Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christ in our Christmas Tree

Hello Readers,

I have been wanting to create a Christmas Tree
that centers around the Savior.
For years, I have been wanting to do this,
and alas, 
the old ornaments come out, and I just didn't take the time
to create the names of Christ for my tree.

This year we have been spending lots of time with my dad.
Mom died a year and a half ago, so he is real lonely,
and we just keep him company and 
bring some spark into mom's home.

I love setting the table for the seasons,
and adding a few things to the fireplace.
Dad did't put up a tree last year
and... gave away all the decorations!
I was needing to create decorations.

So I decided to put up a tree for him this year.
We knew we were going to California for a week
right after Thanksgiving, so I have been working on this 
Christ centered tree.

Mom had a beautiful picture of Baby Jesus on her wall, 
 and a wonderful easel to put the picture on in the living room,
so I combined them together to create this look
next to the tree.

I created each name of the Savior by using a few
Robin's Nest Papers and my Cricut.

 Silver Classic Glitter Swirl VellumGold with Gold Glitter Cardstock

I used silver glitter vellum and gold chipboard
I used my gypsy and created all the names that represent
the Savior.  I did this on our drive to Colorado
a few weeks ago.  New grand baby there that we
went to see and help our kids while Tara was in the
Hospital, and after.
So on the long drive, I created these different names
and had them all ready when we arrived back to Utah so I
could cut them out in black cardstock on the cricut.

I then made each tag differently as the words
were placed together to create my tags.
And each tag is made to fit the name.

I took these pictures with my iphone instead of my camera,
it was already packed, so they aren't a good as i'd like.

With the gypsy you can weld the letters together and create
one long word, or use different fonts together
to create the word you are wanting.

I purchased large gold and red glitter balls 
and gold glitter stars at the dollar store.

Last year after Christmas I happened upon a sale at
Dillards and all the Christmas decorations were on sale
at 75% off, this is where I picked up the
ribbon around the tree.

I haven't as yet added the medallion I made for the blog hop.
But I have chosen black and white, gold and silver for this
tree.  Here is the medallion that I created for the hop.
It will go at the top of the tree when I get back.

At last, here is baby Jesus with all of 
the names that represent him throughout his life.

This is the reason for the season.
The birth of the Savior,
our Redeemer.

Have a wonderful Christmas Season,



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Utah Autumn 2014

Hello, this beautiful autumn morning.

Did I ever tell you that fall is my favorite!
Favorite season.

Sweaters, falling leaves, amber, orange, and red colors abound,
and I soak everything in about fall.
I don't think that I could ever tire of it, but of course
fall doesn't stay forever, winter is right behind it. 
But for a few months, Autumn is the star.

We went for a ride over the Wasatch Mountain range with my
father to enjoy the beautiful season.
Dana stopped along the way so I could take pictures,
and in some places, I just shot from the window 
in the moving car, back seated no less!

Here are the results,
Such a beautiful Utah Autumn day.

Autumn in Utah is the BEST!
I can hardly take it all in without holding my breath.
It is so fun to share with you such beauty!

We served a mission for the LDS Church,
5 years ago we left at the end of December for
Ethiopia for 2 years.  Little did I know that Africa doesn't
have a change of seasons, with beautiful colors.
They have rainy season and summer.

All of this was greatly missed.
I would put autumn photos on my computer screen
so I could have this season close.

And now that we are back in Utah,
I don't miss the season or take it for granted.
I know when the colors are perfect, 
it is time to get in the car and go for that
beautiful autumn drive!

On the drive over the mountain is a wonderful stop
called Cascade Springs.
Which we did stop, and did a short hike on 
the paved path along the way.

Here is the stream and pond on the
paved path.

I just couldn't resist this shot of just a few leaves on the ground
If it was in my house, I would hate it, but out here\
where it belongs, I love it!

Dad and I on the bridge at Cascade Springs.

For some reason this is my single most favorite shot of Dad that day.
He was in such a good mood, talking about the drives
he and mom would have over the mountain in the fall.
I think it was as though she walked with him that day.

Dana and Dad.

The amber colors still just consume me as I write about this 
a few weeks after this drive.
Ahhhh, Autumn
I love you!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Be Thankful Pennant

Today I am sharing with you the fireplace at my Dad's house.
Dana and I are staying with my dad right now, 
he is in his 80's and needs some company, and help,
so we spend alot of our extra time at his house.

Last year Rachel was part of a group who shared their scrapbook
talents.  They made banners, books, and journaling tags.
She gave me the letters to the words Be Thankful,
each person on the trade made one letter, so each letter is 
I wanted to pull them all together to make a banner.

Here is what I finished just this week.

The fireplace has a beautiful cement surround,
I added the bunting banner, with each letter adhered to
its own bunting flag.

These were made from Brown Chipboard and
Honeycomb daisy/stripe.
One of my favorite colors,
I maybe should have chosen a brighter orange
color for the bunting flags, but
alas, it is to late for that!

Here they are cut out. 
I used my cricut to cut these out.

This is how Rachel gave them to me.
She did the "F", She used the Leaf glitter CS,
Brown and Red Glitter Chipboard leaves
and orange dew drops from
The Robin's Nest
Scrapbook Companyt

Here is a close up of the bunting hanging in front of the fireplace.

Again the hanging effect.
The autumn trees framed picture I painted
 years ago.  It's a watercolor.

It is such a fun look. 
I put a eyelet in each top corner of the bunting
and used gold ribbon to thread them together.
On the ends is just the brown chipboard.

This is fun way to get your candles to be on different levels.
I used goblets to sit them on,
I also added my home grown white pumpkins.
I was only successful in growing 2 orange mini pumpkins.

These are Rachel's pumpkins she grew in her garden.
The orange and large white one.
So cute here!

I am totally in love with princess pumpkins.
That was what I grew last year, but alas, none this
year I had to purchase this one.

 Here are close ups of all the letters.
I distressed each bunting with brown ink.

And now again, the
finished fireplace.

This is such a fun way to celebrate

Have a great Thanksgiving Season



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Table setting for Halloween

I love to set the table for special occasions,
and for everyday.  So I am always
trying to come up with new ways to
set our table.

I love to shop the second hand stores to find new (to me)
dishes to have to set new tablescapes.

It sometimes is hard to find really good finds,
but just recently I found some black dishes.
Perfect, I thought, for

So here is my tablescape for Halloween.

I found  diamond shape fabric at JoAnns,
I just bought 2 yards and put it on top of a white 
Then under each of my plates I put a sheet of 
black glitter spiderweb cardstock
found on our website

A princess pumpkin for my centerpiece on the table
topped with a black crow and black and orange diamond ribbon.

I bought 4 white plates at the dollar store and colored them in 
black felt pens to make the diamond plates.

In my garden I grew these cute mini white pumpkins.

White charger plates and black dinner and salad plates were found
at the second hand store.

I added a 'O" tag in black for O'Crowley.

The white and gray salad plate is from my mother's
china that our family would eat off on special occasions

This turned out to be such a cute tablescape.
It makes the kitchen/dinning area feel so festive!

Hope you have a fun Halloween.

It's just so fun to have this in the house!

See how fun just a piece of 12x12 paper can add to you 

Have a great October!