For those who have followed me for the last 10 years knew that I was very active in both paper scrapbooking as a consultant and as a designer. About 7 years ago, I was a part of several online digital scrapbooking store, selling my designs. When I was going through school and adopting of my 2 little boys, I took down my products. I have finally decided to get back into both paper scrapbooking with Close to my Heart (http://krismazy.ctmh.com) and with the introduction of my new digital scrapbooking site at http://www.krisandlarry.com/shop. I will have some of my old designs and many of my new ones.
I was honored to be able to make our annual family costumes. Every year we do a theme for the family (this year it is for all 16 of us – our family of 10, my sister Jen and her family and my parents)… This year, Mazy’s (my dad’s gun and cigar store) has one of the business booths at the community “Trunk or Treat” event put on by the Town of Chino Valley
For the boys, we made tunics and beards, both out of felt. They are wearing sweat shirts and pants under. We made belts as well to go around the tunics.
For the girls, we made knee length skirts and shawls. They are also wearing sweatsuits under their outfits.
Everyone is getting a gnome hat as well.
The tunics are rectangle pieces of felt with ovals cut out for the head openings.
The beards are white felt cut in the shape of a beard with layers of white felt cut with one wavy side and sewn across over lapping. Then, we added a piece of Velcro onto the front on each side at the top to Velcro the beards to the hats.
The belts are just long pieces of fabric tied in the back.
Belt Buckles are pieces of foam core cut and spray painted silver.
The girls’ skirts are just simple elastic skirts and I added a shawl of felt. We also cut and ironed on fabric mushrooms on some of the costumes.
Making chalkboard clipboards are very easy and they are usable over and over again. They are great for “in the car” activities, traveling, and chore charts for the wall. Our family uses them for all 3. We are making new ones today for the missing one and for our 2 new boys as well.
wooden clipboards (These are sold at walmart or kmart or target for less than $2 each),
bottle of spray paint (chalkboard) – I found this at our local Ace Hardware
blue painter’s tape
Foam stamps and paint
Blue tape the “Metal Hinge” and spray paint the entire front of the board. After 24 hours, remove the tape carefully. Stamp your child’s name on the board and tie matching ribbon at different lengths on the hinge.
Leave a message for your kids every day, or every week or every month. A chalkboard wall or message center is the perfect spot to do that!.
One of the highlights that the kids love in our home is the many chalkboard walls that we have. I have a full wall in my office and then there are stripes in the little girl and little boy rooms.
I have found that since I have put in the chalkboard sections, we do not have anyone writing on the walls in any other places… no crayon, paint or pens! YEAH! And their walls change often. Sometime they are just scribbles… others they are filled with flowers and hearts.
We have converted a corner in my office to a “quiet zone” with a glider, books, felt toys and the chalkboard. It is utilized often! We have found that when our little boys need a bit of relaxation, this is where they both tend to circulate to.
Every week, I change part of my wall near my desk to have a quote for the kids. Some are bible verses, others are fun quotes that I find online. I do not take a ton of time with the font… I mean, I could make it look like restaurant signs if I wanted…
Creating a chalkboard wall or section is really REALLY easy. Essentials that you need: Obviously Chalkboard paint (I got mine at Ace Hardware. – I love our local Ace in Chino!!) It is also available online if you are not in a hurry – It is on Amazon- I put a link to the right.
You will need blue tape to mark off your area and a paintbrush. – My FAVORITE TOOL that I use to paint with it the As seen on TV Point and Paint. I put a link to this as well. I know… CHEESEY! I have used mine on everything from walls to craft projects… and I just ordered another one too.
My full wall took a quart and a half of paint. I buy them 2 quarts at a time so that I have some all of the time.
I believe that you can never have too many Nativity Scenes up for Christmas time. I have started adding a new one every year to our “collection”. This year, I made one and was inspired by one I saw at my mom’s group, Vital Moms at the Height Church. I was sad to not know WHO made the one there to give proper credit to my MUSE. 🙂 (If it is you, let me know!!)
These are fun to make and do not take up a TON of time… although you can get lost in detail.
You will need:
2 small clay or wooden pots,
2 large wooden balls for the “heads”,
a clay or wooden plaque,
scrap felt in white and 2 other colors,
hot glue gun.
Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
Paint the balls flesh and the pots a brown color(I also “crackled” the bodies with my crackle paint). Hot glue together. Add the colored scraps on to make clothing and ties with a piece of raffia each, Mary around her neck and Joseph around the head.
Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
Optional: add texture snow around the base – This MUST dry overnight!!
Here is the sample that inspired me:
And here is my finished nativity:
Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Our Scout family put together an AWESOME display at the Home-town Christmas. Each of the Cubbies created ornaments for the tree.We cut out camping diecuts and glittered pine cones. We used rope as garland and even made a tree topper of pinecones (my mom got on a kick while helping us organize the ornaments and saw my pinecone Chrismas tree in the kids schoolroom)
Larry, Joan(our Tiger Leader), 4 boys (and one other parent) put up our display to be judged and we got 3rd place out of about 30 other trees!!! WOOHOO!! I am SO proud of those boys!
Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, —
Our move this last year was rough on some of my decorations. I had several wreaths in a big bag and they got crushed. Larry told me to just throw them away and start fresh… I am SO glad that I didn’t.
I picked up a few $1 sets of flowers (poinsettias and some snow covered pine) at the craft store (LOVE 50% off days!!!) And my mom brought me over a bow that she made – She is SO tricky and makes the most BEAUTIFUL bows with her bow maker contraption.
Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
I have been looking all over for fun activities to do with the kiddoes and I came across this post on http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/ and on Tip Junkie. I was SO excited to see it. I had to share with you!!! A printable 3-D Nativity to make with toilet paper rolls.
I copied their entire post below. Have fun this weekend with your kids and make this. (you can also use paper towel rolls cut in half)
I made a printable nativity set for kids, and the best part is, it’s free! 🙂
About 13 Toilet Paper Tubes*
Printed Coloring Sheets
Directions for Completing Nativity Craft:
Print the Coloring Pages (links below)
Color with crayons
Cut out as indicated on the sheets
Glue around toilet paper tubes with glue stick. For most, just glue the bottom even with the bottom of the toilet paper tube and let the heads hang off the top. A few of the weird ones have directions below.
When gluing the angel, let her wings flap free where you cut them at the dotted line, and then curl them out slightly with your finger.
When gluing the empty stable, just glue each edge to a toilet paper tube half way around.
When gluing the palm tree, let the leaves you cut on the dotted line flap free so they stand out.
That’s it! Now, here’s the free printable sheets to get started on your nativity! 🙂
All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you’d like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and not my individual downloads. Thanks!
*If you don’t have 13 toilet paper tubes, try using tubes from paper towels or gift wrap! 🙂 You could also consider leaving out some of the pieces.
Time to start (or finish) making gift for Christmas time. Shelby is working on gifts for people in her youth group and was going through my book of ideas when she came across these. So, I thought that I would post them.
Shrinky Dink Earrings
You will need the following
your computer with a color prints (or you can rubber stamp images onto the shrinky dink),
needle nose pliers
earring fish hooks
(and your oven!!!)
clear spray paint (not necessary however, if the earrings get wet they might smudge without)
Yes, these are all things that I have at my house (remember I am an all-around crafter) but your can easily get them at Walmart or any craft store.
Draw, print or stamp your image. Cut them out (I did a circle on each of these so there would only be smooth edges). Punch a hole in the top and heat in the oven per the directions on your shrinky dink. Once done shrinking, spray with clear paint and add your fish hook. You have a FAST and FUN gift ready to give!!! ***TIP: watch your finger prints when cutting or it might smear!!***
Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,