Monday, December 6, 2010

Moms In Touch gifts, and other ramblings.......

Back side of candle and card
 Hey there folks! I hope you all are doing well. I am VERY happy to be back and to have TWO new followers!

Thank you new followers, I am VERY happy to have you join me:)

Back side of candle and card
from the top

Here are some Christmas gifts I made this weekend for the Moms In Touch prayer group I lead in my community. We get together every other week and take some time to pray for folks in our community who may need it. It's a nice way to be able to help others and share your faith. I joined the group almost 5 years ago, and started leading about 3 years ago.  Anyway, I always make some litte handmade giftie to pass out at out annual Christmas meeting which is TODAY! I made a set of 6 red ones and 6 blue ones (of course, I HAD to make some blue ones!;)

Peanut blossoms
I LOVE that Verve stamps has so many options with Bible verses. This seemed to be the perfect one to use for my friends who take time out of their busy lives to serve God and our community in this special way. I cut the scalloped hexagons and squares (as well as the plain cream pieces I stamped with the Verve stamp...) out on my Cricut. I stamped the candles by stamping on white tissue, and embedding the stamped images into the side of the candle with a piece of wax paper and a embossing gun. If you've never tried this, there's a GREAT tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here. So I stamped them with the retired stamp set from SU! "Scandinavian Season." I used the snowflake on the blue ones and the mitten on the red ones. Then I used some of my NEW DSP (Candy Cane Christmas and Deck The Halls in the new Holiday mini catalog) from SU! to create a band around the candles and for the love notes/gift tags. The candles were 1$ each at Dollar Tree (an important point to make, since, IMHO, candles have become WAY too expensive as of late!)

Seeing Santa
Also, you see my cookies here, these are Peanut Blossoms and if you've never made them, you've likely eaten them at a BBQ or something. Most people make them with a Hershey's Kiss in the middle, but my hubby informed me not long after we married (which was a looooong time ago! ;) that if you use a Kiss that it's too much chocolate (I know, there's no such thing, I agree!) but he also made a good point that then the Hershey's Kiss gives the cookie a hard center and it should be soft, so (FINALLY getting to my point here!) that's when I started making them with 3 chocolate chips instead. The fun thing is, at the holidays you can use those red and green chocolate chips. I was planning to do that today, but couldn't find any at my grocery store. Oh well, ces't la vie.

And here's the boys with Santa! Ian is getting too old to believe, but he was still willing to go. Evan was VERY excited and I even had to take him back a second day so he could see Santa AGAIN!

Well, that's it for me today, PLEASE follow or comment if you can I only need 2 more followers to get to my goal of 20 by the end of the year, help me out, particularly if you are a regular visitor anyway? That would be SO fabulous!

I hope you all stay warm, have a stellar day!!



Berenice R. said...

Such a beautiful gifts and so nice picture of your boys with Santa. Have an excellent week :)

Julie E said...

Forgive me if you get 2 msgs! I never seem to wait for word verification to finish!
So anyway, what a great way to give a candle! cute pic of your kids too and yum to the cookies!

Joan Ervin said...

What awesome candle used such pretty colors and stamps!!! Your cookies sound yummy...I'll have to try the chocolate chips!! Your little boys are adorable, too...I bet they were really excited to see Santa!!!