Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Settings

Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Settings

 
How to Thanksgiving Table Ideas

It’s almost here.

Thanksgiving.

Turkey Day.

Annual Permission to Wear Your Stretch Pants Holiday.

Does it get any better?

Family and friends and laughter and conversation and giggles and smiles….

….all topped off with turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie.

Seriously.

Thanksgiving at our house is just a party waiting to happen.

And to get your home ready for the holiday….Homes.com recently challenged me to create some easy place setting ideas for Thanksgiving.

So here’s four creative ideas for Thanksgiving table settings.Continue reading


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Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post. But all opinions and statements are completely my own.

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There is a box in our attic full of treasures….

….worth more to me than the finest exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stacks of tiny dishes that closely resembles plates painted a brilliant shade of bright pink with initials carved into them.

There are butterflies made out of paper plates and baby food jars full of confetti and a santa with moveable arms and caterpillars painted from thumb prints and a popsicle log cabin.

Masterpieces each and every one.Continue reading


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Chalkboard Advent Calendar

Chalkboard Advent Calendar

 

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Raise your hand if you’ve already started decorating for Christmas.

Oh good….me too.

I can’t help it.

I just ordered a giant box of the most amazing red and white Christmas decorations and they were totally calling my tree’s name.

I know what you’re thinking.

You’re wondering and questioning and shrugging your shoulders and maybe if you are on your second cup of coffee…..you might even be rolling your eyes at me and asking me….friend to friend…..

….WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? :)

I can’t wait to show you all the fun Christmas decorating….but in the meantime if you want to start with a little holiday cheer….

…here’s an easy how-to chalkboard advent calendar that I posted last year.

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DIY Tape Transfer Vase

DIY Tape Transfer Vase

 
DIY Tape Transfer Vase

Hello friends!  If you are stopping by from the Nester’s….my tape and I are happy to meet you!

About two months ago my friend Ashley asked me if I was up for a challenge.

Seriously.

Doesn’t she know challenge is my middle name?

She and her husband have co-authored four books.  One of them is an incredible wall project book that I wrote about before.  I made a giant wooden arrow and told you how amazing Ashley is and how she makes me laugh and want to completely decorate my house with orange and pink rugs.  Continue reading


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Painted Porch Project

Painted Porch Project

 

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Once upon a time there was a porch.

(Don’t you love a story that starts like that?)

Except this porch was a scary story.  I would tell everyone to go in the front door…just so they’d miss the porch.  It was peeling and flaking and in terrible condition.

Seriously.

It took “distressed” to a completely new level.

And now?

Now it’s all about itself.  It’s waving people in from the driveway and throwing tail-gate parties…..

….and showing off its transformation at porch fashion week (can you tell I’ve been watching Project Runway)?

And here’s the DIY for the painted porch project.Continue reading


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Birch Bark Wreath

Birch Bark Wreath

 

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I started this birch bark wreath project with grandiose ideas.

I was driving down the road behind an international harvester (where I spend most of my time) and I got the brilliant (or so I thought) idea to make my own wreath.

You see….when I featured the pallet letter…I photographed it with a wreath.

A wreath that I get questions about all the time.  

So why not make it?

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Except….see the thing is….this doesn’t exactly look like the wreath I posted.

Not that it’s bad to look at.  I think it’s kind of cute.  It’s just that the other wreath is totally Brad Pit….

….and this wreath is a little like the boy you sat next to in class who spent all that time drumming on his English book with his drum sticks.

It’s trying really hard to impress you….

…but if it asked you to the homecoming dance you’d have to think twice.Continue reading


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DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection

DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection

 

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I almost titled this post #calmdownitsnotevenhalloweenyet

And #dontadjustyourscreenandyesthosearestockings

But I had to post because (1) I was so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to show you the stocking collection and (2) the stockings sold out last year and (3) by the time I got around to remembering to post my Christmas mantel in December they would all be gone.

So with a drum roll and clanging cymbals and a ticker tape parade….I present to you without further ado…..

 …..the 2014 Thistlewood stocking collection from South House Designs.Continue reading


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30 Minute Pumpkin Challenge – Mod Podge Pumpkins

30 Minute Pumpkin Challenge – Mod Podge Pumpkins

 

Thistlewood Decorative Pumpkin Challenge

Do you remember the show What Not To Wear?

It was amazing.

An unsuspecting woman would be walking down the street and Clinton and Stacy would jump out and be all like we are here to make you over.  And then they would take the contestant home and open her closet and start throwing all the clothes into this giant trash can while the woman looked on with a mixture of horror and intrigue…..

….like she had no idea what would happen next.

No worries…..we all knew.

Because we watched the show.

We knew they were going to offer them money to go shopping and send them off with tips and then the woman would be shopping at the store and start making bad choices again and not listening to the hosts’ sage advice and then all of a sudden Clinton and Stacy would pop out at the store and surprise them and save the day.  And of course they would find her perfect outfits and then have her show them off in front of this eight way mirror and the lady would be all like you all are the best and look how amazing I look……

…..and we would all agree and sigh and wish that Clinton and Stacy would stop us on the street.

I know….right?

I know what you are thinking.

Where were Clinton and Stacy when I was wearing my blazer?

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