Happy Thanksgiving

2014 Thanksgiving House Tour

Hello, hello my sweet friends! I just wanted to sneak in here one day early to wish all of you in the States a super wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! And, as promised, I have a few more photos to share of my home, all decked out in pumpkins, pilgrims, and turkeys for the holiday.

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I do love the rustic elegance of the great outdoors, especially during the fall harvest season. So this year, I kept my Thanksgiving mantel simple with touches of the natural beauty of sticks, berries and leaves.

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And those touches carry over into my entryway, too, where I’ve dressed up my bench with branches, more sticks, and plenty of acorns.

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P1070325My front table holds my prized turkey, and of course some Lori Mitchell figurines. I can’t really go through a holiday without a few of those! :)

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Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking yet another house tour with me! I have much to be grateful for. My wonderful home, my sweet family, and for amazing friends, such as all of YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving House Tour

2014 Thanksgiving House Tour

I absolutely cannot  start out my post today without sending a huge thank you for all of your awesome birthday cards, messages, and greetings! You sure know how to make a girl feel amazing, and I am so truly grateful for all of YOU! I tell you what, I am a big fan of this weekend birthday thing. I consider not having to wake up with the 6 am alarm clock to be a gift all in itself!

So of course this week is Thanksgiving week for those of us here in the States. I thought today I would take you on a little tour of my house, all decked out in turkeys, pumpkins, and pilgrims for the holiday. ‘Cause you all know me by now……..I do tend to take my holidays very seriously!

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Today I thought we’d start out in my dining room, and take a peek at my Thanksgiving table and antique sideboard. This is by far my favorite spot in my Thanksgiving home, where the heart of the holiday can be found.

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The black transferware pieces of last month have now been switched out to brown, my very favorite of all. As always, mixed with nice crisp white ironstone, and my collection of vintage Napco ware turkeys.

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Way back in the day, folks knew how to set a festive table. There were pieces for every possible need. I, of course, in my searches have found them. This little turkey here is the napkin holder.

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This guy is the cream pitcher, and the one on the right is the medium sized planter.

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Top left is the large planter, followed by the pepper shaker and the sugar bowl on the far right.

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And i have some beautiful game bird transferware, too.

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This one in the teacup is the salt shaker.

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And the pair on the table are the candlesticks. Such funny little things, aren’t they?

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Now into my sunroom.

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With lots of pilgrims and pumpkins. Fall leaves, too.

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Another pair of vintage turkey salt and pepper shakers.

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I keep out most of my Halloween pumpkins for Thanksgiving. If they have a jack o-lantern face, I just turn them around to the back. Peeking up behind the pumpkins is a paper scarecrow the little Missy made way back in Kindergarten.

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Down below are more pumpkins, both painted and paper.

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Yet again, more vintage turkey salt and pepper shakers. At one time, no Thanksgiving table could be complete without a set.

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And the back of my kitchen basement door with another of the little Miss’s school craft projects from long ago.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour! There’s more! Of course there is more. I’ll finish up the tour next time, my friends. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Heart & Home

BasicGrey Thanksgiving

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Things were very quiet here at our house, but that’s just how I like it.  To me, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about the celebration of family and home,  and I am so grateful to have both, thankful that my boy was home from college so that my little family could all be together for the day.  So when the BasicGrey team was asked to create projects sharing what Thanksgiving means to us, I could think of nothing more fitting than documenting my two biggest blessings together on one of my favorite type of projects, a funky junk upcycled thrift store frame.

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Little compartmentalized frames are a great way of adding a bit of festive cheer to your home décor, while documenting all the things you are most grateful for. This frame was the perfect fit for highlighting my two biggest blessings, my home and my sweet family.

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I try to always keep my eye out for frames like this on my junk hunts. You can often find unusual pieces for a real bargain. Then just add photos and a few basic scrapbooking supplies for a unique and personal decor accent that’s super inexpensive to make.

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I know you’ve seen this photo before, but it’s a real favorite of mine. Those two kiddos definitely hold the key to my heart.

AudreyPettit BG Persimmon Heart&HomeFrame4All the papers and embellishments are from the Persimmon collection. I have to say I’ve got a major crush on this line! I used my most favorite paper in the upper left corner along with a beautiful die cut transparency sentiment label. Instant easy title block.

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The little house was paper pieced using an adorable new house die from Sizzix and a variety of papers from the 6×6 pad. I added a fun chipboard bird and a couple of die cut banners and tiny alpha stickers. I like to remove the glass from the frame so that I can build upwards and add layers and depth. I think it adds a lot more interest that way.

The rest of the team has some truly amazing Thanksgiving projects to share with you on the BasicGrey blog that I know you will love. And anyone interested in some Black Friday deals? Now through Monday, you can save big on select Bundle Kits from BasicGrey, including 25th&Pine, Capture, Monograms, and more. You can find all the details here.

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And speaking of Black Friday….are any of you out there Black Friday shoppers? Braving the crowds today? Not me! I try to stay as far away from any stores or shopping centers on this day as I can. Nope, I much prefer staying snug at home over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe I’ll tackle some Christmas decorating instead. But whatever YOU do, I hope you have a very wonderful day. And thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Thanksgiving

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” James E. Faust.

On this special day, as on every day, I pause to reflect on my many blessings, for which I am continually grateful.  I have been so deeply blessed with a wonderful home and the love and support of family and friends. Could not let this day pass without saying, once again, how very thankful I am for all of YOU, for your kindness and visits, the many sweet comments you leave here, and for the friendship you share.

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving, from my house to yours!

Audrey Pettit- Thanksgiving Home 2013

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Fall Leaves with Sizzix

Once Halloween is over, I go full bore into Thanksgiving preparations. There’s such a small window of opportunity, it seems, before Christmas will be here. I’ve got to make the most of what little time there is to enjoy my turkeys, pilgrims, and holiday whatnots. Part of the fun of Thanksgiving for me is setting a pretty table for my guests. I’m not a huge fan of all that cooking and work……but once that part is over, by golly I’ll be ready with a festive table for the grubbing.

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I love the look of fall leaves this time of year, with all their changing colors. They make such a simple and elegant statement on the table. Thanks to my Sizzix Alterations Tattered Leaves Die and a few coffee filters, I was able to create a whole garden of pretty fall leaves to dress up my place settings.

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Audrey Pettit Sizzix Fall Leaves Place Settings3Once you start, you’ll find all sorts of uses for your fall leaves. You’ll love how easy and fun they are to create. I think kids will love this project, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Thanksgiving Blessings

Hi Sweeties! Wishing all of my friends in the States a very joyous and blessed Thanksgiving holiday! I am so very, very grateful on this day, and every day, for all of you! Your sweet friendships mean the world to me!

I think I may just be able to pull this Thanksgiving thing off today. After stops at two different grocery stores, I did get everything I need to produce a small feast, and I even managed to make a pie yesterday afternoon. And of course, I have my home all decorated for the big day.

So in honor of the holiday, wishing you many thankful blessings, from my house to yours!

As you can see, I have many Thanksgiving turkeys, pilgrims, and Indians. Many of them are handmade treasures from my sweet kiddos when they were little. How these little things mean the world to me!

I’m back today on the SEI blog with another Berry Melody project. This time, a set of holiday tags.

Gift tags are one of my favorite holiday projects. They are always fun to put together, and I think they make a great gift idea for anybody on your gift giving list. Love giving something that is as useful as it is pretty.

For more details, including a complete supply list, be sure to check out the SEI Lifestyle Blog. And leave a comment while you are there for your chance to win an amazing prize package filled with Berry Melody goodies!

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Fall with Therm O Web

Hiya Sweeties! Happy Friday and happy November! I have to say that I’m feeling a little bit of panic that November is here already. I always hate to see October go, it’s true, but I do love November, too. There are so many wonderful things to be thankful for this month. Just seems like once November rolls around, Christmas will be here before we know it…

and I’m nowhere near ready for Christmas!

But before I get too far ahead of myself, it’s time to celebrate fall this week on the Therm O Web blog. As you all know, I love to decorate my home for every holiday and season, and this month, that includes dressing up a pretty table for Thanksgiving. So to get my holiday place settings started, I made some fun fall harvest napkin holders.

Aren’t those little critters cute? They just make me smile.

And best part is, these guys were quick and easy to put together, and made from recycled toilet paper tubes, they are earth-friendly, too.

Simply wrap the tube in papers, tie with ribbon, and embellish with seasonal die cuts and stamped banners. All the papers and die cuts are from Imaginisce. Sentiments are from a new line of acrylic stamps designed by my sweet friend, Debbie, of the Shabby Tea Room, called Paper Sweeties. Aren’t they fun?

For a complete supply list, and step-by-step instructions for these napkin holders, please visit the Therm O Web blog. And don’t forget…….

Therm O Web is proudly working with Operation Write Home to send holiday cards to support our military troops. Unite with us in making a  Valentine or Love themed card now through November 10th.  Our friends at Operation Write Home have let us know they could use these types of cards… so let’s join together and make sure they have plenty to provide come Valentine’s Day!

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Therm O Web will collect the cards made and send them on to OWH. For joining in….we’ll pick three lucky participants to win Therm O Web prizes worth more then $40 for participating! Stop by the blog for full details.

Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. And hoping all my friends along the East Coast have made it through the storm safely! Thinking of you!