Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kids' Photo Ornament Keepsake Craft Tutorial

Our 5th Annual Kids' Christmas Craft Party is this week! It's one of the highlights of our month. This year we'll be doing another photo ornament keepsake. Capturing our kids' faces at these precious young ages creates a sweet memento.
We'll be using little birch disks I found at Michael's, so the supply list is short:
• round wood disks
• eye hooks
• decoupage glue
• small brush
• small portrait photo
• Sharpie marking pens (assorted colors)
• glitter glue pens (assorted colors)
• thin hanging ribbon
Step 1: screw in one eye hook to the rim/side of each wood disk. 
Step 2: ask each child to draw a picture, create a design or write something on one side of the disk with the Sharpie pens. There!–You're capturing their artwork, too!
Step 3: cut the child's photo in a circle just a touch smaller than the wood disk. (The disks I bought at Michael's were assorted sizes.)
Step 4: brush decoupage glue onto the reverse side of the disk and adhere the photo.
Step 5: let dry for a couple minutes.
Step 6: decorate and hide the photo edge with glitter glue.
Step 7: string ribbon for hanging
There you go – a cute keepsake ornament for 2014 with your child's face and art!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Making Christmas Meaningful

Our Fontanini Bethlehem village is set up and on display: 
Since we talk with our children about the real meaning of Christmas – Christ's birth – we try to have our Christmas decorating reflect it. I'm so thankful for this gorgeous set that was a gift to my family a few years ago. About 10 buildings and a plethora of accessories. We set portions of it up on our large shelves beside the fireplace. My kids and their friends can easily grasp that Bethlehem was and is a REAL place, with "regular" villagers going about their lives.
Making perfume, filling water jugs, selling rugs … all while out in the stable behind the inn the Christ child was born: 
Among our village pieces are two Romans, one of which is taking the census … the reason Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem in the first place:
With no room in the inn, the couple takes up in the manger with the animals … where Jesus is born:
 Later, wise men arrive bringing gifts to honor His birth:
Their camels and tents are some of the kids' favorites. I position the buildings and let them choose a place for each person and accessory – shepherds, carpet merchant, potter, innkeeper, palm trees, cats, cows, wise men, camels, etc.:
Usually, we'll find the dog chasing one of the cats:  :-)





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wall Art Canvases & Photo Frames

Black and white photos floating in framed glass ...
... are paired with my own red DaySpring art canvases.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Favorite Two Easter Projects

"Jesus" Easter eggs:

Candle decor symbolic of the sinless Jesus and His sacrifice for us:

For other Easter decorating and craft ideas, including fun kids' projects browse my previous Easter holiday posts.

"...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures..." ~ I Corinthians 15:3-4

Friday, December 20, 2013

Kids' Christmas Craft Party 2013

We are so excited for our party today!!

My kids' annual Kids' Christmas Craft Party is this afternoon! We have 20 some kids coming,
three craft stations, including this one for these yarn stars:
 and a treat station which includes making edible marshmallow snowmen on a stick! :-)
 Plus, games, prizes and a white elephant exchange - WooHoo! Let's party!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Please Pray for Saeed

December 4th is a day those of us with a "platform" have been asked to join together in support of American Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran for being a Christian.
Please visit this Facebook page for more information: "Free Saeed", or read this letter written by his wife. Thank you for indulging me with this diversion from the usual postings on my blog.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fill a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

It's that time of year!

I know there are so many wonderful charities and organizations doing great work out there. Just wanted to mention one in particular that helps my kids as we set a tone of sharing for the Thanksgiving & Christmas season. They really get into packing a shoebox for a child of their age as a Christmas gift.
Operation Christmas Child sends millions of shoeboxes, filled with toys, school supplies and toiletry items to needy kids around the world. Collection week begins today. If you'd like more information, please visit Samaritan's Purse.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thanksgiving Paper Craft - Indian Corn for Fall

In a festive fall mood the other day, the kids and I did some paper crafting:
 Indian corn! We used orange, brown and burgundy heavy tissue papers:
The kids glued the "corn kernel" papers onto brown cardboard using pencil ends, topped each with shredded and wrinkled tassels and completed the project with a ribbon bow.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rubik's Cube Birthday Party - Part 2

If one of your kids or family members are in a Rubik's Cube phase, here are some more ideas from my son's recent birthday party. (for the cake and other party ideas see my first party post here.)
 The centerpiece of the fiesta was this homemade pinata I made.
Assorted Rubik's Cube puzzles decorated the lunch table:
Paper cubes that coordinated with the invites hung from the lights:
 The first activity after my son's kids arrived was a contest to melt a frozen popsicle the fastest. Here's a group of them holding theirs against the hot patio:
 And first place goes to:
Next we formed two teams and did a relay of filling a bucket using a sponge and water:
Then we were ready to jump in the pool for more racing games:
WooHoo!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Roses on Display

The cool air of September is making my rose bushes bloom magnificently! We had to steal a vaseful from the hidden sides to bring indoors to enjoy.

A shallow rustic candle vase is transformed with a bit of brown and pink satin ribbon. Mmmmmm - they smell fabulous!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Free Printable: Apothecary Bottle Label

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."  ~ Proverb 17:22
Beautiful vintage art of blue hydrangeas accents an uplifting Bible verse. I printed this on glossy label paper, cut out with a scalloped edge scissors and adhered to an aqua colored glass apothecary bottle.
Feel free to download and print this art for your own use. Enjoy!
apothecary bottle labe

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rubik's Cube Boy Birthday Party!

We recently celebrated my son's 7th birthday with a colorful Rubik's Cube themed kid party.
He LOVED his cube cake! It was really easy to make, but all the kids were "wow'd" by it! Stack four square strawberry and cherry cake layers to create the cube shape. (I didn't even bother to level it into a "perfect" cube.) Frost with chocolate and spray black.
Then simply sort out M&M's by color and set into your pattern of choice. Here's a photo of the cake table. The Rubik's Cube birthday cake is surrounded by the kids' favors.
The 2x2 Rubik's Cube thank you gifts for the boys:
 Personalized drinks for the kids:
 More birthday party fun next time!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer Fun Recipe - Fairy Fudge

Ahhhhh! Summer!! My favorite season! Lots of time for relaxing, swimming, reading, biking and playing. Also, the kids and I are taking advantage of our free time to create, explore, discover and experiment. We tried a recipe in my daughter's Usborne Fairy Cooking book this week:

PRETTY FAIRY FUDGE
They both loved it - tastes like frosting! :-) Since this recipe is already readily available online, I'll post our version but it is ©Rebecca Gilpin and Catherine Atkinson. The book is really cute and from Scholastic, so support your school when it's back in session or your local Usborne rep and check out this neat kids' cookbook!

Ingredients:
• 16 oz. powdered sugar
• 4 oz. large marshmallows
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
• food colouring
• small cutters
• small sweets for decorating

Instructions:
1. Sift sugar through a sieve into a large bowl. Make a small hollow in the middle of the sugar with a spoon.
2. Using clean scissors, cut the marshmallows in half and put them in a small pan. Add the milk, butter and vanilla
3. Gently heat the pan. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until everything has just melted.
4. Pour the mixture into  the hollow of the sugar. Mix everything together until it is smooth, then mix in a drop of food colouring

5. Leave the mixture to cool for 10 minutes, then make it into a flattened round shape. Then, wrap it in plastic food wrap
6. Put the fudge mixture in a fridge for three hours to go firm. Then, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on a clean work surface.
7. Roll out the fudge with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Then, use the cutters to cut out lots of shapes
8. Squeeze the scraps into a ball, then roll out the ball and cut out more shapes. Then, decorate each shape with a sweet
Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July America!!

Celebrating our freedoms today!
My daughter was inspired to create her own float after viewing our town's parade this morning ... and my son contributed to our red, white and blue patriotic decorating at home with his abundance of Legos:
Happy Independence Day to all in the U.S!


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