Bible verse

God is our Refuge & Strength

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. – Psalm 48:14

Yesterday, I was spending my morning planning a post on creating a rustic and elegant Christmas table setting…

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love+grace | Christmas Table Setting

On this Christmas Eve morning I decided it best to share some of my favorite bible verses for those that may be grieving the loss of loved ones this holiday season. My 84 year old Grandfather, Pawpaw, passed away yesterday afternoon. There is much sadness this holiday season but he lived a very blessed life and we are rejoicing that he has gone to the Lord. I will miss him dearly.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength. – 2 Timothy 17

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18

I love you, O Lord, my strength. – Psalm 18:1

Blessed be the name of the Lord. – Psalm 113:2

I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. – 2 Kings 20:5

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O Christmas Tree

I so love the smell of a Christmas tree! Richard and I went the day after Thanksgiving to pick ours out – it was quite the site to see us decorating it. I thought it was still missing a little something this week so I decided to add a few special ornaments.

Our neighbors have plenty of pine cones that have fallen off the trees so I picked a few from the sidewalks. I popped them in the oven for about 20 minutes. This dries up any sap and they can be stored for many Christmases to come.

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love+grace | Pine Cone Ornaments

I still had some burlap from our wedding so I decided to use it to make the loop on the top but you can use any ribbon or twine of your choosing. I cut the burlap into 7 inch strips and hot glued the ends together at the top of the pine cone.

Let them cool and then add to the tree. Merry Christmas!

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love+grace | Our Christmas Tree
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Christmas Blessings

One of my absolute favorite things about Christmas is making our Christmas cards. I love sharing a personal wish for my loved ones.

Here are a few from past years:

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love+grace | Christmas Cards

I love the simplicity of the boxwood wreaths and topiaries I’ve been seeing this season. So I thought, why not add them to this year’s Christmas card.

I used a kraft 5×7 card with a matching envelope and printed a simple message on the card. Then using a spool of ribbon, I penciled a circle for where the wreath would go around the Christmas Blessings text.

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love+grace | Christmas Cards

You may be lucky enough to have a boxwood growing in your yard so snip a few sprigs and you can be on your way to creating this simple card. I found this great mini wreath at Target that I cut apart for the card design. With a little hot glue on the sprigs the wreath began taking shape.

If you have any remaining springs, they will make perfect accents to your holiday gift wrapping.

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Heaven’s Flower Pots

This past June my husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage – and what a wonderful journey it has been so far! As we continued to grow in our faithfulness this past year, I found myself praying the verse below quite often and wanted to find a charming way to share it with family and friends this Christmas.

With God All Things Are Possible. – Matthew 19:26

I picked out a few different sizes of unfinished clay pots at a wonderful shop nearby called Enchanted – even the name is charming! You may have some old pots just hiding in your backyard waiting to be filled. I painted them with outdoor patio paint in cloud white. You can add water to the paint for more of a white-washed look, and sponge grays to the base of the pot for more of an aged look. Let them dry 24-hours. I was going for a vintage feel so I used sandpaper to roughen the edges and create a few worn spots.

I printed a few special bible versus for the print. Or, you can find plenty of graphics online to download – be sure to mirror the image before printing and just use plain white paper.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

I cut out the graphic, took my mod podge and swiped on the printed graphic. Then I centered on the pot and rubbed it smooth. Then it’s another 24-hours of waiting – no peeking! The next morning, I dampened the paper with a wet paper towel and then ever-so-gently began rolling the paper off with my finger.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

After letting them dry, I sprayed them with a few coats of matte clear acrylic sealer.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

Then they were ready to plant. I found a great selection of succulents at Enchanted, along with cactus potting soil. Added a little water and sat them in the window sill for some sun.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

My pots of heaven will be going to some very special family and friends!

There’s also a great tutorial on transferring images using wax paper at Unexpected Elegance. Can’t wait to give this a try next!