Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I know it’s still a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, but we crafters have to think ahead.  There has to be time to gather materials, plan a pattern and create.  In theory.  In reality, we’re all sewing hems into pajamas at 2 o’clock in the morning on Christmas eve.  In the spirit of non-procrastination, welcome to my Thanksgiving favorites.

What kid wouldn’t love to run around on Thanksgiving saying “Hey, look, I’m eating a rock!”  Especially if they got to help make them.  Almost Unschoolers shares the Plymouth Rock Cookie recipe here.

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Mary has been using the same tablecloth every Thanksgiving since the 70’s.  Her family members write on it, trace the babies’ hands and draw pictures.  She traces it all with embroidery stitches.  Beautiful, in a whole different kind of way.  Thanks to From Glitter to Gumdrops for sharing this with all of us.

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These cute little Pumpkin Treat Boxes from Purple Sage Creations would make great placeholders.  And not just at the kids’ table.  Because I want one.

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I’ve seen many versions of the Thankful Tree idea, but they’re all good.  The message is:  teach kids to be thankful.  Not to mention it’s a good reminder for the rest of us.  I like the simplicity of the one Mom’s Crafty Space came up with.

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When you compare it to many other holidays, Thanksgiving is kind of lacking in decorating options.  Sure there’s turkeys and pilgrims and such, but for some reason, nothing says Thanksgiving to me like a cornucopia.  This edible one from Our Daily Obsessions makes me thankful for waffle cones.

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There is no reason I would intentionally eat a walnut, except so I could make these.  I would make the sacrifice, because I love these Thankful Walnuts from Craftberry Bush that much.

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I don’t remember seeing these dinner roll holders before, but now I want one.  I wouldn’t be able to let anyone ever eat a roll again because it would mess up the display, but it would be so pretty.  My table would have this on one end and a bowl of “yes, you can eat those” rolls on the other.  Many thanks to Gingercakes for working out the pattern from a vintage version so I can torture my family with it.

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I know what you’re thinking.  I just made a pumpkin similar to this earlier this week.  Well, kinda.  The reason I’m featuring these particular pumpkins from Wee Folk Art is the stem and the felt leaves they displayed them with.  You really can’t have too many stuffed pumpkins.

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When my kids bring home their school pictures every year, I put them in frames with the new one in front and several years’ worth behind it, simply so I can look through them and remember how much they’ve changed.  It’s become something of a tradition.  This Gratitude Board from Jellybean Junkyard works the same way.  It would be fun to see how the things the kids are grateful for changes over the years.  Barney to iPods.  Cardboard boxes to cars.

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This one is a little out of left field.  Oops, wrong sports analogy.  Anyway, what’s Thanksgiving without football?  I’m making this one from Make and Takes for a little guy who’s due to arrive soon. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!