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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Come Unto Christ and Be Perfected In Him

POSTERS IN THIS POST ARE AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP: Freshaire Designs
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Last night we, the Stake YW Presidency, met with all the ward YW leaders for our annual YW Presidents Roundtable. What a wonderful exchange of ideas! I am blessed to be surrounded with these wonderful women and friends.
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This is the gift we gave them to go along with this year's mutual theme. It was suggested/requested that the YW value colors be used. So, I created this print. I based the design on another print I fell in love on Pinterest.
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This is the design (below) is the one I fell in love on Pinterest, but the link is no longer good. If by chance anyone knows where I can find a link to the poster below, I would love to know!
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Thanks to Hailey Richards I have the link to the darling poster below. You'll find the poster below for sale here on Etsy, from Alexa Z Design. By the way... her designs are amazing!!
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Diamonds in the Rough

With the 2014 mutual theme being, "Come Unto Christ and be Perfected in Him..." I have had overwhelming email requests and comments on this particular post. Most of you are requesting a copy of the talk. Just so you know... I have made a request for the talk that was used, but not sure if she still has a copy. This particular New Beginnings was held a few years ago, back in 2010. I will let you know if and when it becomes available.
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Original 2010 post:
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This year our ward's New Beginnings theme was, "Diamonds in the rough: Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him" .
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INVITATION
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Invitations were hand delivered in a simple black envelope, tied with black ribbon. Each name was written in metallic silver on the front of the envelope.
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Needed Supplies: simple printout of invitation on white copy paper, black card stock, black envelopes, clear rhinestone stickers, double-sided tape or glue stick, and a silver metallic Sharpie.
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Other ideas:
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Square Bracket Cards
You can purchase them here
I saw these cute Square Bracket Cards and thought they might be a bit more "girlie" than the straight edge we used on our invites.
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AMBIANCE/DECOR
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The Relief Society room was transformed into our Young Women's Diamond Boutique

D├ęcor included: black and white table coverings and drapes, black tulle, topiaries, lighting, large acrylic crystals, and a simple vase filled with faux beautiful soft pink roses (which were given to our new and incoming Beehives during the program).

The Young Women Medallion was displayed on a black velvet neck display. And the new Personal Progress booklet, Strength of Youth pamphlet and Guidebook for Parents and Leaders of Youth, each received a "bling, bling makeover", using clear rhinestone stickers. the YW values were also displayed.

My daughter's dress form was transformed into our daughter of a king, complete with a few of the large acrylic crystals around the neck and a sparkly "Diamonds in the Rough" sash, which I made using a piece of black scrap material and felt letters stickers I found at a local fabric store (simple, yet adorable!).

Along with the bling was a large piece of coal, a simple rock we found at the lake recently, spray painted black.
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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I do not have an exact program outline. But our program included Personal Progress updates, Spotlights on our newest Beehives, a couple musical numbers, and talks from our Young Women's President (Amy) and our Bishop. They each tied in the theme nicely. Amy started out her talk with the cutest object lesson... "How to make a diamond".
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OBJECT LESSON IDEAS
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1) I recall Amy standing in front of the group in a darling apron. Holding a recipe card. She took a piece of coal (could be a simple rock painted black) and placed it in a frying pan. She asked the young women how long it would take her to turn that piece of coal into a diamond. I believe this is when she pulled out the blow torch. She didn't use it of course. Just a visual aid. :) After some discussion, she bridged over to what it takes to be perfected in Him.
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2) Another idea would be to use a tarnished piece of silver and polish it while explaining how our Savior helps refine us - in the end the silver will shine.
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photo credit here, from The Creek Line House
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3) Diamonds, an object lesson.
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RESOURCES FOR TALK PREPARATION
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The process to create diamonds is completely natural. The diamonds start out as a simple piece of coal, until a molten rock heats pure carbon under tremendous pressure. This causes the diamond crystals to be formed. Volcanic activity will, over time, push the diamonds to the earth’s surface, where they can be found buried in the earth. The diamonds still have to get cleaned and polished before they shine.
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The  Lord's Pattern for Peace, Elder Christoffel Golden Jr., Ensign April 2008
"Then, as I looked at his almost transparent countenance, I recalled many of the small and great deeds he had done. It was in the small deeds that I discovered the greater joy. Through his renewed life of submission and service, this noble servant of the Lord had received the approval of heaven. He was no longer a rough diamond but rather a refined, polished shaft.
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Opposition in Order to Strengthen Us, Eldred G. Smith, General Conference October 1973
"We all have our trials of life to strengthen us. Each thinks he has the hardest or most severe trials. It may be that they are the most difficult only because they are the hardest or most difficult for you. The diamond is enhanced and made more valuable with polishing. Steel is made harder and more valuable through tempering. So also opposition builds the character of man."
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James E Faust uses the story of a man's search for diamonds to teach a few different lessons:
Happiness and Our Search For Happiness, James E. Faust, Liahona October 2000
"How many times do we look for our happiness at a distance in space or time rather than right now, in our own homes, with our own families and friends?"
The Truth Shall Make You Free, James E. Faust, Liahona September 1998
“Where can truth be found?”
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http://www.lds.org/media-library/images/mormonads/trials-and-adversity?lang=eng
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How Diamonds are Formed, National Geographic
As I watched this I was intrigued with the idea that once a diamond is formed beneath the earth's surface, it still needs to be transported. Just as we need our Savior.
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MUSICAL NUMBER SUGGESTIONS
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Brie sang her first solo in public. She and one of our beehives sang "Daughter of a King", by Jenny Phillips. They each sang a verse on their own and sang the chorus together. Brie was so nervous, but she did wonderful.
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TAKE-A-WAY/GIFTS
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After the program, the Young Women were directed to the back of the room. There they found two tables which were set-up with supplies for each of them to make their own "Be Strong and of Good Courage" tiles - because that was the mutual theme for 2010. (supplies: 4x4 tiles, prepared vinyl lettering, and Pampered Chef scrapers)
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REFRESHMENTS
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We served up Chocolate Mousse Parfaits with Brownies and Caramel Sauce, Amy's creation.
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TAKE AWAY IDEAS
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Each of the young women were given a small bag, tied with a black ribbon, holding a ring pop inside as they were leaving.
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(1) Small Black Velvet Drawstring Pouches, purchase here ($2.93 for a pack of 12)
(2) Clear treat bags, found at your local craft stores
(3) Black Organza Bags,purchase here ($1.50 for a pack of 10)
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Here are a few other ideas...
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Ring Pop Popsicles
idea found here, from Make It Cozee
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 Edible Sugar Diamonds
Multiple colors and shapes. Great to top cupcakes or cookies with!
You can purchase them here, at Fancy Flours
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Gem Candy Molds
Have a candy making activity beforehand.
Candy molds found here
photo from Make It Love It
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MUTUAL or F.H.E. ACTIVITY IDEAS
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Rock Hounding, Family Home Evening Resource Book