Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Praise His Holy and Righteous Name!
I pray you all will have a
Blessed Day of Remembrance and
Rejoice in what the Most High has done
for us out of His Love.
Happy Christmas

4 Sweet Sisters
Julie


Monday, December 22, 2008

When the Lord takes over!

Good morning! It's a wonderful crisp day.....but unfortunately we are in for a hot Christmas. I mean the kind were the girls are wondering if they can go swimming. Ugh... Oh well, I keep trying to remind myself it doesn't matter what the weather is like. What are we celebrating? The weather...I think not!

I started a Christmas present for the Little Chef a couple of weeks back and didn't like were it was going. The fabrics were all wrong for what I was making. I was in a conundrum...what to do? I wanted this project to be whimsical and fun. But I had no moola for it. I prayed as I was walking through my daily activities. Guess What? The Lord directed me to this old duvet cover I had! Yippee! I just love it when He takes my best offering and goes way beyond whatever I could have come up with!


A fun Puppet Theater!



I can't wait to try it. I hope she'll let me play and not just watch.


Here are some of the puppets the 2 oldest chicks and I came up with.


Dog, Horse and Shark


These Polynesian Dancers better watch out for that Shark!

A Gingerbread Family....we've made waaayyy

to much gingerbread this year!

So I'm pleased as punch how this turned out! Thank you Father for your wonderful ideas and guidance. I found a "how to" online and changed it a bit to fit my needs. It's all about the fabric! The puppets are funny. I bought the bodies from OT and we decorated them. I'm not sure why we have what we have. I would never have thought of some of them, but they sure are cute. The total project came in under $20. It took me about 3 hours to make the theater. I hope this gives someone some inspiration for birthdays or next Christmas!

Merry, Merry Day!

Julie

Friday, December 19, 2008

Simplicity

It starts with a Big Bowl of these..... Oh so sugary sweet and unhealthy!

Then add a Little Chef who sees and tastes all the value of this delights.


Some patience and perseverance................
Wa La! Christmas Breakfast Necklaces for everyone!

Breakfast, do it yourself Christmas presents and a Smile.

The Little Chef was very proud of herself. This year she wanted NO help in creating her gifts. Every time someone would walk into or near the kitchen she would start (politely) yelling, "no Peeking, no Looking." This made it very hard as she wanted us to be with her the whole time she was creating!
I see crafting and order in her future.
Merry, Merry Christmas!
Julie


Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Year of the Gingerbread House

Good Morning my Bloggy Friends! I'm still working at break neck speed to finish up a couple of projects. Over the past several years I've gotten really good at keeping our schedule very light during the holidays. It gives us an opportunity to help out in some extra ministry opportunities and just be spontaneous and peaceful(?) LOL. But this year I was blogging and saw all these creative things I wanted to try. So that's how I got into my predicament! I will start posting over the next week some of the gifts I have made these last few months to hours. In hopes that it will inspire someone for next year. Don't be crazy like me!

337 Gingerbread Houses and Counting!

We have been very blessed again this year to be apart of Isiah's Inn. They help children and families in our community with school clothes, Christmas needs and much, much more. Each year our church helps to host a party for the children and their families (roughly 500 people, but I could be off). The day before the party a bunch of us crafty, sugar loving women and teens get together and construct between 250 and 300 graham cracker style houses with royal icing! Ohhh so tempting. Then the next evening a huge Christmas party is held for the children and their families. We have a big room for decorating all the houses with more royal icing and candy, candy, candy. There is also a room for face painting ( I'm usually there, but really need some lessons). You should see some of the beautiful work! Chick #2 is getting realy good. They also serve an enormous dinner with leftovers for the families to take home and of course a present for each child. Our whole family attends and helps out wherever needed.

This year as we were cleaning up we were ask by Miss Brenda to come and make 80 more houses for the Christian Outreach Centers after school program. So Grammy, the chickadees and myself headed over. I've never been so tried and happy! It took about 4 hours and a couple of pounds gained. But we are hopeful that we brought joy and helped the center in reaching the hearts of young.

So this weekend (if you don't already believe we are daft) we are making real gingerbread houses to share with friends and family. It's becoming an annual tradition and my girls have a ball and I will be sure to get some pictures!

Happy Christmas.

Julie

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What we are up too!

Well first off...I got a new camera! Thank you Grammy and Poppy! Grammy got a DsLr and I got her old one. My old one was 3mp and hers is 8.1mp. and the flash doesn't go dead after every shot! The only downfall at this point is how much longer it takes to upload a picture. I'm not sure if that has to do with the mp or the high speed card? Anyone?
The biggest project has been the children's Christmas play. Lots of costumes and time! But so worth it. They did a beautiful job. This years play was about a spelling bee, where the contestants had to correctly spell the names of Jesus to be apart of the nativity. In turn everyone including the audience learns the different names and meanings. The children worked so very hard! Each week they would look up names to take in and share. My chickadees learned alot.All of our chicks participated in one form or another. The sheep on the right and Mary are ours. Mary is quite the actress! Everyone simply happy! They were all terrific!


Our littlest sheep. Last year two of our sheep had to be corralled for mischief
by the shepherd on stage!

Happy Mary





Miss Toni. A courageous, wonderful woman!





Donna another woman with a heart of gold and love for our children.





My sidekick and great costume creator.....Chickadee #1



Craft room after math..... It looks a bit better, but I'm still not done with my Christmas projects.



I really need this room to function better. I'm hoping to draw up ideas and see if I can get my Super Craftsman to implement them! I think it's gonna be expensive to hire him!



Any ideas???? I need at least 4 work stations, preferably 5. Enough room for sewing machines and scrapbooking. We also house the VcR/DvD and a HUGE tv in here for movies. Someone is always crafting. The room is 11x10.
I'm trying to figure out if we could do 16in (deep) shelves with 24 or a bit larger counter tops
on wall space of 3 feet to corner 11 feet, corner, 5 feet corner. Maybe the Tv should go back in closet, that's were all my things are now. A flat panel would be nice! But it all has to come in under $100. So I don't see that happening....
Any suggestions feel free to comment. This is one of the most used rooms in our home, so please share and ideas you may have!
Happy Day!
Julie







Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Priceless...........

66 lbs. of cucumbers ($11)

1 1/2 gallons apple cider

lots of garlic and chilli peppers

28 quart jars

10 pint jars




Splatter burns and back pain from a day of canning.....



The look on my daughter's faces as the enjoy the fruits of my labor...........Priceless!

Some of the reasons I'm so thankful!