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Eye Candy Friday February 5, 2010

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A little summer in the winter.


Stars December 23, 2009

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ[c] was to be born. 5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east[ went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2:1-22

Wise men still seek Him


Five Fabulous Things about Stars

1. They are beautiful

2. If you know how to look at them, they can show the way.

3. A really close star heats our planet so we can live comfortably here.

4. They are a great example of God’s power and might.

5. They make great Christmas tree toppers.


A crochet star beret

A wreath of stars

A star stocking

Cardboard star – could be an ornament

Comic Book Starburst

Star Basket

Glittery Star Tree Topper

Wintery Star


  • Look at the stars and count a blessing for each one you see – and if you live in the country where you can really see stars, count that as one.
  • Think about wisdom and where it comes from.
  • Search out the King of Kings.


Chocolate Star Cookies


Photos by /eye.contact! and Magic Madzik

Family December 20, 2009

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A crafty Interlude:

Sometimes it happens that there is not hours in a day. I had a choice work on blog or work on a gift for my beautiful daughter – I picked the gift.  I made her a dress for the Christmas program this morning – she look great if I do say so myself and felt very special because her mommy spent time making her something just for her.  So here is a super short Countdown to Christmas entry:




Spend time with those you love


Peppermint Bark – My Sister in Law makes fabulous Peppermint Bark!


Photo by Sandy*S

The Gift December 19, 2009

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Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold

Five Fabulous Things about Gifts

1. Surprise

2. The look on someone’s face when you get them just the right thing.

3. The love that is represented in that package done up with a bow.

4. Anticipation

5. Blessings in tangeble form.


Gift Tags

Jar Labels-think cookies

Bread wrappers

Knit print wrapping paper

Reusable gift wrap

Bags and wrappers

Bento Box wrap

A gift wrap station


  • Give gifts full of love, not obligation.
  • Give handmade gifts
  • Give unexpected gifts.


Peanut butter blossoms


Photos by Alan Cleaver and Moe

Hanging o’ the Greens December 17, 2009

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Sing hey!  Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly.
For a friendship glows

In winter snows,
And so let’s all be jolly!
~Author Unknown

Five Fabulous Things about Christmas Greens

1. Holly and Ivy look great together in the garden

2. Live greens are eco-friendly (can we just say compost).

3. Greens decoration can be so elegant or rustic but always beautiful

4. There is such a rich history behind decorating with evergreen, holly, ivy, mistletoe, and rowan

5. Greens entertain more than one sense, enticing the nose as well as the eyes.

Make green in a different way

Christmas apron from recycled fabric

Sweater Rug

Business Card holder – from recycled magazine pages

Wine bottle torch

Juice bag tote

Art yarn from old sweaters

Crocheted market bags (from plastic grocery bags)

Holiday garland recycled from papers and cards


  • Think green.
  • Spend the green on charitable causes that are close to your heart.
  • Decorate with live greens if you can.


Chocolate Cherry Bars


Photos by: muffet, Judy Breck, and DREAM MERCHANT

Candy Cane December 16, 2009

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Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!


Candy Cane Mice

Paper Candy Cane

Big Candy Cane Display

Candy Cane Hearts

Plush Candy Canes


Have a cup of candy canes on your desk.

Decorate a tree with candy canes

Eat a candy can with some nice hot chocolate.

Check out how Disney Parks are reviving the old-time tradition of making candy canes.


Candy Cane Marshmallows


Photos by Loren Javier, Jenah Crump Photography and

Ornaments December 15, 2009

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Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again

– Grace Noll Crowell

Five Fabulous things about Christmas Tree Ornaments

1. Finding new ornaments to craft.

2. Dated ornaments that bring back memories.

3. Finding that special ornament each year.

4. Putting the ornament in just the right place on the tree.

5. Passing them on to the next generation.


Ornaments out of pinecones and crayons

Time Capsule ornaments

Knit and felted bells

Terrarium ornaments

Glittered seashell ornament

Cinnamon Dough ornament

Handprint ornament

Elephant ornaments


  • Cherish every hand made ornament a child brings home.
  • Purchase ornaments made with love.
  • Take the time to revisit Christmas memories as you decorate the tree with ornaments past.


Chocolate Rum Balls


Photos by Franklin Hunting and Pdboy04

St. Lucia’s Day December 13, 2009

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A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small

– Eva K. Logue

Five Fun Facts about St Lucia’s Day

1. St. Lucia was a christian martyer who died in 304 AD.

2. Lucia always stands for light.

3. In Scandanavia the edest daughter dresses in a white gown.  She wears a crown full of candles and serves her family baked goods, coffee and mulled wine called glogg.

4. Each town also elects a girl as a Lucia to lead a procession through the town.

5. Common food for St. Lucia’s day include saffron bread shaped like curled up cats with raisin eyes.


St. Lucia doll

Paper St. Lucia hats – This one has holly on it


  • Find out how people in other countries celebrate the holidays.
  • Appreciate other traditions.
  • Start a new tradition this year.


Lucia Bread


Photos by purejuice2 and Dave Bleasdale

National Poinsettia Day December 12, 2009

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twelveAt Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year

~Thomas Tusser

Five Fabulous Things about Poinsettias

1. Red, White, Pink, Champaign

2. Color at Christmas

3. Poinsettias as decoration in a church or any other large space.

4. Always a good gift

5. Poinsettia’s that live past Christmas


A poinsettia angel

A poinsettia barrette

Tissue Paper picture of a poinsettia

A poinsettia ornament

Poinsettia from pipe cleaners

Poinsettia pinwheel


Take care of your poinsettias so they live and bloom again

Put your poinsettias up away from pets and small children – even though it would take quite a bit to poison them.

Enjoy all the colorful holiday foliage, where ever you find it.


Poinsettia Christmas cookies


Photos by tuppas and yours truely

Christmas Reading December 10, 2009

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Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”

~ Lenore Hershey

Five Fabulous Reads

1. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

3. The Polar Express

4. The Night Before Christmas

5. Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury


a Christmas scrapbook

A Christmas story starring you

A Mini Book

An acrosic poem with the word CHRISTMAS


Write a Christmas story and win a prize

Listen to family Christmas stories, even if you have heard them 100 times before.

At least once in the hectic Christmas season, curl up with a good book and relax.


Fruitcake Macaroons


Photos by Djenan, Andy Mangold, and arquera