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All Wrapped Up

Last minute gift wrapping/giving/forgot to buy someone a present now you need to regift something from contents only found in or near your home?? We’ve all been there and our guest post has a solution for you!!

Gift wrapping is a big deal in my family. There are competitions.

The finalist are normally my mom and my brother. Yes, my 6’4 Country-Hood brother is a master at wrapping paper and curling ribbons. The present’s wrapping is celebrated as much as the present itself, and with good reason, because they really create beautiful gifts.

I am the hippy child of the family,  and all of the wrapping paper has always bothered me a little bit. Don’t get me wrong… I admire & enjoy it. There is just a nagging thought in the back of my head as we are bundling up all of the leftover paper and filling a trash bag… that it seems so wasteful.  Here is a short, interesting article that talks about the history of wrapping paper,  how much money we spend on it and how much of it enters our landfills every year. (Hint: It’s a lot)

But you can’t give an unwrapped gift. It’s just not right. So you see… I had a problem.

I also had another problem. Being the hippy child that I am I try to take my own bags to the grocery store. If I forget, I ask for paper bags. Well, I forget a lot. I also forget to take my paper bags to the recycling center  (only 5 minutes from my house). This accumulation of brown paper bags drives my husband crazy!

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Two problems & One Solution

As I was organizing my paper bags one day I thought, why not wrap my gifts with this paper! At that moment I decided I would not buy anything for wrapping this year. I would only wrap gifts with what I had in my home. Below is how I did it:

 

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This leaves you with a nice sheet of ‘wrapping paper’.

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And decorate! (After I finished this project I looked on Pinterest and there are a lot good ideas on how to decorate a brown paper gifts)

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Zion can’t wait to see what he is going to get!

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Sometimes we get carried away with our To-Do Lists and getting things done as quick and easy as possible. Let me encourage everyone to try to incorporate mindfulness in every aspect of our lives. If we are mindful of what we say, what we eat, how we spend our time and mindful of our resources… I believe time will slow down and we will be able to feel satisfaction as we complete our tasks.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! God Bless you, and let’s open our hearts and pour out love this year!

Guest post written and illustrated by the very lovely and super talented Margarey Valdez-Diaz!

Thank you Margarey and Merry Christmas from Myra’s Garden!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

It’s beginning to feel A Lot like Christmas!

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I’ve been noticing a lot of folks preparing for the Christmas Holidays now that Thanksgiving has come and gone… #Christmas is now trending people 😉 Lots of beautiful Christmas lights and Festively lit trees are all over Facebook! It definitely gave me the itch to do a little something in my house!

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On my way home from playing some fun board games at my sister’s house last night, I was listening to the great broadcast’s that are always airing on Sunday Evening’s on 96.9 KSBJ… I just love me some Christian Talk Radio. So… they were chatting about Christmas decorations and I though “Oh how apropos! I just put out my décor today!!” … they talked about remembering the true reason for the Season (which is the birth of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ)… I felt kinda bad that I had almost nothing to represent this in my home! #ineedanativity

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Yes I have Angels… and after a few moments of thought… that’s basically it in the décor section…

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I have my Bible and various devotionals set out for my quiet time study… but no nativity… no crosses… no pictures of Jesus… no north star or biblical scriptures to commemorate His life and the reason I have this glorious Holy-day to celebrate.

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What I do have you can see represented in the pictures here. My home was a complete blessing provided only by God. I am thankful for the grace and mercy He shows me everyday, and I feel grateful for the moments in the car last night when He reminded me that my home is one of many places He has given me to exude the light He has placed in me. The light is a place for people to come in and See Him. I pray that I can show people exactly that!

 “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” -Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

On the radio last night they were speaking of decorating your home in Christ and using those decorations to remember the true meaning for the season, Jesus… Tell you kids, friends, family, mail-service, strangers, share it with everyone!

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They referenced Ever Thine Home for a set of “Adorenaments”…

“Use your tree to enrich your family spiritually! Adorenaments® is about more than just beautiful ornaments. Every set includes a booklet of mini-devotions to help you connect with your family and teach them the significance of each of the names of Jesus from Scripture.”

I think this is a pretty awesome way to celebrate Christ during Christmas ;)… they have all kinds of stuff for the home on their site! Some of their stuff would fit perfectly in my home 🙂 Especially the “everyday” collection!

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What do you guys think? I’m excited to be reminded of the gift of Salvation God provides for us! Have you accepted gift of Jesus Christ?

I have 🙂 and it’s the Best Gift this girl’s ever gotten!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Festive Florals Class #success!

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I just wanted to thank everyone that came out to the class last night! Myra and I had such a blast, you guys were such a joy to be around 🙂 …and special Thank You to Jeanie Fry who put the class together! She did a wonderful job creating a Christmas themed arrangement and teaching the gals how to create it in their own way!

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We started the night with some amazing “Crack Dip” and Pineapple Pink Lemonade Party Punch…

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Then we got our created juices flowing with “Bing Crosby Christmas CD” and guidance from the lovely Jeanie Fry of Blue Orchid Florals.

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Jeanie provided vases with a “mercury look” that she created by spraying mirror paint onto the outer surface of the glass. Greenery was in abundance as we began to fill these cute little vases… the smell of Christmas was definitely in the air 😉

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Tastefully elegant splashes of color were added by everyone… white & red roses, glittery sprigs, flowing grasses, and ribbon for bows!

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Cheerful laughter drifted through the blissfully sweet air as the girls finished their florals… Talents ranged from a beginner to a seasoned florist, but that didn’t stop anyone from creating a beautiful masterpiece of their own.

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Until Monday… We’ll be creating more Christmas-y beauty 🙂 You guys have a glorious weekend!

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-XOXO,

Myra’s

 

DIY: Repurposing old Mismatched Christmas Decor

So today Me and Myra pulled out all the old faithful Christmas decorations! …even the ones way wayy wayyyy back in the dusty cobweb filled corners of the attic 😉 Some were still in great shape, some were worn, and some were mismatched from everywhere there and back. We spent a little while sifting through the boxes and I realized we actually had a lot of great stuff to work with!

There are lots of cute Christmas trees ranging from small to large, round to traditional. Ornaments, garland and lights… So we decided to choose a color theme… and we went with silver to start 🙂 Silver pairs well with just about anything and it makes for a good backdrop for other colors…or glitter…or more Silver!

Here are a few things I played around with today… Oh my goodness y’all I can’t wait to get home and make room for my Christmas Tree and all the decorations I have inspiration for!!

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And here’s how they turned out after applying a little TLC in the form of spray paint! WooHoo!!

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What do y’all think? You likey? I think they turned out pretty stinkin’ cool… Can’t wait to show y’all the rest tomorrow!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

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