Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Card Display Board

I haven't had very much time lately to do anything new for Christmas, but then the Christmas cards started rolling in!

We decorated for Christmas while Danny's parents were here, so everything is out all over the house. It's for that very reason that I realized we didn't have anywhere to put our Christmas cards as they came to the house.

So I put together this adorable Christmas card holder with a piece of leftover wood Danny had in the garage and some clothespins. I absolutely adore the size, and I hope it will hold most of the cards we receive.

I went out to the garage and spray painted the board in white and one side of the clothespins in red. The other side I left plain so the adhesive would stick better - and it really did.

Once they were dry, I brought them inside and hot glued the clothespins to the board. It only took a couple of minutes for them to dry completely and be solid.

I have a couple of Christmas stencils that I love, so I used the holly berries and painted them and the letters in green to stand out on the white.

In all, it took me about an hour and a half to do the entire project. I love the way it turned out, and I already have ideas for how to do another one or two.

That's the problem with fun projects - you want to do more!

Monday, December 15, 2014

All Figured Out

You don't need to have it all figured out to move forward.

Trusting God means moving forward into the unseen, knowing that He has already been there.

For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

God knows. We don't have to.

God has our lives all planned out. We don't have to do the planning ourselves.

God has thoughts of peace for us. We cannot plan our own peace.

God has planned our end, seen our end and knows everything that will happen between now and our end.

We don't have to.

Our finite minds want to know. We want to be prepared. We want to feel secure in knowing what's going to happen tomorrow.

But that's not trust.

Trust means following the Lord even when we don't have it figured out.

Trust means believing that God has our best interests at heart.

Trust means staying as close to Him as possible so we can see His footprints before us.

We don't have to have it all figured out.

There is peace in resting in God because that pressure to understand has vanished.

Don't worry about figuring out your path.

The Lord has gone before you and taken care of it all.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Sketch

A trusty sketch is like a great friend - they're tried and true and they'll be there for you whenever you need them.

This is one of those sketches in my personal book of card design. It's simple enough to be incredibly powerful on its own, but it's also versatile enough to work in a hundred different ways.

Start with a double-matted background, then choose a contrasting side border. The more mats the merrier, I say ... or something like that.

The phrase or focal point is then overlapped onto the border, creating a balanced package. There's also room on the righthand side if you want to add a small accent like another image or embellishment.

For my card, I used the last scraps of some of my favorite black, white and cream paper. Then I triple-matted the background so there was both white and cream showing.

The border is single matted, as is the yardstick sticker phrase. If I had used a quieter pattern for the background, I probably would have used a small flower accent in the bottom righthand corner, but this card didn't need anything else, since the flower pattern was so busy.

You can find this card, along with many other paper crafts and wood gifts, in our Easy shop. Come visit us at stuffffromtrees.etsy.com.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Weekend of Stewardship

No matter how stressed or busy or frustrated we get in life, we are still blessed beyond measure.

For me, this becomes crystal clear when I get home and go outside. God has blessed us with the most beautiful property and home this side of heaven.

This gets cloudy when I get to too overwhelmed with the stuff of the world. Homemaking and upkeep go by the wayside because they end up sliding down the priority list. Sometimes I even forget to pray a hedge around the property and ask the Lord to continue to protect and bless us.

Do you know the feeling?

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

If the Lord isn't the center of everything in this home, then it's just a house. If I don't make the cleanliness, mood and security of our home and property paramount in everything I do, then I labor in vain.

Make this a weekend of remembering to be a good steward of all God has given you. Take care of it, treasure it and make it the utmost priority in your life. And then thank and praise the Lord for all He's done to provide for you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Thanksgiving Tree

I've started the most amazing little daily project. It looks a bit sparse right now, but by the end of November, it's going to be much fuller.

This is my Thanksgiving tree, and every day I'm adding another leaf. Each leaf has something I'm thankful for written on it, and so far I think I could have written a dozen of them every day.

When you start a gratitude project, it shows you very quickly how much you have to be thankful for. In just the first three days of the month, God has blessed me exceeding abundantly above all I could ask or think.

It's pretty clear how I put this together, so you have no excuses to not complete this project. A jar full of pretty rocks, a tree branch and some paper leaves - that's it!
From there, it's entirely up to you. Add one leaf each day with something you're thankful for on it. Add several leaves. Have each person in the family add one every day. Keep adding them until Thanksgiving Day and see just how much you have to be thankful for.