Thursday, December 13, 2012

At the Heart of Christmas

Welcome to my Countdown to Christmas Series. To start at the beginning, click here.  I sent my deployed fiance a box with a paper, pin-up Christmas tree and 24 small packages, one for each day until Christmas. Daily (or nearly daily) I will be blogging about the day's surprise!

It's been a while since I've blogged about the ornaments in John's Advent care package. I have been snowed under with work-- the kids are always a little nuts before Christmas break, there are progress reports, and there's always holiday break work to prepare. But, tonight's Thursday night and I have a rare moment to myself... time to catch up on the blog!

Yesterday, John opened a package to find a very simple heart ornament. It is small (if you download the template, you'll see what I mean). As I made it, I could not get "The Shape of My Heart" by the Backstreet Boys out of my head (and now, of course, as I'm writing this post, it's back, bouncing around my brain), which is proof positive that I'm 100% a child of the 90's.

If you'd like to make one of your own, check out the free template and directions! If you do make one, send me a photo! I'd love to put it up on the blog!

In other news, this week has been the biggest-- ever-- for Jo, My Gosh! The week started out with a guest post on Deployment Problems' blog. Then, on Wednesday, the Advent care package was featured on Love From Home's blog. And, just today, Glued To My Crafts and Natural and Free notified me that Jo, My Gosh! won a Top 5 spot during their 12 Days of Christmas (Goodies) link-up! Please pop on over to any and all of these fantastic blogs-- you will love every single one, I promise! 

I am so thrilled and humbled by all of the attention Jo, My Gosh! has gotten this week. When I started this blog, I really never thought anyone (other than my mom, of course) would be remotely interested in what I have to say. I'm absolutely loving getting to meet so many fantastic people all across the globe and having the opportunity to write again!

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  1. Precious ornaments! I'm not too crafty, but I might work up the nerve to try and make these :)

    1. If you do, let me know! Send some photos! I'd love to see how other crafters' attempts turn out! :-D

  2. Those are straight up adorable! :) Stopping by from SITS.

  3. Those are so cute! :)

    You also won the $10 gift card to Shutterfly, Jo, don't forget that! :)

    To add to the fun, I'd love if you wanted to be a guest for me some time on either or both of my blogs. If you're interested, let me know via email (naturalandfreeinfo(at)gmail(dot)com) and we'll see what we can work out. :) I just love your blog and your spirit.

    Take care of yourself, girl, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the items in the Advent Calendar care package! :)

    1. Hey Julie! How could I forget the gift card!? It will help me with my photo album project. I have too many photos from the last 8 years on my computer, and none of them printed and in albums. That $10 will go a long way during Shutterfly's penny prints promotion! Thank you again!

      And, I'll definitely be emailing you tonight! :-D


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