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Warm Up Your Heart on December 13

This week, Alex from Member One Federal Credit Union helped kids from the Community Youth Program make hot cocoa to sell at their their craft sale on December 13 from 6-8 pm. The event will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and all of the proceeds will benefit the church.

fullsizerender-3The Community Youth Program began 17 years ago through the efforts of parishioners at the church. Today, it continues to encourage learning and the development of a positive self-image and to provide a network of support for 4th-8th grade students and their families. This upcoming sale is part of their financial literacy programming and will tie into their family night event. These events are designed to support community bonding and conversations by hosting a sit down dinner with families from the program.

For more information on The Community Youth Program, visit www.cyproanoke.org or www.memberonefcu.com.

Your Go-To Guide for Mason Jar Crafts!

Mason jars have been a kitchen staple in America since 1858. With hundreds of uses, the Mason jar is still the holy grail of containers even 158 years later.

9781591866527Joann Moser considers the glass container to serve more than just a jar for preservability. Using her style and creativity, she has envisioned several unique creations from the Mason jar.
In Mason Jar Nation, Moser, the “DIY Maven” explores the history of Mason jars and then twists their usefulness to fun crafts. The book shows more than 50 Mason jar projects that are perfect for eager DIY-ers!

It begins with the impact of the jar on America and its major uses throughout the years. In recent years, the Mason jar has been repurposed as a material for hundreds of crafts. Moser also gives advice on collecting jars and technical information for crafts.

The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 new ideas for the jars. These crafts are demonstrated with easy to follow photography and step-by-step directions by Moser. Her original crafts include Mason jars for the garden, kitchen, storage, and even lighting.

Purchase your copy of Mason Jar Nation here or visit our Facebook page for your chance to win one!

 

Written by Stacy Shrader

DIY Memory Jar

Have you made a DIY Memory Jar yet? They are perfect for the end of the year (or difficult moments during the year) to reflect on all of the moments that have brought you joy. We went with a simple design that is easy to recreate or modify to fit your personality!

IMG_1241Start with any type of jar. You can even go green and use one from pickles or jelly!
Get creative! If you are starting a memory jar with your family, decorate it together. The beauty of this project is that you can cover your jar with anything from scrapbook paper and stickers to photos and ribbon. Just be sure to include 2016 on it!
Cut up small strips of colorful paper and place them next to the jar to record your memories. (You can even use Post-It notes for this part.)
Collect all of your joyous moments (big and small!) throughout the year in your jar! At the end of 2016, open it and reflect on all of your memories.

Happy 2016!

Written by Kristi Hall

Roasted With Love: Bean Box

Coffee.

It’s what powers us through the day and keeps us moving during the cold winter months. Every coffee lover knows there is a difference between freshly ground coffee beans and the stuff that comes in a can from the grocery store. If you have an option to choose better quality, you choose it EVERY TIME.

We understand the importance of your morning brew, and that’s why we recommend Bean Box.

This monthly subscription service ships coffee beans to your door within 48 hours of their roast time, eliminating the risk for spoiled, bitter coffee. They are partnered with Seattle’s top-rated and award-winning independent roasters and offer a variety of flavors.

hero-gift-035bff8d2215dab85bb56b9f7c35bcb9You can choose between light, medium, and dark roasts. The more adventurous can explore their blends, simple origin beans, those best on ice, and those best for espressos. Don’t worry, decaf lovers, they offer options for you as well!

This would also make an excellent holiday gift (hint, hint to those out there who LOVE your Bella girls)! Visit www.beanbox.co for more information on pricing and the options available.

Merry and Bright Holidays!

It’s time to bring a dash of Christmas cheer to every nook and cranny in the house. This season take on a new look with the unexpected hot pink, lime green and brilliant blue.   This color scheme is bound to create a stir and light up the joy of the season with family and friends. Here are the supplies needed and instructions for canvas. For Garland instructions go to www.lizbushong.com

supplies 1Canvas Supplies: 
1-16 x 20 inch primed canvas
1-16 x 9 inch wooden cut-out tree
1-package 35 mini clear lights
1- Star ornament for tree top     
18- Mini Styrofoam-glitter ornaments cut in half for wooden tree
1-tube E-6000
3 yards lime green small pom-pom garland and rickrack
Acrylic paint- Folk Art- Wicker White, Light Peony, Metallic Blue Pearl, Yellow Citron
step 3Martha Stewart Crafts- Glitter in Tourmaline, Sour Apple, and Blue Raspberry
Paint brushes- medium and small with fine point for lettering
Number 2pencil
Stencils- lettering for Merry and Bright
3 x 2 inch small wooden block with flat picture hanger
White electrical tape-optional
Scissors, Awl, Staple Gun

step 4Paint canvas with Light Peony, let dry.
Paint wooden tree cutout- Folk Art Wicker White, let dry.
Lightly trace wood tree cutout on center front of canvas with pencil.        
Trace or freehand lettering -Merry and Bright as shown with pencil.
With small tip paint -brush, paint every other letter with colors as shown.
Paint one letter color at a time, while paint is wet, sprinkle with same color of glitter, then shake off. Repeat with all paint colors. Allow to dry.
garland finish 3Position wooden tree cutout on traced front of canvas. Using the awl, poke opening holes through the canvas in the body of the wooden tree cutout openings. With E-6000 adhesive, glue tree to canvas.
Turn canvas over and using staple gun, staple tree from the backside of canvas.
108Cut a small opening in the canvas front above the tree point for a single light to shine through.
On the back of the canvas, starting at the top of the tree, poke mini lights into the canvas tree openings. To keep lights in position, tape wires with white electrical tape to hold on the backside of the canvas if desired. I only taped the top light with the tape, and then carefully stapled the lights to the tree from the backside of the canvas being sure not to catch the wire in the staple. End of lights should be at bottom of canvas. This will plug into an extension cord and hidden by the mantel garland.
On front of canvas, using E-6000 attach star ornament to top of tree, rick rack around edges of white tree, and pom-pom garland around perimeter of canvas.
Attach wooden block with picture hanger to the upper back of canvas with nails.
Cut Styrofoam mini glitter ornaments in half and glue to front of tree as desired, attach the ornament top onto the ornaments to complete the look.

 

A couple of stockings that aspire to hang on this cute mantel will complete the look. This Christmas make a statement, make it sassy and make it yours.   May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!

PROJECT DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, and ARTICLE BY LIZ BUSHONG