It’s another crafty Christmas for me this year. Here’s a felt pig ornament I put together for an advent calendar exchange that our library craft group will actually be doing next year:
I’m particularly pleased with the pipe cleaner tail. I know, I know — what do pigs have to do with Christmas? Well, I was challenged by the group’s leader to do a pig, so there. I think it’s cute.
I teach the 11-to 12-year-old girls’ Sunday School class, and I have five wonderful girls in it. I’ve made them all faith-hope-charity necklaces for Christmas. Rather than do the traditional cross-anchor-heart design, I chose symbols based on Mormon’s words in Moroni 7 (in The Book of Mormon):
- an angel for faith: “Wherefore, by the ministering of angels…men began to exercise faith in Christ….” (It’s interesting that I chose the green bead angels because I’ve read that emeralds can symbolize faith as well.)
- a bird for hope: “…ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection….” (The bird represents spring, the season in which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.)
- a heart (of course) for charity: “…charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever….”
Here’s the finished necklace:
I’m including the relevant verses from Moroni 7 with each necklace. There’s also a little tag by the clasp that says, “made with love”. I think they turned out really well, but using head pins to turn the angel beads into charms was an exercise in patience. I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome. Then when I went to redo them later, I couldn’t find my package of head pins, so I used sewing pins. That actually worked even better. They were exactly the right size. Go figure.
And finally, here’s a bookmark (about 4 inches long) that I made with a miniature, blue angel bead charm:
I’ve read that sapphires are a symbol of heaven and one’s devotion to God. Interesting, huh?