Merry Christmas!

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Creating a Home, Family Focus, Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our two oldest kids are home from school and we have been really loving the lazy days that provides us.  Thanks to Pinterest, I have been inspired with some fun new ideas, crafts and traditions.  I will share some of my favorites below and encourage you to see all of the ideas I saved here.

In order to spend the most time with my family, I will be taking a blogging break for the remainder of the year (my assistant may write up a post or two if we decide to have any product sales).  Until I write again in 2012, Merry Christmas!

Psssst: if you missed it earlier this year, you can see the digital Christmas card that I created here.  Then I linked that card to our family slideshow video (also shown below).

Activities and Crafts:

-Recycling socks with holes into the most adorable sock snowmen you have ever seen!  I now have a special place to put all our socks with holes for making more snowmen :) .

-Gathering up past photo Christmas cards, hole punching them and connecting them with two book rings.  Each night the goal is to pray for one family using these cards as prompts.  This is a great way to continue to enjoy photo cards from year to year!

-Making peanut snowmen tree ornaments.

-Making snow globes out of baby food jars, glitter and small plastic toys.

-Making a new Christmas Card holder using a wooden embroidery hoop, wood glue and clothes pins.

-Curling Ashlyn’s hair using strips of cloth.

-Teaching Hunter how to play Monopoly (and finding out he LOVES it)!

New traditions:

-Using the free Jesse Tree advent devotional from A Holy Experience.

-I wrapped up 24 Christmas and/or winter themed books and from December 1-24 the kids took turns opening one to be read.

Purchases:

-A $12 oil pan at WalMart to make a great magnetic surface for fridge letters as well as a drawing surface for dry erase markers.



Baked goods:

-These oreo truffle balls were unfortunately VERY GOOD :) .

-I am wanting to make these healthy peppermint patties!

If you have not read it year’s past I will leave you with one final Christmas reflection.  Wishing you peace, joy and hope this Christmas!

((hugs))

Ashley Devonish

I have a passion for helping moms and encouraging them in their journey through motherhood. I invite you to journey along with me!

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A digital Christmas card option that is easy and will last a lifetime

By Ashley Devonish | Category: It Worked 4 Me, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Last year I wrote a blog post on the topic of christmas cards that resonated with many of you.  I shared what I loved about the tradition of sharing cards as well as what I don’t love about it.  Then I shared that I decided to “send out a Christmas card, but it would be one that would be fun for me to make, fast for me to send and one our family could enjoy for years to come.”  I am continuing that tradition this year.  I started by making a digital card using Cocodot (which is now a free service).  You can see the digital card that I created here.  Then I linked that card to our family slideshow video (also shown below).

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Personalized Christmas Tree Paper Craft

By kristinabjornbak | Category: It Worked 4 Me, Kids Crafts | Posted Monday, December 14, 2009

The other day I saw this lovely 3-d felt ornament that reminded me of long ago, when I did a lot of paper crafting.  I remembered specifically some 3-d paper crafts that I learned to make using 2 pieces of paper and a needle and thread.  The reminder, plus the fact that my 2 1/2-year-old won't leave our Christmas tree alone, lead me to create this craft.  The first part is for adults and older children because it uses scissors and needles or staplers.  The second part is for everyone.

Supplies:
4 sheets of construction paper or 2 sheets of cardstock
stapler or needle and thread
glue
embelishments (crayons, glitter, markers, stickers, etc.)M4lchristmastree2

Part One: For Adults and Older Children:

1. Cut four identical trees out of the construction paper, one per sheet (or 2 trees from the cardstock, one per sheet).  Stack them together so that the edges match up. M4lchristmastree1

2. Make a light fold longways down the center of the trees so that you can see where the center is.  Sew or staple up the center line.

3. If you are using cardstock, skip this step. Lift the branches of the tree up to glue the top two sheets together.  Flip over and glue the bottom two together.  Note: Do not glue all 4  sheets together!

M4lchristmastree44.  Fold the top sheets toward you, and the bottom sheets away from you.  You should now have a 3-d tree that stands on its own.

Part Two: For Everyone:

Now that the tree is put together, you can have some fun with it.  Use glitter, crayons, stickers, scraps of wrapping paper, etc. to allow children to decorate and personalize their trees.

And maybe, just maybe,  this craft will keep naughty little fingers away from the "real" Christmas tree, if even for a little while.M4lchristmastree3

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