Fun Friday Favorites: Making it Mandy’s and I’m giving something away!!

Hello, hello!  It’s the day before Valentine’s Day and I’m just thrilled!  Why you ask?  Because Nate’s Valentine’s box is finished.  AND he absolutely loves it!!!  (You have no idea how many stores we went to in search of “basketball supplies” and trying to find a mini basketball net.  It was like going down a rabbit trail…one that never ends.)  I was so proud of him because this was all his own thoughts and his ideas put into it.  (Well, except for using minnow nets from Wal-Mart as the basketball hoop and net…that was my idea.)  But it’s all finished and he is pumped up to take his Oklahoma Thunder basketball court Valentine’s box to school today.

Nate showing off his Valentine's Day box

Nate showing off his Valentine’s Day box

Other than crafting all week long on Valentine boxes, helping the boys get their Valentine cards filled out for their classmates, and nursing our oldest one back to good tidings and good health, nothing much has been going on.  (Hahaha.  It’s been a busy week.)

But it’s time for my Fun Friday Favorites!!

First, I need to tell a story…Over two years ago, when Maxim was in preschool, I met another preschool mom, Mandy.  Immediately, Mandy and I hit it off.  You know how you can just tell the minute you meet someone that they are real and caring and so TRUE?  Well, that’s Mandy.  So over the next two years, her daughter Lillee and Maxim were in the same preschool class.  This was perfect because between coffee dates and park dates, we got to become great friends.  AND THEN.  I saw her home and her crafting and oh. my. word.  You all.  It made me love her even more!  Mandy is absolutely fabulous at making so many things!  Today’s Fun Friday Favorites is all about Making It Mandy’s and the wonderful things that you can order and purchase from Mandy.

And the best part…I’m super excited because one lucky reader will win my “Making It Mandy’s” GIVEAWAY!  Yes!  I will be giving away a fabulous prize in honor of my dear friend’s amazing business she has been crafting at over the past few years.  Make sure you “play along” because the contest ends Sunday at 5:00 and on Monday, I will announce the winner of this fabulous prize!!!

1.  Anniversary sign –

Isn't this beautiful?!!

Isn’t this beautiful?!!

On one of our coffee dates, Mandy surprised me with this beautiful gift.  It is my absolute favorite!!  She even found out Hubby’s and my anniversary date!  I love the colors, the size…everything about this sign.  She can personalize one for you, too…they are $40.


2.  Chalkboard sign –

I love this quote.

I love this quote.

This is another one of my favorites!  I love the chalkboard look with the different types of fonts.  And the quote…such a good reminder for me.  These signs are available for $30.


3.  Peace   Joy   Love –

A perfect sign for all winter long!

A perfect sign for all winter long!

I ordered this sign for my bestie as part of her Christmas present.  She had seen something similar on Pinterest.  I told Mandy about the idea and this is what Mandy created.  Isn’t this just AMAZING?!  It was so awesome and I may have to order one for myself next year.  It would looked awesome up on my fireplace mantle…yes, Mandy.  I’ll order one of these for myself.  🙂  This sign is about three feet long and 2 1/2 feet tall and sells for $60.


4.  Anniversary window –

I love the white frame on this!

I love the white frame on this!

Or you can have a darker frame color :)

Or you can have a darker frame color :)

Our friend, Cassie, got married back in November and look at the sign Mandy made for her!  I love the window pane look!  These are available for $50.


5.  Love never fails –

I ADORE this sign!!!!

I ADORE this sign!!!!

I love how simple this sign is and yet it says so much!  I would leave this sign up year around because it speaks so much truth.  Love, love, love this sign and it’s only $30.



6.  Joy sign –

This JOY sign is perfect for Christmas!

This JOY sign is perfect for Christmas!

You can pick...either JOY or NOEL

You can pick…either JOY or NOEL

I bought a JOY and a NOEL sign last year for my mother-in-law and my mom.  Oh, and I  just happened to buy one for myself.  I put my JOY sign in a crate with some large ornaments, as you see in the picture above.  But it’d look super cute with lights strung in a crate and add some evergreen branches, too!  Place it by your front door for all to see!  These signs are $40.


7.  Special dates –

Remember all the special things about your child's birth with a sign like this!

Remember all the special things about your child’s birth with a sign like this!

List all of your family's special dates...births and your wedding date

List all of your family’s special dates…births and your wedding date

All of your family's specials dates...

All of your family’s special dates… What a difference a day makes!

These signs are so great!  What a difference a day makes…just PRESH.  You can customize your sign for your family and they are $30.


8.  Choose Joy –

Two of my favorite words...CHOOSE Joy

Two powerful words…CHOOSE Joy

I gave this to my sister-in-law at Christmas because her friendship has meant so much to me.  Joy is a choice and she chooses it each day.  A dear friend of Angie’s passed away and her friend talked about how important it is to choose joy.  I love it.  Two words that we all must do.

And the best part about this sign is this…I am giving one of these away!!!  That’s right!  So, here’s how you can enter to win this amazing sign:

1.  Comment below (yah, right on this blog page) about this blog post.  Maybe tell what your favorite sign is that you’d love to buy or tell about one you bought from Mandy.  Comment below and you will earn ONE ENTRY.

2.  Subscribe to my blog.  That gets you ANOTHER ENTRY.  (Already a subscriber?  Then remind me of that in your comment and I’ll make sure you are entered twice.)

3.  “Share” this blog post on Facebook and you’ll receive A THIRD ENTRY.

SO, you have three chances to win!  This contest ends Sunday, February 15th at 5:00 (central time).  I’ll announce the winner on Monday’s blog post.


Check out Making It Mandy’s Facebook page and you can place your order there.  Or email Mandy at OR you may call her at (319) 270-9973.  *Be sure to tell her you read about it on my blog!  She has so many amazing home decor pieces!  Here are a few more great things that Mandy designs:

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The Giveaway starts now!  So, start earning your entries and start shopping!!

And don’t forget…in all we do, let’s choose joy!  Have a great weekend!



  • Michelle
    February 13, 2015

    Very talented! My favorite is the anniversary one at the top. 🙂 and I am already a subcriber. Liking Mandy’s fb page. & Sharing… 😉

  • Georgeann Enos
    February 13, 2015

    I Love this week’s blog. I am happy to be a subscriber! I really like the birth announcements. They would make a great gift? I can’t wait to visit the sight for these crafts.

  • Jennifer Grove
    February 13, 2015

    I love the Joy Christmas sign! My fav. luv you, too Connie. Jen

  • karrie hamling
    February 13, 2015

    Loving the signs! I believe I’m already a subscriber 🙂

  • Sandy Zuber
    February 13, 2015

    Love the anniversary window.

  • Mary Wetherell
    February 13, 2015

    I just subscribed recently and look forward to reading more. I shared your blog on Facebook wall.
    I love the Anniversary sign and the blackboard sign with the quote about being an example for our children. Your friend does beautiful work!

  • Kerstin
    February 13, 2015

    I’m on the hunt for something new for above our fireplace and I love Mandy’s pieces. I think the one with the dates and what a difference a day makes might be my favorite 🙂

  • Tricia
    February 13, 2015

    Love the anniversary sign. Great idea for a wedding gift!!. And.yes, I’m a subscriber; )

  • Sue Ann
    February 13, 2015

    I am already a subscriber. 🙂 I love the Laundry sign! If I don’t win one I’m going to buy one! Mandy is so amazing and talented!

  • Jolee
    February 14, 2015

    So cute! I love them all, but especially love the Christmas signs, so cute. I also already subscribe and I will be sharing! I also am excited to check out her site; this could be a bad thing.

  • Teresa Iiams
    February 14, 2015

    I’ve always read Angelas blog but Im now a subsciber and can’t wait to read her next post ! I liked the blackboard about children and the family window.

    • Mary Wetherell
      February 14, 2015

      Me too. Maybe we are related??? LOL

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