Repost from the Archives: Thanksgiving Tree

I am busy eating a second turkey dinner today…so much to be thankful for this year! Enjoy this post from the archives.
I had intended to do a different post today. But I got side tracked on Pintrest. I found this clever idea for a Thanksgiving Tree and I loved it! I knew I had to include it in my 31 Days of Pintrest DIY project posts. But then………….
I happened to be surfing the web over at A Holy Experience, one of my favorite inspirational blogs, when I came across her version of this idea.
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And my heart melted right down to my toes. You see, Ann Voskamp’s Thanks Giving Tree has bible verses on the leaves. Each day you choose a leaf and write what you are thankful for on the back. Each day you read the words from scripture on the front of the leaves. These are the words that give you a reason to give thanks.
And my heart melted right down to my toes. 
Ann has that affect on me. 
She always takes things one step further, one step more than I would have thought to go.
I was prepared to spend hours cutting out little circles for the first tree. But Ann had already done all the hard work. She designed these free printable leaves with the bible verses on them. You can print out these free from her website. They are beautiful.
Ann always goes one more step further than I would have thought to go.
So we printed them off (it does take about 10 minutes to load), and cut them out for our Thanksgiving Tree.
We trudged through the fields to find just the right sticks for our tree and brought them home. We cut them out, wrote on our leaves, and put them on the branches. I added some fall decorations, and we stood back to admire it.
It was pretty, but it seemed like there was something missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first.
Then I saw it on one of the leaves, and I KNEW what we were missing. It was so obvious then.
And my heart melted right down to my toes.
I pulled out a little sign I had laying around the house and hung it above our tree. It was just what our Thanksgiving Tree needed. 
You see, we need to give thanks for all things, not just the good ones, but the bad ones as well. We needed to pray for our hearts to be changed by this activity. It’s not always easy to give thanks for all things, but with prayer we can change that and have a Thankful heart.
One of my friends posts what she is thankful for everyday during November on Facebook. That is how she gives thanks.
My great great grandmother’s name was Thankful Melissa Lorinda Dennison Dibble. No, I am not joking, her name really was Thankful. She was born in 1685.  I wish I could have known her. I wonder what sort of heart she had? I like to think that every time she saw or heard her name she gave thanks to God.  What a wonderful reminder it would be to have the word Thankful before you every day. 



And my heart melted right down to my toes.
Are you thankful today?

DIY Stag Head

Hello! Hope you are all ready for the big Turkey Day tomorrow!
Here in Wisconsin, it’s deer hunting season. There are deer carcasses on cars and trucks everywhere. Deer are running amuck through the fields, across roads and into yards in town. The world stops this week, people are on vacation or hunting up north. The women traditionally shop and have girl time while the men hunt. 
Our family isn’t much for hunting, but I love the look of the faux stag heads I have seen on so many blogs and in stores.
Just one problem.
They are out of my budget. I saw a pair of antlers at a garage sale last summer, I should have bought them. But they were among a bunch of skins, knives and other deer body parts that were for sale. Seriously.
It was creepy. Who sells deer parts at a rummage sale???
Needless to say, I did not purchase anything. 
In fact, I left as soon as I could.
That’s why I remain without antlers. Until I made my own Stag Head that is.
I had found this paper mache’ deer at a thrift store a while ago. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it when I bought it, then I realized:
deer + antlers = stag head
Yup, you guessed it. I beheaded that poor little deer.
Just whacked the head off with a knife.
It was very gratifying.
Then I gave it two coats of white craft paint. By the way, I use these black plastic trays that come on the bottom of cakes and other baked goods to paint on. They work great for a painting pallette.
Then I hung the Stag Head on the wall with a nail. It hangs in our boys bedroom. Guys and deer, they just seem to go together, you know?

I love how it looks with this fun wreath from Target.
A Stag is Born!
Have a wonderful holiday!

Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 7

You will have to forgive me for being a day behind in this series. This week is birthday week at our house, and we have a lot of things going on.
Who’s birthday is it you ask?
It’s my birthday actually.

Birthday’s are not just a one day event around here. We sort of extend things all week. People come to visit, we dine, we shop, we get hair cuts, those sort of things.
When we have birthday’s we splurge on things that we would never be able to justify at other times of the year. Like buying skeins of the most beautiful teal wool yarn you have ever seen in your life.

And buying knitting needles which you have no idea how to use, until today.
Today, when your friends came to the door toting french style chocolate filled pastries and exotic coffees and teas you knew you were in for a treat. Then you sit for hours eating and chatting, and decide to run out to the yarn store just to see if they have anything that you simply must have.
You do this even though, you know you have never knitted a thing in your life. Well, maybe one thing. A pot holder in the third grade just doesn’t count.
You shopped and you toted home your beautiful yarn and bamboo needles (don’t they just sound ORGANIC???) and your friend taught you to knit for your birthday.
Seriously. I knitted 4 inches all by myself! It’s a day to remember!
Then, after the party was over you sat and admired your yarn. Suddenly, it occurred to you that it was a GIFT and that perhaps you should include it in your post on GIFTS WRAPPED IN GLASS.
I pulled out some wooden tags that had been painted with chalk paint and tied one onto the jar with some heavy thread. Then I remembered I had a cool flower arranging frog for a Mason jar lid and I thought it would make a perfect addition to a knitting jar. It serves the purpose of keeping the yarn in the jar and keeping the strands from becoming tangled while knitting.
I am notorious for tangling yarn. It’s a proven fact. I realize not all balls of yarn are small enough to fit in the narrow mouth of the jar, but it serves my purpose. The frog also makes a practical place to stash my knitting needles. I feel so organized.
Knit one, pearl two.
Knit one, pearl two.
A Mason Jar full of beautiful yarn can be a beautiful gift.