Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Fall Felt Wreath

The other day both kids were miraculously napping at the same time! I quickly heated up my hot glue gun and got to work on a few crafts I had been dreaming about. Since Thanksgiving week is upon us, I knew that I only had a few days left to add some fall decor to my front door.

I pulled the grapevine wreath from the front door and decided to redecorate it.

I have probably re-done this wreath ten times. It currently had some fabric flowers hot glued to the branches. You can't tell from the above picture, but they had faded badly. I simply pulled them off to make my wreath a blank canvas.

This is actually only half of one of those store bough grapevine wreaths. I  removed the binding that was holding the branches in place. Then, I separated the wreath into two wreaths. I like the thinner, more natural looking wreath form as opposed to the tight structured one. And I also like getting two wreaths for the price of one!

Using this wreath as my inspiration, I cut some leaves from felt that I had left over from some previous projects. If you don't have felt on hand, you can purchase it at craft stores for 25 cents per 8x10 sheet.

My handy hot glue gun held the leaves in place. It's a brighter look, but I was ready for something different for this Thanksgiving week. And I liked the look with my blue door.

If I'm not feeling the bright colors next fall, I can just pull them off and start again. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

God's Love in a Book Page Wreath

Today, at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) we made book page leaf wreaths.

Using a ring of cardboard and some leaves cut from old, discarded books the girls each went home with a fun creation.

As I cleaned up the leftover supplies, one of the moms approached me. She said that she had to tell me how God had shown her His love through this craft time. She had been wanting a wreath for her home, but after looking at their budget decided that she just didn't have the funds to purchase supplies at this time.

She was so shocked to see the craft today when she arrived at MOPS. She said, "God's love is so amazing that He cares enough to give us even our little wants that we don't even mention." She hadn't told anyone of her wanting a wreath. But God knew...

It gave me chills to know that God had granted the desires of this mom's heart through our simple craft time today.

I know that it was all God's doing because this craft wasn't even on my original planned list. I had seen a version of it online and decided that we could implement this wreath for almost no cost.

It's easy for me to think that our craft time is just a time filler, but God reminded me this morning that He can be at work even in a few old book pages and a piece of cardboard.

If you are wanting to try one of these simple wreaths for your home, here's what we did.

I had already cut the "leaf" shapes for the ladies, using our church's die cut machine. Most schools have these - I would recommend finding one to use to make this craft even simpler. If you don't have access to one, you could always trace and cut your leaves. You will need a little over 50.

Using a couple different sized dinner plates, I cut a cardboard ring for the wreath base. Don't worry if the edges are jagged - it will be hidden.

Then, follow these steps.

I am anxious to see where the girls choose to hang their wreath.

You could use book pages, like we did for the leaves. Or old Christmas cards, leftover wedding invitations, wrapping paper, your kids coloring sheets (grandparents would love that!)...the list goes on and on.

Now, when I see this wreath hanging in my home, it will remind me of God's love for us and how He can use a simple craft to show that He cares. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Month Update

Since Nora is quickly approaching her two month birthday, I figured I should post her one month pictures.

At her one month check-up, Nora had gained well over two pounds. She has continued to gain, growing out of all her newborn clothes.  I pack them away with mixed emotions - happy that she is growing but sad that time is flying by so quickly.

Hudson loves to help with the baby - he is quick to let me know when he hears her crying. But he is also quick to tell us to put the baby "down" when he is needing some attention.

After I had finished taking Nora's pictures, Hudson decided he needed some 23 month pictures taken.

I can't believe that he will be two years old next month.

He laid down like the baby and kept saying "Cheeeeeese."

We enjoyed having my sister, Amy and my niece, Pippa to visit us for a week.

Hudson loved having a playmate. For several days after they left, Hudson kept asking for "A" and "pipPA"

Pippa was so helpful, making sure that "Bae No" (as she called her) had her paci and was full of smiles.

We love watching Nora focus on things now. She will follow us around the room with her eyes. And her smiles always melt my heart.

Of course, she's pretty cute with any expression she makes.

She went to church for the first time last Sunday.

And her first MOPS meeting.

Hudson is still loving every minute he gets to spend outside.

He is constantly asking to sing songs and read books. I am trying to make sure to spend quality one-on-one time with him each day. He seems to flourish under the attention and learns something new everyday.

He loves to color, and he can name and recognize about 19 letters of the alphabet.

He also loves to pray at bedtime. Usually, when I say "Amen" he will name several other family members that he would like to pray for. It is amazing how he often mentions family that does need extra prayer. The Lord has given us a very sensitive little boy. I pray that he always keeps a tender heart.

We are so thankful for our little family. The Lord has been so good to us. We look forward to another month full of adventures with these two little blessings.

And yes, Hudson still loves Nora's toes.