Sticky Christmas Trees :: An Easy Preschool Holiday Craft

Written by Lisa, Contributing Writer  I'm not the kind of mom who does elaborate crafts with her kids. Projects that require preparation a day or two in advance are rare for me. (This has more to do with my personality type than the worth of elaborate crafts!)  That's not to say that I don't love doing creative projects with my kids, though. We sew together, paint together, and just generally create together. But our art times are more spur-of-the-moment ideas. So, I … [Read more...]

Christmas Wreath Card Display

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer I know there are hundreds of ways to display those beautiful Christmas cards we get each year. I’ve done most of them over the course of my beautiful life. Everything form hanging them from decorative ribbon to placing them in a crystal bowl. A couple years ago I was reading Living Magazine and found a quick and inexpensive way to display cards. I needed a change and this was perfect. A simple wooden wreath. Well, more like an embroidery hoop with … [Read more...]

DIY Crocheted Wreath Ornament/Gift Tag

Written by Karen @To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer When I was pregnant with our second son, I had a lot of time on my hands. Our oldest son was in public school at the time, my husband was at work, and I was home alone all day. When the Christmas season arrived that year, I was in the midst of the second trimester - past the yucky first, and not yet into the bulky last. I finally felt better and was eager to get my hands into something. It was during those few weeks between … [Read more...]

DIY Letter Artwork {Easy for kids too!}

I remember doing crafty things with my Grandma and my Mom so I hope my kids will also cherish times together getting crafty. Now as an adult, I still love doing crafty things and this love of getting crafty is being past down to my kids, hopefully. I am also a crafty things collector. I have numerous things in plastic containers, all labeled... now if I could only get that organized in other areas of my home. ;)  This is a simple tutorial of how to DIY for letter artwork that can … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Leaf Press

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer Fall is here and soon the ground will be adorned with the gorgeous array of rich-colored leaves. Every year my children collect the prettiest leaves they can find, bring them inside, and it sometimes looks as if there must be a tree growing somewhere inside our house! They simply love the beautiful, showy leaves of fall, and so do I. Quite a few years ago, when our oldest boys were still pretty small, my husband helped … [Read more...]

1st Birthday Canvas

I absolutely love getting crafty.  Between part-time homeschooling, activities, and the regular day to day tasks I feel as though getting crafty has been put on the back burner. I have been more focused on getting the chores done, working around naptime, and so much more that I have forgotten to have a little fun.  So my mission as we enter Spring and on into Summer, is to have more fun!  And getting crafty is so much fun to me and my kids love it as well. So I … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Bring Spring to Your Home

Written by Contributing Writer, Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life As I write this, there is a fresh coating of snow on the ground at my house. It's our token snowfall of the year. We aren't likely to get any more snow, which has one very significant meaning to me-- Spring is on its way!  Winter has never been my favorite season. Far from it. January and February are usually hard months for me when, tired of being cold all the time, I am impatient for the return of sunshine and warmer … [Read more...]

Simple Pinecone Swag

Written by Kelly @ Eyes on the Source, Contributing Writer Recently our family was out on a walk together and we came across a trail littered with beautiful pinecones.  Don't you love how God decorates for us in the beauty of nature?! :) Beyond the physical beauty of pinecones, just think about their picture of renewal and growth.  It is not until a pinecone experiences hot/dry/difficult times that it open up to fulfill the greatness it was created for.  If a pinecone … [Read more...]

Thankful {A Printable for Giving Thanks}

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away?  This has been the fastest year yet! By now, we all have already been thinking and planning our thanksgiving day, we're getting excited (well, at least I am)about the parade, we've talked about pilgrims and Indians, the guys are getting ready for the football games, soon to gather together with friends and family and to give thanks!   And we ALL have so much to be thankful for! For me, beyond all … [Read more...]

Felt Fall Banner

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, *NEW* Contributing Writer Every year we decorate the mantle for Fall. And every year the routine is basically the same. Pull off current decor. Pull out boxed Fall decor. Turn on Christmas music (I know, I know. But this year I have a good reason). Try to find an arrangement of things we already have on hand or have acquired cheaply that suits our simple, clean style. Send pictures to my best friend for a second opinion. Because she is a … [Read more...]