Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends and happy Monday! This is Thanksgiving week for those of us in the U.S., and I know it is a super busy time of year. There’s planning and shopping and cooking and baking to be done, and of course this week heralds in the official start of the Christmas holiday season. So I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the sweet birthday greetings yesterday and to wish you all a very happy holiday!

My boy is coming home tomorrow, and I am so excited, but I’m not at all ready. Today will be planning and shopping. And tomorrow, we start to celebrate.

But before the festivities begin, I wanted to thank you once again for all your visits and sweet comments left here on my blog. Your support and friendships mean the world to me!

And before the real craziness of this week begins, I thought I would share a peek of my holiday home with you all today.

You all know by now how much I love to decorate. The holidays are such a special time of year, and I try to capture their spirit in all my surroundings. I hope my home reflects the joy I feel to my loved ones. And I really hope you all enjoy it, too.

So from my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! May your plate overflow with good food, and your home be filled with the love of family and friends!


























Thankful Pockets with Sizzix

Hello Friends! Today I have another fall Thanksgiving project to share. This time, thankful pocket place settings that I made for Sizzix using brand new dies from Brenda Walton’s Everyday Favorites collection.

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These fun pockets would be a perfect addition for your holiday Thanksgiving table this year. The pocket design is so easy to put together, thanks to the help of this fabulous new Library Pocket die by Brenda Walton. And I love that there is plenty of room on the insert for adding journaling cards and handwritten notes. I think these would be fun for guests to write down what they are most thankful for this year on the bottom of the insert, and then tuck them away in the pocket for safekeeping.

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I dressed the front of my pocket up with lots of pretty trims, and a pair of Millinery Leaves from another of Brenda’s fabulous new dies. The embossed dots and Distress ink color palette add an extra burst of cheer. And I really love that bit of rustic Kraft thrown in. Such a perfect fall look.

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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for creating these pockets up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to see more. Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day.

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Other Trim: Webster’s Pages, Craft Supply, Divine Twine

Life Moments with Ranger

Hi everyone and happy Monday!

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I am so excited to share that I am guest designing on the Ranger Ink blog today. And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and thoughts are turning towards family and gratitude, I have a fun and easy holiday idea for you. Harvest napkin rings, perfect for adding a festive touch to your holiday table, made with lots of beautiful Distress Ink colors and the new Fall Foliage Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz.

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I love creating handmade accents to add to my table decor. Doesn’t have to be much. Just a touch here or there. It’s so much cheaper than store-bought, which is always welcome, especially at the holidays.  And I love that personal custom look you get with homemade.

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This year I gathered some pretty fall acorns, and wanted to find a way to use them on my table. I always love adding a natural element to my decor. I thought they would be perfect in the center of my napkin rings. And with the help of a little hot glue, they are.

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There are so many dies in the new Fall Foliage Thinlits set, that you can die cut all the leaves you need for this project and more in just a few simple passes through the machine. Such a time saver in the rush of the holidays. I used a whole rainbow of Distress colors to ink my watercolor paper before die cutting. Really love all these soft fall colors. I added a bit of metallic Distress spray, too, for a bit of elegance mixed in with my rustic.

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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger blog, if you’d like to learn more. Supplies are listed and linked below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Life Moments Napkin Rings by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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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.



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.


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





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! :)





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!

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.


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.

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.

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

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

And i have some beautiful game bird transferware, too.


This one in the teacup is the salt shaker.



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

Now into my sunroom.

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






Another pair of vintage turkey salt and pepper shakers.

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.

Down below are more pumpkins, both painted and paper.

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

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.


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