Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

One of my wonderful parents sent me a link with a list of ways to show kindness to the Sandy Hook community.  One idea was to create unique snowflakes for the students returning to school in January. So on the last day before Christmas vacation, my fabulous Teacher Assistant, who by the way is now our school's TA of the year- Woo! Hoo!, guided the students in creating one of a kind snowflakes for the Sandy Hook students.

Here are a few samples:


These snowflakes will go in an envelope and mailed to Connecticut. My heart continues to grieve for the Sandy Hook Community- the children, the parents, the citizens, EVERYONE~

These snowflakes will definitely not take away the grief and pain, but hopefully relay the message that WE CARE~

If you would like to join in on the effort, click {HERE}. All snowflakes are due by January 12.

Thanks for stopping by~

Saturday, December 22, 2012

You've Been Elfed: A fun Christmas treat for the kids

You've been booed~
You've been egged~
But have you been elfed?

I "elfed" my second grade students with these fun treats.

It is not my idea.  The inspiration post is {HERE}- The gals over at Quilt Taffy made these as a neighbor gift. These gals have outlined all the materials and step by step instructions. I struggle with solid scrapbook paper, so I rummaged through my stash of pattens and pulled a few green sheets.  I really like the way the shoes turned out. My kids were so excited to receive them.

I know you're kids are out of school, but if you need a quick neighbor gift, scout treat, or stocking stuffer, these elf shoes are too cute to pass up.

The pattern link is here:
 Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

Like most of you, I am a Pinterest addict.  When I saw this card on Pinterest, I immediately pinned it to my one of my boards.  I love it's simplicity and the polka dots.

Pinned Image
Original post {HERE}
I needed to make a few cards to send to some family members in Minnesota.  This was the perfect card. So I used my tree punch and found a few scraps in my scrap paper drawer. This is my version.
Thanks for stopping by~

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Main Street Christmas

Hubby Jaggar and I joined in the festivities in our town's Christmas Holiday celebration last night. The weather wasn't too cold, but chilly enough to enjoy the hot chocolate and cookies provided by the local businesses. (We were in the 70's earlier this week.  I wore sandals to work and short sleeves, so I welcomed the long sleeve weather.)
Luminaries lined the streets around the Cultural Arts Center.
 This Christmas tree is made from discarded books from the library. It is proudly displayed in the foyer of the Public Library.

A close up of the folded pages.  The person /people who folded all those pages had to have a ton of patients and great company.
A live Nativity with the reading of the biblical Christmas Story.  This was my favorite.  Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
The lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Methodist Church.
One of the decorated houses in the Historic District.  I love the charm of older homes.
We still have time to mail our letters to Santa.
Other activities included pictures with Santa in the Town Hall, crafts for the kids in the Cultural Arts Center, music on the lawn outside the Public Library by local school bands, a hayride from the church to the library, and a chit-chat with Mrs. Claus in one of the Activity rooms.
The crowd was large, but not so large that one couldn't enjoy the the experience. 
What does your town/city do to celebrate the season?
Thanks for stopping by~

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