I love how garlands add color and texture to decoration. The combination of the tassels and wooden beads on this garland will add so much to a nursery, bedroom, mantle, or wherever you need a touch of style! Another bonus is that it is super easy to make!
Supplies: Yarn- I used 2 different colors, but you do you! Wooden beads- I have 3 different sizes that I bought on Amazon Scissors 4″ book or piece of cardboard
Step 1: Photo 1- begin by wrapping yarn around the book or cardboard. I wrapped my 36 times. The more you wrap it the thicker the tassel will be. Step 2: Photo 2- carefully slide the yarn off the book and then tie a 8″ piece of yarn tightly around the yarn at the top of the loop.
Step 3: Take another 8″ piece of yarn close to the top of the tassel to create that little ball at the top. Cut the bottom of the loop of yarn so the ends are loose. The ends from the piece you used to tie the ball can hang down with the rest of the tassel. Trim the ends so they are even.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 to make more tassels. I made 10; 5 of each color, but you depending on how long you want the garland, you can make more or less. When all the tassels are finished, you are ready to start stringing the garland!
Step 5: Cut a piece of yarn to make the garland. Make sure it’s plenty long, you can cut it shorter later. Tie a tassel onto the end of the yarn to make the start of your garland. Since I had 3 different sizes of beads, I did a small, medium, big, medium, small and then another tassel. You can do whatever sequence you like! I found it helpful to tie a straight pin onto the garland yarn. It was easier to feed the yarn through the beads.
When you are finished stringing the garland, knot the end several times, and then hang up your garland or lay it on the mantle or wherever you want it!
I love Middle Eastern food, and I think I could live on hummus! I also don’t really like to cook, but I decided that if I moved away from home I would have to start making my own hummus instead of eating Ginger’s. Thankfully, this recipe is super easy to make.
1/3 cup tahini
2-4 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
juice of 1 lemon (2-3 tbsp)
1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Put the tahini, cold water, olive oil, cumin, salt, garlic, ad lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Next, add the chickpeas to the mix. Blend for about 4 minutes, pausing to scrape down the edges of the blender. Keep blending until the hummus is all smooth. If it seems too thick add some more cold water.
Garnish and serve immediately or keep in a sealed bowl in the refrigerator for a few days.
Hummus is delicious if eaten with crackers, carrots and cucumbers, or Middle Eastern breads.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about change. Maybe because my life is changing, and I ask myself, “Am I ready for these changes?” I have to think of a quote I saw on a plaque. It said, “Without change there would be no butterflies.” (author unknown) Change isn’t a bad thing. It is our choice how we allow change to affect us. Through change, we can be morphed into something more beautiful and precious like a butterfly is, or we can be like some moths, and turn uglier and more of a pest.
Life does and will change and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. How can we gracefully accept the changes in our lives and the lives of people we love? Now, I’m not talking about the change from being followers of God to lovers of sin. That change is incredibly heartbreaking and deserves a whole other post. I’m talking about the changes of life; people moving on to other responsibilities or relationships, and our “normal” becoming something entirely different. Back to how to handle change. First of all we need a proper view of God and His unchanging faithfulness.
Malachi 3:6- “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Psalm 90:2- “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Hebrews 13:8- “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
These verses establish that God is always the same, He is faithful from generation to generation. No matter what is going on in your life and or in our world today, whether it’s your family, politics, your church, we can rest in knowing that Jesus is the same as He was 2,000 years ago. The same God who did so many miracles on earth, is still alive and well and what He says is true. The promises that He made are just as changeless now as they were when He promised them. If that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what will. Next time change comes into your life, whether it is big or small, instead of worrying about what could go wrong or how weak you are, focus on God and His unmovable, unchanging character. As long as you are a child of His, He is with you and will give you strength to stand firm in the face of whatever might be threatening to disrupt your world. “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” Hebrews 6:18-19
The road of following Jesus is denying ourselves. We are called to follow in His steps.
The path of discipleship is marked with suffering; and yet we can face that suffering with confidence because it is not a divine oversight but a divine calling! We are called to follow, lay down our pride and take up the cross. In that calling we are called to suffer and serve and to trust Jesus every step of the way! To realize God is only giving enough grace for today.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Isaiah 40:29
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against a wall. Isaiah 25:4
The path with the cross is dusty and rocky. People cheer and people discourage. We remind ourselves that Jesus never promised an easy life, but that He would be with us every step of the way. He will guide us around the road blocks of discouragement. He will dry us off from after a storm and cover us with His feathers.
I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. Psalms 71:16
May we each choose trust during suffering. God’s grace is sufficient. Victory is sure for the followers of Jesus!
Here is a song that blessed me and I hope it can be an encouragement to you as well!