Thursday, December 08, 2016

Handmade Gift Card Holder

Happy day to you, lovely friends!
Today I thought I would show you a fun little gift card holder
that's quick and easy to make,
and it makes giving gift cards a lot more fun.




Supplies needed:

fabric
fusible fleece
embellishments {optional}

Cut:
two pieces of fabric that are 6 x 9-inches,

one piece of fabric that is 6 x 7-inches,

and one more piece of fabric that is 5 x 4-inches.

Iron on a piece of fusible fleece to the backside of the front piece of fabric.




Fold the top over twice {about 1/4-inch} on the 6 x 7-inch piece of fabric
and the 5 x 4-inch piece of fabric.
Press with a hot iron and sew  along the edge
of both folds.




For the little pocket you will need to fold the sides in as well.
Make sure you don't fold in too much or the gift card won't fit.

Place the little pocket on top of the second pocket.
Pin into place and sew along the sides.




Layer the pockets onto the main piece of fabric.
Place the second 6 x 9-inch piece of fabric on top of the layers facing down.




Pin into place and sew along the edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.




Leave a small opening at the top 
so that you can pull the holder right side out.




Sew the opening shut.
You can also top stitch the holder along all four edges. . .
if you do that than don't worry about sewing the opening shut.




Now you can add some sweet embellishments.
I applied a tulle pom pom
and added a sparkly bead to the center.




I also attached a paper tag with a safety pin
to the larger pocket.




You could easily add lace to the pocket edges,
but if you do make sure you do that when you're sewing the folds down.




Place a card in the larger pocket
{you may need to adjust the measurements since cards come in different sizes}
This pocket size is meant to fit most cards.




And finally, slip a gift card into the small pocket.




The great thing about this gift card holder is that it can be reused.
You can also use it as a mug rug,
notebook holder, 
tablet case,
letter holder,
and so much more.

Add some "pizazz" to the gift cards that you give.
If you're not into sewing than hop on over to
where I have a couple listed.

And speaking of Rose Petal Blessings. . .
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And don't forget free shipping in the USA.
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when you checkout.




Before I end this post
I wanted to share the Christmas swap that I had the joy of participating in.
hosted this delightful Christmas swap
and what you do is fill a 1 liter container with Christmas goodies
such as ornaments, sweet treats, crafting supplies and so on.
You are also to include a recipe.

I was paired up with the hostess herself - what an honor!
Kimberley is from New Zealand
and we actually "met" through the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange
when she participated a couple exchanges ago.
Pictured below is what she blessed me with. . .

Christmas fabric and ribbon,
tape, several Christmas ornaments,
cookie cutters, candy, a New Zealand key chain,
a handmade wash cloth, a notebook, and cupcake papers.




Thank you from the very bottom of my heart, dear Kimberley,
for these beautiful Christmas treasures.
They will certainly be cherished and enjoyed.

I sent Kimberley these little lovelies. . .

Stationary, a handmade Kleenxe holder,
paper flowers, a tin of mint tea, a box of chocolates,
a pocket card, heart ornament, polka dot socks,
a wooden "Happy" sign, a small red frame {wrapped in tissue already},
a pumpkin recipe, and a fun "Merry Christmas" box.

This swap was truly a joy to participate in!




Please know that I always enjoy your visits and sweet comments!
Have a beautiful day.
{{{hugs}}}

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A Time Of Grace Trilogy Giveaway

Good morning, friends!
How are you on this lovely December day?
I hope you are well and enjoying this joyous Christmas season.
Just this past Saturday my husband, little one, and I 
ventured into the woods to find the "perfect" Christmas tree
and came home with a 9-footer. . .the tallest we've ever had.

Today I have a delightful book giveaway for you,
but first I want to share a teensy bit about the books that I am giving away. . .




A Time of Grace is a touching trilogy
that entails the lives and accounts of the Picoletti family.
As you read about the members in this family
you will be taken on an incredible emotional journey of
heartache, pain, disappointment. . .
hope, forgiveness, redemption. . .
love, grace, and healing.

The bittersweet stories of Grace and Sarah are presented in the first book
The Fragrance of Geraniums
and their tales continue on through the series.
Alicia gets right down to the nitty gritty and doesn't hold back
about the heartache, pain, and suffering these women face.
When they have sunk into the deepest pit and all seems lost
the Lord brings to light that there is blessed HOPE and REDEMPTION
found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
These precious women go through the fire,
but they come forth as beautiful gold.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: 
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; 
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
- Isaiah 43:2 -




The lovely author, Alicia G. Ruggieri, 
writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction
and this trilogy couldn't be more Christ-centered.
I highly recommend this set of books
as I know you will be blessed and encouraged just as I was.

To find out more about this wonderful author
you can visit her website:

Or you can check her out on Facebook

You can also find her books on Amazon.com

Since I enjoyed this trilogy so much
I am offering the entire set {actual hard copies of the books} 
to one blessed winner.

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment
telling me what a favorite book of yours is.

I will announce the winner 
next Tuesday, December 13th.



Thank you for stopping by, sweet friends.
This time of year is perfect for reading as you snuggle up by the fire 
or in a cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa.
The set would also make a delightful Christmas gift for any book lover.

Love and hugs to you!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

In The Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, 
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 
in the bleak midwinter, long ago. 




Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; 
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. 
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed 
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. 




Angels and archangels may have gathered there, 
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; 
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, 
worshiped the beloved with a kiss. 




What can I give him, poor as I am? 
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; 
yet what I can I give him: give my heart. 
- Christina G. Rossetti -




Sweet friends,
this post was shared on my blog three years ago.
Normally I don't reshare what I write since I like new and fresh content,
but this last week has been incredibly busy
and I did not get a Sunday post written - forgive me.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this song 
and the pictures of the glorious snow
{even if it's one you saw and read years ago}.




Have a blessed Lord's Day!
Love and hugs to you!


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Scrappy Little Wreath

It's the most WONDERFUL
time of the year.




HELLO, sweet friends!
How are you on this delightful Monday?

Today I have a sweet scrappy wreath to show you.
With the cooler days that November brings this is the perfect project to do
while sitting in front of the fire.
And don't forget to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee :)
We enjoyed some lovely snowfall yesterday
and today we are supposed to get some more.
Ah, how I love the snow!

Before I get into this darling and fun project
I wanted to let you know that Rose Petal Blessings
has a Cyber Monday deal.
Today only you can save 25% on your order of $20.00 or more
Plus, free shipping in the USA.




Now onto the scrappy wreaths. . .


To make this wreath you will need:
fabric
tulle
flat wood wreath
glittery snowflake
pearls and gems
hot glue gun and glue

Here is the wreath before. . .
it's about 14-inches in size.




Cut strips of fabric that are 2-inches wide
and wrap them around the wreath.
Secure the ends with hot glue.






Cut strips of fabric that are 2-inches wide
and 8 1/2-inches long.
Fold in half and keep the fold facing down every time
so that every strip matches.




Tie the strip of fabric in a knot.
Do this with the tulle as well.




I did a strip of white and cream fabric
then a strip of white and cream tulle.




Once your wreath is all tied up
you get to decorate it to your liking.

For the focal point I applied a glittery snowflake 
with a ribbon rosette in the center.




Then I added tulle pom poms.
I simply used tulle trim and rolled it up to create a pom pom.




In the center of my pom poms I added pretty gems.




I also included pearls here and there
to give it the perfect shabby look.




And the beauty of this wreath
is that you can hang it anyway you like.


You can have the embellishments on the left. . . 




On the bottom. . .




On the right. . . 




Or on the top :)




Of course I couldn't make just one wreath {{smiles}}

I made another one with silver and white tones. . .
perfect to hang in your home during the winter season.




This wreath also has tulle pom poms,
pearls, and gems.





And for the focal point 
I used a stunning 3D glitter snowflake.




The possibilities for this wreath are endless
and you can even make one for every season.




I also made some smaller versions
{with a 4-inch wood curtain ring}
meant for hanging on the Christmas tree, using as gift toppers,
or hanging around the home as charming Christmas decor.








You know I love your visits
and I appreciate your sweet comments!

Have a beautiful week!

. . .Love and Hugs. . .

* * * * * * * *

These lovely little wreaths are available in my Etsy shop

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thank You, Lord


Thanks be unto God 
for his unspeakable gift.
- 2 Corinthians 9:15 -




Some thank the Lord for friends and home,
For mercies sure and sweet;
But I would praise Him for His grace -
In prayer I would repeat

Some thank Him for the flow'rs that grow,
Some for the stars that shine;
My heart is filled with joy and praise
Because I know He's mine.

I trust in Him from day to day,
I prove His saving grace;
I'll sing this song of praise to Him
Until I see His face.

Chorus:
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.
- Seth and Bessie Sykes -




In every thing give thanks: 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 -




My dear friends, the Thanksgiving season has come and gone,
but may our gratitude live on each and every day.
Thanksgiving is not merely a day to be observed once a year. . .
for the Christian is must be a way of daily living.


Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, 
make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, 
talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: 
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord and his strength, 
seek his face continually.
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, 
his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth
 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; 
shew forth from day to day his salvation.
Declare his glory among the heathen; 
his marvellous works among all nations.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: 
he also is to be feared above all gods.
 O give thanks unto the Lord; 
for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
- 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 23-25, 34 -




This lovely little lady is Miss Evangeline.
Since I was sharing a post on thankfulness 
I thought it was the perfect time to share how I received her.

Kim, a sweet blogging friend whom I've known for only a short time,
celebrated her 60th birthday back in March.
As a way to celebrate her special year 
she decided to send out 60 random acts of kindness during this year.
I was surprised and thrilled to find Miss Evangeline waiting for me at the Post Office
and when I found out that I was one of her random acts of kindness
well, I was honored and amazed.
Miss Evangeline is simply the sweetest little thing
and yes, that's a tiny teddy bear that she's holding.
Darling, isn't it!

and she has a page where she documented every random act of kindness
that she sent out during 2016
You can view the page by clicking here.

I am very thankful the Lord allowed Kim and I to meet through blogging
not because I received a gift {though I do love Evangeline},
but because I found a  sweet Sister in the Lord.
Kim is a blessing to many people 
and it's a privilege to say that I have been blessed by her.

As many of you know,
blogging friends are very special and truly amazing.
Please know that I am incredibly thankful for all of you.




Have a blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends.
Hugs and joy to you!
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