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Yarn-Wrapped Easter Tree…

18 Apr

Well if I hadn’t waited until 9 pm to photograph my final pictures they might have looked better.  But alas, I said I would post today and I meant it.  :)

Here is how to make a yarn-wrapped, tree branch, glitter rock, Easter tree to add a little cheer to your home as you celebrate our risen Lord.  Nothing quite says, “Jesus is risen!” like a branch smothered in hot glue and then wrapped with yarn.  So get on it!

Hot glue your wrapped branches into place… figure out how you want them before you glue and insert.  :)

Boom.  Almost done.  See those rocks on the left?  I spray painted them with glitter spray.  You can jazz them up however you want, or use those pretty pebbles you can buy at the craft store.  Whatever works to cover the green floral foam.

(ya, bad pictures… real bad.  Sorry!)  Glittered rocks – check.  Easter ornaments – check.

If this style  isn’t what your after, check out my Easter tree of yore.  That one was just as fun and easy, but I don’t really have the perfect spot for it anymore. This new one fits great as our table centerpiece.

How are you all celebrating Easter?  Anyone else getting their craft on?


It’s here!!

25 Nov

Advent that is!  THIS Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent!  Crazy, huh?

(Photo found here.  You’ll find more calendars on that link too!)

I picked up some little candle holders from a thrift shop and we’ll light a candle each sunday and then all the candles on Christmas day.  We also have our little Advent stocking garland that we stuff with all sorts of goodies!  Here’s my calendar, and below is one I just made for a friend this year.

We’re changing things a bit this year, for the first twelve days we’ll have chocolates and a card in each stocking with an activity to do each day.  Things like:

  • go cut a tree
  • deck the tree
  • make popcorn and gumdrop garlands
  • make a wreath
  • even just fun kid stuff like popcorn and movie night
  • hot cocoa drive
  • sledding
  • or bust out the tents and tunnels inside the house.

For the actual twelve days of Christmas I think we’ll have small gifts for them to open.  Really small… like maybe even parts to a whole that will be given Christmas day (maybe a train set? Playmobil? )

(This calendar sold, sorry folks!  Found here.)

I don’t have that totally figured out yet, can you tell?  Really, I just want to communicate the excitement, and try to get my kids to understand how the Hebrew people must have felt waiting and waiting for the Messiah to be born.  When the wise men saw the star rising, can you imagine the excitement?!  I don’t think I really can!  BUT!  I think/hope doing these seemingly silly things will help replicate what Christmas was and is, and why we do all this crazy stuff!  I’m not a writer, so fear not, I’ll shut my yapper and just say that I hope you’ll consider ramping up your Advent celebrations.  Seriously,  this is what Christian living is all about, pulling out all the stops to remember our Lord.

Ok, I’m not off my horse just yet. Here is a really good quote titled, “The Slippery Slope of Forgetting God”

“Begin with not honoring God’s day, and you will soon not honor God’s house; cease to honor God’s house, and you will soon cease to honor God’s book; cease to honor God’s book, and by-and-by you will give God no honor at all. Let a man lay the foundation of having no sabbath, and I am never surprised if he finishes with the top-stone of no God.”

~ J.C. Ryle

(this one’s found here.)

And, I would like to link this list of verses all about forgetting God.  It’s a real problem, people!  So here.

Now go forth and woop it up in the name of the Lord. Let the tinsel, chocolate and the un-ending stick of a candy cane in a toddlers hands overfloweth!

(my photo, my child, my sticky mess, my Sephers with Christmas 2008 battle wound below his eye.  I better go kiss him!)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

some advent cheer!

3 Dec

I have been making up Advent activities the night before and really flying by the seat of my pants!  Last year I was quite organized about it with presents and little crafts all planned out… not this year!  On the 1st we made this little Christmas craft kit my mom had sent a while ago… worked great!


The 2nd we made cookies which I needed to make for a party anyway.  Today we are going to play with our indoor/outdoor tents and tunnels, which has been hidden in the garage for  a couple months now, so should be very exciting!  I stumbled upon this just now and thought I would share for those of you who may be winging it as you go too!  It’s a printable Advent calendar as well as a list of fun activities to do everyday… thank you very much, skip to my lou!  

Happy Advent!

It was a fun Halloween!

2 Nov

We brought home this sweet little thing….



“Lily of the Field” is what we named her… calling her Lily for short, of course.

Then we decked out as the Super Hicks Brothers and went to the Fall Carnival….


so cute they nabbed the 2nd place award for group costumes and won 2 huge chocolate bars!  :)  


They were really proud.

Then just after Halloween ended, a new little nephew arrived, Hudson Carroll Wood was born to my beautiful sister-in-law and I can’t wait to meet him!!  :)

well, hello there!

21 May

Okay, so it’s been a while, and apparently there are people who still look at my blog.  Way-to-go!  I don’t have any cool things to show you, but I thought I would say that I hope to get back in the swing of things soon.  

For those of you who didn’t already know, I had a baby, about 7 weeks ago born with the birth defect, anencephaly.  He lived for 16 wonderful days and we were so blessed to have so much time with him.  We have started a blog for him, but will be slowly adding more content to it (emphasis on the word “slowly”).  So check out my little peanut!  


Levi Jachin Hicks

Born March 31st 2009, 5:30 pm

7 lbs. 8 oz.  18.5 inches


And I’ll leave you with these craft projects that are on my to-do list:


Superhero Cape


Toddler Bean Bag Chair

Rocket Man


2 Dec

i feel so relieved to have finished my advent calendar before the 1st!  here it is, lacking it’s #22 because i lost a ribbon and now need to buy more.  you get the idea though!  img_2261

my first inspiration to do this one was found here, but there are lots of cute advent garlands out there. my mom always got us the kind that have doors you open with a chocolate inside, and i loved them!  my reasoning behind doing this particular type is that one chocolate is not enough around here, so the stocking is big enough to hold lots of goodies for everyone.  


we also read some scripture (we are doing the christmas story this year) and have a fun thing to do or small gift involved each day.  i still don’t have it all totally worked out, but i like taking it day by day so i can figure out what kind of activity i’m up for that day.  some of my activities are making a gingerbread house (from a kit), buying and decking the tree, painting ornaments (bought from joann’s), and making our cousins some presents like candy necklaces and chocolate dipped pretzels. there are easier things like popcorn and movie night, or going to the indoor-playground, or a small gift like a car or dinosaur figurine (yes, i have boys).  what does your family do to celebrate?  if you have any advent celebration ideas you’d like to share, please leave a comment!  i’d love to hear them!  it’s always great to gather ideas for years to come.  let’s start celebrating the birth of our Lord! woo-hoo!

oobleck is fun

12 Sep

I found this post and decided it was too easy not to try!  2 cups cornstarch and 1 cup water with a little food coloring if you like.  Check it out!