Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Food, Favors and Decorations ~ Thanksgiving ~ Pink Saturday 11/26/11

Thanksgiving Day!
Over the river and through the woods to my brother's house we go...

Our family traditionally has pot-luck style holiday celebrations. Everyone brings a dish. My brother and his wife hosted Thanksgiving dinner again this year for 12 family members.  We took an apple pie, a pumpkin pie, potato filling, napkin rings, and cornucopia favors. Here are some photos of the pies, napkin rings and the cornucopias.

I used scrapbook designer papers to make the cornucopias. A few faux autumn leaves and a pheasant feather are hot glued to the top of each cone. I punched holes in the sides and added a jute cord hanger. They are filled with gold wrapped chocolates and pistachio nuts.
The napkin rings were made with craft paper. I inked the back of a real leaf and rubbed it onto the craft paper. I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the print. I cut out the shape, punched two holes in the center area of the leaf and added a ribbon to hold the napkin.
We spent the day feasting on delicious food, watching the parades on TV, having family fun, and thanking God for the abundance in our life.

I'm also tthankful for Beverly our Pink Saturday Hostess. Please click here to visit her and some other PS participants.

Now the preparations for Christmas begin!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful For Friends continued... and Deck The Halls Sunday

My Pink Saturday post was going to be much longer but due to either our poor internet connection or my old computer I wasn't able to complete the entire post. Hopefully I will not have any problems today. I'm going to link this new post up with Terri's "Deck The Halls Sunday" blog party at Artful Affirmations. Click here to visit Terri.

My PS post is about a dear friend who lives close by and how she helped us recently. I also wanted to share in that post why I am thankful for several sweet friends who live far away as well. I am thankful for the following ladies because they cheer me on and inspire me with their awesome creativity. Below is the result of their latest inspiration.

Cindy Adkins from Whimsical Musings, one very special dear friend, recently shared one of her tutorials (here) on how to make a Victorian Christmas ornament book. She used images for her book from one of June's collections at Dezinaworld for the pages. June is another one of those sweet far away friends. Visit June here.

I borrowed Cindy's idea for the book and then added my own idea of including pages of Christmas Carols. I used the collection set from Dezinaworld called "Christmas Joy" for the image pages. I created the carol pages using a sheet called "Musical 1" from Dezinaworld for the background of the song lyrics. I selected the carols based on what I felt the images were portraying.

I am also thankful for Terri from Art Affirmations. She is a sweet lady who shares so many wonderful video tutorials on projects and techniques. Click on the link at the top of this post to visit Terri.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankful For Friends Near And Afar ~ Pink Saturday November 19, 2011

I'm very thankful for my good friend, Dolores, and her family. During our recent 5 day power outage (no elelctric or heat) they invited us to stay in their home. When Dolores invited us she also included an invitation to bring my love bird, Peaches. They already had a bird and 3 cats. Here are photos of River enjoying the company of Peaches. I think Peaches was so happy about being warm she didn't mind him nosing up to her cage at all.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Veterans ~ 11/11/11 and Happy Pink Saturday ~ 11/12/11

Friday, November 11, 2011 is Veterans Day.
I want to thank all of the men and women who served in our armed forces I am truly grateful to you for my freedom. God bless you all.

For my recent birthday I requested a Lucky Treasure Bag from Dezinaworld. My lovely daughter granted my wish. It was so fun to open. All the little packages were wrapped in reusable papers and ribbons. Each one held treasures of lace, fabric scraps, buttons, beads, a lovely pink feather, a lavender sachet, ephemera and more. If you would like to know more about these lucky treasure bags click here to visit June at Dezinaworld.

If you haven't already please stop by How Sweet The Sound to say hello to Beverly our lovely Pink Saturday hostess

Friday, November 4, 2011

So Happy Autumn Is Back! ~ Pink Saturday November 5, 2011

My Pink Saturday fun ended at 11:00 am last Saturday morning when Mother Nature decided to participate in Halloween. She gave us an October snowstorm, a definite trick and not at all a treat! The heavy wet snow brought down a lot of trees and electric lines. By Sunday afternoon we decided it was too cold and we wanted a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate and needed to leave. But before we could do that we had to shovel a pathway to the cars and remove the snow from the cars. Then we needed someone to cut up and move the trees that had fallen in our driveway and we needed someone to remove the snow as well. (We live on a wooded lot with a 100 ft. long stone/gravel driveway.) Luckily by the time our driveway was clear enough to get the car down the roads had been plowed and the tree debris was pushed to the sides of the roads. We stayed in a hotel for a few nights then we stayed with friends.

Wednesday afternoon the electric was restored to our home and we were so glad to come home. There is much to catch up on and there is a lot of cleaning up to do outside. I am so grateful we were safe and that the trees did not fall on our cars or our house. I am also so grateful and thankful for wonderful friends.

Thanks to all who visited me last week and left comments. I did try to get back to everyone but if I missed you please forgive me.

Stop by How Sweet The Sound to say hello to Beverly and visit some of the other P.S. participants.

One good thing about last weekend was this lovely birthday collage my friend Cindy made for me. Click here to visit Cindy at the Shabby Chic Gilrs Club. Thank you again sweet Cindy Lou!

Enjoy Autumn!