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Valentine Ideas


St.Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I want to share a few ideas on how to make it special for you and for your family.  If you click on the image from the list of photos below, it'll direct you to the post where you can get tutorials, free prints, and recipes for that image. You can also get more inspirational ideas on the Project Gallery Tab on the top and on my Pinterest board "here", be sure to follow me there and stay inspired!  
I hope that you enjoy!

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Christmas Home 2014

Christmas 2014
Welcome to my Christmas Home tour.  As you view the images you will notice that I
have kept it pretty simple around here.
It has been dark and gloomy around these parts and it'll be that way until Christmas, so I was
not able to capture as much as I would have liked to share with you, but at least I was able
to get these photos.
I have been baking lots of cookies this year to share with friends & family, so when
you walk in our home, the fragrance of fresh baked chocolate chips cookies is what you are
met with.  Upon entering the home you will also encounter our Advent Wreath on our dining
table.  As you look into the living room, the first thing you will notice is the Christmas tree.
I used what I had on hand for the tree decorations and my previous handmade ornaments.
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Below is this year's Jesse Tree.  I found some cool Jesse tree ornaments online, so I didn't
have to make my own as I did last year.  My son loves these.

Jesse Tree
I used my pom pom garland from last year, but I added more pom poms and made the
cord thicker to decorate the mantel.  I love it!  The stockings are also handmade and you can find the
tutorial here.  For more tutorials on items featured here, visit the Project Gallery.

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Thank you for joining me on this tiny tour of my Christmas home.  I leave you with Warm Wishes this Holiday Season!

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Shop News!

Hello friends! Christmas is next week and I just wanted to say that for the rest of the remaining year, Inspirations by D will not have magnets or push pins in stock. I am in the midst of other projects and have not had the time to dedicate myself to keeping up with creating lovely things for the shop this year, except what is currently available. As for having some in the future, only time will tell.

I thank all those who have been supporters of my magnets especially Nancy, thank you!  I hope that everyone has a blessed and wonderful Holiday.

Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath
The Advent wreath is a wreath, or circle, of evergreens, made in various sizes. It is either suspended from the ceiling by ribbons (preferably purple) or placed on a table. The devotion is usually incorporated during the family meal, or during family night prayers. Fastened to the wreath are four candles standing upright, at equal distances. These candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Three of the candles are purple, reminding us of the penitential nature of the season. A rose or pink candle is lit for the Third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday. The name is taken from the entrance antiphon or Introit "Rejoice (gaudete) in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice." It is reminding us that the end of Advent is almost here, and we can hardly contain our joy.
The wreath should be in a circle, a symbol of eternity, and a reminder that God has no beginning nor end. The evergreen is a symbol of eternal life and a reminder that God is immutable or unchangeable. (via)
The appearance of the actual Advent wreath is varied—everyone has their own interpretation of the Advent wreath. The look of your family's wreath depends on how much time and creativity you devote to it. Your family can create their own special wreath, or add personal touches to a store-bought wreath.  We make ours different every year depending on the supplies we have on hand. I like to use what I have on hand.

For our Advent Wreath this year, we used white candles because we could not find the purple and pink in our area.  So to make up for the candle colors, we wrapped the candles with yarn, three purple and one pink.

Supplies we used:

  • 4 candles
  • small Nativity Figure
  • yarn for colors
  • flat glass dish to hold candles
  • large candle holder to hold base up (or other wide base like an empty flower pot)
  • evergreens & pine cones
  • artificial wreath
  • scissors
  • ornaments
First the candles were wrapped with yarn.  We placed the base on the table in the center of the artificial wreath.
The flat dish was placed over the candle holder, then we placed the Nativity scene in the center.  The four candles were placed at equal distances around the Nativity Scene as seen below.
We added extra evergreens to add dimension and texture.  We then added pine cones and ornaments randomly around the wreath.
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Thank you for visiting!  Love having you over,
Do you place an Advent Wreath in your home?
Have you ever thought about adding it to your family tradition?

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