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.

 

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!