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Santa Photo Booth & Kindling  

This will be such fun!

My daughter and her fiance wanted a photo booth at their wedding mid-October.  I made a lot of props for it.  My guidelines weren't very clear and this Santa set I made didn't end up being used.

I was just cleaning and ran across it and a light-bulb went off!  She and her new husband like photo booth things...this will be our first Christmas together...I have a great Santa hat that was my dear Mother's that would complete this...  I think we'll all do Christmas pictures with this and it looks like fun to me!  Ho, ho, ho!

I'm pretty happy with what you see to the left of the Santa set too.  I don't have time to make any more twiggy Christmas goodies and I needed to clean it all up.  I didn't really want to just toss them out.  Then it hit me!  Kindling!  Isn't that funny?  I look at them and see home furnishings and it's thinking out of the box for me to see kindling!  Most people just see kindling!

I gathered them all up, broken to proper size to use as kindling and wrapped paper bags around the bundles with a strip of black duck tape around the center to hold them and make handles.   I know at least one daughter will love this!  Waste not want not!   "Oh the fire is so delightful..."

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Twig Snowflake & Stars  

I think this will be my last twig project this Christmas.  These are snowflakes and stars I made.  So many things now exist just from pruning the yard!  God fills this life with opportunities for all kinds of wonderful things, but we need to have our eyes open to see them, and then seize the opportunity! 

This is one of the cute little twig stars and also one of the cinnamon dough stars and paper snowflakes I made.  The baby's breath is from my daughter's wedding in October.

This is a twig snowflake and my much loved chalkboard charger.
Make the most of today, it's a gift from God!  Merry Christmas and God bless you!

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Adorable Small Twig Christmas Tree  

I've been having such fun making gorgeous Christmas decorations out of branches I pruned in the yard.  Two posts back I shared a 14" twig tree with a cinnamon star on top on a moss base.  This one is an adorable 7" and stands on a stump.  I love making things out of what would otherwise be thrown out.  Sooo satisfying!

This tree and the cinnamon ornaments were the most fun to make yet as my sister phoned from across country and we both were making Christmas gifts as we talked!  It was like so long ago when we would create together.  We have had "virtual" tea together this way too.  It is amazing how close it feels even with just voices!  Maybe there's someone far away you'd like to have tea with this holiday season?

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Paper Napkin Poinsettias  

You HAVE to try these!  They are so gorgeous and FAST, EASY and CHEAP!

 I used the tutorial I found here.   I did change it a little bit though. 

One napkin makes one blossom and it has four sets of petals.  I cut narrow petals out of one napkin and fat petals out of another napkin.  Then I used two sets of fat petals for the bottom of the flower and two of the narrow petals for the top of the flower.  That made two flowers.  It makes a more realistic flower.

The other change I made was that instead of putting glue and glitter in the center of the blossom, I got small berries from the yard and glittered them gold, then glued them in the center for the more realistic 3D look.

The cocktail napkins I used were only $.97 at Walmart and there are 30 napkins in it = 30 flowers!  Can't beat that for affordable!  I'm thinking of putting one in each plate for Christmas as I'm using my black chalkboard chargers, white plates and red napkins with red goblets. 

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Knock Off Wood Christmas Tree  

Today I'm sharing another project I've made from pruning I did in the yard.  So many things you can make for free from yard debris!!!  :)

I started by drawing the shape of the tree, marking the center to use as a guide to cut and drill the pieces.  I used the center line to mark each piece to drill the holes in the center for the dowel.  I made a cinnamon ornament for the star at the top and covered the base with moss.
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