Thankful for Pinterest

I finally made a craft (actually 2) from Pinterest! That may not sound terribly exciting to some of any of you, but it was a huge deal for me. See, I have pinned away for months now, and I have made some dishes and found some great gift ideas for people. I haven’t made anything on my inspiration boards, though. I kept seeing other art and diy projects people had done and realized I needed to stop pinning and start actually doing. With the holiday season upon us, it was the perfect time. I scanned my boards and chose some projects to do with Harrison and some decorations for me to make for Thanksgiving.

Other than purchasing some extra paint colors, I didn’t have to buy any other supplies for these two projects. The first project was a finger paint turkey Harrison completed. Here’s the pin:

Here’s what Harrison and I did together:

I happened to have appropriately colored cards, and I thought they would be perfect as place-setting cards for Thanksgiving. Harrison lasted through most of them, but I did have to finish 1 or 2. He loved telling me which colors to use. Here are a few shots of the place cards on our Thanksgiving table:

 

The second craft  I completed was for decoration. Here was my inspiration:

The process was pretty simple and quick once I got the hang of it. The flowers don’t look like much, initially, but once they are up on the wall in a cluster, they look really great. Here’s one of my flowers:

And here’s my arrangement above the fireplace:

I tried using small adhesive squares that were wall-safe that we already owned, but they stuck to the wall and not the paper even though I cleaned the wall and pressed for the 30 seconds on the directions. I ultimately went with picture-hanging nails because we agreed it would have minimal impact on the wall, and we knew eventually something more permanent would go up on the wall. The nail head actually looks cool up close and you don’t notice it from afar. 

Here’s a breakdown of my supplies:

Fingerpaint Turkeys:

  • Cardstock: already owned
  • finger paints: $4 (we will use these a lot, so pretty cheap)
  • construction paper or marker (for beak, feet, and eyes): already owned
  • Total cost: $4

Paper bag flowers:

  • Lunch-bag sized paper bags: already owned
  • Scissors
  • Glue-stick: already owned
  • Nails or other hanging method: already owned
  • Total cost: Free!!!

Images for projects can be found here and here. The finger paint turkey is linked to my Pinterest image because the site the original image came from has been suspended for some reason. 

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Thank-full

It came as no surprise that our family had so much to be thankful for this past year. Last Thanksgiving was pretty splendiferous since Harrison had just been born, but now that Harrison can actually stay awake for longer than 20 minutes at a time, it was a lot more fun this year. We got an early start on family time when Uncle Kevin arrived Monday afternoon.

Playing with Uncle Kevin

David’s parents arrived Tuesday night, but we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them until Wednesday. Speaking of Wednesday, I didn’t get the “original” turkey out of the freezer until Wednesday morning (oops) so we had to get another one that afternoon. I think we could’ve made the first one work, but someone would’ve had to been constantly changing out water and patting the turkey. Not what anyone wants to be doing when there’s family to spend time with. Instead, we had a fresh turkey ready to cook in the morning and spent Wednesday evening going out to dinner and then baking and prepping food while drinking wine and chatting. Much better!

Thursday went so smoothly, I wouldnt’ have thought we were making a Thanksgiving meal for 7 people. We had the turkey in the oven by 8 and then took our time with the rest of the meal and ate by 11:30. We had to eat a little early because, sadly, Kevin had to go back to Connecticut that afternoon. I would like to take this moment to bow and receive my applause because not only did he get a fantastic meal (with Nancy’s help), but also enjoyed homemade pumpkin pie with homemade whip cream. Actually, I can’t believe I hadn’t made my own whip cream before. It was so easy, and you can add any flavor to it that you want. I just used vanilla, but it would be delightful with almond extract, lemon, or hazelnut.

The rest of the day we spent watching football, drink more wine, eating dessert and taking a walk. Katie, Nancy, and I even caught a movie. And the men had bought slaved over dinner while we were gone.  It was awesome! I am use to leftovers for dinner, but Chinese was great, too. And the fact that I didn’t have to do anything was even better. A viewing of,  “It’s Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown” that night made the day complete. I was a happy lady.

On Friday, we braved the weather and crowds and got massages ;). Yep, no early shopping for us this year. Last year I didn’t mind because I had to be up with Harrison anyway, but not this year. We ladies got massages, did some shopping downtown Wake Forest, and had lunch out. Then we came back while the men went out and did a little more shopping with Harrison. David went to a comedy show with his family that night while I gladly was forced to stay home and watch a romantic comedy and drink a glass of wine with some popcorn (no, I am not an alcoholic. But, if you’re counting, that’s 3 glasses in as many days).

Saturday we had a nice family breakfast here at the house and David’s parents  headed out with his sister, Katie, to an estate sale in Raleigh. We met them for lunch before everyone headed back home. A hush fell over our home Saturday afternoon because it was just the 4 of us.  It was such a wonderful time with family, and I am so thankful they came to us to celebrate Thanksgiving. We felt so loved and blessed to know we are surrounded by such beautiful people.

Sunday we spent the day as a family playing, taking an adventurous walk in the woods and talking to my family on Skype. It honestly does not get much better. Except for at Christmas, when we get to see everyone in person again. The holidays are truly magical. Okay, I will stop being so sappy, as tradition has been these past few posts, share a little slide show of pictures from our wonderful Thanksgiving.

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