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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cheap and Easy Christmas Stocking Holders that Will Get Santas Attention

Folks without fireplaces, this project's for you. Get creative and craft a spot to hang your stockings and lend a little Christmas cheer to any room....turn a canvas dropcloth, drapery hardware and chalkboard paint into a clever faux mantel wall hanging that you can simply roll up and store when the holidays are over. Simply add S hooks to hang the stockings.

Rather than using standard stocking hangers, Marian Parsons uses poplar boards, chalkboard spray paint and simple hooks to create personalized pieces that instantly spruce up the holiday mantel. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.less...

No mantel? No worries ~ use a wide shelf, paint a festive color, and add hooks or knobs. Grab your stockings and hang ~ this project is sure to get the Santa Seal of Approval.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Colorful Snowflakes ~ Deck your Christmas tree with a color-happy flurry of snowflakes. To make, use lightweight wood veneer paper cut into strips to form 14-16 loops per snowflake. To add the bright colors to your snowflakes, paint one side of the wood veneer paper before cutting into strips. Glue together using fast-drying crafts glue to form a circle. Glue circles punched from scraps of the wood veneer to the center. Tie thread through a loop to hang.

Star Christmas Ornament ~ Add a festive message to your Christmas tree with our fun-to-make three-dimensional paper star ornament. Pick patterned paper in bright colors to make the Christmas craft stand out when hung on the tree. Learn more about this project.

Snowman-Face Ornaments ~ It's easy to assemble a whole garland filled with these happy snowman ornaments. Start with small foam balls; cover with air-dry clay, adding an extra-small amount to each to shape into a nose if desired. Wet the clay to attach black beads for eyes; use a toothpick to draw mouths. Paint facial details with orange paint, or add a bit of cosmetic blush for rosy cheeks. Add a hanger using an 1-1/2-inch-long piece of florist's wire. Seal with clear gloss gel medium or clear glitter paint.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Crafts to Decorate Your Home

Classic Cornucopia
Add color and texture to your harvest table with a cornucopia spilling over with apples, dried corn, and shredded paper. Craft your own by folding a sheet of gift wrap or decorative paper into a cone shape and securing the edges with tape.

Fall Tree Favors
Say "thank you" to your guests with a favor of a tree planted in their honor. (Arborday.org offers the service.) Present the certificate tied to a fallen or dried leaf twig wrapped in burlap.

Pretty Pumpkin Ideas
Turn a Thanksgiving dinner table into something special with these ideas that take only a few minutes to make. Hot-glue cloves, star anise, and leaves to a small pumpkin or gourd to make a fragrant place card. Fill a white container with white and yellow mini pumpkins resting on a bed of colorful fall leaves. Top a pale green pumpkin with a bright gingham bow. Beneath the bow, crisscross thin ribbon in colorful rows down the pumpkin.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Festive ideas for Thanksgiving decorations

Crabapple arrangement ~ The best thing about this sort of arrangement? There's absolutely no arranging involved. Liza Lubell of Brooklyn's Peartree Flowers (peartreeflowers.com) simply stripped the leaves from each limb before putting it in a vase. "This treatment highlights the prettiest feature of the plant—its fruit," she explains. Group several different-size vases for even greater visual payoff. Also try: Figs or chestnuts (Recycled glass vases, from $19; westelm.com)

Think outside the circle ~ Not all DIY front-door decor requires a foam wreath form. To make this elegant cluster, we selected 8 four- to six-inch pinecones and 8 two-foot-long pieces of silk ribbon. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere the last two inches of each ribbon to the base of a cone. After the glue dries, collect all the ribbon ends and stagger them so that the cones fall at varying lengths. Tie the ribbon ends together in a knot, trim the tips so they are uniform, and slip the knot over a finishing nail.

Take on Thanksgiving with turkey transferware ~ Antique turkey-themed transferware with its rich colors and patterns, inspired the mix-and-match look of this table. Multidimensional menu cards add an even more personal touch. (Flatware; arteitalica.com. Compote; villeroy-boch.com. Glass; laurenhome.com. Silver Vase; Barbara Barry for wedgwood.com. Pitcher; rosannainc.com.)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas for Your Table

Wooden boxes can be used for all manner of things, including a tabletop conversation-starter. Go antiquing or piece together a simple box using wood and nails; then add oil-rubbed bronze handles to each end to make it a centerpiece that can move as easily as the conversation.

Soft white and golden hues dance in natural lighting at this alfresco Thanksgiving table. A vase filled with wheat adds texture to the centerpiece. Fill a tall cylindrical vase with dried white beans. Add a berried branch from a Golden Raindrops Crabapple tree to another vase to complete the setting.

Bright radishes supply the inspiration for these sweet little place cards. Use small salt cellars or ramekins lined with a cabbage or kale leaf. Place a radish, cut with a shallow slit, on top of each leaf; insert a place card.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Creative Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas ~ From Kids Tables to Adult Tables There is Something For Everyone

Child's Play ~ We all fondly recall holidays spent at the kids' table, joking with cousins and passing vegetables to the dog when no one was looking. To create special memories for the next generation, forgo the boring card table in favor of a fun, kid-friendly setup. In good weather, set the table outdoors and offer plenty of treats and activities to keep boredom and squabbles at bay. Giving Tree: Have the kids write down what they're thankful for this year on stamped tags, then tie to branches of fall foliage. Sweet Treats: Thanksgiving-themed chocolate turkeys and lollipops make winning favors for tots. Fun for All: Fill gift bags with rubber stamps and pads, then lay parchment paper on the table so the kids can play. Alfresco Dining: Place a rug beneath the table to create the illusion of an outdoor room.

Personalized Pumpkins Place Cards ~ Small details can make a big impact on your Thanksgiving table. Try tying handmade place cards to mini pumpkins for a personal touch that will make guests feel special.


Homespun ~ In the days before Thanksgiving, a sense of anticipation fills the house as preparations begin. Spend an afternoon enjoying this feeling along with some young helpers or friends. This felt tablescape can be crafted days or weeks in advance to suit your schedule. Visit a fabric or craft supply store to buy wool felt, keeping in mind the length of your table and the number of guests. Cut a wide strip of felt in burnt orange for the bottom layer of the runner and a narrower green layer for the top. Wrap the candles and napkins with their lettered bands, and then arrange "falling leaves" along the table's length.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Keeping Our Faith Alive

“No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.”Romans 4:20

Scripture tells us that faith without works is dead. This means that if the faith we have inside of us doesn’t get expression through our actions and words, it will no longer be alive ~ if we don’t use it, we will lose it! We have to step out in faith in order to keep our faith alive.

Every one of us has been given a measure of faith by God. When we hear the truth of God’s Word, we receive more faith, that’s why it’s so important to put the Word of God inside of us through reading, memorizing, and studying scripture as well as praising and worshiping Him. When we do these things, we are building our faith. To keep that faith alive and thriving, we have to put it to use (or lose it). One of the easiest ways to put our faith into action is through praise and worship. Praise is a supernatural force that causes us to stand strong in our faith even when our thoughts or circumstances are coming against the truth ~ it keeps our thoughts going in the right direction. It’s hard to be negative when we are always declaring the goodness of God!

From now on, we need to let our praise from Him make us stable and strong. Put that faith in our heart into action. Look for reasons to thank God and as we do, we’ll feel that inner strength and be empowered to move forward into victory all the days of our life.

Father, I thank You for life. I thank You for breath. I thank You for provision, healing, strength and joy. Today I choose to put my faith in action by praising You throughout the day in Jesus’ name. Amen.