“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
- Sara Ban Breathnach
As I prepare myself for the crazy, busy season approaching, I’m pausing today to reflect on what I’m thankful for. My to-do list can wait, for now. Here’s my list of gratitudes (in no particular order):
Watching kids grow…
The list could keep going, but I’ll stop here. Hope you consider pausing this Thanksgiving to create your own gratitude list.
We continue to whittle away at creating items for our (hopefully) soon to be launched wedding store. Sometimes progress is so painfully slow! Yesterday I finished up these sweet little ring bearer pillows inspired by our table runners. We’re having fun playing around with new colors!
We also recently created this Union Jack pillow for a custom order. I love how it turned out!
Until the wedding shop is open, these items can be purchased at our current store. Also new, just in time for Thanksgiving, is our brown striped table runners.
I love this time of year as we focus on what we’re thankful for. Hope you’re having a wonderful fall!
At the beginning of October, Debra blogged about crafting with sweaters. We’ve had so much fun creating these mini pumpkins out of old sweaters this past week! Yvonne over at the blog Stone Gable, has great instructions for making these sweet little things. You can read her instructions here. In addition to her instructions we also found it helpful to run some quilting thread or double thickness thread down the top, through the pumpkin and back up to the top again where we simply tied off. This helped us control the shape of the pumpkin and allowed it to sit more securely without tipping over.
We also found it helpful to trim off some of the stem before wrapping with wired paper twine (found in the floral section of most craft stores). This took away some of the bulk of the stem. I love the way they turned out and I may use them this Thanksgiving for place cards that guests can take home with them.
I like the pumpkins plain, but if you want to embellish further, simply use your glue gun to attach a leaf (also cut out from an old sweater).
This would be a great inexpensive craft night project or set up a craft table at Thanksgiving for your guests to make their own… keep them busy while that Turkey is baking!
I really like the look of french mattresses with all of the tufting and detail along the edges.. like this one from Country Living.
Here’s some from Ballard’s:
And here are some other examples of french mattresses from Pinterest:
Because they are hand made, french mattress style cushions are very pricey. I recently made a knockoff french mattress cushion for my window seat.
I found a great tutorial here at anoregoncottage.com.
Here’s my window seat before I made the cushion.
I found a large piece of foam at a thrift store and while it wasn’t as thick as I wanted, the piece was large enough so that I could double it. If you have really thick, dense foam, an electric kitchen knife works great for cutting it to size. I put a little hot glue between the two layers just to keep them from slipping around when it was time to insert it into the cover.
In the past I have purchased foam locally at the American Ribbon Factory in Stroudsburg, PA. I’ve also purchased it online where you can find many options for thickness and density.
My cushion isn’t nearly as thick or detailed as a real french mattress but overall I am pleased with the result. Eventually, I think I will add a few more knots to make it a little more tufted. This was an inexpensive but labor intensive project. Now I understand why real french mattresses are so pricey!