Thursday, November 14, 2013

ways to put "thanks" in your thanksgiving




with thanksgiving just two weeks away, i thought i'd share with you some fun ways to make the most of this holiday. seems like everywhere we turn, christmas has already made its debut! walmart has trees out, the grocery store already has candy canes, heck, i'm even getting tons of christmas circulars mailed to me from various stores!

while i am super excited about christmas approaching, i really wanted to find fun thanksgiving activities to put the "thanks" back in my holiday. here are 4 fun ones to try out!


  • create your own thankful tree

    • when i saw one of these at my girlfriends house a few weeks ago, i knew my husband and i had to make one! it was super easy and only took us about an hour to work on together. 
    • head on over to your local park and grab some fallen tree branches. back at home, you'll also need pens, scissors, a hole puncher, string, and cardstock with leaf cut-outs
    • bundle your branches together and tie with string if necessary. i also used some vase filler to make the branches stand up-right in my vase.
    • cut out your leaves, then punch a hole to string for hanging. jot down something you're thankful for and your name on the leaf, then hang on your branches!

here's a fun example from Emily at Simply Vintagegirl 

  • create your own thankful tablecloth 

    • this idea i've heard of before, but have never been daring enough to do... 
    • essentially, you have guests on thanksgiving day write what they are thankful for on your tablecloth. each year you put out the same table cloth for them to add to. 
    • i'm thinking of doing a patchwork version of this idea. i'll give each guest a few 4x4" squares to share what they are thankful for. then, after the holiday, i'll sew together in a patchwork fashion. each year my squares will grow as we add to them! 
    • here's a fun example from Kathryn at daring young mom


  • take to social media 

    • post one thing you're grateful for each day either on your facebook or instagram
    • i've seen others do this and i love reading about or viewing photos of the blessings in their lives
    • what a fun and easy way to use technology!

  • enjoy a "thanksgiving-only" activity 

    • sign up for a thanksgiving morning race! what a fun way to get up and out early and enjoy the brisk weather. your city or town has to have a 5K Turkey race going on, why not join them this year? i did last year (and we're going again this year!), remember that one? 

    • enjoy a thanksgiving movie at the theaters. after eating, indulge in Free Birds, a fun family movie before the season of tons of christmas movies!





Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

My One Year Blogiversary!

Happy One Year Blogiversary! Can you believe it?! It's been one year since I've started blogging! 

my display at this past weekend's craft fair


As a fun treat, let's take a look at some of this past year's highlights.. I've also got some fun photos from posts that never made it live! Check it out!

This idea for blogging started late last fall when I was sick with strep throat. I spent all day in bed reading several of my friends blogs, and thought to myself, why don't I give this a try?! I knew I wanted a fun place for readers to learn about diy projects, crafts, and my life.

Honestly, I had no idea how fun blogging could be! I've grown so much in my abilities to write, photograph, and promote over this past year. It's given me a great outlet to share my life and look back on lots of fun memories and moments. So without further adieu, let's take a look!







After traipsing around the Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola, I decided to write my first post. Soon after, I had the fun idea of creating a how-to for those two adorable foam pin-boards. I can't believe that was my first how-to!



Christmas was just around the corner, and with that, my attempt at homemade goodies! I had so much fun creating those candy cane reindeers for my husband's 5th graders! And remember how those candied peels totally bombed?! Oy!



For Christmas, I got a sewing machine and started right away trying to make things! One of my favorites were those catnip mouse toys for kitty! I also had the goal of finishing up my cabinet staining before the new year. Check out that post for some quick tips on refinishing wood cabinets. 



In February, I ran my first solo 5K, the Lady Track Shack race. Looking forward to doing that again here in a few months! Daniel and I also worked hard on those diy high-top patio tables, which resulted in my most-read posting to-date! Easter weekend we worked hard to install that fence and gate. Boy, what a project


Summer we did a few projects, but that was probably my slowest blogging time! Here Daniel works on changing out an old porch light, and we also see the "after" photo from a garage sale find!


August and September I was super busy getting Daniel ready for back-to-school, and prepping for a couple of bridal showers, an engagement party, and baby shower! Although they were a lot of work and planning, they were so worth it! 


October I worked hard to get ready for my first-ever craft fair! I also had my hands full with running and promoting my Etsy shop, Lilac and Lovely

Here are a few sneak peaks of photos that never made it live!
creating an apron for Amy (April)

end of the school year reflections (May)

the last day of summer (Aug)

guest bathroom re-do (Sept)

Can't wait for this next year blogging! More to fun to come!