It’s finally THAT day!!! We get to bottle up our YUMMY Vanilla Bean Extract and Package it up for Gourmet Christmas Gifts made with lots and lots of Love!!!
Christmas Ornaments made from Paper Towel Rolls
Okay, Let’s check out the video now! That is where all the action is happening! I would absolutely LOVE some feedback. If you like the video style, would you let me know. If you are more inclined to liking the blog post in its normal format, please let me know that as well. I’m just wanting to try new things. Thanks so much and the LORD bless each and everyone of you!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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Merry Christmas!!! Continue reading
I sure had a blast making these leaf trees. They’re made from leaves from my backyard that have been clipped one by one, washed, rinsed, and treated (depending on the outcome I wanted) and rinsed again. The leaves are then laid out to dry for a while. After the larger drops have dried, they are put in a large bowl and heated with a blow dryer. Then laid out on a blanket or sheet to dry as I roll them one by one. After they are rolled, they are placed in a bucket and left for weeks to complete the drying process. Then the trees can be assembled.
There are other ways of doing the leaves too, this is just one of several methods I did. Tim made me cones out of cardboard from boxes that had come to our house (as I have many of my groceries delivered). This was cost effective, and earth friendly. Styrofoam can be used, but it’s expensive, and it defeats the purpose of doing something innovative and cheap, if you’re going to go out and spend the bucks on the styrofoam… but it is your choice. =) I find it’s easier to work with the cone, because it gives you somewhere to put your hand inside while working the piece from the outside.
One of the trees is also made out of a plastic water bottle. I’m not a fan of plastic water bottles, so, I figured I’d do the next best thing with them.
The bases of the trees are slices of wood from a log or branch relatively the same dimension as the tree. So, that’s the story on the trees. They are time consuming to make, but if you’re an avid crafter and you love authenticity, this is right up your ally. I crave unique and authentic. I like things that aren’t perfect, and things I don’t see everyday. I also like to create things that I visualize in my brain and have to wonder if it’s possible to actually make it work. Sometimes, it does… sometimes, it doesn’t. This time… It did. I love these trees. It’s so hard to capture their dimension and character in the photographs.
My friend who purchased them is going to be making a rad centerpiece for her Women’s Christmas Tea. We did a mock set up with all kinds of other fun stuff. It was SUCH FUN! I can’t wait to see pictures! I hope she takes pictures. =D
Anyway, so long leaf trees!! =) Enjoy your new home!!
Merry Christmas Month to you all!
May Jesus bless your heart today~
Amie Joy (reyajoy)
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TYPHOON HAIYAN VIDEO
Hi Friends… This is personal to me. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting personally, I want to express that disaster relief is something my husband and I are very passionate about. My husband, Tim, is the man in the green shirt that is narrating part of this video. He has the privilege of overseeing Parakletos International, a Disaster Relief Org. of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Please read below and please watch the video. Our world is so much bigger than what’s going on in the little sphere around us… Yet it’s small enough that when one has a need, we should be there to help the other out.
So, please take a few minutes to view this video that was just released about Calvary Chapel’s response to the typhoon. Then please pass it on. We are once again in a very strategic position and have been embraced by the local government. We, by God’s grace, have a huge opportunity to step into the lives of these victims and share the hope that helps us through each day. I know this is a time when most of us are thinking about family and the holidays, but please pray about how we might be able to make this Christmas something special for those families, who were also getting ready for this same holiday, but now have nothing…
Please keep those serving in your prayers. Most importantly, keep those who are hurting and grieving and have lost not just all earthly possessions, but have also lost beloved family members, friends and pets. It’s a tragic time indeed… And now they are faced with monumental trials ahead of trying to rebuild a life from the bottom up with nothing to start with. The simplest things are no longer available. Pray too how you can help. Many blessings!