I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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Creative Christmas

I can’t believe Christmas is only about 2 1/2 months away!  Every year it always feels like it sneaks up so fast, and every year I’m saying the same thing, “Christmas is here already?”  But it is.  Go into the craft stores and they already have Christmas trees and ornaments and all kinds of Christmasy goodness out.  It is a fun season, isn’t it?  I love how it invokes a holiday cheer and family camaraderie.

One of my personal values is to weave a touch of creativity and handmade goodness with every special occasion that comes my way.  Christmas definitely fits into that special occasion category.  I don’t do it to save money.  I do it, because to me, it speaks love and value that I would take the time to make something special with my hands.  I do it to teach my kids that they can be creative and that, to take the time to think about someone else and what they like, is a blessing.  As you put time and effort into a project, your heart swells with growing love.

gingerbread house

With the holidays being about family, what better way to pull out all your hidden craftiness and make things together?  It’s not always about how well those projects turn out but about creating that space to have fun together.  That’s where I got this idea to do a Creative Christmas series here in this category of Creative Home.  I am so excited about it!  Look for my post on handmade Christmas ornaments soon!

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  7. Kari1222w 10/18/2010 at 3:04 pm

    how do you keep th e gingerbread house together..i tried the homemade icing…butter powdered sugar and i think water….can you pleae help last year our house lasted ten minutes…then everything slid to the bottom

    • Jen 10/18/2010 at 4:16 pm

      Good question! One year I made a homemade gingerbread house and it was a disaster. It all came crashing down, too! Now I opt for the pre-made ones. The one in the picture we made last year, and the sides were actually already put together. In the past, I’ve melted sugar in a pot. It turns into a sticky, almost glue-like substance and that worked really well.

      As for the icing on the roof, I’ve found that it can’t be too wet or everything will slide off. Sometimes, after I’ve put it on and I see it’s too wet, I’ll use my finger to dab on some corn starch. I think the key is making it like a paste, but it’s a bit tricky not to get it too wet! I hope this has helped!

  8. Heather Lewis 10/16/2010 at 2:52 am

    Perfect! Our extended family has decided to exchange ornaments this year, instead of gifts. I look forward to all your great ideas, Jen!