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Glitter Glam Christmas Tree

Friends, there are countless things I love about this job of mine. But I have to say that my absolute favorite thing is when it gives me the opportunity to bless someone else. This year, I was invited to participate in Christmas in the Community with Christmas Tree Market. They asked me to choose a local charity where I could set up and decorate a tree that they would provide.

Christmas in the Community with Christmas Tree Market

From the very beginning, I was excited about the idea. Then, as I tried to brainstorm where I’d like to set up a tree, something happened. A new family started attending our Bible Study group…a single mom, a 14 year old girl, and a 10 year old boy. We had just set up our own tree, and all three of them couldn’t stop talking about how gorgeous it was and how they wished they had one like it in their own home. Their artificial tree was in very sad shape, the lights didn’t work, and many of their ornaments brought back difficult memories of when their family split up. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to bless them by giving them a beautiful tree of their own; one that would fit their own style and would allow them to move forward, making new and joyful holiday memories. I asked Christmas Tree Market if they would mind donating the tree to this family instead of to an organization, and they graciously agreed. Here is the lovely, sparkling new tree I was able to help them create…and I can’t tell you how much joy it brought to all of us involved.

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Furry Friend Ornament

Furry Friend Ornament

As many of you already know, we expanded the Artsy Family by four feet this year…that is, we got a cat! Our beautiful, hypoallergenic, constantly hungry girl Fuzzy joined us in September and has been making things more interesting ever since. Traditionally, each of us gets a new ornament for the tree every year, so Little Crafter was insistent that Fuzzy needed her own ornament too. I couldn’t help but agree, especially since I thought it would be fun to have something that commemorated the year she joined our family. Here’s what I whipped up, using supplies I already had in my stash. It was quick and easy, and it’s a great last-minute idea you can do for your own furry {or not-so-furry} friends. Here’s how…

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Photo Cube Ornament

Photo Cube OrnamentChristmas is almost here, and I (Erin) know that many people are scrambling for last minute gift ideas, or a little something extra to include with their presents. This photo cube ornament is so quick and easy, and is a personal gift that anyone would love! (ps. Squish’s actual ornament contains his name, so please excuse the blocked out words. He’s in the witness protection program ;) ) (more…)

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About Erin Kerst

Hi, I'm Erin, Amy's best friend and right hand gal, and writer of "Crafty Chaos". In my past life, I worked 7 years in the Maryland Science Center's education department, performing large scale science shows and writing children's programs, but now I'm rocking the stay-at-home mom thing with my Irish twin boys (aged 3 and 4), and my youngest son born this past November. Throw in 2 dogs and 2 cats, and it's truly chaotic (but I wouldn't have it any other way!)

DIY Planes Ornaments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias

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If you’ve been a part of the One Artsy Mama community for awhile now, you already know that we love Disney Planes around here. Ever since the original Planes movie came out, Little Crafter has been a fan of Dusty and his friends in Cropwash Junction, so this summer he was thrilled when the Fire and Rescue movie was in theaters for his birthday. He snuggles and plays with his stuffed Dusty, and likes to act out rescue scenes with his friends from school using his die-cast character toys.

One of our Christmas traditions every year is that each of us gets a new ornament. Usually, we surprise each other {often hubby’s has something to do with football, mine is super glittery…}. This year, though, Little Crafter had a special request. He wanted Dusty. Luckily, I was able to find one. But I thought it would be even more fun if we made some clay ornaments to represent Dusty’s friends too! That way they could all “fly” on the tree together. I mean, if one airplane is fun, how much more fun is a whole group of them, right?!  We also thought these clay airplanes would make great gifts for some of LC’s classmates who also love the movies. Here’s how we made them and you can too!

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Snow Globe Cake & a Cakes.com Giveaway!

Snowglobe CakeHello artsy friends! It’s Amy’s very happy birthday, so time to take over the blog to share her fun birthday cake. Since Amy is a December baby, and loves anything that sparkles, a snow globe cake seemed like a perfect choice for our little birthday get together at… where else?… Starbucks. Complete with sparkly snow, this cake did not disappoint. Thanks to our friends over at Cakes.com, {who sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own} I had everything I needed to put this together in no time. Read on to learn how you can make this fun cake for your winter birthday friends or holiday parties. Let it snow, let it snow… okay, maybe not.

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Before I give you the play by play, I’d like to point out how fantastic it was to just go to http://www.cakes.com (in my pj’s, too!) and just order some of the things I needed to make this cake. It’s such a busy time of year that I appreciated the luxury of doing that after the children were nestled, all snug in their beds. I thank them for the convenience of having my tools shipped straight to my door.

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