Crosses at Christmas

My children immediately asked me why we don’t have crosses as decorations at Christmas  when I was explaining the wonder & meaning of Christmas; Christ’s birth!

We have many iconic images at Christmas, many with both pagan & Christian meaning, but whose meaning is greatly forgotten by the masses.
Stars, angels (& fairies), presents, trees, sanitized nativity scenes (& some made from pork products…), tinsel, lights, bells, wreaths, bows, red & green, silver & gold…

They have a point too. If Christ had been born without dying to pay for our sins, then there would be no grace & forgiveness for us before a just God, & his birth would be pointless.

I challenge you to design some Christmas crosses. Feel free to send me pics to share (I’ll acknowledge you unless you specify not to).

Lets remember the greatest gift this. Christmas!


Found this on Face book on Christmas day. Love it, but couldn’t trace its origin.



Are all CROWNS created equal?




These are the most practical children’s crowns I’ve seen. They help keep their hair out of their eyes, while allowing them to be ‘princesses’ all day. After all, my little girls are princesses because Jesus is the high king.
But not all childrens crowns can stay in all day, and some even cause more trouble than having their hair in their eyes. We have tried many styles!
The typical crown that digs in above their ears, the alice band with the swivel crown decor, the crown combs, I have even made them beaded crowns from alice bands. This alice band’s crown is light enough not to affect its normal function while the pink glitter raises its status, making it perfect for my girly pre-schooler, but it is still too easy to break for her more mischievous & sporty sister. The elasticated hairband is perfect for her. She wears it as a hair band, a sweat band & even hippy style around loose hair. It can still be worn to look girly, but not as obviously so as the pink glitter one. I especially love the idea of sewing netting over the sequence, it makes it look more unified & makes it more toddler/pre-schooler proof.

I got these for around R10 each at PEP while on holiday & am much more impressed with them than the more expensive ones I have found in town. Practical, beautiful (to the age group), affordable & durable = I count this as a bit of good design. Well done PEP! You may be aimed at the masses, but you still have some better designs than elite stores & boutiques.

May these crowns cintinue to free up our princesses to climb, colour, paint & run to their hearts delight!
(Now just for a super practical range of princess dresses… Irene? (See previous blog by that name)


Irene Grasser of God’s Fashion House  is a fashion designer & lecturer at DAF in Cape Town.

(She  is also an old friend from from both Tech & church, & the creator of my wedding dress more than 8 years ago).irene dress 1

I thought it may be helpful to interview her as a successful Christian with experience in the fashion industry & as a lecturer.  Continue reading