diy: simple christmas tree craft

It seems that every year we end up spending money on decorations for our tree. Now there is nothing wrong with that- getting into the holiday spirit is fun and infectious. Plus, having a few new ornaments gives you something to look forward to.

However, like the rest of the world we have spent even more time than usual at home this year. I, for one, have noticed how we were able to save more and spend less in doing such. So, in keeping with this year’s theme of saving some money and getting creative, I decided that any new ornaments to go on our tree would be made from our hands and hearts.

Inspired by the cutest snowman ornament that I came across on Instagram, the kids and I set about one evening collecting pinecones and twigs.

The following morning I grabbed the remaining supplies from our craft room. This included:

– a hot glue gun
– google eyes
– red, orange, and black pipe cleaners
– twine
– white paint

The first thing I did was paint half of the pinecones white. I chose ones whose tops fit together nicely. Then I set those aside.

Next, we set about making the reindeer. We glued the eyes on, followed by the red nose and antlers. Finally, we topped them off with twine.

For the snowmen, we glued their tops together. Then we fitted them with eyes, a nose, and a scarf. Lastly, the twine for the tree.

Remy and Wilder loved making them and hanging them on the tree. Over and over again (they keep rearranging the ornaments). Most of all, they cost nothing and provided us with an evening and entire morning of entertainment, and lifetime of memories. Best. Craft. Ever.

If you are wanting more Christmas DIYs, be sure to visit this post!

Emory

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easter

Today is Holy Thursday. 

We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
in whom our salvation, life and resurrection,
through whom we are saved and delivered. Gal 6.14

Last Easter, Geoffrey had chosen to braid the palm leaves that we were given through our church. Looking back, it seems like such a long time ago. We were in quite a different stage in our lives. Remy had just turned one, my job of nine years was ending, and Geoff was frantically searching for a different career. Even though spring had come early last year, we were so consumed with the stress over losing our jobs and our home.

I wish that I could go back and tell myself to enjoy those days. To have trusted more in God and that everything would work out in the end. Because it did. 

Sure, there were bumps along the way, but that’s life. I really believe that if you’re a good person, work hard, and have some sort of faith, good things will come your way eventually.

What do you believe?

Happy early Easter!

Emory

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happy halloween

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetHappy Halloween, everyone!

This is Remy’s first Halloween with us earth side. Last year I was nearly five months pregnant, and impatiently waiting for her arrival. 

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetWhat are your plans this year? We may visit a neighbour or two with Remy dressed up in her pumpkin costume.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI hope that everyone has a great night! Stay safe!

<3

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blankets and babies

Holly's Quilt - 5People have asked me in the past why I have a blog. If nothing else, it has been a great way to meet new and amazing people.

Holly's Quilt - 3In 2014 I wrote about how we could all use a good friend in our lives. The person that I was referring to was Holly from Noisette. She has been such a sweet and genuine presence in my life, albeit in an online and snail mail kind of way. Now, she has even reached out to little Remy! For that, I am so grateful.

Holly's Quilt - 9Holly's Quilt - 7We recently received this beautiful quilt in the mail from Holly. Every square inch of it is just so beautiful. From the colours to the prints, I am in love with every square inch of it. The back of the quilt even has the most whimsical rabbit pattern. Remy’s favourite toys so far have been her plush bunny toys. How she nailed both of our tastes so exquisitely I’ll never know. But it’s absolutely perfect.

Holly's Quilt - 4This is the first quilt that we’ve gotten as a gift. Remy has received the cutest supply of hand sewn blankets from her grandma, swaddling blankets from her Gigi, used blankets from her real aunt and cousins, and a crocheted blanket from her not-so-real aunt (my friend). They are, by far, my favourite gift to receive on her behalf. We always end up using several of them throughout the day. Also, who wouldn’t want to be kept warm and snuggly? I find them to be such a wonderful baby present.

Holly's Quilt - 8Happy Victoria Day, Canadians! Have a magnificent week, everyone. I’ll see you again on Thursday.

<3

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mother’s day

Remy Floral Outfit - 5

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

– Robert Browning

Remy Floral Outfit - 9This Sunday, we will be celebrating my first Mother’s Day. I’m so blessed to have become a mum to such a sweet little girl this year.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! For those of you who were in need of some spectacular gift ideas, click this link.

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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