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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.