Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart!

Thanksgiving… a time of reflections and giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives.   We typically celebrate it by gathering with friends and family and eating the traditional turkey and dressing with all the fixins’ and top it off with all kinds of pumpkin pies and desserts.  The turkey isn’t the only thing that is stuffed on Thanksgiving – we do it to ourselves as well!

An afternoon of football games on the TV, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the morning and now add the “early” black Friday sales.  I love the Thanksgiving holiday – not only because of the reminder to give thanks for our abundant blessings- but for great food and fellowship with our families….and don’t foget a four-day weekend!   I don’t do the “black” Friday shopping frenzy.   I don’t like shopping crowds and I don’t know of anything I need bad enough to fight for it.

We have always traced Thanksgiving Day to the celebration for their harvest that the Pilgrams had in Plymouth Rock.  I have learned that Thanksgiving in our earlier nation took place with a church service giving thanks to God.  It didn’t start out as a feast.    I am sure someone later (possibly Baptist as they are known for their casseroles…and yes, I can say that since I am Baptist!) decided food was needed  and started the covered dish potluck.

As I reflect on my blessings and give thanks, I am so thankful for family, friends, my health, my country, my church, and all the little things we all take for granted each day – like a roof over my head and food in my belly!   My wish for you is a safe, comfortable and blessed Thanksgiving. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generationsPsalm 100:4

Just a few pictures of my “Thanksgiving” season decorating.  I love the fall colors and  enjoy the simple “things” of this season more each year.

 

Strawberry Shortcake Party Time

I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last post.    Fall is my favorite time of the year and I get carried away with the cooler weather and fall projects.  It seems once we hit October, there is never enough time!  My granddaughter, Parker, turned 4 in October and she had a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party.  I remember when my girls were young and Strawberry Shortcake was so popular.  Now it seems Strawberry Shortcake is back again! 

The weather was beautiful and we were able to celebrate with an outdoor party.  A lot of Parker’s friends from preschool came and lots of family.   My daugher did a great job in decorating with the strawberry theme and with the food.   She served stawberry lemonaide, strawberry milk, strawberry jelly/peanut butter sandwiches, hotdogs and fresh fruit including, of course, strawberries. 

Her cake was adorable and, of course, it was strawberry flavored cake.  A friend of Parker’s mom from college, Shelby, decorated her cake.  Doesn’t she do a beautiful cake?  Not only was it beautiful and pleased Parker “pink”,  but it was also delicious!

I made her Strawberry Shortcake dress and what fun it is to sew little girl’s dresses once again.  I actually gave up sewing for my daughters when they were young – not enough time and it stressed me.  Now it is totally different.  It’s just another reason to love having grandchildren!  My daughter picked out the dress on Pinterest and gave me a picture to go by.  I found a pattern that was close and modified it to match the picture.  Parker was thrilled with it – which of course, thrilled me! 

Check out the strawberry necklace!  Pinterest to the rescue again to find a tutorial on making strawberries.  I may have gotten did get a little carried away, as she even had a strawberry on her headband…but she isn’t wearing it in this picture.  Lily, our daughter’s lab is right in the middle of it all!  I think she wanted a strawberry collar.

Since Halloween is so close to her birthday, Parker wore her Strawberry Shortcake dress again and her baby sister wore a strawberry costume!  Let me tell you – they were the cutest strawberries in the line at Church  for Treats and Eats.  (Spoken like a true Mimi.)

Speaking of the Treats and Eats, Pop and I decided to get in on the action this year and we decorated a trunk and handed out treats to kid, and even more kids  

Our theme was “Follow Me and I will Make you Fishers of Men”.  Matthew 4:19.   We had a lot of fun getting all the items together to create a “fishing hole” and dressing up ourselves as fishermen.  (Sorry, we never got a picture in our costumes. We were kind of busy.)  We thought about letting the kids actually “fish” for candy but when you face a line of over 1,500 children, we decided it would take too long.   Our Church fed supper to our community as well, handing out hotdogs and chili in our Christian Life Center.  This was the largest crowd we have ever hosted for Treats and Eats.  We handed out approximately 2,000 hotdogs!  The hours were from 5 until 7 pm – but we didn’t stop handing out candy until 8 pm.  What a night and what a ministry opportunity!  The children were adorable and we had the chance to see a lot of old and new friends.

Since Halloween and the birthday bash, my energy has been directed to making a Thanksgiving (turkey) dress for both girls and filling orders for embroidery and applique.  This is a busy time of year for monograms and other personalized gifts.  Thank goodness my daughter has learned to use my machine and can help with all the jobs that are coming in. I am also working on a birthday dress for Pace who will be 1 in December.  (She is so stinkin’ cute!)  

Can’t wait to show you pictures of the Turkey dresses and Pace’s birthday dress! 

Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8

If the Broom Fits….Make a Wreath!

 
 I saw a witch wreath on Etsy.com not long ago that I fell in love with.  It was too pricey for me at $350.  So…a trip to Michael’s was in order.  I found just what I wanted to make the wreath…. the witch’s hat, a broom, flowers, and feathers, round ball ornaments…..but I knew I would have trouble finding legs for the witch.  I decided I could make legs.  I am not too artsy when it comes to sketching….but after sketching, a little sewing – and I had legs fit for the witch.  (The boots are my favorite.)   I think I did ok.  They turned out really cute!  I decided on the red and black color scheme…but orange and black would be adorable too.
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Using a very large grapevine wreath, I attached the legs to the wreath with hot glue and pins.  A little skirt with black tulle was added next.  Once the legs and skirt were accomplished, I added a broom – after all, what’s a witch without a broom – right?  A witch hat with gray hair was the finishing touch to the witch!  

I added red and black feathers, red and black ribbon, pumpkins and black and white Christmas balls.  I topped it off with the black bird at the top left! 

I love the finished project and can’t believe I am actually finished it before the first day of October.   I am thinking maybe for Thanksgiving a turkey on a wreath would be cute….better get to working on those turkey legs!

Coffee Filter Wreath

Remember my Pinterest addiction.  Here is one reason why I am addicted.  I found a tutorial on making a wreath out of coffee filters.  There are several coffee filter wreaths out in the blogging world – but I found my instructions on  http://thelittlebrownhouse.us/2010/04/08/frugal-friday-coffee-wreath/.

                                      This is a picture of my finished wreath!

I made it in one hour.  All you need is a foam wreath, coffee filters, and straight pins.  I used a 18 inch wreath and natural colored coffee filters.  

        The coffee filters seem to want to stick together so I separated them before I started. 

                                     Pinch the bottom of the coffee filter together.

                                     Pin the filter to the wreath with a straight pin. 

I started on the outside of the wreath and made a row all the way around before starting to fill in.

                                   The wreath as I start filling in the middle.

I love a fun project that can be finished in one sitting!   I used approximately 100 coffee filters (we may not be able to have coffee in the morning).  I had all the items at home except for the wreath – and that was easy enough to find.   I plan to make one soon with the white filters to use in one of my bedrooms.  A mixed wreath with the natural and white filters would be neat too -don’t you think?   That might have to be a project for my mom’s door.  I can think of a bunch of ways to personallize the wreath….hmm…possibly fall flowers, feathers or ribbons added.  Wonder how a quick spray with paint to tip the edges of the coffee filters would look?  Any suggestions on making these wreaths more personal – please comment!!!  One of my daughters suggested maybe using cupcake liners in place of the coffee filters would give more color options.   It will be fun to see what suggestions you have.

I plan on hanging this at work on my door at work.  I need to get a brown ribbon to loop around the wreath and let it hang down with a pretty bow tied at the top. 

Just remember…this wreath will not work outdoors unless it is protected from the weather.  A wet coffee filter wreath hanging on a door could be a reflection of how one feels outside in the Kentucky heat and humidity!

Happy Crafting!

Time for a Pintervention!

I have a new addiction.  It is called “Pinterest.com”.   They say the first step to healing from an addiction is admission.  Step one complete.  Why am I addicted to this website?  Below are some of the pros and cons for you to review.

PROS:

~It involves boards – much like a bulletin board – but it is a virtual bulletin board.

~It allows me to pin my areas of interest such as tutorials, recipes, decorating ideas,   fashion ideas, cute sayings, DIY projects, pictures of rooms, etc.  

~It keeps me from over-loading my favorites folder on my computer.

 ~It keeps me from watching TV (which is not a bad thing).  Besides, I have to have    something to do when the hubby is hogging the remote.

~It might motivate me to organize if I would quit pinning and start organizing.

 ~It provides wonderful recipes that are healthy (like Weight Watchers Italian Breakfast    Casserole or Weight Watchers Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes).

 ~It allows me to search for favorite subjects. 

~It allows me to repin  ideas pinned by other members.  Repinning another persons   pin is not even considered stealing…it is called sharing! (Credit your source)

 ~I can invite my friends to join.

~I meet new friends….from all over the world.

~It is an elite site.  I had to be invited.  But I got to invite myself!  

~I can get several hours of computer experience to use on a resume.  🙂

CONS:

~It sucks away time without your knowledge.  I start out checking my email and just one      quick peep at Pinterest and the next thing I know I have lost 2 hours.

~It keeps me from actually doing the things I have pinned because I am too busy     pinning new ideas.

~It causes hearing problems – I don’t hear anything when I am pinning.  (Ask my   husband.)

 ~It makes me want to go to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby every day. (Good thing I have to    drive out of town to find either store!) 

 ~It provides wonderful recipes that I don’t need to make like White Chocolate    Smores Gooey Cake Bars or Lordhavemercy Inside Out Carrot Cake Muffins.

~It allows me to be nosey. I can follow other peoples boards to see what they are pinning.

 ~Other people can also be nosey – and follow me.  

~I now spend more time on “pinterest.com” than I do Facebook…and I love Facebook.     Pinterest.com is a much better way to waste your time.

I think that sums it up pretty well – and the PROS win – 12 to 8.  I am ready for my pintervention.  I have my facts ready in defense! 

Some other interesting tidbits about Pinterest.com –the site has rules but they are reasonable, like….

             *Be Nice (we learned that early)

              *Credit your Sources (Don’t take ownership of someone elses work)

              *Avoid Self-promotion (This is not etsy.com)

              *Report Objectionable Content (I have seen only a few pins that would fall under                “objectionable content”.)

Working in workforce development for years, I couldn’t pass up the job opportunity page.  They have several job listings on their site – the only one I might qualify for would be head of recruiting given my work background.  I might be tempted but I don’t think I can relocate to Palo Alto, CA.  It would be too far from my grandkids!

Positions listed are:

     Product Designer

     Lead Engineer

     Search and Data Mining Engineer

     ios Engineer

     Head of Recruiting

If you are interested – send your resume to jobs@pinterest.com.

Tell them I sent you!  In the meantime, join the addiction of pinning!  Get on the website now and invite yourself!

 

8so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”  1 Thessalonians 2:8   NIV