Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry (Christ)mas!!!

May your (Christ)mas be filled with faith, hope and most of all love!
Merry (Christ)mas & God Bless!
JafaHouse

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teacher Gifts~ (Christ)mas

The end of last week I finished up the kids Christmas gifts for their teachers. I "customized" some wreathes that they can use in the classroom or at home.
The first one is for Abraham's teacher. At the end of each week the kids that keep to the class rules and do homework on time get "smartie" awards. So, I thought it would be cute to make a wreath out of smarties. AND is was super cute until all the candies started falling off...uggg! So I'm off to Panera today for a gift card to add to her treat basket=).

Abbey's teacher is just full of life! This gal never slows down and always has a smile on her face...a genuine true smile...and a hug for everyone she meets. So, to match her colorful personality I made her a wreath out of crayons. Much better success with this one. Those crayons are on there like a rock!
Thank you for stopping by!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
God Bless!
J@

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holly Wreath

I was given a little pin that had a holly wreath wrapped around a cross. It was attached to a little marker that read....

The Holly Wreath
The holly wreath symbolizes the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at Calvary.
Its red berries represent the blood He shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
The endless circle is eternal life obtained through Him.

That little pin inspired me to create a larger version to give out as gifts this (Christ)mas.
I thought it was a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate (Christ)mas. Many years ago God sent his precious & only Son as a little baby. That baby would grow up to be the Saviour of this world!

God Bless you all the (Christ)mas season!
J@

Friday, December 9, 2011

Today, I'm just hanging around the house trying to get some stuff done. Right now I have laundry going and Chex Mix in the oven...mmmmm. I just finished a batch of Muddy Buddies. I've never used that Chex Mix recipe before. Oh, I hope I can keep my hands off it so we have some to take to the Cub Scout party this weekend. Peanut butter and chocolate....oh my! Yummy!!


I thought I'd show you all this card I made awhile back. I made a bunch of these to use as thank yous for a ladies Christmas brunch I help with each year. There is usually a theme and this time it was icicles. I searched for ways to incorporate that on my cards and low and behold I found a tutorial for faux icicles. Have any of you seen this? It's super easy.
All you need are: Crystal Effects, Diamond Dust (both Stampin Up products) and wax paper.
Step 1: Draw icicle on wax paper with Crystal Effects.
Step 2: Sprinkle with Diamond Dust
Step 3: Once dry, peal and use on craft project. You can even cut to desired size.
Pretty cool huh? 
Well, I think I just heard the timer go off. Time to stir the Chex Mix.
Hope you all have a day filled with (Christ)mas joy!
God Bless!
J@


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fresh Pine Tree

On Sunday we went to find this years (Christ)mas tree. I jokingly...okay maybe no so jokingly told my family as long as I live it'll be a fresh tree or no tree. There is nothing like the smell of fresh pine tree. Our home smells so wonderful right now.

So I thought it appropriate to share some (Christ)mas tree inspired randomness....


I copied this from an idea I saw on the cover of Paper Crafters Holiday Card magazine.

We can't forget poor Charlie Brown...

I've finally finished puttering around the house with decorating. We've also go the tree up, lit, and full of ornaments...each with a special memory.
Now it's time for baking, wrapping and a little sewing.
Hope you all are enjoying this (Christ)mas season.
So glad you could stop by today!
May your day be filled with many blessings!
J@



Monday, December 5, 2011

Seeds of Good Deeds

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him…” Isaiah 11: 1-2
This year we started Advent with our traditional Jesse Tree readings. Then I came across this post HERE. After poking around The Holy Experience blog I discovered a FREE (gotta love that) Jesse Tree devotional. One of my favorite parts about the devotional is the "unwrappings" at the end of each day. It's a simple activity that can be done by all ages.
Today I wanted to share with you one that is sure to become a Jafa House tradition....planting seeds of kindness (you can read more about it in the above link). I just love the idea of planting seeds of kindness as one more way to teach the children about the love of our Saviour Jesus Christ. It gives us all a way to show that love to others.
It's simple really, you plant a seed for every act of kindness you do through out the advent season. On Christmas Eve you cut the grass that has grown from your acts of love and use it in a nativity manger.

As I was flipping through the photos I took of our Seeds of Good Deeds I noticed one of the kids had drawn a happy face in the seeds! I just made me smile!

I hope for you this season is filled with the love of our Lord!
God Bless!
J@


Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Cards

Every year I have big plans to make lots and lots of handmade Christmas cards. Then December comes and I only have a handful done. Where does the time go anyway? Well, I'm still plugging along with creating cards but I always keep a box of store bought (gasp!) on hand just in case I don't get enough done.

This week I am dusting off the shelves and slowly putting fall decor away. The kids keep asking when we will get our Christmas tree. Last night Abbey got out of bed to tell Frank that we needed to talk to Mom about putting Christmas lights around the house. I love seeing them get excited over all the preparations.

Thank you for stopping by.
 I hope you have a blessed and beautiful day!
J@