Thursday, November 22, 2012

Got Leaves?

A very happy Thanksgiving to you all! The kids had a school holiday yesterday and we just hung around the house.  I wanted to take a little break from cardmaking and do a few things to make it look a little more festive and prepare for company for our big meal today.  (Sometimes as a designer I am always working ahead on the holidays to come, and  it is easy to suddenly find myself on Thanksgiving day surrounded by a bunch of Christmas or Valentine crafts!  I have to stop and live in the moment so all the fun of the current holiday doesn't pass me by!)  I saw these cute trees made from canned goods and paper bags on Pinterest  so William and I had to give them a try.  Here is William's.
We also made a few Silhouette cut leaves and embossed veins before tucking them into the branches.  

 I also decided to make some leaf garlands with our FREE, abundant leaves after I saw the boys outside raking to earn a little money.  This was so simple to do, just gather some nice looking leaves, thread a needle, poke through the middle of each leaf,  space them just a few inches apart and hang up! I just tied them around our light fixture and then used clear tape in the corners, and well as just draping strands around our curtain rods in other rooms for swags.
 It was hard to capture a good pic of this, and didn't have good light last night or this morning. 
Hope you get the idea! :) I love how this easy and rustic treatment  brought the outdoors in.  I love Fall!  So while you're waiting for the yeast rolls to rise this morning, give this simple project a try!
I also saw adding corn to your candles, again really inexpensive way to complete the harvest look!

Some of the latest bunny pics! They are now three weeks old and look just like fuzzy rabbits now, no more "naked mole rats"!  This pic below was one at the TWO week mark.

 It has been very warm this week, so they are all out  of their nest box now exploring the hutch.
 Here's one who decided it was better to sit the hay trough than eat it!

Prayers for traveling mercies for you all this week and a peaceful relaxing time with whomever you are spending this day with: family, friends, or neighbors. If you aren't able to share a meal with someone today, I hope you have some nice phone calls and good times connecting with online friends. 

God is good! So much to be thankful for!

Hugs and blessings,


  1. Thanks for sharring the paper tree that you and William made it looks awesome! Great job! The bunnys are adorable! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your's! God Bless You all! So many thing to be thankful for myself!

  2. Melanie love all your leave projects! Very festive! Your bunnies are so cute!! New born bunnies are sure not cute at first but they grow so quick and are just so cuddly! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  5. Thank you for your very kind words and for sharing William's tree and your leaf garland and decorations. Willliam did a fantastic job on the tree.


  6. Great job William on the tree. And, love all those leaves in a garland. And, of coures, the bunny pictures are lovely too. Hope your celebration was wonderful!


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