Happy Thanksgiving! I’m Thankful For You!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I will be taking a few days off to enjoy time with my family (including both my college kiddos – yay!), but today I wanted to share a few things I’m thankful for. And yes, you are on that list!! Thank you for following along with me here in this little corner of the web! I truly appreciate it!! I have met some amazing people here, many of whom I am happy to call “friend”!
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Today, and everyday, I am also thankful for so many other things.
  • Our home which gives our family a place to gather.
  • My Lord and Savior.
  • Spending sweet time with family.
  • The food on our table.
  • This holiday which reminds us all to take a few minutes and count our blessings.
  • My hubby who puts up with me.
  • My kids who continue to seek God and walk in His ways.
  • Sweet friends new and old that God has given me to do life with.
  • And, my family. (seriously I love them more than I can even express)
What are you thankful for today?? I’d love to hear!!
Hope you have a beautiful weekend of counting your blessings and sharing time with people that you love!! See you back here next week!

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DIY Jute Napkin Rings

Hey there! We are hosting Thanksgiving this year and I just about have my plan for the table all together in my head. Now I just need to pull all the pieces together. I found some cute napkins at At Home on clearance. No orange or yellow but still fallish. I just needed napkin rings of some sort. I had thought of using wire, but when I was at Hobby Lobby (to buy the wire) I spotted some wired jute in the fall section…80% off.
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I can never pass up a sale like that so my plan changed. The constructing of the napkin rings was experimental for sure but I’ll show you how I made the ones I finally settled on.
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Setting the Table for Fall

I’m still working on getting our house all ready for fall. I’m not sure why I’m dragging my feet, I LOVE fall! I think my project list keeps calling my name ahead of decorating. 😉 As I was looking through posts from last year, I realized that I never shared our Thanksgiving table from last year. Again, probably because right before Thanksgiving I was knee-deep in an ORC makeover.

So, I thought why not share it now! In case maybe you are starting to think in the direction of Thanksgiving or maybe you are just looking for ideas for a fall centerpiece.

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Just a Little Sparkle

I have been a silver girl for as long as I can remember, but lately I have jumped head-first on the gold-lovin’ band wagon!  

I shared with you my fall mantle a couple of months ago, but last week I got the itch to add just a little sparkle and shine.  A last minute something before the day we gather. So, after a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and about 45 minutes of crafting I had this lovely gold, sparkly banner.


Here are the supplies that I started with.


Some scrap canvas (dropcloth of course), gold spray paint, gold glitter, jute, and a set of chipboard letters.  If you are a crafter like me, you probably have most of this in your stash. The only thing I had to purchase were the letters, and they were half off – so I scored some sparkle for less than $3!!

First I cut the canvas into rectangle pieces that were a little bit bigger than my letters. (I really eyeballed the first one by finding the widest letter in the bunch, laying it on top of the fabric, and cutting.)  


Then, I folded a piece in half long-ways, again using a letter as my guide, cut a triangle off the bottom to make the notch.  I used that first piece as a pattern to cut the notches from the rest.

Next it was time for sparkle.


The letters got a coat of gold spray paint, and a generous sprinkle of gold glitter.  If you spray and sprinkle quick enough, the glitter will stick just fine to the wet paint :).

Attaching the flags to the jute is fairly simple.


Apply a thin line of hot glue, and fold the edge over the jute.  Done.  Well, after you repeat this for all the flags.

Then I used hot glue to attach the letters to each flag.


If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I don’t require anything to be perfect in this house, so no two letters have the same amount of glitter.  I did not take the time to hem the edges of the flags, or even fray check them.  I rather like the raw edges.

So, for 45 minutes and $3 I added just the special sparkly touch my mantle needed!


I’m taking some time off to finish getting ready for Thanksgiving, and to spend time with my college boy on his first visit home!  Praying everyone has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving!!  

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