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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas decorations to make you reconsider your own decorating style....

Turquoise Holiday Decorations ~ A neutral living room becomes playful thanks to an eye-catching candelabra and ornaments. The mantel is accentuated with a fresh evergreen garland along with whimsical trinkets like miniature gnomes, red mushrooms, and mice.

Gray Christmas Decorations ~ A large chalkboard calendar makes counting down until Christmas easy. Two bright white trees, which get added height from galvanized tub stands, balance out the gray tones of the rest of the room.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cute and clever Christmas gift ideas to try for everyone of your list...including co-workers, teachers, friends and family!

Succulents are a must-have indoor plant right now because they look exotic but are surprisingly low-maintenance. These holiday planters make a quick and inexpensive gift for friends, family, or coworkers. Wrap empty, clean tin cans with 1/4 inch braided red-and-white polypropylene rope. Secure the rope to the can as you wrap using a hot-glue gun. Slightly twist the rope to line up the candy cane-color stripes. Add an adorable gift tag using a thin piece of twine.

For a nontraditional take on snow globes, craft a set of holiday snow scenes using jars. Sprinkle faux snow in the bottom of the jar, and add trinkets and small toys. Top with ribbons, lace, or sprigs of holly, and display on your mantel or as a centerpiece for all to enjoy.

Individual-size bread puddings are a great hostess gift. Each cup is filled with a fluffy mixture of cinnamon bread and apples; homemade caramel sauce in a mini jam jar adds a decadent drizzle. Package the servings in a disposable foil muffin pan with a lid, and decorate the top of the muffin pan with paper circles and scrapbook stickers.

Adorable Christmas sweater crafts that transform that Ugly Sweater into a beauty once more!

Arm yourself with an adorable votive wrap made from the cuff of a sweater. Simply fit the arm of the sweater around a votive or vase and cut off the ends about 2 inches longer than the votive or vase. Fold the ends and hot-glue in place. Slip sweater over the votive or vase.

Make a ready-for-the-wall tree design with 16 small embroidery hoops (we used 3-inch-wide hoops) and interesting cuts from a Christmas sweater. Simply place the sweaters inside the hoops, fasten, and trim excess. Lay out in a tree pattern and use removeable adhesive to attach to your wall.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Upcycled, Cheap, Creative and EASY Holiday Decorating.Crafts and Gifts on A Budget

Turn an assortment of past-their-prime men's shirts with pockets into a colorful holiday countdown the kids will love. Follow these step-by-step instructions that explain how to stitch it up ~ then just hang on your bannister or mantel and fill the pockets with candy or small toys.

If you want to brighten up your front door for the holidays but a traditional evergreen wreath isn't your style, this clever project is for you. Just coat a ceiling medallion (available at your local hardware store) in green high-gloss spray paint then loop through some colorful holiday ribbon for hanging.

A hand-me-down quilt may be too fragile or old to use as bedding but holds too many sentimental memories to simply throw away. Preserve the best part of the quilt, giving it new life as a charming Christmas tree skirt. Follow these step-by-step instructions make this repurposing project a snap, even for beginning sewers. Also use butchers paper for wrapping, twin for securing and pine for embellishing your gifts.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Garland Decorating Ideas ~ Decorate for Christmas with classic garlands for banisters, mantels, windows, and, for a little modern twist try adding them to dining chairs or chandeliers to create a winter wonderland in your home.

If you're lucky enough to have pillars in your home, let them show off a little at Christmastime by wrapping them in garland. Evergreen garland with berry and pinecone accents picks up on a rustic theme in this vignette.

Layer wild, unmanicured greenery with garlands made of natural fibers. This unexpected combination of textures mixes to create an interesting mantel display. Lay branches cut to various lengths along your mantel, then string cream felt balls to create the first garland. For the second garland, use thick cream yarn and make a braid long enough to span your mantel. Make pom-poms to hang, equally spaced, from the braid.

Add some star power to your Christmas decor. Cut star shapes from sweater fabric using our free pattern. Iron-on heavy fusible interfacing to the backs of stars and trim. Hot-glue a large silver sequin to the center of each star. Glue backs of stars to yarn and hang.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Simple, Easy, & Cheap Christmas Projects

Peppermint Candy Christmas Wreath
Looking for a Christmas craft to make as a family? Try this sweet peppermint candy wreath! Glue flat peppermints (you'll need about 250 for a 10-inch wreath) in close, neat rows to a white foam wreath. Glue small cinnamon candies in the gaps. Add a ribbon and hang on the front door, a doorknob, or wall peg.

FA-LA-LA Garland
Make your fireplace or a blank wall sing with these homemade ornaments. Trace the outside of different-size embroidery hoops onto a roll of canvas. Cut out the circles and paint each with green chalkboard paint; let dry. Place the painted circles in the hoops and add hanging ribbon. Use chalk to write a festive refrain.

Chalkboard Phrase Decoration
Bring festive cheer to your home with a playful message written in chalk. Simply paint the back of an antique picture frame with black chalkboard paint and write your favorite phrase.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Don't forget to decorate outdoors for Christmas ~ Make the outside of your home as ready for the holidays as the inside with these curb-alicious Christmas decorating ideas using greenery, festive light, lanterns, planters and more.

Add the soft glow of candlelight to your front porch with decorated lanterns filled with ornaments and topped with beautiful bows and greenery.

When not cruising the snow-covered hills, an old sled embellished with pine sprigs, pinecones, and fruit does double duty as a welcoming Christmas decoration next to the front door. A bright red ribbon on top ties the look together.

Ornaments aren't just for the tree! Give your outdoor planters a holiday makeover with a few round ornaments, birch branches, and grapevine balls {use plastic ornaments to avoid breakage}.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bite Your Tongue

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!
—Psalm 34:13–14

"You really talk a lot,” you've been told by everyone all your life {}!  They were pointing out something that you already knew: God had given you “a ready tongue,” you speak easily, freely and willingly to whoever and wherever! Words are your tools, and the Lord gave you that gift.

While you have no trouble talking ~ that’s your gift ~ it can also been your greatest problem {}. Because you always have something to say, you have to really watch and/or bite your....some days are better than others right?  Sound familiar.

I would guess that through out the years, you've heard various people saying things like, “Bite your tongue.” “Do you have to speak every word that comes to your mind?” “Do you always speak first and think later?” “Must you sound so harsh?” If you truly listened to what people were saying to you when making these suggestions/statement, you might have realized that God was trying to tell you something.

We have to gain control of our tongue, not just stop talking {for some of us that would be impossible =)}, but keep our tongue from evil, our lips from speaking deceit, as the psalmist David says.

We have a choice ~ we can hurt people with our words {and we can} or we can bring our lips into subjection to God. Obviously, we/I want to be subject to the Lord, but it is a battle.

Our words are expressions of our hearts, of what’s going on inside us. If we want to know who a person really is, all we need to do is listen to their words. If we listen long enough, we learn a lot about them.

As we learn to listen to our own words, we too will begin to learn a lot about ourselves. Some of the things we learn will not please us but help us realize that we have a character flaw that needs addressed. Once we confess that failure to God, we will be on the path to victory ~ not all at once and not perfectly, but God is patient, thank you God!

No matter how negative you are or have been, or how long you’ve been that way, God wants to change you. It won’t be easy, but we can win and the effort will be worth it.

Lord, help me use my mouth for right things. Put a watch over my mouth lest I sin against You with my tongue. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You. I ask it in Jesus’ wonderful name. Amen.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thanksgiving Fall Crafts For Your Thanksgiving Holiday

Fall Table Runner
Add simple felt leaves to a table runner for instant fall inspiration. Leaves are tacked in place using a simple felting process, making the detailed table runner a fun project that can be created in a few hours.

Cornhusk Centerpiece
Creatively display cornhusks in an autumnal wreath centerpiece. Start with a straw wreath, cornhusks, and corn tassels.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Festive Thanksgiving Cocktails ~ Try out these fall-flavored cocktails that are sure to amaze friends and family. These will go perfect with a slice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie .... and of course they will be delectable on their own, YUM YUM!

1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
1 Red Delicious apple, sliced
1 Golden Delicious apple, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 Orange, Sliced
2 c. apple cider
2 bottles ginger beer
1 bottle white wine
DIRECTIONS: Fill large pitcher with sliced apples, lemons, and oranges. Add apple cider, ginger beer, and white wine. Stir mixture then pour into serving glasses.

1½ oz. vodka
4 pumpkin spice Oreos, plus more for garnish
3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1/2 c. milk
Salted caramel, for drizzling
DIRECTIONS: Place vodka, pumpkin spice Oreos, vanilla ice cream, and milk in a blender. Pour mixture into serving glass and drizzle with salted caramel sauce.

1 quart + 1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups Apple liqueur
1 cup spiced rum
1/2 cup caramel-flavored syrup
3 apples, chopped
4 cinnamon sticks
Caramel Apple Suckers (optional)
DIRECTIONS: Place everything in the slow cooker (except the suckers). Cook on the low setting for 1-2 hours. Serve warm. Heating the drink on low allows the flavors to come together while keeping it warm for guests. Don’t forget about the coolest part! Serve the drink with the famous Caramel Apple Pop.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Festive and Easy Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Decor {many of these ideas would be great throughout the entire Fall season}

Corn tassels, dried seed pods, and white pumpkins complete this country chic look.

Save time and money with dollar store plastic pumpkin buckets and spray paint them gold.

Cylindrical vases filled with birdseed provide a sturdy base for branches from which small pumpkins dangle on bits of twine while hollowed-out gourds hold candles as well as berries and fill in by arranging berries, pinecones, gourds, branches and moss around the vases.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Easy Halloween treats kids can make on their own or as a group party project...FUN & FOOD & FUN & FOOD!

Classic popcorn balls taste even better when you sneak in a few candy treats! Coat your microwave popcorn with homemade brown sugar syrup, then sprinkle with candy-coated chocolate before rolling into balls.

For a quick and spooky Halloween treat, use marshmallows and fondant to form tasty ghouls. Tint the fondant and use candies and pretzels to decorate each ghoul to ghastly perfection.
For a tall white ghoul, use clean scissors to snip one end each from two large marshmallows. Press the cut ends together.
Roll fondant to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out a 4-1/2-inch-diameter fondant circle. Shape the fondant over the marshmallow stack.
Add eyes and a mouth with decorating gel.
To color ghouls, tint fondant with a small amount of food coloring. For the striped version, roll small ropes of different colors of the fondant. Press ropes together and roll out with a rolling pin. Finish as directed above.
If desired, use small candies for features, attaching them with decorator frosting.

Craving something salty and sweet? This irresistible blend of pretzels, chocolate, and candy is frighteningly good and an easy Halloween treat. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with foil. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chips then stir until smooth. Stir in the candy pieces, small pretzels and cookie pieces of your choice. Spread into prepared pan. Chill until firm. Break into pieces and fill paper cups.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stepping into the Unknown

"And I said to you, You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God gives us. Behold, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has said to you. Fear not, neither be dismayed." Deuteronomy 1:20–21

Parents, teachers, and other role models can teach children how to fear or they can teach them to be bold. A mother who is fearful herself will transmit that fear to her children. She will be overly cautious about many things, and a silent fear sinks into the heart of her children. We should not teach our children to live recklessly, but we should teach them to be bold, take action, and to never be so afraid of making mistakes that they won’t try things. I believe we should teach our children and those under our authority to take chances in life. If we never take a chance, we will never make progress. Progress always requires stepping into the unknown. Experience gives us confidence, but we never get experience unless we step out and try things we have not tried before.

I encourage you to teach others by word and example how to be bold and courageous. Tell people to try things, reminding them that making a mistake is not the worst thing that can happen.

Lord, help me both in word and deed to show others to be bold and courageous. I will gladly follow You into the unknown. Amen.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Decorating for Halloween or Fall with carved, drilled, Sharpied or painted pumpkins....these pumpkin ideas will for sure be the focal point of your Halloween decorations and/or harvest displays.

Use an assortment of looks to achieve a front porch vignette that feels collected yet coordinated like here, where gold and chalkboard paints are used to add texture and dimension to six plump, squatty, and playful pumpkins.

Create your own "gourd"-geous no-carve pumpkins by incorporating two traditional office supplies ~ thumb tacks and a permanent marker. For one, grab a black permanent marker and add a weblike chevron pattern to a white painted pumpkin. For the second, push white thumbtacks into an orange pumpkin in the shape of a ghost. Black thumbtacks provide his eerie eyes and mouth.

Quotes are a huge trend this year! Pumpkins can even get in on the get the look of these wordy Halloween pumpkins, paint your gourds with chalkboard paint and trace on your words using stencils. Remove the stencils, then fill in the letters with traditional white or colored chalk.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Make this the year you WOW everyone with your front door and/or your front porch .... go all out with these ideas while taking full advantage of nature's beautiful autumnal colors!

We love all that fall has to offer -- pumpkins, flowers, baskets, and leaves! No need to pick a favorite with this mix-and-match design featuring several pretty ideas: gourds pouring from an upturned basket, dried hydrangeas in a tin vase, and scattered leaves around the whole display.

Carved pumpkins aren't limited to October 31. Turn a few pumpkins into bowls by cutting off the top and scooping out the insides. Use a pencil to trace a scallop design and carve. A power drill and drill bits make quick work of adding decorative circles. Place a vase of flowers in one pumpkin and candles in others. Display with squatty pumpkins with their stems cut off for optimal stacking potential.

An autumn wreath featuring crisp green apples matches a porch full of fall flowers, gourds, and pumpkins. Hay bales and apple baskets let you play with the heights of your display.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Host a spooky or elegant Halloween gathering with these fun table settings and decorations......they are sure to impress even the bravest {or scared-est} of guests!

Gather a few of your favorite ghouls for a dinner party where handmade Halloween decor with a macabre twist sets the scene. Using twigs and sticks from the backyard, spray painted black adorned with bats from the dollar store, finish off this tablescape.  

Carving pumpkins is one of the most interactive Halloween activities, so throw your own party filled with delicious teats and whimsical decor. Here a playful spider web tablecloth is used as the backdrop and is enhanced with inexpensive paper Halloween fans. Pinterest some Halloween edibles like those shown here and set pumpkins on cake stands to make them the focal point of the table.

Skulls fill this creepy dining room with a black-and-white theme. The table is topped with a gauze table runner and a delicate branch centerpiece that holds skull tea lights. The skull theme is carried through to the buffet table, featuring black candelabras and a mummy skeleton. The bright orange window panels are the only pop of color, which adds a dramatic touch to the space.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Need a new front door decoration for the Fall season but seriously have no extra cash to spend......try this!

Tie a few branches together with a bright satin bow and hang on your front door for a new take on wreaths. Lay sticks flat and arrange in a fan shape, crisscrossing the ends. Tie them together with wire, winding it around the branches as needed to keep them stable. Tie a ribbon over the wire, or simply attach a bow with wire or hot glue. Change the ribbon color to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Get ready to spook up your home ~ both indoors and out ~ with These "SPOOKY" ideas for Halloween. From pumpkin carving, to no carve pumpkins, to leaves and witches ~ these are cheap, easy and fun!

Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.

All you need for this project is some matte black spray paint, pumpkins of course and some craft store birdhouses to make  this eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders, rubber snakes or faux birds to your scene.

These billowing, tattered draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth will add an eerie atmosphere to your front porch or an interior doorway. Adorn with black vases, twigs spray painted black, pumpkins, etc.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Some are pressed down, some are lifted up......which are you?

"I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin." Psalm 32:5

There is something I struggle with A LOT ~ condemnation and conviction. In order to have peace within ourselves, we must learn the difference between condemnation and conviction. God will never condemn us (Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. John 3.18) Condemnation presses us down and manifests as a heavy burden that requires us to pay for our errors. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit, showing us that we have sinned and inviting us to confess our sins in order to receive forgiveness and God’s help to improve our behavior in the future. Condemnation makes the problem worse; conviction is intended to lift us out of it.

When we feel guilty, the first thing we need to do is ask our self if we are guilty according to God’s Word and perhaps we really are. If that's the case, we must confess our sin to God, turn away from that sin and not repeat it. If we need to apologize to someone we have wronged, then we need to do it. Then . . . we must  forgive our self and let go of it! God already forgave us and if we refuse to do the same, then we’ll miss out on the joy of redemption that God wants us all to experience.

Sometimes we may well find that we are not guilty according to God’s Word. For example, I  feel guilty when I try to sit and rest. I have to always be actively doing something like cleaning, crafting or something similar because I feel good when I was accomplish something.  If I'm not doing something productive, I feel guilty just sitting around.......this thinking is totally wrong according to God’s Word, heck even Even He rested from His work of creation. He has invited us to enter into that same rest. The guilt I feel when I try to rest is unscriptural, irrational, and downright ridiculous.

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to trust You and Your Word.  Reveal to me when my guilt is false and my thinking is wrong.  Show me when and how to forgive others as well as myself and then let it go!  In your Holy precious name I pray, Amen.

Monday, September 26, 2016

We eat the fruit of our then, what fruit are you eating?

Our words have creative power. Any time we speak something, either good or bad; we give life to what we are saying. Scripture says, "We will eat the fruit of our words." That means we will get exactly what we've been saying, we are prophesying our own future. That's why it's so important to send our words out in the direction we want our life to go ~ we can't talk defeat and expect to have victory, we can't talk lack and expect to have abundance as we will produce whatever we say.

Are you declaring the blessing of God over your life? Are you speaking His promises? Have you ever noticed that many of His promises are in the past tense? For example, in Ephesians God says, "I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing." In Colossians He says, "I have made you worthy." In Psalms He says, "I have surrounded you with favor as a shield." These are all past tense, like it's already happened. In order to activate His blessing, we have to come into agreement with what God has already declared about us ~that's faith!

Maybe we don't necessarily feel blessed today, a lot of things may be coming against you in your family, finances or health, but that doesn't change the Word of God. Circumstances don't change what God says about us, however, what God says about us can change our circumstances ~ we are the deciding factor. Instead of talking about our circumstances, we need to be bold and say, "God, if You say I'm blessed, then I believe I'm blessed! My checkbook may not say I'm blessed. The economy may not say I'm blessed. The medical report may not say I'm blessed. But God, I know You are the ultimate authority, and if You say I'm blessed, then I declare that I am blessed!"

When we get into agreement with God like that which is in our thoughts, words and actions, it opens supernatural doors and sets the blessing in motion. It allows Him to release the promises that already have our name on them! We can pull it out of the unseen spiritual realm over into the physical, seen realm, that's what the Bible means when it says, "God speaks of nonexistent things as if they already existed."

I want to live the abundant, blessed, joy-filled life that Jesus came to give us and we have to understand that the power of our words is a major key. We need to begin to declare God's blessing in every area of our life so that we can live the abundant, blessed joy-filled life that He has in store for us!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fun, Unique Ways to Craft with Fall Leaves ~ Cheap ideas to decorate your home for fall.....just take a walk, gather some leaves and use your imagination OR try some or all of these cute, cute ideas!

Autumn Leaf Candle Holder ~Allow the warm colors of autumn leaves to shine throughout your home with these easy DIY candle holders.

Foliage Letter ~Use strong spray adhesive and artificial leaves to give a large initial a seasonal update—a great alternative to a wreath!

Oversize Leaf Artwork ~A simply gorgeous way to show off colorful leaves, this project is a stunning centerpiece for your fall mantel.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Be Unique When You Decorate Your Home for Fall ~ Get out of the traditional fall decor box and use things that inspire you, that you love and that match your current'll be surprised how much you love the unique look and so will your family and friends!

Be Unique ~ You don't have to stick to the traditional fall colors when you transform your house for the fall season. Of course those traditional colors of red, orange, yellow and brown are awesome but think out side the box and spruce up your home by adding seasonal decorating touches using a variety of color. I tried this concept this year and everyone has absolutely LOVED my turquoise pumpkins that of course match my den {click here to see that post}, however here is pic of my den:

The top pic above done in white, ivory and robin eggs blue with burgundy, is front and center, it brings a new twist to the Fall decor scheme, that will get people's attention. Of course you should continue to use the the traditional fall items to fill your home just mix up the color ~ it makes a great back drop for a Fabulous Fall Party!

Consider these easy changes to your decor in UN-traditioanl fall colors ~ they all still make a cozy fall statement but in non-traditional color schemes!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Get out your glue gun and put on your creative too can create these cheap and easy {I know what your thinking with those 2 little words} DIY Fall & Halloween wreaths with things you have around the house or things you can buy cheap...

Swatches of orange, red, and white burlap, broadcloth or even felt can create a candy corn illusion that you can keep on your front door for the entire season. TIP: if you use a wire wreath form , bend it in the same of a tear drop to really create the look of candy corn.

Decorate a basic twig wreath with your favorite holiday goodies...check the dollar store for unique fall/halloween items. Love how this wreath paired colorful butterflies, a few spooky crows and spiders for the perfect combination of tricks and treats.