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“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” -Proverbs 31:27

Friday, November 30, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Dishcloths


A simple crochet pattern which uses the half double crochet and single crochet stitches. Make a few or a bunch and give everyone on your list a pair of cotton dishcloths. Make them smaller and they can be washcloths.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Year Round Christmas Tree


Source: michaels.com via Cheryl on Pinterest


This tree pattern is crocheted over a styrafoam cone. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you'll also find a pattern for crochet berries.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Santa Seashell Ornament

gibsonsgolfer on Flickr. SA, CC Some rights reserved.
A really clever way to reuse those seashells from your summer walks along the beach.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Vintage Tags

AForestFrolic on Flickr. CC Some rights reserved.
A simple craft to make if you have the stamps. Be sure to check out her blog for more ideas and for available items in her shop.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Felt Christmas Tree

brooklyn on Flickr. SA, CC Some rights reserved.
Wrap a piece of felt into the shape of a cone, add a string or yarn at the top and decorate with sequins and you have a simple ornament for the tree. It can also be used as a present topper.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Penguin Poop

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Cute little gifts for the kids or even for holiday craft fairs.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Edible Christmas Tree

Photo: lisaclarke on Flickr. ND, CC Some rights reserved.
A simple craft to make with the kids. Make sure you do this in the earlier part of the day because all that sugar needs to be burned off. (smiles)

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Friday, November 23, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Christmas Crackers


These are super simple to make. Get some tissue rolls, wrapping paper and ribbon. You'll also need little gifts and treats to put inside. Just stuff the tissue roll, wrap and tie ribbon. This is a great stocking stuffer and a perfect craft for little hands.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Magazine Christmas Tree


This year I'm making little magazine Christmas trees for my sisters. For this one I decided to spray paint it. I wish I had glitter because I think my sister would like it.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Homemade Journals


I actually made these earlier this year but thought they would make for a great Christmas gift. I used my son's water color paintings from the 3rd grade. I poked holes in the paper and secured with yarn. (these are 1/2 page in size)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Santa Utensil Holders


I saw this craft idea on Pinterest and had to do it. I don't scrapbook but I knew I could repeat the craft with resources I already had around the house. I used tissue rolls and paint. I think they turned out nicely.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Santa Patties




When I saw these I just knew I had to share them. Inside each little Santa is a Peppermint pattie. These are my husband's favorite candies. I don't scrapbook so the supply list is a bit foreign to me but I'm sure you could come up with a similar version on your own.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Tea Lovers Wreath



What a great way to thank or honor the Tea lover in your life. There is a Tea chest on Amazon with over 100 different bags of tea that would be perfect for this craft. You could also arrange the teas into 'Tea's of the Month' so that get a new flavor selection for each of the twelve months in the new year.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Upcycled Ornaments




These are made from recycled paper or tissue boxes. You could also use pretty scrapbook paper. Warning, it is a bit of a challenging craft. I tried it with the tissue box and it was more difficult than with the paper. You'll need lots of patience and time to learn this one. There is a video tutorial available.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Home Management Binder


This is a great idea for Moms. Purchase a binder and print out these home management worksheets. Decorate the binder or purchase a custom designed binder from Zazzle.

Example of Custom Binders:

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Scripture Memory Book


This is such a simple craft. Take Hershey Nuggets candies, add some paper with a Bible verse on it, a bit of ribbon and a "leather" jacket and you have yourself a mini Scripture memory book. As a bonus, once you have the verse memorized you can have the yummy chocolate.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Stocking Traditions




This crochet stocking is inspired by the FamilyCircle.com Noel pattern. Be sure to read the family tradition behind the making of these stockings. Just click on "read more".

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} NOEL Stocking




A classic stocking for your child. Uses adhesive felt pieces for the Santa so you don't have to sew them on.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Puppy Paws Stocking



Don't forget your pets this Christmas Season. This pattern is from Red Heart yarn and is perfect for your dog. Add treats and toys and you'll have one happy pet.

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I've Chosen a Topic - eBookWriMo 2012

I've chosen a topic, written an outline and wrote about 1,000 words. I know, I'm behind but I'm planning on catching up. Here's what it looks like so far:

Topic: Positive Thinking


Outline:

Before You Begin (How to Read this Book)
Introduction

1. Negative Mantras

  • Self
  • Others
  • World
  • Critical Judgement
  • Sarcasm
  • Fault
  • Always, Should, Never, Could
2. Knowing Yourself
  • Needs
  • Personal Identity (temperament)
  • Triggers
  • How do you recharge
  • How do you take information in
  • Trust
  • Belief System
3. Acceptance and Forgiveness
  • Accept yourself
  • Asking for help
  • Cultivating Truth
  • Accepting others
  • Forgiveness
  • Determination and Practice
  • Gratefulness and Thankfulness 
4. Glossary
5. Resources
6. Acknowledgments (Dedication)
7. Connect with Sara 


Total: 1,000/20,000

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Bible in 90 Days Challenge Final Week Check-in

Welcome to the final week of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge. Congratulations on making it through this far. You are very close to the finish line.  

Check-In:

Please post a comment below to let me know you are still participating. Even if you are behind you can still check-in.

Reading Schedule for Week 13: 

Day 85: Hebrews 1:1 - James 3:12
Day 86: James 3:13 - 3John 14
Day 87: Jude 1 - Revelations 17:18
Day 88: Revelations 18:1 - Revelations 22:21
Day 89: Catch Up Day
Day 90: Catch Up Day

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rely On God - I don't Want Sin ~ Michael Shamblin



Praising God this morning with other Saints. I want to fully rely on God for everything.

How has God blessed you this past week?

Sara

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{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Granny Square Stocking




Crochet 8 granny squares and sew them together to make a simple stocking. This pattern is by Maggie Wheldon and you must register with your email address to get the pattern for free.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Mini Hats or Trees




Inspired by the cute little elf hats this pattern can be made in green for mini Christmas trees or Red and White for mini Santa hats. Hang them on your tree or add to the tops of your gifts.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Granny Inspired Trees



I made these last year and really like how they looked on the tree. It's a granny square inspired Christmas tree - how cute.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Puff Centered Star




Simple crochet pattern for a star but Tea at Weasels added a cute wooden button and ribbon. These would make a great garland for your mantle this Holiday.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Lace Covered Ornament





One of my favorite crochet teachers online, Teresa, shows how to use crochet thread and a steel hook to crochet over a bauble.

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Image Source: Crochet-Mania aka Teresa

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Snowflake Ornament

Source: ravelry.com via Pauline on Pinterest

A simple snowflake pattern worked in the round. You can choose to make the complete pattern or only do 1 or 2 rounds for smaller snowflakes.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Ribbon Candy Tree




If you like ribbon candy for Christmas you'll love this cute little crochet ornament.

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Bible in 90 Days Challenge Week 12 Check-in

Welcome to Week 12 of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge. Thank you  for checking in last week. Glad that you decided to stay. 

Check-In:

Please post a comment below to let me know you are still participating. Even if you are behind you can still check-in.

Reading Schedule for Week 12: 

Day 78: Acts 6:8 - 16:37
Day 79: Acts 16:38 - 28:16
Day 80: Acts 28:17 - Romans 14:23
Day 81: Romans 15:1 - 1Corinthians 14:40
Day 82: 1Corinthians 15:1 - Galatians 3:25
Day 83: Galatians 3:26 - Colossians 4:18
Day 84: 1Thessalonians 1:1 - Philemon 25


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Classic Crochet Bauble




Amigurumi Christmas ornaments are perfect for those with little children and pets. No worrying about breaking glass.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Amigurumi Teddy Ornaments



Simple crochet circles turned into cute teddy bears. Koala, Teddy and Panda.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Star Ornament



This ornament was inspired by a potholder pattern in Granny Crochet Favourites written by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss. She adapted into this amazing bauble. This pattern is written in UK terms so you'll need to adjust for USA terms. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fighting the Winter Sniffles

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This past week I've been Fighting the Winter Sniffles. I've even lost my voice. My boys are having a great time making fun of the squeeks that I try to make as I speak to them. I'm kind of glad this came early in the season because it seems to never fail that when the kids are on school break around the holidays I'm sick in bed.

Searching the internet this week I found a few natural remedies for colds. Not sure if that is what I had because I did have a fever.

The first I found is an Immune Boosting Tea over on ModernAlternativeMama.com. It was a bit too late for me to use this but I'm saving it for the future. I'm not a real herb or natural type of person but since I'm trying to stay off of over-the-counter and prescription medicines I'm starting to look into them.
Immune Boosting Tea -

Link to Immune Boosting Tea:
http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/10/08/monday-health-wellness-immune-boosting-tea

The second remedy I found was a Chest Tincture by MarmeesPantry.Blogspot.com. In it she describes using Mustard Poultice. She includes two recipes, one for children and the other for adults. I really didn't have a chance to use this as I didn't have a chest cold, it was more of a sore throat, sinus headache and eventually laryngitis. Again, I'm keeping this one close because although she says it can get a bit hot I don't think it would be any more hot than vapor rub (I hope) and I'm guessing it is cheaper.

Link to Mustard Poultice Recipes:
http://marmeespantry.blogspot.com/2012/10/mustard-poultice-for-chest-congestion.html


Now this last one is the one that had me wishing I had it. It is Mullein which is good for chest colds, wheezing, ear aches and the flu. All symptoms I usually have toward the end of the year. If a cold gets into my chest I end up getting bronchitis and having it for what seems like months.

Link to Joybilee Farm (TM):
http://fiberarts.ca/blog/mullein-for-colds-and-flu


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{Free Christmas Craft Ideas} Pip's Crochet Wooley Baubles



Image Source: Meet Me At Mikes

Using a shell stitch similar to making a granny square, crochet over a clear bauble. Remember when doing this pattern that it is written in English terms not USA.

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November is the Month for Writers

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This month I'm participating in Copybloggers EBookWriMo. It coincides with NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. All events or challenges are geared for the writer in each of us. 

It challenges us to write the book we've always wanted to write, the eBook we've been putting off or even simply blogging every day for an entire month. 

This month I'll be writing an eBook about a subject I am unaware of at this moment. I'll be searching forums, Twitter, and Facebook for questions and ideas because I'm on a schedule. 

  • Day 1 and 2: Choose my topic
  • Day 3 and 4: Outline my eBook
  • Days 5 - 25: I'll be writing 1,000 words a day
  • Days 26 - 28: Redraft the eBook and make corrections
  • Days 29 and 30: Make final changes & publish the eBook
Have a topic you'd love for me to write about? Leave a comment and your suggestions

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1 John 4: 7-8 NKJV

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

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John 13: 34 NKJV

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

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