3 simple ways to decorate the thanksgiving table with nature

November 25, 2014 by: Marie P
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Fall is my favorite season for one big reason, the changing leaves. Ours change slowly this far South, but I am so happy when they do (other than the falling and raking). To make the most of the color and to frugally decorate for the holiday this week I made a few natural decorations for the table. Hope your holiday is lovely!   Pine cone & leaf placeholders... pinecone_place_holder   leaf_placeholder_vintage_dishes   Leaf place holders, and while you are at it make a leaf corsage! leaf_placeholder    

Leaf chargers for your plates, let the kids help you collect and clean the leaves the days before the holiday.

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 Happy Thanksgiving from our happy place to yours!

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Categories: at home, handmade, seasonal

holiday anticipation with a vignette to celebrate

November 24, 2014 by: Marie P
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I love decorating our home for any holiday, but winter is my favorite. From the first hints of cold weather to the last I enjoy decor that highlights nature in her winter glory. I can't wait for the crisp breezes and hints of pine and spuce that mean the Christmas season is here.  This week I created a few side table vignettes to enjoy that "Christmas is coming" feeling even before the tree has taken center stage in our family room.  I like small, portable holiday decor over store bought items made of plastic, it just feels more like we are celebrating in a traditional way.  We don't often have snow but we love the crisp feel of the air on our snow days and the Christmas tree scent all over the house when we finally get to choose one!  The fresh scent of the Glade Sparkling Spruce candle at the center of this vignette makes everyone want to curl up with cocoa, a good book and a holiday music.  And while this is one of my favorite holiday scents there are even more in the Glade Limited Edition Winter Collection that I can't wait to try. Each one inspires me to make something special for the holidays to spread that feeling of cheer and memory making family time! pineinspiration2

 In the mood for a beautiful holiday song? Download this is my wish from Glade and start your celebration off with music to make you smile.

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 The base is an old fence board that I whitewashed and layered with a can to hold the candle and branches and pine cones. I collected the cones and greenery on one of our family walks.  The can is whitewashed and glued it to the center. I always trim my candle wick and supervise them when in use.

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 This works on our side tables in the living room and bedroom so it's a portable seasonal scent tray!

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Categories: seasonal

a toddler tshirt to explain why we go to thanksgiving dinners

November 20, 2014 by: Marie P
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I enjoy making things for my boys because of the  reward smiles that come from the effort I put into little things like this shirt. We've been talking about Thanksgiving feasts and why we have them. One thing he understands is that there is pie, and it's a pretty shade of pumpkin.  You can't buy a shirt in the store that says together time but you can make one! What is your favorite Thanksgiving treat and would you advertise it on a shirt? I don't think a turkey leg would have made his day quite so well... pie_time_painted_tshirt_toddler   pie_time_shirt   handpainted_toddler_tshirt

how I sketch a pie

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