Wire Tree

We have been crafting the past few days … and ending off this year’s homeschooling.

We made  Jesse Tree ornaments with my new-found favorite corn starch clay.

I found plenty of Jesse Tree inspiration on Pinterest and printed out these basic Jesse Tree patterns  which Miss.L10 used to cut and shape her clay decorations.  These basic designs are perfect – ready to print and color in and mount on cardboard, or cut out from felt and sewn.  (I think I may still make a felt set as a gift for a family with 3 young boys who may enjoy doing the Jesse Tree next year.)

Some helpful research tips:

  • Pinterest is an incredible research tool – just type your theme in the search box and pin away!
  • I also open the pins I really like to read the original post.
  • Save text and images directly to my computer via OneNote.
  • OneNote automatically puts the reference under the copied insert and you can also quickly capture screen shots.
  • OneNote saves everything automatically and once you’re done you can go sort through the “unfiled notes” and drag and drop them into the notebooks and sections and rename any pages.

We usually use Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree devotionals.  Here is a good overview set out in a basic table at The Voice with the dates, person, event/ theme, scripture and symbol.

This year I decided to let my youngest make a wire tree.

We looked for a suitable rock. It be flattish underneath.  We found a great heart-shaped rock!

We used thin binding wire bought at a general hardware store.  Most our wire pieces were about 1m long.  A simple wrap around the rock and twist started the process.We kept adding more wires from different angles around the rock and twisted them all together.  Maybe 12 or so pieces formed the basic tree. We then folded each wire end doubled back to the trunk and twisted the wire to form a branch with a little looped end. 

We twisted several different length branches together to form a fairly sturdy branch with its side branches.

Finally we twisted some wire around the roots to bind them together and prevent them slipping off the curved sides of the rock.

A few more twists, added a few more branches, arranged the shape of the tree and it was done.

Now it is ready for our clay Jesse Tree ornaments.

Have you prepared for Advent?

Blessings,

Christmas Blessings

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1656

May your Christmas

be centred on

Christ

With my blessings …

 … a small gift

(free download ~ print, concertina fold and glue together to form narrow booklet)

Christmas Carols Booklet 

A few English carols selected from 

Christmas Carols In English & Spanish with lyrics and guitar chords

compiled and posted last year by Amy Tuttle of

Fisher Academy International

Blessings,

Christmas Blessings To You

May you all be blessed during this festive season;

in these days of anticipation,

celebrating His coming,

rejoicing in God’s Promise and Redeemer come to earth.

I am finishing off some gifts we have made,

Wrapping and packing.

We will spend time away with family.

Until early 2011,

Be Blessed,

Christmas Advent ~ Jesse Tree

December is filled with promise.

His Coming.

He’s Coming!

We start each day with a beautiful Christmas devotional.

Ann at Holy Experience has generously shared a really precious Free Jesse Tree Advent download.

Her Bible study points to the coming Messiah.  Each reading covers the promise of Christ’s coming from Genesis through to Revelation.

After we share each day’s message, the children hang a beautiful decoration on our Jesse Tree.

I am so grateful for  a Christ-centred advent.

The Lord’s unfolding covenant and love promise through Jesus Christ is truly awe-inspiring.

If you would like to join this advent, simply subscribe to Holy Experience. (You’ll receive the download link in your email.)

Just start where you are.

Blessings, as we wait …