Every day is a blessing and our family knows that all too much after the sudden loss of one of the kids in the family. As a mom, I try to be even a better mom that I was before. I want each of my kids to know that I love them and tell them in different ways.
Leaving each of the kids love notes for the first 2 weeks of February is a priority for me. Each of my children have such amazing gifts to give each other and others. I love highlighting this for them.
Start this year. Cut 14 hearts out of pink, red or even white paper for each child. Each day, write an “I LOVE YOU because…” on the heart and tape it to their door BEFORE they wake up in the morning. What an AMAZING surprise for them. <3
NOt only am I offering classes for kids through Outschool, but, I have also opened up an Etsy shop for my digital art. Every file in store will not only be cut, but will also be tested and created into something.
December 19: Luke 2:9-10 – 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. —
For those that do not know me, I am big on “making it myself.” I like my farm style, homemade decorations. And this includes my Christmas decorations. I was recently going through the Cricut online ideas to see what I wanted to make and saw some ornaments with old trucks on mason jar lids….. I didn’t want old trucks, so here is what I came up with.
I found a scrap of country Christmas fabric in my fabric stash. No, I am not a seamstress or a quilter (although I would love to learn)… I am a crafter only. And that is mostly paper crafts! But I do have a little bit of fabric. 🙂
I used my Cricut Explore to cut my iron-on. However, you can easily cut snowflakes and trees out of iron-on or even out of stickers and use scrapbook paper instead. 🙂 I used the white glitter iron-on (This was a scrap edge from another project. I only needed it 2-1/2 inches tall.
Here is what I used: (Remember to use what you have on hand first! 🙂 )
Mason Jar Lids (Older, used, clean ones are fine for this)
Scraps of fabric (or paper) to fit on top of lid flat
Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash. Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive.
You will need:
6 tongue depressors
(3 whole, 3 cut in half
and one half cut again in half)
Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors.
Add Mary and Joseph
Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger.
Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
Make a craft today. I love creating things… especially things with my kids.
Here is a 1 page print out of a nativity scene for you. We made this many years ago and still print it out every year for my kiddoes.
The download is free. Print on cardstock, cut out the paper dolls and tape them to popsicle sticks. (This year we are laminating ours too). This is a GREAT way for younger kids to retell the birth of Jesus through the season.
As Advent begins in our home for this season, so does the decorating. Today, we are hanging up decorations in my both my classroom and around the house. The goal is not to just decorate for the birth of Jesus and celebrate Him, but to also be together as a family.
We are cutting out 3-D stars to hang behind me in my classroom in Christmas paper. We have included a pattern to download above. 5 cutouts make one star. The solid lines are the cuts and the dotted lines are the folds.
We have found that HOT GLUE works best to hold these together. Be careful with those little fingers.
We chose to use a twine to tie around them to hang. You can hot glue a ribbon and make them into ornaments or you could make some and leave them in a bowl as a centerpiece.
I love having a wood stove. I grew up with them at my parent’s house as well. When Larry and I looked for a stove to have put into our home (Yes, our huge house only had “fake” heating fireplaces – Propane burning ones and a chimney for a pellet stove.) We had to get something in that was more economical for our family size. And not letting us run through our propane every winter.
I love the fact that the woodstove that we got has 2 cooking burners on top. I keep a water kettle on there all of the time. I even fixed some elderberry tea with that heated water this morning from off of the woodstove. That is a different story altogether.
We have already simmered soup on the coldest rainy day so far this season. Our season has not gotten cold during the day, however, when you are up at 3 am and the temperature outside is at freezing or so, a nice fireplace is well worth it especially when I have turned the heater OFF!!!
Since as far back as I can remember, I always try and simmer some potpourri on my stove or in a mini-crock. This season, I have an old pot that I have been putting goodies in on the wood stove on the other
burner. This has worked out great and when I want to simmer something else, it is simple to jest set the potpourri pot to the side.
This morning, I added cloves, dried lemongrass and dried eucalyptus.
For each of the following recipes, I add about 4 cups of water in my stove pot or mini crockpot and then the plants/herbs/fruit.
1/4 cup eucalyptus
2T whole cloves
Fall is HERE
1 orange (Peel and Fruit), sliced
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
1 teaspoon cloves, whole
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Open your Mind
1 lemon, sliced
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon vanilla
Apple Harvest Spice
1 apple, sliced
1 tablespoon cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Fresh and clean
1 lemon, sliced (peel and fruit)
1/2 cup of eucalyptus leaves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chai Tea Potpourri
1T Vanilla extract
1/2 t black pepper,
1/2 t ginger,
1/2 t coriander seed,
1 star anise
If you want, you can throw in a few black tea bags and use this as a chai tea base too. Strain and mix with milk.
We do this project every year to make a fun and interesting month. Each night, I have each of my kids write one thing that they are thankful for, their name and the date that they wrote it and put it in the jar. On the last day of the month, I have them gather and we read everything that was written together as a family.
Not only does this give a good homeschooling writing skills to my younger kids, but it allows them to focus on positive only. For my older kids, this help them explore some of their creativity by having them write memories.
This is a FUN and EASY project to create. I personally created a label with vinyl on a jar that we can use year after year using a pattern that was in the Cricut system.
You do not have to use vinyl or even a cricut machine. You can cut a simple tag and tie on the top of the jar with ribbon or yarn. You could use letter stickers. You could add fake leaves or flowers or you could just leave it plain.