Old Fashion Christmas Tree

I love Christmas trees. 

I love the old fashion Christmas trees that aren’t trimmed into a perfect triangle.

The kind where the glass balls can swing freely from the ends. 

The kind that you walk through the woods and find the perfect one and cut it down. 

The kind that is dripping with tinsel. 

Like this…

old treeIt’s hard to find trees like that anymore. 

But I did!

And right in my own yard.

Well, maybe I went into my neighbor’s yard just a foot or two. 

Old fashion Christmas treeI think I’m going to add more tinsel! I just love how much space there is for the balls to hang. 

What do you think of the tree stand? 

I have another one in the kitchen.

Old fashion Christmas treeSince it’s in the kitchen, I decided to decorate it with dried cranberries and popcorn. The garland is dried apple peel.

Old fashion Christmas treeThe boys got a tree in their room!

Old fashion Christmas treeI think I will make some more stars and add tinsel to it. Maybe some smaller stars? What do you think?

Tomorrow, I am going to cut one to go in my daughter’s room. I will have to do it early! She comes home tomorrow! I know just the thing I’m going to use for the stand! The small milk jug we used for flowers in her wedding. I’m going to use the wooden ornaments my mom gave me so many years ago and I’m going to load it up with tinsel!

I guess I love these old fashion trees because they remind me of yesteryear when things seemed simpler; when life seemed slower and Christmas felt like it would never come.

What is a special Christmas tradition you have? I’d love to hear about it! 

Until then,                                                                                                                                                    Jayne

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A Christmas Home Tour

As I decorated my home for Christmas this year, I wondered about how I could also decorate my heart. 

IMG_2417As I made my front porch look inviting and welcoming, do people see me as inviting and welcoming?

treeAs I hung lights on the tree, do people see the Light of the world in me? 

IMG_2504As I gather things for a vignette, do I take the time to gather with family and friends?

IMG_2514As I made my centerpieces, do I make Him the center of my life?

IMG_2538 As I prepared the guest rooms, did I prepare my heart?

IMG_2549As I made the stars for the tree, did I think about allowing God’s word to guide me?

IMG_2535As I thought of using soap for this, did I think about how He has washed me white as snow?

IMG_2557 As I count down the days till Christmas, am I counting down the days till His return? 

IMG_2553 As I searched for the perfect Charlie Brown tree, do I seek His kingdom and righteousness?

As I take the time to decorate my house with garland, lights candles, and ornaments, do I decorate my heart with compassion, kindness, love and joy? 

As we open presents, will I think about the greatest gift of all?

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And when the season is over and I drag the tree off to die in a ditch, will I think about how the Baby who was born in a manger grew up to die on a cross for me?

I really enjoyed decorating this year and allowing God to do some decorating on me. Even though I am finished, I still tweak the decorations, just like God is consistently tweaking my heart! I’m praying you will all have the best Christmas ever!

Merry Christmas!                                                                                               Jayne 

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Frosty Snowman Globe

Remember these?

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Look what I made with them! 

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You won’t believe where I got the inspiration for this cute snowman.  

NOPE! Not Pinterest! 

I just blew your mind, didn’t I? 

I got the idea at Goodwill! 

YEP! Goodwill! 

I saw one there, looked at the price and didn’t want to give that much. (A whopping $3.95) 

Call me cheap! 

I really didn’t want it because it was clear and I wanted mine to be frosty. 

So, I headed over to the glass vase area and found what I needed. Got the vase for .99 cents and the jar for the head for .55 cents! Then I went up the road and got the rest of what I needed. 

Want to make your own? Here’s how!

Whatcha Need

  • Glass vase with a round-ish bottom
  • Small round jar/bowl for head. (Make sure it is proportional with the vase)
  • E-6000 glue
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Black felt fabric
  • Glitter Spray
  • Black, orange and pink paint (I used glass paint I had on hand)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ribbon (for scarf) 

Putting It All Together

First, wash the vase and bowl.

Turn the vase upside-down and put some E-6000 around the edge. place the bowl on top and give a gentle push to stick them together. Let dry completely before moving on. I let mine dry over night. 

For all you visual crafters out there, You will be happy to know I have pictures for the rest of the steps. 

IMG_2173Put some painters tape around the rim of the bowl. Spray the snowman with glitter spray. I put 2 coats on. Let dry between coats.

IMG_2178 Put a small drop of paint on for eyes. 

IMG_2179Paint on the nose. 

IMG_2180 For the cheeks, I put a drop of paint on my finger then, 

IMG_2182 pressed lightly. 

IMG_2183 I used a cotton swab to add the mouth.

IMG_2185 And the buttons on the tummy.

IMG_2186 Now for the hat!

Make a pattern first. This way if it isn’t the right size you haven’t wasted any felt fabric. 

IMG_2226I found something round that was bigger than then the rim of the bowl. This will be the rim of the hat. Carefully turn the snowman on his head and trace around it. This circle will be used as the opening for the hat and the top. This will make more sense in a minute.

IMG_2228 Cut them out and fold into quarters.

IMG_2229 Lay the smaller circle on top of the bigger one and trace. The fold lines are your guide. I drew them so you could see them better. 

IMG_2230 Traced!

IMG_2232 Fold the bigger circle in half and cut to the circle. 

IMG_2233 Fold in half again and cut to the circle. Then cut those 4 triangles in half for a total of 8 little triangles. 

IMG_2234Now, slide that over the top of the bowl and see if you like the size. If too big, cut some of the edge off. If too small, find a bigger circle to trace an repeat the steps above. If it’s just right go on to the next steps. 

IMG_2187 Trace the big circle on the felt. I used chalk so I could see my line.

IMG_2190 Trace the smaller circle onto the felt. I also folded the felt in half and used the fold as a guide to find the center. 

Cut the 8 triangle just like you did for the pattern. 

IMG_2195 Slide the hat over the rim. 

IMG_2196Now, decide how tall you want the hat to be. I chose about 2 inches. Measure and mark a long strip. 

IMG_2197 Cut it out. 

IMG_2237 Put some glue on each triangle. 

IMG_2238 Wrap the strip around the hat and make sure to pinch each triangle to the strip.

IMG_2241 Don’t forget to put some glue down the edge of the strip and glue them to close the hat. 

IMG_2243 Put some glue around the top of the hat and 

IMG_2244carefully put the top on. I just realized I forgot to tell you to cut it out. You’re smart enough to figure that out! 

IMG_2246To make the scarf, wrap some ribbon around the neck of Frosty! 

I wanted my Frosty to glow, but a tea candle won’t work. Now way for it to get air in the tummy or it will catch the hat on fire. My solution…

IMG_2577 I put a battery tea light on top of the bottom of a miniature wine glass form my son’s collection. 

IMG_2578 He glows! 

So, what do you think of my Frosty? Let me know what ya think!

Until then,                                                                                                            Jayne

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Star Garland

Star Garland I was supposed to have this post for you yesterday, and I do apologize! Things got              C-R-A-Z-Y around here! I got nothing done! 

I take that back. I did, but you sure can’t tell it now! 

Is anyone else like that? Please tell me there is at least one other person like that! 

I still have much to do so, I will make this quick. 

How to Make a Star Garland

Whatcha Need

  • Some straight sticks. (Mine were sucker off the bottom of my Crape Myrtles, but any will do)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Jute twine or string
  • Scissors

Putting It All Together

Using a very precise measuring instrument, cut your sticks into pieces. 

IMG_2451 My precise measuring instrument was a popsicle stick! Cut 5 sticks for each star.

Lay the star out and play around with the sticks to get them like they need to be. 

I played for a while with mine and forgot to take pictures. 

IMG_2452 Hot glue the first 2 sticks together. 

IMG_2454 Then add sticks number 3, 

IMG_2456 4 and 5. 

I have to tell you where I got the inspiration from. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors. You have got to see her Twig Garland

For extra holding power, I tied little pieces of Jute twine at each point. 

IMG_2493 I could have sworn I got a picture of the twine. In it I was showing you that the twine can be divided into 3 smaller strings. I did that because I felt the twine was too thick as is. I know I took that picture. I took it three times ’cause it wouldn’t focus! No idea what happened to it! 

Anyhoot! Moving on!

IMG_2495 This step came about after I had hung the garland. Up until this point, we hadn’t had a fire in the wood stove. Let’s just say that hot glue doesn’t hold up very well with the heat of a wood stove blowing on it. 

The glue melted and two of the stars fell apart. To fix that I took it down and twisted a small piece of wire where the twine went, then covered it with twine. I also put some twine in the middle of the star for extra support. This step isn’t necessary if you don’t have a wood stove.

Now that we have taken care of that, let’s finish this thing!

Make several stars using the steps above. 

Using my very precise measuring instrument again, I measured the distance between the stars and tied two stars together with twine. 

IMG_2497 Repeat this step until your garland is as long as you need. 

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Hang up and enjoy! 

IMG_2471 Of course you can hang it somewhere else besides the mantel.

Hopefully, I can give you a Christmas tour of my home in the next day or two. 

Until then,                                                                                                         Jayne 

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Chalkboard Nativity

I love having a nativity on the mantel at Christmas. It just doesn’t feel right when I don’t do one. When we had the TV above the mantel, it was hard to do a nativity scene. But the TV is down and I am free to decorate!

Of Course! What I had in mind to do and how it really turned out were two totally different things. 

I had originally planned to do a glitter version of a nativity and tape it to the mirror above the mantel. My paper glitter characters did not turn out at all like I visioned them. 

Scrape that idea! 

Plan B: Chalkboard

If I can’t make a glitter nativity, I will do a chalkboard!

I grabbed the chalkboard from the foyer and got to work. 

I Did Something Different on My Mantle

I Did Something Different on My Mantle

Now, I will be the first to admit I can not draw! I so cheated this nativity. Here’s how!

Whatcha Need

  • Nativity pattern (I used this one) This blogger did do a glitter nativity and has all the characters all ready to be downloaded and printed
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • chalkboard
  • chalk and something to erase with (because you will mess up)

Putting It All Together

First, print out or trace each character. I just put a piece of paper up to the computer screen and traced it. Saves ink! Sorry, no picture of this. 

 Now, cut out the characters and lay the manger one on your board first. You’ll be working from the center to the sides. I did not tape mine down because I was afraid it would pull the chalkboard paint off of the glass. (I made my chalkboard from a large picture frame)Chalkboard Nativity Holding the paper in place I carefully colored in around the edges first. Ya know, it’s really hard to hold the paper, color and take a picture!  

Chalkboard Nativity

When you do this, start with the chalk on the paper and bring it down onto the chalkboard. The paper won’t get wrinkled and you keep inside the lines. 

After you do all the edges, fill in the rest.

IMG_2459 Using your finger smooth it all out, carefully staying in the lines.

IMG_2461 Lift the paper up and see how it looks. 

IMG_2462 This manger had a cut out piece in the center. To get that on my board, I carefully cut it out from the paper and laid it on top of the board and traced around it. 

IMG_2463 Lift it off and erase the inside with a cotton swab. 

IMG_2465 It may take a couple of cotton swabs. 

Now, lay the other characters down where you want and repeat the process. 

Chalkboard NativityFill in the bottom by drawing lines to connect the characters and filling in with chalk and smoothing it all out. For the stable, I just free-handed it. I know I said I can’t draw, but I can handle simple straight lines. 

Of course, my father in-law saw it and made a comment about one stable post being taller than the other. He would notice that! I thought it made the stable look more authentic. lol

For the star, I traced a cookie cutter. The lettering is my own. But I will tell you how I did it.

IMG_2468First, I found some inspiration.  I found mine here. For the words “for, a, child, is” I chose to write them in cursive. Then I wrote over them again in cursive. Where there were gaps, I filled them in with chalk. Those are the thicker lines you see. 

That’s how I did it! Simple enough! 

If you have any question, please feel free to ask! 

Tomorrow, I will show you how I made the star garland. 

Until then,                                                                                                                                                     Jayne

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