Giveaway: Fresno California Mission/Central California

We have a special holiday giveaway, perfect for anyone who has a place in their heart for the Fresno California Mission and Central Valley California.
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I have listed a few holiday gift ideas at the end of the post. :)
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Here's the giveaway (winner will receive all 3 gifts):
GIFT #1
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Fresno California Temple Tie Bar and Fresno California Temple Pin
Choose antique silver or antique gold.
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Provided by:
A leader in LDS jewelry and gifts for over 25 years.
Visit their online store for CTR rings, Missionary, and more LDS gifts.
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Even if you do not win our giveaway,
you can visit their online store to purchase the
Fresno California Temple Tie Bar and Fresno California Temple Pin.
There is also an Holiness to the Lord Ornament and Ornament Stand available.
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GIFT #2
Fresno Temple Photo Art
This is a high resolution digital download.
"Looks absolutely beautiful on canvas."
Winner will receive file by email.
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Provided by:
Central Valley California Photographer
Nicole is a fabulous photographer and wonderful friend.
She specializes in wedding, family and senior photography. 
Visit her on Facebook and on her website to see her amazing work
and for information on how to schedule your next photo session. :)
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GIFT #3
8x10 "Love left it's mark: Central California"
This is a high resolution digital download.
The winner will receive the file by email.
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Provided by:
Freshaire Designs
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HOW TO ENTER
Simply enter the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway.
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Include in comments: Why Central California and the Fresno California Mission have a place in your heart?
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Winner will be announced December 10, 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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GIFT IDEAS
Looking for a gift for an of the following:
  • Missionaries who have served, currently serving, or recently called to serve in the Fresno California Mission.
  • Parents of those wonderful missionaries.
  • Primary child, who has reach the age of eight and is ready to be baptized.
  • A young man who has received the priesthood.
  • A young man or young woman who has finally reached the age to enter the temple to do baptisms.
  • A family who has recently visited the Fresno California Temple together.
  • New members of the LDS church.
  • LDS Family members living in Central Valley California.
  • Family members who have LDS family members living in Central Valley California.
  • Visiting Teaching.
  • Home Teaching.
  • YOU GET THE IDEA :)

Lumberjack Dance

The theme for our Stake Youth Conference Dance this year was "LumberJack". Our conference was held within the beautiful Yosemite National Forest, the lumberjack theme seemed fitting. :)
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The youth and leaders were encouraged to pack a flannel/plaid shirt or other lumber jack attire for the occasion. This was such a fun dance!! 
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The Stake YM and YW Leaders decided we would wear scouting attire to go with the theme. :) One of our YM leaders really wanted to have us all dress in brown and wear green afro wigs - trees!
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PHOTO BOOTH PROPS
Every dance should have a photo op for memories sake! :) Holding to the lumberjack theme, here are a few of the props available in our photo booth:

  • top of an atrificial christmas tree
  • tree branch
  • masquerade mask, which I covered in buffalo plaid material and connected to a long twig
  • #1 hand, I also covered it in buffalo plaid material
  • black beard (supplied by one of the youth)
  • various floral crowns
  • brown bear ears (made on the spot)
  • wooden frames, spray painted gold
  • toy ax (brought by one of our chaperons)
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REFRESHMENTS
There is always an array of treats available at any dance. A few of our staple treats would have to be:
  • Life Saver Mints (for obvious reasons)
  • Pretzels
  • M&M's
  • Skittles
  • Licorice
  • Gummy Bears
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Oreos (not sure why, these leave your teeth filled with dark cookie remains)
  • Peanuts
DECOR/AMBIANCE

Since the dance was held outdoors, under the already star filled sky, surrounded by towering redwoods and cabins... there wasn't much more we needed to do than hang some white lights and decorate the refreshment table. Here are a few items I used for the refreshment table:
  • fire logs
  • extra large pine cones
  • Buffalo plaid fabric
  • bronze washed flower pots (for goodies)
  • gold wired ribbon (I just love gold!)
  • lanterns
  • an old metal strainer, wit a wood handle (for mints, found it in the kitchen)
  • mini snow shoes (found at Salvation Army for $3 - darling - score!)
  • aged gold chalice (for goodies, also found at Salvation Army)
  • bright green spanish moss - looks like lichen
  • sprigs of green leaves and berries
  • two miniature pine trees
  • baskets (for goodies)
  • mini brown bear rug (I made it from a piece of faux fur I found at the fabric store)
  • bronze branch hooks (from Urban Outfitters)
  • wooden letters, spray painted gold "I'M  A LUMBERJACK"

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I had a little too much fun creating posters for the dance.
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These posters were hung with clothespins, onto lines of jute tied over the refreshment tables.
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I really wanted to hang this one up, but my daughters told me it wouldn't be a good idea. :)
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HALF-TIME SHOW
It has become a tradition for the graduating Seniors to do a half-time show during the stake youth conference dance. A few of the seniors (including my cute daughter) choreographed this year's dance using a mash-up of songs, including the SONG: "I'm yellin' Timber!"
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ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION
As I was searching for a little inspiration, I came across these (too cute not to share):
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This darling Lumberjack Doll:
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This Lumberjack themed wedding dress:
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Vintage pine cone drawings:
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And these cute prints:
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TUTORIAL: Scrabble Tile Pendants

This tutorial is for those who want to make an instant masterpiece with a large group.
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We made scrabble tile pendant necklaces recently during our Stake Beehive Conference. It was a perfect "quick and easy" craft for our group of 80+ girls and leaders.
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SUPPLIES
  • Scrabble Tiles
  • Resin Drop Stickers (I purchased mine from Dew Supplies on Etsy)
  • Mod Podge
  • Super Glue
  • Small Jewelry Bails
  • Ball Chains
PREPARATION
To help save on time, I put together "kits" for each young woman. That way they could simply grab a kit and go to work. I placed the following items into a snack sized ziplock bag: instuctions, scrabble tile, bail, ball chain, and resin sticker. The Mod Podge, and super glue were placed at their work space - along with some baby wipes for their fingers. :)
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This is how we made ours:
  1. Carefully remove the protective backing from the resin sticker, do not touch the sticky side.
  2. Press over the image you want to use.
  3. Trim down the image, cutting right up along the edge of the sticker.
  4. Using your finger, spread a layer of Mod Podge over the entire backside of the scrabble tile (make sure to spread all the way to the sides). Center on the non-letter side of your Scrabble tile (make sure the back letter is facing upwards) and press into place. Press and hold the image on top of the Scrabble tile for several minutes to create a tight bond. Let dry fully for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Flip your Scrabble tile over so the back is facing you. Using Super Glue, carefully center your bail along the top edge of your tile and press into place. Let dry. It'll be quick!
  6. Thread ball chain, using the end without the clasp, through bail. Secure the clasp.
  7. All done!
IMAGES
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Create your own images for your own unique creations. Here is a sample of the images we used for our Beehive Conference:
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PP: A Pattern for Life - Sew Sweet Collection

The digital files used for the activity PP: A Pattern for Life, which I posted a few years ago, have been updated and are now available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs. This has been the most requested overall. Thank you!



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Embark in the Service - Value Garden Collection

I've been away from the blog world for quite some time now. Life has been busy. It's been good, but busy. My youngest just started kindergarten and my oldest is in her first semester at BYU Idaho. She is also anxiously awaiting her mission call, which should be here anytime now. :)
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This is the reason I decided to place my designs in my Etsy shop, which I opened in 2009 - and have done nothing with it until recently. I figure I'm still helping with the work if I am helping to support a missionary, right?
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A huge "Thank You" to all of those who have already visited my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs. And a huge "Thank You" in advance to those of you who will visit my shop in the future. :)
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I received a request from Lyndsay Hola, to redesign a previous print in my Value Garden Collection, which incorporates all the young women value colors. She wanted a design using the 2015 Mutual Theme. I've name the print "Embark". I love how it turned out! It is now available for other Young Women Leaders in my Etsy shop.
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Embark - Vibrant Garden Collection

"Embark", featuring the 2015 Mutual Theme, is also part of my "Vibrant Garden Collection", which incorporates the bee (Beehive), rose (Mia Maid), laurel leaves (Laurel), and a light pink flower (Personal Progress). Available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs.
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I also created one without the honeycomb, but the bee is still present. :)
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Beehive - Vibrant Garden Collection

If you are looking for something for your Beehive class, here are a few items. Originally designed for class presidency binders. A binder cover insert (8.5x11), binder end inserts, and just for fun coordinating "Happy Birthday" gift tags and candy bar wrapper.
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Beehive, is part of my "Vibrant Garden Collection", which incorporates the bee (Beehive), rose (Mia Maid), laurel leaves (Laurel), and a light pink flower (Personal Progress). Available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs.
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More Bee Inspired ideas.
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Mia Maid - Vibrant Garden Collection

If you are looking for something for your Mia Maid class, here are a few items. Originally designed for class presidency binders. A binder cover insert (8.5x11), binder end inserts, and just for fun coordinating "Happy Birthday" gift tags and candy bar wrapper.
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Mia Maid, is part of my "Vibrant Garden Collection", which incorporates the bee (Beehive), rose (Mia Maid), laurel leaves (Laurel), and a light pink flower (Personal Progress). Available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs.
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More Rose Inspired ideas.
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Laurel - Vibrant Garden Collection

If you are looking for something for your Laurel class, here are a few items. Originally designed for class presidency binders. A binder cover insert (8.5x11), binder end inserts, and just for fun coordinating "Happy Birthday" gift tags and candy bar wrapper.
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Laurel, is part of my "Vibrant Garden Collection", which incorporates the bee (Beehive), rose (Mia Maid), laurel leaves (Laurel), and a light pink flower (Personal Progress). Available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs.
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More Laurel Leaf Inspired  ideas.
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Might. Mind. Strength.

PRINTS IN THIS POST ARE AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP: Freshaire Designs
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The theme for our 2014 Stake YW Sports Day was "Might. Mind. Strength."
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INSPIRED BY
The 2014 Mutual Theme: Moroni 10:32

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."
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PURPOSE
1) To invite the young women to "Come Unto Christ" with all their...
  • Might: the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable.
  • Mind: the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers.
  • Strength: the ability to resist being moved and the ability to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.
2) To provide an opportunity for the young women to enjoy various sports and learn sportsmanship. Handbook 13.1 - Activities
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3) To inspire and encourage young women to live a healthy lifestyle.
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ROTATIONS
As the young women arrived, they were given a colored wristband. We had four colors of wristbands, each of them representing a different color group. Once everyone knew which group they were in... the fun began!
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This is what our morning looked like:
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9:15 AM
Group 1 and Group 2 Basketball (cultural hall)
Group 3 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 4 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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9:45 AM
Group 3 and Group 4 Basketball (cultural hall)
Group 1 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 2 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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10:15 AM
Group 2 and Group 3 Volleyball (cultural hall)
Group 4 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 1 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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10:45 AM
Groups 1 and Group 4 Volleyball (cultural hall)
Group 2 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 3 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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11:15 AM

ALL Groups Dodge-ball/Crossfire (cultural hall)
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Healthy Living Class/Snacks
Our class was wonderful! As the young women arrived they filled their plates with homemade hummus, pita chips, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery. The discussion was primarily based on Doctrine and Covenants 89. I wish I had a copy of all the references used and the dialogue that took place during each class. A lot of time went into our instructors presentation.
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Yogurt parfaits were available before the all group activity, Dodge-ball/Crossfire.
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HANDOUT/TAKE-A-WAY
The young women were each given a "Might. Mind. Strength." bookmark.
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AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The following packages are available in my Etsy shop. The t-shirt design would be great for a youth conference or similar event. I am happy to customize colors for you, contact me at freshairedesigns@gmail.com with your requests.
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