Advent Christmas Decor

Back in November one of the Pastor’s at my church (Mars Hill Church in Albuquerque) approached me about heading up the Advent decor.  I was honored, and humbled, and a little nervous too.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it because I was having surgery and didn’t know how it would go.  Greg and I prayed, and we felt like God said WE should do it.  So we said yes, with the understanding that I might be limited in what I could do.  God graciously provided help in the form of interns (you guys are bomb!) and volunteers (you’re the best!) to make it possible.

Since we were getting ready to move into the new building, I had to check it out.  I’m a highly visual person, so not being able to see the space was not going to work.  I had heard people say that it was big, but it was HUGE!  So much bigger then I expected.  God is good!

Our central operations sent out a design book with ideas that we could follow or not.  We decided to use some of the inspiration and came up with some of our own. My girl Ofelia sat down with me one night and we hammered out everything that we wanted to do (after pinning multiple items!) I then met with Amanda (an intern, member and friend! I’m so lucky) and gave her the information of what we needed.  That girl is amazing!  She pulled it all together like nobodies business (shout out to the other interns and Kelly for their help too!  You guys rock!)  Also a very special shout out to my hubby who designed (with help from our friend David Ortega!) and built the tree and built the Star of Bethlehem.

So, here are the final results of what came out of it.  Major props the the Mars Hill photographers for these awesome pictures!

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The Geo-me-tree…Get it…hehehe…

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The Star of Bethlehem…made out of pallet wood! Yeah- we like to up-cycle!

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These were embroidery hoops grouped together to create abstract designs and hung on the wall.  It was a fun and different Christmas decor idea.

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This is a view of the advent candles onstage. I couldn’t find a better picture to show the lights that we hung at the back of the stage, but you get the idea.  I love how it turned out!

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I wish I had a better picture of the trees (with the lights on anyway) but they were so pretty.  We were trying to keep with the thought of God’s work, Our Witness (the series we just finished) and use a lot of texture and different materials.  We brought in paper, twine, burlap and ribbon to accomplish that.

 

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Love…tutorials here and here.

 

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Tutorial here, although we used fabric instead of paper.

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The wreaths can be found here, but we used lima beans instead of acorns (nice save Amanda!) and the trees on the table are poster board glued in a cone shape and wrapped with twine in different colors.

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Another shot…

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Now these I wish I had a picture for each one. Or that you could see them all lined up in a row.  Central sent us the art for this, but my girl Parr did an AMAZING job coping it onto the boards covered in chalkboard paint and used chalk to create these pieces.  Really, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The detail was incredible.

Well, there you have it!  The Christmas 2011 Mars Hill Church in Albuquerque Christmas Decor.  It was fun (although I didn’t put virtually any of the stuff together-there were literally 50-100 people that made this happen).  Thanks for all your hard work Mars Hill!  You guys are great!

 

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