Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jesse Tree Ornaments

This will probably be my last post on here. Technology is changing fast and I need to keep up. I will be posting more in Instagram now, so please follow me there: You can see these photos and more on my Instagram feed.

This past Christmas I was inspired to paint handmade ornaments for our Jesse Tree. It's a newer tradition for our family. Each day for 25 days we read a devotional from "The Advent Jesse Tree" by Dean Lambert Smith. It recounts the story of God's plan of salvation from the beginning (Genesis) to the birth of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. It was a great way for all of us to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I plan to put a printable PDF of all 25 of my hand painted designs on my Etsy shop before next Christmas. Even though I'm posting about Christmas, I wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

digital files for sale

I finally did it.  I finally put a few digital files up for sale on my Etsy shop.  This has been a goal of mine for a while, but not a priority.  Changing diapers, feeding my kids, breaking up fights, helping with homework and cleaning the house has been a bit more important.  ;)

A few weeks ago a nice lady who found my blog asked me if I had the digital file for sale for the lollipop angels I made 2 years ago.  This was the motivation I needed to get started.  I obliged and thankfully she purchased it.  Ask and you shall receive.  Kind lady, to you I am...

Available for purchase now are two digital cutting files that will work with any cutter, but especially on a Silhouette.  And two printable PDF files that can be used to make 5x7 cards or framed as artwork.  These are perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  I have more 5x7 scripture art in the works and will make them available as soon as I can.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer Lovin'

Um...yes, it's been Summer for over six weeks now. Better late than never, right? My four kids and I have been having fun swimming, picnicking, visiting the park, beach and museums, swimming, having play dates and swimming some more.  My sanity saver this Summer was to keep my freezer stocked with meat, vegetables and popsicles so I wouldn't have to run to the grocery store as often with four kids in tow.

After a few weeks of my kids reminding me, "It's not Spring anymore, Mom, it's Summer!", I found the motivation to change out the seasonal banner we hang on our mantle.  The design changed a lot from the original plan I had for it, but such is life.  This was cut from cardstock on my Silhouette and the letters were attached with adhesive foam dots.

I also found a bit of time to make some little girl gifts. I saw a super cute dress-shaped hair bow holder in a catalog and thought I could make my own personalized version.  I used scrap fabric with interfacing to attach it to stiff felt and another piece of regular felt for the back. For the skirt I glued tulle and ribbon between the felt with Aleene's tacky glue and then stitched it all in place.  The name was cut from my Silhouette and ironed on after the sewing.

The first one came out nice, but I thought it needed sleeves.  So I added puffy sleeves made from tulle for the next one.  Much better!  The whole project took less than 2 hours.  Not too bad for a simple and useful gift.

Although I feel very busy with all the kids home 24-7, I will miss them when they go back to school.  I will not miss their fighting and little spats.  I will miss their peaceful playtime babble and unstructured days of fun.  And my two little ones at home will still be around to keep me company.  Time for focused learning, time for my own Bible study group to start again, time to pray for my kids at school.

"There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens"
Ecclesiastes 3:1