640 circles

that’s what has been keeping me from sewing on my new machine. at my daughter’s school, part of our tuition involves volunteer time. my job this trimester was to help at our annual fundraising luncheon with the centerpieces. the committee wanted something that represented what our kids have been studying this year and how when you transform minds you transform the community. so we went global with an old world map and included pics of the minds we’re transforming.

there were 32 tables and they needed to be done inexpensively, yet not look cheap. we borrowed the glass hurricane lanterns from our church (from walmart for less than $3) and wrapped maps around them, basically making a cylinder and sliding it over the hurricane. the map image was found online and reprinted at a local print shop. each table had a white table cloth and a brown cloth napkin in the center. that was topped with the map covered hurricane, then surrounded with a teal paper circle with ten 3″ pics of kids, backed with alternating 3 1/4″circles of green and brown paper. all the colored paper was from michaels, the brown and green from the maryha stewart collection.

all the circles were cut with my circle cutter. it is super helpful in times like this, but i’m wondering if anyone has used a better cutter? i very rarely get a fully cut out circle. i usually have to finish of a little bit with my scissors. but its better than tracing them all and doing them entirely with scissors. believe me, i know. all of the circles were adhered with this adhesive, which i love, but is a bit pricey. i just can’t stand tearing off pieces of double sided tape after using this litle tool.

i am so glad to check this task off my list. my volunteer hours are more than met, and now i have a couple days to focus on gracie’s pink party. i’ll try to give you a little peak before saturday. and i have more posy pins to add to the shop. take a look when you get a chance!



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    I don’t know how you do it, Lindsey!


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    The centerpieces look really good. i had no doubt they would be great. can’t wait for the sneak peak at the pink party.

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    Penny Malley says:

    The luncheon was wonderful-from the decor to the talent! Made me wish my kids went there- oh, wait, they do! :-)

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    Joyful Weddings and Events says:

    Fun idea!

    Doesn’t the school have a cricut? There are circles in a few of the cartridges. It is difficult for the photos because you have line it up exactly right, but for the colored circles in the background, the cricut is great!

    Also, I use scotch’s double sided tape that doesn’t have paper backing- it works really well (as long as you get the permanent type. The removable stinks). And it’s pretty cheap! Yay!

    Can’t wait to see what you do for gracio’s party!

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    Mom Taxi Julie says:

    That’s a lot of circles! I have Creative Memories circle cuttter that I love.

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    I have this brand circle cutter and it rocks! Can’t wait to see the pink party.

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    vanpeltium-4 says:

    I just discovered your site…love it!

    Just thought I’d share…I use the creative memories circle cutter and it is FANTASTIC!

    Keep up the inspiration

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