Creative Ways Link Party #33 and Features

Oh, my word! Can you believe Christmas is just a week away? It floors me how fast 2014 has come and gone. Well, I know you are all busy finishing up the preparations for the big day, so I'll keep this intro to the Creative Ways Link Party short and sweet. By the way, let's start the party a day early next week, shall we? Next week's party will start on Tuesday at 8pm central. 


As usual, there were a ton of great linkups from the last party. From beautiful to delicious, whimsical to rustic, here were some of the ones that put a little holly in my heart ;-) ( In no particular order... they are all awesome!)

Isn't this 2014 Christmas Mantel by Our Home Away From Home just gorgeous? I love all the sparkly green touches!

Love Bakes Good Cakes brought this gorgeous Raspberry Fool to the party. What a deliciously light and flavorful Christmas dessert!

BrePurposed rose to the challenge with this gorgeous, festive Christmas Marquee Sign! You have to see how she made this showpiece! 

I need to try some of this Skinnier {Eggless} Eggnog by The Kitchen Is My Playground. I've always been a little apprehensive about the raw eggs in real eggnog too. This sounds like a delicious alternative!

So Much to Make whipped up these festive Glittered Origami Christmas Trees. This might be a fun craft for my tweens to work on!

The Crafting Foodie brought this decadent spin on an old-fashioned favorite! This Oatmeal Cookie Layer Cake with Cinnamon Frosting and Dark Chocolate Ganache almost brings tears to my eyes it sounds so amazing!

This Reindeer Parking Sign by the DIY Dreamer is a charming outdoor decoration that sounds pretty simple to make too!

These adorable Dipped Oreo Reindeer Cookies by The Mandatory Mooch made me smile! So clever and yummy!

Are those awesome or what? Thanks so much to everyone who participated! 

If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! What have you been working on this week? I can't wait to see!

I've started adding the features to my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. Hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! (The features from the last few parties are on there as well!)


Link Party Guidelines
  • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
  • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways.
  • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
  • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
  • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
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    My Tranquil Christmas Mantel

    Here we are... just a little over a week from Christmas. I can hardly believe it. I've been trying to take time each day to reflect on the beauty of the season. I hope you've been doing the same. I just love it when the house is all decorated and the twinkly lights illuminate the pretty spaces.

    A Tranquil Christmas Mantel sets a beautiful tone for the whole season...

    Did you catch my holiday home tour last week? One of my favorite places in the house is my Tranquil Christmas Mantel. I touched on it briefly in the tour, so I thought I'd give you a closer look.

    A Tranquil Christmas Mantel with pine bows and pine cones keeps

    I love how peaceful it is during the day with no lights...

    A Tranquil Christmas Mantel with pine bows and pine cones all lit up.

    ... and when it is aglow with white lights at night.

    Our piano teacher gave me some of the fresh clippings from her Christmas tree, so those became the base upon which all the elements were built. I used lots of items I already had on hand, such as the mercury glass candlesticks and wreaths, as well as the sparkly little votive holders.

    DIY Snow Frosted Pine Cones under a cloche and a grapevine tree with snowflakes

    Some items, like the grapevine tree, were tweaked a little bit with some crocheted snowflake ornaments. Remember the DIY Snow Frosted Pine Cones? I've got them mixed in with some natural ones under a cloche and scattered about.

    Driftwood Nativity placed on the Tranquil Christmas Mantel

    My driftwood nativity from World Market a couple of years ago found a home up here too.

    "Be still and know that I am God" is the focal point of the Tranquil Christmas Mantel

    The "Be Still and know that I am God" sign centers the space (literally and figuratively) with some berry and pine cone picks tucked in for the tiniest bit of color.

    snow frosted and felt pine cones on the mantel

    The only new items on the mantel are the sweet little felt pine cones I made up a few weeks back. I still owe you a post about these little cuties.

    I'll be hanging our stockings up as we get a little closer to Christmas, but for now, I'm enjoying the natural beauty and serenity of my tranquil Christmas mantel. How are your preparations for the holidays coming along?

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    Food for the Soul ~ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

    This week is all about joy. The angels proclaimed joyfully the newborn King. (Luke 2:7-15) I cannot sing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing without tearing up. Who am I kidding? I can't sing any of the true Christmas carols without getting weepy. I am so moved that Almighty God would humble Himself to be born in such lowly estate.... to a young, fragile mother, in a manger meant for animals, in Bethlehem...just a blip on the map. Our hearts should burst with joy that the Creator of the Universe would stoop to take on human form so that He might walk in our shoes and lift us up out of the pit of despair. He wasn't just a cute, squishy baby... the story doesn't stop there. No, He came to give us new life, allowing us to be born again into His glorious Kingdom; He came to bind up our wounds and give us Hope. How can we not be joyful?!?

    I do know that the holidays can be a difficult time for many because of losing loved ones, financial struggles, illness, and broken relationships. Happiness may elude you as you watch others enjoying the season. My prayer is that your heart would be drawn to Jesus, the lover of our souls and the Great Physician... that He would give you the joy that you long for and the peace that passes all understanding. If you would allow me to, I would love to come alongside you and pray for you and your needs. We serve a mighty God!


    Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    Glory to the newborn King
    Peace on earth and mercy mild
    God and sinners reconciled!
    Joyful all ye nations rise
    Join the triumph of the skies;
    With the angelic host proclaim
    'Christ is born in Bethlehem'

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    Glory to the newborn King.

    Christ by highest heaven adored
    Christ the everlasting Lord
    Late in time behold him come,
    Offspring of a virgin's womb.
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
    Hail, the incarnate deity,
    Pleased as Man with men to dwell,
    Jesus, our Emmanuel!
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    Glory to the newborn King.


    Hail, the heaven-born Prince of peace!
    Hail the Son of righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings,
    Risen with healing in his wings.
    Mild he lays his glory by,
    Born that man no more may die,
    Born to raise the sons of earth,
    Born to give them second birth.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    Glory to the newborn king


    We've really been enjoying doing the readings each week, as part of our regular Bible time in school. Here are this week's verses for you to ponder too: 


    I Thessalonians 3:9-13,  Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38.

    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. May your heart be tuned to sing His praises this week!
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    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour 2014

    Well, I've been working like a little Christmas elf decking the halls of our humble home. I truly love this time of year with all the twinkly lights and sweet reminders of the Reason for the season. I was thrilled when Kendra of Joy In Our Home asked if I would like to be a part of her Holiday Home Tour series. I hope you'll stop by to see some of the other beautiful blogs that are participating (check them out at the end of the post).


    Are you ready to come inside for a visit? Well, come on in! Take off your coat and stay awhile.
    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour
     Join me for our Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour!

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour ~ Wreath

    We'll start with this super simple wreath I put together for the front door.  I used a pre-made swag that I purchased last year and attached it to a grapevine wreath with pipe cleaners and added a bow. Easy peasy... no fuss.

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Bucket of Berries

    As soon as you walk in, you'll see this sweet little bucket of frosted berries hanging on the entry wall to the dining room.

    Snowy Entryway

    My entry table has a wintery woodsy theme to it with pine cones, fresh pine clippings and birch wood ribbon. Some votive holders add a little sparkle.

    Snowy Entryway

    Snowy Entryway

    Snowy Entryway with felt pine cones and birch wood ribbon

    I especially love it at night when it is all lit up with candles. See those adorable felt pine cones? I'll show you how I made them soon.

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining with Nutcrackers

    Directly across from the entry table is the dining room, where I bedecked the table with my collection of nutcrackers. Yes, I still have the builder's gigantic mirror in here. It is a logistic nightmare with pictures. One of these days, it's coming down, and hopefully a built-in will replace it. ;-) But I digress...

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining with Nutcrackers

    Here the table is set with dishes and glassware. In case you missed it, I shared my Dining with Nutcrackers post on Monday. 

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining room

    Some pretties on the sideboard... remember the Christmas Brooch Art from last year?

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining room with nativity tree

    A small nativity tree...

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining room nativity


    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Entry Bench

    Moving down the hall, I have placed my Names of Jesus Wreath above the red ottoman/shoe box. 

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

    Well, we've passed by the bar area (that may or may not be cluttered at the moment) leading into living room. This room is one of my favorites. It's where we spend a lot of time. We do our homeschool reading in here, piano practicing, and it's where we cuddle huddle in front of the fire on chilly nights. It's right off the kitchen, so I get to look at the twinkly lights on the tree and the mantle while I do dishes. (It makes the task at hand a little more pleasant, especially when I have Christmas music playing too.) Our tree decorations are a mixture of collectibles, special ornaments made by the kids, pretty ornaments found here and there, as well as ornaments we've picked up on our family vacations. So many precious memories of special people and happy times are housed on this tree.

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room Mantel


    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

    The piano was the preferred spot for my special nativity scene and the Merry Christmas blocks.

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room nativity

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room snowmen


    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

    My snowman family is stationed on top of the armoire... you can see the Hoopy Holidays Snowman  hanging on the wall to the left.

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

    This little snowman figurine is snug under the cheese dome, creating a pseudo-snowglobe on the tray place on the ottoman. 

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen

    I kept the kitchen pretty simple. Just a little centerpiece on the table with one of my favorite little gingerbread men. I have a small collection of them too, but this little guy is the only one to make the cut this year. 

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen

    Of course, there is Christmas artwork on the refrigerator. I think I've told you that my daughter gets really excited about holidays. She loves drawing pictures and signs for all the special days.

    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen


    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen


    Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen

    Well, that about wraps up the tour. We've ended right here in the kitchen where goodies await. Can I cut a slice of Crustless Cranberry Orange Pie or offer you some of our traditional Christmas cookies. These are Pfeffernusse cookies, but I've also been baking up some Almond Crescent Cookies. I'm sharing them as part of the #cookiecountdown2christmas over at Three Kids and Fish today if you want to go check out the recipe!

    Thanks so much for coming over today to see our Christmas decorations. I hope you've been inspired to create some pretty little places in your own home. One of my favorite Christmas books, The Heart & Home of Christmas by Karla Dornacher, talks about decking the halls during this time of year. 

    "Considering God decorated the heavens- His own dwelling place- it seems no less fitting for us to dress up our homes with strings of lights, carols that worship His Name, and symbols and seasonal reminders to help us celebrate the birth of His Son." 

    I couldn't agree more.  I hope you'll go over to visit all these other bloggers who participated in this Holiday Home Tour. They each have their own style and spin on how they decorate for this beautiful season. Here they are:

    A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!   
    - Monday -

    A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  
      - Tuesday -

    A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  
    - Wednesday -

    A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!    
    - Thursday -

    A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!   
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