Happenings and Traditions

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. We had a blast with the girls this year. I think the most memorable part of this Christmas was the snow on Christmas Eve. Grace and I made a huge snowman together then came in for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. I stuck with my mothers tradition of giving pajamas on Christmas Eve but I added my own twist of giving a book with the jammies. Grace got her first bible. I went with the Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. We read the Christmas story from it and then finished our homemade cinnamon rolls (recipe from the Farm Chicks Cookbook) for Christmas morning.  

The last two days have been very slow paced after all the fun of family time. We have been spending our days in pajamas, playing with the new toys, and watching movies. I have also been thinking of the coming new year and all the things I want to accomplish. I am looking forward to some new and exciting things in 2013. Can’t wait to share my New Year’s resolutions with you all! Enjoy the last few days of 2012. See you all in 2013!

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Tiered Tin Plates

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I featured this easy DIY in my last post and I am returning to teach you how to make one for yourself. I had a few tin pie plates serving no purpose in storage and I wanted to do something with them. I knew what I had in mind and that meant I would need one more pie plate. In my travels to several thrift stores I found the base, which is an old tin jell-o mold. I thought about using metal piping and asking Brook to solder it together, but he is a busy man and did not need one more thing to do. So instead, I spray painted a dowel rod (not sure on the size but a pretty thick one) with a hammered silver. I had Brook cut the rod into 2 inch pieces for in between each plate. I then used a hot glue gun to glue the plates onto the rods. I did not measure the center on each plate, just eyeball itJ  I topped it of with a small jell-o mold. You could get a decorative glass knob to finish the top on yours. Have fun with it and make it your own. I would recommend using some sort of stronger glue though. I did have to repair mine once. I am a fan of hot glue only for quick fixes. I wanted this made and on the table. Maybe after Christmas I will find a stronger glue and make it more sturdy. What is your favorite glue? 

Christmas Time Again

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with….

The cutting of our Christmas tree and the decorating that goes with it.

The Christmas and winter themed books out and under the tree for reading.

DIY crafts to make the house look festive (more to come on that pie plate server later).

Elving ( gift making) that is and has been happening since early November.

The first snow fall. It wasn’t much but it was plenty for two little girls to play in. 

The glorious sound of Christmas music playing on the radio and in the cd player. 

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful start to celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ in this month of December.