Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Well that is what it was like last week with this idea, So here it is. Still needs some tweeking. I took pics along the way, so a tutorial will be available soon and definitely by next Christmas.
Hope you had a great Holiday with family, took some time off to rest and are now ready to get back into some junkin fun.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
"The Gift of God"
May your family take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, as you exchange gifts, and spend time together. Remember why we celebrate... and focus on the "Gift from God" that is His
Son, Jesus Christ.
Get pre-printed Jesus tree or advent tags here
Find a larger list of the "names of God" here
See examples of advent calendars and each day's tag on my pinterest here
More ideas for this type of tag would be the Gifts of the Spirit, The Commandments, The story of Easter and/or the Birth of Christ, Passover (the plagues etc), Creation (what was created on which day), Genesis (creation, fall, flood...). Go with it and enjoy.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Do you know of one I should add to my idea collection? Let me know.
To see the complete list with links, go to my pinterest page.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I've also discovered that some verses work in the NIV that might not work in the KJV so check both translations.
And to my dismay, I've discovered that I had the wrong scripture references on more than one tag, so I've been checking those as well. You can view a complete list of the "names of God" or "names of Jesus" here. Be sure to check the references before deciding to use one. Some of them are up to interpretation. And if you want to get pre-printed tags, my friend Jodi offers them here. I get nothing from the sale of the tags, I'm just doing this for the fun of it, and it has been fun, and enlightening.
Hope you are following along, and having fun too.
Happy Christmas Week!!!!!! Are you ready?
Monday, December 19, 2011
It's much like "Bedford Falls" from It's a wonderful life, with community activities, an active town square and quaint small town feel.
The City of Athens has a nativity on the courthouse lawn, as well as Santa Clause and some other various Christmas accoutrements
Some Atheists from Wisconsin found out and wrote a letter.
this is the result:
ATHENS — Thousands have rallied on an East Texas courthouse lawn in response to an effort to remove a Nativity scene.
The Athens Daily Review estimated that about 5,000 people came to Saturday's rally, where a Baptist pastor told the crowd was prompted by "the beginning of persecution of Christianity in our nation."
Henderson County officials this month received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group asked that a Nativity scene be removed from the courthouse square and seeks to put up its own banner. County Judge Richard Sanders says the county is complying with federal law and the Nativity scene will remain.
Next year the Athiests get their "banner" on the lawn as well. Having been brought up in that way I know their mindset, but what they don't realize is when they push we pray.... and which is truly more powerful I ask you????
So push away, and we'll pray...And gather... and our faith will be strengthened, which is opposite of what they are trying to accomplish.
This report from Gloria of Winnie & Tulula's which is located just across from the courthouse on the square."It was amazing..everyone was nice..happy..no traffic problems..no litter to pick up..great day ..love our little town!!"
Have a Merry Merry Christmas.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Always in the mood for change, I decided to pull some old crates from my barn and make a storage/display shelf in my "junk room"
First to make it look less "dorm" and more "furniture" I added some feet to a board for the base.
This lifts it up off the ground a bit and makes it look more like a piece of furniture.
Then I pulled in several crates from my barn. I tried them in different configurations before I settled on this. You could screw them together at this point, but I did not.
Then I accessorized with stuff that I have in the barn that is mostly for my Etsy store. Pretty much all of it is for sale. It'll be a rotation of my favorite items until they sell and then something new will go in their place.
The whole project took about 20 mins including drilling holes for the feet. I think it might make a good spot to photograph Etsy items as well.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I'm having so much fun, and have come up with some cleaver ones for the last 2 weeks.
I'd love your feedback.
Remember, if you want some pre-printed tags you can order them from my friend Jodi, Here. Expand the project and make Jodi's Jesus Tree with her tags.
I'm keeping a pinboard and am pinning each day's tag and trinket. Also I've found some wonderful "similar" advent boards to inspire you even further. You can view my pin board here.
If you don't want to put screw hooks or nails in a wooden board. How about just getting a cork bulletin board and using tacks. Or it's easy to screw cup hooks into the cork. Cover the cork with burlap, linen or fabric for a more finished look.
Have fun with this. I know you will.
Please do this with the children in your life. Incorporate it into your Sunday school lessons, or school lessons, or bed time stories. They'll remember it all their lives, especially if it becomes a tradition. And what a fun way to learn about our Savior.
Find more names of Jesus by your own research. You'll be amazed what you will learn and have fun doing it.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
But I'll have to wait till April. More on that later.
You can find Karla's aprons on her Etsy store, Remixed Stitches, Along with even more great sewn creations.
Most of her belts have added "junk" objects and trim, but I wanted mine simple and utilitarian
Hop over and take a look at her fabulous shop.
Thank you Karla, I love it it's perfect.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
So far we have had "My song, The Door, King of Kings, The Healer,
The ShieldAnd The Pearl of Great Price
Wonder what I'll have for tomorrow?
Each day I draw a different ornament, each pointing to the
"Reason for the Season"
I'll post the object and verse on the left side bar at the top.
Monday, December 5, 2011
In an attempt to get some Christmas spirit back into my heart, I've decided to attempt to simplify it all. I'm delegating more and scaling back in some areas. One of the things that is such a daunting task is putting up the tree. I found the solution with an old aluminum tree. Quick set up, no lights, no garland, just the fun part of putting on the ornaments. Son #2 was in town this weekend, so what better time to get the tree up. Mr R helped too. There were a few broken ornaments, but I bore it all with a smile. There is nothing like the sound of plop and pop when those glass orns break.And Ta Da the tree is up...I think i'll be adding some more ornaments to it though. It looks great at night when the light wheel is on it.
For the rest of the house, Simple is the word
Just a few things tucked in here and there.
I love the vintage ornaments and decorations
This was new for me this year. I was inspired by a dealer's display at Winnie & Tulula's
Just hang some old ornaments in front of a mirror or even just an empty frame.
Except for a few tweeks here and there, and the clean up, that is my decorating for this year.
How about you, are you going all out, or scaling it back?
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
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Friday, December 2, 2011
Pop over say hello, and if you are local be sure to stop by her place tomorrow. I know this gal has good things in store for us in the very near future. There's talent there!!!!
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