I am involved with a ladies' organization at my church and I am in charge of our monthly meetings. The theme for last night's meeting was "A Meaningful Christmas". It's so easy for this time of year to be stressful and hectic, instead of time of joy and hope. I wanted to create an atmosphere that was warm and cozy, and I invited people to share ideas for activities and traditions that would help them have a Christ-centered, low-stress Christmas. At the front of the room I set up a rocking chair, a lamp, and my pretend fireplace/heater. I had LED pillar candles and lights all over the room, and I brought my Wallflowers (plug-ins) that were Christmasy scented. This would mean so much more if I had taken a picture! Christmas music was playing softly in the background as people arrived, and we had a table full of everyone's favorite Christmas treats and recipes to share.
By the glow of the (fake) fire, we started the evening with an inspirational story which was a heart warming reminder of the joy of giving - there wasn't a dry eye in the place! The rest of the evening was full of wonderful traditions and activities that we can share with our families. It was a good night, and I came away with some new ideas for inexpensive, meaningful Christmas gifts for my family.
I didn't take a picture of my set-up at the church, but I do have a picture of the wreath that was part of the decorations.
I've been wanting to make this wreath for a while now, but I had a little extra incentive a couple of weeks ago when DCWV put out a call for Utah-based designers. I live about half an hour from their corporate offices, so I thought why not? This was one of the projects that I submitted. The base is a foam wreath that I picked up at Joann, and the rest is paper from DCWV: from the Recollections Warm Wishes stack, and the DCWV Holiday Collection stack. Oh, and two cuts with my Silhouette: the gingerbread man, and the bow. The rest of the wreath is made of paper accordion flowers, or pinwheels, or whatever you want to call them.
Oh, and I made the team. Yay!