Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Silver Box

My mom recently shared a story in Guidepost Magazine referencing a family tradition surrounding Jesus' Birthday.  I had witnessed many things like birthday cakes and singing for His birthday but for some reason it never felt right to me.  I want to put the focus on Jesus' birth and not on Santa and this was a great way to do it that can tie into the rest of the year.

The silver box under my tree represents Jesus' birthday present that we will open on Christmas Day.  What's in it you might ask?  A note written for every good thing we do or give someone.  It might be giving clothing to a shelter, providing a meal or sparing change for those in need.  Because those are the presents we give Jesus.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 
Hebrews 13:16

So our tradition starts this year.  Open Jesus' birthday present on Christmas morning and read the gifts we have given him. My hope is to help my daughter better understand the meaning of Christmas. 

My family decided to not exchange gifts years ago.  We wanted to focus on spending time together and drop the stress of finding that perfect gift.  It has been amazing but it wasn't until this year that I realized I missed the giving and I wanted to teach my daughter more about it.  In light of this, we came up with a list of 20 acts of giving that my family would focus on for Christmas. You can see our progress here.

It has been amazing and we want to give all the glory to God.  Not only am I so thankful that we have the means to provide things for others, I am blessed to have the health to serve others. I've not always been healthy enough to be of good service.  These last few years, I was mostly on the receiving end and that makes the giving even more special.  I'm paying it forward.  It was Christian influences in my life that helped me when I needed it.  Now, we get to do good things for others that pleases the Lord.  Amazing how he works.  Praising Him today.

Note: I purchased the box, the letters, crosses and paint at Hobby Lobby.  If you know me personally and want to make one, please contact me, I have a supplies left over.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Season of Giving: Volunteer

Here is a list of places that need volunteers this season.  Especially Salvation Army during Christmas to ring red kettles and angel tree services.  We will be ringing a Red Kettle Bell as a family on 12/14.

Salvation Army – Bell ringers and Donation Center Help -


Season of Giving: Donations

Below is a list of places in Louisville that are always taking donations.  Do something nice this Christmas and give to our community's needy.

Accepted Products
We graciously accept food (fresh, dry, refrigerated and frozen) and non-food (household products, cleaning supplies, health products) items.
TopTen items needed: Peanut Butter, Soup, Canned Fruit, Bean, Rice, Tuna, Cereal, Fruit Juice, Pasta, Canned Vegetables
Wayside Christian Mission
Always need socks, underwear, feminine products, toilet paper, toiletries.

The Healing Place
The Lord’s Kitchen -
Food items - Dairy, yogurt, eggs, Vegetables, Meat, Fruit, Snacks,  Water, Juices, Bread, Condiments, Canned goods, Paper products: plates, napkins, etc
Hand in Hand Ministries
The following items are always needed:
  • Non-perishable food & cleaning supplies
  • Building materials, home repair tools and supplies
  • School supplies
  • Disposable diapers & baby food
  • Medical supplies and medicines
  • Computers: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 with DVD drive and ethernet port or wireless internet card, Macintosh with OS 10.5 or newer. We are only accepting flat screen monitors at this time.
  • Material for sewing, notions, quilting supplies & yarn
Portland Food Pantry- Portland's Food Pantry
3713 W Market St
Louisville, KY - 40212
(502) 778-3641
His Hand Extended
2528 US 31 S
Greenwood, IN - 46143
(317) 535-5542
Oak Park Christian Ministries
3200 hohman lane
jeffersonville, IN - 47130
(812) 283-8355
Interfaith Community Council
702 E Market St
New Albany, IN - 47150-2916
(812) 948-9248

Monday, November 26, 2012

Candy Cane Challenge

My daughter and I love to do random acts of kindness escpecially this time of year. We have put a bucket of candy canes in our car to see how many we can give away this season to brighten someone's day. We will give them to our cashiers, service workers and just nice people anywhere. I am attaching a little note reminding everyone the reason for the season. A bucket and 60 candy canes costs $8. Can't wait to see how many people we can reach this Christmas.
Hope to see you soon and give you a candy cane.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Under The Cabinet Spice Storage

I love to cook with spices.  My cabinet is always crowded and I decided I needed some extra storage space.  I'm not a fan of counter top spice racks because I like the clean look of an unclutter countertop.  If you follow my blog at all you will find that I use these little metal containers for another blog post for my craft storage. 
A long lost friend turned me onto them a few years ago when she used them to store clips and tacks on her refridgerator.  Needless to say my love affair continues...
Items Needed:
Magnetic Spice Tin from Bed Bath and Beyond
Metal for Air Conditioning Duct Work from Home Depot
Preprinted clear labels from Amazon
Screwdriver and 4 screws
1. Measure the inside dimensions underneath your cabinet.  Cut the metal a tiny bit smaller to fit comfortably. 
2. Screw the metal into your cabinet.
3. Put on labels and add spices to tins
Simple as that.  Post a pic to my FB page if you do one in your kitchen.  I would love to see it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Decorative Message Board

I make this for gifts and for several rooms in the house.  I'm a list maker so this is a decorative, green way to help me stay organized.
  • Children's Room - Focus for the week like bible verses, alphabets or life lessons
  • Baby's Room - Track feeding or nursing schedules
  • Quiet Place - Bible Verse you are trying to memorize
  •  Kitchen - Menu Board or Family Calendar (Mine has the days of the week on one side and a blank area for grocery items on the other)
  • Craft Room - Supplies that need to be purchased or crafts I want to make
The possibilities are endless.
Supplies Needed:
Picture Frame with glass no plastic (any size works, this is 12 x 16)
Fabric (amount depends on size of frame, I used a fat quarter, just ask at the store, runs about $2)
Hot glue gun
Cricut or stencils to cut out letters
White and black cardstock
Dry Erase Marker
1. First, iron your fabric and disassemble the picture frame.  Place the fabric wrong side up on the table, place the picture back on top.  Using the hot glue gun glue the fabric over the back of the picture frame back.
2. Cut your white cardstock to the desirable size and then cut out letters with Cricut or stencils.  Glue the letter onto the white cardstock and them paste the white cardstock onto the fabric.
3. Place the fabric covered frame back into the frame and you are finished! 
This was for a baby's room.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wine Cork Bar

This post is more of a idea starter than a tutorial. I can explain how we made this but it was custom to our measurements for the basement and will definitely take some creativity to get the finished product. This cork bar opens up to our movie room in the basement so you can watch the movie projector and sit at the bar.

Plywood and Trim
300+ wine corks*
Wood Filler
Clear Caulk

* I ordered the wine corks off Ebay. (No, we did not drink all that wine.) 
** I used 1 Quart but depending on your measurements you may need 2 Quarts. See link for instructions pricing and instructions for application.  This is used for bar tops, cornhole boards, etc.

1. First, we created the box for the corks.  Measured our the plywood to size of square and measured the trim for around the sides. We nailed the trim in place to sit on top of the plywood.  Secured from top and bottom. 

2.  Once the box is formed with trim along the outside, we used wood filler to fill in nail holes.  Then stained the wood to color desired.

3. Use caulk to seal the inside of the box where the plywood meets the trim.  That way no glaze cost can leak out.

4. Position the box onto the bar and drill through the plywood to attach the box to the bar.

5. Arrange your corks to the desired design.  Use the instructions on the Glaze Coat box to complete