Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Easy Advent Wreath: A New Family Tradition




Advent starts tomorrow.
I've heard about the whole advent wreath tradition,
but we've never actually done it.
It makes me nervous. Isn't that weird?

The boys are 3 and 6 now, so we thought we would give it a try.
Don't worry. My expectations are low.
If all they get out of it is lighting a candle,
and spending time together, that's great.

Here is the gist:
I had to confirm with my friend, wikipedia,
which tells you what an expert I am on this subject.
I know nothing about it, we're just gonna give it a try.
It's a way to keep our eyes on Jesus this season.

Okay, You make a wreath with 4 tall candles around the wreathy part,
and one big fat candle in the middle.
Traditionally, 3 of the tall candles are purple and 1 is pink, and the center candle is white.
That color scheme hurt my eyes and made me cringe. I just. couldn't. do it.
So I made mine red, with white in the middle
& I feel much better about the whole thing.

Beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas
you have a little devotion with the family.
You can read a short passage from the Bible and pray together,
you can sing a Christmas song, or even do a craft as a family.
The point is to pause and focus on Jesus.
The point is to come together as a family.

The important thing to remember is this:
THERE ARE NO ADVENT RULES.
(Yes, I'm yelling at you.)

Do what works best for you and your family.
If you have to start Monday instead Sunday, that's okay.
If you only have tea lights for candles, that's okay.
If you miss a week, that's okay too.

I think that anything I can do is a win.
Any time I show up with my family
to pause and celebrate the birth of our Savior,
God is faithful to meet us right here.
together. at our kitchen table.

He'll meet you at yours too.
Right where you are. Just because you showed up.
And I promise, your kids may be kicking and screaming or seem uninterested,
but they will remember this time.
He hears our prayers and He honors them
beyond what we ever will see.

If you're like me, and you have no idea where to start,
 google free advent family devotionals.
There are a ton of great resources.
I chose this one written by Dr. Mark D. Roberts.
I copied & pasted it into a Word Document,
and then changed it up to fit our family.
I shortened the scripture to one passage and changed it be
more centered around the Christmas story in the Bible.
I added some questions to help conversation.
That's it.

There are some really inexpensive Advent family devotionals on  Amazon.
You could also read a little bit of the Christmas story
from the Bible each week.
Whatever fits your family best.

Okay, let's make this wreath.

Here's what you'll need: 


An old tray
(I found mine at a thrift store and painted it)

Paper Clay
(You can get these at any craft store.)

4 tall colored candles

1 fat white candle



A leafy garland. You can get them at any craft store,
or make some from fresh greenery.




Nuts


Step 1: Make candle holders out of paperclay. 

Break off a piece of paper clay about an inch and a half wide,
just big enough to it in the palm of your hand.
Have a little bowl of water near, to smooth out all of the cracks in the clay.




Roll the ball around in your palms,
 dipping your fingers in water and rubbing them around
the crack and creases, to smooth them out.



Press your candle down in the paper clay and the smoosh
 the paper clay up against the base so the candle can stand on it's own.
These will be hidden, so they don't need to be pretty, just functional.


Do this with all four candles.



2. Use a garland to make a wreath.
Twist a long garland around in a circle to make a wreath.
Use the tray as a base.




Set the four big candles inside the garland wreath.


Place the big white candle in the center



3. Add  nuts to the center.

*You could also fill the center with small pine cones, snow,
mini ornaments, or anything else you can think of.



Now you are ready to start an
advent wreath family tradition.






Do you have any advent traditions?

I'd love to hear them! 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

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5 Easy & Creative Ways to Display Your 2015 Printable Calendar


Happy turkey-family-parade & football-watching day, friends.
I just wanted to say, I am overwhelmed with thanks  to you. 

Thank you for your kindness, encouragement, and all of your shares,
 helping to get the 2015 Free Printable Scripture Art Calendar out there!

Have you printed one out yet? 
If you'd like to,  just sign up for my newsletter here,
 and the calendar will come with your confirmation.

I wanted to share a few fun (and inexpensive) ways that you can 
display your calendar for yourself and to gift to others this year.

But first, I messed up!
I included one image twice and left one out in the first link to the calendar.
 I fixed it and changed the link, so if you need the new link just email me at:
erinbutson@gmail.com and I will send it to you.

Tips for printing your calendar. 


Let's start with the most important part: paper.
(And by paper I mean cardstock.)
The paper makes all the difference. I promise.
Good paper will turn your calendar into a delicious, luxurious lovefest.
I do not exaggerate. ever.

Just go to your office supply store and go to the fine resume paper in little boxes.
 Then, lay down and roll around feel the paper between your fingers, 
wipe the drool from the corner of your mouth and proceed to the check out.
(Paper lovers of the world unite!)

My paper of choice, for all of my prints is this one
Bright white 80 lb. textured linen cardstock.
Yum. 

Now that we've discussed paper I'd like you all to take the paper lovers pledge: 
On my honor I promise to use thick, yummy cardstock when printing my calendars, 
and in doing so I will make the world a more beautiful place. 

After you've printed your calendars, there are so many fun ways to display them.
Here are just a few, but I'd love to see yours too. Really. 

1. Use a clipboard.

This is by far the easiest way. 
I found these cute mini clipboards at Walmart.
But you can also find some really cute ones on amazon.
Done and done.




2. Clip it to a book.

Yes, it's as easy as it sounds. 
What if I don't have an cute, old, hardback book?
The best places to find these are at garage sales, thrift stores, 
and (my favorite) the used book store at the library.
They are super cheap, $1 max.




3. Clip it to an old frame.

Don't throw that frame away. Take out the glass & the back.
Spray paint it white (or any color of your choice.)
Screw tiny screws in the back and tie some twine 
across them to hang your calendar.



4. Stick it on a tray.

Metal trays are a thrift store favorite of mine. 
First of all, they are always there. 
Just look, you'll find one. I promise. 

Second, they are so very versatile.
You can use them for carrying lunch out to the backyard, 
or to set candles and pretty things on your table, 
or as a giant magnet to hang your calendar. 

And the best part: they are cheap.


So go buy a tray, bring it home and spray paint it white. 
Then, use craft acrylic paints to paint it whatever color you want. 
Last, spray it with a clear coating so the paint doesn't peel right off.

Then make some button magnets because, who doesn't love button magnets?



and last we have...

5. Use a scrap of wood.
This is by far the most involved way, 
(but I think you should try because I think you'll love it.)

 Okay, just hear me out on this one, it's not as tricky as you may think. 
Go to your hardware store and look in the scrap wood bin
OR buy a fence post that is about 6 inches wide. 
If you don't have a saw at home, ask the saw guy to cut it for you into 9 inch pieces
then put a saw right on top of your Christmas list.


Take your wooden pieces home and paint them whatever color you want.
Then sand them. If you don't have a sander, get your little hiney
 right back to the hardware store and buy a sander because,
how are you living without a sander???

Then drill 2 holes in the top. 
If you don't have a drill then we can't be friends any more
I mean um, borrow one or see my comments about the sander above.

Thread a piece of twine through and you are done.

These are just a few ideas, but I'd love to see what you come up with.
For real. I want to know. 
Post photos of your ideas on my Facebook page 
when you're done.

Have a fabulous holiday with your family today and come back tomorrow for
the biggest discount of the year:



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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Free Printable 2015 Scripture Art Calendar for you!

I have been working hard on a little something special just for you,
as a way to say thank you for signing up for my email updates.

{Thank you!}

The 2015 scripture art calendar is finished and ready for you to print!
Print one for yourself and lots more for gifts this Christmas.
Quick, easy, inexpensive & oh. so. cute.


Sign up for my newsletter here
in order to receive a link to print out as many scripture art 
calendars as your little heart desires.




I'll be sharing some fun, easy ways to

package the calendar on the blog this week.



I also created a big (8.5 x 11) wall art calendar
professionally printed on thick glossy paper with squares 
available here in the shop. I only ordered 20 this year, 
so order now if you'd like one!




If you like the 2015 calendar, will you please share this on

facebook, instagram, twitter, or whatever you like to do?

Thank you, thank you x 100!



***I worked really hard on this. Use it as many times as you would like, for personal use only.

***I would love for you to share this with anyone you like (or don't like),
on or offline, just please give me credit and link to my blog.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Logos365: What's Your Word (Already?)

It's that time again. 2015 will be here before we blink. 
I've been thinking about a verse to choose for next year and 
I wanted to give you a head's up to start thinking about it, too. 

The one little word project is near and dear to my heart. 
I don't know why I get so excited about this every year, but I think it has something to do 
with new beginnings, a fresh start, and the possibilities that come along with it. 
I get a whole new year. 

I started here with the word acceptance in 2010. (What???)







I couldn't narrow it down to just one word in 2012



And then, in 2013, I chose 2 words from Luke 11:8:

I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the
 bread because of friendship, yet because of your 
shameless audacity 
he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

I wrote about the impact this verse had on me here and here.



I have come that they may have life 
and have it more abundantly.


And know I'm thinking and praying about 2015, 
but I think I already know what it is.

So I just started thinking about my new verse and  I got an email 
from Shonna about logos365 and I knew I was in.
This is a chance for me to take my verse for the year
and actually do something with it. Use it to guide me and focus me.
It also provides a forum for us to share our words or verses and come 
back to them and learn from each other how God is working 
out our verses in our lives, and making them come alive in our hearts. 
Love. this. idea. Thank you, Shonna.
I'd love for you to join me.


Here's a little more information about logos365: 

What do you do with your logos365?  

You live with it, you invite it into your life, and you let it speak to you. You follow where it leads you.  Your logos365™ is not some promise you will keep for the rest of the year to be better. The intent of your word is that it will become a part of your for the rest of your life.  Your word builds upon each other each year, and springs forth from the places you feel you left off from your previous word.  Each word you choose builds upon each other as God’s heart becomes embedded in your character. So, the question is

 Where does God want you to go this year?

Who do you want to become in might of who God has called you to be?

Remember there is no right or wrong choice. 
Words like abide, abundance, obey, expect, prayer, surrender, 
delight, submit and listen can be a very powerful experience as you allow 
God to guide you in your word.  

To make logos365™ real and relevant, consider keeping a logos365™ journal. Keeping a journal throughout the year is crucial to making this word project not just a new year’s resolution, but a change in your walk- a transformation!  If you are participating in the Take Me Deeper, then you can incorporate your logos365™ into your journal.   If you are not participating in the take me deeper process here are some logos365™ suggestions:

1. Journaling
There are many kinds of journaling you can do. Pick one that works for you.
·       Open a word document on your computer that you write in each day
·       Get a spiral notebook, that you use to journal this process
·       Buy a blank page journal where you can do some doodling, drawing, and pasting pictures, etc
·       Create an art journal where you can write and play (can use your Take Me Deeper journal)
·       Create a weekly, monthly or quarterly post on your blog or at His Kingdom Come about your logos365™ journey.

2. Accountability
Share your logos365™ with a small group of friends.  If you don’t have a  small group, we invite you to share at His Kingdom come. Share your word and stay accountable with the online group throughout the year.   Find an accountability partner either in person or on HKC. This would be someone that you can share your deepest thoughts with and who will hold you accountable to your own goals and process. 

3. Local small group:  
Schedule specific meeting dates that you can discuss with your small group and your accountability partner during this stepping out in faith.

4. Online group at His Kingdom Come: 
We will spend a few weeks in January seeking our logos365™. There are worksheets available for free to assist you in the process of spending time with God and discovering what logos365™ He provides to you.  Quarterly we will have a weekly discussion about your ongoing progress, and would love to see how your logos365™ has intertwined throughout your life.

5. Create
Make something to keep in your home, at your desk like a canvas, quilt, photo, poem, art journal, wooden word art that will keep your logos365™ in front of you throughout the year. See His Kingdom come for lots of creative examples.

Join us at http://his-kingdom-come.com/ and sign up for the logos365™ group.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Thanksgiving Tradition For Your Family with Free Printables


I've always wanted to do this with the boys.
To take a minute each day to record what we are thankful for.
This year, I finally decided to make it happen.

This idea, recording your blessings each day, is not new,
but it is important and powerful.
Such a good way to take a minute to reset our hearts and
 our attitudes before we walk out the door and into our days.
This is as easy as it looks.
I promise.
Materials:

cardstock
printer
twine
clothespins
a pen
{that's it!}

1. Print out the leaves.
Click here to print the leaves.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B190wzmBYn8KU2p5YUZHazN6cG8/view?usp=sharing

2. Write something you are thankful for on a leaf.





3. Hang them up & enjoy!









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