We are on the road as I type making the long trek from Texas to Georgia. So… I have a little bit of time to let you know what we’ve been up to in our Truth in the Tinsel endeavors as well as some other fun things I want to share with you.
First, I LOVE Christmas time crafts! I think with all the fun things you can do my mind becomes more creative during this time. I will share a little later on in my post all the different projects that have come up, most because of our new addition arriving at the beginning of March. So, here we go starting with Truth in the Tinsel updates first…
1. Truth in the Tinsel- The thing I like most about doing this experience with my kids is the intentional time taken during the day to talk about Jesus and how He came down to us as a baby with a much greater purpose than just being an earthly king. Especially in our commercial driven society, I want to make sure my kids are not missing Him in all the trim. ;) Some new ideas that I came across from other bloggers doing Truth in the Tinsel this year are doing Legos on some of the days with my older son (he’s 7) and putting up a garland in one of our door ways to view our ornaments that we’ve made so far, which is almost all of them by now!
Visit Steph Layton’s website to get the Lego instructions.
2. Painting and Distressing Baby Furniture- My parents-in-
lawlove came for Thanksgiving and helped me to get the baby’s furniture ready. My childhood/sister-chick, interior-designing friend introduced me to Annie Sloan chalk paint. The beauty of this paint is that there is no priming required! Just start slopping paint on the furniture in question and be amazed at the ease of use and forgiving nature of the paint. To find a stockist near you go to the Annie Sloan Unfolded site. We used the french linen (grey color) first on an already painted white crib and an unpainted dresser. Then we painted old white on top by lightly brushing it on and wiping with a paper towel in some areas for some of the grey to show through in areas. After painting, we put the light wax from Annie Sloan on the pieces and then distressed any areas we wanted to with 220 grit sand paper. Here are some before and after pictures of this little project :) ~
We were so efficient we even got to my Grandmother’s hutch that badly needed a face lift. We only put old white on it, the light wax, and then distressed a little. Here is a before and after picture…
3. Bows and Headband Holders- I can not lie, I’ve been having a little fun thinking of and creating things for her room. One of my friend’s here introduced me to bow making and we even created a hanging bow frame with materials from Hobby Lobby. Here are pictures of some of the bows I’ve made so far and the bow hanger…
Finally, last but surely not the last thing that will be made for her room… I came across a “shabby chic” nursery someone did on their website (I will post the link to her site in a future post) and she gave me the idea of making a headband holder from an oatmeal can- Quaker or the like. I bought scrapbook paper I liked from Hobby Lobby, used ribbon I already had from my bow fest also from Hobby Lobby (they sell it 50% off every other week), some candle holder bases that were 50% at you know it- Hobby Lobby, and started hot gluing. Here are pictures of the steps I took…
As you can see my nesting has been in full swing! I’ll leave you with a fun crafty Christmas gift idea that goes great on top of gifts as a gift topper- Christmas bottle cap magnets. All you need is Christmassy scrap paper, bottle caps- which we have a plethora of since I save my husband’s beer caps (hope that doesn’t make him sound like a drunkard :P, he’s not! He just likes to have a beer or two on the weekends), and ice resin- in jewelry craft making section at HL. Just trace your bottle cap on the scrapbook paper, cut the circles out, press them into the bottle caps, and then follow the directions of the ice resin to finish them with that jewelry look. It takes 12 hours for them to dry. I bought my magnets from Walmart for a dollar and some change for like 12. They already have adhesive on them to stick to your bottle cap. Presto!