Vbs Submerge ideas

Vacation  bible school will soon be in full swing and though it's  been exhausting, it has been a blast planning all the activities.  This is my first year as director and its been quite the experience.  So many people have jumped on board to help with decorations.


I made these fish from paper lanterns I found at Dollar Tree. I made a template for the tail and used a heart shape for the lips and fins. I had some printable  eyes that worked perfect for fish eyes.  Everyone loves them.

My very talented sister in law made one of the jelly fish that will be used in the worship rally.

 She used lightweight tarp material that her husband had stored in his shop. She bunched  it up and shaped it.

I made these crabs from red paper plates from Dollar Tree.
I made a template for the claws and cut them from another red plate so they would match.  You can make 2 claws from one plate.  Use pipe cleaner for the legs.  I used glue dots to secure them .

My very own Tom the Builder.  

My husband built this photo booth for the kids and he also built a cool puppet stage and just helped in so many ways.  Love this man!!!  

3 Steps to Tame a Out of Control Closet

Decluttering is a word that is dear to my heart.  Several months ago I read a book on organizing  that changed my life…no kidding. Nothing gives me the satisfaction of seeing a well organized closet.  I have done it for years with the same results.  A few months later, it is time to do it again.  But this time was different.
 Here are the steps I used to gain control of my massive clothes collection.

(This is a crucial step that you can not skip)

Take all of your clothes out of the closet and  put them on the bed.  Every piece must come out.   Leave no clothes hanging or anything on the floor.

Try on every piece of clothes (my daughter didn't want to do this step but was glad she did).
Evaluate every top, skirt, pant, coat, dress, etc.
 Is there anything wrong with the piece you tried on.  Is there a button missing, a pucker that drives you crazy, too short, just plain ugly? If you don't love it, donate it or sell it on ebay.

 If you have clothes you love but they need altering, gather them all and take to your seamstress, but make sure they are worth the money to have altered.

Everything you put back in your closet will be clothes you love, and that fit you like a glove.  You will be surprised at the combinations you can come up with once you streamline your closet.

Remember when you had nothing to wear but had a closet full of clothes?  Now you have less but better choices.  Everything you grab should be something that works for you.

 Now is the time to shop for basics and to replace important pieces that you could no longer use. 
 Make a list of needs and stick to it.  You will not believe how different you will shop once you do this exercise.  You will be much more selective about every piece of clothing you buy.

I can't believe how much this changed my shopping habits.  I don't waste money on clothes that just hang in my closet.  If I buy it, it's going to be something I absolutely love.  

 I love to shop Goodwill and when I go now I don't come out with huge bags of clothes just because they are cheap.  I come out with clothes that have been well thought out.  I use my color note app on my smartphone to list clothes I'm looking for at Goodwill.  It keeps me from impulse buying.

Please leave a comment to let me know how this system worked for you.

7 Great Style Secrets and Tips


My Sister-in-law, Sue has a great sense of style.  I   never remember seeing her that she didn’t look fabulous . I love shopping with her for 2 reasons.  One thing is I’m learning all her “secrets”, and the second thing is she is completely honest about the clothes I try on.  Everyone needs a friend like her. 

 Secret 1
  One day Sue took 2 of the same size and same color pants in the dressing room.  She laughed and said I know you think I’m crazy but the same size can fit different. Truthfully I thought it was a little odd, but  boy was she right.   
On one of our shopping trips I found a blouse I loved but it was too tight.  Sue told me to try another one in the same size.  It was a perfect fit.  I’ve never shopped the same since.  

Secret 2
Don't get sold on sales, unless it is something on your needs list.  So many times I have bought a sale item only to put it straight into my Goodwill bag.
Save your money to buy something that you love. Now that you are shopping smarter you can afford a higher quality item occasionally.

 Secret 3
Forget the size tags. I know you all have been there, where you bought something because you liked the size on the tag.  It's a trick of the garment industry.  If you are a 14 and you find a 10 you can wear, you are more likely to buy it. Buy because you love an item, not because you love the size on the tag.

 Secret 4
 Build up your jewelry and scarves collections. Great necklaces, earrings, and scarves can make a basic wardrobe pop. You can take a look from plain to gorgeous with the right accessory. 
  I do look for jewelry at high end stores when they are on sale.  I go in with a game plan, not impulsive grabbing everything I like.

 Secret 5
 Find a tailor and make him or her your best friend. Mine just happens to be a friend and she is awesome. I try to find clothes that fit but sometimes the hem or sleeves have to be altered.  I'm not good at hems so they go straight to the tailor. Fit is what 
makes or breaks an outfit.

 Secret 6
Invest in the best undergarments you can afford. If the girls aren't in their proper place, there is no way you will look stylish.  Also invest in a whole body slimmer (the kind that look like a teddy) for a smooth backside.

 Secret 7
Become a quick change artist. Keep a scarf in your purse to instantly change your look.  Great if you have an engagement after work and don't have time to change.

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