Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Family Photo Christmas 2012

A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.

Here’s a little glimpse into our family festivities.

To start off, I thought you might enjoy hearing the kids playing prelude music for our Christmas Eve service.

Now we’re back home. The table is set.

A beautiful centerpiece from my favorite florist.

The fire is lit.

And we’re ready to dig in.


A Homemade Christmas ~ Angel Ornaments

Angel Ornament

On Sunday evening I had a little craft session and made these little angel ornaments. I came across this adorable idea in the December 2012 FamilyFun Magazine. {FYI- I’ve found so many great ideas in the FamilyFun Magazines. My first subscription was a gift, but I will definitely pay for a renewal. Right now you can renew for only $5/year.}

Here’s what you’ll need:

3/4″ wood beads white stiff felt white feathers gold pipe […]

A Homemade Christmas ~ Transparent Paper Window Star Tutorial

Window Star Tutorial

You’ll love how these stars brighten up a room. They can be made in any color to match your decor. Have fun!

Supplies needed:

transparent paper which can be purchased at novanatural {I’ve not purchased any there myself, but it’s one of the only places I found that has it available. Please let me know if you know where else to get it. Thanks!} glue stick (UHU is my favorite)

1. Cut eight rectangles […]

Success is what we do with what we have



The kids and I just finished reading The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli. What a wonderful story about overcoming obstacles and learning not to make excuses. I highly recommend this book.

The quote above really hit home. I am reminded that God has given us everything we need to serve Him. It is our responsibility to recognize the blessings, talents and gifts he has so graciously given to each […]

A Homemade Christmas ~ Glass Magnets

Glass Magnets

Pin it here.


A while back, I started to experiment with making glass magnets. I made a bunch to give away this Christmas but hadn’t quite figured out how to package them for gift giving. I checked into tins, but couldn’t find any. Then I came across Sabby’s suggestion over at Sabby in Suburbia. Love her easy, yet attractive solution.

Here’s how I made the magnets and then packaged them.

Supplies needed:

flat-bottomed […]

Giveaway Winner Announced

Thank you so much for making my very first blog giveaway such a success. Your kind words and positive comments mean a lot. You guys are the best!

So, without further ado…the winner of two newspaper ornaments and a $25 Etsy giftcard is {drumroll, please}

Comment #4

Congratulations Elizabeth!

You will be receiving an email shortly.

This first giveaway was so much fun, I’ll be hosting another one […]

A Homemade Christmas ~ Marvelous Maple Fudge

Marvelous Maple Fudge

Time for more fudge. The husband will be happy when he gets home tonight.

Today, I tried out this Marvelous Maple Fudge recipe from Taste of Home magazine. It’s absolutely delicious!

Make sure you try out my other fabulous fudge recipes. Fudge is a great treat to take to Christmas parties and makes an excellent Christmas gift when packaged in fun holiday tins.


If you’re looking for a magazine full of great […]

Jewelry Valet – A Storage Solution

So, I have a little bit of a jewelry storage problem. Here’s where I’ve been keeping my necklaces, tucked away in the corner of the closet. Not convenient to get to and also easy to overlook what’s there. {I know you’re wondering why in the world I have that colorful beaded necklace ;)}

As I was looking through a catalog that came to the house, I came accross this jewelry over-the-door valet. It seemed […]

Christmas Tree at the Dentist’s Office

dental tree 1

The kids and I got our teeth cleaned today. Look at this super clever and creative Christmas tree Melissa made for the dentist’s office.

I love the tooth fairy on top. So cute!

Newspaper Ornaments and Etsy Giftcard Giveaway


First, I would like to announce that my Newspaper Ornaments won the Totally Green Crafts Contest – Holiday Edition grand prize. I can’t tell you how excited I am!!!

As a THANK YOU to all who voted, I would like to give away a prize package consisting of a set of two newspaper ornaments and a $25 Etsy giftcard.









Here’s how you can enter […]