CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER & FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES

I really wanted to come up with a way to recognize Christ during this season. So I created this nativity graphic. I made a few free printable coloring pages including this nativity page. And to top it off I created this canvas nativity banner Christmas DIY. Instructions are below.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES



CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER


CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES


Materials Needed

Printed Template (In Printables)
Canvas
Cloth Scissors
Transfer Paper
Scissors
Thread
Iron
Printer
Here's how to do it:
1. Print design on iron transfer paper
Cut designs out carefully
CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
2. Cut canvas banner to size preference
Iron the wrinkles out of canvas
CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
3. Place designs ink-down on canvas
Set iron to cotton setting
Place iron over transfer paper, press carefully from 15-20 seconds
While still warm, peel back waxy paper from design

CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
4. Loop suede cord, depending on desired length of tassel
Snip end of cord, pinch top of tassel, wrap additional cord around top of tassel, tie off
Snip bottom loops to finish off the tassel
CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES

CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
























5. Hem edges of banner, sew on tassels where desired

Couple tips:
First of all please read all the instructions here and on the iron on transfer instructions first.
To purchase your transfer paper you can find it at JoAnn (be sure to use their 40% coupon). Purchase the 20 sheet count.
Once you have removed the plastic backing for the iron-on do not place your iron on the cut out piece. The ink will get on your iron and make a mess. For this reason I suggest doing a practice piece on a practice piece of fabric.
Also it helps to lay out the cut out pieces on the canvas before ironing.

And... there yah go!

You can print the coloring pages here. I hope you all are enjoying your Christmas season. It goes so fast. So I hope you are savoring it. Merry Christmas.

CANVAS NATIVITY BANNER and FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES

-Natashia




LIGHT THE WORLD & CHRISTMAS COUNTUP - thankfulheart series

During our seasons in life we sometimes are in a position to serve other or are in need of service. Whatever seasons you are in hopefully this holiday seasons we can filled with light and joy. I've created a little reminder of ways we can serve others below.



Earlier this year I was at a spiritually-focused conference featuring speakers with uplifting messages. Towards the end, one speaker opened the floor for questions. A friend of mine raised her hand and said, "It's really weird, but at this moment in my life everything is in order. My family is secure financially. No one is sick. My marriage is good. I have no problems. What do I do from here?"

At first, hearing this question, I honestly felt resentful. This year has been littered with trials and hard moments like my miscarriage earlier this summer, the burden of supporting my family, and being a mother while my husband changes careers. But, as I thought of how hard my own life is, I was flooded with thoughts of all those who had rallied to serve me this year.

I went up to the friend who had asked "What do I do from here?" and I explained that many people--like myself--are in need of help and she is in the perfect place to make a difference. If you are wondering what to do next, the answer is serve.

Sometimes we are in positions of prosperity and the waves of life are calm. Other times, the storms do rage. One truth I have learned is that life is not equally fair. One person may experience more or less happiness than another. For those who are not suffering, whose lives are in order, now is time to serve. You are so needed.

I simply cannot name everyone who has served my family. Many have prayed for me. Many have sent words of love and encouragement. Many have given gifts, dinners, money, and babysitting. People I've only met a handful of times have have done so much for my little family and I couldn't feel more grateful.

The people who have been watching my children without charge while I work have changed my life. Without them, I would either have to work more hours--losing precious moments with my young children, or lose clients, leaving me unable to provide for my family. Their service has allowed my husband to be trained in a skill he can enjoy. This has already changed our marriage and our family.

With December just a couple days away, I can do nothing but be thankful for service. The LDS church has come up with a really beautiful campaign this holiday season called #LighttheWorld. They have put together a small thought about Jesus for every day in December and coordinated it with ideas of ways to serve.

Writing this, I am filled with enthusiasm for this campaign. I know I will not be able to do this everyday and you don't have to. But, if you are looking for a special way to celebrate the season and our Savior I think you'll enjoy looking into the prompts and ideas for service. You can find more information about the days and the Light the World campaign here.

I've also created some free printables for you to use this holiday season. You can print this Christmas countup that gives simple ways to serve and corresponds with the Light The World Campaign. Also later this week I'll have coloring pages and a nativity.

Here's how to make the countup. What you will need is:

Heavy duty scissors or pliers
Ruler
Four small paint sticks (painted white is optional)
Magnets (the stronger the better. Round ones are my favorite)
Hot Glue gun
Thick Twine
Printed Countup printed here


  1. First you will want to measure your paint sticks starting at the straight end. There is an end that has a dip. You want to cut off the dip end. Cut the paint sticks 10 inches from the straight end.


2. Get four magnets for one end. Find out which two magnets attract. These two will create the clasp for one side. Do the same for each side placing two on each paint stick, one per side.



3.  Once you have glued the magnets glue some ties thick twine to the top as pictured.

 4. Place the countdown between the opposing magnets.

 5. Hang! The magents work as a clasp for the paper. You can use this after the holiday season for displaying kids art or reminders. Plus, it also sticks to your fridge.


And you've done it!


I love Christmas time when I can focus on Christ's life. And as I was creating this countdown I was filled with so much joy. I know small efforts make a difference. We make a difference. Feel free to head over to Mormon.Org to see more suggestions of ways to serve. And if you have a blog post sharing wyas you plan on serving this December feel free to link it up below. Much love.

-Natashia






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THANKFUL FOR SEASONS (thankful heart series)

I watched the sun sink below the silhouette of the bare branches like a golden pennant. The bits of yellowed grass seemed to be illuminated in the fading light. The autumn leaves created a blanket of gold and it seemed as if I had been transported into a fairytale. I had become a child again.

THANKFUL FOR SEASONS  (thankful heart series)

THANKFUL FOR PEOPLE (thankful heart link up)

I have a confession to make.

Being around others can be really draining for me. Often after an event I feel so drained and my mind spins with social anxiety. I second guess other remarks and regret my own, "Why did I say that?"  But tonight I write about how thankful I am for people and relationships.
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HAPPY MOM KEEPING CALM

We wipe boogers and bums, drive kids everywhere, cook, clean and all that's in between. Being a mother is really a beautiful calling, but let's be real, it's pretty exhausting and stressful too. After having my first I realized that when I take time for myself I'm just a better mother. You know the saying, "Happy wife, happy life"? Today I say, "Happy mom, keeping calm"

HAPPY MOM KEEPING CALM deseret industries di

Taking care of myself could not be more important in my life than right now. I've been supporting my family while my husband has been in school. And on top of it I have to mommy. My three year old runs around the house demanding Frozen and throwing random toys on the ground while I try to work from home during the day. And when my three older children get home from school I have to help them with homework, clean, and make dinner.
I think the reason why most of us mothers struggle with finding time for ourselves is being a mother is such a selfless unstructured job. As a mother often I feel apart of my children. When they cry I scoop them up and try to hug away their sadness. When my three year old has been screaming hysterical gibberish for ten minutes I have to keep calm.

All of it, every bit of motherhood is so full of giving ourselves. And as fulfilling as motherhood is, sometimes mommy needs a break.

I have become an expert at "me" time. Ok, not really. But I do know that when my mind gets overwhelmed, fuzzy, and I started feeling frustrated with everything it means I need a break. I know I love chocolate so I buy myself a candy bar. Or I sit in my bedroom and just do nothing. I draw something for myself. Or I go shopping.

I grew up thrift shopping with my mother and sister. We would spend hours at the thrift store digging through racks looking for treasures or old Lucky brand jeans. So when I need a break heading to the thrift store gets me really excited. Just a couple days a new Deseret Industries open in Springville just a few minutes away from me. So recently this has been my go-to place to relaxing and unwinding.
HAPPY MOM KEEPING CALM deseret industries di

HAPPY MOM KEEPING CALM deseret industries di

HAPPY MOM KEEPING CALM deseret industries di

My opinion, as mothers take time for themselves they're just better moms. We need to learn and
grow. We need friends and to talk about more than Legos. We need to do things that inspire us like walking around handmade markets. We need to get excited and pursue passion projects. Do something for yourself today. Do it now. When your husband gets home don't feel guilty and do something for yourself. And even if you do feel guilty do it anyway. Go fill up that bath tub and soak. Slip out of the house without any kids. And remember, "Happy mom, keeping calm."

-Natashia

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