'Twas the night before Thankgiving, and all through the nation
Families were preparing for tomorrow's celebration...
Okay, that's enough of trying to write poetry for me. But we are preparing for the big day tomorrow and here's what we have done so far...
For Family Home Evening on Monday we made a thankful tree. Well, we wrote down what we were thankful for on some pretty labels I printed out from The Graphics Fairy, and I made the tree later. We each had 4 of the labels to write what we were thankful for, and I encouraged the children not to duplicate answers from others, and I have to say I love hearing the things that they are grateful for. Because they are just the right things.
Sophia is grateful for her sisters. I'm grateful for her newfound love of writing letters and words.Then, yesterday, I made some papier mache ornaments. Yes. I ripped up some of my old music, but it was a book that was 50 years old and falling apart anyway and it was something I doubt I'll ever sing. But it still hurt me a little bit inside to tear it up. I've been trying to be frugal and sometimes my projects don't exactly end up being as cost-effective as I'd like them to, but this one was incredibly cheap. I bought a package of twelve ornaments at Goodwill for $0.99 and a spool of red grosgrain ribbon at WalMart for $1.97. I printed off the free labels onto nice cardstock I already had in my stash. I trudged through the snow in my backyard with the hedge clippers and cut down a few branches, and I had purchased the Kleenex holder at Goodwill months ago with this very project in mind. I also already had the floral foam, Spanish Moss and the Mod Podge I used to seal the ornaments once the paper was dry.
I really love the result and it makes a great centerpiece for our Thanksgiving table. I'll probably keep it up for Christmas, too. Which brings me to the next preparation I've made: Setting the table.
I know it is probably a little strange that I set it so early, but it's something easy to get out of the way, and I do fret about it a lot because I want it to be beautiful. We're having some friends over and since we don't have enough chairs we decided that the three youngest children will sit at a kid's table. Hopefully that works out okay because I have never loved the idea of kid's tables--I like everyone sitting together on a holiday like this.
But I am happy with the settings I came up with. They go nicely with the centerpiece.
And oh! I am just now realizing that you haven't seen the paint job I did in the dining room this past summer. Well, there it is. I did a texturizing technique and then a two-toned faux glaze thing. And I can't believe I haven't shown you yet because I love it. And I also can't believe I did it all by myself.
Here are a couple more views
The color is a little yellower than it's showing in the photos, but here is a close up of the texture. Also, you can read more about my metal scrolly thing here.
I originally bought a cool circle vinyl to go around that "N", but it was too small. I wasn't paying attention to size. Someday I will get our family picture taken and hang it on that blank wall there.
And now, I'm off to do more Thanksgiving prep. Lots of cleaning and laundry first, and then I will bake the pies. I'm doing Pumpkin, Pear and Pecan and I can't wait for my one piece (darn diet)!