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Thursday, December 13, 2012


Rarely do I want to keep an order from my {Little Craft Shoppe} for myself instead of sending it to the customer. 
That was not the case this time.

I am completely in love with these letters.  With the color - her idea, not mine - with the pattern, with the message.

Aren't they just so pretty!?  I hope the recipient of this gift loves them as much as I do.

Don't they just complete my Christmas mantle?  I may have to make a few of these for myself!!
Joy to You

Friday, December 7, 2012

Grandparent Gifts

 My Parents rarely read this blog, but if you're looking at this, Mom and Dad, you're going to ruin your own Christmas surprise!  Look Away!
I spent a few days trying to come up with a gift my son could make for his Grandparents that they would actually like.  No offense to all the home made kids gifts out there!
I had seen {This idea on Pinterest} to turn your childs artwork into an {awesome titanium keychain} and really wish I had $80 to spend on a grandparent gift...so I kept thinking.
I saw these supplies at my craft store and it got my mind going.

Had my son draw pictures especially for each grandparent.

He loved this part.
Then I scanned them onto my computer and used Paint and Picasa (I love Picasa) to dress them up a bit: 
I did do colors at first, but found that the keychains were just too small.  They worked best in black or brown and white for me.  Colors would probably look great if you used a larger key chain.  The image for my keychains was 1" square. 

So, I printed them, and cut them out to size.  This is when I decided to just use the white background and brown drawing.
I used Diamond Glaze - which is a crystal clear embellishment glue used for scrapbooking.  It dries fast, but not too fast and can cover an image without damaging it, which was my goal.  So, I put a bit of glue on each piece of glass which came with the brown keychains. 
Then, I sandwiched the drawings between the glass: picture on one side, name on the other. Then, you just slide the glass into the frame.

You can't really see it from this angle unless you blow it up really big, but the silver one has his name underneath the drawing.

And the others have a window in the back with his name on it.

I'm pretty happy with them, but more importantly, so was my son.

He helped every step of the way and was so proud!  He could not wait to wrap them up! 

We put them in jewelry boxes and tied them up with ribbon.  Then, I wrote the description of the drawing on the card so they'd know what it was.

They'll be on their way by the end of the week!  And a bonus is, they're super small and light, so shipping will be a cinch!
Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gingerbread Party

We all love Gingerbread!
Who wouldn't love a Gingerbread Party!!?
Super cute this time of year with all the red and white.
I love the snowflakes hanging down!
Cute little cupcakes.  What a cute way to decorate them!!  Candycanes and M&Ms.  Cute!
Super cute santa hat pops!
Love the decorated hot chocolate mugs!!  And a red plate full of white marshmallows.  So cute!
These would be fun for the kids to make at the party.  Dip marshmallows in chocolate and put sprinkles on top. mmm
Super cute cake pops - with my favorite peppermint on top!! Yum!
What an adorable way to serve fudge!!  I love this idea!
Once again, great idea to have a gingerbread party.  Make a super cute table for people to decorate their gingerbread cookies.  I love the snowflakes and all the red!!
And aren't these flocked branches so cute!!?  Love that the elf is watching the fun.
Cute idea to give everyone an apron too.  What a fun party from {Kara's Party Ideas}!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rudolf Treats

Cute gift idea from {Lisa Storms}.
Cake pops upside down with m&m nose and frosting/food coloring eyes.  But, I especially love the pipe cleaner antlers!!
Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Remember Christ - Christmas Advent

If anyone has been following my blog for a while, they know I'm slightly obsessed with Christmas Advents.  I have a ton of posts with different advent ideas.  I love them.
But, I've also had a mission in posting and searching for all these advents.  I once received a Christmas advent which encouraged people to come to know their Savior through reading about Him in scripture.  Each day focused on a different virtue He posessed.  Somehow, I misplaced that advent and have been searching for it ever since.
Today, my search is finally over.  Of all the Christmas advents, I think this one is most meaningful and important.  Read a scripture every day and Come to know Christ better.  In the future, I might change the order of these scriptures around a bit, but I am so happy to have found this at {Tip Junkie}!  What I'd really love to do is have a tree ornament to go with each virtue.  Willowtree has a lot that would work.  I've also included links to some ideas.
Day 1:
 Jarius’ Daughter raised
Luke 8:41-56
Christ was compassionate
heart ornament

Day 2
Sinful woman forgiven
Luke 7:36-50
Christ was forgiving
Day 3
Nobleman’s son healed
John 4:46-53
Christ had power to heal
Day 4
Temple cleansed
John 2:13-17
Christ was pure
white/clear ornament
Day 5
Storm calmed
Mark 4:35-41
Christ had power over the elements
water (icicle?) ornament
Day 6
Children blessed
Mark 10:13-16
Christ loved children
child ornament

Day 7
Savior dined with Mary & Martha
 Luke 10:38-42
Christ made people happy
"joy" ornament
Day 8
Savior suffered in Garden of Gethsemane
Luke 22:41-45
Christ was Submissive & Giving
present/gift ornament
Day 9
Apostles’ feet washed
John 13:3-17
Christ was humble
cloth ornament
Day 10
Apostles chosen
Luke 6:12-13
Christ was a leader
candle/lantern ornament
Day 11
Christ’s wisdom advanced
Luke 2:51-52
Christ obeyed parents
Day 12
Christ baptized
Matthew 3:13-17
Christ obeyed God’s law
dove ornament
Day 13
Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5:2-16
Christ was a teacher
apple ornament

Day 14
Christ in the temple
Luke 2:42-49
Christ sought learning

Day 15
The Lord’s prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
Christ taught proper way to pray
prayer ornament
Day 16
Parable of the Sower
Luke 8:5-16
Christ taught with stories
book ornament
Day 17
Parable of the Lost Sheep
Luke 15:4-7
Christ helped sinners
sheep ornament
Day 18
Story of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10:29-36
Christ was kind

Day 19
Promised the Comforter
John 14:26-27
Christ promised the Holy Ghost
"peace" ornament

Day 20
Fishes and loaves shared
Matthew 14:15-21
Christ performed miracles
"believe" ornament
Day 21
Story of Lazarus
John 11:40-44
Christ raised the dead
key ornament
Day 22
Mary’s visitation
Luke 1:26-33
Christ is the Son of the Highest
crown ornament
Day 23
Coming of Christ
Luke 2:1-6 & Matthew 2:9-10
Christ fulfilled prophesy
star ornament
Day 24
Christ's Birth
 Luke 2:7-16 & Matthew 2:11
Christ was worshipped as Savior, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords
"for unto us a child is born" ornament
Another idea I just came across on {Pinterest} relates to this post.  Their advent is a story a day about Jesus.  And they've used pictures to place on the calendar.  I love this idea, too.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wreath Ornaments

Using Inspiration from these lovelies:


I created my own:
So simple, but so cute!
I love the teeny tiny jingle bells.  They are adorable.

And the pine cones are cute too.

Love the woodland feel of these.

The velvet ribbon really makes them look cozy, doesn't it?! 
Anyway, I'm selling them in my {Little Craft Shoppe} just in time for Christmas!!
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