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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Inspired by. . . year end – ings

It's been a fabulous and inspiring year over at Kim's Café! I can't believe this week marks the last Texture Tuesday party of the year! It can only mean one thing: holiday craziness is about to ensue! I'm for a little holiday PEACE this year, how about you?



Textured with Kim's Autumn Burst


I thought a collage of images from 2012 would be fitting for the last TT of the year. That's my precious {new} niece in the center. After disrupting everyone's Thanksgiving dinner, she finally made an appearance this past Friday!  I hope your Thanksgiving celebration held similar blessings.

And now we march on to Christmas! This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent.  Whatever your reasons for celebrating Christmas, counting down to the 25th can be a fun and meaningful experience.

Last year I shared with you a very special Advent calendar that my Nana made for me when I was a child. You can view that post here.  I'm always looking for new and fun advent calendar ideas. I've found a few this year and you can check them out on my CHRISTmas Pinterest board! Don't miss the link to over 30 calendar ideas!

If you're looking for a digital calendar, Jacquie Lawson has amazed us again! This year she's offering an Olympic look at London as well as a charming Alpine Village. You can demo all the fun right here!

In addition to counting down with an Advent calendar, I also enjoy {and am always blessed by} the spiritual aspect of Advent.  Every year I choose a book that explores the Truths and blessings of the Advent season.  This year I'm especially excited because our Pastor, Rich Ronald, has published his four-part sermon series, Be Born In Me. Based on the song "Be Born in Me," by Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms this book explores what should be every Believer's heartfelt cry.




The cold weather in Texas this morning certainly has me in the mood for hot cocoa and jingle bells!  I'm itching to decorate Casa Verde, but that will have to wait until we return from visiting my new niece!

In the meantime, I'd love to hear about the creative ways that you count down to Christmas!


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Inspired by. . . snail mail

Love getting letters? little notes of inspiration and not so news worthy anecdotes?

I have to admit, I like getting {snail} mail. And at no time of year is that more true than at Christmas time!

The "catching you up with my life" letters are the best. I enjoy the snowy scenes, manger scenes and forest critters on the paper cards that come my way. But my favorite by far are the holiday photo cards!



Available through  Persnickety Prints


It's true, pictures are worth a thousand words. Don't you agree?



Available through Snapfish


Over the years I've sent many Christmas letters and cards proclaiming the Reason for the season.  Funny, as much as I love the photo cards, I've never sent one myself! This year I decided to let the pictures do the talking!  My first inclination, naturally, was to design and print the cards myself. But, as evidenced from my lack of posts recently, my time has become a rare commodity!  Also, after figuring the cost of paper and ink to produce the quantity I needed, online retailers like Persnickety Prints and Snapfish were far cheaper by comparison! {those just happen to be the two I checked, there are many options out there!}




Available through Snapfish


As you can see by some of the examples I've posted here, there are many creative options available!



Available through Snapfish


Both sites I visited offered easy to use, custom design tools.  I will say that I liked the search-ability at Snapfish the best. You are able to filter the card choices by color, number of pictures, size etc. which was very helpful for me since I needed a card with 6 or more photo options. Having said that, I will also say that Persnickety Prints has a very favorable rating in the scrapbooking community for quality and attention to detail. {Neither company has any idea who I am or that I'm mentioning them in this post}



Available through Snapfish


I played with five or six designs before choosing the one I liked best.  I really had fun with this! And am looking forward to getting the printed cards in the mail, ready to send to friends and family!

What about you? Do you send Christmas cards? letters? photo cards? or nothing at all?


Have a wonder-filled day,






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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Inspired by . . . dreams

To those living their dreams, those reaching for their dreams, and those we have had to redefine their dreams.

To those who have served, and sacrificed.

To those serving and sacrificing now.

Our heartfelt prayers and thanks.




Textured with Kim's poetic texture








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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Inspired by. . . lines

I haven't had much time to get out and take pictures lately, but wanted to participate in Bonnie's challenge this week. I found this in the archives, from this past summer, and decided to have a little fun.





After applying the colored pencil filter in CS and adding a little "royal" inspiration, I came up with this:




Have a wonder-filled day!








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Photo Art Friday Photobucket  Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Inspired by. . . a picture


I know most of you have moved on to Christmas. But hopefully there are few of you who plan to celebrate Thanksgiving {smile} and still need some inspiration for your front door.

It's been months since I've had the opportunity to craft and I've been itching to make a new wreath for our front door.  We're in the process of putting in flower beds and making a few other changes to the front porch, so the front door needed to have something pretty and welcoming amidst the general chaos!

While at Jo-Ann's picking up some supplies for the wedding invitations and wedding favors {post still to come} I was inspired by this picture:




Love the rich gold-tones and little pears peeking through the leaves!  A dear friend had given me a gift certificate to another craft store, so I was $$$ flush and ready to shop for my wreath supplies! 

Have you noticed all the little owls making their appearance around blog land?  Isn't it fun when something you're already fond of becomes popular!  My grandmother was partial to owls and I have a special affection for them because of my memories of her.  After seeing Sarah's lovely creation over at Lacquer and Linen, I knew I wanted to add a sweet avian accent to my wreath, too!  After a quick review of my Inspired by... wreaths pinterest board and seeing the Fall Argyle Wreath from Create and Celebrate that I'd pinned last year, I was sure of it.




The most expensive part of this wreath was the sprig of pears at $8.00 {ouch!} – even with the gift certificate, that hurt. But the good news is, I only used half the sprig, so I have half left over for the next project!




After spray painting the wreath gold, I actually decided I liked it better in color, but there was no turning back!  However, after adding the ribbon, a few sprigs of some coppery colored bush (that I had not spray painted) and the little owl there was enough contrasting color to improve my opinion.




And I really like how it looks against our green front door!




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