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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas - It's all about Jesus

Hello dear friends,
I just wanted to take time to say Merry Christmas! I pray that no matter your situation, your hardships, your stress...that you feel the peace and love that Jesus' birth brings to each one of us!

Take some time to put all else aside and allow God to go before you in all things. Isn't that what He's done with Christ's birth? He went before us by making a humble appearance with a baby wrapped in a cold manger. God goes before us so we don't have to do life alone - ever. He's Immanuel - God is with us!

Enjoy this season where ever you are!

With joy,
Aneta

rejoice

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DIY Baby Shower {part two}

If you missed part one, it's right here.

Part one introduced the craft projects, now it's time to see how it all came together! I arrived a little bit earlier and set-up the handmade decor. Decorating can be overwhelming especially when the space is large. My tip, concentrate on two rooms. I chose the entrance and the living room.

- Entrance - 

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- Living Room - 

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The mom-to-be made a thank you gift for all the ladies! Isn't she creative?!
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- the party - 
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We played one price is right game and then spent time reading prayer/wish cards for the baby! It's great to hear from family and friends, to hear from their heart, what they pray Evan will experience.

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the party planning crew and the momma! 

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Evan, you are already so loved! Your parents are amazing and are great friends to my husband and I. And they are pretty hilarious! Evan, I pray that you will always experience life-changing moments with people. I pray that you will be filled with joy - joy that comes from our Savior! 
Can't wait to hold you, Evan. Love you! 

with joy,
Aneta Nina

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

With Christmas in just a few weeks, I thought I give you an early gift - Christmas gift tags!! YIPEE! 

And remember that 'tis the season to be jolly, so don't allow the shopping lists or anything else steal your joy. We all know that the holidays can be stressful, but they don't have to be. Take time to reflect on this special holiday! It will make a huge difference - I promise!




Click the download button to print your gift tags!

I recommend printing them on heavy card stock paper. If you love them, let me know and leave a comment! 

with joy,
aneta nina

Saturday, November 24, 2012

'tis the season to be jolly...Christmas Cards

Christmas trees are going up and houses are being adorned with colorful lights - meaning the spirit of Christmas is upon us! Now, it's time to get Christmas cards out.

Here's the give with JOY Holiday Collection! And it's DIY printing which will SAVE you a bundle - I promise! :)












The full collection can be viewed here: Shop the Holiday Collection

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment, and you may just receive a little gift from me! 

with joy,
Aneta Nina

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY Baby Shower {part one}

Have you ever helped with a baby shower? I have - this past weekend was my very first time and I had a blast preparing a celebration for the little Evan! I had the honor preparing invites and decorations for my sweet friends baby shower! It was a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you enjoy craft projects as much as me - I need to hone in on a theme....

- Here's part one of my guide in planning a baby shower - 

I started my plan with an inspiration board based off of the baby's nursery and the invite ---->
Don't know where to start? Think about the baby's nursery, colors in the room and if the room isn't ready ask the soon-to-be parents what they imagine.

I always like to be resourceful. For my wedding, I only made or purchased decorations that I knew could be gifted or used in my home. That's the same concept I used when deciding what to create for the shower. Ultimately, I wanted the soon-to-be parents to use the decorations in the baby's room.

Here's the document I created to help me do my shopping!



- Garland - 
I made felt garland from little felt pom-poms I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I strung the felt pom-poms through a needle and thread.





- Hoop Art -
I hoarded lots of fabric that would look great in a little man's room. The mom-to-be painted the nursery a light green/grey, so I think these colors will look great in his room!

I took fabric and adhered it to embroidery hoops. On a few of them I added felt whales. I purchased felt, made a whale cut-out and hot glued them to the fabric hoops...easy as pie, eh?








- Yarn Pom-Poms - 
I was really into garland for the shower. The host of the baby shower had a home with large windows and spaces - garland was the perfect solution! 

I purchased yarn, wrapped it around my finger a few times, tied it in the middle and cut through all the loops. Here's a tutorial - I have yet to perfect the yarn pom-pom - I'll get there ;)

After I made a dozen or so I strung them through embroidery thread. 






- Monograms - 
My dear friend, Rachael, helped me with these lovely letters. Take cardboard letters, hot glue a little stuffing on the front surface and wrap with fabric. I used my hot glue to adhere the fabric to the letters. Rachael would also tell you to "wrap the letters as if you were wrapping a gift."

The stuffing adds a softer look to the letters - perfect for a baby's room! 





Stay tuned for part two - the finishing touches! 

with joy,
Aneta