printables and links for december homeschool extras!

I have be gather some resources to integrate into our school room for December.  I found some sites and printables I’m pretty excited about.  I thought I’d share them here with you.

1.  We have done The Jesse Tree for the last few years.  It’s a printable booklet and it has ornaments.  We save our ornaments to use each year.  We also have an add-on so we can use the Jesus Storybook Bible for the younger ones in our family.

2.  This link is from Teachers of Good Things.  She has a great linked list of ideas and printables to keep Christ in your December homeschool.  This is a GREAT list!

3.  I found a great unit study Homeschooling Through the Nativity at Intoxicated On Life.

How do you switch things up for December in your class?  I love the fun and excitement of this time of year, don’t you?  Have festive weekend all!

I don’t know what I did

I don’t know what I did

Christmas morning had me very excited, and slightly anxious.  After many hours and weeks of trying to squeeze in every spare moment into Christmas crafting, I had come to realize I wasn’t going to accomplish all my goals.

I had everything done for all our kids’ stockings.  I was dead tired on Christmas Eve.  We had a wonderful kids Christmas program, and we went to Tata and Nana’s after for albondigas and tamales (a mexican tradition).  It was quite late when we got home.  11pm or so (yikes!).  There was no more time for sewing up last-minute projects.  We had also feverishly tried to adopt a puppy as the “big” gift for the family.  That fell through.

I stuffed the stockings and felt a wee bit sad that I couldn’t give them more.  I think as a parent I just wanted this to be the best Christmas ever.  When I was out of money and out of time (for crafting the supplies I had) I felt like a didn’t live up to my expectations.  I just prayed that the gifts they were given by everyone else would “make up for it”.

Christmas morning was filled with bustling and excitement.  Everyone was so thrilled to wake up to full stockings and a few presents under the tree.  As the kiddos dug down to the bottom of their fluffy socks, they filled my heart with pride and joy.  Each one was so very pleased and thankful for every item.  At the end I told them that was the presents from us, and they all said “Thank you!”

With big smiles and sweet hearts.  They exceeded was I expected.

I don’t know what I did to deserve such appreciative children, but I’m glad I have them.

15 last minute gifts for the non-crafty: a linked list

Yesterday I realized there is less than two weeks until Christmas.  I thought I’d make a linked list for those of you who may not sew, knit, or “craft”.  So, even if you aren’t the handmade kind, you can still join in on our Handmade Christmas fun.

Click on any of the titles below, and go directly to the website.

1.  A Year of Sugar Scrubs: 24 original recipes

2.  Organic Homemade Lip Balm Recipes Click here for more lip balm labels and recipes

3.  Christmas Candy Recipes: fudge, peppermint bark, brittle, ect.

4.  Homemade Bath Soaks- using epsom salts more bath Salts and Soaks

5.  DIY Finger Paints

6.  Eight Gift Ideas From Your Kitchen

7.  DIY Oils for Skin and Home

8.  Terrariums

9.  Recipe Organizer

10.  48 Gifts in a Jar

11.  Homemade Marshmallows

12.  Spice and Herb Mixes

13.  Super Cute Paper Dolls to Print  more found Here

14.  Slightly more complicated Gifts for Boys

15.  Marble Magnets


Click here for a website full of FREE printable tags, decor, labels, ect to make all your gifts look extra special.

Mountain Rose Herbs has lots of great packaging for lip balm, and carries bulk herbs.

Bulk Herb Store is my favorite shop for herbs, teas, and spices.

The Paper Source has a great variety of colorful stick labels…along with tons of great paper and envelopes.


I hope you have so much fun creating gifts for those you love.


when it’s quiet

I thought I’d share a few words on silence.  The quiet I’m referring to is the quiet that mysteriously fall upon this place.  My goal is to post 4-5 times per week, but that doesn’t seem to happen much.

The main reason is ministry.  I want to tell you that I don’t mean I blame ministry.  Not in the sense of complaining.  After all, spreading the gospel is on the top 5 important things in my life.  Simply put, ministry gets busy.  The more people God adds to our flock, the more dinners, meetings, counseling, events, friendships, rough patches, ect are adding to our already full life.

I am blessed by the work that is taking place in our town.  People’s lives are changing. Christians are digging deeper into the Truth.  That’s what God can do through willing hearts and faithful people.  These wonderful people have been put under our care.  I’m still trying to figure out why us.  The only answer I can come up with is…because.  Because He said so :)

Why am I sharing this with all of you?  I just want to let you know that even if you don’t hear from me, it doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten you.  All it means is that somewhere in the middle of Women’s Bible Study, a church potluck, and counseling a broken heart…I didn’t get the laundry, dishes, school, or cooking done.  I’m using my usual “blog time” to fulfill some responsibility and maybe even the occasional rest.

I really miss you friend.  I hope we can share all sorts of fun Christmas crafting soon…just as soon as I get some more done.

I worked on headbands last week(8 down, 2 to go), and eye masks.  Next on the list…wallets and car cozies.  And certainly some knitted hats.  How are you doing?




Handmade Christmas

It’s that time of year already!  I hope you’ll join me in making this Christmas a Handmade Christmas.  Whether you enjoy sewing, paper crafts, up-cycling, art, food, or yarn crafts…my fav…you can “join” in.

If you have a blog, write about how you pledge to make this year handmade.  Post a link in the comments box to your Handmade Christmas “pledge”.  Readers will be able to follow you through the season as you blog about your progress and ideas.

If you don’t have a blog ~no worries~ Post your pledge in the comments box.

I will be making everything I give.  Don’t feel pressured to do the same.  Even if you pledge to only make one item, you can join!  It’s just a fun way to inspire each other, save some money, and make someone you care about feel extra special with a handmade gift.

Here’s a hint from my “to make” list…

Who’s with me?

I actually sewed…dolls

After what seemed like a year…I sewed.  Yay!  For the sweet little girls in my life…

Just a few more days to get all the sewing and knitting done…not to mention goodies for the neighbors.  Wishing you a wonderful, warm, and productive couple of days.  See you Friday with the last of the gifts and a special post.

You can do it.  Post your Handmade Christmas updates in the comments below.  Happy Crafting!