I LOVE Thanksgiving!!! What isn't there to love? We get our families together to bake, cook, eat, play football, laugh, nap...and then do it all over again! I am so grateful for one holiday that is dedicated to expressing "Thanks in all Things", even if the next big holiday is slowly creeping it's way over it.
I created a new pattern this month called "In All Things Give Thanks" and is available now at my shop.
When I was at Sundance a month ago having breakfast with a dear friend and our kiddos...I saw these velvet pumpkins at the gift shop for way more than I wanted to pay for them. So, I took some left over velvet from a quilt I am making and cut a circle out, stitched the edges with a running stitch, gathered the string together, filled with bird cage litter (chopped corn cobs), stitched shut, and glued the stems from my favorite pumpkins...and embellished with a few springs of berries and leaves. Soooooo stinkin easy!!! I am going to be collecting different colored velvet's this year to make a whole mantle's worth for next fall.
I created a garland for the mantle using clip art silhouettes of Pilgrims and Indians and embellished them with fabric leaves. I clipped them to a collection of ribbons so that my boys can clip "gratitude" blessings along with the leaves. I have three ancestors that were at the very first Thanksgiving. We hung this banner the night we sat and shared their stories with the boys. I think it meant a little more to them...but who knows...they are teen-aged boys!
I made the fabric leaves by cutting out a clip art leaf template collection. I then took Heat and Bond and adhered it to the wrong side of the fabric I wanted. After the glue cooled, I peeled the paper off and folded a top piece of the fabric onto the glue (or wrong side of the fabric) and pressed until the two layers stuck together. I then took the template and cut out my leaves and clipped them to the string. Super easy and so so cute!