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Handmade Christmas Gifts

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We love coloring, if that’s not already obvious ♡ We found a very neat etsy shop by the talented Maike Geller. Her prints are reasonably priced and available for immediate download, printing and coloring fun!

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She has letters, floral designs, Christmas pieces and more.  Check her out!

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We decided to download a few letters for some family members, as well as a bouquet for my parents. We purchased simple, white frames from Michael’s craft store. These gifts were inexpensive, enjoyable to create, and, of course, personal!

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Homemade Christmas Cards

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After coloring our icons of the Mother of God and Christ and the Nativity scene, we scanned the images and had them printed as photos. We bought gold, calligraphy pens to write Christmas greetings on the back of each card.


Coloring!

It’s beautiful, fun and relaxing! I have been working out of these books:

Animal Kingdom
Tropical Paradise
Lost Ocean
Secret Garden

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Coloring

It’s been raining pretty much non stop for weeks now. I wish I could say the forecast foresees an end, but that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the lush, brilliant colors brought out by all the rain. But it would also be nice to get out without either being poured on or stepping in water and mud puddles up to my knees.

So it seemed the perfect opportunity to pull out the coloring books for my daughter, my sister and myself. We enjoyed coloring in my daughter’s books for awhile before moving on to the “adult” coloring book.

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The beautiful pictures in this book are so intricate, coloring can only happen in either pieces or while little ones sleep.

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Two hours later, we finished our coloring and are now icing our elbows.


Getting Ready for Easter

This April 12th, Orthodox Christians celebrate their Easter (Pascha). While busy with school and Holy Week services and the rest of the day to day duties of a house and six kids, I’m trying to squeeze in time for fun Easter activities for the kids. 

I just came across the most beautiful blog by another Orthodox on egg decorating. If you have never seen truly decorated eggs, you are missing out on an amazing art form. I will try my hand at a few of these decorating ideas. For now, we’ve enjoyed coloring Holy Week and resurrection icons.

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Happiness Is a Box of Crayons

A few years back, I read an article on Yahoo about 100 ways to boost your mood. I cannot seem to find it now. However, I only remember the number one suggestion. Perhaps because it wasn’t what I thought would top such a list geared toward adults. But mostly because of its simplicity. Coloring! Suggested media: crayons. And I have to admit, there is something very relaxing about coloring, whether in a goofy cartoon book with the kids or just on a blank sheet of paper alone.

My kids all love coloring. Baby loves eating crayons still, but I have confidence he’ll outgrow that soon.

So for happiness, grab a kid, box of Crayolas, some paper, and get started!

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