I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am sure some of you already started your Black Friday shopping. I like my sleep too much to get into the Black Friday craze. I might venture out later to see what deals are still around. If you are like me and like to shop on line you can use coupon code GOBBLE in my etsy shop to receive 15% off your order. Just follow the link in the tab above labeled The Shingled Barn. The sale runs till Tuesday so have fun shopping.
With two weeks left until I can officially start decorating for Christmas, I am still trying to embrace the Thanksgiving season. I have been meaning to make a fall wreath since November started, but it kept getting pushed off because of other projects. Yesterday I felt motivated to finish the project that was staring at me every time I passed it’s blank canvas.
A few weeks ago I picked up a grapevine wreath at the craft store. Yesterday I searched the house for items I had on hand to add to the wreath. I found a deer antler that I attached with some wire. I used one of my sunflower heads that I cut from the garden. I attached that with wire and hot glue. I also came across some fabric yo-yo’s that I hot glued in place. Then I stuck in some pheasant feathers and added a piece of burlap ribbon to hang it. I also had some black paper left over from the “thankful” banner that I used to make a mini banner for inside the wreath. I attached the paper to twine using mini clothes pins. The entire project took me about 30 minutes to complete.
Now onto dream about Christmas decorations and maybe listening to one or two Christmas songs. Have a happy Friday!
It was another one of those “get ‘er done” kind of weekends. It seems that the list is never ending. Instead of groaning about it, we got to work, all four of us. Garden beds put to rest for the winter, garlic planted, spinach planted, bees tended to, hay hauled for the horses, corn cut for chickens, outdoor furniture and pots away, and then some. I stopped several times to take it all in. The bond between sisters, beauty in creation and how the birthing process works, solace in saying goodbye to summer, and the hope in life renewed again when spring arrives. God is truly amazing at how he created it all. It makes me think of this verse, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Rev. 1:8
Such a powerful verse. He was and is and always will be Lord God. Blessings to you today as you start another week. I hope you pause to see His beauty in the small, ordinary moments of life.
These days we have been drawn inside more and with that comes house projects and crafting. Today I want to share two quick craft projects to cozy up the space that you call home. The first one is one that I wanted to do last year but time slipped away. It is still early enough for you to try it with your family. It only took 15 minutes to make and it is a thankful branch.
I went outside and found a dead fallen branch and broke it to the size I wanted it to be. Next, I attached one piece of twine to the top to make my hanger. Then I cut four equal size lengths of twine and tied them to the branch so that we could attach our paper leaves and paper feathers. I traced some leaves from construction paper and cut them out. I even made fancy feathers but that did take me a bit longer. Everyday we write something we are thankful for on a leaf or a feather. I attach them with mini clothes pins that I purchased at the craft store. I love to hear what Grace is thankful for in her life. It makes my heart melt.
The next craft I put together was for the moms in my Thursday morning bible study. I love banners and I like this one because it can be changed with the occasion or season.
I purchased chalkboard spray paint and black card stock at the craft store. I sprayed the paper with two coats of paint.
When it was dry I used my paper cutter to cut four equal squares. I measured my burlap to be just a bit larger than the paper and cut the amount I needed. I also measured two yards of twine for each banner.
When everything was cut, I wrapped each set up into cute little packs. I counted out eight clothespins to attach the cards to the twine. So at study everyone got a packet, clothespins, and chalk. Step one was to season the the chalkboard side of the paper by lightly rubbing the chalk over it and then wiping it off. This helps the chalk to come off easier when the message needs to be changed.
Next, the moms had the option of cutting their paper into a shape or leaving it square. They then used hot glue guns to attach the paper to the burlap. Then they could write THANKFUL on their banner and put it all together with the clothespins and twine.
So there you have it, two quick and fun crafts for this season and one that can be carried into the Christmas season.