Journal No. 20 - Heart-filled Christmas Crafts Journal

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You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  Deut 4:29treasure boxes

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

Make music in your heart to the Lord.  Eph 5:19

For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.   Matthew 6:21

Make your own Christmas Ornaments

xmastree.JPG (12840 bytes)In a large saucepan, mix together 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups baking soda with a whisk.   Add 1 1/2 cups cold water and stir until smooth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and starts to thicken into a mass like mashed potatoes that holds its shape.

Turn out into a dish and cover with a damp cloth.  Allow to cool.  Once cooled, knead it until it is smooth and elastic.  Dough may be stored until needed in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerated for a day or two.   Makes about 1 dozen medium sized ornaments.  After forming your ornaments, paint with tempera or acrylic paint.  Be sure to put your name and date at the back of your creation.

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Simmering Scent
Ingredients: 
Dried peel from 3 oranges,
(air dried for 1 week)
4 cinnamon sticks,

10 whole cloves,  and 6 star anise

This mixture can be divided up and individually packaged in small plastic bags tied with a ribbon.  Include a decorative label written with these instructions:  Combine ingredients with 2 1/2 cups of water and simmer on the back of the stove for a scentsational - smelling holiday home.   Replenish water as needed.

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Building houses in partnership with God's people in need  - Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry founded in 1988 and is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International.  Since it began in Americus, Georgia in 1976, Habitat International has built houses for more than 70,000 families in 60 countries around the world.  For more info - click here.
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The art of paper-cutting known for centuries & used for Christmas tree decoration is called Christbaumschnitte (Krist-bowm-schnit-tah).  Featured is the "Heart of Man" design popularized by Pennsylvania Germans in 1732.  Often used to remind them that 'from tthe state of the heart, ... the whol man must be judged', they wrote Psalm 51's words "Create in me, a clean heart' in their illuminated drawings.

You need: paper, (parchment or linen is good), ruler, scissors, large needle, smaller needle, sewing thread, cardboard

Procedure:
1) Trace design onto a folded sheet to make one whole heart.  Repeat onto another piece of paper.  Cut out design. 
2) Unford one of the cuttings.  Place ruler on middle fold and mark off every 1/4 " with a pencil for the length of the fold.
3) Place 2 designs on top of each other, putting cardboard under both.   Use larger needle to prick marks through both layers.
4) Use smaller needle and thread to "sew" the cuttings together (using marks of larger needle as a guide).  After, separate folds to make it look dimensional.

scraps2.jpg (10723 bytes)Make a fun Christmas card by photocopying family photos and cutting out the pictures and fitting them into drawings of a house or Christmas stocking or whatever.  Make severalscraps3.jpg (3426 bytes) copies and use a felt-tipped pen or crayons to color.
scraps1.jpg (4733 bytes)Create a memorable Christmas tree by hanging pictures of the family on it.  Craft frames out of fabric and cardboard or buy miniature frames.
The most memorable gifts are a little mirror in which we see ourselves through the loving eyes of the giver.
Here's an updated version of the old ink blot method of turning ordinary tissue into giftwrap:  Pleat paper into a fan at first, then continue folding into triangles, squares and rectangles.  To dye, use food coloring, liquid fabric dye or colored inks.  Pour the colors into shallow dishes and with a piece of pliers dip the paper, one corner at a time.  Blot paper well, unfold and dry.


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