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Entries in thanksgiving (11)


happy thanksgiving

A full day of non-blog-work ahead of me today, so I'll wish you well a bit early. I am very grateful for each of my readers and every comment sharing in on my journey.

Enjoy a day of full of food, gratitude, & rest. Full bellies and full hearts—Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

Image Source: Terrain (type by me)


gratitude is memory

It is a good week to remember all that you have to be thankful for.


thanksgiving garland swag diy

Just a weee bit obsessed with these pretty corn husk flowers...so I've used them to make a garland swag for my Thanksgiving table!

The pre-made garlands/swags (at Hobby Lobby) weren't to my taste. Instead I found a greenery bunch I liked better. To make the swag, I simply hot glued the green stems to each other to form a 3ft swag. From there I arranged the 6 flowers to my liking and then glued them to the stems.

I love how wiley and assymetrical it feels! And using a piece of wood as the runner...eep. SWOON.

Any fun weekend plans?! I'll be teaching on "creative gift giving" at a short seminar called Generosity on a Budget, which will be exciting. And don't worry, I plan to recap the content for Monday's post! How about you, what will you be up to?

If you missed the instructions for the flowers > Corn Husk Flower DIY


classy dinnerware on a budget

With Thanksgiving a mere 7 days away, I wanted to share a tip for purchasing elegant dinnerware at an affordable price. Even better is that this look is more tailored and unique (which I love).

The average place setting costs around $25 each, totalling $200+ for a table of 8. I was able to get a 8 placesettings (with napkins) for nearly half that cost—at just under $125. Here's what I did:

I used these standard white plates from World Market for the main dish, then added character using fun salad plates. I wanted two different salad plates for even more variety so I chose this one and the birds were on clearance at Dilliards. For napkins I went with these affordable buffet napkins and also bought latte bowls to match my color scheme (not shown).

Together they all look so good! And you can mix & match for any style you want, which is much more fun than having everything the same.

Do you like the variety? Does this make you want to rethink your dinnerware?

Pst...that middle image shows a peek of my Thankgiving garland. It turned out SO lovely—I'll have more on that tomorrow!


happy thanksgiving

Please please ENJOY your holiday and relax and eat and appreciate all things. See you Monday!

Image Source: Rifle Paper Co


notable: kerry's kronicles

Not a day of the year we shouldn't have a heart of gratitude.

Featured Artist: Kerry Murphy (via Pinterest)


lovely bundle {simple thanks}

If you're looking to spruce up the table with simple items you already own, there could be elegance in using string, mason jars/tealights, perhaps a book centerpiece, and a simple leaf placecard. I love the idea of the string around the table, either as placecards or with items of thanks or blank for guests to write on. Something about the string connecting all that the group is thankful for makes me happy.

Wishing you a stress-free weekend as you prep for the holiday week ahead.

Image Sources: 1 Southern Living (via Pinterest) // 2 Our Labor of Love (via Pinterest) // 3 The Nester (via Pinterest) // 4 Country Living (via The Kitchn) // 5 Home Stories AtoZ (via Pinterest) //


wishing you a...

Just decided to take a break from blogging this week. I will be back full force on Monday to begin the madness that is the Christmas season. Super excited!

Enjoy an amazing holiday with your loved ones!


swirls of pumpkin goodness

If you needed that perfect item to bring to your Thanksgiving gathering, I suggest you make this heavenly pumpkin roll. Pumpkin bread + cream cheese filling is MY FAVORITE part of fall, when accompanied by an eggnog latte of course. Find the recipe here.


crafty thanks

Thanks be to the tripleW for these super creative goodies. I'm already in full swing planning for Christmas and wasn't able to plan any Thanksgiving DIY. So I found some great ideas for you to make your holiday dinner adorable.

Aren't these amazing?!
1 // Free downloads from Graphics Fairy
2 // Table decor diy by Two Straight Lines
3 // Kids table by Fiskars {via Amy Atlas}
4 // Thankful printables by Silverbox Creative {via Twig&Thistle}
5 // Topiary place cards by A Field Journal