Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving To You and Your Family
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Some of our family will be here until Saturday, including our little two-year-old, Caden! We'll have a lot of fun being entertained by him!

I hope to start Christmas decorating Sunday! See you soon!


More Thanksgiving Decor

I found this Indian maiden at Hobby Lobby a year or so ago. I was disappointed that there wasn't an Indian scout to go with her, but I bought her anyway because she was half price, which made her $6.00

She is displayed on the hall tree in our foyer.

I usually don't like, or buy, figurines without faces, but I made an exception with her. I don't know why I have never liked faceless figures. Some people like them because they can use their imagination about how they look. How do you feel about this?

Thank you for your interest, it is very appreciated. Please leave a comment, and please do return soon!



Show and Tell

Time for Kelli's Show and Tell.

I've been participating in Kelli's Giving Thanks all week and will continue to show my Thanksgiving decorations. Today I'm sharing my Pilgrim collection. Go here to Kelli's for more Show and Tell.

I found this cute little Pilgrim rag doll at TJ Maxx this year. He was only $6.99 so I had to buy him! There wasn't a lady pilgrim to go with him.
He sits on the small curio cabinet with the cornucopia and ceramic turkey.
The two little Pilgrims above are flat on the back, they sit on a ledge in our house. I think I found them at a craft show.

You can see how tiny the two little Pilgrims above are. I don't remember where I found these, I've had them a long time. They also sit on the narrow ledge.

These little Pilgrims are salt and pepper shakers. The hot pad is in the back. A grocery store here sells these every year. I haven't been there this year to see if they have anything new this year.
A close-up of them. Last year they had an animated TV commercial with these little cuties.

Here's a craft that would be easy to make. It's a Pilgrim hat made from the craft foam. I think it could also be used around a flower pot, or another round container.

Here's the backside of the hat, with elastic attached. I bought this hat, and the turkey hat I shared on Thursday, for my two-year-old grandson, Caden, who is coming for Thanksgiving! I hope he will let us take a picture of him wearing the hats!

You are invited to see the last four days of my Thanksgiving posts, just keep scrolling down. Tomorrow I will share my Thanksgiving Indian, please come back to see her!



Giving Thanks - Thursday

Go here to Kelli's for more Thanksgiving fun. Today I'm sharing turkeys I use in my decor. Also at the bottom I am sharing three turkey crafts you can make.

I bought the turkey, above, at Hobby Lobby last year. This year I added the Give Thanks sign also from Hobby. (See below:)

The "Give Thanks" is fashioned from metal.

The large wicker basket turkey is filled with silk florals. I made this years ago and display it every Thanksgiving.
A close-up of the wicker turkey.

The wicker turkey above is smaller and is filled with purple toned silk florals.

A close-up of the smaller wicker turkey. Notice they both have lace bibs with ribbon bows and pearls!

The turkey above is made from a mushroom.

A small turkey tea pot.

Three Turkeys

On the night before Thanksgiving

When I had gone to bed

I heard three turkey gobblers

And this is what they said.

The first turkey said I think I'll find a tree

And hide up in the branchesWhere no one will see.

The second turkey said I think that I will go

And hide behind the haystack

Where no one will know

The third turkey said I think it would be fun

To hide the farmer's hatchet

And run, run, run, run.

Then on Thanksgiving morning

When the farmer came around

Those three turkey gobblers

were nowhere to be found!

Author Unknown

Thank you for your interest, I hope you enjoyed meeting my turkeys! Tomorrow I will show more Thanksgiving home decor (Indians and Pilgrims.) Also see the turkey crafts below!


Turkey Crafts

My grandson made me this silk leaf turkey pin many years ago. I still wear it! I think it would be easy to make: supplies: silk leaf, popsickle stick, brown pipe cleaner, wobble eyes, paint, pin back.

Glue a pin to the back of the leaf after it is decorated.

I bought this cute little flower pot turkey at a craft show. Some of you crafty people could probably man one like him, using wood cutouts with the mini flower pot.

I'm showing this side for you to see how the round circle is glued inside the flower pot.

I bought this turkey hat for my grandson, Caden, age 2. He is coming for Thanksgiving. I hope he will wear it long enough to take a picture! I bought it at Target for a dollar. It is made of foam cutouts, I think it would be easy to make. Below, see the back side with elastic band attached.

Happy crafting!!

Giving Thanks - Wednesday

For Wednesday's Giving Thanks I am sharing my Cornucopia's. Go here to Kelli's for more.

This is my favorite cornucopia, it is white ceramic. I found it at a thrift shop many years ago. I filled it with faux magnolias and gold fruit.

Another ceramic cornucopia that I found at the same thrift store. This one is filled with silk fall flowers and leaves. Each Thanksgiving I display the cornucopias in different places.

The horn of plenty, or the "cornucopia," is a familiar Thanksgiving symbol. It is a symbol of earth's bounty, and reminds us how much of our food comes from the earth. It is said that the Indians would hollow out large gords to carry their fruits and vegetables.

One year the white cornucopia was displayed on my hall tree in the foyer.

Another year I used the white cornucopia as a centerpiece on the dining room table.

The cornucopia (Latin: Cornu Copiae) is a symbol of food and abundance dating back to the 5th century BC, also referred to as horn of plenty, Horn of Amalthea, and harvest cone.
In Greek mythology, Amalthea was a goat who raised Zeus on her breast milk. When her horn was accidentally broken off by Zeus while playing together, this changed Amalthea into a unicorn with 17 whiskers. The god Zeus, in remorse, gave her back her horn. The horn then had supernatural powers which would give person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, was depicted with the horn of plenty. The cornucopia was also a symbol for a woman's fertility.

In modern depiction, the cornucopia is typically a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket typically filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables. In North America, the cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest.

Cornucopia is also the name of Whistler's annual Wine and Food celebration held in November.
Two cornucopias are seen in the flag and state seal of Idaho. There is also one seen in the state seal of North Carolina, the state seal of New Jersey and the coat of arms of Peru.

I hope you enjoyed this post about Cornucopias. Tomorrow I will continue sharing more of my Thanksgiving decorations, please return!

Thanks for visiting!



Giving Thanks - Tuesday

Go to here for more Thanksgiving ideas.

Below is a little reading I found in Dear Abby a few year's ago. I had my grandson, Tanner, read it before our Thanksgiving meal. You place five kernels of corn at each person's place at the table. Adults, as well as children, can use this to read before Thanksgiving Dinner.

"It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days, they had only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn. The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow and much food was harvested in the fall. Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed five kernels of corn beside each plate to remind them of their blessings:

The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.

The second kernel reminded them of their love for each other.

The third kernel reminds of their family's love.

The fourth kernel reminded them of their friends ... especially their Indian brothers.

The fifth kernel reminded them of their freedom.

Below is a picture I found on Allposters.com of

Jamestown colonists dealing out the last 5 kernels of corn during the Starving Time, Virginia Colony.

(I googled to find the site at the bottom, it has more ideas you might like as well.)

Go here for more ideas for children: http://www.just4kidsmagazine.com/nov.html



Giving Thanks - Monday

I'm participating in Kelli's Giving Thanks this week. Go here to see more.

Today I'm sharing my Thanksgiving cactus. I thought it was a Christmas Cactus, but last week I went outside on our porch and was surprised to see it is blooming already, just in time for Thanksgiving! I remember my grandmother always had a big cactus like this blooming each Thanksgiving, she called it a Thanksgiving cactus too since that is when it bloomed.

Do you have a Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus that is blooming?

Thank you for your interest, it is so appreciated. Please leave a comment, and please do return soon!



Show and Tell

Today I'm sharing a little sewing kit that belonged to my mother. I don't think it is real old, but she kept some of her thread and pincushion in it.

Notice the prices on the thread! I haven't bought thread in a while, but I'm sure it's much more than these were.

I like this little sewing box because it looks vintage, even though it isn't.

Next week I will start showing my Thanksgiving decorations. Please come back to see!



Spiritual Sundays

My Spiritual Sundays post is short, but it's powerful! My daughter sent this to me after I told her about the rough week I've had since the election. I just love it when my children give me counsel! Here's what she sent me by email:

"Base your knowledge of God on scripture, not experience. He always hears us.

In this case, I think the majority got exactly what they were praying for. Other times, when we get a "no" or "wait", we'll never understand why this side of heaven.

His ways are not our ways. We can't understand it all. That's faith -- even though we can't see. "

Thank you for your interest, it is so appreciated. Please leave a comment, and please do return soon!



Show and Tell

It's time for Kelli's Show and Tell. Go here to see more.

Today I'm sharing my Granddaddy's pipes. He always smoked pipes and had a small collection of them. I called him "Papa." Papa was a tall man, and all his grandchildren thought he was grand!
I always think of him when I smell pipe tobacco. He lived to be in his 80s, and although he smoked pipes, he was fairly healthy up until then. He died in 1965 and we missed him terribly. His wife, my grandmother, was was almost 20 years younger than him, and she lived many years after he died, but she never remarried. When they married she was 16 and he was 35 when they married. He was a widower with two sons. They had four more children together. Their oldest child was my mother.

I display Papa's pipes in our family room on the end table by our sofa.

A close-up photo of the vignette where the pipes are displayed.

Thank you for your interest, it is so appreciated. Please leave a comment, and please do return soon!


P.S. - you are invited to visit my Power of Prayer blog at http://christiansprayerpower.blogspot.com/ to read a response by Dutch Sheets about the election results.