Friday, December 23, 2011

Day 22

I love this one! I used an old gourd from Halloween. I covered it in some gold glitter and used a ribbon to hang it. I would have liked to add something to it but nothing looked right. So I left it plain. I also added some silver glitter to the stem.
And I wanted to share a picture of Alessa's Christmas tree. It has butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds on it.

Day 21

Day 21 I used a potpourri ball and covered it with my pink chunky glitter. The ball is from walmart. 
There's not a lot to say tonight. My hubby is in the hospital and I'm tired. We have an appointment at the heart Dr. tomorrow morning. Not sure how Christmas is going to go. Got bills to pay. Worried about presents for everyone or lack there of.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 20

Day 20

I made a music themed ornament.
I started with my plastic ornament. I cut up some scrap paper I had that was music themed.

I covered the ornament with the pieces of paper.

After letting it dry I put a layer of polyurethane on it to seal it. 

After it was dry I used some brown paint to give it an antique look. 
And for the final step I covered it with silver glitter paint to give it a little sparkle.

I cant believe its only 5 days until Christmas. I still have to do Christmas Shopping.
Rosie is showing a significant amount of hearing loss in one of her ears. For now they are just going to monitor it in speech therapy and see what happens. 
The story of being a preemie is "we will wait and see" so I guess we will wait and see.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 19

For day 19 ornament I also used pearl powder on the inside. Then on the outside I made a swirl of green glitter to add some dimension to this ornament. Simple and cute, with red and green.
Tomorrow we have a big day in another town for a hearing test for Rosie. More on that tomorrow. Also Christmas shopping is in order. We don't have any shopping places besides Walmart in our town. So we are taking advantage of our Dr. trip.

Day 18

For day 18 ornament i used my pearl-ex powder. Blue to be exact. I poured it inside the ornament and shook it around until it covered the whole inside of the ornament. Its very pretty and very simple. Its gives off a shimmer that the picture just cant capture.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Day 17

Today I spent time with my family so I did an easy ornament. Pink chunky glitter. I got the glitter at the Dollar Store. They have lots of colors and shapes of glitter to use. I got some more clear glass ornaments so I'm going to have fun with those. I also need to get back to doing my name pictures. I have a list I need to get done. 

Day 16

For  day 16 ornament
 I covered the ornament in fabric scraps and modge podge.

 Then I covered it with brush on glitter paint.

 Because I cant make anything without using glitter for some reason. Go figure.

Christmas is getting close. No snow for us so far. I don't like snow so I don't mind! I do like to decorate for the holiday though. I'm not fancy like some people. The week leading up to Christmas is always busy. My Mom is coming to visit this weekend. So we are all getting together for Christmas dinner. Then next friday its back to the heart Dr. for my husband, who is having the same problems he had before. They ended up putting a stent in his heart last time. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 15

Only 10 days until Christmas. That means only 10 more ornaments. It also means only 9 shopping days. Yikes! I'm never ready for Christmas. I hope to get my shopping done this weekend. 
Day 15 ornament was another plastic ornament which I covered in silver chunky glitter. Then I added some sequins (because I have lots).  

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 14

Wow 11 more day until Christmas. I can't believe it. This year went by so fast. I hope 2012 is a good year for everyone! 
For day 14 I used a plastic ornament and green glitter. After it dried I put a ribbon on it and then a plastic snowflake. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 13

Day 13 ornament
Its amazing what you can do with a little glue some red glitter and some bling!

Some computer games

If there is one thing I love its computer games! Here are some of the popular games that people play. I also added some anti-virus protection. Have a look. These are great gift ideas for Christmas too.

Day 12

Steampunk ornament
I started today's project with a gold plastic ornament

and some steampunk gears 

I used some super glue to attach the gears to the ornament

I added coiled wire in different spots

I also added some chain to a few different areas

I also hung some keys off of the chains

Monday, December 12, 2011

Best Sellers

Looking for a best selling book for a Christmas gift? Or do you just need a good book to read?
Here are some best sellers.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 11

Day 11
In the glass ball I put a little bit of peat moss and some ribbon flowers. Then I added a little plastic faerie (who will probably be stuck in the glass ball now).  This was my last glass ball, if I see some more I will buy them because I like them better than the plastic cheap ones. 
So this week I will have to be more creative. Maybe. 
I had my candle lit tonight to honor all babies and children who have left to soon. This is the fourth year for me. After four years I still cant find the words. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 10

Day 10
I used a cheap plastic ornament that I got at Walmart, I covered it with glue then epsom salts with some glitter mixed in. This was one of the easiest ones, besides the glitter ones. I have one more glass ornament idea one to come up with then I only have the walmart ones left.
Tomorrow is the Worldwide Candle Lighting , there is some good information on their site.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 9

 For Day 9 ornament I used a glass ball again (which are all gone now)
I took some decorative Christmas rope and some glitter and mixed it around a little so the 
glitter was all around the rope. I also tied a ribbon to the top of it. 
And there you have it day 9 and another easy ornament. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 8

For day 8 I used a premade maple leaf, some moss and some twigs. I put it in the blass ball for a woodsy ornament.
I like making these easy ornaments and have been getting my ideas off pinterest. If you need an invite just send me an e-mail.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 7

For day 7 I used some gold and silver metallic paint. I put a few drops of each color inside the clear ball and then I just mixed it around until the whole inside was covered.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 6

Day 6 ornament I used a glass bulb and some of those plant gel beads.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 5

Day 5 ornament is also a clear glass one. I put a gem sticker on the outside and on the inside I put a plain white feather. Another simple to make ornament especially if you have plenty of scrapbook stuff lying around like I do.
I like this one too. I cant wait to find some sort of little tree for them all. I will look for an idea tonight on pinterest.
Carly Marie over at Project Heal is doing a beautiful project for the Holidays. Please be sure to have a look if your interested in having your Angels name in a book of remembrance.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Decoration Day 4

For day four I made another clear glass ornament. I filled it about 1/3 of the way and tied a dove charm from the top of the ornament. Again its a very simple ornament. But I think i like it. I'm going to try to find some tree type of thing that I can hang my 25 ornaments on besides my Christmas tree. Because I already have it up and its pink and red and has no more room on it for any ornaments.

And God Said

I said, God I hurt.”
And God said, “I know.”

... I said, “God, I cry a lot.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you tears.”

I said, “God I am so depressed.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you sunshine.”

I said, “God life is so hard.”
And God said, “ That is why I gave you loved ones.”

I said, “ My loved one died.”
And God said, “So did mine.”

I said, “God it is such a loss.”
And God said, “I saw mine nailed to the cross.”

I said, “God, but your loved one lives.”
And God said, “So does yours.”

I said, “God where are they now?”
And God said, “Mine is on my right, and yours is in the light.”

I said, “God it hurts.”
And He said, “I know.” 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday decoration day 3

To make day 3 decoration I took a clear glass ball and covered it with modge podge then I sprinkled it with glitter. Very simple, yet very pretty. I have been getting so many ideas off pinterest. I am going to make a graphic of my 25 days of home-made Christmas decoration tonight.
I think this one is my favorite one so far! More to come.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2

Day 2 ornament was made with pipe cleaners and a glass Christmas bulb. I wound the pipe cleaners around a dowel pulled it off and cut them into inch long pieces. I then put the pieces into the glass ball. It was very simple. The next few will be a little bit harder.

This is one of my heart pendants I have been working on. I want to start selling them on Etsy. I'm just not brave enough yet. I will get there though. I still have to make it into a necklace. But I really like the way it turned out.

I was going to post some pinterest things tonight too but I cant get the page to come up so I will post that tomorrow.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Holidays Day 1

Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.

-- A A Milne

As Christmas gets closer I find myself thinking more and more of our Angel Alessa. As I sit here I just realize that its her her fourth Christmas in Heaven, and I am reminded how hard that first Christmas was. Not that any of them get easier... Just more and more tolerable as time goes by. But there is not a day that goes by that we wonder why and what if.
The first Christmas was the worst though. And thank God I had the resources to help us through. Resources meaning family support and some wonderful people on the internet.
One of the first places I found was the M.I.S.S. Foundation founded by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. There are some wonderful resources there.

I found this quote from Dr Cacciatore

"Wave of Surrender"
14 years ago, on July 27, 1994, my beloved child died.
"I was catapulted into dark, deep waters where waves of pain and loss crashed down upon me relentlessly. Grief, like a powerful rip tide, ensnared me and then carried me far from the familiar shore. I could no longer see my home between the waves that hammered me, and I fought for even a glimpse of the recognizably blue sky. The waves persisted ... and tumbled me, over and over and over, disorienting and confusing me. All was darkness and panic. I fought it. Occasionally, I would reach the coveted surface for a desperate, gasp of saline-laced air only to be wrenched back under moments later. Pockets full of time, direction, and reason were emptied into the hungry ocean. Grief filled my lungs. I would not survive unless I surrendered.
And so I surrendered."

When i read this I was amazed that I had felt exactly what she was describing. She put the words to it though and I could understand even more of what my daughter was going through. Although I could feel the pain it was just so indescribable there were no words, and as soon as I read those words it hit me that was how it felt. 
The other place I found to be very helpful was Compassionate Friends . It is a good place to find support. They have a Worldwide Candle lighting Ceremony coming up on December 10.

That first Christmas I made my daughter a scrapbook with pictures I had made with graphics off the internet and poems most of them can be seen here. There are also some name pictures from other people. 
About one month after Alessa died I had a dream that I saw Alessa's name in the sand the next day I found Carly's blog and she wrote Alessa in the sand for us. After that I got the idea to do my names in the sand and that's how I got started. 

This month I'm going to make one idea a day off of pinterest. So today for Day 1 I made an ornament in my blog theme of the beach. I took a glass ornament filed it with sand and shells and you have a cute little beach themed ornament.