Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Happy Monday-of-a-short-week to you all (the best kind of Monday that exists)!  I’ve got some really great posts lined up for this week, but right now, I’m coming an you with this short little Thanksgiving Chalk-Art project.

I’m linking up with the Dare To DIY party at Primitive & Proper (one of my favorite blogs!).  A group of my favorite bloggers is hosting this series, and you should definitely join in.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that I am NOT a holiday decorator, outside of putting up a Christmas tree and stockings.  I have a really hard time spending money on seasonal crafts and such.  I don’t like storing them all year long.  It just feels cluttered to me.

The great thing about painting a chalkboard on my back door is that I can make holiday art all year long, and not spend money or have to deal with storage issues.

I found this free printable from A Night Owl Blog, and used it as a basic template for my door.  I changed a few fonts, for easy-sake.  I’m still trying to work on my typography skills.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Typography

The goal is to fill the door with hearts and write all the things we’re thankful for.  I hope that we have hearts squishing everywhere by Thanksgiving.  On the top, on the sides, between banners… we have SO much to be grateful for.

I may have gotten carried away with drawing empty hearts to fill in, but it made me excited for our gratitude-project this week.

Ways to show gratitude at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Projects - Chalkboard

See you tomorrow with a BACK SPLASH!  Laterz.

Pumpkin Parade Feature

Y’all, I get so sad when parades are over.  Every time I’m at Disneyland and the last float in the parade passes by and the crowd starts to scatter, there’s a hole in my heart, because I’m always left wanting more.  I need more Mickey-in-sequins in my life.

I love how pumpkin crafts take over the blog-o-sphere this time of year, because really they are such inexpensive and fun crafts.  The possibilities of what you can do with a pumpkin are limited.

It’s only a matter of time until a blogger comes up with a way to fly a pumpkin to the moon.

One of my favorites from the parade was this pumpkin by Crab+Fish:

Fishnet Pumpkin

 

If you happened to miss the parade, don’t worry, you can go back in time and see all hundred pumpkin creations here.

But if it’s features you are interested in, check out these blogs for their faves.

Bliss at Home

Shift Ctrl Art

Primitive & Proper

Decor and the Dog

A Little Bite of Everything

Cuckoo4Design

Newly Woodwards

Boxy Colonial

A Swell Place to Dwell

WillsCasa

Go Haus Go

Woodland Pumpkins

Pumpkin Parade

Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

Woodland Pumpkins

I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

Woodland Pumpkins

Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. 😉

Woodland Pumpkins

And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

Woodland Pumpkins

And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

Woodland Pumpkins

Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go

 

Lights Under Burlap Table-Scape {Kid Friendly}

The date is December 18th.  You don’t need Christmas decor advice.  And I’m sure you also don’t need gift suggestions.  So I’m not going to give you any silly holiday tips to fill space.  I just want to use my blog to document my last minute holiday doings in Green Meadow Manor.  Planning ahead on table-scapes makes too much sense.  I must be the only blogger who is just now getting into table joy.  You’re not like that at all, are you.  You aren’t a procrastinator like me, huh.  You’re much better.

I see pictures of beautiful lavish table-scapes and think:
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but where do you put the food?”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but do these people not have children?”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but it looks like they spent their food money at Pier 1 Imports.”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but how do you see the person sitting across from your face?”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but it’s as ridiculous as the Pope at an Elton John concert.”

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by lavish and flashy table decor?  I do.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!  You just have to move it all when it’s time to eat anyway!  What a waste.

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