Welcome to day five of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop! I'm excited to be the featured blogger for day five. There have been some beautiful projects and inspiration on all of the blogs so far! If you're just joining us now, I encourage you to hop on over to the SNR blog to find your way to the blogs of the staffers from the past four days because you won't want to miss them!
Things are tight during these tough economic times and the holidays are no exception. There are a lot of things to cut back on and re-prioritize. With so many families struggling right now, there's such a strong sense of urgency to lend a hand, whether it be through service or donation. We feel blessed to have our basic needs met right now and be able to provide for our children, but so many people right in our own communities can not.
The holidays are the perfect time to teach our children about compassion and community teamwork. It's important to point out that there are a lot of "extras" that we can cut back on, things we don't necessarily need and help out where we can instead. I'm pleased with the results of my efforts thus far with my daughter. It may only be little things here or there, but these little things add up to great big life lessons. A few months ago, when we'd head out the door to the grocery store, she'd be sure to pack an extra quarter or two to ride the carousel outside the store or hit the gumball machines. As we were getting out of the car at the store this morning, you could imagine how proud I was to discover that she was filling her pocket with quarters to place into the Salvation Army pot instead of the carousel ride today. She's getting the message and I'm so thankful for that.
We can't teach our children anything that we aren't modeling ourselves, in fact, that's the best way for them to learn. Keeping the dialogue open about your own efforts will have a great impact on your children. It can be little things in our daily lives that can teach them so much if we explain ourselves properly.
While decorating for the holidays this year, I'm discovering that some of our decorations are a bit tired or outdated with the rest of the house. Instead of running out to the store to buy new decor, I'm trying to employ a bit of creativity to bring them back to life. My mother-in-law had given me this wall hanging. It was old and had become drab. I knew I could come up with something to jazz it up if I dipped into my paper crafting supplies!
A little bit of paint, patterned paper from Making Memories and Webster's Pages, lots of glitter, Stickles, May Arts ribbon, a Doodlebug gem, some pearl stickers, Teresa Collins cardstock crown, Melissa Frances sticker, Maya Road bird, Making Memories mistletoe, and a few treasures from a pine sprig from the craft store and it was good as new! Of course, I do like most things to have a certain shabbyness to them even if they're new, so some sanding and Ranger distress inks did the trick.
A few more inexpensive holiday decorating ideas:
Spruce up an old frame with your paper crafting supplies
Create handmade ornaments for the tree
Add some handmade embellishments to hanging pine garland or a wreath
Take a look around, see what you can do with recycled items and a few of your favorite crafting supplies. I'll be posting more throughout the month, so be sure to check back!
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