Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thanksgiving! {No...not Christmas Yet, though the countdown has begun}

I love Thanksgiving. Yes I know I say I love each holiday, but there is something special about it. Probably because it is right before Christmas {my favorite holiday}. It is so short, but I love it, and this year I wanted to get some decorations up that coincided with it. It gave me an excuse to keep up my fall decor that didn't have any Halloween stuff attached to it. {Like my lovely cream pumpkins}.
Every year I usually blog about things that I am thankful for from Nov 1- Thanksgiving Day. This year I wanted to do something different. And came up with this. 
It is a combination of several online inspirations:-)

{GRATEFUL}
Making this {GRATEFUL} sign caused me to reflect on all the things our little family is grateful for. I absolutely encourage ALL who read this to make one:-) If you are not into crafty stuff, just fill up your journal with a few pages of things you are Grateful for in your life. 
This was a heartwarming experience for me to do, and I LoVe the Value of what this little picture frame represents in our life! 
OK... I found myself a TURKEY! Yup, when I told my husband about my awesome find, he just rolled his eyes at me:-) lol! I  fell in love with the PB White ceramic turkey, but 129 $ is just a little over my budget! lol. So on the hunt I went to find a turkey figurine that I could paint white or something {to look similar to the PB one}. This silver beauty cost me $20, but now I dont know if I should paint her or not? 
Hmmm... any suggestions?
I am torn.
 This picture frame used to be black. I spray painted it Heirloom White, and than distressed it. 
LOVE!
Next to get the background for this picture I actually just used the cardboard backing that came with it! It already had a rustic, natural feel to it, and even had lines I could use to stay on track with  my writing. Now as for the writing, I do not have the pretties handwriting around. BUT, when you write to fill up a whole page like this, it becomes ART and as a whole looks awesome! Trust me, I have used this method MANY times in other art projects I have done, and it WORKS with even normal "non fancy" letters.  

Now, for the bottom of the display I used old sheet music, REAL Fall leaves {I use them every year. Just tell your kids to go find you some...its SO fun for them}, and some antique lace/doilies. 
LOVE
 More sheet music and old books
 I always try to incorporate natural elements. here are some "pokey thingies";-) 
Some kind of thistles?
If someone knows the names of these...please feel free to comment:-)
 Some more antique books. "Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush" This one is from 1900 ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Let the Countdown begin {24 or so days until my Christmas Tree goes up}!
Until than I will enjoy this little "spread" as long as it lasts:-)


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43 comments:

  1. Catherina,
    You are so right everyone should make one of these pictures. I LOVE IT! But I am not sure..wait I am sure that I can't write as beautiful as you do, I have the worst cursive ever. As for the Turkey he is a beauty, I know why you are having a hard time deciding if you want to paint him or not. I can't help you there either silver or white would be fantastic may be keep him silver this year and next year do white.. Great job this idea belongs in a magazine.
    Lindsay

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  2. I just love this project, and I must say that your handwriting is beautiful. I really like your silver turkey. If you wanted to, you could antique him by using a dark stain or paint color. Rub it on and wipe it off quickly so the dark color settles in the crevices. Just an idea I had!

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  3. GORGEOUS!!!! That Grateful sign you made could not BE an more BEAUTIFUL!! And cream pumpkins... yum! My fav! As for the turkey, I think it is SO pretty the way that it is, and as lovely as all the cream is (I'm a HUGE fan of LOTS of cream myself) That pretty silver turkey helps break it up a bit, and adds some BLING. ;) (You know me, and my love for bling) lol. Gosh, I just love it all!! You are SO talented!

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  4. I'm so inspired! I often skip Thanksgiving decor and jump right from Halloween to Christmas. Not this year....I love this "Grateful" idea. Thank you!

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  5. I was first attracted to the turkey in your beautiful vignette. Looks like you got it for a steal too. If you want to keep it silver, it works well with what you have it with now. However, if you are thinking of painting it, try some white acrylic craft paint. If you don't put a sealer on it, you can usually wash the paint off. If the silver is the kind that rubs off, I wouldn't try that though.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Thanks so much for all the sweet comments dear readers! I think I will keep my turkey silver. Perhaps if I add some sweet vintage looking silver trays it will all work and than I will not need to paint him cream. {Although I LOVE cream....maybe next year} lol

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  7. Beautiful! I love it so much! You did a really great job! Can you tell me what you used to paint the word Grateful on the glass? if that's what you did.

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  8. What a fantastic idea! I love it so much I have 'pinned' it for future reference. Thank you for sharing your idea. God bless x

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  9. Thanks for the Pin Karen:-) Oh and to "Anonymous" I actually typed it up than printed it out, and cut it out with tiny sizzors! Time consuming but worth it:-) Also I just glued it on carefully to the cardboard.

    thanks again to all who comment here:-) I LOVE it:-)

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  10. Wow I love your sign. What a fun and unique idea. Everything looks beautful and the turkey looks great as it is. I featured the sign at So Very Creative.
    http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2011/11/grateful-sign.html

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  11. It looks so pretty. I love the frame, that silver/pewter Turkey, and the white pumpkins. Great colors. winks, jen

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  12. This is lovely!!!!

    I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow! I hope you'll stop by and grab a button!

    http://vintagemellie.blogspot.com

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  13. I love the sign, definitely want to make one myself. I also like your turkey and think you should leave her silver. She's a shiny 'pop'. I really like how you've incorporated things from nature into your decor also.

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  14. Love you sign! I had to "pin" for a future project and that turkey is awesome!!!! Would you mind sharing where you found it for $20??? I want one too!

    I will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday.

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  15. Beautiful Catherina! A lovely set of ideas, thanks so much for sharing and linking up at H&H's Scrap Box Sunday! xx

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  16. This is so beautiful! I love that you used the actual backing and your handwriting IS pretty, too! We would love for you to join us and share this little beauty at our Home for the Holidays link party!

    http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2011/11/home-for-holidays-link-party_08.html

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  17. love your decorations, id love to feature your grateful frame on my revival monday, please let me know if that would be ok with you.
    lauren

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  18. Love this so much I am working on my own {{Grateful}} sign! Thanks for inspiring :D

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  19. Carrie @ Dittle Dattle I found the turkey at "Tai Pan Trading Co".

    Thanks April, Heather, Jen, Melissa, Rebecca, Trish and Lauren, such lovely comments, makes my heart happy:-)

    happy monday everyone!

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  20. Just made one of these and posted about it on my blog. I LOVE IT!! Feel free to grab a "featured" button from my sidebar if you want :)
    The post can be found here:
    http://craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com/2011/11/grateful-frame.html
    Best!
    Lindsay

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  21. this is so lovely! such great inspiration. i LOVE that piece of furniture too! thanks for sharing!

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  22. Love your Grateful artwork!! What a beautiful and meaningful Thanksgiving display. Just "pinned" it.

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  23. So glad I found you through Country Home Girl. Happy new follower :) You did a great job with the Thankful sign. My from Space 46

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  24. Can i just say OMG!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this sign. Cant' wait to make mine :) Thank you for your creativity!! I am now a new follower

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  25. Ps... keep the mr. turkey silver :) love the vintage look.

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  26. What a fantastic idea! The spiky things are called Teasels and they look quite pretty spayed Gold or Silver for Christmas decorations. I must say I prefer them Natural though.
    You have given me a great idea for our photo wall at home so thank you. I found you through this link
    http://www.emmymom2.com/2012/09/how-to-make-grateful-sign-decor.html?showComment=1347314850252#c3085073171844789541

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    1. Thank you for answering that question for me! And thanks for stopping by!:-)

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  27. Is the word grateful on the glass made out of vinyl?

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    1. No it's actually just letters I typed and printed out on my computer on regular paper. Than I carefully cut them out. Yes very tedious!lol...my first choice would have been vinyl for sure, but I didn't have access to it. :-)

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  28. I love the sign!! And for the turkey, it's beautiful just the way it is!

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  29. Have you read "One Thousand Gifts"? by Ann Voskamp? Your picture reminds me of it. I've been working on my list for almost a year. Gonna have to use your idea now to display it. Thanks for sharing.
    Angela

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    1. Haven't read it, will have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. We have wild turkeys in our field that my 4 year old loves! I know he'd get a kick out of having his own turkey indoors - where did you find that great silver turkey? By the way, I like it silver as it adds a bit of contrast to!
    Thanks,
    Fenton

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    1. How fun! The turkey is from Tai Pan trading co. A store located here in Utah. Thanks for stopping by:-)

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  31. I realize that this was nearly a year ago and lots of people have already asked about the grateful across the glass ... so please forgive me for asking for more! ;) I am SO smitten with this idea (and think it would be a great gift for my parents with memories written across the back that I am grateful for!). Did you just glue the printed/cut out letters to the inside glass of the frame then, or what? glue it to the cardboard? What did you use to affix it? So many questions!

    Thank you for sharing this... it's such a sweet idea and so heartfelt. I just love it.

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    1. Sara, what a great present idea! The letters are just printed out on my computer. I cut them out with tiny Scizzors and than glued them on with modgepodge

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    2. And a tiny paintbrush. Very tedious work!lol would work better if u had a cricket machine. Good luck in making yours:-) please feel free to send me a pic when u r done. I would love to see the end result!:-)

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  32. LOVE your "grateful" framed art...just pinned you and your blogspot on my Pinterest

    Cyndy
    Cyndy's BEACH HOUSE
    https://pinterest.com/cynsbeachhouse/

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  33. I love this idea and plan to make one (along with some of my girlfriends who will be making one also). Can you tell me the size of the frame opening? I have been on the hunt for a similar frame but it is hard to tell from the pictures what size it might be. Thank you for you wonderful idea.

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    1. Hello! Anonymous! So sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your question. I have had my Grateful sign packed away in a storage unit all summer long, so I have not had a chance to get it out and measure it. I finally did! It is a 14x24 frame. HOpe you have a wonderful time making your own sign.

      thanks for stopping by
      Cat

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  34. Love this idea- so creative! I am definitely going to share and link back in an upcoming post I'm doing about ideas for Thanksgiving decor :)

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