12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY 6



Sixth Day – December 30th – Joy
Remember the Poor
Psalm 20 • John 7:53 – 8:7

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Come back tomorrow for day seven.

Until next time.


12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAYS 1-5


Wow am I late with the 12 Days of Christmas! 
Good thing Christmas is a season that lasts until the Epiphany, January 6th!

Here is the catch up list from December 25th through today, December 29th.

First Day – December 25th – Love
The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day
Psalm 98.1-6 • Matthew 1.18-25
O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we,
who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Second Day – December 26th – Forgiveness
 Feast of St. Stephen
Psalm 31 • Matthew 23:34-39
We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Third Day – December 27th – Peace
Feast of St. John
Psalm 92 • 1 John 1:1-9 • John 21:19b-24
Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of
your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Fourth Day – December 28th – Compassion
The 1st Sunday after Christmas (Or Holy Innocents)
Psalm 93 • John 1:1-18
Behold, the dwelling of God is with mankind; He will dwell with them and they shall be his people.
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light,
enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Fifth Day – December 29th – Obedience
Feast of the Holy Innocents (transferred or kept on Sunday the 28th)
Psalm 124 • Matthew 2:13-18
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Come back tomorrow for Day 6.

Until next time.



WINTER SOLSTICE


I spent yesterday deep cleaning my house, purging it of physical items that no longer brought joy, cleared the space of negative energy, and ended with a lovely evening of good conversation, hot tea and twinkling lights illuminating the room.

Oh, how I love Winter Solstice.

How did you spend your day?

Until next time.



DECEMBER FAVORITES



(excuse the terrible lighting in the photo - clearly, I should not be snapping photos in the wee hours of the morning)


  1. The Honest Co. Apricot Kiss Bubble Bath – I love this scent for the little one – lots of big bubbles and leaves her skin soft. (The lavender is great too for winding down at the end of the day.)
  2. POM Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice -  This juice is amazing and everyone is the household enjoys drinking it! A little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of healthy. Powered by pomegranate antioxidants, it’s authentic, delicious and 100% pure. There is no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices. 
  3. It Works! Greens On The Go Nutritional Supplement – I never let myself run out of this stuff! I like the convenience of the packets to toss in my purse or briefcase. The orange flavor is my favorite, but the berry is good too!
  4. Starbucks Holiday Blend K-Cups 2016 Limited Edition – Each year I look forward to the holiday blend from Starbucks. This year is as tasty as always! From their site - Bright Latin American and smooth Indonesian coffees come together with an approachable complexity and elegant flavor - crafted just for the holidays. I could not agree more.
  5. My First Tervis Sippy Cup – I am a huge fan of Tervis drinkware, because they keep hot drinks hotter, cold drinks colder, is customizable, Made in America, backed by a Made for Life ™ guarantee and contains no Bisphenol A. I also like the fact I can attach a straw lid and the little one can keep using her snowman cup year after year! (They are having a 25% off sale today!!)


So, there you go my top 5 favorites for winter. What are your top favorite items?

Until next time.


MERRY CHRISTMAS MINT SPRAY

Hope the holiday season, however, you celebrate, has been full of great memories so far!

Today I want to share with you a great spray to mix up and have on hand this season. I think this would make a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift or a fabulous gift.




Take a dark glass spray bottle (I used an 8oz bottle) and add:

  • 1 oz pure Vodka – this helps mix the oils with the water and preserves the oils
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 10 drops Vanilla

finish up by adding pure distilled water to the bottle to almost full.

Close the lid and shake well.

Voila! Now you can spray Christmas cheer wherever you go!

Until next time.



SMALL GIFT SATURDAY GIFT IDEA #1

Congestion Relief Bath Soak or as I like to call it “I can’t adult today” bath soak. What an awesome handmade gift idea too!





This congestion relief bath salts recipe is a tried and true natural remedy at our house to give relief from colds, congestion and sinus pressure.

Illness hit our house hard the week before Thanksgiving and continued past the holiday. Days upon days of feeling miserable, this bath recipe has helped with the irritability and made life a bit more tolerable while cooped up inside. Even the little one took relief of soaking and playing in the bathtub with this mixture.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Epsom salt - it’s probably used the most for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. The reason it works so well at helping congestion and sinus pressure is that it reduces inflammation in the swollen, inflamed mucous membranes.
  • ½ cup baking soda – helps rid the body of toxins
  • 10-15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil  - can help open up and soothe the tissue in the respiratory system. It’s known to help relieve the symptoms associated with the flu, colds, congestion, sinus pressure, bronchitis and mucous membrane inflammation.
  • 5-10 drops Peppermint essential oil - helps clear up congestion while providing relief from cold headaches and sinus pain.

Optional:

  • ½ cup sea salt - is rich in minerals and helps the body release toxins. Make sure you use for unrefined sea salt. 
  • 5-10 drops of Lavender essential oil - calms the body and mind, helping you to relax and sleep better (healing happens when your body is resting!)
  • Food coloring of choice (the food coloring will not stain your skin or the bathtub)


Combine ingredients in an airtight lidded jar. Add a scoop of the mixture to hot running water. Soak for 20 minutes, inhaling deeply. Repeat as needed.

Until next time.



HOLIDAY PUNCH

This must be my new favorite drink!

My family loves a good punch during the holidays. We tend to make it all throughout the holiday season.






This would be great served at brunch, lunch, with mid-day appetizers or at dinner (you can add your favorite alcohol for an adult beverage).

I keep a batch whipped up and stored in the refrigerator to sip on anytime we wish.

You will need:

  • 2-liter ginger ale
  • 8 oz Pom Pom pomegranate seeds
  • 1 small orange, unpeeled

Mix everything together, pour into your favorite cup and enjoy. Yes, it really is that easy.

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time.




ARE YOU READY FOR DECEMBER DAILY?



Being November 26th, in a perfect world I would be posting my December Daily inspirations, ideas and set up for this year. The last few months have been unreal…all I can do is laugh. Sometimes life just has a way of doing its own thing (where did the summer go?).

What I do have-

  • paper collection, I purchased it in September…whew…good thing!
  • washi tape, just going to use what I have
  • ephemera, pulled out bits & bobs to use from my stash
  • stamp sets and inks, again…using what I got!
  • page protectors, I had ordered these years ago, about time I use them
  • album, again…purchased it during a mega sale months ago, whew!
  • my daily prompt list, this takes the longest for me to come up with

What I still need-

  • numbers, I know what I want to use. I just need to go to the local craft store and pick them up


I think this week I will have a few spare moments to gather everything and start preparing. Of course, I must clean up the disaster from the Halloween crafting madness...majority that I never even had time posting, ugh!

I must say it again this year – thank you Ali Edwards for the idea. Each year I love taking the time daily to slow down and remember what is important. 
Want more info on December Daily? Check out her page here .

Are you doing December Daily? Is this your first year or one of several? Do you do the 25 days leading up to Christmas or do you do the whole month? What color combo are you doing this year? 

Until next time,

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2016 - DAY 6

Welcome back to Day 6 of 31 Days of Halloween 2016!!!

I am soooooo very sorry the late post today. I had a work emergency and did not get my post uploaded on time.


Today's project is a sanitizer holder.



inside with sanitizer bottle






Hope you enjoyed today's project share.

Until next time.




Please continue on the blog hop and see what amazing
projects the others have to share with you today!

 

 31 Days of Halloween 2016

Terra
Sarah
Alison
Amanda
Lyneen
Susan S
Shell
Susan R
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity
Monique
Dream In Darkness
Airless Chambers
Jessica
Michelle
Kelli
Kapree
Genny
Sue
Lisa

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2016 - DAY 5

Welcome back to Day 5 of 31 Days of Halloween 2016!!!

Today's project is a mixed media canvas. 

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. -Pablo Picasso








Supplies used-
Artist Loft 4x4 canvas
Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Wilted Violet
Folk Art Metallic paint in Amethyst
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Hickory Smoke
Folk Art Acrylic paint in black
Echo Park 6x6 stencil, Cobweb
Miscellaneous furry spider and orange flat back jewel
Glossy Accents



Hope you enjoyed today's project share.


Please continue on the blog hop and see what amazing 
projects the others have to share with you today!


 31 Days of Halloween 2016
Terra
Sarah
Alison
Amanda
Lyneen
Susan S
Shell
Susan R
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity
Monique
Dream In Darkness
Airless Chambers
Jessica YOU ARE HERE 
Michelle
Kelli
Kapree
Genny
Sue
Lisa

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN - DAY 4

Welcome back to Day 4 of 31 Days of Halloween 2016!!!

Today's project is a pocket letter. 

If you are not familiar with what a pocket letter is - 
A pocket letter is a new way to send letters to your new or existing penpals. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 pocket trading card protector and send the whole page to someone. This can be a one-time exchange or you can keep exchanging Pocket Letters indefinitely. You fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope. 


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C S Lewis quotes  







Hope you enjoyed today's project share.


Please continue on the blog hop and see what amazing 
projects the others have to share with you today!




31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2016 - DAY 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of 31 Days of Halloween 2016!!!

I was almost in tears today. I managed to get a tutorial filmed for the mug project and NONE of my editing software would accept the video. I worked on that crazy thing for hours! Regardless of my epic fail, I hope you enjoy today's project. 

“The dancing Sun the dancing moon the dancing stars and the dancing galaxies are the direct expression of our divine Self.” ― Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life

I have seen the "galaxy art" on Pinterest and knew I wanted to try it! I used one of my all time fav stamp sets Smeared and Smudged Li'l Grumpies (and then a new one by Fun Journey Stampers called Lil Monster). 



 
Smeared and Smudged - Li'l Grumpies

 
Fun Journey Stampers - Lil Monster

 
I am calling this the Grumpy Galaxy Mug and it glows in the dark!







If you want to see a very short and fast version of the tutorial, you can see it here. May make for a good laugh! 


Hope you enjoyed today's project share.


Please continue on the blog hop and see what amazing 
projects the others have to share with you today!

 31 Days of Halloween 2016
Terra
Jessica YOU ARE HERE

Until next time.





31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2016 - DAY 2

Welcome back!

The weather here in Nashville has been really cool the last few days. Perfect to help set the mood for all things Halloween!

Essentially, autumn is the quiet completion of spring and summer. Spring was all eagerness and beginnings, summer was growth and flowering. Autumn is the achievement summarized, the harvested grain, the ripened apple, the grape in the wine press. Autumn is the bright leaf in the woodland, the opened husk on the bittersweet berry, the fruit of asters at the roadside.
~Hal Borland, September 1967

Today is Day 2 of 31 Days of Halloween.

Most of you know how much I LOVE making these cards. You may see several this month!

Today's project is a few ATC's (artist trading cards).




Supplies:

  • Gelli prints that I made
  • Americana Black Acrylic paint
  • Stabilo black pencil
  • Stampin Up markers in Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
  • CTMH marker in Twilight
  • Tim Holtz Distress markers in Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Carved Pumpkin
  • Tim Holtz Distress pad in Stormy Sky
  • Smeared and Smudged sets in Morte, Creepy Li'l Grumpies
  • Unity stamp set Summer Collapsed into Fall
  • Miscellaneous pipe cleaner
  • Tsukineko  Memento ink pad in Tuxedo Black
  • Echo Park stencil - Cobweb
  • Recollections Paper Pad - Boo



Hope you enjoyed today's project share.

Please continue on the blog hop and see what amazing projects the others have to share with you today!



 31 Days of Halloween 2016
Jessica  YOU ARE HERE


Until next time.





31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2016 – DAY 1


Hi! Thank you for stopping by today.

Today is day 1 of 31 Days of Halloween 2016. Are you as excited as I am?

Today's project was inspired by one of my favorite YouTube-ers Cali Black. She had made some essential oil diffuser charms. I use essential oils all the time and really liked this idea. I made this boho-gypsy Day of the Dead skull, left the backside "raw" and placed a few drops of my homemade "Dia de los Muertos” essential oil blend. I can't wait to hang this in my car!






Supplies used:

  • Sculpey Original Clay - Terra Cotta
  • Hand Made Modern - Neon Acrylic Paint in Cobalt, Hot Pink, Hot Coral, Purple
  • Hand Made Modern - Satin Acrylic Paint in Coal, White
  • Hand Made Modern - Metallic Acrylic Paint in 20K Gold
  • Delta Soy Paints in Lavender, Foliage, Blueberry
  • Miscellaneous ribbons, lace, beads and charms
  • Skull Wood Mount Rubber Stamp


homemade "Dia de los Muertos” essential oil blend – Sweet Orange, Sage and Patchouli 

Hope you enjoyed today's project share.

Please continue on the blog hop and see what amazing projects the others have to share with you today!




Until next time.