Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On Thanksgiving Eve

Papier Mache Ornament
'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.

I'm Thankful for My Sisters

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.

Dining Table

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.

Place Setting

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.

All Set for Thanksgiving

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.

N the Corner

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)!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I'm glad that you have an "N" on your wall to remind you of your favorite Brother and Uncle. That is very thoughtful! Love you guys!

  2. It's gorgeous as usual! I'm thankful for my healthy new baby and my family that I live more than ever. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  3. Wow. Your home is elegance itself! What a beautiful table. What a wonderful idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Wow, Lara, everything looks so beautiful! You do such a nice job. I'll have to have you share your painting technique with me. :)

  5. What a beautiful table and room. Love it!

  6. Fantastic ideas, and a beautiful setting (both the room and the table!). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

  7. That is so beautiful lara! I want a piece of Pear pie!! (you know how i feel about pumpkin)

  8. I love those ornaments with the music paper. Fabulous!

    And I gew up with the kids at a seperate table and we LOVED it! Even when we got old enough to move up to the grown up table, no one wanted to!

  9. My jaw dropped when I saw your table/centerpiece. And then when I read how cheaply you were able to make everything, it would have dropped further were it not already on the floor from the initial dropping. Wow! Beautiful! I love the walls, the colors, everything. Are you sure you should be in music? You do a really good job with the interior design thing.

  10. It all looks beautiful! I love the ornaments. I like to set the table early too. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about getting ready for a nice meal.

  11. Laura, it looks SO great!
    Very proud of you!

  12. I love the tree. It is beautiful and so is your table. I am not a very fancy person, but I really do love this! Maybe next year I will have to give it a try. Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. Hello, my friend. What a gorgeous, gorgeous table! It's Thanksgiving Day today and I wanted to stop by and wish all my friends the happiest day. I wanted to tell you that when I count my blessings, you will be among them. Thank you for adding to the richness of my experience in the blog world. Your blog is a wonderful place for me to visit. Thank you for that. Happy, happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Your table is gorgeous! I love the thankful tree... thank you for sharing your blog... I always enjoy reading it so much. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  15. Oh very pretty! The tree and the paint and the table and everything!!!!!

  16. I wish you lived right next door so that I could have seen how you did your texturing. I love it. It turned out beautifully. I'd like to do something like that in my front room on two of the walls.

    I'm also completely impressed with your centerpiece. First, I love that top picture. I love the light in it. Second, I love those ornaments. They look great! Third, the whole tree looks great. Absolutely fantastic. I've been wanting to do something like it for a while now. Fourth, your table is the color that my table SHOULD be. :)

    Fantastic job!

  17. Beautiful table setting, great tree idea and AWESOME paint job!!