As my great-grandfather used to say, “Christmas is over and I’m so sad, sody-pop sody-pop’s all I had.” Well, our stockings were stuffed with more than soda pop this year, but we’re certainly sad to see the most joyous time of the year come and go so quickly. In fact, I’m squeezing every last drop of Christmas cheer out of 2011 by leaving my decorations up until New Year’s Day.
And as the first day of the new year approaches, I find myself reminiscing on the past 365 days. Husband and I have had many special moments this year, but to be perfectly honest, this hasn’t been the easiest year. It’s been one where I’ve been challenged to grow in my faith more than ever, and God has shown me that He’s sovereign no matter the circumstances. So, here’s my top 10 blessings list for 2011:
10. Buying our first home.
9. Safety as we conducted all our home improvement projects – and there were plenty of opportunities for a ladder to tip, blade to slip, and glass to chip.
8. Having some of our dearest friends move right around the corner.
7. Reconnecting with old friends. I had the unique opportunity to attend (and host) several parties this year where I was able to spend time with the girls (now women) I grew up with. It felt like coming home. 🙂
6. Safe travel. Husband and I each did more business travel this year than usual, and we each made it home in one piece.
5. Food on the table. This one may seem silly to some, but Husband and I never take for granted how lucky we are to both have work in a time when so many corporate cutbacks are being made. Also, I took a position with a new company this year, and we both absolutely love it!
4. A special wedding. My mother-in-law married a wonderful man this year, and we couldn’t be more excited to see them so happy.
3. Spending the holidays with all of our family. The older I get, the more I treasure family memories!
2. Finding a church home we love.
1. Finding out we’re going to become an aunt and uncle to a precious baby boy next year!
We can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring! How had God blessed your life this year?
Christmas is right around the corner, so I thought I’d give all of you an early Christmas present. My lovely sister-in-law is a crafting queen, so I asked her to share some of her most recent projects with us. She has created four festive items for this time of year, and I’ll share one each day (in her own words) from now until Christmas!
Project 2: Personalized Clipboard
As a first grade teacher I am always looking for personalized items for my classroom! When looking around online they are always so pricey! So, I decided to start making my own and you can too! I made this clipboard for less than 10.00!
To make this clip board you will need the following materials:
- Black and white paint pens
- Acrylic paint in whatever colors you like
- Ribbon of your choice
- Sharpie marker
- Unpainted clipboard ( you can find these at Wal-Mart for cheap!)
- Acrylic Sealer
Step 1: Paint the clipboard front and back in which ever background color you like. You will probably have to paint several coats to get the desired look.
Step 2: Create a circle template out of paper or any item around the house that makes a perfect circle. Trace with a pencil your circles on the board. When finished, paint the circles your random colors of choice.
Step 3: Once dry, take your white paint pen and accent your polka dots as you see done in the picture. You can also take the black paint pen and create the swirls randomly.
Step 4: To create your personalized name on the back simply print off your name off of a word document and cut it out. Lay it down on your clipboard and trace it with a sharpie marker. When you lift up the paper you will see some came through. Then you will take your black paint pen to complete the name.
Step 5: Spray your clipboard back and front with acrylic sealer and let dry!
Step 6: Tie your ribbon in a knot through the silver hole used to hang the clipboard!
I’m so excited to share my latest project. A friend and I had a Pinterest night last night, where we each brought a project we’ve been wanting to complete and drank hot chocolate as we crafted. It was such a fun idea for a girls’ night, and I plan on having another one soon. Now, for my project.
I had previously seen this cute little idea on Pinterest, and I’ve been waiting to give it a try. The only supplies you need are:
- Clear glass ornaments
- Print out of wedding invitation and/or what ever it is you want to put inside the ornament ( I also used the sheet music for Jingle Bells)
Step 1: Begin by slicing the invitation line by line into thing strips.
Step 2: Then, carefully remove the top of the glass ornament.
Step 3: Curl each strip carefully around the pencil, and slide the paper off the end of the pencil without letting it uncoil (see video below).
Step 4: Repeat step 3 until all the strips have been added. You might also use the tip of the pencil to adjust the strips inside the ornament if there are certain words you want showing.
Step 5: Replace the top and find the perfect spot on your tree! See more pictures below the video.