Love Story 3 column

Friday, April 1, 2011

I Love MOPS!!!

There are two really big reasons I love MOPS. (If you're not familiar with MOPS, it stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and is a national organization.)

1. I get to visit with other moms who have become great friends. We learn together about how to be better moms through a video curriculum, guest speakers, and discussion.

2. We get to make a craft at the end of each meeting (while our kids are in childcare!!!). Monograms have been popular for a while, so I was excited to see what we were making today. Check it out...

It's genius how simple it is, but it's so cute. It's a piece of 1x6 glued to a candlestick. We painted the wood, stenciled a letter to a square of burlap, then nailed it right on. How easy is that? Here's a close-up:

Clearly I need to touch up a couple of spots that somehow missed being painted. And pretend not to notice that I stenciled the "M" backwards. At least it's one of those letters that basically looks the same either way!

Some of the moms had ideas about how to take this craft and run with it. You could use different heights of the candlestick and put several together. You could also spell out a word (like "joy" for Christmas) or use the first initials of everyone in your family.

Thanks, Becca, for such a cute craft this week!

Happy crafting,


  1. Uh oh backwards M. Where is my red pen?

  2. Hahaha! It's already red, so I guess it's okay.

  3. Yay! Love it and it looks so good next to the family photo! ---Becca

  4. That's so cute....and seems like a simple project, too! I LOVE those kind the best!! Have a great weekend!
    ; )