Friday, November 21, 2014

YW in Excellence Oscar Night

In case I haven't mentioned it before, I work with the Young Women at church.  Every year we have a program called Young Women in Excellence.  It's a night to celebrate the girls achievements they have made that year in a goal setting program called Personal Progress.  
 We  decided to do an Oscars Night theme!!  
It was so much fun and turned out so well I just had to share it!! 

First we sent out invitations to each girl. We used black envelopes with a gold wax seal.
Just in case you can't read it, it says:

Young Women in Excellence
Presents a red carpet event
The Oscars
Join us in celebration of the best of 2014
in the categories of Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue
Formal Dress (for Nominee's)
Sunday Dress for Guests

Nominee's need to be dropped off at the north doors of the church that evening.

Before the girls arrived we decorated the cultural hall with lots of gold and glitter.
We also had cupcakes decorated with sparkly gold frosting and fancy glasses.  We had little black gift boxes with sparkly gold bows; each contained a gift/award for each girl.  We decorated a podium with gold metallic material on the stage and draped the coolest Oscar silhouette that one of the leaders made.  We set up a screen on the stage and had red carpet stairs leading up to it.
We also set up a small table for each girl who was receiving her actual Young Women's Medallion that night, to display some of her talents.  It all looked so beautiful.

We enlisted the help of the Young Men to be our Paparazzi.  We gave them each press passes they could turn in for a treat later.
  (Food will get those boys every time!!)
Out front we had blocked off a couple of parking stalls in front of the doors with orange cones.
There was a red carpet from the drop off point to the door. Our Paparazzi were on both sides of the red carpet yelling and taking photo's with flashes going off everywhere.

Each girl was escorted from their car to the photo op station inside.
 Eldon (one of the other leaders husbands) or Branden (my youngest son) were the escorts.  
They were both dressed up in formal wear.

For the photo op we put up some black paper with a large photo of the temple on it.  Each girl came in and stood in front of it  and had her picture taken by our photographer. 
Once all the girls had arrived and they and their families were all seated, we had a lovely program.  I was lucky enough to be the MC.  I introduced the presenters, which were the advisors for the Beehives, Mia Maids, and Laurels.  We watched these awesome videos of each class. 
 (We previously had taken video each girl talking about her personal progress and her testimony. ) Those video's were tear jerkers!!!  Gosh I love these girls. 
During our program we awarded the one girl who had finished her Personal Progress and had a separate video just about her.  We ended the night eating yummy cupcakes and giving each girl their gift.  We had made necklaces with "I'm being perfected through Christ" etched on one side and their name on the other! 

This night turned out awesome, and the girls looked so beautiful.
We encouraged the girls to barrow a formal dress or find a second hand formal.
Here's a photo of most of our lovely girls!!!

It was so much fun. 
 We as leaders dressed up too!! Here's my two girls and I in our formals!!  
(I think Em is just a tad excited!!)

I can't take credit for this awesome idea, this was totally a group effort!!
These lovely ladies made this happen!!

(Sadly one of our ladies had to work this night, so she is not pictured, but she totally was part of the success!)
I work with the best group of Young Women's leader!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Project- em's room

I know it's been awhile since I have posted about any projects I have been working on.
  That's because I have been working so much on my last project I didn't have time to post!!  If you follow me on Instagram you have seen a few sneak peaks!!
Today I am here to show you what my latest project is, 
That may not sound very exciting to you, but it was for Em.  
So let's see what I had to work with.

This is her room just before we started the Laundry Room.  If you remember we annexed most of this cubby next to the closet for the built-ins for the laundry room.
After the laundry room was done we built a wall in front of the back of the laundry built-ins. 
 (You can see the back end of the built-ins in the photo below)
We left an opening into Em's room for some storage.

Once the new section of wall was taped and textured here is what I had to start with.
Pretty basic white square box!!

Em decided awhile ago she wanted a pink and black room with an Eiffel tower in it!
So you know how I do things, I started gathering or finding things for her room.  I collect things at second hand stores sometimes a year or more before I get to a room.  
(I know it's because I am slow!!)
By the time I got around to starting her room she was thinking about changing her mind.  She thought it would look like a little girl room with pink!  
Trust me I said.
You'll like it!!
Now I just have make sure she likes it!!!!

OK, what else did she or I think she needed?
Definitely she wanted a new light fixture, and a more functional closet.
(Who thinks one rod and shelf is functional in a closet?)
Oh and did I mention she wanted a chair in her room?
And one last request from Em, I want my cow candle to be in there!!
You heard me,
 a candle shaped like a cow.  
She bought it from DI, it's horns are gone, and it looks hideous!! 
 I have got to do some thinking on this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Update on the Laundry Room

My Laundry Room has been done for just over 4 months.  I wanted to let you know how my faux marble counters are doing, since I get asked that often.
They are doing great!!
I think they look like the day I finished them.  
I drop clothes on them and fold loads multiple times a week.  I also have laid wet/damp clothes on them for long periods and it doesn't effect them.  So they are standing up to normal wear and daily use.  I can't tell you how they would do in a kitchen as you might have a few scratches, but my counters in my kitchen right now have scratches.
Any question you have I would be glad to answer, but please make sure you leave an e-mail or way to respond.  I can't tell you how often I get questions and no way to reply back with the answer.

Next, I must tell you of one small addition we made to the laundry room since we started using it on a regular basis.  Remember my drying racks?

I found that the air inside the cabinet did not circulate enough to dry the clothes.  They were wet and in a small dark place!! So we decided to add a fan.

First we cut a hole in my brand new laundry room wall!!!
and added a switch.
I wanted to use a small rocker switch that would be concealed in the cabinet, but my wise husband convinced me to go with a timer switch in the wall which he installed.  I can turn on the fan for a set time and not have to worry about coming back and turning it off.  It just turns its self off.
Thanks honey!

We purchased a small metal fan from Walmart for $10 and carefully took it apart. Then we pulled the back off the box that houses the drying racks.  We cut down this back board so it would be able to fit the inside dimensions of the box.  This allowed us to screw it in from the inside so if ever need be we could replace it.  Using the fan cage as a template I traced a circle and cut out the hole.  Then we sandwiched the back board between the fan front and back cages.

Les then hardwired it and hooked up to our switch. Now after I load up my sweaters and hand washables I just push the switch and the fan purrs while it drys our clothes!!
It works great!

If you make sweater drying racks like mine I highly recommend making sure you have enough air circulation.  But adding a fan is simple enough!!
Thanks for stopping by.