Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Do You Dare?

Dare to DIY

I gladly took Kim's dare, a craft a week leading up to Christmas. Our 1st assignment was a Thankful Thanksgiving craft.

I was especially thankful that my mom was in town visiting while I created my craft. After all, she (& my grandmother) are the ones who taught me the love of crafting. And she helps me solve all my difficulty crafting problems, mostly because she has more patience and skill than me. :)

I love fall leaves and fall trees. So my Thankful Thanksgiving craft was… a Thankful Tree. Using simple and inexpensive supplies (and not much time), I made a fall tree for my dinning room table. There are fabric leaves (I hot glued wire to their backs, so they could be attached to the tree in realistic directions) and cardstock leaves. On the cardstock leaves we can write things we are thankful for. In theory, the fabric leaves will remain attached and the cardstock leaves will be replaced yearly. While, we aren’t hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it will still be a nice tradition for us to start. And it would be pretty cool to do with a big group gathered around the table for the Big Feast.

Thanks for all your help Mom! (She made the card stock leaves, and helped find/arrange the twigs, and tagged along on my shopping trip.) I’m glad you were here to do it with me!

Ikea hurricane (whatever their funky Swedish name for it is)- already owned= $0
River Pebbles- already owned = $0
Twigs- back yard = $0
Leaves- Joann and AC Moore- $5-$7 (there are tons leftover)
Floral Wire- already owned =$0
Card Stock- Micheal's $3 (with leftovers)
Ribbon- AC Moore- $7 total (with coupon, plenty leftover)

Go check out Kim's list to see what the 30-some odd other crafty bloggers have created. Do you want to join the party? It isn't too late, there is another challenge this week.


Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea! Even if you aren't hosting dinner, this is a great decoration that you'll enjoy for this last bit of Fall. Additionally, I love how heart-felt this is and think it's a beautiful way to express gratitudes.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Love it, Leigh! And, I love that you are thankful for the crafty genes. Go mother-daughter team. =)

Thanks for joining up, cannot wait to see what you have next week!

ecb1422 said...

Thanks for having me, Leigh! I miss doing those sort of things with you. YUP!!! (and I'm thankful that you didn't blog my picture :> )

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

Hi Leigh - I'm also outside DC (Arlington to be exact). Glad I found your blog from Kim. Your tree is great! And it looks like you graduated from JMU - me too!

Kelly said...

I envy your craftiness!