Monday, November 22, 2010

I heart Carlisle Clan Conversation.

Today I am so excited to introduce you to the sweet and encouraging Jenni.  She is a never ending source of encouragement, inspiration and laughs.  I love the way she mothers her beautiful children so intentionally.  She is raising them to think outside of their lives.  To give.  To be servants.  Texas is so lucky to have her.  If only it wasn't so darn far away.
So today, as we head into Thanksgiving, Jenni has a beautiful, affordable and easy project to help your family document all of the many reasons to be thankful.
Thanks Jenni!!!  I heart you!!!  Not just because you sent me a stack of VIA coupons either.
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When Julie asked me to guest post in her Monday series I replied asking if she sent the email to me accidentally. I'm not kidding.  Julie was one of the first blogs I stumbled across a few years ago and her transparency warmed my heart.  As we would banter by email back in forth in the wee hours of the night, I knew it was no accident that I found her blog...I'm pretty positive everyone who reads her blog is nodding.  I in all my nerdy theatrics knew we were kindred spirits, she my Diana and I the ever awkward Anne.


So now that you know I'm a night owl, adore Julie in a non stalker way, and have an affectionate connection to Anne of Green Gables you may want to know some less random stuff too. I love Jesus.  I am married to my high school sweetheart, Randy and have two children Caleb and Isabella whom I am blessed to stay home and home school.  I love to blog (although my ability to do it often may challenge that), sew, craft, and coupon.


I love Thanksgiving and I am not a fan that it gets lost between Halloween candy and Christmas trees on the retail radar.  I also love to decorate on a budget.  So while looking for a way to craft with my kids, be purposeful with teaching them gratitude, and not have a craft that looks like a kid's craft when it's all said in done, I came up with our Thankful Tree. (Note: I love macaroni necklaces as much as the next Mom, but I'm not necessarily donning it for a night on the town if you know what I mean.)


Like I said I love to decorate on a budget, as in if I want to decorate it needs to be on a budget.  Therefore The Dollar Tree and Target Dollar Spot are my friend.





Here are your supplies:
 
- small bucket, container, or flower pot
- small square styrofoam cube
- small bag of moss
- paper leaves hole punched with ribbon or twine
- 5-6 small twigs/branches
- glue gun




Step 1: Glue styrofoam to inside middle of container.

Step 2: Insert branches in styrofoam.  After you are satisfied with how it looks, pull them up and apply hot glue in holes and return branches to secure them in styrofoam.



Step 3:  Glue moss sparingly to base of container around styrofoam.  Once completely covered, apply another layer of glue and remaining moss.  One small bag should be sufficient to cover entire base of small container.



At this point your tree is finished, unless you would like snazz it up a bit.





Step Snazz It Up: I wrapped random branches in red, yellow, and brown craft leaves.  I then cut a scrap piece of burlap and frayed the edges.  I secured the burlap to the outside of my container using twine and then covered it with a wire ribbon in Autumn colors, tying it into a bow.  Next, I hand wrote 'Give Thanks' on a metal garden marker and stuck it in the styrofoam, centered to the bow.  Lastly, I added a mini pine cone and and an acorn at the base of the branches to finish it off.

Once you have assembled your Thankful Tree it is time to give thanks.  I keep our paper leaves in a metal  tin next to our tree with a marker.  Each evening we talk about our day highlighting what we are most thankful for and write down one thing we are thankful for and add it to to the tree.  By the time Thanksgiving rolls around your tree is in full bloom and you can spend time that day being thankful by reading all your leaves!  And don't forget to save the leaves so that you have them to cherish over the years.

Julie is definitely written on one of MY thankful leaves!


Jenni, you for sure need a place on my thankful leaves as well.


Make sure to stop by Jenni's adorable blog and say hello.
Then visit her brand new Etsy shop,  Ragamuffin Beauties.  This Texas gal has been busy, busy, busy, making pretties that would be perfect gifts to give and treats to keep.


Be THANKFUL this year  for all that is abundant in your life.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34


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Jenni, you for sure need a place on my thankful leaves as well.

Make sure to stop by Jenni's adorable blog and say hello.
Then visit her brand new Etsy shop,  Ragamuffin Beauties.  This Texas gal has been busy, busy, busy, making pretties that would be perfect gifts to give and treats to keep.

Be THANKFUL this year  for all that is abundant and beautiful in your life.

10 comments:

  1. I so wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Australia....I love the concept of Thanking God for ALL his provisions, being thankful in general etc.....but then again we would need to do it in March/April!!!! Thankyou for this idea its lovely, TK xx

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  2. What an adorable Thankful tree! Thanks so much for sharing!
    I *heart* Jenni too!
    Many Blessings!
    Jill

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  3. i heart jenni too!! she's a bloggy blessing to me.

    love this craft miss jenni!
    great job!
    xo-heather

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  4. Jenni is a wonderful friend to have, indeed. I have enjoyed getting to know her. She brightens each day.

    The tree is pretty awesome too!

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  5. oh jenni! she is one of the most encouraging people i've ever "met"! love her! cute tree idea...next year...

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  6. I love this idea and can't wait to check out Jenni's blog.

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  7. People like you and Joy should just run away together. Mad skillz. Mad crafty skillz.

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  8. iiiiiiiiiiiii heart this thankful tree so much! thank you for sharing!

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  9. I juat wanted to thank you for all the great post. I have included you on my Blog Tour and Contest post. You can view it here http://asouthernladysramblings.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-tour-and-contest.html

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