Thursday, September 11, 2014

Temple Dedication - Family Home Evening & Activity Days

I am blogging at 

today, sharing our Temple Dedication themed Activity Days! Come check it out!

We are sharing lots of pretty pictures and free handouts. This would be a great activity for Activity Days or Family Home Evening.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Style a Coffee Table

Fall is in the air, and for me that means deep cleaning my house, and making it feel a little extra cozy for the upcoming months where we will be spending more time inside. A great place to start is my formal living room. We don't do much in here, so I have no problem putting my pretties on my coffee table. 

Coffee tables can be hard... amiright? I think I finally have it down. After watching a segment on my favorite lifestyle show, Studio 5, on how to style a coffee table, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. They said, 
Divide in Half & Divide in Half Again
So simple, right? YES, it really is!

Those are the rules I followed for my coffee table.

You can see, my table was divided in half, placing a tray on one side.

I divided the other side in half again, and stacked boxes on top of each other. In the other half of that side, I placed a hippo, and a piece of hemmili. Noticed I divided that space as well?

You can see that I even divided my tray in half, with books on one side, and succulents and container on the other side.

Each piece ties in with my pillows and the rest of the decor in the room.

The hippo was from a thrift store. It was $2. I gave it a coat of gold spray paint, and now I love him!

So, here's a top view:

The coffee table was thrifted and painted. It was cream before, and I left the brass lining the glass when I painted it gray. The stacked boxes are from TJ Maxx. The small box on top was thrifted. Hippo was thrifted. Blue Hemmili was DIY. Tray was thrifted and painted. Succulent was Homegoods. Small fuchsia vase, Michael's. Statue, Belize, we got it on a cruise about 10 years ago. Stone, gem faire. Books were thrifted, except the Orsay book that we picked up in France 15 years ago. Unicorn letter opener, thrifted.

I LOVE color, and I would say my taste is eclectic. I like to have things in my home that you are not going to see in other people's homes.

My front room makes me happy! Now, on to my basement!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and creative Day!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Younique Mascara

Ladies, this post is for you! A dear friend of mine called me last week, and said I had to try this new mascara she was using. I had heard of it before, and said I would try it, but only for her - I am always a sceptic. I about died when I put it on! These are real results. My husband took these pictures, and the lighting and angles are a little bit different, but you get the idea.

This is my face.

These are my eyes.

The results speak for themselves. You get to try this awesome mascara for $29! 

Here is the link to my lash bash:

Best part? This mascara has a money back guarantee!!!

I loved this clip of a beauty blogger trying Younique for the first time. I don't know this girl, but I want to go to lunch with her. She is hilarious! She is kind of a spaz with her application. She needs to brush her lashes out, but you get the idea of what it can do.  The results are truly AMAZING!

This mascara will extend the length of your lashes, and even if your lashes are already long, it can help thicken them up. The results speak for themselves!

This is a selfie I took in my room after 12 hours of wear the same day the other pictures were taken.

I had seen this mascara before, but thought the photos were doctored, until I tried it for myself. I was talking to a friend about it yesterday, and told her I don't think I will ever be able to go back to wearing normal mascara. Younique mascara is my new normal.

If you buy from my party, you will help me earn credit and half priced items. If you have a party of your own, you can earn credit and half priced items as your friends buy this awesome mascara for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by. Now go make Younique mascara your own, "new normal."

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pioneer Day Party ideas, and an Instagram Giveaway!!!

I decided when I reached 1000 followers on Instagram, I would host a giveaway. I reached 1000 followers yesterday, and it coinsided perfectly with my last Studio 5 segment! So... I am giving away this adorable doll that Brooke Walker and I made on the show this week. To win, follow me on Instagram: @restlessrisa_risabaker, and tag a friend! Giveaway closes Sunday night. Winner announced Monday morning! Good luck!

Here's the link to my Pioneer Crafts segment!

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Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Little House on the Prairie Party

This year, when my daughter told me she wanted a Little House on the Prairie party, I was SOOO excited!

The invitation was adorable. It was an apron that I made for each girl and wrapped up in butcher paper. I had to keep the party smaller than usual, because it was SO MUCH work to make the aprons and bonnets.

I created the invitation in pic monkey, using the clipart I bought on ETSY. You can find the clipart HERE.

When the girls arrived, they each got to fine the bonnet that matched their apron, and put it on.

The setup was charming!

The floral fabric set the mood for the party, and I found it at Walmart!

For more detailed information about the party games and activities, see previous posts.

Before the party started, I took my daughter out to the filed behind our house, and shot a few pics of her. I  love how they turned out!

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Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Embroidery on Hankies

For my daughter's Little House on the Prairie Party, the girls got to embroider on hankies. It was so fun, and they loved it!

I got a whole set of about 30 daring floral hankies on ebay for $14 from this store: thomas wushilei

Photo creed, thomas.wushilei

I got out mason jar rings and rubber bands for the girls to use as embroidery hoops, but they didn't seem to want to use them, and just preferred their hands.

They just drew their own initials on with a pencil, and stitched over it with the embroidery floss of their choice.

Thanks for stoping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rag Doll (No sewing required!)

For my daughter's, Little House on the Prairie party, the guests all made rag dolls. The girls did a great job, and the dolls turned out so adorable!

Here are a few pics from the party. The girls had fun, and were so creative!

I spread all the fabric strips out on the floor. Did I mention I get my fabric at 
They are my favorite fabric shop!

It was super easy for the girls to do, and they caught on right away. They could all do it themselves, which is always a bonus!

Doesn't my daughter look lovely in her prairie attire?

To make your own


You will need:

6 1" strips of white fabric
30ish strips if patterned fabric cut or torn into 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch strips
6 to 10 cotton balls

For my fabric, I tore 1" strips of regular 45" fabric in strips, then cut it in half, so each piece of fabric ended up being about 22 1/2" long.

Make the arms first. Tie a knot on the end of three of the strips of white strips, and braid about 6ish inches, leaving one side untied. You will tie it after the doll comes together, and you see how long you want the arms to be.

Place 3 strips down on the floor first. This will be the head.

Start layering 12 to 24 of the patterned strips on top of the white, with the printed side down. This will be the top of the dress. Layer more strips if you want it more full, less strips if you want the skirt less full. Make sure to leave about 3 strips out of the mix for additional ties you will need to make.

Place 3 cotton balls in the center of the circle. This will be stuffing for the head.

Reach your hand under the whole thing and flip it over, holding on to the middle. Then, tie a thin fabric strip around the neck, synching it in nicely.

Next, decide what part of the white you want to be the face. Insert the braided arms in the middle of the fabric.

Insert two or three more cotton balls for the chest.

Flip the fabric over, and wrap another strip around as shown in the photos.




Time for the bonnet. Cut a 3"x3" piece of fabric, and fold in half diagonally. Place over the head as a bonnet.

Tie with another thin strip of fabric.

Tie more fabric around the waist if you feel like it. I wanted more red, so I did. This is also a good time to tie the other arm off at the length you wan't, and cut the excess fabric off.

I LOVE how she turned out. Wouldn't she be darling on a young girls bed?

Five little rag dolls all in a row.

Here are a few more closeups. They don't stand. I have them all on upside down cups.

Thanks for stopping by. Get out your old fabric scraps, and make a rag doll. They are addictive!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


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