Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Tree Love Language

Have you ever read the "5 Love Languages" book? If you haven't, I highly suggest reading it. It discusses how we all receive and show love in 5 different ways. From touch, to words of affirmation, to acts of service, to gifts, and more, it explains how we recognize love we are receiving and how to give love to others in a way they will recognize it. My husband is speaking my language right now, and I seriously needed it.

Christmas Tree Love Lauguage with Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com


After a particularly long and hard day at work, one that just seriously kicked my behind and left me a little emotional, I returned home feeling defeated, angry, and just wanting things to be different. I'm a girl, and I was feeling "all the feels" -- and not necessarily the good ones.

You get it.

There are just days that don't go right and sometimes they just really, really get to you.

It was one of those terrible, no good, awful, very bad days.

But I had only been in the house for about 20 minutes when I had to leave for another appointment. It was a good appointment--I got to practice a beautiful hymn with some lovely singers. As I accompanied them on the piano, I could feel some of my anger and frustration seep away. But I was still feeling very tired and very discouraged.

After an hour-long practice, I walked through my garage door into my kitchen/great room. It seemed unusually bright. And as I looked up, I realized that my Christmas tree was standing in front of the traditionally, designated window all lit up in all its glory.

Jen Gallacher "Christmas Tree Lights Love Language"
 (my teenage son later helping me decorate the tree)
 
I lost it! I found my husband, squeezed him as tight as I could, and cried like a baby. He was more than a little surprised at my reaction. I mean he had done something nice for me after all. Why in the world was I blubbering all over his work shirt?

But he GOT IT.

He understood my love language. And without being asked. Without being prompted. He took it upon himself to do something so incredibly nice for me--trust me putting on tree lights isn't for the faint of heart.

I needed it.

He knew it.

He did it.

Sometimes in a marriage, we overthink what a person needs and what it will take to do it for them. Sometimes when we just dig in and do it, we communicate to our partner just how important they are to us. It can ease a burden. Rekindle the flame. Unite a partnership.

These small gifts can often become large ones when it's given with such unconditional love.

My husband and I may not always speak the same language all the time, but sometimes we are totally in sync.

Love you, babe! Thank you for knowing just what I needed.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

All Bundled Up Winter Mini Album

Products shown in this project were generously provided by Carta Bella Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

Looking for the perfect way to document your winter memories? How about a winter scrapbooking mini album. This album is constructed of 12" W x 4.5" T strips of winter scrapbooking paper and is held together with a ribbon that runs through the entire album. This beautiful album was commissioned by Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine for their Winter issue. You can find the latest issue HERE, which you can purchase or download now.



Here's a look at all of the pages included in this album:

 



 



 





This album is easy to recreate and is fun to put together as it uses components and embellishments from the "Cabin Fever" collection from Carta Bella Paper. Be sure to pin your favorite images for inspiration later!

And here is a look at the cover of this amazing magazine issue. I've read it through three times already. This is a magazine you want coming to your house. It's FULL of inspiration. Click HERE to subscribe now!

Scrapbook & Cards Today Winter 2017 Magazine Cover

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

How to Set Up a Hot Cocoa Station

With the weather getting a bit chilly, now is a good time to set up a hot cocoa station for all the family and friends that come to visit. By keeping this station filled with goodies, your guests can easily come in from the cold and grab a delicious treat. You can change the look of this hot cocoa station by using different colors of mugs, or by using candy your family prefers. It's a delicious way to welcome in the holidays.


Hot Cocoa Station Shopping List:


- Try a cake plate or treat stand (mine is from HomeGoods)
- Mugs (choose some that will match your holiday home decor)
- Hot cocoa (we love these individual packages from Swiss Miss as they make making hot cocoa quick and easy)
- Straws or spoons to stir the hot cocoa and mix-ins
- Napkins (choose some in cheery holiday designs)
- Mix-ins (white chocolate, red hots, candy canes, and more)
- Extra treats (I like to include a few seasonal treats like gumdrops, chocolate covered pretzels and more. I can change these out as I like.)






My teenager was all excited when he saw the set-up. But he's determined to keep his fellow teenage friends from devouring more than their fair share of the goodies. Way to feel the Christmas Spirit, son. But we're keeping it real around here. This station will probably get a little messy, but I'm happiest when my home is filled with happy noise and laughter. So bring on the hot cocoa!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

How to Decorate a White Mini Christmas Tree

I love mini trees. They are perfect for placing in my children's rooms. I bought two of these from Doodlebug Designs, one for each child; and each year the kids get to pick how they decorate it. It helps them get excited for Christmas; and it helps me to make their rooms more magical. Read more on how to decorate a small tree.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

A couple of things make a small tree really shine, one is tiny garland. I bought a felt ball garland in fun colors and wrapped it around the tree.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

Small ornaments also make a tree shine. I chose mettalic gold. I few tassels are an unexpected addition.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

I added a few from Crate Paper. Then to finish off the tree, add a few small gifts, and perhaps use a felt board to dress up their space even further. You can change the message every day.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft


A small tree just makes me happy. If you'd like to shop the supplies, simply click the links below.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Many of the products shown in this post were generously provided by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

I am loving the clean lines of the embroidery hoop wreath trend. It makes for the perfect holiday project so today I'm sharing how to create a Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath that features some die cut flowers and greenery. Keep reading to watch the instructional video included. Or shop the supplies, which are listed below.

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper


Here are some additional photos of this project. Be sure to pin your favorites for inspiration later:

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 Holiday Craft Gift Guide

Is Santa looking for some additional holiday gift ideas for you this season? Be sure to read through this list! It contains some amazing ideas that you will LOVE to receive or gift to someone who loves crafting as much as you do! Pin this image for later so you can remember all the crafty tools you want to add to your craft space this year.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Crafters and Scrapbookers from www.jengallacher.com #giftguide #scrapbooker #crafter #jengallacher

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

How to Create a Spellbinders Thanksgiving Treat Box

This post was generously sponsored by Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders who provided many of the products show in this article. All opinions expressed are mine.

I love creating treat boxes for my friends and neighbors. And Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start sharing goodies with friends. Keep reading to learn how to create a sophisticated foiled autumn treat box using the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cut Machine and two amazing dies also from Spellbinders.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

 How to Create a Thanksgiving Treat Box:


Step 1: Using the Spellbinders Platinum Machine cut the “Party Box" die (see link to product below) from gold foiled white cardstock. Cut two of these shapes to create the box.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox



Step 2: Using the fold crease lines as a guide, fold up each part of the box to create the foundation for the box.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 3: Use glue to adhere each part of the box together. Remember to leave the top of the box open to fill with treats, small gifts, and other items. Set aside.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox
Step 4: Using the Platinum Machine and the "Fall Leaves" die cut (see product link below), cut all three leaves from gold, dark orange, dark brown, and kraft cardstock. A mix of smooth and textured cardstock can make this project even more interesting.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 5: Punch a wreath shape from kraft cardstock. Using adhesive add leaves randomly to the wreath shape. Adjust leaves until you like the look of your wreath. 

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 6: Wrap brown floss or twine around your fingers three or four times and staple to the inside part of the wreath.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 7: Mount the wreath shape to the front of the box and add buttons and the word "thankful" die cut from gold cardstock.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

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