Best of Holy Craft 2015 a year in review

I can't believe how quickly this year came in and now it's nearly over! I've been doing this Holy Craft year in reviews since I started my blog back in 2010. It's hard to believe that I'm going on six years of blogging! That's a lot of projects a lot of random thoughts and a lot of garage sales!  In case you missed it, you can find the best of year in reviews here:
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
This is always one of my favorite posts all year because it's fun to look back at the projects that I worked on this year. Won't you take a look back on 2015 with me and see some of those projects?
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Vinyl sayings on burlap placemats

Several years ago I saw some pretty darn cute place mats at a local store. I didn't buy them and sort of regretted it. You don't ever do this do you? I'm sure I'm the only one.
I found out that they were available from One Kings Lane, but once I went to find them, they were no longer available to purchase. Story of my life.
So, I made some of my own, because that's what a good cheap person does with not a lot of budget but a whole lot of style.


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Merry Christmas

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


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Last minute crafty gift ideas

I know, I know, Christmas is in two days, but I couldn't help but squeeze in a few last minute gift ideas that you can make in case you have a few last minute presents to whip up.

I actually had all of these supplies on hand, so no special trip was required to a craft store. But I am a craft supply hoarder, so perhaps you are much more organized and less in need of craft supply intervention than I am.

Regardless, these gift ideas can all be whipped up in under an hour and most of them can be made in under twenty minutes.



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Easy chalkboard art secret for those of us that aren't hand lettering artists

I'm a huge fan of chalkboards. I love the chalk art trend and wish that I could say that I was an expert chalk art hand letterer {I'm sure that's an actual thing...maybe} but alas, I am not.
However, I have learned how to fake it.  I shared with you a tutorial several years ago and then got slapped with a lovely copyright infringement notice and well, in the end, I took my tutorial down. Earlier this year, I redid the tutorial {with images that I am pretty sure are safe} and what better time to revisit chalk art than right before the holidays.
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Snow and Christmas trees to make a fun holiday decoration

Last year, one of my favorite Christmas crafts that I made were these die cast cars with snow and mini Christmas trees. They were huge hits at my local craft bazaar last year, so I kept my eyes peeled this year as I did garage sale and thrift store shopping for more things that I could add faux snow and trees to.


I found a few things, and this time, they were even bigger than the little die-cast cars I used last year!
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Vintage tablecloth turned into Christmas tree skirt

I love Christmas! I love decorating for Christmas and I love unpacking my Christmas boxes every single year. Every year I add to the boxes with handmade ornaments like I featured all last week in my six days of handmade. Sometimes, I add big items, sometimes I add small items.

This year, one of the new items I added to my Christmas decor was a new tree skirt. But not just any tree skirt. It's a tree skirt that I made out of a pretty amazing vintage round tablecloth that we got from my husband's grandmother's estate just after she passed away this summer.

I actually see round tablecloths like this at garage sales and estate sales quite often, so in case you are like me, you can pin this or tuck this away and remember when garage sale season starts back up again to keep your eyes peeled for a round tablecloth to make a no sew Christmas tree skirt.


It took me under 5 minutes and I promise, there is really no sewing to make this tablecloth into a Christmas tree skirt. Want to see how?

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Must have, but often forgotten, items to have before you have guests this holiday season


This time of year is a busy season. Kids have school programs, there are extra events on the calendar and we often have a revolving door of people that we love in and out of our home for a few weeks straight. It's a good busy.

I do my best to stay extra super efficient though so that I can get the must have's and to do's done on my list so that I can focus on the important stuff. The important stuff usually revolves around relationships and spending time with those that you love, which is why I made up a must have {but often forgotten} list of items to have on hand before your guests arrive.


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No sew stocking update plus an Expressions Vinyl giveaway!!!

I love decorating for Christmas. It's my favorite time of the year. The twinkling lights on the trees and every surface covered with something festive! Unpacking boxes is so much fun for me. I pull out ornaments that I got as an infant, village houses that I have decorated with for decades and special plates and wreaths my kids sweet little hands made when they were toddlers.

But not every decoration stands out year after year. And for that reason, I like to get creative!


Take for example this crushed red velvet stocking. It's seen better days. The bedazzled jewels on the felt holly leaves are coming off and, well, it's just not holding it's own against the red plaid woodland vibe that I am gravitating towards this year.  

Instead of throwing away a perfectly good {though hideous looking} stocking, why not update it? I've got the perfect no sew solution for you in case you find yourself with some stockings that really aren't fit to be hung anymore!



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World globe vintage map ornament

Welcome back to the sixth and final day of six days of handmade ornaments. I don't normally post on Saturday's but I wanted to make sure I finished out this fun week of handmade with a bang!

In case you missed it, check out the scrabble tile ornamentstypewriter keysChristmas tree in a jarwoodland diorama ornament and yesterday's clay antler ornament


Today, on our last day, I am sharing with you a vintage world map globe ornament. You are going to love it!

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Handmade clay antler ornament

Welcome back to day five of the six days of handmade ornaments.

In case you missed it, check out the scrabble tile ornamentstypewriter keysChristmas tree in a jar and woodland diorama ornament
Today, I will be sharing with you a handmade clay antler ornament.

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Deer and Christmas tree ornament

Welcome back to day four of six days of handmade ornaments. I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the fun homemade ornaments so far. In case you missed it, check out the scrabble tile ornaments, typewriter keys and Christmas tree in a jar.

Today, I will be sharing with you these snow globe diorama ornaments.
I had a half a dozen of these adorable little deer that I bought for a quarter a piece. They were floating around in the bottom of my purse just waiting for glitter, when my purse got stolen from a Starbucks parking lot. So some bad guy probably has some deer they are making diorama ornaments from too.

These were really easy and fun and the possibilities for them are endless! Let's get started!
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Christmas tree with Mica snow in a jar

Welcome back to day three of six days of handmade ornaments. I've been showing you easy and inexpensive ornaments that I have made this holiday season.  


Today's ornament is more about show and tell, and less about full tutorial. Mostly because nearly everything for this ornament was bought at a garage sale. Though hopefully it will inspire you.


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Handmade typewriter key ornament



Welcome to day two of six of Holy Craft's six days of handmade ornaments. Yesterday I shared with you the handmade Scrabble tile ornament.  Today, I will be sharing with you a round typewriter key ornament. 


There are so many ways to personalize these ornaments for your family and friends. I picked this 5 since there are five people in our family. They are super easy to create. Let me show you!

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Six days of handmade ornaments. Scrabble tile ornaments on a vintage ruler


Welcome to day one of six days of handmade ornaments. I can have a boxes full of ornaments, and yet every year, I end up making a few more to hang on the tree.  This whole week, I will be sharing with you easy and inexpensive ways to create your own handmade ornaments this year.


The first one I'm excited to show you is my scrabble tile ornaments mounted on a vintage yardstick and hung with plaid ribbon.




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Motherhood and transformation-How your life changes when you become a mom


I've gotten a bit sappy and sentimental this year. You see, my oldest son, the little boy who made me a mom, is entering into an exciting year.

He's a senior in high school and while it's barely December, he's applied at colleges and university's all over the country. Next year at this time, his zip code, heck probably even the state he lives in is going to be different than the one we share together right now. For the past 17 years, we've shared life in the same four walls. He's taught me how to be selfless and how to love unconditionally. He gave me the gift of motherhood and that role has changed me for the better.

I was one of the first of my friends to have a child. I remember talking to them about how life wouldn't really change. The only thing that would be different is that I would have a baby. No big deal. Holy cow, was I wrong! The moment that baby was placed in my arms, my world was totally different.


It took time for me to find my way through this new role of mom. I had played the part of daughter, friend, and sister for a long time. The role of newlywed was new and it wasn't long before I became a mom. I was now balancing all these roles and I wasn't sure how to navigate that balance.

I was only 20 when my son was born and my life revolved mostly around me. My decisions were mostly driven by what I wanted to do and what I needed. As soon as that baby was placed in my arms, it was no longer about me. I didn't just become a mom that day, we became a family.

While you hear that your life will change when you become a mom, you don't always believe it. I think it's because change usually has a negative connotation. My life changed completely when I became a mom, but it changed for the better. I made sacrifices being a young mom, and while I know my 20's would have looked quite different had I held off parenthood as long as the majority of my friends did, I know that I would have missed out on learning so much about myself during that time.

As my son grew and started to ask questions, I learned more and more about myself and my values. I learned what was really important and what really wasn't. I learned to slow down, to laugh more and to be intentional. So new mom, yes, your life is going to change completely after you have a baby, but it doesn't mean that you stop being you. You actually start being a new better version of you. A version that has eyes watching you and ears listening to you and a child who mimics your every move and that version turns into the version of it's best self.

And now, 17 years later, as I prepare to send that young man that still calls me mommy out into this world, I know that I have grown into that role as mom.  I embrace that role with pride and while part of my heart will leave this home and head out into the world, I have given my whole heart to be his mother. Plus also, Lord bless us, we still have two more kids at home to hug on and Lord Jesus, that is all that is holding this sappy mom together, because it's true what they say, the days are long but the years are short.

So I look to all you new moms, those moms with babes in their bellies and in their arms and crawling up their legs, those moms who haven't gone to the bathroom by themselves in years and those who haven't slept in weeks with a fond remembrance. Those days are long gone for me, but I remember them well. 


Your life will change completely, but you will be completely better, and one day you will look back on those sleepless nights and those long {oh so very long!} wakeful days and you will remember the small hands that slipped into yours, the sticky kisses and the incessant questions from curious toddlers and you will realize that you have never loved so deeply in all of your days and you won't regret a second.

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15 things to know before you get Invisalign {braces} as an adult

When I was a kid I was given the choice to get braces or not. My dentist didn't think that I really needed them and my parents were OK with letting me make the choice if I wanted them or not.

I did not.

I was happy that I missed out on that rite of passage as a kid, but the older I got {I'm blaming it on late erupting wisdom teeth}, the more my teeth started to bother me.  I had this tooth in the front that seemed to keep moving and shifting further and further over and my bottom teeth were getting quite crowded.  

I was starting to spend more and more time in the orthodontists office as my three kids started treatment, and I flippantly mentioned it to my husband one afternoon that I was considering getting braces. I was only really going to consider it if I qualified for Invisalign {clear aligners that you wear over your teeth instead of traditional metal brackets}.

When I was making an appointment for one of my kids consults, I asked if I could be seen for a consult as well.  Our insurance paid for a quarter of the treatment, we had money in our HSA account and I got a {small} family discount from the orthodontist since we would have three members of our family in treatment at once.  I signed up and got started in March.

I've worn Invisalign for almost 9 months now and am at least half way done with treatment and I have learned a few things that I wish I had known before or in the beginning.   If you are considering adult braces, here are a 15 things you should know.


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Three things you need to know about identity theft, and how to prevent it from happening to you


 Three things you need to know about identity theft, and how to prevent it from happening to you



Several months ago, my husband was the victim of identity theft.  Using his personal information, someone was able to apply for {and receive} loans, credit cards, and cell phones, among other items.  He has spent dozens of frustrating hours over the last few months trying to close the accounts, restore his credit, and prevent this from happening again. 

With the slew of well-publicized security breaches happening lately, affecting tens of millions of people, it is likely only a matter of time before this happens to you or someone you know.  My husband has offered to write a post to share with my readers about what he learned from this unfortunate situation, and how you can prevent it from happening to you.  Please read his story, and use the included links to help educate and protect yourself from identity theft.




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