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Monday, December 31, 2012

After Christmas Decor



     I'm not one to delay the dismantelling of the Christmas decor. I love Christmas, its just that I'm always ready to move on too! Getting the tree off the main floor always seems to make the living room feel so much bigger too. And with the Christmas decor safely tucked away its always fun to tweak the everyday decor and come up with something different.



     We had the flu again this week. There is so much crud going around I'm sure it was inevitable. The silver lining was that I could spend lots of time at home with the kiddos. We made tie dye shirts {thanks to a kit from Uncle Ethan and Aunt Ashley}, did lots of sledding {ok that was just the kids}, and I finally caught up on the laundry!!!! {if only for this afternoon!}

     With the Christmas decor down I decided to still keep a little sparkle and added more silver in for the winter season. I also decided that a few ornaments could be winterish as well even though Christmas is done!





     I love these little balls. They reminded me of snow balls {I found them at Hobby Lobby}. After getting them in place my son and I decided that even more than snow balls, they look like the little world on Horton Hears a Who that the elephant carries around. So who knows who is living among them! ;)


     I wanted to keep the antlers in the decor so I decided to try them in the fireplace.



And the cute little tree looks wintery yet without the bow on top.


     For the hutch I swapped out the ornaments and went with the silvers.





     Come on back later this week and I'll show you how I made these frames silver without using paint!







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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012!

     I'm just popping in today to share with you my fabulous readers, the most popular projects from this past year. Thank you so much for following along on this creative journey! I trust your Christmas was blessed! Despite two cases of Christmas Eve flu {my daughter and I} we had a great time with family and are filled to overflowing with the gift of a savior!

I hope to spend the next week off with my kiddos but wanted to share your top 12 from this year.

   #12 Striped Ceiling in the Bathroom





#11 Chevron Curtains




#10 Garage Organization






#8 Flower Power 









#6  How to make burp cloths




#5 Slip Covered Filing Cabinet



#3 Message Center




#2  Kitchen Reveal: Tips from the journey




And drumroll please......

#1 Post of 2012 was.........
                                      ..................The Kitchen Reveal!!!







Thank you for joining me this year! I can't wait to share many more projects with you in the new year!

God Bless!!!!






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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Projects in Review

     Since I'm home with sick kiddos this week {and not feeling so hot myself} I decided to give you all my Christmas projects in one! Posts may be a bit sparse in the next week or two as I take time off to spend with my family, but I'm looking forward to sharing some fun projects with you in the new year!

     First here's last years pillow inspiration for a trio of Christmas projects for this year. This is the Pottery Barn knock off.


And to add to the collection:






     This year I also came up with two tree ideas using cereal box cones as the base:








Here are a few decor ideas from around our house this year:






















It always seems like a lot more! I hope that these ideas inspire you to create some special things for your family this year!

Merry Christmas! May the Christ of Christmas be predominant in your heart and life!

Thank you for following me on the blogging/crafting journey!







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Monday, December 17, 2012

Inexpensive Gift Bag Update


     Today I received an unexpected day at home, courtesy of my vomiting 4 year old. I hate it when any of my babies are sick, but a day at home, I'll take it!

     While he's laying on the couch watching "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" I thought I'd share with you another gift bag idea.

     These bags were cheapies I found at my local Dollar Tree store {2/$1.00}.



     They were plain at first but enhanced by felt. I searched the internet for clip art images I liked then printed them out. Pin your image onto your felt and cut it out. You can glue these easily with craft glue, or with hot glue if you don't mind a few finger burns!

     And there you have it, cute, easy, and cheap! Does it get any better than that?





     If you missed last year's gift bag idea. Here's the link. These are gift bags made out of wrapping paper:




     I think I'm finally done with the Christmas shopping but now I have all the wrapping! I think I'll be giving out a lot of bags this year!







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Friday, December 14, 2012

Tis' the Season

    Every year I start out the Christmas season with the best of intentions. Intentions of savoring the season, pointing my children to the Christ of Christmas all the more, doing more for others etc. etc....  I think that's why the devil works overtime, to distract us with the busyness, cause us to get caught up in what we need to buy, do, where we need to be, and so on! This has been a week of major distraction! Illness, crazyness at work, Christmas parties and concerts, extra school assignments that need oversight, baking to do and a long list of shopping that is yet to be done. In it all I am trying to just stop today and remind myself to "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him". {Psalm 37:7a}

     So today's post is going to be a hodge podge. I have strayed far from my blogging schedule and am going to just mash a few things together!

     First I wanted to share a story of God's grace with you that happened to me last week. I had been having particularly difficult parenting day {if you know what I mean} and my hubby had to go straight from work to basketball practice for one of our sons. I was home with the other three and it wasn't going well. While I was trying to manage things, I had to quickly go online and reconcile our checking account. While doing so I discovered that due to some major miscalculating and a little overspending on my part, we were going to be short $55.00 in our checking account and there were a few checks yet to go through. I knew that I was totally spent mentally and emotionally already and the only option I had was to pray. I knew that I did not deserve for God to bail me out. I had blown it. I just prayed that somehow he would work things out. You know what, that's exactly what he did. When my husband came home that night I had decided not to tell him yet about the money issue because I was already overwhelmed with the rest of the days events and wanted to share those with him. After unloading on him {and he seemed uncharacteristically calm throughout our discussion}, he said, "I think you need some good news". His boss had given him a bonus that day! He has never gotten a bonus in December before and this was totally unexpected {by us!} It was no surprise to God and I was so humbled in that moment that He would choose to "bail" me out in spite of my own failings.

     What a great God we serve! On top of it all my husband said he wanted me to take some of that money to buy a new camera. I just have a point and shoot and as a blogger I have been so wanting something that would do a little more! What a major blessing! So I am now the proud owner of a Canon Rebel. Don't expect a dramatic improvement in the quality of my pictures, I don't know what I'm doing yet, but we'll get there!

     Let me move on! I want to share a Christmas pillow that I put together this week for my husband's grandma. This is only a small variation from PB knock off pillow I did last year. This tree pillow uses the same leaf shape, cut out of felt; the same drop cloth fabric, and the same little white poms. I think that wreath is still my fave but the tree's pretty cute too!



   
     If you want to make something similar, I started by cutting strips of felt so that the height of my leaves was all relatively the same. For a standard sheet of felt its about six strips per sheet.


     I made two different sizes of leaves. Half of them were "normal" leaf shapes and the other half were skinnier. The skinnier ones I used to fill in between the cracks of the wider leaves.


     Each leaf was hot glued on. After the basic shape of your tree fill in with leaves.


     Then add your poms and a trunk.




     Hopefully Grandma likes it otherwise it looks pretty cute right there!

     I told you this was a hodge podge so I want to show you an awesome idea I came across. A facebook friend posted this from a friend of hers {who I believe it is original with}.

     These deer heads were cut off those lawn ornaments that you can buy at home improvement stores and mounted on the wall. I think she just used wire cutters. Isn't that ingenious! I don't think I could pay full price for the whole deer to do this but I'm hoping I could find one at Goodwill! 

     So today as I am writing this I heard the horrific news of the events in Connecticut. Cute pillows seem so trite! Hug your kiddos extra tight and join me in praying for the families touched by this tragedy!






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