Sunday, October 17, 2010
Also, I made a cute little Halloween tissue box cover to set out. Ok, I am going to tell you one of my biggest pet peeves, and though it is probably not such a big deal, it is to me. I would like to keep a box of tissues out in the family room, or kitchen for guests or my family to use, but the tissue boxes aren't the color of my house, or they are really ugly designs, so I don't set them out. I know that is pretty petty, but everyone has a pet peeve and that one is one of mine. It is minor in the grand scheme of things, but I was thinking about all these cute Halloween decorations and projects that I have been designing, and I thought why not design a template for a tissue box. Well I realized why when I took apart the box... it was not a printable size, so I just decided to cover it instead. If you go to my other blog, I have a tutorial of how I did it and it now sits proudly, filled with tissue, on my end table in my family room.... OUT IN CLEAR VIEW. Why... because it is cute! I am going to have to do this for all the seasons, and also cover one that matches the color scheme in my family room for off holiday times.
What does this have to do with Visiting Teaching? How cute would it be to cover a tissue box for a holiday or just with a cute scrapbook paper, and take it with you to visit someone who is sick, or one of your sister. I am going to try to find the little handout that goes along with the tissue box, that was given to me once, that I thought was so cute. If I can't find it, I will make one up and post it on my Visiting Teaching Surprise blog with the rest of the photos and such of these two projects. Go to http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com to find both of these cute projects.
Friday, October 15, 2010
My story began about a month or so ago when I just happened in a such a wonderful sale at Taipan, which is a marvelous and my favorite home decor store. I was actually looking for some photo frames to frame the family pictures that were taken clear back in July. I had delayed so long this project but finally I knew I needed to get those pictures up on the wall before they were so old, it was time to take more. Back to Taipan....I walked back to the section where they had their frames and to my delight I saw 50% off all framed art and photo frames in that section of the store. I was in heaven and was so excited as that was exactly what I came for. My eyes immediately met two, huge beautiful white picture frames. I examined them and then looked at the original price. When I deducted off what I thought the 50% off would be, then I knew I had to purchase those. I quickly put them in my shopping cart so that nobody else would get their hands on them.
My eyes then found another sign that said up to 75% off, and of course a bargain shopper like me would not over look those. As I pulled my cart over to those frames, I could see that they really were not very pretty. In fact the pictures in them were so outdated and unsightly, I said to myself.... "Well I know why those are marked at such a low price". I started to look around and went back to the 50% off frames and began to look through those once again. Then I saw it... a sign that someone at the store had put up and it said something to this effect.... "You may not like the artwork in the picture, but look at the frame. Buy it for the frame." So what I interpreted it to mean was this.... I needed to think outside the box. I needed to take a look at the frame instead of disregarding the frame because the picture didn't particularly appeal to me.
I began to look at those all of those frames for 75% off, and realized that there were really nice frames. The photos inside were pretty awful, and the color of the frame was definitely not something that would match the colors of my house, but what is it that I could do with them? My mind started to look at them a whole lot closer and I thought.... if I bought a can of spray paint, I could paint that frame black and the wood is so pretty and sculpted, it would look really nice! Then I began to realize that I had a wall at home that i had wanted as a gallery for pictures of my children and grandchildren. If I converted my digital family photos into black and whites, they would look really good in a freshly painted frame. But then I got stuck. I noticed that each of those frames that I could fix with a little work had a double matt, and though I could use the outer cream colored matt, that inside mat was in Rust color. That simply would not do. I know how expensive it is to buy new mats and figured if I did, I would be paying almost the price that it would be to buy the entire picture, frame and all at the regular price. So I put all those frames back in the pile of 75% off and walked back over to sort through the 50% off.
Through my mind, I was thinking.... I really wish I could use those other frames, but that ugly matt, what in the world could I do to salvage that matt? So... I began to think outside the box, and I pictured in my mind some of the darling printed mats on the modern pretty pictures that cost so much money. Ok, I said, and turned my cart around once again, and walked back to those ugly matted frames. I then realized that the mats measured about 12 inches long and less wide, and pretty scrapbook paper was 12" x 12" . I remembered two years ago mounting pretty scrapbook paper on some wooden picture frames to sell at a craft fair and they went like hotcakes. That is what I would do... I would buy some pretty paper and cover those ugly mats, and with some paint, and my photos converted to black and white, I would have a beautiful work of art.
By thinking out of the box, I realized that things that appear unattractive on the outside, or just don't quite fit in with my own likes, could be worked on and with a little polishing, could turn out to be really quite lovely. It reminds me of the story of Johnny Lingo, and Mahayana.... the ten cow woman. You know, the village thought she was very unattractive and undesirable but Johnny Lingo saw something beautiful. By his gesture of offering 8 cows to her father for her hand in marriage, that turned the entire villages view of this woman around, and she became esteemed and admired. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365393/quotes (link to quotes from Johnny Lingo)
How many times are we given Mahannas to go visit teach, knowing that we don't have anything in common, that you don't know anything about this sister, or she lives too far to visit, or she is too much older than you are, or she never smiles, or she seems so crabby, or on and on and on. How many excuses do we need to not do our visiting teaching? Over the course of my years as a Visiting teacher, I have been assigned to teach so many women, that I ordinarily would not have gotten to know for whatever reason. I am so grateful in retrospect that I was given the opportunity to see the beauty, kindness, and love inside these lovely Mahannas. Through this opportunity, I have been able to make friendships that will last forever. I have learned as much as I have taught and I am so grateful that I was willing to look outside the box, and move forward with what I had been asked to do.
I loved so much the talk that President Monson gave in the Relief Society about not judging others. http://new.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/charity-never-faileth?lang=eng ( Link to the talk) Women in general, seem to be really good at making judgements, when it is ourselves we should really be taking a deeper look at. Making a judgement on someone else, for whatever reason, could potentially eliminate us from meeting someone who could possibly be one of our very best friends. When we realize that the Lord is directing our paths, and he knows what is ahead of us, then far be it for me to stand in the way of meeting someone that the Lord knows needs me, or even I need her.
Love, Katie G.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
1. Invite your Visiting teaching partner, and those sisters you visit teach to come on a specific date, to your house for a Soup exchange. Let's just say you have 2 sisters that you Visit Teach, so the total that would be coming would be 4.
2. The hostess will provide the French Bread or Rolls, butter, and the disposable soup tasting bowls & spoons.
3. Each person should make an extra large batch of soup. ( It must be home made, and not store bought!!!) Maybe you could assign out a specific kind to each woman, so that each soup that is brought would be different. Make up a batch large enough to produce 5 quarts.
4. Each of the woman should put her soup in five - quart containers that can be frozen such as plastic or freezer containers, that would hold one quart of soup per container = 5 quarts of soup. (1 quart is for tasting, and the other 4 quarts are for exchanging. It might also be a good idea to bring a bag to carry the soups in other than a plastic grocery bag as the soups will be heavy.
5. Write up and print off 4 recipe cards or papers with your recipe on it to give with the soup you exchange.
6. Gather together at a specific set date. Give your Visiting Teaching message to your sisters over the table while you enjoy tasting each others soup.
7. Make sure that each sister that leaves, goes home with 4 different kinds or soup in quart containers.
I was thinking of this idea today to do in my neighborhood, with my Lunch bunch. If you do it with neighbors or more women, you could still have each bring 5 quarts of soup, and they would still go home with 4 quarts of soup. I like this idea because it helps me with my winter cooking... you know, just go to the freezer, pull out a home made soup, and heat it up and serve with a loaf of bread or rolls! Yum! I like the idea of not having to cook all the time too.
http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2009/05/freezer-meals-tips-and-storage.html Here is another link to things to consider when starting out a freezer group.... http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2009/11/23/how-to-start-a-meal-exchange/
I know that this idea is early, but if I don't post it now, when December rolls around, I could very easily forget. For December, make sure to do a cookie or homemade candy exchange. Very easy way to get all the yummy holiday treats and a great variety without you having to make each one. Bring 5 - 6 dozen of either cookies or Christmas Candies. Make sure that they are home made, and not store bought, and bring the recipe too.
Enjoy!!! Katie G.
Here are the rules that I found online for the cookie exchange. I found them at http://www.cookie-exchange.com/
The Rules of the Cookie Exchange 1. All cookies should be homemade, baked and main ingredient must be flour. 2. No plain chocolate chip cookies, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or bars. 3. Please bring 6 dozen total cookies. 4. The theme is "Christmas Cookies" (You can make any theme you like.) 5. Arrange cookies in a basket or platter and be creative! Bring a large container to carry away your cookie, or the hostess can provide a take away container. 6. Email a copy of your recipe before the party (or bring recipe to the party) 7. Christmas attire is encouraged! 8. RSVP as soon as you can and let me know what type of cookies you are planning on baking -- no duplicate recipes are allowed. 9. There's a prize for the best Christmas outfit. (Give prizes!) 10. If you don't have time to bake, or have burnt your cookies, but still want to attend, you must go to a real bakery and buy 6 dozen yummy cookies. Copyrights notice: If you use the "Rules of the Cookie Exchange" offline for your personal use, no acknowledgments are needed. If you make an online webpage using The Rules of the Cookie Exchange and have use in whole or part of my rules, please place a link on the bottom of the same page that says: "Some content courtesy of Cookie-Exchange.com." Thank you, Robin Olson Here is a site for an invitation for a Cookie exchange that you can print off and fill in the blanks...http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmasfun/invitations.htm There are others online so just google Cookie exchange invitations.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
I personally look forward every month to going Visiting teaching. I love the new sisters that I have been able to get to know as a result of the changes in the ward that I live in. I use to feel frustrated at all the changes that were made, but I have been able to get to know so many wonderful women as a result. I was thinking today that Visiting teaching is so much more than watch care. It is friendship making, it is being an earthly ministering angel, and it is learning to love and appreciate the diversity and talents of others. I hope that you too will enjoy your experience with Visiting teaching. It will happen your entire lifetime, and you have the choice as to what kind of an experience you and your sisters want to have. I suggest you immerse yourself in it and just jump right in with both feet, because you get as much as you give. It is good for you and good for your soul as well as the fact that you are able to share a spiritual message with some women who may not get another the entire month. Perhaps too, you can be a part of the reactivation of some of Heavenly Fathers sweet daughters, that He has put you in their path to seek out and remind them of the Gospel message of love.
Best regards & Love,
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Savior taught His disciples, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." President Monson said that "He believes the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in the service of others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service of others, grow and flourish---and in effect save their lives".
"We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness--- be they family members, friends, acquaintances or strangers. We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us."
I have been so gratified these past two days by so many kind women in my own neighborhood who have selflessly and immediately accepted the opportunity to provide a meal for a family who will be having a private family memorial service for a loved family member who has passed away. One email was shot off to some women, and immediately they responded, with offers of bringing side dishes, desserts, and all manner of wonderful food for this family. Everyone of them are busy women, and in particular the day of the memorial service, yet they love their neighbor and wanted to help.
Service isn't always convenient, or timely but when we serve others, there is truly an added benefit for the server. It is simply this.... Joy. It feels so good to know that you are helping others, and if you are burdened yourself, just go out and serve someone else, and I can guarantee, that you will come back feeling so much better. You will feel so good inside. You will feel joy.
In the talk President Monson quotes a familiar church hymn...
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone's burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
This wonderful hymn then ends by these words....
"Then WAKE UP, and do something more" than dream of your mansions above... doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure, a blessing, of goodness and love."
I have created a cute bookmark handout to share using the thought provoking quote from this wonderful talk..."Are you immersed in the thick of thin things?" This quote helps me to inventory the time I am spending during the day. What am I doing with my time, and what could or should I be doing? I thought I would give you alittle service and pass it on.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Thanks, Katie G.
My suggestion, was to go to the Sally DeFord Music website, as she has tons and tons of music she has written and she shares it freely. You can print it off to use. She also has as part of her site, some Easter and Christmas Cantatas, and programs, as well as other programs that people have sent in, including your's truely. I suggest anyone who is looking for something special, go there. Her link is http://www.defordmusic.com/
- Howard W. Hunter, “The Great Symbol of Our Membership,” Ensign, Oct. 1994
- Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009
- Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Ensign, May 2009
- Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,” Liahona, July 2001
- http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2043-1-5215-1,00.html (October 2010 Issue of the Ensign is focused intirely on Temples ) Here is the direct link to the Ensign Special issue for you to read online. Look for it in the mail as well if you subscribe to the Ensign and other church magazines.
There is another link that takes you to this article called: "Relief saociety: A Sacred Work by Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President Here is that link: http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=3bbf56627ab94210VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD
Saturday, October 2, 2010
If you go to my Visiting Teaching surprise blog http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com you can find the templates that I created to print off a darling Halloween gift box. Here is the direct link
I don't have the photo taken yet for the gift box, but I will by the end of today. This is a really easy template, and that was my purpose. Some printable boxes are so hard to fold and figure out for me, that I wanted to make a simple one.... and I did. Enjoy!!! Katie G.
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.