Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Makayla Update ~ Praise God ~ Hosanna In The Highest~

Hosanna, hosanna,
hosanna in the highest
Hosanna, hosanna,
hosanna in the highest
Lord we lift up Your name
With a heart full of praise
Be exalted, oh Lord my God
Now this is my idea of a wonderful Christmas Gift!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Daughter Jamiann's DIY Snowman Party

Snow Globe Cake

Photo Moment on door

Snowman Hat Favor

Felt Mittens

Hand dipped pretzel rods, marshmallows and spoons for cocoa

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snowflake Decorative Felt Mittens

This is an easy art project.  The adult can do the cutting and gluing and the children can decorate them.

I created a mitten template using a paper plate, I then used that to cut the mittens out of felt rectangles purchased at Walmart for 23 cents each/made 4 mitten halves per sheet.  I bought five white, and five blue.  The foam snowflakes came from Oriental Trading $6.00 for 400 of them of various shapes and sizes. 

After all the mittens were cut out I used hot glue to glue two together by running the glue just inside the edges leaving the bottom open as in a regular mitten that can be worn. I pressed the top mitten evenly on the bottom one. Then I laid them out as though the were a pair and we then placed the foam snowflakes on them. The foam snowflakes have a peel away back that makes them stick fast to a surface. 

Later today we are going to place them on a twine clothesline for the grand-kids joint birthday party with a snow/snowman theme. I will post more pictures of the party in another post. 

10 sheets of felt created 20 pairs of mittens.  Approximately 3 3/4 inches in length, and 2 1/2 inches side to thumb.

Hang them on your tree, on a clothesline garland, or use them for party favors as they can be filled with a few candies. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Longwood Gardens & Winterthur Museum Yuletide Tour ~ Pictorial Review

On December 9, 2012 we visited both Winterthur Museum and Longwood Gardens for their Yuletide Tour. I so love both attractions and have been to both many times, and still they are breathtakingly beautiful!

Longwood Gardens


Winterthur Museum

Re-post on 12/12/12 @ 12:12 PM

An Imprint On Your Heart

Some people come into our lives and leave imprints on our heart, and we are never the same. I found this statement on a picture frame a month after my mother passed on. I placed a photo of her under this statement.

My mother was one of those truly loving and caring people, and she left her imprint on many hearts. Whether it is a child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, pastor, teacher, or a lady you met once in a grocery store, we all have them in our lives.

Hopefully the imprint is a loving, and positive one. Those imprints are the ones I choose to hold on to, and the ones that have made me who I am. It was because this person shared a memory, a concept, or an unconditional hug of support during a trying time that made a deep impression on my soul.

They help us form personal ideals, and help us make informed decisions about important issues that affect those who interact with us on any given day. I believe that GOD has sent them to us, as they are his eyes, ears, mouth, hands, and feet. They, we are HIS likeness here on this tangible earth.

Yes, some people come into our lives and leave imprints on our heart, and we are never the same. Let us tell those in our lives that they have done so, and we appreciate their influence, and if they are long or recently passed on, we can wear their imprint on our actions toward others, or we could simply share with one other person the story of how that person left an imprint on our heart. 

An Excerpt from John Denver's On The Wings Of A Dream: 

There are those who will lead us
Protect us each step of the way
From beginning to end
For each moment forever each day
Such a gift has been given
It can never be taken away

Though the body in passing must leave us
There is one who remains to receive us
There are those in this life
Who are friends from our heavenly home
So I listen to the voices inside me
For I know they are there just to guide me
And my faith will proclaim it is so
We are never alone

From the life to the light
From the dark of the night to the dawn
He is so in my heart
He is here he could never be gone
Though the singer is silent
There still is the truth of the song