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Fabric Tie Wreath – Total cost $2 (So easy-Even the kids can make it!)

This is a simple and fun project–so easy that even the kids can make it! For my wreath, I used scrap fabric–so the ONLY cost was the straw $2 wreath (50% off at Hobby Lobby). I did add a bird to the center which is the ONLY part that requires sewing which is optional! This […]

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Jenny - November 28, 2010 - 4:25 pm

This is ADORABLE:)

ellen silva - November 28, 2010 - 5:08 pm

I am really digging these crafts!! Any children’s advent ideas coming?? =)

Cristie - November 28, 2010 - 6:26 pm

Andrea, I love your amazing craft ideas! I copied your banner and made a thanksgiving one! It turned out great!! Thanks for the inspiration girl!

Vanessa - November 28, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Okay…too darn cute. I am so waiting for your next project. I need to redo my stockings now that we are a family of 5 this year πŸ™‚

april - November 29, 2010 - 8:32 am

i LOVE this…i think i might try this, this week! :0) love the meaning behind the sparrow!

Becca - November 29, 2010 - 11:45 am

I love this! you have the best ideas πŸ™‚

Nikki - November 29, 2010 - 4:46 pm

I just got out some old fabric and a wire coat hanger this morning, and made one of these after your example… it’s perfect! Thank you so much, Andrea! πŸ™‚

marci - November 30, 2010 - 6:08 pm

We love the pics and are amazed how Isaac is growing big an dstrong…his smile is a melt your heart smile…even his eyes dance ! All the children are precious.

orfa - September 25, 2013 - 2:02 pm

I am trying to make a smaller version with my pre k students. Practice for fine motors.

Scripture Banner Tutorial

I went back and forth whether or not we should pull the Christmas decorations out before Thanksgiving–and I decided to slowly but surely get a few things out…and while we were at it…why not go ahead and make the banner tutorial some of you have requested:). SO…I decided to make a banner that we can […]

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Megan - November 22, 2010 - 2:02 am

Fun craft! When you posted the fall wreath I called my mom and asked if she had any burlap. She didn’t…so I went and bought my own. Little did I know she went and bought me some that day just to make me smile. So AFTER making the fall wreath, I still have two more yards! This will help me use some of that up! Thanks for the fun idea. Plus WHERE did you get your nativity?? The only one I have yet is the clay one I made in high school…I seriously need to invest!

Kim - November 22, 2010 - 4:37 am

OH … if I could only find a Hobby Lobby in Hong Kong! I LOVE THE BANNER! Heading over now to check out the t-shirts!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Christy - November 22, 2010 - 6:33 am

I LOVE the banner. I was all excited to make one until you mentioned sewing. I don’t sew! Any other way to get it together? πŸ™‚

Andrea Young - November 22, 2010 - 8:32 am

Of course you can do this without sewing!!! Buy Heat-n-Bond instead. You’ll iron it on the white fabric, pull the backing off and simply iron it on the burlap! That’s it!!! (You can buy heat-n-bond online, at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.)

Andrea Young - November 22, 2010 - 8:33 am

P.S. To do the roping w/out a machine, you will want some needle and thread to stitch the twine on the ends at least–OR you can try hot glue…hot glue works for just about anything and it should hold this just fine too!

april - November 22, 2010 - 8:45 am

thanks so much for the tutorial…love it and hope to try it sometime!

Abby - November 22, 2010 - 9:03 am

Love these. So cute yet simple.

Becca - November 22, 2010 - 9:40 pm

I was hoping you’d post a tutorial for the banner! πŸ™‚

Coffee Filter Wreath – Total Cost $4!

Although I’m not quite ready to take down our Thanksgiving decorations—I can’t help but get a head start of a few fun Christmas decorations…and it’s so much fun to have some new things each year–and even more fun when it’s easy on the budget! I decided to make a coffee filter wreath to go in […]

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april - November 20, 2010 - 3:29 pm

wow…love it and cant wait to see that pic with the shooting star!

Alison - November 20, 2010 - 6:16 pm

Love it, love it! I so wish I was crafty and creative!

Brittney - November 20, 2010 - 7:38 pm

Cute wreath. I made one with brown filters. I thought it looked great on my front door…then it rained. πŸ™ A soggy wreath is not as cute.

Sara - November 20, 2010 - 9:11 pm

Love the wreath! I saw it on another blog about a week ago and it is on my to do list. I meant to get some pics of the kids today for our card, but I chickened out. It can be so stressful! Especially with four and one of them being 17 months! I’m so glad you got a great shot of your four! Maybe I can do it tomorrow…

sara just - November 20, 2010 - 9:13 pm

love the wreath idea.. and i can’t wait for the banner tutorial..I just went out and get burlap today!!! Will you post it here? thanks for being my blog friend and mentor..even though you know nothing about me!:)

Bobi Bobbitt - November 20, 2010 - 11:21 pm

So funny, Andrea! I have a shirt in the exact same fabric as Laney’s dress that I bought a couple of weeks ago!!! I should sale it to you so y’all could be Mommy/daughter twins!!! I have only worn it once! Love this idea for the wreath… you are the most creative person I have ever met! You never stop amazing me with your craftiness!!!! (:

Jenny - November 20, 2010 - 11:49 pm

I just love you Andrea! AND you always make me wanna be crafty;0)

Deborah - November 21, 2010 - 7:20 am

Love the reef (and white room) and can’t wait to see the pictures.

Deborah - November 21, 2010 - 7:20 am

Oops. Meant to say love the wreath. lol

Katy - November 21, 2010 - 9:51 am

so cute! i’m adding this to the ever-growing list of pages i have bookmarked as “things to do/create when we move back to the states”. πŸ™‚ however, im thinking this might be simple enough to do here. i’ll check for supplies on my weekly trip into town tomorrow.

Heather Kelley - November 21, 2010 - 5:59 pm

what an awesome idea. Can’t wait for the tutorial on the scripture banners. I have plenty of places in my home that I’d love to hang some special scriptures on.

Shelly - November 21, 2010 - 8:46 pm

Oh my word, I love it! I’m wondering if I could do a smaller wreath for my kids’ rooms using cupcake wrappers… ?

Tiffany - November 22, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Seriously cannot even get my head around your craftiness…sadly, not a talent God gave me. I love how you get the kinds involved in everything!

Frank and Isaac’s Baby/Parent Dedication…

Sunday was SUCH a sweet day for our family!!! It was Isaac and Frank’s baby dedication TOGETHER!!! Our church recently changed the baby dedications from having them in service (where we could invite all our friends and family) to having them in BIG event where all the families dedicate their babies all at once. We […]

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Brittany Polk - November 15, 2010 - 8:53 pm

I totally agree with the baptism celebrations! I felt the same way about making that day so special every year! When my son was baptized, we sent out “birth” announcements, just like we did when he was born and had a big birthday cake and celebration with all our friends and family. Last year, for the one year anniversary, we had another cake and celebration. I want them to know that that day is the most important day of their life! And we got so many letters to him on that day the next year encouraging him on that journey- so sweet! I love your blog and have been praying for your family! Keep up the good work!

sara just - November 15, 2010 - 9:31 pm

beautiful.. love your blog..we are still in the paperchase process and i love your heart for god, family and crafts..can you explain how you did the banners.. would love to make some for gifts.. thanks so much!!

missy - November 16, 2010 - 12:21 am

what an incredibly beautiful service. i LOVE that you did it this way and that boy of your boys were dedicated together. i was jazzed about frankie being in the movie, but this is WAY cooler!!!! the verses on the burlap are visually stunning and so powerful to literally have them hanging in the doorframes. i am so not crafty, but i would love to try something like that. you will always remember that day.

marci - November 16, 2010 - 6:55 am

Jewel,that is what I think of when I think of the YOUNG family…Honestly,Andrea you make moments “Holy” …your whole family is teaching as they go….blessings and Pax,Marci

Jenny - November 16, 2010 - 8:29 am

oh such a very special day! thanks for sharing it with all of us!

Rebecca - November 17, 2010 - 5:09 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful day. I LOVE the idea of an at home dedication. I wish things like that were more common this life. I also LOVED the scripture verses printed and hanging. If you don’t mind having someone copy, I’ll be trying to make some for our family!

I am also going to link to you. Hope that is OK. πŸ™‚

I am thankful Thanksgiving Tree

My heart overflows with thanksgiving today…for so many reasons…so it was fitting to make a Thankful Tree—which is our family’s tradition to do every year. Last year, we painted our tree on kraft paper so it could be displayed and then thrown away later. You can see it here. I bought a little die cut […]

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Bonnie Nieuwstraten - November 3, 2010 - 1:31 am

Tonight, I am thankful that HIS mercies are new every morning and for HIS grace. As a homeschooling mom with an emotionally fragile toddler, some days are hard and this was one of them. But tonight, as I reflect on my day, I am not walking in condemnation. I am walking in His grace, and knowing that tomorrow is a new day with new promise….and feeling very thankful. And, sort of wishing that I was not so tired and could be creative and make a super cute ‘thankful tree!’ Thanks for sharing that!!

Makenzie - November 3, 2010 - 7:00 am

What a cute idea! I love the tree. Today I’m thankful for all the encouraging friends I’ve met in the adoption community!

Larisa Maibach - November 3, 2010 - 7:04 am

I am thankful for so many things, but to choose just one – it would have to be Jesus Christ and His unfailing love.

Christy - November 3, 2010 - 7:20 am

Oh how cute!!! I just may have to copy this if it’s ok. πŸ˜‰ Right now we are clipping up leaves each day with tiny clothespins to a ribbon going across my drapes. This is way nicer! πŸ™‚ I am thankful for YOU and others who are so real and honest in sharing the emotional ups and downs of following Christ and reminding everyone that it is worth it all and brings joy unspeakable! THANK YOU!

Heather Kelley - November 3, 2010 - 7:28 am

Awesome idea! We might have do this every day of the year. I am so thankful that God has been showing me that He is totally involved in every single detail of our lives. I am at peace more now that I have realized that.

SleepyMom - November 3, 2010 - 7:33 am

I am thankful that despite all my stressing and worrying about sending my firstborn to kindergarten, she loves it. She wishes it was 7 days a week. And today, she gets to try riding the bus for the first time. I was thinking of changing my mind but when I opened her door this morning she said, “Today’s the day I get to ride the bus!” I’m thankful for her joy and boldness in the face of my mommy worry.

Erin Crenshaw - November 3, 2010 - 8:08 am

Andrea, this is AWESOME!!! We have done one in the past, too, but not this awesome!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for encouraging me to get it back out! I kinda forgot! πŸ™‚

Erin Crenshaw - November 3, 2010 - 8:10 am

Oh…and I am thankful for refinement…I know that sounds crazy, but that is what the Lord has laid on my heart today. …that God loves me so much to not let me stay where I am…and He is faithful! It is my tendency to feel insecure in refining things (like I don’t “measure up”…ha! as if I ever could!), but today, I am THANKFUL. Change me, Lord! (Heb. 12:5)

Jenny - November 3, 2010 - 8:47 am

Seriously, you and your crafty-ness! πŸ™‚ Love the tree! And it’s a good thing you don’t live too close or I’d be convincing you to make one of those for me. What a precious keepsake for your family! I am thankful for you and the ways your blog reaches so many and brings Him glory. And I’m continually thankful for the ways God brings Himself glory through circumstances in my life that I would have never humanly chosen, but have refined me in more ways than I can count!

Tara - November 3, 2010 - 9:22 am

I’m thankful that my nephew survived emergency surgery last week, and is healing!

Abby - November 3, 2010 - 9:40 am

I am thankful I am a child of the King… AND for people like you who inspire me to be crafty:)

Sara - November 3, 2010 - 9:47 am

Stealing this great idea!

ellen - November 3, 2010 - 10:05 am

I love this idea – I had seen in on your list of crafts from last year (just in the past week or so) and thought it truly rocks. Even though my son is only two, I think I will start this attitude of gratitude around our house.

I am thankful for an awesome adoption community where ideas are shared.

Lara - November 3, 2010 - 10:12 am

I am thankful for THIS post today because it really lifted my spirit! On another note, I would love to have a version of this craft for the non-crafty moms out there….Maybe one that didn’t require drawing and painting a tree!

april - November 3, 2010 - 10:43 am

i love this post, i love that you reminded us that He knows the end of our stories and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that tree!

I am thankful for Isaac (my Isaac) being in our family and being our son and all glory goes to God for that. I look forward to our first thanksgiving and Christmas together as a family of three!

Rachel Campbell - November 3, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Love this!! So thankful for great friends with great ideas:)

Stacey - November 3, 2010 - 2:53 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this. My kids are 2 1/2 and 1 and I’m looking for things like this to help make this time of year more meaningful for them as they grow! I’m heading to the craft store this afternoon so we can make our own thankful tree! I can’t wait!

Alison - November 3, 2010 - 2:55 pm

I am thankful that this month marks the one year anniversary of God calling us me to adoption!! And I am thankful that there are super creative, cragty mommas out there that can give the rest of us good ideas! πŸ™‚

Alison - November 3, 2010 - 2:56 pm

And I am thankful that I just looked back at that comment and realized I mispelled “crafty!” πŸ™‚

Kimberly McGuire - November 3, 2010 - 3:19 pm

I am thankful for this family of faith. Even though I don’t know you and may never meet you on this side of Heaven, I have benefited from your writings. I appreciate your willingness to be real and teachable – in that, you teach all of us!

Deborah L. King - November 3, 2010 - 3:33 pm

I’m thankful for your blog. You are such an inspiration, not to mention great crafty ideas. I hope you don’t mind if I copy your thankful tree idea.

admin - November 3, 2010 - 5:34 pm

LARA—for a non-crafty tree—think about collecting sticks and putting them in a vase!!! Just like the Lent Tree I did in March! You tie little pieces of string in punched holes from each of your leaves and hang them all over the sticks on your stick arrangement!!!

AND OF COURSE copy away the rest of you!!! This is SUCH a sweet tradition!!! I caught myself saying to my kids, “Ok guys–only 1 leave today…no, only pick ONE…” And then some days they’d beg for THREE..and they’d keep on going after 3 and I’d say “Okay, okay…that’s enough being thankful!” Seriously—isn’t that something crazy to say to your kids!!! This activity is so cool like that!!!!

Staci - November 3, 2010 - 6:31 pm

I’m thankful that i just saw your post sharing a non-crafty alternative for those of us who would need a week to pull off something as creative as your painted tree! πŸ™‚ Definitely going to do the sticks in a vase with paper leaves. Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging others through your blog… I always enjoy your posts!

Billie Hobbs - November 3, 2010 - 7:10 pm

I am thankful for my only sibling, my sister, who came through hip replacement surgery yesterday with no complications. It was pretty amazing to feel God’s presence with her. I am also thankful that God will also be holding my hand as I experience the same surgery in a couple of weeks.

keely - November 3, 2010 - 7:36 pm

GREAT idea… we are going to make one too… went to the store today with the boys and found silk leaves to uses instead but couldnt bring myself to buy the canvas this year (but ill be keeping an eye out for a sale). off to trace my tree and paint it while the boys are sleeping! so excited! cant wait to see yalls finished product and ours.

so thankful for you πŸ™‚

melissa - November 3, 2010 - 8:52 pm

I like this tree! This might be something I can do to pass the time. Great idea!

Jennifer - November 3, 2010 - 10:13 pm

I am thankful our son has been home with us for 8 weeks now! We are blessed. I am thankful God knows our whole story and has since the beginning of time. Praise the Lord.

Jennifer - November 3, 2010 - 10:35 pm

I am so thankful that our Abby is finally home from India to celebrate Thanksgiving with her FAMILY this year!!!!

Andrea - November 4, 2010 - 12:43 am

I am thankful too for a wonderful hubby who has the same passion to follow God just as I do!! So very thankful for finding the right agency that has not only been a blessing but so have those using AGCI!!!

Tisha Alexander - November 4, 2010 - 8:20 am

I have so much to be thankful for!! I am thankful for my wonderful husband and five great kids. I love the fact that I get to share life with them!

natali - November 4, 2010 - 1:31 pm

I am sooo thankful that God didn’t give up on me! πŸ™‚

karen halbert - November 5, 2010 - 1:53 am

I am thankful for inspiring friends like you! We painted our own version of a thankful tree tonight and the whole family put on their first leaves. Thank YOU, Andrea, for this amazing gift!

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