Faux Dori Craft

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Craft Time: Making a Paper Faux Dori. Mine I found a package of three cute file folders at the Dollar Tree. Used one to make the cover. Then like in the video that I worked from, I covered the small booklets of paper with some scrapping cardstock. The banding I used is actual a headband (a package of 6 found at The Dollar Tree). The cutesy added to the closing band is just a page bookmark that I already had. I already had some elastic to use for the inside to slide the books through, but I did buy some at Meijer since I wasn’t sure if I had the right size at home. With buying the elastic, the total cost to make my faux dori was $4.33. I already had the scrapping cardstock, but if you don’t have that, I saw one that used gift wrap. In the video, I don’t think she used the little eyelets for the elastic holders to pass through, but I already had some and thought that would reinforce the holes since it was paper. I think she just punched holes.

If you want to make your own, here is the video. I hope you’ll come back and share your project in the comments so I can see what you created.

Now I’m off to make a fabric one, and add some more accessories to my paper one. Have fun…:)

Happy February!! ‘n Lots of Blessings!!

Peabea

Intriguing

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Or at least I thought intriguing. You know how it is when the weather just doesn’t seem nice enough for an outdoor photo shoot? Well, that’s when I start looking for things around the house to photograph, and that is the way it was the day I took this picture. It is straight out of my camera (no cropping; no photoshop) of moisture beads on my kitchen window. To my eye, it did not look like this, but when I took the pictures from my camera to the computer, some look like tiny shells. Or at least I think so. Always love what the naked eye doesn’t see, but the camera does. I love, love photography. Always have.

Sharing over at Black and White Wednesday. Pop over with your photos and join the fun or just browse what others are sharing.

Thanks for visiting me.

~hugs ‘n giggles ‘n blessings~

Peabea

December Fun~Not

December 2015

I’m thinking there are books about everything happening backwards. Most people have a garage on their home, and then some turn it into a nice recreation or another room of some sort. When we bought our house, the previous owners had turned the attached garage into a room, put in a fireplace and then built another garage that isn’t attached. However, they didn’t do the best of jobs. They didn’t plan well at all, they didn’t raise the floor to match the rest of the house (maybe a good thing after all), and an important thing they left out when they did the fireplace was to first put in a footer. So, that is where I get to the part of my story about things happening backwards. After these 30 plus years, the fireplace and chimney weight was pushing the outside wall off the house foundation. So, we had the fun of tearing it all down, brick by brick and then replacing the wall. Plus side is that it will be turned into a garage again. One room minus and one garage a plus, I think. :)

So this is my month in photos for sharing over at Mona’s Picturesque  (be sure to scroll down on her page to find the link of sharings on there by people). Christmas did happen in there, but not a big celebration this year since we were in a mess and the kids had other places to go so it worked out for the better.

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas (and did not have to deconstruct rather than construct)…haha…and so far that the New Year is treating you well.

Pop on over to Mona’s to see how others spent their December.

~hugs ‘n giggles ‘n blessings~

Peabea

My Word

90a04-joy2bfind2bquoteMy word for 2015. It was the first time ever that I’d picked a word to concentrate on for the year. I felt that I’d lost some of the Joy of every day life. I’m not sure if people have always picked a word for the year, but it was new and a first to me.

My Word: Joy ~ it can be found in small and large ways. The large Joy in my life continues to be the gift of children. My prayer was always that they’d be safe, they’d grow to be strong, confident and capable people. They have. The next large Joy has been the blessing of grandbabies.

The small Joys can be found in everyday life. A call from an adult child just because they want to talk to mom. A puppy that thinks he runs the show, but loves to snuggle when you need it. A husband that can make me laugh, and has a way of making me always remember the reasons I love him (even if he doesn’t realize he’s doing it.)

The Joy of a sunshiny day when your heart just feels right with the world. A grandchild that climbs up in the rocker with me even though we’ve kind of just met. She trusts because her daddy told her we’re visiting grandma/grandpa. An adult son who gives one of the best gifts a mom could receive. A son who lives in another state miles away who unselfishly gives the time out of his life to come stay and help an ailing father, and brings his daughter so she can get to know us better.

These are just some of the Joys that I documented in my thankful journal for 2015.

JOY is everywhere if you just notice.

My word picked for 2016: RENEW

Create in my a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psa. 51:10 KJV

Renew word of 2016

Renewed Forgiven

Thank you for all who gave a like or a comment or just visited my pages during 2015.

Happy New Year and wishing all a Wonderful and Blessed 2016.

Peabea

 

 

 

Crafty Tags

Every year, I end up making my own tags for my presents. Some years, it has been recycled Christmas cards from previous years or making a scrapbooking card to add to each present. This year, I used a tag .jpg that I found free on the internet, added a picture I wanted to use or a scan of the wrapping paper to make my own tags.

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Presents cut out

Punch a hole in the tag, and then I slid it down the ribbon and added some elements with my scrapbooking punches.

 

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Hope everyone had a nice Christmas or however you celebrate and enjoy this holiday season. Time off work to relax maybe or just enjoy every day as it comes. :)

~blessings hugs ‘n giggles~

Peabea

If you don’t have a tag to use, you can find some at HERE  compliments of The Coffee Shop Blog to download. They’re useful for other holidays as well whenever you’re tagging a gift. Have fun creating your own. I’d love to see some of your ideas so share away in the comments or with a link to your site.

 

 

 

Santa~The Bishop

Wondering the story of Santa Claus: Here’s one version I found.

From St. Nicholas to Santa

How did this St. Nicholas become a North Pole-dwelling bringer of Christmas gifts? The original saint was a Greek born 280 years after Christ who became bishop of Myra, a small Roman town in modern Turkey. Nicholas was neither fat nor jolly but developed a reputation as a fiery, wiry, and defiant defender of church doctrine during the “Great Persecution,” when Bibles were put to the torch and priests made to renounce Christianity or face execution.

Nicholas defied these edicts and spent years in prison before Constantine brought Christianity to prominence in his empire. Nicholas’s fame lived long after his death (on December 6 of some unknown year in the mid-fourth century) because he was associated with many miracles, and reverence for him continues to this day independent of his Santa Claus connection.

Photo of a little boy and little girl talking to Santa.

A religious icon representing St. Nicholas is shown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY HEMIS/ALAMY

Nicholas rose to prominence among the saints because he was the patron of so many groups, ranging from sailors to entire nations. By about 1200, explained University of Manitoba historian Gerry Bowler, author of Santa Claus: A Biography, he became known as a patron of children and magical gift bringer because of two great stories from his life.

In the better-known tale, three young girls are saved from a life of prostitution when young Bishop Nicholas secretly delivers three bags of gold to their indebted father, which can be used for their dowries.

“The other story is not so well known now but was enormously well known in the Middle Ages,” Bowler said. Nicholas entered an inn whose keeper had just murdered three boys and pickled their dismembered bodies in basement barrels. The bishop not only sensed the crime, but resurrected the victims as well. “That’s one of the things that made him the patron saint of children.”

Above excerpt from National Geographic Article that you can read the complete story here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131219-santa-claus-origin-history-christmas-facts-st-Nicholas/

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As we celebrate the birth of Jesus tomorrow, Christmas Day, we can also celebrate a Bishop who loved people and his Lord named for us as Santa Claus. Sure, we’ve elaborated on the whole Christmas scene, but what fun it has been over the years from childhood and continues to adulthood. I always felt that I was being truthful when I told my children that Santa Claus would be coming. He came in the back door of our house the whole time my children were growing up. Yep, he came in the back door from the garage where he collected the presents that we would place under the tree. His name was Dad. He worked, he made the money to pay for the presents, and I considered myself as his helper as I worked and contributed also to the joy our kids would know as Santa Claus. We merely took over where the original Santa Claus left off; maybe in different ways, but the wonder on a child’s face is Christmas. And, I don’t think it takes away from the birth of Jesus in any way. They’re both wonderful in their own ways, and to me, I think Santa is a gift from Jesus. One more miracle.

Wishing All A Blessed Merry Christmas, A Happy Birthday to Jesus, and Peace On Earth

Peabea

Cmas for blog post

Enjoy the Songs ~

Furbaby Poses and a Free Gift

Cmas Razzy 2015

Sometimes, just sometimes, Razzy cooperates. I asked him to sit in front of the tree so that I could try a technique that Jill Wellington  (you will find some awesome photo tips that this photographer shares on her site and newsletter) mentioned in her newsletter about Kevin and Amanda’s blog on how to make the lights on the tree look like snowflakes, hearts or whatever you choose. Well, as you can see, I didn’t achieve it, but kind of like how the home made filter captured the picture. You can find the technique HERE on their page.

The sparkles were made using a star brush that Jill shared.

Razzy sat as long as I wanted him to until I told him he could go. Sometimes, just sometimes, he listens…but then other times, he’s the boss with a mind of his own.

 

This one, I think he's thinking, Please someone walk in and make her stop

This one, I think he’s thinking, Please someone walk in and make her stop

The Coffee Shop Blog has this free Santa hat give away on her site and I thought would be fun to put Razzy under it in this photo using her Santa hat. I left it big but can be resized. 😄

Cmas Razzy 2015 w santa hat

 

A gift for you from Razzy. Made using Photoshop Elements. You can download it  free HERE without my watermark.

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Razzy and I are wishing you the best and safest and happiest holiday season ever. Merry Christmas. 💕 🎅 ✨ ✴

Joining others at Life Thru The Lens…come visit and see what they’re up to with their posts. :)

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Advent ~ JOY

Week three of the Advent theme with the group I’m following is JOY. As a child we have so much JOY when we anticipate Christmas. The belief that Santa will bring us delightful surprises. Same with our Faith. Jesus is a wonderful gift who will and always brings us delightful surprises as we travel through this earthly life. One surprise was the way he arrived (a babe born in a stable), and another unknown surprise at his birth was that he was sent to make a sacrifice that would give us unconditional forgiveness. All he asks is Love One Another.

God is peace, and if you let him, he will work in us a comfort and peace beyond understanding. Stay faithful and blameless awaiting the return of Jesus. Live in Love and Peace and enjoy the JOY that life brings.

Lord of Peace
God of Peace
Great Shepherd
A babe born for you and me

Day 13 For All The World to See

(c) Peabea Photography

 

 

Day 12 Surprised by Love

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Day 16 Rejoice 2

I weep not with shabby girl

Merry Christmas from Tyson cmas tree draw for TT

Love this that my Grandson drew for me. Love Kid’s drawings..all I added were the printed words for him.

 

Merry Christmas week three.

Peabea

Hebrews 13:20-21
Romans 16:20

Advent ~LOVE~

We are in week two of Advent. Cannot believe how fast we have arrived to the month of December, let alone Christmas is only another week and few days away. Plus, this week the weather here in Ohio may reach 70 by the week-end? I’ll take it. Let’s me feel like I might be spending Christmas in California with my kids or somewhere South. lol However, the colder weather has promised to return next week. brrrrrrrrrrrr

This week as I share along with His Kingdom Come’s Advent, the theme is Love. God sent his son to forgive, and also to know that he wasn’t changing the commandments, but to add ‘LOVE ONE ANOTHER’. Wow, that doesn’t seem so hard now does it? But with the way things are lately, sometimes I wonder. My human nature sometimes just doesn’t feel much Love. I was taught that you never Hate, and if you even said that word when I was growing up, I probably found my mother in my face reminding me, we don’t hate. So when I’m not feeling much Love, I’m reminded by Scripture as well as my mom’s voice in my head. :)

I especially Love the season of Christmas or as some prefer the Holiday season because it does seem Love is more prevalent. Maybe because during this time, perhaps just perhaps, Jesus comes down just a bit further to be with us and spread the feeling of Love so that it generates from within us just a bit more than usual. After all, it is his Birthday so he might just want to feel a bit closer to his presents (us), and have us feel a bit closer to the giver of the present (God). I don’t know why, but I’ll just take the smiles as they come, the excuse me when shoved in a shopping line, or the warm Hello that people share at this time of year before we head back into the reality of January and a New Year approaching.

My page day 11, 10, 9 and 8 of LOVE Advent week:

Day 11 When Love Was Born

Day 10 Come Let Us Adore Him

Blessings, ~hugs ‘n giggles~

Peabea

For more advent sharings visit His Kingdom Come

 

Christmas Eggs

Christmas Eggs

Reposting from a couple years ago a Christmas craft to make.

One Christmas around 1974 when bored and not many Christmas ornaments for our tree, I decided to make a diorama out of eggs. Using manicure scissors, I cut the front out of the egg, cleaned out the inside and rinsed it out and let it dry maybe a few hours or even overnight. I then clued any decorations I could find i.e. this one is a Santa cut out of a Christmas card, and then I added cotton so that it looked like a snow scene. I clued yarn around the opening to hide any jagged edge and then clued string to the top for adding an oranment hanger. This Santa egg is one of the first ones I made that year. Every year, I just pack it away with the other tree ornaments. I actually haven’t even been that careful with it. That first year, I even made some, dated them and gave them as gifts.

This year I made some again. I would love to be an artist because I think a talented person could really decorate the insides wonderfully. This craft would even be fun to do to make an Easter decorated tree, which I may try this Easter.

Below are pictures of some of the eggs I made this year. I added pictures of them hanging on my tree.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy this craft and drop me a comment or add a picture to your comment if you decide to try this and let me know how it turns out.

This year these eggs are 41 years old so who would have thought egg shells are that tough. :)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, Happy Kwanza or however you celebrate this Holiday Season.

Peabea

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