Thankful thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving friends! Today I ask one simple thing of you. Please take a moment to leave a comment today and tell me one thing you are thankful for. It will only take a second. It can be a single work, a short sentence but please oh please, if you took the time to stop by today please share a thankful thought. I look forward to reading the many beautiful blessings that fill your lives! They will uplift all of us who read them!

Ok! Ready! Set! Go!

 

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A Thankful tablecloth

 

During this time of year we seem to have thankful hearts! Why not turn our thankful attitude into a fun and functional reminder of all the things we have been blessed with, appreciate and want to celebrate this season! Creating a Thankful Tablecloth is an easy  way to get your entire family in on the fun.

Start by gathering your family and ask them to help you make a list of all the things they are thankful for! The more words the better! List loved ones names, special dates, personal luxuries, hobbies, vacation locations…the skies the limit!

Next….

Head on over to Lowe’s for your tablecloth supplies! YEP! Lowe’s! This darling project comes straight to you from Lowe’s! A drop cloth and some Sharpie markers and a steady and patient hand are all it takes to create this thankful look!

1. Drop cloths aren’t just for painting projects anymore! I have  a square table so finding table cloths that fit is already a difficult task for me! I love the natural color of these drop cloths and knew it would make a great starting point for this project! Lowe’s sells a 9′x6′ drop cloth for under $11. You will also need broad tip Sharpie Markers also sold at Lowe’s for under $3 for a two pack.

2. Cut your drop cloth to fit your tables need. In my case I made mine 6′x6′. Hem your cut edge.

3. You’ll want to iron out the creases in order to have a smooth writing surface.

4. Before laying out your drop cloth onto your table you will need to add butcher paper or newspaper to help avoid getting ink on your table.

Now comes the fun part! I started with my most important words! You’ll want to spread them out, have then face different ways and use different “fonts” when you write them! You’d think it would be hard to keep your printing straight but the thread grain make it super easy to keep your lines straight! You will adjust your printing size to fit sections of the drop cloth. Have words facing upside down and sideways! The more fonts and styles of writing the better!

And all of a sudden…4 hours later (Yes! This is a little time consuming but SOOO worth it!) you’ll have this awesome keep sake that will be a fun conversation piece and a lovely reminder of all the blessing you and your family have! And don’t freak out if you misspell a word or TWO in my case! I could have spit nails when I misspelled GRANDPARENTS and FOOTBALL! I know right! Trust me…do the writing with no distractions! Don’t be talking on the phone or helping your 2nd grader with homework! If it does happen just keep working! It will blend in and now you have a fun game to play at dinner…” Who can find the misspelled word!” Grab a prize or two for the winner!

Lastly I added this beautiful Quatrefoil Mirror also from Lowe’s for a centerpiece. I love the way it adds weight and reflection to this look!

 

My girls loved finding their names and all the words that they suggested! Certain things that tug at my own heart strings are my wedding date, special friends, vacations and inside jokes! It really was a fun way to realize how blessed I truly am! I hope you and your family can create a table cloth as meaningful as this is is to us!

 

Thanks Lowe’s for being a hot spot for inspiration! After reading the latest issue of Lowe’s Creative Idea’s magazine I was totally inspired to get my Holiday craft on! Have you guys signed up for the FREE Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine yet? This free publication is beyond amazing! I have never seen such creative ways to put unsuspecting items to create beautiful holiday decor! You can get a peek at what I’m talking about here online but be sure to sign up for the free Creative Ideas Magazine so you can get inspired as well!

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Pinterest Love: Thanksgiving Dinner

Have you started making your Thanksgiving menu yet? Pinterest is a must use resource for just such a task! Everything from how to set your table to what to serve! It’s overwhelming really! I was inspired by Pinterest and a handful of the amazing pins shared. I had to let you see what grabbed my eye…

Shall we start with a little appetizer!!! Hello Turkey Veggie tray! I love you! Pinned via Eating with Food Allergies! So stinkin cute right! I think the kids would eat this up…yes, pun intended!

Everything about this recipe for Sweet Potato Rolls sounds divine! This pin comes via “How Sweet it Is!” I love sweet potatoes and rolls so it sounds like  a winner to me!

This delish pin comes via “Prevention RD” and I am so in love with how pretty it is I must try it! Crispy Potato Roast! I think I’ll have seconds!

I think I need a bigger Mason Jar ’cause lets be honest, I’d eat like 4 of these Pecan Pie Mason Jar desserts! Pinned via Glorious Treats and yes honey…these are glorious!

This pin made my mouth water! Can you just picture finishing off the night with one of these babies! Pinned via “Not without Salt!” Come to mama!

I wait all year for Thanksgiving dinner! It’s my favorite time of year food wise! Nothing beats cranberry and turkey and rolls and pie! I hope you guys are gearing up too and getting that menu ready!

* If you’d like to Pin any of these recipes please follow the provided link to the original site and pin from that post!

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"Give Thanks" Thanksgivng Shadow box

 I’ve had a lot of great finds lately and I finally added them all together to create  the perfect simple Fall and Thanksgiving decoration.

 These beauties i picked up at a favorite consignment shop called Secondhand Chic located in Sugar House. I loved these antique flatware pieces and picked them up for I think $1.50 each.

 I also found some beautiful wall paper remnants that I couldn’t wait to use! I gathered a painted shadow box I had left over from my daughters room, some vinyl , spray adhesive and my new favorite tool by PLAID , My Professionals Tool Set which included a roller tool and scraping tool!

 I first measured and cut a piece of Wallpaper to fit the back of my shadow box. I used spray adhesive and rolled my Plaid rolling tool to smooth it out!

 After trimming the edge it was ready to go!

 I used E6000 glue to glue down my Flatware.

The scraping tool and rolling tool worked great to help me transfer my vinyl on!

This sits on my mantle and reminds me of our blessings! I love this simple reminder that was simple to make! 
Plaid wants to give one lucky reader their very one Professionals Tool set So you to can make a fun project like this! Simply leave a comment in today’s comments section and I’ll pick a winner and announce it next Wednesday!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day my friends!
May you wear a smile as wide as this fine Lady’s!

Things I am grateful for in no particular order!

  • Donuts! Maple bars to be more specific!
  • Living 2 miles from a Roberts Craft Store!
  • DVR and On Demand!
  • Little girls who while in trouble slip me Love Notes through the bottom crack of their door.
  • Down comforters that beg me to sleep in.
  • Green Bean Casserole.
  • Family…the entire crazy bunch of them!
  • 3:12 a.m. appointments with a warm baby in need of a cuddle.
  • And last but not least…My Blue Cricket Family!
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Thanksgiving 101


I’m sure I’m not the only one who is searching the internet trying to figure out how to cook a turkey! It’s all I can do not to stress out about timing it right and not making my guests twiddle their thumbs in anticipation while my Mashed Potatoes go cold and my Green Bean Casserole goes limp!!

While surfing the net I came across a few helpful resources that I thought I’d pass on…

Want to know how long you need to cook your bird? Thanks to WikiAnsers now you will be an expert!

USDA Roasting Timetable for Fresh or Thawed Turkey at 325° F.

These times are approximate and should always be used in conjunction with a properly placed thermometer. The USDA does not recommend cooking turkey in an oven set lower than 325° F.

Unstuffed
8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours

Stuffed
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours

And are you wondering if you bought a Turkey large enough to feed your hungry crowd? Her’s what WikiAnswers says about Bird Size…

“You should estimate about one and a half to two pounds per person.”

So get a head count and a calculator and see if you’ll be ordering Pizza to top everyone off or if instead you’ll be sending home tons of left overs!

So good luck my friends on your Poultry endeavors! I’ll be saying a small prayer for all of us Hostesses out there!

Cheers!

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A Thankful Thanksgiving Activity!

Believe it or not it’s already time to start gearing up for the next Holiday on the list! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and even if we’re weeks away from eating ourselves into comas it’s fun to start thinking of ways to enjoy this “Thankful” time of year!

Today I was thrilled to open a cool email from my Aunt Bug! Better then a chain letter and way more useful then a political joke… she sent me this wonderful activity to do with our family to help us remember how blessed we are! Here’s my take on this fun idea…

Thanksgiving Thankful Countdown

DIRECTIONS:

1. Click HERE to get the download for the printable Thankful ideas!
2. Cut out each Thankful idea and mount it on card stock!

3. Place the idea cards into a jar. I decorated my lid with fabric, twine and a fall leaf!

4. Every day draw out one card and do what it suggests!

What a fun way to get the kids excited about being grateful!And Don’t worry! I won’t tell anyone if you stuff the jar full of ideas that include being grateful for YOU that may result in foot rubs, showers of Chocolate and Diet Cokes! WINK WINK!!

Download Created by Valerie Lee!
Thanks SugarDoodle for the great Down Loadable activity!

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