Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gratitude Garland + Giveaway Winner!

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[photo source: BHG]

I am really lucky to have my immediate family all within about 15 minutes.  OK, and my sister lives 6 blocks from me.  We're weird.  But Whatev.
Every Sunday we go to church, then everyone heads back to my parents' house for brunch.  It's a great time for us to catch up on the previous week, fill one another in on what's coming up, and it's the one time for the most part we know we'll see each other.  The kids look forward to seeing Grandma and Grandpa, the girls get to gab and the guys get... well they're fed.  And they really don't ask for much else.  ;)

I've come to really look forward to and appreciate these days.  So, what better time to gather 'round the table and remind ourselves of just a handful of the many blessings we've been given.

I picked up several sheets of card stock in fall colors at Archiver's.  Now, you can find scrapbook paper/card stock at a lot of other places much cheaper than at Archiver's, but they have a little value-added to offer:  when you purchase paper there, you can use all their die-cutting tools free of charge.  And the thought of cutting out 50 leaf shapes by hand was enough to give me hives.  So, off to Archiver's I went, armed with a coupon.
For less than $6 and 11 minutes of my time, I had a boatload of perfectly trimmed leaves, and I did not have carpal tunnel syndrome from cutting them myself...
Worth. Every. Dime.

 I cut these two different leaves that were the same size, but then out of my scraps I cut some smaller leaves for filler.

I brought the leaves with me to Sunday brunch, and it was a fun activity as everyone got to work.

[who doesn't love Buzz lightyear? ;)]
Once, home, I took my base ribbon (just a standard 1/2 inch grosgrain) and laid out my leaves on the floor to get an idea of spacing and length (you'll notice a certain someone was desperate to make another cameo. 
He butted into every.single.shot. so I finally gave up.).

Then, I just punched a hole in each leaf, and used a smaller ribbon of the same shade of brown to tie them (tight) to the base ribbon.  This took about a half hour (less than the time it took me to watch a tivo'd episode of "Oprah").

I'm really pleased with the result, and it's a nice reminder of just a tiny, tiny bit of the things we have to be thankful for this season.

Right now I have it hanging as a nice trim to my drop cloth curtains, but hopefully we'll be able to work it into the decor somehow for our Thanksgiving at my parents' house.

And if we want, we can add to it each year.  I kind of love the idea of watching the kids' handwriting change, as well as what they're thankful for.

I know this idea isn't original, but I don't think there's anything about counting your blessings that ever goes out of style.  :)

What's on Your Gratitude Garland this year? :)



  1. So cute & something to cherish forever! Love the little handwriting from the children. Such a sweet idea.

  2. So cute!!! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions.