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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Preparing for Thanksgiving- Crafts and such.....


Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year as it does every year, I suppose.  So I really tried to kick it into gear last week and put some activities together for Parker to do.  With each year- the holidays become more fun and meaningful as Parker is able to understand more.

As I've said before- Parker just eats it up when I have activities planned, and this day was no different.  I didn't take pictures of her actually doing these things, but here they are finished.  I think it took me longer to prepare than for her to do!  All of the things you see here were downloaded from 1+1+1- here.


We started this craft last week and finally finished it a few days later.  It was a little too involved for her, I think.  But anyway- the plan for next year is to have a thankful tree.....gather some branches, place in a vase....and add the 'leaves' as we discuss over a few days or weeks what we are thankful for.


I had originally planned for us to venture out to the library to see the "Creature Teacher", but decided that we needed a day to just be.  We have been blowing and gowing, and with me working the next 3 days- I wanted to try to get some things done around here and with them.

Our day started out with pancakes.


This next 'project' was totally last minute.  (As is most things that I do these days!)  I found the idea of this hand print turkey shirt on Pinterest.....and this is the blog with the tutorial.  I love doing things with their handprint because, as you know, they will never be this size again.  I had originally thought I'd do the same craft each year, and while this is a good idea, I have yet to do the same craft twice.  So we'll just go with some sort of hand craft.  ;)  

One of my priorities in making this project was for it to be cheap!  The only thing I had to buy new was the tee and onesie (they didn't have a tee in Grace's size or I would have gotten her a tee.....although I think the onuses may be the way to go now that she can undress herself, and will if the mood strikes.....take off everything- including her diaper).  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon for one of them, so I ended up spending less than $10.

I didn't end up using the fabrics I had originally thought I would use.....I just had to keep going through my stash until I found something that had 4 coordinating prints.  I knew I could find coordinates, if needed, but again- the goal was to use as many things that I already had.

Instead of using the turkey template that she used- I just grabbed 2 different sized tupperware bowls from our kitchen to use as the body.

Ironed on the the Heat-N-Bond (the kind with the red writing on the package)

I even got a huge wrinkle in the pink because I was so careless.  Oh yeh- the other requirement for this project was for it to be very quick and easy!  And it was.  So I highly recommend it.

I traced the girls hands....twice on each of the 3 different fabrics for the feathers.  I didn't even switch up which hand I used every was about speed and I figured it would turn out regardless.  Grace loved doing this.  As a matter of fact- Parker did, too, but she was being distracted by the tv.  But tracing the hands is definitely something that my girls love to do.

I quickly ironed Parker's shirt together during Grace's nap time..

I totally think that this would be even cuter if I stitched around it- but I really just wanted to get it this will do!  I did finish Grace's a little while ago and I ended up stitching around the beak of each one and it did add a bit.  I also went ahead and stitched down the ric-rac chicken legs.

I am hoping someone will get pictures of them in these tomorrow!  ;)


Ok- so I also saw these on Pinterest.

I stumbled upon this adorable ice cream cone cornucopia and knew I wanted to do this.  The first people that came to mind were the girls' Sunday school teachers (especially now that we are going Wednesdays, too.....after a year and a half...Grace has just now started not crying and I know they have had to give her extra loving).  I botched it up last year and didn't do a thing for them for Christmas- so this year I really want to do something for Christmas.....and wanted to do something for them for Thanksgiving if I could find something quick and easy (not to take away from the thought, but just limited on time!).

I will for sure be doing this again next year!  The tutorial used sugar cones I think....or at least the mouth/opening of the cone was a complete circle.  I was a little worried these waffle cones would't work, but they did....and I really like that the opening is not uniform.  It makes it look a little more cornucopia-ish.

She has a great tutorial- but I will say that I dipped the cones in warm water for about 20-30 seconds....then placed them in the microwave for 20 seconds (2 at a time).....then rolled the ends with a clean straw for about 30 seconds.  You can't fill them up until they are completely dry, and I thought they would be by this morning, but they weren't.  Geoff suggested I put them in the oven for a few minutes, which was a great idea, because after about 5 minutes or so, they were completely dry!

We filled about half with the new pretzel m&ms (oh my goodness they are so good) and the other half with candy corn.

I made these little tags to add a little something....


Parker also made these cute turkey crafts at Kristin's the other day....


Back to today.....

So I had run into the office to get a few things this morning- and when I came out there were wipes pulled out....quite a few of them.  Anyway- Parker was standing their folding them up- in her own little world.  I asked her if Grace or if she had pulled them all out.

Her response, "I don't know........I didn't see."  Really???  ;)


We also tried to read this a few times, but it just can't seem to keep their interest.  It looks like it would.  It doesn't have too many words and it has great pictures, but still......


I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I'll be honest and admit that this one is a bit bittersweet.  I have so much to be thankful for (more than I deserve)- and yet still sad that I won't be with my family as I have been for the past 30 years.  But such is life.  And in the true spirit of the holiday- it comes down to the very same thing it always has.....just being thankful for all that He has given us.


Kristin said...

Those shirts are soooo cute!! Wish I could have made Payton one. I will get pictures of them in them today!

pei lan said...

What a cute shirt!! Can you adopt me?? ;) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend!

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Jodie said...

I love the shirts. So cute! And we made the waffle cone cornacopia but ours did not turn out as cute. I also filled mine with pretzel M&M's. So good!

rachel said...

Thanks for your comment on my insta-Friday. You are my new craft hero! Precious Thanksgiving crafti-ness!

And no, bacon popcorn is gah-ross.


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