Merry Christmas


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“Merry Christmas” hope you have a fantastic Christmas! Thank you all; for your personal e-mails, comments, likes and kindness over the years! I wish you God’s love and richest blessings over this holiday season and the year to come. I hope you watch the YouTube video it is beyond words! Catch ya in 2013…

~ Sarah xxx

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DIY – Stenciled Table Runner

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Gorgeousness from Pretty Handy Girl. Click the source button to go to her full tutorial! In Australia and in New Zealand often our painters drop cloths are made from canvas. Canvas would also make a fab table runner!!!
~ Sarah xxx

DIY – Awesome Easy Handmade Gifts In JARS

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    Here are some links to awesome easy handmade gifts In JARS!!!! Our family has been giving home made gifts for a while. We want Christmas to be about the joy of giving. We also LOVE to give gifts from COMPASSION , SAMARITANS PURSE and other great places. There is great joy in giving gifts to those in real need! AND there is also a huge blessing in sharing gifts and showing your love to your family and friends!!! The one thing is you want your gift to be awesome and not a gift where anyone wants to have a little groan! You know those gifts…? 🙂 So below I have popped some links to great gifts in jar tutorial websites for you. Many of them have cute free printables too. I hope you find them useful. I wish you many blessings during this holiday season!
    ~ Sarah xxx

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20121214-121846.jpgPUNK ROCK COOKIES

20121214-122351.jpgCOWGIRL COOKIES

20121214-123039.jpg PIE IN A JAR

20121214-123748.jpg PAMPER YOURSELF

20121214-124228.jpg SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

20121214-124906.jpg QUICK BREAD

20121214-130405.jpg SEWING KIT

20121214-130812.jpg SNOW BALL SOAP

20121214-131808.jpg PLAY CLAY

20121214-132909.jpg CHOCOLATE NUT COOKIES

20121214-133155.jpg CUPCAKES

DIY – Clay Christmas Decorations

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These clay Christmas decorations are super cute they are from Carmen she blogs HERE please pop along to her blog for the full tutorial. I think they would look sweet hanging on a Christmas tree!
Blessings ~ Sarah xxx

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Clay Christmas Decorations

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water

Making Clay

In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. With an adults help the kids can stir this mixture over medium-low heat. After a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool. When it’s cool, knead it on a smooth surface, adding a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky.

Rolling, cutting, and baking

Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration, then get the kids to blow out the small piece of clay. They love this task! Place them in the oven at 175 degrees for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.

Paint or decorate them and thread a piece of ribbon, twine or yarn through the holes.

If you want to make colored clay just add food coloring to the water before you mix it with the cornstarch and baking soda. The clay can be sealed in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Just bring it to room temperature before you use it. This recipe can also be doubled to make a larger batch of decorations.