We painted the inside of three ornaments by squeezing the paint in the hole at the top and spinning the ornament around to coat the inside. This gorgeous gold glitter is always the first paint color chosen, and my painter chose the other two colors based on what he thought would go well with gold glitter.
To make the word, I elmered the letters, and we carefully placed these bead-things. They have a proper name, but I can't remember it. Eyelets? or is that something else? Anyway, the word didn't come out as neatly as I had imagined in my head, but if you know to look for the word "holy", it helps.
Today's ornaments are the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. I have some tiny, plastic, 3-D flowers that we were going to use, but I didn't have very many, so I found a bucket with colored rice in it we were going to fill up the ornament with. Well, when I pulled the bucket out, there sitting on top was this cup FULL of dried flowers. More than enough to fill up two little ornaments.
The next two Jesus ornaments we did are taken from Numbers 24:17, where it says Jesus is the Star of Jacob and the Scepter of Israel.
I had a bunch of star shaped buttons, but there weren't really enough to make the ornament look full enough. In my stash, I had 4 packets of yellow seed beads, so we funneled them in to make the ornament a little bit fuller.
Today's project was inspired by Pinterest. Seems like it's been a while since I've done anything from there. Here are my supplies:
I cut strips of material (the Pinterest directions say to use lengths of ribbon, but I don't have that much ribbon and I have an abundance of fabric).
Today we made three "Jesus ornaments". I had to get very creative with what I had that symbolized the Way, Truth, and Life. Everything came from my nail salon stash (a post about that eventually, I promise). As soon as I saw these hands and feet, I thought of someone showing the way to go. I hot glued them, but when we were getting ready to put them on the tree, a hand and a foot fell off, so I used Elmer's to glue them back on. By next Christmas, I might need to Elmer's them all back on.
The other day, I needed to go to the store to buy some velcro. I didn't want to wait until my husband got off work, so at about 3 in the afternoon, I loaded up my son and we headed out. When I got to the interstate, I wished I had waited. The traffic was horrible! I merged onto another interstate, and still the traffic was really bad. Oh, I forgot to mention that this "other day" ago was the day before Thanksgiving. I forgot everyone would be traveling for the holiday.
Anyway, the craft store is (essentially) across the street from the mall. A couple days before this, we were at said craft store and we were going to jet across to the mall to ride the carousel, but we ran out of time. So I decided since we basically had all afternoon, we could take a quick spin today. We walk into the mall--
We have two trees, a 6' pre-lit one, and a used-to-be 7' one from the thrift store that now stands about 4' high because it's missing the bottom half of the trunk. The pre-lit one goes downstairs in our den.
We barely got anything unpacked, and I busted a blood vessel. Merry Christmas to me!
When I lived in Japan, my siblings and I participated in OCC. It was so much fun, packing our boxes for some random kid who wouldn't otherwise get anything for Christmas. For the strangest reason, however, once I had my own kid, I never even thought once about getting him involved with OCC. Last week, my mom asked me if we were making a shoebox. I got online and found out we still had a couple days left, so yesterday we went shopping at the dollar store. My kid was so excited, picking out toys and toiletries. We didn't have a shoebox (and I seriously could not justify buying a new pair of shoes just for the box), so we got a dollar plastic container. Before buying anything, I made sure everything we had picked out would fit. No problem. Now we just had to head home and include one of our spare toothbrushes from our linen closet.
As I started the engine, I heard from the backseat, "Can we go to Target and see what's in their dollar section?" Well of course! We found a couple more items that (I hoped) would fit in the box, and I killed two birds with one stone and also picked up some stocking stuffers for people. (Multiple people, and no, I will not tell you what I bought!)
I found this idea on pinterest, to paint and decorate a pinecone to look like a snowman on skis. At first we were going to gather pinecones from my in-law's backyard, but then my husband came home with a box full of them from a house he worked at. I pulled two pinecones out of the box (any ideas with what we should do with the rest of them?? There's like, 35 left!).
Our craft for this day actually took two days because we had to let the paint dry, but I am going to make it all one post. First, I found a 25-piece puzzle that only had 6 pieces left. We painted them white:
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.