Friday, December 24, 2010

The Story of Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010
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 people.


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.


This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”


Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel , praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”


When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”


When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning
what had been told them about this child, and all who
heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.


So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby, who was lying in the manger.


But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered
them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen,
which were just as they had been told.


On the eighth day...he was named
JESUS
the name the angel had given him
before he had been conceived.


After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi (wise men) from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”


...and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them
until it stopped over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.


On coming to the house, they saw the child with his
mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.


Then they opened their treasures and presented him
with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.


Jesus, the light of the world, has come with
love and hope and glory.


He came to show us how much God loves us . . .
That is the Christmas Story.

I hope you all have a very Blessed Christmas!
Thank you to my friend Brandi for sharing this tutorial, you can find how to make this post into a book here.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 18

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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 image of a reindeer and used picnik to edit to my liking and add the text.  If you would like to use my template you can find it here.  I then used a paper punch I purchased at Michaels last year to punch out a cute scalloped circle, you will then use a hole punch to add a hole to the top.  I attached the label to the bag with ribbon.

The wording for the label is:

Magical Reindeer Food
Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The Moon will make it sparkle Bright!
As Santa’s Reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home.


Total Cost
I was able to make 45 treat bags for $4!

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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!


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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 ornament.


*These make GREAT gifts for Grandparents AND teachers!
Oh and the funny little thing on the thumb is a cat snowman.  lol

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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 to make ruffles, to help.

3. Place fabric around gloves and measure to make sure you have pulled enough ruffle.  When you get the look you want, remove the fabric from the gloves. Take the short edges of the fabric, put the “right” sides together, and sew them together.  You should now have a complete ruffled circle.

4. Slide the glove onto your sewing machine. Place the fabric wrong-side out on the machine over the glove, leaving a 1/2" of glove at the top, and stitch together.

5. (optional) Hot glue coordinating ribbon around the glove, leaving two long tails on the top of the glove (if you want a bow). Tie the tails in a bow.

**Note: I did a zig-zag stitch around all raw edges of my fabric before sewing anything.  If you have a serger just do a quick serg.  Or, if you like the frayed look just leave them raw.



That’s it!  This project cost a total of $0.97!  The gloves were on sale and I had a coupon, the rest of the items I already had on hand.

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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 sure you are using paint made to use outdoor!  You will be walking on the mat and you don't want it to look warn after the first person walks on it.

Once mat is totally dry, place in front of your door.

That's it!  SUPER easy and SO cute!  

Here is my finished product


Not much different from the before but I like it.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Giveaway WINNER!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Congrats to comment #11......Tereasa!!!  You have won the Reindeer Food Giveaway!!

Winner has been contacted.  Please come back for more giveaway's soon!

Congrats!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

25 Days of a Crafty Christmas Day 13

Monday, December 13, 2010
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 completely then cut into bars.


You can also get a hot dog roasting stick and tie to the front as well so they can make actual Smore's.

Enjoy!

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