Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Talk of the Town Link Party

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas decorations, signs and project features at Talk of the Town - www.knickoftime.net
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
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First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens and Adults


I think stockings have always been one of my favorite traditions of Christmas. (See the how to on making these stockings HERE.)


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As kids, we would place our stockings on the couch or a chair on Christmas Eve.  On Christmas morn we would find the stockings stuffed, plus other Santa gifts placed around the stocking (our Santa was no dummy and knew placing the gifts around the stocking meant less wrapping!). *affiliate links* 

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We would find socks, small toys, gum, Pez dispensers, life saver books, oranges, and sometimes walnuts.

Monday, December 5, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 10, How to Build a Stable


Christmas decor, rustic, farmhouse, nativity, https://goo.gl/xwgamA
 If you give a mouse a cookie...

If you know this children's book, you know that it is all about one thing leading to another.  

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That is how I felt this weekend while trying to finish up my Christmas decorating.  I built a shelf and coat hook for stockings (You will see these Thursday on my home tour day!) and I thought it would be a perfect place for my WILLOW TREE NATIVITY SET.  But, it looked dwarfed on the big shelf.  
nativity, stable, creche, Willow Tree, barn wood, Christmas decor, pallets, https://goo.gl/xwgamA
So, what is a girl to do?  Build a pallet table for the nativity set.  Which then led to me wanting a stable for my creche.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! No doubt you are in the throes of preparing for Christmas (I know I am!)--decorating, shopping, baking, cleaning, wrapping--the list goes on and on. And in the middle of it all I know I need to stop, slow down, and take time to prepare my heart for the season. Rather than giving into the distractions and stresses of this time of year, I want to work on being still. I want to get rid of anything causing bitterness in my heart and eliminate those things that have become more important than Jesus. I want to be ready for whatever God may have planned for this season. This week let's take some time to get ready to celebrate the gift of God's unconditional love.

Friday, December 2, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Day 9 Farmhouse Pillows and 2 Free Printables

christmas projects, DIY, Beyond the Picket Fence, https://goo.gl/gFRphU
Hmmm, ever switch your decor plans midstream?  Yikes, that is what I just did due to these pillows I made for Day 9's project.  And that switch happened because of a mistake, but a rustic farmhouse Christmas it is!
Christmas pillow, farmhouse decor, printable, transfer, Christmas decor, https://goo.gl/gFRphU
Using my FREE printables at the end of this post, print on iron on transfer paper.  I used Avery brand purchased at Target and I will be using it again for day 12's project.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8, Copper Mercury Glass Centerpiece

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Every year I enjoy coming up with a different centerpiece idea for Christmas.   
Christmas centerpiece, Christmas decor, rustic, antlers, faux mercury glass, fusion mineral paint, https://goo.gl/oJunq7
For years I thought I couldn't "DO" centerpieces. (And after seeing this one, you might still think I can't, haha! 😄)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
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First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wish list DEALS

Boy, how things have changed since I was a kid.  Who would have thought we would have a day during the holiday season known as Cyber Monday?  I am pretty sure I would have thought it meant something about aliens coming to earth on a Monday.

At any rate, I just had to share a few UH-MAZING deals that are happening today.  These are things on MY wish list (feel free to forward to my hubby 😉).  Don't laugh--I am pretty practical girl when it comes to my want list:

12 Days of Christmas, Day 7, Pallet Tree Crate

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I shared last year that the previous year BEFORE we bought a home with 12 foot ceilings, we bought a new 7 1/2' Christmas tree.  Last year I set the tree on an adorable wagon (SEE IT HERE) , but this year I am using the wagon on the front porch.

I decided to build a crate for our tree this year.
pallets, Christmas tree stand, crate, https://goo.gl/iqFqcR
Believe it or not, this is pallet wood.  Some pallets have sheets of plywood on one side.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! The world can seem like a pretty dark place some days. The Israelites also knew darkness, they knew hatred and evil and illness. But, the prophet Isaiah talked about light--a light that would be for everyone, a light that would bring hope and freedom. In this season when we see so many lights, when we add extra lights to our homes, let's remember God's Light that was born in a stable. And let's work on sharing the good news of His Light with others--share it in the way we treat people, in what we say and what we do, in how we love each other.

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