Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thank You Cross Cards

I needed to send some
Thank You cards to
family/friends so
I decided to try this
beautiful intricate cross image.

Card Size:  4 3/4" x 7 1/4"
Cricut Cartridge:  New Testament
Cross Cut at 5"

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Old Fashioned Christmas

This year at Christmas I wanted
to make some special memories
with family celebrating with
old fashioned traditions
My parents simple Christmas tree
is adorned with vintage ornaments
and some are from their childhood.
I can remember making popcorn balls
as a kid and also stringing popcorn with a needle
and thread to make garland for our tree!

Making popcorn balls was top on my list
for our old fashioned Christmas this year!

Fox & Geese Board

As children, my parents played a
game called Fox & Geese where
the geese (small buttons) tried
to hem in the Fox (large buttons)
and keep them from having a move
(like check-mate in chess).

There are many different variations
of this game.  I can remember playing
this when I was young also.  It never
occurred to me that it was only 
cardboard and buttons.

The more fast paced life becomes and the
more tangible possessions people have, the 
more they seem to long for simpler times.

God, Family/Friends & Country--
Is there anything more important?

Wishing you the peace of simpler times
and precious memories with those you love!

Slow down and enjoy life!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ohio River Village Christmas

Along the Banks of 
the Ohio River

Many Villages still exist today
holding their small town
atmosphere precious.

Older buildings have since became
cafe's, antique/florist shops and offices.  
This is a cafe' along the river.

Unique Window Dressings

A Simple Reminder that
Jesus is the Reason for the Season 

 The decorations look almost as good as the
delicious smells coming from local bakeries.

Blackberry jam, peanut butter rolls and 
cookies the size of your hand can be an
afternoon snack as you stroll through 
the village visiting the shops.

Festive sights, sounds and smells
greet you around every corner
of this Ohio River Christmas Village!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Frontier Christmas Village

Frontier Christmas
Old Washington, Kentucky

 Candle Making
The wicks were dipped in the hot wax
and allowed to dry as they were dipping the rest
of the wicks.  It took over 90 dips to create a taper candle.

 Buildings from the 1700s line the streets
and beckon for you to come in
stepping back in time.

Knitting Demonstration

Many buildings have become antique shops
while others remain intact for tourist
and school groups to see a glimpse
into the Colonial life.

Sitting by the fire to keep warm.

Corn Cob Checkers

A Wax Statue of Simon Kenton

Site of First Postal Station, 1789

Machinery Used with Tobacco

A Beautiful Local Church

Visiting Old Washington puts me in
the Christmas mood and I enjoy
the sites and sounds of a simpler
time when one's focus was on
God, family and country.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Card Ornaments

Nativity Ornaments

When I started to make Christmas cards this year, 
I found I didn't have any paper that
would work for the cards, so
I improvised by making ornaments
and placing a Bible verse & sentiment 
on the back on a label.

Cricut Cartridge:  Inspired Heart
Cut at 3 1/2"
Die Cuts with a View Glitter & Metallic Card Stock
Martha Stewart Ribbon Hangers

I made around 100 ornaments and they went together
quite fast.  This may be a new tradition for me
to give instead of Christmas cards!

Remember...Keep Christmas in your heart everyday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This Christmas the Little Things

This Christmas I'm thankful for....
the little things.

This Christmas I'm thankful for....
clothes & shoes that fit.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
food to eat.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
my home, my family and my friends.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
seeing donated clothes given to a small child
and the smile she wore in her new dress.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
the little things that really are the big things!

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
Jesus, God's Son, coming as a baby 
to bring love and forgiveness
to all who seek Him.

This Christmas What are You Thankful for?

Friday, December 2, 2011

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Runaway Christmas Train

 Does anyone else feel like they are on a runaway train picking up speed fast?  So often I hear ladies ask, "Where has the time went?  How did it get to be December already?" 

I don't have the answers to those questions, but am reminded to take a deep breath and remember life isn't about the hustle and bustle, but about the journey and the memories you make along the way.

Where I live there aren't any roses in bloom to stop and smell.  It's too cold, but there are beautiful stars in the Winter sky and bright moons to behold.  Crisp frozen grass that crunches underfoot in early morn.  Soft cheerful music playing in the stores in preparation for Christmas.  A remembrance of Thanksgiving beckoning to not be forgotten amid the hurried days of the season.

The Bible says to everything there is a season.  Time comes and goes quickly it seems.  Isn't that all the more reason to enjoy each minute instead of hurrying through it?

Enjoy the journey and the moments will be more precious!