I know this is kind of late, but I wanted to show off all of the crafts I made for our family's Thanksgiving meal last week. We had about 20 people there and I was in charge of decorating.

My first project was to wrap mason jars in twine to make flower vases. I started at the top and used a Zot (glue dot) to keep the string on at the beginning. From there, I just wrapped and wrapped and wrapped until it was completely covered. It took forever because you have to wrap it really tight and make sure there are no empty spots. Once you get to the bottom, just stick on another Zot and attach the last piece of string. Fill with festive plants and you're done!

My other decorations were these bowls with different items in them. I painted some pumpkins and pine cones gold then stuck them in with regular colored mini pumpkins, pine cones and flowers.

This is the first banner I've made on my Silhouette. If you can't tell, it says "Give Thanks". I layered three shapes (base triangle with scalloped edges, a straight edged triangle & individual letters) to make each part of the banner and attached them with glue tape. I punched two holes at the top of each and ran a ribbon through it to hang it up. 

The last decoration I came up with was a frame with this image in it. I had the gold candles and holders already, then put one of my left over painted pumpkins next to it. 

Other than decorating for dinner, I had a lot of fun with my family. Here are a couple of pics we took at Cal Poly's bowling alley. 

This is me getting my 2nd strike...

My sister on left and cousin on right.

DIY: Yarn Wreath

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it was too easy not to try myself. I recently had the urge to take up crocheting, but that lasted like 5 minutes because I have really bad tendonitis in my hand from work and that did not help! 

So anyway, now I'm left with various colors of yarn. We still needed to put some stuff on the walls in our room, so here is what I came up with: 

-Yarn, Duct Tape, Scissors, Pins, Pipe Insulation (or whatever that's called)
-Not shown in the picture below: Scrapbook paper, matching paper and, of course, Gorilla Glue

Step 1: Cut your insulation to the size you want and form a circle, then duct tape it.
Step 2: Start the wreath by putting a small pin through the piece of yarn. I cut out 6' strands of yarn so that each color was evenly spaced.
Step 3: (not shown below) When one color is done, stick a pin through both the end of one color and the beginning of the next. Leave a little bit of slack so that the end of the yarn doesn't fray and come undone.

Step 4: When you've got all the string on, the back of the wreath should look like this. Don't worry, this is the back so none of the string transitions will show. 

Step 5: Decorate! I cut the white piece of paper out on my Silhouette and used it as a stencil for some fabric. I know I could have cut the fabric in my Silhouette as well, but I'm not that much of a pro yet! I used lots of Gorilla Glue to make sure everything stayed together.

This is a view of underneath the final flowers. I glued another button on the bottom of each, then glued the button to the yarn so that there would be a solid point of contact. 

Here is the final product again. Currently this is just a picture of it laying on my dresser, but some day when I post pics of our final master bedroom, you'll see that it matches the decor really really well!

November Photo Challenge

I recently downloaded Instagram on my iPhone, but I never have anything cool to take pictures of! I just saw this photo challenge on Pinterest, and since we're only 4 days into November, I decided to start it today. The challenge originally came from this blog. 

Don't count on seeing pictures on here every day, but I'll post them in batches weekly. I challenge YOU to join me in this! Happy November, remember to be thankful for everything you have :)