Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Pictures!

     Today I went to our church in the morning  to take some brighter, fresh looking pictures of the beautifully decorated tree. Looking at these makes me see God's creation in the beautiful things in life, and makes me to appreciate it all the more. :)

All Photos are Copyright by Madeline Burris Photography

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Christmas Project!

     I have been trying to decide something to do for the many friends that I have, instead of buying gifts I thought I would knit them gifts, it's more sentimental!! So this is my project...Knit Christmas Tree Ornaments! I will post the pattern below! :) Enjoy!!

     ~Knit Christmas Tree Ornament~ 

Approx 5" high and 4" wide
Not vital
Green worsted weight yarn(I decided to use white)
Needles appropriate for yarn
CO 4 sts.
Work in St st (stockinette stitch)for 4 rows.
Using the Cable Cast On or Knit Cast On, CO 6 sts; K rem sts.
CO 6 sts; P rem sts - 16 sts.
Cont in St st and dec 1 st each end every row until 6 sts rem.
CO 4 sts; P rem sts.
CO 4 sts; K rem sts - 14 sts.
Cont in St st and dec 1 st each end every row until 4 sts rem.
CO 4 sts; K rem sts.
CO 4 sts; P rem sts - 12 sts.
Cont in St st and dec 1 st each end every row until 2 sts rem.
Break yarn and pull through loop, leaving a long tail to make loop for hanging. 

     The tree will curl, so you will have to starch it.
    • Knit the ornament following a pattern from a craft book or magazine.
    • Prepare a solution of laundry starch and water according to the manufacturer's directions or mix half fabric glue and half water. If desired, add glitter or sugar for sparkle.
    • Saturate the clean* snowflake in the solution. *Clean by completely saturating in water and letting air dry.
    • Use rustproof pins to pin the ornament into shape on a towel or waxed paper.
    • Let the ornament dry completely before touching or moving it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guess What's Just Around the Corner???

     You got it! Christmas! I remember saying last Christmas, "Before you know it, it will be Christmas again." How time flies! Christmas has to be my favorite season of all. The beautiful weather, the giving, the overall sense of joy. However, Christmas shouldn't be about making ourselves feel good by giving or receiving gifts, or making and baking things(for Santa?) It really should be about remembering our Savior's birth! Jesus Christ came down from Heaven, He relinquished His heavenly throne to come down to earth as a human baby boy. Matthew 1:21 says, 'And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.' "Save His people from their sins..." I'm that person, and so are you! Jesus gave up so much to come down to earth, but He wanted to! He knew why He had to, he knew he would one day die on the cross for all the sins of the world(that means yours, and mine). Philippians 2:8 says, 'And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.'

    This year, remember what the true reason for Christmas is. Jesus Christ...He came to this earth as a baby, He lived a holy perfect life as a child and a man, He died for the sins of the world, and He rose again to one day come back to earth and receive the Church. I Thessalonians 4:16-17, 'For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.'