Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

To all of my fantastic customers, thank you for a wonderful year!
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the best for the coming year!

**My shop will remain open during the holidays but will be closed January 9-23

Monday, December 22, 2008

Some customs

Here are some of the custom pieces I've worked on from the past few weeks. Is there anything you'd like to see added to the shop?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Great news, I just finished up my last set of orders and finished shipping everything today!
So hopefully you will all get your orders before Christmas.

Now I can catch up on my Christmas preparations!

We normally have snow on the ground much earlier in the year than this, but not this year. It finally snowed quite a bit a few days ago. My kids were so excited! So is it looking like Christmas where you live?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Worried about gift wrap?

Whew, we've been super busy around here, thanks so much for all of your orders!

Today is the last day I can guarantee Christmas delivery with regular (1st class) shipping so if you still need a few gifts then head on over to my shop.
And with priority shipping the last day I can guarantee Christmas delivery will be orders purchased by the 12th, so you may want to hurry!

If you end up ordering after the 7th and you need your purchase before Christmas then make sure you include the shipping upgrade to your cart.

Each order comes in a brown box tied with a ribbon, perfect for gift giving, or gifting yourself!
*Color of ribbon will vary.

Need a great gift tag to go along with it? Then check out this site for lots of cute printables!

I also decided to give a few family members a personalized ornament for Christmas.
What do you think?

If you need one then feel free to contact me.
I'm not listing them in the shop right now.

The Symbols of Christmas

Christmas is not only beautiful, but it can be very meaningful if you allow the symbols and imagery to remind you of the Christmas story.
Did you know all of these?

*Candy cane - made by a Christian confectioner as a reminder of the Shepherd’s staff. They were red and white - red for the blood shed by Jesus Christ, white for His purity.

*The Wreath - God is the Alpha and Omega. He is everlasting. His kingdom knows no beginning and no end. (Revelation 1:8)

*The Lights - "Jesus, the Light of the world." (John 8:12)

"The Lord shall be thy everlasting light." (Isaiah 60:20)

"The Lord is my light and my salvation." (Psalm 27:1)

*The Holly - crown of thorns (see red & green below)

*The Star - marks the place where the Christ Child lay. (Matthew 2:10)

*Christmas Tree- Symbol of the Jesse Tree. Jesse was the father of King David. He had 8 sons and 2 daughters. It is from his lineage that the Christ Child receives his earthly ancestry.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)

Symbolizes life. The tree was Christianized in the 4th century during the reign of Emperor Constantine. The pagan celebration of the Saturnalia was replaced with Christmas on Dec. 25th. ("Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" - Romans 12:21)

- All nature rejoices at the birth of the Savior

- The Lord is like "an evergreen tree" Hosea 14:8

*Santa Claus - Eastern European name for Saint Nicholas. He tossed pouches with gold coins through the windows of needy people in his town. He was Orthodox Christian Archbishop of Myra in Asia Minor in the 3rd Century. Patron Saint of secret giving, of children, and of travelers by sea. His Feast Day is celebrated on December 6th.
But in reality, it is Jesus who gives all good gifts and we must be careful to give credit to whom credit is due. Too many children have become hysterical when they find out that their parents bolding lied to them about Santa Claus. If you lie to them about Santa, they may also wonder what else about Christmas is also a lie.
*Angels - proclaim the birth of the Savior. (Luke 2:10)


Red - Christ's blood shed for our sin. (John 19:34)

Green - We have eternal life in Christ. (John 3:16-17)

White - The purity of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Gold - The Kingship and Royalty of Christ (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

One of my fellow Utahetsy team members, Second Story Window, is offering a free download of the childrens' game Smackdown. It is a fun game for 1st and 2nd graders, and may just be that perfect inexpensive gift that you've been wanting!

You can download the game here.

Make sure you check out their shop though, they have tons of cute activities for teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and kids! Like this cute game: