Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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Handcrafted gingerbread house designs on brown paper bags, showcasing DIY holiday creativity. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey Besties! 🌟 The holiday season is all about creating those special moments and memories that last a lifetime, especially for our little ones. This year, I decided to add a sprinkle of creativity to my son Braxton's 12 Days of Christmas presents. I'm so excited to share this journey with you!

A Dash of Imagination

Instead of traditional wrapping paper, I chose large brown paper bags as my canvas. Why, you ask? Well, they're eco-friendly and a perfect blank slate for a bit of artistic fun. 🎨✨

Handcrafted gingerbread house designs on brown paper bags, showcasing DIY holiday creativity. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Gingerbread Houses Galore

Inspired by the sweet charm of gingerbread houses, I grabbed my trusty paint pen and got to work. Each bag became a unique gingerbread house, complete with candy cane lanes, sugar-frosted windows, and gumdrop decorations. The process was a creative outlet for me and a way to pour extra love into Braxton's holiday experience.


Step-by-Step:

  1. Outline the Design: I started with a simple sketch of the gingerbread house on each bag.
  2. Bring it to Life: I filled in the details using the paint pen, making each house whimsically different.
  3. Personal Touches: I added elements like little gingerbread families and snowy rooftops for that extra bit of magic.

Handcrafted gingerbread house designs on brown paper bags, showcasing DIY holiday creativity. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Joy of Giving

Each bag was filled with small gifts, carefully selected to bring a smile to Braxton's face. From little toys to books and treats, every gift was chosen to light up his holiday spirit. πŸŽπŸ’–

Handcrafted gingerbread house designs on brown paper bags, showcasing DIY holiday creativity. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Final Thoughts

This experience reminded me that sometimes, the most heartfelt gifts are wrapped in simple packages but adorned with love and imagination. It's about creating those special moments that become cherished family memories.


So, if you're looking for a unique and personal way to present your holiday gifts, why not try something similar? Grab some brown paper bags and a paint pen, and let your creativity flow! 🌟🏠


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Monday, November 27, 2023

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Inspirational image conveying the 'Let Them' mindset, emphasizing personal growth and emotional freedom. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey Besties! 🌿 Ever find yourself wrapped up in trying to understand why people act the way they do or even attempting to influence their actions? I've been there too. But here's a little truth bomb: we really can't control anyone but ourselves. And you know what? That's totally okay.

Understanding Our Limits

It's a liberating realization – we're not here to decode everyone's actions or guide their decisions. We've got our own beautiful path to navigate. It's not our job to figure out why someone's doing what they're doing – and most times, we never truly get the full story. That's where adopting a 'let them' attitude can be incredibly freeing.


The Power of 'Let Them'

  • If someone's not ready to commit? Let them have their space.
  • Feeling sidelined or ignored? Let them go their way.
  • Been ghosted? As tough as it is, let them exit your story.

Inspirational image conveying the 'Let Them' mindset, emphasizing personal growth and emotional freedom. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Emotional Release

This isn't about apathy; it's about emotional health. It's about conserving your energy for things that truly matter – for people and projects that bring you joy and fulfillment. When we stop trying to control the uncontrollable, life becomes lighter and more genuine.


Seeing True Colors

When we step back, people show us who they really are. And that's invaluable. It's like removing the filters from our eyes and seeing things in clear, true light. It allows us to make more informed choices about who we keep in our lives and who we gently close the door to.


Choosing Your Circle Wisely

Our personal circle should be a source of support, joy, and growth. The 'let them' mindset helps us curate that circle more mindfully. It's about creating an environment where you can thrive, surrounded by authenticity and positivity.


Moving Forward

So, as we journey through life, let's embrace this mindset. Let's focus on our path of growth and let others be responsible for theirs. It's not about indifference; it's about making a conscious choice to focus on our own well-being and letting life flow naturally around us. πŸ’–πŸŒΏ

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

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Exploring the dual nature of holidays through the lens of grief: coping strategies for balancing joy with sadness in this poignant season. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The holiday season is often portrayed as a time of joy, love, and togetherness. But for those of us who have experienced loss, it can also be a time of profound sadness and loneliness. As someone who has navigated the complexities of grief, I want to share my thoughts on how to cope during this emotionally charged season.


The Dichotomy of Joy and Grief

It's a strange feeling to be surrounded by holiday cheer when your heart is heavy with grief. The twinkling lights and festive songs can sometimes feel like a stark contrast to the emotional turmoil inside. But it's crucial to remember that it's okay to feel both joy and sorrow. Life is full of complexities, and it's possible to grieve while also finding moments of happiness.


Navigating Social Expectations

The holidays often come with social expectations—attending gatherings, exchanging gifts, and putting on a happy face. But when you're grieving, these expectations can feel overwhelming. It's okay to set boundaries and take time for yourself. You don't owe anyone an explanation for how you choose to navigate your grief.


Creating New Traditions

After losing my husband, James, the thought of celebrating the holidays without him was unbearable. But as time passed, I realized the importance of creating new traditions that honor his memory while also making space for new joys. Whether lighting a candle in their memory or visiting a place special to both of you, these new traditions can be a loving tribute.


The Importance of Self-Care

Grieving is emotionally and physically draining. It's crucial to prioritize self-care during this time. Simple acts like taking a walk, journaling, or even indulging in your favorite comfort food can provide a much-needed respite from the emotional weight of grief.


Finding Support

You don't have to go through this journey alone. Whether it's friends, family, or support groups, lean on your support network. Sometimes, just having someone listen without judgment can make a world of difference.


Final Thoughts

Grieving during the holidays is a complex experience, filled with many emotions. While the pain of loss can feel magnified during this time, it's also an opportunity for reflection, growth, and even moments of joy. Remember, there's no right or wrong way to grieve, and it's okay to seek help and take time for yourself.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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Handcrafted Gingerbread village by Tiff, featuring creatively transformed Dollar Tree finds into festive Christmas decorations. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Hey Besties! 🌿 I just can't get enough of gingerbread-themed decor this Christmas. This year, I set my heart on creating a charming little gingerbread village. And, of course, in true Tiff style, it had to be budget-friendly and oh-so-cute!

A Dollar Tree Discovery

My adventure started at Dollar Tree, where I stumbled upon these adorable little light-up Christmas village pieces. They were just begging for a gingerbread makeover, and I was ready to sprinkle some of that Tiff magic on them. 🏠✨

Handcrafted Gingerbread village by Tiff, featuring creatively transformed Dollar Tree finds into festive Christmas decorations. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Handcrafted Gingerbread village by Tiff, featuring creatively transformed Dollar Tree finds into festive Christmas decorations. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Painting My Way to Gingerbread Town

I grabbed my trusty acrylic paints and chose "Territorial Beige," – hoping it would give me that perfect gingerbread hue. And guess what? It was spot on! The truck and camper got a few generous coats, transforming them into little gingerbread treasures.

Handcrafted Gingerbread village by Tiff, featuring creatively transformed Dollar Tree finds into festive Christmas decorations. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Handcrafted Gingerbread village by Tiff, featuring creatively transformed Dollar Tree finds into festive Christmas decorations. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Frosting Finishes

Once the paint dried, it was time for my favorite part – adding the 'frosting'! With a paint marker in hand, I carefully traced around the edges of each piece, mimicking that classic gingerbread icing look. 🎨πŸͺ

Handcrafted Gingerbread village by Tiff, featuring creatively transformed Dollar Tree finds into festive Christmas decorations. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Lighting Up the Magic

The final result? Absolutely adorable! There's something so heartwarming about seeing my DIY gingerbread village light up. It's like a little piece of holiday joy right in our home.

So, if you're looking for a fun and budget-friendly Christmas project, why not try your hand at a gingerbread village? Trust me, it's a delightful way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor. πŸŒŸπŸ’–

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