Tuesday, December 11, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 9 Simple Wreath

Make a Simple Wreath for Christmas

Today's project idea came from the need to fill a hole on my gallery wall. I knew I wanted something circular, like a wreath, something that had a simple, organic look, and something with some size. After hunting around my house for items to use, I came up with this:

Make a Simple Wreath for Christmas

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Verses

God Refuses to Give Up on Us
Happy Sunday! Hiking with my daughter is one of my favorite things to do, but I do not always hike at her pace and she is often ahead of me. And although she is almost seventeen, I still like it if she is in earshot, i.e. if I can find her easily. We don't always make it easy for God to find us, but that doesn't keep him from looking for us. I talk about seeking God, but do not think that does not mean that He is seeking us always. God reaches down to us and refuses to give up on us. He looks for us when we have fallen, when we are hiding from him. It doesn't matter where you are, KNOW that God is stretching out his hand to you, looking for you, and is delighted to spend time with you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 8 Stocking Hanger

Make a Snowman Stocking Hanger From Fence Scraps

Today's project is made with a few fence wood scraps.

Make a Snowman Stocking Hanger From Fence Scraps

It was the dog-ear shape of the fence ends that gave me the idea for a fun, snowman stocking holder.

Make a Snowman Stocking Hanger From Fence Scraps

Monday, December 3, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 Simple Swag

12 Days of Easy Christmas Ideas

You got swag? I am quite certain this is not the kind of swag my kids think of when they use that word, but it is the kind of swag that is perfect and oh so simple to make for the holidays.

The past few years I have made wreaths to hang on the six original windows in our great room of our old schoolhouse. This year I am doing less and more simple decor that is a little more natural and organic and these simple swags fit the bill perfectly. They also took about a quarter of the time to make compared to wreaths and were easier on my hands (less poking).
Easy DIY Swags for Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Letting it Go
Happy Sunday! This time of year when our landscape becomes a winter wonderland, I find myself singing "Let it go, let it go," from the movie FrozenThis one, catchy line that I sing over and over (because I don't know any of the other words to the song) is full of wisdom. We all have something in our lives we need to let go. It may be a vision of what we thought life was supposed to look like or a relationship that no longer works or anger and resentment. Whatever it is, knowing we need to let it go and doing it are two different things--the doing part is hard. How do you let it go? You give it to God, again and again if necessary. Visualize yourself giving it to him. Talk to him about it, ask him to please keep it and to not let you take it back. Whatever it is, Jesus is waiting to take it from you, to help you put it in the past, and forget it so that you can move forward with God doing new things in your life. Let it go.

Friday, November 30, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 6 Wall Vase

12 Days of Easy DIY Christmas Ideas

This rustic,cabin-like project started with a metal flower container from the thrift store (these are plentiful at the thrift stores).

12 Days of Easy DIY Christmas Ideas
I decided it would make a dandy wall vase. 
12 Days of Easy DIY Christmas Ideas

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 5 Bingo Card Christmas Trees

12 Days of Christmas Ideas

I love vintage games and when I spied this BINGO set (that also included about 100 extra cards from other sets) for $2 at the thrift store, I knew it had to come home with me.

Make Christmas Trees from Vintage Bingo Cards
"What are you going to do with all those bingo cards?" was hubby's question. My reply was, "I don't know, but I will think of something."
(Last year I made THESE.)

The green colored BINGO cards inspired this project as I decided that would make cute Christmas trees.
Make Christmas Trees from Vintage Bingo Cards

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Taking Life One Day at at Time
Happy Sunday! This past week, I purchased a puzzle depicting the Christmas tree and ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. As we dumped out one thousand little puzzle pieces, it was clear that we needed to put some of the pieces back in the box so we could focus only on the straight edge pieces for the outside frame first. In life, when we try to look at the whole picture and see how everything is going to turn out, it is overwhelming. I do this not only with my own life, but with my children's lives as well. I want to see all the parts and life events that insure that the final picture will be what it is supposed to be. But, God wants us to to take life simply one day, one piece, at a time. He KNOWS how it is going to work out and he wants us to trust that--to trust HIM. Trying to see the whole picture at once and all that makes it up engulfs us with anxiety and fear. Let God put the pieces together and let's focus on what is in front of us.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring verse about leading and following
Happy Sunday! A few weeks ago on the way to a volleyball game, we came across a herd of 300 elk. We stopped to watch them for a bit. At first they were all facing west and started jumping over a fence. Soon many of the elk turned around (even though there was no danger) and started heading east, some jumping back over the fence. The herd clearly lacked leadership 😉 and had no idea which elk to follow. We like leadership--I have said to my kids countless times, "Be a good leader." But, to be a good leader, we must first know how to be a good follower. When we follow we learn trust, we learn surrender, we sharpen our discernment. When we pursue following good ideas and people, and most importantly when we follow Jesus, we inherently become leaders to those around us. 

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