Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to you and yours from our family. May you be blessed today and in the New Year to come. Thank you for being a part my life this past year. I am truly blessed!

Luke 2:1-20

New International Version (NIV

 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bleach Pen Shirt - Quick Last Minute Gift

If you are looking for almost instant gratification and a very quick last minute gift, here's another Pinterest inspired project I tackled last week. I had a favorite blue shirt that got a bleach stain on it. (That happens far too often around here!) Rather than relegate it to the painting shirt pile, I decided to try the bleach pen to make a design. I love, love, love how it turned out!  You could buy some cheap t-shirts and make them look really special.

Here is my inspiration:

And here is my shirt. Using the top left shirt above as a my idea, I freehanded the design onto my shirt.  I placed a piece of cardboard inside the shirt first.

 Here's the spot where the original bleach stain was.  Can you spot it?

It worked very quickly and as soon as the last bit that I drew bleached out, I quickly rinsed it in the sink, then put it in the washer immediately by itself.  I wanted to make sure no further bleaching would take place, or that any runoff would not bleach other areas of the shirt. Now I like the shirt even more!  Hmmm...wonder what I should splash bleach on next...might make cleaning toilets a whole new adventure!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Glass Christmas Tree

I apologize for not posting lately, but I've been busy with lots of projects and Christmas preparations. I've got a nice fat file of projects I want to share with you though. Some will have to wait until after Santa comes because snooping eyes might be lurking!

One thing I can share is this glass marble Christmas tree. I can't take the credit for the idea though. That goes to Sarah at Alderberry Hill.  She used a "stacked" Christmas tree.  Of course no such animal exists in this neck of the woods, so I used a plain cone from the dollar tree.  I did find one on Amazon though and it is winging it's way to me now!

I still like the way mine turned out.  Because of the flat top, I had to finish mine off a little differently, hence the star on top. I don't know why it looks like there's a white spot under the star.  It may be a reflection from the flash.  No matter how many pictures I took it was there even though there is no white spot on the tree.  Here's a quick picture tutorial of how I did mine.

I didn't end up using the white glitter shown here.

Toothpick sandwiched between two punched chipboard stars, hot glued together.

Christmas with my family is this weekend.  We are going to pick up our daughter from college Thursday.  She will be home for around 3 weeks...Yipee!  I may not have much time to post until after Christmas, but I do have lots of projects coming up.  Stay tuned!

Have a very merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Decor for Our Church

Most years I help decorate the church for Christmas. This year was no different. There is a half wall around the stairs to the basement. I placed poinsettias atop wired ribbon along the ledge, but it was missing something. So off to the dollar store I went to find that missing something to place between the pots of poinsettias.

Here's what I came up with. Easy and cheap. Five chunky square vases and 3 tubes of mini bulbs (15 per tube). Total cost $8.00.

Now I don't want to part with them.  Good thing I bought 3 more for me ;)

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