Monday, December 15, 2014

Secret Jesus Activity - Secretly share the meaning of the season!


Many months ago I stumbled onto an article that I knew I needed to remember for this time a year! The article was originally published in Mail Online and tells of a mystery giver that scattered hundreds of pebbles which had baby Jesus hand painted on them. The anonymous artist said he "simply wanted to bring joy and the real message of Christmas to people."
I thought this was the coolest idea, so this year I did something similar with my kids! Obviously they don't have the ability to hand-paint baby Jesus on the stones, so I made an image of the baby Jesus and added 45 of them on a printable page. I printed the page off and the kids did the rest! It was fun and easy project for them to do. :-) 

You can download the free printable in the FREE Members Area
Print this page from the Members Area.
Look under:  Jesus Crafts>> Baby Jesus (Secret Jesus)


If you want to do this too, you will need:
First cut out the images of Jesus.  
Lightly brush the back of the image with mod-podge and place it onto the stone. Press it down to help remove any air bubbles or ceases.  
Now paint over top the image. Be sure to cover the entire image. Also paint over the edges of the picture and around the picture. This will help seal it so the image is protected from the weather. NOTE: This is NOT waterproof, but it does help a lot! 
Now let them dry.  Once they are dry they are ready to use!

How to use these Jesus pebbles:

  • Secretly, place them around your town! Place them on window sills, porches, sidewalks, steps, street furniture, or anywhere a passerby can find them. 
  • Place them around your house or party room before your Christmas party! Your guest will delight in seeing these little baby Jesus stones. 
  • At your Christmas party play a hid-n-seek game. Simply hid them and let the kids try to find them!
  • Teachers: place them around your classroom or school for the kids to find. 
  • Youth groups can make and place these throughout town, church, the mall, etc.
  • Give them as Christmas gifts!
I'm sure there are countless ways to use these to remind others of the true meaning of Christmas, Do you have another idea or way you plan to use these?
God bless you all this Advent Season!
~Jennifer


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

St. Lucy and St. Nicholas Printable Crafts {Patterns and More!}


I received some very good feedback on "test" post for the Liturgical Ornament patterns, so I'm going to move forward and offer this St. Nicholas and St. Lucy set.
This set includes:
  • St. Nicholas Felt Ornament Pattern 
  • St. Nicholas Felt Ornament Instructions 
  • St. Nicholas Felt Ornament (Advanced Style) 
  • St. Nicholas Felt Ornament Instructions (Advanced Style) 
  • St. Nicholas Paper Ornament – Colored 
  • St. Nicholas Paper Ornament – Black and White
  • St. Nicholas Coloring Page 
  • St. Lucy Felt Ornament Pattern 
  • St. Lucy Felt Ornament Instructions 
  • St. Lucy Paper Ornament – Colored 
  • St. Lucy Paper Ornament – Black and White 
  • St. Lucy Coloring Page 

I have the smaller St. Nicholas ornament and St. Lucy ornaments already listed on this blog. The larger St. Nicholas ornament I created at the same time I made the smaller St. Nicholas Ornament but I never listed it, But I thought I'd include it with this set for those who would like the creative challenge!
  
See the picture tutorial for St. Nicholas HERE.
See the picture tutorial for St.Lucy HERE.
~If you like to just create them without the pattern.

*These would make GREAT home-made gifts for Christmas!!*

The set also includes the 4 printable paper ornaments. These are for those who don't want to mess with the felt, or they are nice for younger kids who would like a simple craft to create.

I also threw in a few of these simple coloring pages.

There are lots of fun pages in this download!
It's only $1.00.

This set is available here 
Add to Cart

You can also buy it on
Etsy
CLICK HERE

Feel free to print out as many as you need for a single class or family.
Hope you all enjoy the set!
God Bless.
~Jennifer



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Friday, December 12, 2014

St. Lucy Craft {Liturgical Ornament}

St. Lucy (A.K.A. Lucia) was a young martyr, who gave her life in the 4th century. Not much is truly know about her, but you can read the stories that have been handed down through the centuries HERE.  Lucy, who's name means "Light", is celebrated on December 13th. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day become the festival of light. 
Her ornament depicts a girl dressed for the festival of light.

To make this ornament you will need:
  • red felt 
  • white felt 
  • yellow felt 
  • orange-yellow felt
  • tan or peach felt
  • black felt
  • gray felt
  • green felt
  • silver glitter glue (optional)
  • gold glitter glue (optional)
  • scissors
  • hot glue or felt glue
  • thread and needle for the looped hanger

Cut out the shapes like those above, or purchase the pattern (I'll be posting that soon). 
First add the dress to the black background. Then add her head and the two back candles. 
Now, add her hair. Add the next two candles.
Add the wreath and fill the wreath with the berries. Place her sash at her waist. 
 Finally, put her tray at the ends of her arms and add the pastries to the tray. Now, cut off the extra background and add your looped hanger. 
If you wish you can decorate the ornament with silver and gold glitter glue. Add gold glitter glue to the yellow flames and silver glitter glue to the black background. 

That's it! Enjoy!

St. Lucy, Pray for us!

God bless,
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

O.L. of Guadalupe and St. Juan Printable Craft Set {Plus, Liturgical Ornament Patterns}


Hi everyone, This post is a "test" to see what all of you want and are desiring -- Back in July Elizabeth and I started creating these Liturgical ornaments and sharing our creations with you so you, too, could make them if you wanted. Well, I've gotten a number of people asking if I have patterns for the ornaments. I'm sorry to say: no, I don't. We free-hand all of our parts and I just take a picture of them before we glue them together. But I thought long and hard about the requests for patterns, and after a long discussion with my husband, I thought I'd run a test post on this topic to see if this idea is worth the time it will take to create.

Please understand that it will take time to create patterns for the ornaments and sadly I don't have a lot to free time. Homeschooling 9 kids is a full time job as many of you know! But I want to help all of you if I can, so I'm offering a set of patterns to download, but I'm planning to charging a small fee for the patterns because if I take the time to create them I'll need to order out for dinner, pay a babysitter, etc. I hope you all understand.

Today's "test" set is Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego.
The set includes patterns to create a felt ornament for each. It also has the instructions on how to assemble the felt ornaments.
Just cut out the pattern, pin it onto the correct color felt and cut them out! That's nice and easy for you!
I actually discovered that cutting the felt along with the paper was easier then cutting the felt alone! So don't worry that this will be hard to do. I'm amazed at how easy this makes the production of these ornaments!

Printable Paper Ornaments 

This printable set also includes 4 printable paper ornaments.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe in color
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe in black and white (for coloring)
  • St Juan Diego in color 
  • St. Juan Diego in black and white (for coloring)

I didn't originally plan to add these, but after I made the patterns for the felt ornaments I basically had them half finished. So I just decided to go ahead and create them for those who don't want to mess with the felt. 

These would be great for teachers who want to have a craft that all the kids can easily make! Or your kids may want to make an ornament like mom! ;-)
Choose the set in full color or the black and white set, which the kids can paint or color.

Here is a peek at the full download:

If you like this idea and wish to buy this set you can purchase it here:
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It's only $1.00!
And you are free to make as many copies as you need for your class or family.

If you don't want to buy the set, I will still be posting the ornaments like I normally do.

Because this is a "test" post, I'd really like to have your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment or send me an email.  If you are not interested in the felt patterns and only want the printable ornaments, (or vice-versa) please let me know your thoughts. Your purchase supports this idea and if enough people seem interested I will continue to make the sets.

Thank you very much and God bless.
~Jennifer


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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th.  I already posted a St. Juan Diego ornament. This one is a wonderful compliment to that ornament! If you want to know more about Our Lady of Guadalupe CLICK HERE.
To make this ornament you will need:
  • teal felt 
  • red felt
  • black felt
  • yellow felt
  • tan or peach felt
  • blue permanent fine-point maker
  • orange permanent fine-point marker
  • red glitter glue
  • gold glitter glue
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • thread and needle for the looped hanger
Cut out the parts like those above.
Add the back of the veil to the "sun". Then add the red dress.
Now add her head. Next, add the arms and praying hands. We out lined the arms with a blue marker, so they could be seen easier. 
Add the thinner black strip to her waist. Then fold the other black strip in half and glue it to her belt, so it looks like it's tied. 
Add her outer veil so it covers all the edges of the inner parts. Then glue down the moon at her feet. 

Now add simple, small, orange rays around Mary with the orange marker. Add gold glitter glue to the inner edge of her veil and add gold dots to make "stars".  Add red glitter glue around the outer edge of the "sun". Let that dry.
When it's dry add a threaded loop to make a hanger.
There you have it!  :-)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

May God bless you all with joy!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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Sunday, December 07, 2014

St. Juan Diego Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Juan Diego's feast day is Dec. 9th, followed by Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12th. Read more about St. Juan Diego HERE.
NOTE: I will be posting an ornament for Our Lady, but I only have a few minutes to spare. So for now here is St. Juan's ornament.
To make this ornament you will need:
  • gray felt
  • maroon felt
  • dark blue or black felt
  • medium brown felt
  • light brown or tan felt
  • peach felt
  • yellow felt* 
  • Permanent fine-point markers: green*, red*, orange*, brown, black
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • thread and needle for the looped hanger
* If you don't want to draw an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe you can add a small picture of her instead. Excluded the items with the * in the list above if you plan to use an image of  Our Lady instead of drawing one.

First cut out the parts like those above. Use the marker to add detail to his head. Draw Our Lady of Guadalupe on the yellow "sun", or find an image of her that will fit on the tilma. 
Add the shirt and hands to the gray background.
Next, add the tilma. Only glue the top part of the tilma. Add the legs under the bottom of the tilma, Then, glue down the lower part of the tilma. Add his feet/shoes, as well.
Now, add his head and the image of Our Lady.
Add the top part of his hat.
Then add the rim of the hat. 
Now cut off the extra background and add the threaded loop to the top to so he can be hung up. 
There you have it! Enjoy!

St. Juan, pray for us!

May God bless you all with Joy!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth


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