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The Story of Christmas

The Story of Christmas As told in Matthew and Luke (NIV) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the p

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 18

Magical Reindeer Food What you will need: Oatmeal (I use quick cook, or what is cheap) Sugar sprinkles* Treat sacks Twist ties Ribbon Label** Directions: The great thing about this project is you can make it for one child or one million.  For one child, you will need 1/3 cup of oats and a dash or two of sprinkles.  Mix and place in treat bag or Ziploc bag. For 15+ you will need: One small container of oats, or half of the big container. One container of Sugar Sprinkles* Mix oats and sprinkles in big bowl and place in treat bags.  Tie with twist tie and add ribbon and label**. *To make Sugar Sprinkles you can just take some regular sugar and add a few drops of food color to get the desired tint.  I purchased clear (white) sugar sprinkles and tinted half red.  In the past I used glitter but have heard the glitter can hurt the little birds that may eat it. **For the label I found an imag

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 17

Gift Tags While walking through Target yesterday I was FLOORED at how much gift tags were!  Ok, maybe it is because I am cheap but still!  The cute ones were like $5 for 10 of them!  You have GOT to be kidding me! Once I got home I realized I had everything to make them! What you will need: Cardstock Computer Printer Scissors Tape Directions: Located a design that you like, go to picnik.com and edit the pic, add text, etc. Save pic to your computer and open Word (or similar file).  Copy about 6 images onto your doc and print. Cut tags and place on gifts. That is IT!  SO easy and it cost me NOTHING! If you have the time and want to get really creative you can add glitter or ribbon or just about anything to make them REALLY pop.  But, who has time to do that right now?  lol Here are the ones I made!  I LOVE them!

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 16

Handprint-Snowman Ornament What you will need: Ornament of choice ( I like clear plastic ornaments, found at Michaels) White, Black, Orange Paint (you can add other colors if you would like) Willing helper Directions Place a small amount of white paint on a paper plate and place child’s hand in paint.  Move hand around a bit to make sure I is well covered.  If hand has a lot of paint you may want to blot some off with a paper towel. Place hand on ornament with fingers spread just a little.  Allow to dry. Once dry you can add your accent paints if you would like.  We have one guy and 3 girls in my little family so I did green, red and pink paint to spruce it up a bit.  I added a top hat, scarves, and ear warmers to my snowmen.  Allow to dry. That’s it!  I LOVE doing these with my children each year.  It is amazing just how much their hand grows in a year.  I also like to put the year and child’s initials on the orna

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 15

Decorative Dish Gloves What you will need: Dish gloves 1/4 yard Fabric or Oilcloth Ribbon/Trim (optional) Sewing Machine Hot glue gun (optional) Directions: 1. Wrap fabric around glove opening one and a half times.  This will be your measurement on how long the fabric needs to be.  Cut at 1.5x mark.  Depending on how much fabric you want at the top of your gloves will determine the width of the fabric you will cut.  The width on my finished set is 5 inches. 2. You will want to “ruffle” the fabric before you place it on your gloves.  It is VERY easy to make a ruffle.  I am sure I do not do it the correct way but coming from someone that knows VERY little about sewing, I think this is the easiest.  Just set your sewing machine to make a long stitch and sew down the long piece of fabric making a straight line.  You will then hold the threads on one side and pull one of the threads on the other to make the ruffle.  I also found this tutorial on how t

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 14

So sorry, I forget just how busy I am this time of year.  I plan on getting everything caught up by tomorrow. Day 14 Painted Door Mat What you will need: Spray Paint Outdoor paint Door mat Paint brushes Directions: Before you do anything else, you will want to sweep and shake out your door mat (if you are using an old one).  In this tutorial I am using my doormat I have had since spring!  Isn't it cute? If you will be using an old doormat that already has a design on it you WILL want to primer the mat first.  I did not do this and you can still see the design a bit. Once primered and completely dry you can paint with color I choice.  My main color is Red, I used 2 cans of spray paint (if I would have used primer I would have probably only needed one).  Allow to thoroughly dry. Pick a design you like and start painting!  I was going to put Christmas trees on mine, but since you could still see polka dots and daisies I just made due.  Make

Giveaway WINNER!!!!

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25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 13

Smore's-in-a-Jar You will need: 12 Graham Crackers 3 Cups Mini Marshmallows 4 regular size chocolate candy bars Directions for Jar: Place crackers, marshmallows and chocolate in jar. Tie with a cute ribbon and attach directions for how the recipient will make the dessert. Direction for Smore’s: In addition to contents of jar you will need: ¾ Cup butter ¾ Cup firmly packed brown sugar Directions: Heat oven to 350* Line pan with aluminum foil; spray with cooking spray.  Place crackers onto foil so sides touch. Melt butter and brown sugar in medium saucepan over MEDIUM heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and mixture starts to boil, about 5 minutes.  Pour evenly over crackers. Bake 5-6 minutes or until bubbly Remove pan from oven; sprinkle with marshmallows and broken candy bar pieces.  Place back in oven and bake until marshmallows begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes.  Allow to cool compl