Friday, November 29, 2013

Thankful AND Crafty

Now that we've finished round 3 of our Thanksgiving festivities, Adam and I decided that possibly it's time to go on a diet. Probably not though.

Our third Thanksgiving unraveled every bit as lovely as the first two. A quiet cozy afternoon with family, a glass of wine, and delicious food? Yes please. 

Also, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but Adam's mom was born to be a pinterest-mom. Look how she decked out the Thanksgiving table with these centerpieces, complete with a thankful-tree for everyone to contribute (note: Caden was thankful for his cars).
The kids (along with Pop-pop and James) made gingerbread houses, while I read the entirety of Orphan Train

And Adam helped Ashton with his chemistry. That man, let me tell y'all: he is an amazing teacher. Not to mention he has the patience-of-a-saint. And his beard, which is also epic.
Speaking of being crafty, a few weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram of a craft we did in order to somehow make it through that last hour before dinner. While we're on the topic of that last hour before dinner/bath/bed, please tell me everyone else finds it as brutal as I do?
When I posted the picture, I got a few requests for shots of the finished product. We finally actually completed and hung up the never-thought-it-would-be-done project today, so I snapped a few shots and thought I'd oblige. Don't say I never did anything for you.

Inspired by these painted leaves (which I found via Pinterest obviously), we taped the leaves to some paper and got to work painting.

If I'm completely honest, all of the smallest leaves and/or thinnest leaves ripped when we took the tape off. Thus, after round one, we had these leaves:
They felt a little too monochromatic for me, so we took a walk around the block to gather more leaves. We then stuck them inside some of the boys' textbooks, perpetually forgotten at our house. Two days later, we re-taped and repeated the whole painting process with some purple and pink paint I dug out of the storage closet.

Next, I taped the leaves to some baker's twine with some washi tape (all of which came from the Target dollar spot, holla). I was planning on tying them on via their stems, but it drove me literally-insane how tangled it all got and how impossible it was to tie them all nice and orderly. So I gave up and taped them instead.

I was planning on hanging them on our mantle, but Jayci insisted they belonged in her room. And who am I to argue? So voila. Fall decor in Jayci's room. Although she did tell me tonight while we laid in her bed that she just wasn't quite happy with how they looked strung up there. That's a girl after my decorating-heart.

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