Merry, Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013 AT 1:29 pm 17 Comments

Merry Christmas, Friends!

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I pray that you are having a wonderful day with loved ones.

I was going to post yesterday, but I had a lot of last minute things that I needed to do, and I just couldn’t spend time on my computer.

But I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you today. :)

I’m sure that many of you are going through the normal traditions of your Christmas Day and enjoying every minute of it.

But I  also know that many of you are having a not so normal Christmas.  Maybe because you have lost a loved  one this year and you are missing them terribly.  Maybe because you are suffering from an illness that is making it hard for you to enjoy Christmas like you normally do.

There could be a ton of  reasons that Christmas may be different for you this year.

But even when Christmas doesn’t “feel” like Christmas, we can still celebrate in our struggles.

Why?  Because Christmas is more than presents  and delicious food and fun get togethers.

It’s all about ONE THING.

And that ONE THING is the FACT that God loved the world  so much (that’s me and that’s you!) that He sent his only son, Jesus, to this world as a baby.

And that baby grew to be a man.  But not any man.  He was the WORD MADE FLESH.  He lived a perfect life so that He could die for us.

He took the punishment of our sins and willingly laid down his life for us, so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live eternally with Him.

HALLELUJAH!

Friends, Jesus isn’t just a story.

He is REAL.  And He loves YOU.  And in HIM is complete joy.

If you feel  something missing in your life and you just can’t figure out what it is. Let me tell you this Christmas Day, it is JESUS.

He is the only one that can fill that void in your life.  He is the only one that can give you perfect Peace and Joy.

My prayer for you today is that you KNOW Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

 

I know that I have already shared this song with you before, but I wanted to share it again.  The first time, Jonathan sang it at a church while he played the piano.  But this is the one he sang at the Ky Opry, and I think it sounds a little better because you can hear the words more clearly.

I love this song so much.  I am overwhelmed by God’s love when I hear it.  Jonathan received a standing ovation when he sang that night.  But in my heart, I kept thinking how God is the one that deserves that standing ovation.  He deserves our highest praise and celebration over the gift of love that He gave us, Jesus.

Would you listen to this song and stand with me (figuratively or literally) and PRAISE HIM this Christmas Day?

To God be the Glory,

GREAT things He has done!!!


 


Deer Heads and an Electric Knife {for mature audiences only}

December 16, 2013 AT 9:54 am 20 Comments

 

**The Listening Heart devotional book winners will be announced at the bottom of this post.

 

DIY deer head wall hanging

 

Things got a little crazy around here last week as I was preparing for my Christmas Home tours.

So crazy that I took an electric knife to a paper mache deer.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Sometimes you’ve just gotta do whatch gotta do.

Let me explain my madness.

I was wanting a deer head for my fireplace mantle.

Specifically, this one.

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I saw it at a local home décor shop and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, it was sold when I went back to get it.

So I put out an SOS on my facebook page for this blingy little fella, and I got some wonderful responses from everyone.

They found my deer several places online, but they were all sold out too.  Sad smile

DIY deer head wall hanging

I loved this deer that someone else found, but it was out of my price range.  Like, $200 out of my price range.

DIY deer head wall hanging

I did a lot of searching on ebay and amazon and google, but most of the deer heads were way too expensive.

Determined to have a deer head, or three, hanging on my fireplace mantle, I decided to get creative. Plus, I was running out of time.  I wanted to have deer heads on my fireplace for my Christmas home tour last week.

I finally found these faux deer at Garden Ridge for about $8 a piece.  However, I only wanted their heads. {You see now where the madness began.}

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I was trying to think of the easiest way to remove their heads, and since my electric knife does pretty darn well on a large turkey, I thought, “Why not a small deer?”  Completely logical thinking.

I had Luke capture the moment on instagram and then leave the room.  I didn’t want to scar him for life.

DIY deer head wall hanging

It was quick and painless, at least for me.

DIY deer head wall hanging

It did take me a few tries to get the angle just right.  It wasn’t perfect though.  Of course, I wasn’t expecting any to climb up on my mantel and look at them that closely, so perfection didn’t matter. Smile

For the base, I got these wood slices at Michael’s.  They were originally about $14, I think, but were on clearance for $9.99.  Then I used a 40% off coupon that I had to purchase them.

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You can only use one coupon per item, so I just went through the line 3 times to buy them separately.  Yes.I.Did.  Do you ever do that?

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Then I used some of my leftover chalkboard paint from Lowe’s to paint the wood slices.

Next, I just hot glued the deer heads to the wood.

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Lastly, I used my drill to drill a hole in the back so I could hang them on my fireplace.  If you didn’t want to use a drill, you could just attach a wall hanging clasp to the back.

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Then I hung them up!  It only took me a about 30 minutes to do this whole thing.

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These deer heads are not the shiny, blingy, rhinestone deer head that I wanted, but I love them just the same.  They are different and unique, and they look really cute up on my mantle.

Now, I have to believe I am not the only person who has ever used their electric knife for something other than cutting their food.

‘Fess up! 

What crazy thing have you used your electric

knife for?

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The Listening Heart

Giveaway Winners are….

Yvonne (Carsonshouse@****.net)

and

Bonnie (braes01@***.com)

and

Vicki Westfall

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If you didn’t win, but would like a copy of The Listening Heart for yourself or to give as a gift, click HERE.

 

 **I’m linking this project to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.

 


 


Beneath My Heart’s Christmas Home Tour {Part Two}

December 13, 2013 AT 12:53 am 28 Comments

Happy Friday, friends!

And welcome to Day Two of my Christmas Home Tour!

Today, I am joining another wonderful tour hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.

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You may be stopping by from Perfectly Imperfect.  Wasn’t Shaunna’s home gorgeous?!  I love that girl!  Everything she does is beautiful. Smile

Yesterday, I shared Part One of my Christmas Home Tour.  If you missed it, you can see it HERE.

For Part Two of my Christmas Home Tour, I would like to share my Christmas tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

Every year on Christmas morning, I try to have our kitchen table decorate for our Christmas breakfast.  It’s just me and my boys for breakfast, so it isn’t anything fancy.  But I do like to decorate the table to make a simple meal feel more festive.

This year, I was so excited to set a tablescape on my new galvanized table.  You can see how I made this table HERE.Christmas Tablescape

I love decorating with natural elements, so I bought some wood slices from Michael’s {with my 40% coupons} and painted them with chalkboard paint to make some chargers for my table.

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Then I used a piece of chalk to write some words on each charger that remind me of Christmas.

I bought a roll of burlap from Hobby Lobby {again, with a 40% off coupon} and placed three strips of it across my table.

Christmas Tablescape

For the table runner, I got a red and white striped scarf from Walmart for about 6 bucks and cut it in half.  Then I laid it down the middle of my table on top of the burlap strips.

Christmas Tablescape

I love the color RED.  Especially at Christmastime.  It’s just not Christmas without red, to me. Smile

Christmas Tablescape

Then I stained a small piece of wood from Lowe’s with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and placed it on top of the scarf/table runner.  Add a bunch of white candles, and Voila!  Easy Peasy!

I placed a pine cone and fresh greenery in my small red bowls.

Christmas Tablescape

And tied my silverware up in a white napkin with a red bow.

Christmas Tablescape

Then a red striped straw does the trick!

Christmas Tablescape

See my green table in the background?  That’s our Hot Chocolate Bar. My boys are so excited that I finally got it set up!

Christmas Tablescape

We did this for the first time last year and instantly decided that it need to become a tradition.  SmileI usually just add some marshmallows and candy canes to stir the hot chocolate with.

Christmas Tablescape

It is so much fun to make a cup of hot chocolate while watching a good movie or when coming inside from playing in the snow.

Christmas Tablescape

As much as I love decorating my home for Christmas, this is what I love most….

Christmas Tablescape

Sweet Eli, still wet-headed from bath time, chowing down on a Happy Meal on our Christmas tablescape! Smile

Isn’t it true that no matter how pretty our Christmas decorations may

be, it is really the people we share them

with that make them so special?!

I am wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

If you are on the tour, your next stop is to Jen from The Chronicles of Home.

Have fun on the tour!

 
Monday:
 
Roeshel – DIY Showoff
Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
Laura – Finding Home
Jesse – Scout & Nimble
Sarah – Sarah M. Dorsey
Angela – Number Fifty-Three
Gwen – The Makerista
Brittany – Brittany Makes
 
Tuesday:
 
Ashley – The Handmade Home
Anneke – This, That, & Life
Caitlin – Desert Domicile
Sarah – The Thriftress
Carolyn – Sweet Chaos Home
Shavonda – A Home Full of Color
 
Wednesday:
 
Jamie – C.R.A.F.T.
Lucy – Craftberry Bush
Michelle – Decor and the Dog
Whitney – The Curtis Casa
Kristin – Bliss at Home
Summer – Simple Stylings
 Kelly – View Along the Way 
 
Thursday:
 
Jenna – SAS Interiors
Chris – Just a Girl 
Michelle – Iron and Twine
Amanda – Our Humble Abode
Julia – Cuckoo 4 Design
Bethany – Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay – Makely Home
Jennifer – Dimples and Tangles
 
Friday:
Traci – Beneath My Heart
Kristin – Hunted Interior
Eileen – A Creative Day
Gabbi – Retro Ranch Reno
Kristen – KFD Designs 
Jessica – Dear Emmeline
Sarah – Royal Marigold
Carmel – Our Fifth House

 


Beneath My Heart’s Christmas Home Tour {Part One}

December 12, 2013 AT 5:58 am 32 Comments

Hello, friends!

Today, I am going to show you a little Christmas decorating around the house.

If you are visiting my blog from Just a Girl’s Christmas Home Tour…welcome!

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I am so glad you are here!

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In my kitchen, I have this green buffet that you see right when you walk in the back door.  We use our back door more than our front door, so I wanted my guests to be welcomed with “Merry Christmas!”

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So I downloaded and framed this beautiful chalkboard print from Dear Lillie.  You can purchase it HERE.  Plus, Jennifer has a ton of other adorable chalkboard prints and more in her online shop.  You can see another one I downloaded for my kitchen HERE.

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I’m crazy about chalkboards!  I know they are a huge fad that everyone is using everywhere, and that is fine with me!  I can’t get enough of them! Smile

I painted a wood slice with chalkboard paint for this vignette.

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We just recently hung this chandelier from Ballard Designs above our kitchen table, and I love it!  I hung some fresh greens from it to give it more of a Christmasey look.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

We have open shelves in our kitchen, and I absolutely LOVE decorating them at Christmastime!  This kitchen has undergone a complete renovation from top to bottom that you can see HERE and HERE.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I have a lot of white dishes that I have collected from thrift stores or received as hand-me-downs that stay on my kitchen shelves year round.  At Christmastime, I just add some red dishes, and I have instant Christmas décor!  Smile

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I bought a set of red dishes from Walmart several Christmases ago at 75% off after the holiday.  I think I paid about $16 for both sets!  The boys love when I get these dishes out because they know that Christmas is coming soon.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I have a few other red dishes that I collected from Willow House years ago, but they no longer sell them. Sad smile

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

Here is a look at my green buffet from the other direction.  You can see my newly built DIY Galvanized Table in this picture.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

Our guest bathroom got a complete top to bottom makeover too, and you can see that transformation HERE and HERE.Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

For this space, I just added a red berry wreath above the toilet and a new sign, and that was enough to make it feel Christmasey in there.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

For our fireplace, I wanted to do something different, and I am in LOVE with dear heads right now!  I know they are a fad too, but they are so stinkin’ cute. SmileI couldn’t afford to purchase the ones I liked, so I made my own.  I’ll share the tutorial on my blog next week.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I strung some aqua ornaments on a string and draped them between the boys’ stockings.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

You would not believe what this fireplace used to look like before we gave it a makeover.  You can see the transformation HERE.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

We have a real tree in the den.  It smells soooo good!

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

It is so pretty all lit up at night!

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

If you walk past those stairs, you will be led into our master bedroom.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

For this room, all I did was add a red poinsettia wreath above the bed and a red quilt.  Voila!  Those two simple touches make this space ready for the holidays.

 

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I’ve never decorated our master bath, so this year I decided to add a small, real tree in the corner by the bathtub.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I love seeing my little tree each morning while I am getting ready.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I placed it in a galvanized bucket that I got at Gordman’s.  And then I added a pretty little sparkly deer to sit beside it.  Simple and sweet.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

Well, that’s it for today!

Tomorrow, I will be sharing a Christmas tablescape with you, along with our hot chocolate bar!

Please come back and see me!

If you are following along from the tour, then you just came from Brittany’s Christmas Tour.

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And you are headed to Brooke’s Christmas Home Tour, from All Things Thrifty!

Fun!  A full list of all the homes on this tour are at the end of this post.

If you do not follow my blog through email or a reader, I would love for you to!

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Thanks!  And Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

Blogger Christmas Tour of Homes

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


 


DIY Ornament with Upholstery Tacks!

December 9, 2013 AT 8:09 pm 7 Comments

I love upholstery tacks.

I know they are used mostly on furniture, but you can make a million other things out of them as well.

I loved using them on this magnet board that I made a couple of years ago for my boys’ room…

diy magnet board

And since I had a bunch of them left over, I decided to make an ornament with them.   I call it my “Christmas Blessings” ornament.

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First of all, I bought this wooden plaque for 50 cents from Hobby Lobby.

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Then I spray painted the plaque with some Krylon Satin Dover White that I had left over from another project. You could use any off white paint you may have at home.

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Then I hammered in some bronze upholstery tacks that I bought from Lowe’s for $1.30. I used less than two boxes.

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Nailing in the tacks takes some practice. I had to draw a thin pencil line down the middle of the plaque to help me keep my lines straight.

The tacks are not perfectly lined up, but good enough. Smile

diy ornament with upholstery tacks

I left a space at the bottom of the tree for my red ribbon.

Then I used my StazOn Ink (that I already had) and stamped “Blessings” at the bottom of the plaque.

I got the “Blessings” stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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Next, I hot glued some jute string to the top of the plaque so I could hang it on a wall or tree, and I hot glued my red ribbon on.

diy christmas ornament

I loved the way it turned out, but it looked a little too “new” to me. I love the look of old, vintage types of decorations.

So I used my sanding sponge and sanded down the edges of the plaque.

But since the plaque was pine, you couldn’t really see where I sanded it, and it didn’t have that vintage look I was after.

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So I used some Valspar Mocha glaze (that I have had for about two years!), and applied it to the sanded edges with a Q-tip and wiped it off with a paper towel.

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It made the plaque look soooo much better!

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That’s it!

I took it outside and hung it on a tree because everything looks better in the sunshine. Smile

diy christmas ornament

I love my sweet little plaque!

It is such a great reminder of all the blessings that Christmas holds.

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They have smaller plaques at Hobby Lobby if you would like to make a similar smaller ornament, or use it for a gift tag. I thought you could even do a monogram plaque as a gift!

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I pray that your Christmas is filled

with all the blessings that only HE can give!


 


A Hallelujah Christmas {Sung by Jonathan}

December 8, 2013 AT 7:36 am 86 Comments

Oh friends!  I am so excited to share this with you!

Jonathan sang one of my favorite songs last night at a local church’s Christmas program.

Would you please listen to it?  It would be your Christmas gift to me. Smile

I don’t want you to listen to it because I want you to hear my son sing.

Not. at. all.

I want you to listen to it because I want you to celebrate the message of the song with me.

The message that God loved me and YOU so much that he sent His son to earth as a baby, knowing one day that baby would grow to be a man and would die to save us from our sins.

By the end of this song, my chest just swells up with overwhelming joy for my Savior!

Oh, Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

{I was shouting that, just in case you couldn’t tell.}  Smile

Friends, I pray that you KNOW what I am talking about.  I pray that your heart belongs to Jesus, but if it doesn’t, it is not too late.

It is NEVER too late.

What a wonderful way to truly celebrate Christmas by giving your heart to Jesus!

If you don’t know Jesus, but you want to, please email me.  I would love to share Him with you.

You can email me at beneathmyheart4(at)gmail(dot)com.

Now, here is Jonathan’s song.

 

 

Merry Christmas!!!!


 


Inexpensive DIY Hostess or Teacher Gift {Tile Coasters}

December 3, 2013 AT 10:21 pm 15 Comments

tile coasters

 

Several years ago, I posted these DIY tile coasters, and little did I know that they would be one of my most pinned projects on my blog.  I checked that post today, and it is up to 280,000+ pins!  That’s crazy!  In that post, I showed how to make the tiles with napkins or copier paper…

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Well, I still love this project because it is so inexpensive and so cute.

So I decided to create a new look for my old project.

I went to Lowe’s and bought some 4×4 white tiles and some felt pads for the bottom of the coasters.

diy tile coasters

Then I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some decorative Christmas stickers, with my 40% off coupon, of course! Smile

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First off, I covered each tile in Mod Podge.  Then I cut the Christmas stickers the length of the sides of the tiles and placed them on the edges.

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Next, I covered then entire tile in Mod Podge and let it dry.

 

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To protect your furniture when you use the tiles, just attach self sticking felt pads to the bottom of the tiles.

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Lastly, to seal the tiles, spray them with acrylic sealer and let dry.

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Then wrap them up in a bow, and you are finished!

 

diy tile coastersOr just keep them for yourself and enjoy them with some hot chocolate.  {wink}

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I have less than $2.00 in each of these sets of tiles.  Not bad, huh?

They are cute, practical, personal, and don’t forget affordable!  Smile

 

Need more hostess gift ideas? The Lowe’s Creative Idea bloggers have loads of ideas for you!

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You can also sign up to receive their free Creative Ideas Magazine for even more inspiration.

Check out their magazine app so you can have inspiration on the go!

And be sure  to follow Lowe’s on Pinterest or on Instagram!

Disclosure:  As a part of Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team, I was provided a gift card to purchase supplies for this project.  I was not told what to create or write.  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine!


 


We are simplifying Christmas this year.

December 1, 2013 AT 9:10 am 47 Comments

I am yearning for a simple Christmas this year.

Something deep inside me is telling me that “stressed” is not a feeling that should come with Christmas every year.  But it usually does.

Christmas comes and goes so quickly, almost like a tornado, and I am usually a casualty of its fury when it is gone.

Not this year.

I will NOT let it happen.

We are simplifying Christmas this year.

In the past, I have always gotten the boys 10-15 gifts a piece, plus stocking stuffers, for Christmas.  Mind you, when they were younger, they were usually 10-15 gifts from the dollar store.

But as they have gotten older, gifts from the dollar store don’t cut it anymore.  Smile

So each year, it gets a little more stressful of how I can still provide a “big” Christmas on our little budget.

They are used to seeing a Christmas tree with a ton of toys stretched out across the floor underneath it.

(that’s not my tree. Smile)

That is what I was used to seeing as a child.  That’s Christmas, right?

Or is it?

I have felt like I would disappoint my boys if I did Christmas differently.  If I scaled back a little.

But Christmas is not about presents.

I asked my dad what he usually got for Christmas.  He said he would get one toy and a bag of fruit every year.

I asked him if he loved it?  YES!  It was a big deal, and he loved Christmas, and it was just as magical to him.

My brother and sister-in-law started giving their children 3 gifts each Christmas, like the Wise Men gave to Jesus.  It sounded like a great idea, but I couldn’t imagine Christmas with so few gifts under the tree.

Please don’t think I’m crazy, but that is just not how I grew up celebrating Christmas.

But man, did it sound good.  That would be fewer presents I would have to buy and fewer to wrap.  Which to me, equaled less stress.

I told the boys about my idea, and to my surprise, they were fine with it.  They have made a list of about 5 things they would like for Christmas, and Santa will pick the three he thinks they will enjoy or need the most.

I cannot tell you how less stressed I feel about Christmas this year!

I am actually excited about getting their gifts, wrapping them up, and being done.

They will still be getting stocking stuffers, which are totally fun to me.  Those do not stress me out.

Another way I will be simplifying our Christmas is through fewer activities.  There are so many events and parties during the holidays, and we often feel guilty about not attending every one.

Not this year.

We will say “no” to most of them, and just attend the ones that are the most meaningful to us.  And I am going to spend more time at home coloring in our Christmas coloring books and watching Christmas movies with my boys.

Oh, and drinking lots of hot chocolate! Smile

Jonathan and I went and saw the movie The Book Thief last night.  The main character, a young girl who was adopted by foster parents in Germany during Hitler’s rule, was sitting in a cold basement with a small snowman while her “PaPa” was playing the accordion.  When he finished playing, she sweetly said, “This is the best Christmas I’ve ever had.”

There were no presents or trees, just family and love.

When we left the movie, Jonathan said, “Mom, wasn’t it cool how that little girl loved Christmas so much even though she had nothing?”  Then he said,   “I think the Lord was talking to me through this movie.”

I smiled because HE spoke to me too.

This Christmas, I am going to be very deliberate about treasuring the simple moments that I share with the ones that I love.

And enjoy celebrating THE ONE I love the most!

As we enter this Christmas season, may God bless you and yours with lots of love and laughter!


 


Stamped Deer Burlap Ornament

November 26, 2013 AT 6:00 am 5 Comments

Hi, y’all!

We are getting a little bit of snow in Kentucky today, and it makin’ me get even more excited about Christmas a comin’ and those geese a gettin’ fat! :)

We are planning on putting our Christmas tree up this coming weekend!  YAY!

So today, I wanted to show you a very simple and inexpensive ornament that I made.

I saw an ornament at a local boutique that I knew I could make for less.

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The supplies were simple:

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ink pad or black paint

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jute and/or ribbon

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First of all, I stamped the deer print on the book page.

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Then I found a cup the right size, drew a circle around the deer and cut it out.

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Next, I glued burlap to a piece of cardboard and cut out a larger circle to place the deer circle on.

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I glued the deer onto the burlap circle and let it dry.

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Then I hot glued the tinsel around the deer circle.

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And created a hole with a hole punch…

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Lastly, I added some red ribbon to create a bow and give the ornament a punch of color.  I also attached a piece of jute string to hang the ornament on the tree.

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So easy!

I think it would be fun to decorate a whole tree with ornaments like these!  Some could be squares and some could be circles.  Some could be stamped with birds or some could be stamped with owls.

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I am hoping to make some more of these myself for one of my trees this year. Smile

I have more simple and inexpensive Christmas projects on my blog.  You can click the button below to check them out.

 

Have a blessed day!


 


Candy Cane Fudge

November 21, 2013 AT 6:44 am 1 Comment

Ruthie’s here again!  I get so excited each month to see what she is going to share with us!  She never disappoints. :)  Enjoy!

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I am thrilled to be sharing a cute Holiday sweet recipe with all of you here at Beneath my Heart …

Can you believe it’s this time of year again? I love the Holidays SO much but this year they’ve seemed to sneak up on me a little bit. We’ll all be decking those halls in just matter of days and then we’ll be baking away all those sweet and lovely treats.

I thought it’d be fun to share this easy and festive Candy Cane Fudge with you today- it’s easier than most recipes so that’s a plus!

Candy Cane Fudge by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

 

Candy Cane Fudge

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Ingredients:
  • 16 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/3 C crushed mini candy canes
Instructions:
  1. Line an 8×8 pan with foil, leaving overhang to use for handles.
  2. Coat with cooking spray.
  3. Toss chocolates, baking soda, and salt in medium heatproof bowl until baking soda is distributed evenly.
  4. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
  5. Set bowl over 4 quart sauce pan containing 2 C simmering water.
  6. Stir with rubber spatula until chocolate is almost fully melted and a few small pieces remain, 4-4 minutes.
  7. Remove bowl from heat and continue to stir until smooth.
  8. Pour into prepared pan, spread evenly, sprinkle with candy cane pieces.
  9. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.
  10. Remove from pan and cut into squares.
  11. Garnish with additional candy cane pieces if desired.
  12. Enjoy!

 

 

Candy Cane Fudge by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com
While we’re thinking of mouth-watering Holiday Baking, here are a couple of other recipes that you may enjoy…

 

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Cranberry Bliss Bars

I Love Eggnog Cookies by whatscookingwithruthie.com

I LOVE Eggnog Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Bark by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

I hope these recipes inspire some delicious Holiday Baking in your kitchens.

May the holidays be a wonderful time for you and your families… I just love this time of year!

xoxo~ Ruthie

PS- I’d love to have you come and visit at www.whatscookingwithruthie.com or connect with me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google +


 





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