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Christmas idea, stones, 2017

Another “almost free” quick Christmas gift idea

Hubby and I traveled north this past weekend to a little town where we used to live.

We wandered up and down the streets and in and out of the little stores. It’s so much more fun than malls.

I miss how Christmas used to be:

……….dashing in and out of the stores,

……….with the snowflakes falling heavily,

……….and the wind blowing.

I miss having to make frequent stops to have coffee.

I miss brushing off the snow as I walked into the stores and saying to the clerks, “Boy, it’s really coming down out there.” And, of course, they would respond, “It sure is.”

It sparked immediate connection and conversation.  A rarity today, don’t you think?

There is just something about trudging in the snow and carrying snow-covered packages and freezing to death because, God forbid, you dressed “cute”, translated, not warm.

It wasn’t as frantic either.

It wasn’t about checking off the list.

It was about looking and really shopping for that gift that caught your eye. It was about the snow and the cold and the greeting people across the street as they trudged along as well.

There was so much more gaiety.

Anyway, back to the shopping. We went to this one store I’d not been in before and I found this basket of painted stones on which various saying were painted.  I love stones.

I keep a stone in my bathroom that sees “Remember”. It’s based on the story in the first few chapters in Joshua. Sometimes I forget all the ways God has blessed me, so I like the visual reminder.

My Pinterest board has lots of ideas if you want to check it out.

But these rocks almost looked like a child had painted them, which made them all the sweeter in my eyes.

So if you are looking for a last-minute idea and you have some rocks lying around, try this out. I would suggest you use a fine-tipped paint marker for writing the words.  A black oil-based marker will work as well.

painted rocks Christmas 2017

There is something about holding a stone that immediately connects us with the earth.

God bless and have a good day.

A DIY Dollar Tree Christmas sign

This is another very inexpensive quick craft if you’re in need of a last minute idea. Everything, except the board, is from the dollar tree.

First, let me share some of the backstory. I had bought these words from the Dollar Tree as soon as they went on sale. I’m learning that you need to act fast at the Dollar Tree. And, by the way, did you know that not all Dollar Trees are created equal.

By that I mean, they all carry different merchandise. So if you don’t find them store, check another if you can.

Anyway. I had some boards (I’m always scarfing up boards from garage sales, garbage day junk, junk pile at the big box stores. The ones for these projects are from the junk pile at a local big box store. The boards were different lengths, widths, and thicknesses.

I painted them red. Didn’t like them. I painted them white. I didn’t like them. I completely covered them with paper with no wood showing. Didn’t like them. Finally, I came up with black. I spray painted them and before the paint was completely dry, I wiped off some paint. I also distressed the edges with a sander.

I should also mention, that I nailed on picture hangers on the back at each end in case the recipient wants to put them on their wall. But because they are one-inch boards, they will stand up on their own.

Like, this one on top of my hutch.

I painted this one white first, then gold, then sanded off wide swaths of paint. The checked strip down the middle is from a roll of checked paper I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.50. There is a lot of paper on the roll and it’s very heavy. Don’t have any idea how it was meant to be used. I’m sure I’m going to find lots of uses for it.

Christmas sign 2017

 

Ok, back to this one. The plaid down the middle of this one is actually ribbon from the Dollar Tree. I used spray on adhesive for all the boards. These letters had jute hangers on them which I cut off but left the “nubs” on the front otherwise there would be a hole. I cut them off so the words would lay flat.

I already gave my daughter’s her sign so she could use it this summer. Naturally, I didn’t get a good picture of it but hers it totally different. It is painted red, distressed, has bright shiny tape down the middle and has Dollar Tree starts between the words. My husband thought it was the best one because it was so bright.

After this next photo, there is a slideshow that shows various views of the board.

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This really is a quick project once you have all you need and have the boards painted. But even with having to paint and sand the boards, it’s still under an hour. Of course, I painted these boards when it was warmer so they dried quickly. If you’re having to do this in your home,  use craft paint and they will dry just about as fast.

Anyway, these Christmas signs are one of my favorite crafts this year. But I’m going to show you some more this week that I also think are great and they, too, are very inexpensive. I’m probably hanging on to some of them for next year and hoping no one remembers them.

God bless and keep creating. After all, it’s already December!

Christmas organization 2017

A little TOO organized?

Can a person be too organized?

I don’t know but I think you’ll get a kick out of this.

I posted last week about our Thanksgiving weekend, how much fun we had, …..

My daughter and I went shopping. That reminds me, I didn’t tell you about one of my favorite clothing stores on Northville. It’s called “Dear Prudence” and it carries really cute clothes. It’s not cheap though, so I generally only buy items when they are really marked down.

They had an unusual sale. We got there right after it opened because they were selling all the clothes on the marked-down racks for $10.00 apiece. I found a number of great items as did my daughter.

It was lots of fun and customers were offering the items they didn’t want to other women they thought would be interested. It had more like a home clothing party atmosphere.

After that, my daughter and I went for coffee at one of my favorite coffee shops ever. I hadn’t realized my daughter had been carrying a large bag instead of her usual purse. I was soon to find out why.

See if you can figure it out from this picture.

Yep. She had been lugging this notebook around all morning.

I howled.

We should all be so organized. Right?

By the way, she has to be. She works full-time, volunteers for her school and church, and is the mother of two small boys, one of which has special needs. You can read about his story here.

Anyway, hope you are encouraged to get organized. If not, just be like me, and do it by the seat of your pants.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

A great Dollar Tree Christmas craft

This is a great project. I have a number of these candles started and will show you the pictures when I get them done.

In the meantime, let me explain what these are. These are the tall glass candle holders/candles you can get at Dollar Tree for, guess what, a dollar! Who knew? 🙂

Anyway….

As I thought about them, I I knew I wanted to make them reusable and figured once they burned down, they would be unusable. I mean they wouldn’t hold a tapered candle and it would be too hard to refill them. I thought about those cheap little tea lights from Dollar Tree but that would mean you would have to turn them on and off. That would work, of course.

But I wanted a real flame. So…….I decided to dig out enough of the candle so I could put in a tea light. It was really easy to do, I just used a spoon and started scooping. You can see it in one of the photos.

Next, I used some flannel I had used to make napkins and wrapped them around the glass and secured with a glue stick. I had gray trim at the top and the bottom, tied a red ribbon around the middle, and inserted a twig of holly berries.

They turned out really cute.

I have a number of them I’m working on and will show you when they’re done. I had all the materials so the only thing I bought was the candles. But even if you had to buy all the supplies, they would still cost very little. You could use scrapbook paper, twine, burlap, fabric from anything, scrapbooking supplies, sewing supplies, jewelry making supplies, whatever you have laying around.

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img_4676God bless and have a great day.

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