Sunday, December 10, 2017

Angels, From The Realms Of Glory

All my heart this night rejoices as I hear,
far and near,
Sweetest angel voices.
"Christ is born"
their choirs are singing,
Till the air everywhere now with joy is ringing.
- Paul Gerhardt -

Sweet friends, enjoy the beautiful music 
while you read these precious words.

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
- James Montgomery -

James Montgomery was known as a deeply devoted,
noble person who made an important contribution
to English hymnody through his many inspiring texts.
Angels, from the Realms of Glory first appeared as a poem
in Montgomery's newspaper on December 24, 1816.
Later it was published in a hymnal titled
Montgomery's Original Hymns
and was known as
"Good Tidings of Great Joy to All People."
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -

And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, 
and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid.
- Luke 2:9 -

And suddenly there was with the angel 
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
- Luke 2:13&14 -

Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign; 
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, 
and shall call his name Immanuel.
- Isaiah 7:14 -

And I will shake all nations, 
and the desire of all nations shall come: 
and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
- Haggai 2:7 -

Have a blessed and joyous Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

Buttercup, Stripester, and Burrito
say "Hello!"

Saturday, December 09, 2017

6 Days Of Yo-Yo Fun.....Salt Shaker Yo-Yo Bouquet

Here we are, my friends,
the 6th and final day of the 6 days of yo-yo fun.
I hope you enjoyed the last week
of creative ideas for fabric yo-yo's.
I know I had a delightful time creating and sharing with you.

To make a tiny bouquet
all you need are some fabric yo-yo's
and a vintage salt or pepper shaker.
My little shaker is about 1-inch tall.
You will also need a wire stem
that can be cut into 3 different lengths.

And if you're not sure how to make a yo-yo
simply click HERE for instructions.

Once you have a few yo-yo's sewn up
cut out some felt to apply to the back of the yo-yo's.
You will see I cut out a heart shape. . .
it just gives it a nice finished look.
Tuck the stem under the felt and hot glue into place.

Then simply stick the stems into the holes of the shaker.

I have my little bouquet displayed on my tea cart
with my pastel Christmas tree.

And that's it, my friends,
an easy peasy project.

Thanks for popping in for a little visit
and a big thank you for visiting throughout the week.
I hope you enjoyed the 6 days of yo-yo fun.

Hugs to you!

In case you missed the full week of yo-yo fun
click on the links below:

Friday, December 08, 2017

6 Days Of Yo-Yo Fun.....Yo-Yo Bookmarks

is dreaming with eyes
open wide.

Happy Friday, friends!
The weekend is here. . .
do you have any special plans?
Whatever you do I hope it's extra beautiful.

What is a bookshelf
other than a treasure chest
for a curious mind.

Today for the 5th day of our yo-yo fun
I have some lovely little bookmarks.
These are ever so easy to make
so whip up a few fabric yo-yo's. . .
click HERE to find out how to make them.

And grab some lace or ribbon trim . .
any size and color will do.

Then, simply attach the yo-yo to the end of the lace strip
with a dab of hot glue.

On the back side 
you will want to apply a small piece of felt
like so. . .

 You can add an embellishment to the center of the yo-yo,
if you so desire.

Tuck your sweet little bookmark into your favorite book
and enjoy, my friends!
These would make charming gifts for your friends
and family members during the holiday season.

Everyone is a reader. . .
some just haven't found 
their favorite book yet.

Happy reading, my friends!
Thank you for visiting
and may you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs to you!

She reads books
as one would breathe air,
to fill up and live.
- Annie Dillard -

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In case you missed the first 4 days of yo-yo fun
click on the links below:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

6 Days Of Yo-Yo Fun.....Yo-Yo Cards

May your Christmas
be as sweet as you!

Hello, friends!
And welcome to day 4 of the 6 days of yo-yo fun.
Today's creation is ever so "sweet" and easy.

I made a simple card with some card stock
and added a yo-yo lollipop to it.
Click HERE to find out how to make a yo-yo.

I printed out the words
"May your Christmas be as sweet as you"
and applied them to the card.

I applied a strip of red card stock to the bottom
along with some rhinestones
to finish off the look.

And the creativity doesn't stop there.
I also made some cards with yo-yo snow ladies on them.

Once again, I used card stock to make the cards
and on them I added a snow lady made out of 3 fabric yo-yo's.
You will also see I used a strip of burlap lace on the card.

Her eyes are made with rhinestones,
she has a felt nose,
tinsel and berries adorn her neck,
and there are buttons on her middle.

Her arms are lovely little roses.

And to finish off the card
I added wooden hearts to it.

You warm
my heart.

I can't thank you enough for visiting, sweet friends.
May you have a most beautiful day!
Stop by tomorrow to see what day 5 is 
of the 6 days of yo-yo fun.


In case you missed the first three days:

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

6 Days of Yo-Yo Fun....Yo-Yo Gloves

Cold hands,
warm heart.

I tend to have cold hands
and when I was a young girl, about 11 or 12-years-old,
 I remember shaking hands with a gentleman at church
and he said with a smile on his face,
"Young lady, your hands are cold,
but your heart must be warm."
I thought it was such a nice thing to say

Welcome to day 3 of the yo-yo inspiration week.
Today I have some lovely little gloves
that have been dressed up with yo-yo's.

Actually, for these gloves I made my usual fabric flowers
simply because I wanted a fuller look.
My dear, dear friend, Lynn,
whom I met several years ago during the tea cup exchange
{yes, we have stayed in touch ever since}
sent me a pair of gloves with fabric yo-yo's on them last year
or the year before for Christmas.
I thought they were just the cutest things!
So I asked sweet Lynn if I could make some gloves 
that are similar and share them on my blog. . .
of course she said, "Yes!"

Here is a picture of the gloves she made me
and you will see she used yo-yo's.

Now I know this week is about using fabric yo-yo's,
but I wanted to show you how I made a similar looking flower
with a different, but ever so easy technique.

You need to grab:

 a pair of gloves
scrap fabric
silk roses, buttons, 
or something for the middle of the yo-yo/fabric flower
and. . .
a cup of coffee or tea

For my little flowers I cut two strips of fabric.
One was 1 1/2-inches wide
and the smaller one was 1 1/4-inches wide.
The length was around 10-inches.
The longer the strip is the fuller your flower will be.

Fold the strip together with wrong sides facing one another
and sew a gathering stitch along the raw edge.
Pull gently to bunch up the strip 
and connect the two ends by sewing them together.

This is what it should look like
when you're done.

To make a yo-yo instead
simply cut out two circles,
one bigger than the other.
Click HERE to see how ot make a fabric yo-yo.

Now all you have to do is attach the flowers by sewing them on
or you can simply apply fabric glue to make things easier.
Make sure you place something inside the glove
before gluing on the flowers so that they don't stick to the inside.
And of course let the glue dry completely before wearing the gloves.
Don't forget to add your middle embellishment.

That's it, my friends.
A fun and easy project
with a beautiful result.

Tuck a pair of "dressed up" gloves inside a gift basket
and give to a sweet friend or loved one.

Many thanks to my friend Lynn 
for allowing me to share her lovely idea.

Have a blessed day 
and I will see you tomorrow!

Hugs and joy!

In case you missed the first two days:

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

6 Days of Yo-Yo Fun.....Yo-Yo Brooch

A cheery good day to you, friends!
Here we are. . .
day 2 in the 6 days of yo-yo fun.
Yesterday I shared a garland that I made for my miniature Christmas tree.
You can click HERE if you would like to see it.

Today I have a holiday brooch
that takes only a teensy weensy bit of time to make.
This Christmas flower brooch
is made with 4 yo-yo's, two fabric leaves, and pearls.

The measurements for the yo-yo's are:

one large - 4-inch circle
two medium - 3-inch circles
one small - 2 1/2-inch circle

And for the leaves you will need two 3-inch circles.
To make the leaves simply fold the circle in half
with wrongs sides facing one another.

Fold both ends into the middle.

Sew a gathering stitch along the raw edge
and knot at the end when you're done.

And this is what your fabric leaf should look like. . .

If you're not sure how to make a yo-yo
just click HERE for instructions.

Add an embellishment to the middle of your yo-yo's,
if you so desire.
I used small silk roses.
Apply a small dab of hot glue to the back side of the yo-yo's and leaves, 
and place them how you want.

Once they are secure
you will want to add a piece of felt or a shabby rose
along with an alligator clip to the back side
like you see in the picture below.
I sandwiched the shabby rose between the clip.
By using an aliigator clip you can wear the brooch on a sweater
or in your hair.
Also, I tucked a stem of pearls behind the shabby rose.

And here is the finished Christmas flower brooch.

The skates you see in the photos 
were handpainted by the lovely and talented Celestina.
You can find her beautiful creations HERE.

I attempted to take a picture of the brooch on my red sweater
and while I was adjusting it for the photo 
Little Burrito jumped in and made himself comfortable.
It's like he thinks I won't see him. . .

I looked away for just a second
and turned around to this. . .
Little Burrito making himself right at home 
on my favorite red cardigan.

Okay, I thought to myself,
I'll just work around him,
but wait, 
are those paws peeking through in the picture?!

He looks at me as if to say,
"Is there a problem?"

Alrighty, Burrito,
I'll just zoom in on the brooch.
Or not. . . 
Of course the little guy would pop his head in
right when I clicked the button.

Oh well, I tried.
I left Burrito alone, but after 30 minutes I went back to check on him
and found him like this. . .

Snuggling with his new Christmas brooch.
It looks good on him, don't you think?

Happy crafting, my friends.
See you tomorrow!

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