Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Oh yeah, this is my favorite part of decorating for the holidays – the table.

Here are some inspirational pictures from our Thanksgiving tables over the years.

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Decorating with Glitter Pumpkins

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Pumpkins are so much fun! I have tried so many things with them to make them fancier than the typical orange pumpkin sitting on the table. Several years ago I saw this on Martha Stewart’s website and I decided to try it.

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To date it is my favorite pumpkin idea ever. The last two years I painted my pumpkins white, which I still like, but the glitter pumpkin is fabulous.

This year, I think I will combine the two. Some white some all glittery and I think I will look for a silvery glitter. Last time I used an orangish-gold color.

It was really easy and fun to make these glitter pumpkins.

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You will need: pumpkin any size, spray glue, fine glitter.

1. Put down newspaper or a box top. Something that can catch the glitter that falls off.

2. Spray a small area of the pumpkin with the spray glue. Be sure not to spray too long in one area so you get drips. Those will show up as clumps of glitter. You want to get the glue on as evenly as possible.

3. Sprinkle on the glitter. Lots of it will fall off, but you can reuse it.

4. Repeat until the entire pumpkin is done.

So simple!

The glitter comes in many different colors at your local craft store. I used the super fine variety which I thought gave it a very classy look.

Have fun, and please comment with your pumpkin ideas!

Focus on the Beautiful

Some months are so stressful, take September for instance (does anyone out there relate?) that I have to focus on the beauty around me to get me through. I would love to go relax at a beautiful table with good conversation and friends. Ahhhh.

I hope this helps you enjoy your day a little more.

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Tuesday Tip

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Hairbrushes!

We are always losing hairbrushes. My two oldest don’t care because they hardly ever brush their hair but number 4 loves to brush.

I find hair brushes in toy bins, car floors, random baskets, under sofas, and in kitchen cabinets but rarely in a bathroom drawer where they belong.

Most of the time someone comes asking me to put their hair in a ponytail and since we are always in a hurry we don’t have time to check all the random places you might find a brush in our home. So I have to try and create a smooth ponytail with “no bumps” magically with my fingers without “hurting” them.

Impossible

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And then there is my brush. I really get frustrated when I go to blow dry my hair, open the drawer and find it empty. Blow dryer in hand and no brush in sight? This may not be a real crisis for you, but I have troubled hair. Hair that needs extra discipline and care. My hair has to be finessed, worked and coddled, not just thrown together. That’s not going to work. It’s touchy. It’s got a ‘tude. It requires extra assistance. So it just won’t do to NOT have MY brush.==

So brushes were the bane of my existence some days.

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Then a friend, whom God alone sent my way, told me this nifty trick. Tie your brushes to the drawer handle with a long piece of ribbon.

How simple, how splendid, how perfectly perfect.

I LOVE IT!

We now have brushes when we need them, where we need them, every time.

Living Wholeheartedly

Last week I talked about people who make us feel good by just being around them and I said I would like to be more like that kind of person. I keep thinking that those people must be very comfortable with themselves or they couldn’t give off the vibe they do.

Thinking along the lines of how to be a more approachable, comfortable, loving person myself, reminded me of a talk I heard a few years ago by Brene Brown on wholehearted living.

You can listen to it here: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

This is Brene Brown’s definition of Wholehearted living:

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Oh, that sounds really nice!

I want to live wholeheartedly.

I long for this kind of life.

I desire to be this kind of parent.

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Wow, I want to grow up in that home, don’t you?

But how do you do that? Somehow I don’t think the answer is found on pinterest or in a list of 10 things you can do to increase the fulfillment in your life.

She says the answer starts with vulnerability.

So, In order to live life wholeheartedly, I not only have to accept my own imperfections but I also have to share them with others? Ouch.

That’s going to take come courage.

Do you dare?

I think I dare.

Before and After Playhouse

We have had this playhouse for years and it took a beating under some trees. It was overtaken by spiders and very dirty. No one would play in it. We are re-doing our backyard and so I decided it was time to do something with it, or trash it.

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So I decided to make it nice, of course!

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Here it is in progress. First I built a base for it. The brown floor was my creation and I was very proud of it. With a floor off the ground we will be able to keep it clean and spider free.

Then I made it prettier. It was the best I could do. I’m not a good painter, but I made a window and added flowers. That made a big difference. Next year it should be in the garden with flowers all around.

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Best of all, we like it and we use it!