Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas color...

 Has everyone survived the crazy weekend?  We didn't have any shopping to do because I make a point to buy and wrap all the gifts we are giving before Thanksgiving ever arrives... I'm one of those people that do much better with that chunk of stress completely off my plate for the holiday season, so I force myself into high motivation and get it done in early November.  I just have to.   
And with that done, I'm taking the next 30 days (give or take) to buckle down a few areas of my heart that have been getting shoved into a corner over the last few months. Taking time to focus on daily gratitude for my overwhelming blessings, repair some things I've broken with stupid choices, work through forgiveness for disappointment and heart hurts.  Allowing myself to experience and process loss in some relationships that have drifted away and giving God the guilt that perhaps if I'd only done_____ or said_____ or not said______... that sort of thing.  Learning to let go and say a pure thank you for what I hold in my hands on this day.

I spent a long time at the bookstore carefully reading and selecting a new study to dive into.  I came home with two different bible studies.  I picked up one because it sounded good... then after flipping through another one I held it close to my heart after reading a few passages of healing balm on the inside flap.  As we checked out last night I realized they were both on the subject of hearing God's voice.  (Guess I don't need to tell you that I my ears long to hear from Him in many areas.) 
 And of course I'll be focusing on this season.  Has it hit anyone else with it's oncoming speed or has that only been me?  I feel like I need to pull over to the side of the holiday highway and catch my breath!
 We picked out our tree this weekend in the pouring rain.  And when I say pouring rain... I mean it was a downpour!  By the end of it, I had to wring out my hair before getting into the car.  My man stood in front of this gigantic tree and I know he was considering... It was his turn to pick this year and all I asked was for a small tree.  We have such a tiny living room space that a large tree+crazy growing puppy= disaster. 
 In the end... I spotted this baby tree and we all fell in love with it's sweet shape and size.  However... we didn't anticipate the fact that it was infested with small spiders.

People, you can not begin to know how afraid I am of spiders.  They make me physically shudder.  My man was very sweet and has been killing them for days.  I have nearly thrown the tree outside, but it appears to be under control now.

#Imayberethinkingthisfreshtreethingnextyear
 We spent the rest of the weekend decking the halls and dealing with this little man who finally came around and smiled for me in this moment.

It was traumatic and hard most of the weekend and we also bought a parenting book while at the bookstore.  Ha!

Sometimes it's far more than Adrain and I can handle.  Thankfully, never more than God can handle.  That said, we are rethinking many things with this child, his meds, etc.  
 I didn't mean for this to be a heavy post... but it was a mixed weekend for sure and I'm nothing if not real here on my blog.  Perhaps that's why this year I've swathed my surroundings with pops of bright, happy colors.  I felt inspired by vintage ornaments (which I shall collect for the rest of my natural born days) and I've found several spots for them, which I'll show soon.
 And finally I have to share the secret to the easiest craft project I've ever done in my entire life- this inexpensive ornament wreath. 
 I already had the ornaments, but you'll want to purchase quite a few.  (Mine were a cheapie box from Target) You will need a wire coat hanger, a pair of wire cutters, and ribbon bow.  That's it!  Untwist the top of the coat hanger to open it up.  I snipped off the place where it was all twisted so I'd have a smooth starting point and curved the coat hanger into a circle shape.  At this point you may or may not need to hot glue the tops of the ornaments (the hanger part) down.  My ornaments were plastic so I didn't worry about it.  String your ornaments onto the coat hanger by the tops one by one until you have a full string, then simply twist the clothes hanger around itself until it's secure at the top.  Snip off any excess and tie a pretty bow on top. 
It makes a cheery and colorful welcome, and it only takes a few minutes to create!  I think mine took about five minutes to create.  (Original idea found here.)

How was your weekend??







31 comments:

  1. Hey Sweet Sasha! I am over-impressed that you have your Christmas shopping done already! I wish I could do that, but I am not a good gift-giver in the sense that I can't wrap my brain around what to get everyone -- and therefore, it takes a while for me to get my act together.

    I LOVE your wreath. I have seen these before, but never thought of them as easy to make. I think I have an old wire shirt hanger from the dry cleaners that would be perfect to get me started! Thanks for the inspiration! HUGS! ~Sally

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  2. I have a few boxes of ornaments that I haven't used in the last few years that would be perfect for this project. Your decorations look festive and cheery. Hang in there with your little man,(not that I ever thought you would do otherwise). I will pray for your sweet family.

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  3. Dear Sasha,

    I so enjoy what you post, your raw honesty is so refreshing. I am a counselor by profession. I love your heart work. I immediately got out my journal and asked what I needed to deal with. So many fail to do the work of feeling the hurt and of forgiveness. The end up numb, the worst are addicted, depressed, hopeless. Invite thenHoly Spirit to come open your eyes and ears that you may be able to hear him answer your heart's questions. I am constantly asking for more. Bless you this holiday season! More pictures of the dog please. We just got a 2 year old yellow lab. He is fabulous.

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  5. This post resonates so strongly in me at this given moment. I am new to your blog and have enjoyed your writing over the last couple of weeks that I have visited here. You are truly gifted in being a wonderful writer from the heart. I appreciate that you share your thoughts so freely and that you allow us readers to connect to you in such a personal way. I hope that your upcoming holiday season is filled with many blessings and times of reflection. I am like you and get all my shopping done and wrapped way before Thanksgiving. It is always my hope to truly enjoy the real reason of the season of Christmas

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  6. Love that wreath! I'm finally getting into bright and cheery colors at Christmas....It's a big step for me! I really love the traditional deep reds and greens and golds.

    Despite the stress your weekend does sound pretty great! You guys put so much effort into loving both of your kids. It's definitely inspiring. Your little man is growing up so fast....Yet, he still needs so much! Glad you know God's right there with you!

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  7. girl. i think God wants us to feel at a loss when it comes to raising our kiddos. cause then we run to Him. or at least that's my motto since i don't know what i'm doing. : ) you are so amazing. i love your orderliness when it comes to planning ahead. i am happy to say that i have all of my shopping done except for our Hunter. phew! such a relief. i love you pop of color wreath. looks so gorgeous, as do all the pretty touches. i could definitely get cozy in your house!

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  8. Very Cool wreath! We spent the weekend decorating as well.... i just had a disappointing moment of the weekend when my husband informed me i got a dud box from home depot and my flood light that was supposed to shine on my door wreath would not be happening.... now gotta run back in! and ewww on the spiders... seriously i would have died!

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  9. The wreath is gorgey, but what I really want to know about is your SWEATER! That gray Varsity-ish one peeking out... LOVE!

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    1. Hahaha that's almost a glorified house coat. (Robe? My mama says housecoat) I wear it all the time when I'm sloppy... it's long and cozy. :)

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  10. Well a time out is looming straight away for me too. Can hardly wait. Wish I could disconnect from every thing but then I'm sure I'd feel depressed. Bummer about the spiders. That would do me in. You know I hate spiders! Love the wreath. Color makes me happy.

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    1. Yes I hear ya... let's connect this week and we'll discuss our timeout together. I need a good visit in the worst way!

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  11. I came over here from sweet Deborah's blog. You have such a wonderful blog filled with many creative ideas. Love the Christmas trees.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  12. What a great wreath so shiny and bright, I've started decorating outside on the porch tree next week.
    Can't wait to see more of your casa you always deliver.

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  13. I've had my share of sifting through relationships that have changed for one way or another. . .I'm in a season where new friends have popped out of the woodwork and held me up after Ernie's accident. I'm still gulping gratitude and would love to hear what studies you are doing. . .I need to venture into one myself--I finally feel like I get it. . .get Him. . .know Him like never before and I need to keep that growing: )

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  14. I recently found your blog and decided I better stop lurking and say hello. Love your pics and posts. Such a happy place to visit here. Your wreath turned out beautiful. I did a similar one but used a premade greenery wreath as my base. Your tree is darling...I can see why your family fell in love. Wish we could get fresh cut Christmas trees down this way but if there are spiders maybe it is better if I keep using the fake one (shuddering). I am so with you on collecting those vintage ornaments (one of my favorite things). BTW I love your header too.
    Debbie

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  15. OMG-ahhhhh! Im a big pre-holiday shopper myself (nice to not have to worry plus its nice to shop all year long and not have to stress teh wallet in December) but you have all your WRAPPING done? DANG woman, I am impressed! SO impressed. Seriously. Go you!

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  16. I love this post more than you can imagine. I love your honesty, and your words are beautiful. The whole second paragraph...holiday highway...so many other things that you said. And that darling tree?! And the wreath...I am as smart as a block of wood. I don't think I could make it. haha! It is adorable though! I hope your studies prove ear-opening. :)
    And on the tree and the spiders...one reason I don't want a tree each year is because I'm terrified it will have roaches in it. (I live in TX) I would CROAK. I'm not even kidding. So, I hear you on that one.

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  17. The first year we were married - 15 Christmases ago - we bought a live tree. It was beautiful! And it was FULL of millions of tiny praying mantises!! My word, they were everywhere. So I get you on the spiders, but you win for the yuckier bug!

    Your wreath is gorgeous! Thanks for explaining it in such an easy way.

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  18. Love your realness. And your wreath. Bless you this Christmas season!

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  19. I'm struggling with the speed that Christmas is flying toward us!!! I was/am so not ready to decorate by my youngest son is somewhat of a Christmas Elf - this is truly HIS season, so how could I continue to deny him!! Yesterday after church we set to work! It was hard. I have control issues when it comes to decorating but I have to open up my hands and let go. We're getting there!! Still need to bring our trees down! Your home looks wonderful!!! I love that adorable and easy wreath!! How fun!!!!!

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  20. Isn't it interesting how we think we have everything under control in so many areas, and then we're knocked off balance by something unexpected? Your little man is probably feeling the changes of growing up like my Lil' Guy. It's not an easy road, but knowing that you are listening to your hearts to do what's best for him is a challenge worth taking. You'll all be better off for it. Continued blessings...

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  21. What a great idea having your shopping done score Thanksgiving. I love that! I am definitely starting that next year. We all head out at once and get three gifts for each other. Just like the wise men brought three gifts for Jesus. My husband is responsible for filling the stockings and I make sure the decorating is done. It has gotten harder as the children are in college now. This year they have done their shopping and I am doing a handmade holiday.
    Love your wreath and look forward to you sharing the rest of your decor.
    I will be decorating all this week and participating in a home tour next week. Hopefully you can drop by

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  22. you never cease to amaze me, i wish i would get it together to do all my shopping, not to mention your impecably clean house! love the new wreath. thank you for sharing the good and the bad. Be encouraged for God always has a plan.

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  23. I just have to say that I love your blog! Your house is so beautiful and that wreath is gorgeous! I can't believe it was made with a coat hanger. I wish I had my Christmas shopping done - I haven't even started yet! Your blog is great and I can't wait to see what you do next!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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  24. I love your blog, pictures, jouranls, etc. It is so refreshing to read someone's honesty, transparency and spiritual journey - what an inspiration to many! Keep up the good work - you truly bring Glory to our Lord!

    P.S. - My husband and I were in downtown Seattle the same night you and your honey were there and took a picture of the same man/statue!! Too funny that we were that close the same night! I realize I can't ask you where you live since you don't know me and this is public - but I am in the Renton area - any chance you live close by? Would love to treat you to a coffee and talk about the Lord and raising our wonderful challenging kids :)

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  25. Yay! Sasha's house at Christmastime! eeeeeek! I love your wreath. I have to make one. Seriously, the white deer head on the wreath hanger? LOVE! Bless your heart in your struggles with your precious boy. Mine's 21 now and he's grown into a wonderful, godly young man. I had such tearful days that turned into years. He surely kept me on my knees in prayer! Take heart. ♥

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  26. We usually get a real tree every few years, but mostly have an artificial one. however, they need to be thrown out every 5 years because they start to decompose and are not good for your health when they start to do this. that being said, I am thinking I may not get a real one for quite some time. spiders~eek! I was bit by one about 6 years ago and ended up in the emergency room bc my leg swelled up! JJ is so adorable! don't you wish they came with manuals when they were born? :) love the wreath, so pretty on your door!

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  27. oh girl..i hear you so loud and clear..i am feeling the SAME way..praying for another study..what He is trying to say that I am just not sure of..yet
    this down time has gotten my attention for sure. He is just so much more important than all THIS...life..crazy hectic ... ugh i don't know.
    I am praying now and wanting to begin the first of the year after all the holiday craze..will you pray with me?
    i pray He speak so sweet and soft to your heart..oh for a heart that is His ..what He can show Himself through. YOU are that "sweet heart" He is looking for:)
    your wreath is precious as all of your stuff always is. I know so much love and forethought and care go into all you do. like the proverbs 31 woman:)xo

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  28. That last picture of the open door and JJ with the dog just DID. ME. IN!! I know that that sweet child is miserable, too, and I'm praying God's blessings on you both.

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  29. You will have to keep us posted on your new bible studies. I am also longing to hear God's voice... and praying for the grace and strength to respond.

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