Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Easy Christmas Tree Craft

Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts

felt Christmas trees

I know, I know.  It's only October and I'm talking Christmas, right?!  Truth be told, though, I created this craft awhile ago and I figured that folks might need to find a quick, easy craft that they can work on now so it's ready by Christmas decorating time, which isn't that far away! Folks, this is a truly easy Christmas tree craft that is right up this girl's alley! I love quick gratification and these Christmas trees are ready in an instant. I started by using stiff, sparkly felt squares in dark green and hand drew the tree outlines using a black permanent marker. After cutting out the trees I glued on colorful buttons using various sizes. A hole punch at the top for ribbon or a hanger and these ornaments are ready to hang on the tree!

I made five of these ornaments and plan to hang them on my "homespun" tree which I decorate each year with ornaments that are either homemade or look homemade. Each felt ornament is a little different, either in size or shape because I hand drew them. I think they will make a nice addition to my homespun tree. 

Here's a look at my homespun tree from a couple of years ago. Check out that post to see more Christmas decor!

Would you like to make these easy Christmas tree ornaments? Here's a recap of the supplies I used:

  • dark green sparkly stiff felt (I found pieces at Goodwill)
  • multi-color buttons (Come in packs at Walmart)
  • Clear Gel Tacky Glue (Walmart)
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • scissors and hole punch

Let me know if you try this craft. Are you doing any crafts (Christmas or otherwise) right now? Are you starting to think about Christmas? Hope you'll leave me a comment! Feel free to pin these images and please remember to recommend debbiethisandthat.com to all your friends! You won't ever miss a post if you subscribe to my blog. Just look for the subscription sign up on the right hand side of this post. Have a great day, everyone!

Until Next Time,

Monday, October 16, 2017

Things To Do On A Weekend

Weekend Fun

Ex Officio women's shirts

Happy Monday Y'All!  How about a recap of how I spent my weekend? Specifically, how I spent Saturday. It was a pretty fun day with several different activities to keep the Mr. and I busy. The pic of me above is from the Tour of Homes we went to in the later afternoon. But, let's start from the beginning, shall we?

The day began early at the Pumpkin Patch of my church. My church hosts an annual Fall Festival for the community each year. Aren't these pumpkins unique?!

Lots of "regular" pumpkins, too!

The Fall Festival boasted free food, a bake sale, crafts and a bouncy house for the kids.

And lots of good music, including my husband's brass quintet. 

That's the Mr. holding onto his music. It got a little windy while the group was playing! His group plays for this event each year.

After they were done performing, we headed out to lunch at a favorite local Mexican restaurant called, El Que Pasa. If you live in the Asheville area, give this place a try. It's muy delicious!!

After lunch, Mr.thisandthat and I headed out to tour a house featured in the Parade of Homes, which is held yearly around this time in Asheville. We aren't looking to buy a new house. We just enjoy getting inspiration and ideas from the homes we tour. Having renovated three homes over the years, keeping up with the latest building trends is always helpful.

I really appreciated the stonework, shutters and colors used on the facade of this recently built home.

Let's walk through this pretty blue front door and have a look around.

This is looking from the dining area into the living room area. The kitchen is to the right. Everything is very open in this house. So fresh and updated looking, isn't it? Love those shiny wood floors!

This is the formal dining room, although it was staged as an office. Guess this room could be used for either. I love, love, love those French doors!  We had French doors on our dining room entrance when we moved into our present home and the Mr. removed them because he said they blocked the entrance too much. Booo!!! (I want my French doors back!)

The master bedroom was quite large. Each bedroom was staged with beautiful bedding.

Take a look at the great soaking tub in the corner of the master bath.

I liked the green and white color scheme used in this smaller bedroom. The silver lamps add just the right touch. There is also lots of light coming in. 

I really like the pretty headboard in this third bedroom. And how unique are those bedside stands? 

There was even a fourth bedroom/bath on the upper level which we assumed would be used as guest quarters. What a nice addition guest quarters would be to a house, yes?

My favorite part of this new house, though, was this extra big walk in closet!  Love the space in here. We don't have a walk in closet in any of our bedrooms. Guess that's a good thing. Makes me keep the clothes to a reasonable minimum! You know what the best part of Saturday was, though?

Heading back to our own home! Nice as the home tour was, there truly is no place like your own home! As the sign in our family room says....

It was a pretty good weekend, all in all.  How about you?  Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Until Next Time,

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Scriptures: House Hunting

What Will Your Room Look Like?

"My Father's house are many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?"
John 14:2 NIV

We spent part of today looking at homes that were part of a local Tour of Homes. One thing I noticed was how many different rooms there were in these houses. Each room had a purpose and was decorated accordingly. The kitchen had kitchen items needed for cooking while the bedrooms had furniture used for sleeping. It would have looked odd to see a bed in the kitchen or a stove in the bathroom, wouldn't it? Those items would not fit in those particular rooms of a house. Their purpose could not be served well in those rooms. I came home from looking at these houses and thought about today's scripture from John 14. 

In this scripture, Jesus was reassuring the disciples that His Father's house has many rooms and that He was going to prepare a place in the house for each of them. Some translations use the word "mansions" rather than rooms. When I read this scripture, my imagination thinks about what my heavenly room might be like. I know that Jesus knows me inside out, much better even than I know myself, so I can rest assured that my heavenly room will be designed with me in mind and what is best for me inside. It really involves trusting in God to care for me, not just here on Earth, but in Heaven, as well.  The first verse of John 14 speaks to this idea of trust.

"Don't let this idea throw you. You trust God, don't you? Trust me."  (John 14:1 The Message)

Just as each room in the houses we saw today were there for a specific purpose, I can trust, along with the disciples, that Jesus will take care of my heavenly home, as well. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How To Wear Print Pants

Blue on Blue with Print Pants

Today's post is all about how to wear print pants without them wearing you. I've mentioned before that I have to be careful with prints and patterns because they can overwhelm me. I enjoy wearing print, however. I just need to wear it strategically.

You can see that the print on these blue and white Basic Editions pants is fairly small. Basically the pattern is little white dots, flowers and curly cues. I love these pants as they are quite comfortable and I do like the pattern. So, I kept the pattern from overwhelming me by keeping a solid color next to my face. As you can see, I'm wearing my blue swing dress as a tunic. I really like this look together and I can tell you it is a really comfortable combination.  

I decided to keep jewelry low-key as well, wearing simple gold hoop earrings and a favorite necklace. 

This is one of those necklaces that have several baubles hanging off at the end. I wanted you to see how pretty each bauble is and how unique the items are. There is a gold bird, pink rose, gold butterfly, blue and brown beads and a crystal. I absolutely LOVE this necklace and could not believe that I found it at Walmart for $5! IMO you would never guess it is a "cheap" necklace! It is not cheap looking. 

Today was one of those days when nothing wanted to go right about the photo shoot. The lighting wasn't right and I couldn't get the tripod set at the correct angle. Pure frustration. I actually tried to take photos last evening, but it was too dark. Sigh...the life of a blogger! I did catch some of our beautiful Fall foliage in these shots, so, if you don't like the outfit, just enjoy looking at the pretty leaves!

How do you like to wear print? Are the leaves pretty where you are? Hope you'll take a moment to leave me a comment. I love to hear from you!

Until Next Time,

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday Scriptures: House Cleaning is Hard

Clean Up On Aisle Three

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 
Psalm 51:10 (KJV)

This week I have spent more time continuing to clean out "stuff" that has accumulated over the years. During my years of teaching, I had only enough time and energy for keeping up with the cleaning that had to be done like the usual laundry, vacuuming and mopping, cleaning toilets, etc. I thought I had done deeper clean outs during summers, but there are still so many things that have accumulated over the years and have become such a part of our house's "landscape" that I scarcely have noticed until I take the time now, in retirement, to do a really deep cleaning. To be honest, this is really hard work and I get discouraged easily. Trying to decide what things to keep and what to throw out or give away is not easy for me. Some items I use over and over and it is easy to find storage containers for those items. Other items, I like, but do not love, and yet it is hard to part with them. I especially struggle with letters, notes, cards and remembrances written or kept years and years ago from people I once knew who have either died or are long gone from my life. I sat on the floor yesterday re-reading Christmas letters that I had stuffed in an old address book written by a lovely woman I knew at a church years ago. This woman was a retired missionary, who supported me as a young woman working in the church on various projects and gave me her time, energy, wisdom and mentoring. The letters I had saved were not written to me personally, but were those newsy type of Christmas letters meant to be sent out to everyone you know, catching them up on what has happened in the previous year. She did write a personal line or two at the end of the letter to me and signed her name. These letters brought her to memory and I think that was my purpose in keeping them. What if I forget her? What if, in throwing these letters out, I also am throwing something away which will serve on some future day of bringing up her memory again? Clean up on aisle three is not so easy. It involves looking at things stored away on shelves and closets that bring up memories, digging through old boxes, and making decisions about what to keep and what needs to be let go. 

In a similar way, I sometimes need to do a clean up of my heart. What old hurts, irritations, thought patterns and grudges are lurking in the dusty boxes and shelves of my mind? I find myself wondering if there is a part of me that actually likes holding onto these old boxes of my mind that I don't really want to part with? After all, as long as these boxes are there, I can open them and take out the memories, hurtful and/or irritating as they may be, and ruminate over the hurts all over again. It would seem that clean up on aisle three of the heart is equally as hard to do as house cleaning. Can you relate?

My prayer today is that, like the psalmist, I can ask God to clean my heart and to renew a right spirit within me. With God's help, the clean up on aisle three of my heart does not have to be a frustrating experience, but rather an experience that brings renewal, calm and tranquility to my soul. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall Decor Throughout The House

A Little Here, A Little There, Fall Decor is Everywhere!

Since we are now into October, I'm ready to add a little orange to my Fall decor. Usually, I focus on the foyer, but this year I decided to spread a little Fall all throughout the house. A little bit here, a little bit there...we'll start on the side table in our living room. I put together this flower arrangement using two Fall faux bushes from A.C. Moore. I saved this yellow container from a summer arrangement and added some pretty ribbon as an accent. 

I'm still enjoying the creme color pumpkins. This one has green sparkles on it that blend well with the green Blenko glass vases. Just a touch of Fall on the table makes all the difference!

Can you see the sparkles?

Now, let's head down to the fireplace wall in the family room. I love this Fall berry wreath so much that I leave it up year round. 

The colors are so rich and vibrant. The wreath looks good against the brick. 

Isn't this a sweet sign?  The art teacher made this for me when I retired from teaching. I wanted you to see it, even though technically it isn't a Fall decoration. 

Love the colors on this unique Fall hanger. This was a Secret Pal gift to me a couple years ago. 

I decided that, this year, my scarecrows would look good on this white shelf in the family room. They are typically displayed in the foyer, but it's good to change things up sometimes. 

Here we are in the foyer, now, with a beautiful Fall wreath on the door. Sorry these pics are a little dark. I was shooting these photos with flash after it was dark out.

The top of the foyer table is pretty much the same as you last saw it, with the addition of my favorite orange pumpkin with the weeping willow on the front. 

Another favorite of mine is this fabric pumpkin which I added to the bottom shelf of the foyer table. And notice another weeping willow on the wooden "Welcome Friends" pumpkin hanger. I have a thing for weeping willows. I think they are so pretty!

Fabric pumpkins are so popular right now, but I've actually owned this one for several years. 

So, that's my Fall decor...scattered throughout our home. I like being able to enjoy Fall as I move from room to room. This decor will be on display through Thanksgiving. I may add a couple of items that speak specifically to Thanksgiving, though. I want to have several weeks to enjoy these decorations before the big Christmas decorating starts! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?! (Bite your tongue, right?!)

How are you decorating for Fall? Hope you will take a moment to leave a comment or thought. I love it when you do! Feel free to "pin" any of these photos. And, please remember to recommend debbiethisandthat.com to your friends!

Until Next Time,

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday Scriptures-The Blessings of Home

Finding A Peaceful Dwelling Place

Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation. And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places. (Isaiah 32:18)

My home is my safe space. It's where I feel most at peace when I am tired and stressed. I love the quiet and calm of our home and often longed to be there when I was still working. Now, in retirement, I am blessed to enjoy more time in my home and benefit from the respite of time spent here.

The concept of "home" is on my mind today. I spoke recently with a family member who will soon be moving into a new house. This person is in the throes of packing and preparing  and all that comes with making a move to a new house. It exhausts me to think about all of that and makes me glad that, for us, this is a time of being settled and not preparing to move. 

The thought occurs to me that there is a difference between a "house" and a "home."  Any dwelling can house a human being, but not every dwelling is a home. Many houses are filled with strife, arguing, dissension, instability and fear. They may be a structure that provides some aspect of shelter, but houses like this do not give the warmth and nurture that a true home provides for the people who live within. 

I am grateful that my house is also a home...a habitation where there is peace and security and undisturbed resting places. And I pray that your habitation is a "home" as well.