonesing2Create and you might be featured on my blog!

Sister Missionary Gift: Preach My Gospel Charm Bracelet

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I am totally addicted to making charm bracelets right now. My friends tease me because I am always walking around with jewelry pliers and supplies in my purse. I just can’t help it! I love them! They are a perfect combination of sentiment and style. I am hooked!

I have a cousin in the mission field and wanted to spend her something special. So I have been doing a lot of research; trying to figure out the perfect message to put on a charm bracelet. And then I finally read “Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary” by Elder David A. Bednar. It’s PERFECT! It’s a talk he gave in the MTC and is of course amazing like all his talks. We have a special love for Elder Bednar in our house; my husband used to attend one of his classes at Rick’s and learned a lot from him.

The first charm on the bracelet is a bee. For me the bee is a wonderful symbol for missionary work. Missions involve so much hard work and a willingness to sacrifice for others. Elder Ballard’s talk “Be Anxiously Engaged” is also a wonderful talk about the honey bee and the power of our small and daily efforts. So to highlight the “bee” amount of work involved in “bee-coming” I decided to use the symbol of the bee for this talk. Continue reading

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IKEA Hack Pizza Pan Chalkboard

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I think IKEA furniture is an abomination, but have to hand it to them with their nifty little GRUNDTAL organization stuff (Side note: Why does IKEA have to capitalize everything? It makes me feel like I am being yelled at.)

One of my favorite things in the GRUNDTAL series are their cool little stainless steel containers. I have them on my fridge holding my spices, on the sides of my washing machine, and of course all over my office studio. I like that they are stainless steel so that I don’t have to worry about them rusting and they are safe for food. I don’t use them for my powdery spices though because it gets too messy. Continue reading

Family Histories Make Us Stronger

ancestorsI am a hoarder. Not of things, but of life. I have a terrible memory and even at a young age had a hard time recalling things that had happened. I hated knowing that I had experienced amazing things and that they were just going to disappear. Now that I have kids, I zealously write down every cute thing they say or do so that I don’t ever lose it. I have actually meticulously designed an archive system for all their photos so that they don’t disappear in a hard drive failure. Continue reading

Minecraft Birthday Cake

Minecraft Birthday Cake

Minecraft Birthday Cake

My friend Brenda Calloway makes the most amazing cakes ever! And when I recently saw the Minecraft Birthday cake she made I had to share. It is seriously the best Minecraft cake I have EVER seen! My son freaked out when he saw it. She even has an Enderman and a Creeper! And I love the Rice Krispies Treats she used for the blocks! Continue reading