Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Nativity

Allow me to start off by saying our church has one of the best Children's ministries I know (I'm not just saying that because I'm on staff, but as a parent) Our children should not be an after thought when it comes to church, they are the church, they're the next set of leaders, teachers and pastors. So thank you to all of my wonderful colleagues, and workers that give of their time and talents to share the word of God and model Jesus for these little ones. Godz Kidz Rocks!

So like many churches this past Sunday, some of our adorable K-5th graders did a great job acting out the Nativity.

Gabi in her recurring role as Chicken #1 alongside one of her very best friends Avery debuting as Chicken #2.

All of the cuties dressed as animals in the manager reminded me of one of our favorite Christmastime reads, so sweet!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Modge Podge does Rock!

I still consider myself a newbie in the crafting world, so you can only imagine the joy I felt when I used Modge Podge for the first time today. I new it existed but to be honest I didn't want to be one of those people that Modge Podge everything lol, but now I can see why.
Anyway the long and short of it is...

I made Ms. K's (Gabi 1st grade teacher) holiday gift. I know what you're thinking shouldn't Gabi have made it herself, and my rebuttal to that is yeah, but I made anyway. I'm sure Gabi will love it and besides she had an idea of what I'd be making.

A while back I had decided to open up an Etsy shop with a little craft I called LOVESQUARES. I thought it was going to be the next best thing to slice bread, and while I did sell a few of them the "business" never did make it. That was probably the Lord's way of saying "listen kid whatever you do, do it as onto me, and don't charge for it". Needless to say I now have a grave yard of these cute little fabric and paper covered 3"x3" square magnets. Still have the shop too, but I'm going to try and revamp it along with the intent of my heart and see if the Lord will allow me to be blessed. Not that I'm not blessed already! Anyway back to the teacher craft.

This one is a no brainer for any of the crafting moguls out there.

A simple bookmark, out of pretty scrapbook paper,cardboard, ribbon and MP, and the "Lovesquare" magnet.
Listen the magnets easy peasy cut wood, cardboard, plastic whatever in a square any size you want(this one just happens to be a 3"x3" piece of crafting wood)decorate however you want, and glue a magnet to the back. I happened to still have a bunch of the fancy round ceramic ones on hand, but guess what here's a major tip *You know those magnetic advertising business cards you get from the pizza shop, or the tax office just cut a piece of that and stick it on,it's totally free.

And to personalize it I stenciled her initial and voila!

handmade projects

Monday, December 13, 2010

Handmade Holiday

I couldn't find our front door wreath anywhere, so I had to think fast, once again when you're short on a dime, you've gotta use what ya got!
This is what I came up with.

I've seen a lot of these square or rectangular shaped wreaths on the crafting blog scene.
Here's my take on it. Soooo Simple!

Snagged one of my cheap $ store frames from the attic and wrapped it with garland I hadn't used from previous Christmas seasons. Since the garland I used had wire in it there was no need for my glue gun so it stayed in place.

And by the way it was an 8x10 frame which was the perfect size for our door. I'm sure it would look awesome as a larger wreath. I did however make a smaller version using a 5x7 frame but used that for a centerpiece.

Now that you've got you wreath go wild and decorate it with our style. I like to keep it simple.

And Voila! I love my wreath on my newly painted red door!(thanks babe!)

Next up 1st grade teacher's holiday gift.

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's begining to look at lot like Christmas!

So every year I torture my children for what seems to them like forever trying to get that one perfect shot to make our Christmas card.

I decided to make a collage of a few pictures cause I couldn't pick just one, they're so darn cute!

So from our family to yours Merry Christmas!