December 02, 2010

The Fourth Day of CHRISTmas - with Christie from a Lemon Squeezy Home

I am really excited to introduce you to today's guest blogger - Christie from a Lemon Squeezy Home.  I've had the chance to really meet her. Yes, in person.  So, I can tell what she's really like.  Christie has my very favorite personality trait.  She is sincere.  On top of that she has mad sewing skills, three cute kids, and a fantastic blog.  She is good about prioritizing her life as well.

She's full of ideas and she's going to show you a gorgeous ornament she made today.  Welcome Christie!

Hello everyone!  I just love Cheri and I love her blog!  It’s not hard to understand why we all read Cheri’s blog, is it?  She is ultra creative and talented.  I just love how many ideas she pulls out of her sleeve all the time!   How does she even sleep with all those ideas floating around in her head?  I have really enjoyed getting to know Cheri a little bit better over the past couple months. 

I was really excited when she asked if I wanted to do something for CHRISTmas.  What a wonderful idea and a great way for all of us to become more focused on what matters this Season.


I’ve always loved this artwork of baby Jesus by Simon Dewey and for a couple years have wanted to make Christmas ornaments out of them for neighbor gifts.  That might not happen this year, but someday (as with so many other crafts, right?!). The print is called “For Unto Us A Child is Born”.  They sell bigger pictures many places online and also at Deseret Book and Seagull Book.  I bought the 3” x 4” little prints that are about fifty cents at Seagull Book.

For Unto Us a Child is Born

After Cheri asked me to participate this week, I knew that I wanted to use this print but also make it into something my kids could be involved with and use every year. 

Picnik collage
(The source for the song quoted in these next four pictures is included at the bottom of the post).

You can make one with chalkboard paint for your kids to write their gift to Jesus on the back of the ornament. 


Or make a small pouch to glue to the back so they can write on little slips of paper and place them in there.  CTR stands for Choose the Right.


You Will Need:
-small artwork
-3” x 3” piece of wood (.29 cents at Joann)
-twine for hanging
-mod podge or glue
-glue gun
-star button (optional)
-either four 3.5” x 3.5” pieces of fabric and a small piece of velcro OR chalkboard paint


I found this chalkboard paint in the craft section at Wal-Mart.  It was about $4.00.


Here are a few more pictures that I’ll be using for more of these ornaments, also found at Seagull Book. 


The chalkboard ornament is super easy.  Just paint the back with about 3 coats (it says to let it dry between each coat).

I cut the picture to fit the wood and glued it on with mod podge.


Cut some twine for hanging and hot glue it down with a star on top.  You could drill a hole and put the twine through that but my hubby had our drill and always does.  That finished off this ornament!


My 5 year old decided what to write on it for his present to Jesus this year.  The great thing is that you can have them write something new daily or weekly, or just add to what is on there, though you may want to make the whole ornament bigger if you are wanting them to have room for more. 


For the pouch ornament, you could really do anything.  You can make it more simple so the seams are just inside and not lined, you can make it with Christmas fabric, or even  just out of paper or glue on a small envelope.  Lots of options.  
The fabric I used was found by the burlap at Joann.  It isn’t quite burlap, but it isn’t tightly woven like cotton either.  It’s similar to burlap but is more tightly woven. 
I took all of the 3.5” x 3.5” pieces and zig-zag stitched the top.  Then I added the velcro to the two lining pieces.  Layer two pieces without the velcro right sides together, and do the same with the velcro pieces.


Pin and stitch around the sides, leaving the top unstitched.


Zig-zag stitch around the edges you just sewed, leaving the top unstitched still.   Clip bottom corners.


Turn the velcro part right side out and slip into the other pouch, right sides together.  Pin, and stitch, leaving an opening for turning.


Turn right side out, then topstitch around the whole top, tucking in the opening so you sew that closed.  I sewed a star button onto the middle, then glued it onto the back of the ornament with hot glue, making sure to glue on the twine first.


My 5 year old took the paper and we explained what the ornament was for, and he wrote Share, Have Fun, and CTR (which means Choose the Right).


Cut the picture to fit the ornament and mod podge onto the wood.

So here’s the front of the ornaments.


And here’s the back!


The inspiration for these ornament came obviously from the artwork, but also from this beautiful song played throughout this wonderful video:

Thank you for helping us all focus on Jesus more this Season, Cheri, and for letting me be a part of it!

Thank you so much, Christie.  What a beautiful meaningful ornament.  I love that sweet picture.  Feel free to leave Christie a comment here.  Thanks for stopping by!


Tonya said...

What a sweet ornament. I love the chalk board paint. It makes it so fun for the kids!

Bridget said...

Oh I love this!

Katie said...

I just stumbled upon this series of posts. Thank you so much for hosting this! Such beautiful ideas to help refocus, as a family, the true reason behind celebrating Christmas. Looking forward to the rest of the week!

Jen said...

Thank you so much for this series and this idea! I'm having trouble getting through to my 4 yr old but I think this will help some. He will love helping me make these.

Unknown said...

Cheri- a great theme, thank you! CHRIST is the reason we do what we do. A beautiful post. And, interestingly enough...did you notice both of these lovely ladies wore circle skirts in their photos? I bet they came from MADE! How cute! :)

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

What a perfect way to describe Christie: sincere. And I love this idea of hers. She always does such a great job of teaching her children. I'm so happy she shares some of her ideas with us. And you, too, Cheri. Thank you.

Unknown said...

I found your blog just this morning via Christie's post as I receive hers everyday. Thank you for making Christ the center of your entries this week. It is very refreshing to see. I have linked back to this post via my page at:

Melissa @Lilac Lane said...

This is so beautiful . . . what a great craft to show the meaning of Christmas and with your kids too!

Megan/Brassy Apple said...

wonderful project Christie! :)

Taylor Swim said...

What a simple great idea. I just love the art work.

Delia said...

What a cool idea Christie. I like that we can write something we want to do for Christ early in the month and then have a visual reminder every time we look at the tree. Those Simon Dewey prints are gorgeous! I love that you post those touching videos too. :)

F e l i c i t y said...

What a charming idea! Thanks! :)

Felicity at {Simple Elegance}

Jocelyn said...

Thank you! Im going to play the video for my boys when they get home from school. Perfect way to kick off the season.

Unknown said...

The chalkboard is probably even better than the Mod Podge. Love it! :D

Unknown said...

I love these! Makes me want to go to the desert book store and Joanns right now! Thanks for the wonderful idea/tutorial

Randy and Shandra said...

Love this idea! I found you on Pinterest and plan on using this for our primary kids' ornaments this year. Thank you!


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