Merry & Bright


It’s Christmas eve and I wanted to share one last Christmasy craft project! My mother-in-law gave me several glass blocks when we visited her last fall. They had been given to her and she had no idea what to use them for, so she hoped I would figure out something fun to do with them. I had seen several ideas on Pinterest using glass blocks, so I revisited them and chose to make a simple lighted message block, using materials I already had. I didn’t take step-by-step photos since the process was so easy.

I had the hubs drill a hole on one side of the block and then shoved a strand of Christmas lights inside. I could have paid better attention as I stuffed and probably would have gotten the lights more evenly dispersed inside the block, but I think it turned out just fine anyway.

I found a Merry & Bright design in the Silhouette online shop for 50 cents and used white vinyl to create my applique. Once the vinyl was applied and smoothed I just plugged it in. Wha-la! Festive Christmas décor for under $1!

I also made one with a different Merry & Bright design and white lights, which sold at my holiday bazaar booth. Luckily, the one left was my favorite of the two and it now greets guests on our front porch.

I hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright and filled with fun!

Christmas Light Show

I love seeing the Christmas lights along my daily commute including a large fishing boat that has been outlined down the road and a solitary evergreen along the highway that a group of “Secret Santas” rigged to light up despite being in the middle of nowhere. And this rig swagged with lights amid traffic made me smile.


But my favorite is a neighborhood light show I can see from where I meet my carpool group. I usually arrive a few minutes early and park facing the neighborhood so I can tune my radio to the frequency they broadcast coordinating music on. I’m always bummed to see the van pull in because it means I have to leave my happy cocoon of Christmas spirit. The hubs and I drove through the neighborhood to get an up-close look over the weekend and enjoyed the free candy canes provided as you enter. Here’s a little taste of what we enjoyed.

Checking out Christmas lights is one of my favorite holiday traditions and even though he might grumble about putting up our outdoor lights the hubs has said that he would love to set up a ‘light show’ like “The Christmas House” we used to visit while in Kodiak. I’m totally game for that, so long as we stick to Christmas lights and don’t end up being this house! 🙂