Good morning! Thank you for all of the positive and uplifting thoughts and quotes left on my last post. I truly appreciate you sharing a bit of yourself and a lot of your heart :). This world needs more of this I tell you. It's amazing to me how one person plus their outlook/attitude can either lift or tear down and personally I love surrounding myself with people who see the good and help me see it too.
Today I have a fun project to share with you created for the Sizzix blog using the Stocking Gift Holder die, (which I think I will wear right out), and new Teresa Collins paper and embellishments from the Tinsel & Company collection. Gorgeous!
This die allows you to make mini stockings from paper, fabric, felt, brown paper bags, newspaper, book pages, sheet music, the list goes on! And, they are just the right size for a gift card or other small gift. I love 'em and then come together so quickly. I dressed mine up glittered gold paper, vintage trims, glitter, sequins, chipboard, etc.
You can check out my tutorial of how I put this together HERE on the Sizzix blog.
The winner of the Freckled Fawn OHDEERME July Embellishment kit, chosen randomly is, CHRISTAL MCLEAN who shared a quote found on Pinterest.
Christal, please email me at email@example.com, leaving me your address, and I'll have your kit shipped out to you.
Before I go, I wanted to share a story that I recently heard in church. It touched my heart and I have been thinking about it ever since. I think it's because it beautifully summed up the feelings I experience as a wife and mother. It speaks of a mother's love of her family, having them gathered around her in her care, with only each other to worry about.
“I love a winter storm. … When the wind starts to blow and the snow begins to fall, a feeling of excitement starts to build. … When I can’t see the trees at the neighbor’s farmyard, … I phone my husband! … He then picks up the children who are at school. … It is hard to describe the feelings I experience as our family is gathered home, and the storm rages outside. … And I love it! Everyone is safe; we are together. We have lots of food and water. The longer it lasts, the better. … We are shut off from the world. … We bask in the warmth of our home and in the warmth of our love. My heart is full, and I am at peace. Sometimes, I wish I could just stay like that forever, with my family gathered around me, protected, shut off from the evil influences of the world. But alas, the storm blows itself out eventually, we dig ourselves out, and off we go to face the world again.” 1 Spiritually Strong Homes and Families JOSEPH B. WIRTHLIN Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
I love the picture it paints, don't you?
Enjoy your day!