Creative Christmas Wreaths

Creative Christmas Wreaths

One of the best things about making wreaths for my gift shop is being able to hang them throughout our home this Christmas. I keep them on display so clients are able to see them as they might look in their own homes.

You can also hang wreaths throughout your home when you create your own using these ideas from BHG. I LOVE the wreath in the photo, using gift boxes in a variety of sizes to make a wreath. Such a colorful, cute & simple idea! Have fun! And craft on!

Christmas Wreaths

The First Tuesday in Advent

Anxious? Not Me!

Do you feel anxious as each day brings you closer to Christmas? Wow! There always seems to be so much to do and so little time in which to do it. The Holidays can be overwhelming even on the best days. You are already so very busy and you simply add all your Christmas activities and tasks to your busy lives. I remember one Christmas when I began to cry because I didn’t have time to grocery shop!

In today’s verse, the apostle Paul reminds you that you should never be anxious, not about anything. Instead, you need to go before the Lord in prayer, asking Him about your needs and thanking Him even before He has done anything. You are simply to have faith God will provide for you no matter what. So today, cast aside your anxiety and have faith God is in control.

10 Everyday Items That Make Awesome Christmas Trees

10 Everyday Items That Make Awesome Christmas Trees

It’s fun to add Christmas decorations throughout your house, especially Christmas trees. Unfortunately, trees can be expensive & difficult to store. good Housekeeping has solved both problems for you. they have put together trees that you can make with ordinary things found around your home or easily picked up. I LOVE this pallet tree! Such fun & a true Simple Joy!

Christmas Trees

The First Monday in Advent

Give Me a Bold Spirit

It can be tough being strong. Sometimes, it seems you can only function in crisis mode. On a normal day, life is hectic. At Christmas, it can become chaotic! Add to this a often lack of self-discipline and you have problems. So many treats and sweets available everywhere you turn. Not to mention the goodies you yourself make. After all, you have to taste one, or two, to make sure they turned out all right, don’t you?

Today’s verse reminds you that God has given you a spirit that makes you strong; a spirit that fills you with power, love and self-discipline. You don’t have to be strong all by yourself. The Spirit of God wants to help you be as strong as you need. Whether it’s having the strength to face a new day after a late night of Christmas events or having the willpower to resist the fattening food laid before you.

When you feel your mind and body growing weak, take a moment to call on that bold spirit within you and remember that you are not alone.

33 Christmas Table Settings & Centerpieces

33 Christmas Table Settings & Centerpieces

Creating a fabulous centerpiece for your Holiday table doesn’t need to be expensive or hard. You don’t even have to buy a centerpiece. You can make it yourself!

These days, a Christmas centerpiece isn’t just for company. You can create a centerpiece that decorates your table all season long! When company comes over, put together a different look for your table based on the occasion. The centerpiece in the photo above is simple & beautiful! It doesn’t take much for you to create a lovely table this Christmas. Country Living is ready to help you with their guide of 33 table settings & decorations! You might want to try something different every night! Now that’s a Simple Joy!

Christmas Centerpieces

Advent Introduction

Jesus came to live among us for so many reasons, not the least of which was to help us control our fear and strengthen our faith.

I believe God calls each of us into service for Him. We are in this life to accomplish something special, something unique for Him. Unfortunately, too many of us are afraid to step up and answer His call. This Christmas season, I want to help you overcome the fear that may be holding you back.

Throughout the Christmas is the message “Fear Not!” The angels that appeared to various people in the story always began by telling them not to be afraid. This message is for you also.

Advent is a time for you to prepare yourself for the coming of the Lord. This year, I want to help you receive Him fully into your heart, to overcome the fear that is prevent you from hearing all He is saying to you, to help you feel the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Each Advent lesson is meant to help you overcome the obstacles preventing you from answering God’s call. Each of the Sunday lessons tells the story of someone who thought they were the wrong person for the job:

  • Zechariah: who thought he was too old;
  • Mary: who thought she was unqualified;
  • Joseph: who thought it wasn’t his problem;
  • The shepherds: who thought they weren’t good enough;
  • The women on Easter: who thought it was too late.

Nothing is impossible for God so nothing is ever TOO anything. I encourage you to spend time each day during Advent, reflecting on the restlessness you feel and the call God is placing on your heart. It’s time to step up and step out!

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

I believe Christmas decorating begins outdoors! Whether you are welcoming guests into your home or just offering Holiday greetings to people walking by your house, your home can begin sharing your Christmas warmth before anyone enters.

Midwest Living has a variety of ways to add Christmas cheer to the outside of your home. You might be tempted to try them all!

Outdoor Decorating

20 Magical Ways to Use Mason Jars This Christmas

20 Magical Ways to Use Mason Jars This Christmas

A wonderful friend gave me a box of old mason jars recently. I must be honest. I really haven’t done much with mason jars before. However, I was excited at the prospect of creating mason jar snow globes. I have made a few & have a few more to make. Or, I might just switch over & make some of these fun crafts from Country Living. I am ALWAYS looking for new ways to use old things and these ideas are fabulous!

You can enjoy using old mason jars. Or new mason jars. And you don’t even have to buy a whole box to do it. The dollar store in my neighborhood carries individual mason jars for, well, $1! So you can buy one or two & try out a few of these fun Christmas crafts. I warn you though, you will be heading back to the store for more jars faster than you can say “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!”

Tip: After make 1-2 crafts with dollar store jars, should you decide to create multiples as gifts, price a box of jars from the local neighborhood hardware store. You may find the jars are less than a $1 each when purchased this way.

Christmas Jars