Monday, 21 November 2011

Our 2011 Christmas Card

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Thursday, 17 November 2011


The paddock across the street where I throw the balls for my dog everyday is riddled with shrooms! I was curious to see how many types there were and how many were poisonous vs. edible. To that end I photographed them and will be researching to see..

Think any fairies or smurfs are living under there?

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Thanksgiving wreath

Cruising the web always gives me a weath of ideas... Tonight was no different.

My front door seemed bare, the only decorations in my house for the upcoming holidays was the ever blossoming thanksgiving tree on the kitchen wall. What could I do with the materials already in my house that eould be on theme and tie in with my home made tree?

I needed inspiration... After searching around for a while, I came across a website that showed me how to make a beautiful wreath for thanksgiving out of clothespins where everyone wrotes their thanks on it when they come to your door! I loved it, but was lacking the wire wreath and the clothespins! I also already had a place we were writing our thanks on...

However the wreath idea stuck with me, and this is the result.

I happened to have some 12" circles lying around, so I glued two of them in fall colors back to back with a ribbon stuck in between.

Then i gathered a whole bunch of leaves. Its better to do this when they are dry, not wet, but not crispy either. If you can gather lots of different colors, your wreath will be more colorful and fallish. I gathered in the dark, so i got what i got!

Begin by hot gluing a layer of leaves to the outside of the circle. Try to keep them all at the same distance from the edge. Then add another layer to the alternate spaces in between.

Find a circle that fits inside ( or measure the inside portion of your corcle not covered in leaves) and cut a circle to fit.

Hot glue it down, and write your message inside! Hand it proudly.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...

I bought some chestnuts the other day from the grocery store and big daddy spent the evening roasting them over the fire...

 Little man felt the need to try his hand at roasting too!
Then he so kindly shelled them all for us! Note his black fingers!

Thanksgiving tree

It's November 3 and I just realized I haven't created our Thanksgiving tree yet! I thought about creating a traditional one of paper with our crayons and leaves from the garden but then I thought we would do something little more creative this year.

I have long butcher paper and I'm thinking that I'll put up on the wall the kids and I will take a long walk in the woods with the dog and collect sticks as we go along. We'll glue sticks onto the paper in the shape of the tree and then collect leaves from the outside garden to paste onto the tree. We can then take sharpie markers and write our thanks onto those leaves. We'll each do one leaf for each day from November 1 until Thanksgiving day.

Well maybe I should've checked the weather forecast as you can see from the photo it is dark grey and rainy here now ..,so much for collecting sticks and leaves in the woods! let's see if I can come up with a contingency plan.

We decided to paint the tree, little lady and little man stripped down in a flash ( so i cant put their pics on the blog!) and got to work. They worked through how to make brown out of their available colors, red, green, black, white, yellow and blue. I drew a rough tree in pencil before they started. Little man had managed to collect some dry leaves before it started raining and i asked them what they were thankful for. We wrote them in black sharpie and plan on glueing them to the tree once dry.
The finished product.... Now to add a leaf for each of us per day!