The journey in creating and finding the beauty in Life

The journey in creating and finding the beauty in Life

Before and After--a Little Shabby Sweet Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our First Thanksgiving in the new old house this year. I am having 9 people for dinner--definitely not the size of the one's my Grandma hosted over the years.  I do miss her and being the one to make the 'real' whip cream. Does anyone do that anymore? It's so simple to make.  Oh and helping her 'make' the apple pie and then her baking the leftover pie crust with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon...ahh the smell was wonderful but the flaky sugary goodness was the best.  Wonderful simple times filled with simple Joy. Thanksgiving has always been about sharing, giving thanks, and the simple emotion of Joy.  Thanksgiving wasn't fancy, just filled with food, laughter, and well, football, if my uncles had their way.  Since we moved South, our family is small and over the years, our Thanksgiving has progressed to sharing with those that don't have anyone or are also transplants with no family and won't be going home for the holidays--so you may end up eating of a melamine plate but the door is open and your belly will be full!  This Thanksgiving will be hard for many --I will do as much as I can to make sure others share this joy too even if its for a few hours.

The table is simple but I wanted something a little shabby with a vintage feel for my sideboard.  These pumpkins would be perfect for any Fall project.
Here she is finished:



A paper mache pumpkin found on clearance --less than $1; mod podge, walnut ink stain, vintage paper, clear glitter, new and vintage embellishments.

These little 'Joy' pumpkins will be on the main table.

Before:


 After: some craft paint, new and vintage embellishments, handmade tag, and a little bit of glitter.



Off to travel to Asheville for work today with a late night arrival back home.  Hope you have a beautiful day.

10 Sweet Thoughts:

  1. What memories you have brought to mind. I,too,miss my grandmother so much. We did so many fun things together.Love your pumpkin. It is gorgous.

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  2. That pumpkin is just beautiful! I have some of those roses and just used them on a fabric hairband and it turned out so pretty!

    Your metal pumpkins were adorable too. I love me some Shabby!

    LuLu~*xoxo

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  3. Those are just beautiful! They will be wonderful to showcase at Thanksgiving!

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  4. Hi Kris,
    A simple table filled with care is much better than one filled with antique china to the rafters (in my opinion). All what Thanksgiving's all about. Good for you for giving back, I for one love melamine plates!
    xo~Tracie
    You can have coffee at my bistro table any day along w/a good magazine read!

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  5. Love your pumpkins! I do make homemade whipped cream but nothing can beat grandma's thanksgiving dinners. I miss mine too.

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  6. Your pumpkin is gorgeous!! I love it!!

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  7. So pretty.
    Perfect addition to your holiday table!!

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  8. I love that gorgeous glittered pumpkin! how pretty those would be on a thanksgiving table! xoxo Heather

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  9. I love, love, love these pumpkins! A great idea for all those old papers we accumulate!
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Rochelle

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