Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Festive Evening!

Last night, we attended a wonderful Christmas Party hosted by the company John works for.  It was our first time at this annual event as he has had this job just since February.
Now I can put faces with names that I hear John talk about.  What a great group of people!

and... how special to spend this evening with my sweetheart!
I love this guy!
Our Sweet, Spanish guest, Aldara, attended too as she is interning with the company for ten months!
Such a pretty smile! 

Friday, December 17, 2010


I spent a few minutes today, away from the busyness of the season to cut a sweet Nativity.
It only took a few minutes.
I planned to double-mat it to a 5x7 but had this 5-inch frame that complimented the simplicity of the cutting.
Pattern graciously shared by Cindy @Scherenschnitte
Thank you, Cindy!
 All that is needed is a cutting mat, X-acto knife and a pattern.

*Print your pattern (or trace a pattern onto paper) 

*Using a cutting mat under your work, begin by cutting away the smallest, inner areas of the design with scissors/X-acto knife.

*Continue cutting away on the outer lines

*Place the finished design on a piece of background paper and secure it with adhesive.

*Frame as desired

Thursday, December 16, 2010

German Star Winner is...

Lady Farmer!
My very sweet blogging friend with several delightful blogs who was one of my first followers and left the first comment on this giveaway post.  How fun that the number 1 was chosen by Random Number Generator!

What a joy it has been to be blogging for two years and meet so many terrific friends!
I have been astonished at the response to my German Star Tutorial!  It is by far my most popular post.

Here are a couple of stats since I first posted it last year:
This staggering number is total number of times someone has viewed this post as of this morning.
The above number is just for pageviews for December 2010.  Amazing!

I know I have enjoyed making these pretty paper stars and I imagine many of you have too.
I would love to know if you have made some stars too ~ please leave a comment if you have!

Thank you all for being my friend!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter White, Christmas Home Tour & Christmas Tree Party

Joining several parties in one post!
The first one is Kathleen's Winter White Event Celebrations @Cuisine Kathleen!

Finding white isn't hard in my home :)
 This tiny Nativity was a gift to Abbey from her Sunday School teacher (who happens to be one of  my dearest friends)  when she was just 3 years old. The tallest figure stands just over 3-inches tall.


Our Christmas tree is decorated simply with white lights, some crystal icicles and figurines of angels holding baby Jesus, each one inscribed with one of His names.
For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given,
   and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6
Beneath the tree is a Christmas Village that I painted many years ago to go with a train set that is the delight of our grandchildren

 My white feather tree is in the dining room
 at night
 A sparkly silver tree sits on the kitchen counter
 trees on the front porch

A cherished painting by Jill
 A counted cross-stitch
 A Nativity pyramid, our mantle and my favorite Christmas movie
Linking  to Thrifty Decor Chick's It's a Christmas Tree Party
Linking to Nesting Place Christmas 2010 Tour of Homes

Monday, December 13, 2010

Letter Signs

Here are two Christmas gift projects I just finished.  One for AJ, our Mustang loving, drag car racer and the other one for our daughter, Jamie.
I started by snapping pictures in AJ's meticulously organized garage looking for letters or items that worked so I could spell out MUSTANG.  I cropped the photo's in photoshop, converted to a black and white image and ordered prints.
Here is a shot of AJ in his beloved mustang.
 After calculating the length of board needed, John cut the board and I sanded and painted it black.  Rubbing off some of the paint with sandpaper softened the stark black.

Carefully aligning each photo evenly, I taped (I didn't have it but double sided tape would probably work well) and glued them down.  I actually think the tape worked better getting the edges flush.

The next day, using a sponge brush, I applied polyurethane. 
To add a more masculine look, I attached hex head zinc screws on each of the four corners.
To finish, I cut a brown paper bag and folded to fit the back.  A paper stapler is strong enough to go through the pine board. (oops, I see I need one more staple there)
Not shown in this photo, John added two saw-tooth hangers to the back for hanging.
 For Jamie, I searched for items that would form the letters of her last name. To match  her decor, I painted the board a light tan and then used some brown acrylic paint to antique lightly.  This time the photo's were printed in sepia.
I searched scrap-booking stickers for ideas for the edges but just couldn't find what I like for what I wanted (rather didn't want) to pay.  I bought a little paper punch to make tiny flowers.  Then gold head tacks for the centers that I found at Lowe's.  I liked the way it was looking... but maybe one more thing.
A little hard to see here, but I added drawer handles on each side of the board.  The added detail gives a more finished look.  They were extra from our kitchen re-do and had a bright gold finish.  I coated with a mix of brown and black acrylic paint and then a coat of Mod Podge to seal.
All done and ready for gift-giving.

I want to thank Kim @Starshine Chic for her post that inspired this project.

Linking to

Holly Bloggy Christmas @Tatertots and Jello
Linking up to a sweet blog I just found for a Birthday Blog Party for Rebecca @A RE-Purposed Life
Happy Birthday Wishes, Rebecca!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Living Nativity

Step back in time with me as I walk through a Living Nativity...
 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
Gen 2:15
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?
Gen 3:1
the Prophet's foretold of the Savior's birth.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel
Isa 7:14
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
   though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
   one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
   from ancient times.”
Micah 5:2
An angel appears to Mary
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.
Luke 1:30
 and then to Joseph
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:20
 An angel of the Lord appeared to them (the shepherds), 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.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Hurrying to Bethlehem in search of the Babe, the shepherds find the merchants busy in the streets with those arriving for the Census.
 The shepherd's speak with an inn-keeper...
'The angels told us we would find the Christ child here... have you seen...'
'Angels?!?  Crazy shepherds!  My Inn is full!  Check, perhaps, in the stable.'
there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
  a few years later...  following the star...
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 
Matthew 2:1
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied
The Magi visit the Messiah

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose 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, frankincense and myrrh
Matthew 9-11 

Jesus as an adult
 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Luke 18:6
Jesus displays His power over nature
 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Mark 4:39
Jesus displays His power over death
Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
John 11:43
 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
John 19:41
So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Matthew 27:66 

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’
Luke 24:5-7 
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 
Acts 1:9 
They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
Acts 1:11 
Fellowship Baptist Church Living Nativity, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, continues through next weekend (December 17th-19th, 2010) Click link for more information, dates and times.
All scenes except the Creation scene are outside.

Article  from Courier Post Newspaper December 12th, 2010

 Linking to Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday


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