Arts & Crafts

Christmas Cards & Magnets

Last week I made an advent calendar (which I just fixed and updated) and I had a lot of scrap booking paper left over that I was wondering what to do with.  I love making cards, but I already sent out family photo cards from shutterfly. Then I got assigned to do the young women’s Christmas gift bags, and part of it included a cute photo of all the girls- so I thought, perfect! I will make cards to put the photos inside, and all of us leaders can write a nice Christmas message. The only problem I had was that I didn’t want to commercialize Christmas, and take away the true meaning- so I ended up improvising with some sweet messages that were on the scrap book paper, and by writing “joy” and “peace” on a few of them. They’re kind of… not as good as I was hoping they’d be, but when you have 20 to make you kind of forget perfectionisms!
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Cute Christmas Ornaments

Cute Christmas Ornaments

A little while ago I saw these cute christmas ornaments on pinterest and thought i’d have a go at making some.

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D.I.Y Advent Calendar

D.I.Y Advent Calendar

Christmas is getting really fun for us now that we have small kids! Our son Braden (who’s 3 this Valentines day) sat on Santa’s knee for the first time the other day, and when Santa asked him what present he wanted, he pointed beneath the tree and said: “the green one!”

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No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

I am pretty much the world’s worst sewer. I have broken every sewing machine I have ever touched, and although I respect girls who know how to use them, it’s probably best if I just keep my distance. So, when I found this no-sew fabric craft, I was actually pretty excited, because it looked like something even I could do. It’s SO CUTE! I’ve seen them all over pinterest and they’re selling them on Etsy for around $90-200! But I knew I could make one for much cheaper, so I went to HGTV and followed their TUTORIAL. This is how theirs turned out:

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Christmas Lantern Centerpiece

Today my son Braden and I had a lot of fun shopping in tri-cities together! I thought i’d take advantage of it being a saturday, to leave my 18 month old at home to play with Daddy so I could get more done…. except my plan kind of back fired, because it was SO BUSY everywhere! You would think it’s christmas tomorrow. But it’s not thankfully, because i’m not even nearly close to being prepared for it. However, I have almost finished all of my christmas decorating. Tonight we put up our Christmas tree, and I made a christmas centerpiece:

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