What we did on our Christmas break – Part 2

disney 2014

On day three of our Christmas break we arrived in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. (Check out part one of our trip here.) We rented Dottie’s Beach Retreat for our stay. We loved that the condo complex was right on the beach with a heated outdoor pool and private access to the beach.

Here’s the view from our balcony. Absolutely perfect!

 

We enjoyed a day of relaxation at the pool and playing on the […]

What we did on our Christmas break – Part 1

2015 Christmas

We enjoyed a wonderful break from the business of normal life. Our time off started out with our traditional Christmas Eve celebrations.

Everyone is all dressed up and ready for church.

 

After church we sat down for our traditional dinner including ham, rice, corn, salad, feta and olives. For dessert we enjoyed some of the sweet treats we made earlier in the week: Grammy’s no bake cookies, maple fudge, chocolate fudge, […]

Decorating Gingerbread Houses

gingerbread house decorating

It was Nicholas’ wish to decorate a gingerbread house this year. While out shopping this week, we picked up two gingerbread house kits.

Today, the kids finally got to build and decorate their houses.

 

Once the frame dried it was time to decorate.

 

 

 

Several hours later they finished and here are their colorful creations. Love them!

 

 

Two happy and proud decorators.

 

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Make your own Valentine’s Day Art

Valentine's Day Mantle

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to decorate! This year, I decided to create some art for the mantle. {You can check out last year’s mantle here.}

 

 

Here’s what I did.

1. I painted a large canvas with a heart and stripes. {Tutorial posted below.}

2. To incorporate my built in shelves, I painted another canvas peacock blue with a cursive love.

3. The X and O were […]

Peanut Santa Ornament Tutorial

Peanut Santa

Add a little whimsey to your tree with these Peanut Santa Ornaments. I think they would look cute tied to a present as well.

Here are the super simple directions.

Supplies needed:

peanuts paint {red, flesh} cotton ball thread markers {red, black} glue

 

1. Paint the peanut red. Let dry.

 

2. Paint the face. Let dry.

 

3. Add cotton for beard.

 

4. Add eyes and nose.

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Quilled Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

Quilled Snowflake

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I’m just having so much fun creating pretties for Christmas. Today, I’m going to show you how to make these quilled snowflake ornaments. Please leave a comment if you have any questions and send me pictures of your finished projects. I would love to see them!

Supplies needed:

8½” x 11″ white or light blue card stock ALEENES All Purpose Glue Rhinestones Paper Trimmer toothpick utility knife pencil ruler tape […]

Snowflake Fairies Tutorial

Snowflake Fairies

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I think you are going to love making these little snowflake fairies! They make me smile.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

white feathers 3/4″ wood bead white ribbon white/silver crochet thread silver thread snowflake punch out white card stock sparkle bead craft glue thin point red and black marker red pencil Q-tip

1. Glue two feathers into one end of the wood bead.

2. Cut silver thread to […]

Family Easter Celebration

Easter

Spring break is over and it’s time to get crackin’ with all the spring cleaning. {More on that later on this week.} But before I get started, here’s a little peek at our Easter Sunday celebration.

The kids all dressed up and ready for church. Pretty smiles.

 

Laughing uncontrollably…this photo session is over.

 

We had some friends over in the afternoon for some coffee and cake. I made my Fancy […]

Hanging Window Easter Eggs

Hanging Eggs

 

Here’s a fun and simple project to add a little whimsy to your windows.

 

To make these Hanging Window Easter Eggs, you will need the following supplies:

water-color paper pearly paint glitter glue ribbon thread needle paint brush hole punch egg template scissors

 

1. Trace eggs on water-color paper using template. Cut out.

2. Paint both sides of the egg. Let dry

3. Add glitter glue. Let dry.

4. […]

Easter Bunny Wall Art

Bunny Wall Art

Here’s what we made at Bible club this week, bedazzled Easter bunny wall art. I think the favorite part for everyone was adding a little glitz and glamor to the canvas.

It’s a simple project that adds color and cheer and a little spring to your decor. Enjoy!

Supplies

canvas pink, purple, blue and aquamarine metallic paint 2″ white pom-pom acrylic jewels or beads ribbon for hanging sponge brush glue tape bunny template […]