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 4:29
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.
Make your own Christmas Ornaments
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
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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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
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
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 several copies and
use a felt-tipped pen or crayons to color.
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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