Happy November 1st! Halloween is over (we hope you all had a nice night) and it is time to start getting ready for the next rush of holidays coming up. Today I will be taking down my Halloween decorations and putting up the Thanksgiving ones. It really seems like from October through February all I am doing is decorating. It is a lot of hard work, but it sure fun to enjoy it when it is all done. Don’t ya think?
Today, in honor of the first day of November (which is also my birthday month!!!), I decided to start off with a fun and easy craft. Something you can use to put your home in the “giving thanks” mood. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not only because of all the yummy food, but because I love being reminded of how thankful I should be. Sometimes with life rushing by and all of the stresses that come along with it, it is easy to forget to stop and see what is right in front of you.
For today’s craft I took an old frame that had lost its picture and glass. It was in someones pile to be thrown out. I nabbed it up and added a light coat of white paint. Once the paint dried I sanded down the edges and roughed it up a bit so that the natural wood could slightly show through. This gave it a more shabby chic appearance.
Once the frame was ready I found a piece of fabric that I thought would work. It was orange with ivory polka dots on it and I had just enough to fit my frame. On the front of the fabric I wrote “Give Thanks” using a permanent fabric marker. But be careful to place some cardboard behind your fabric while you are writing. I accidentally ruined my 1950’s metal rimmed table in the process because the marker bled through onto my table top. 🙁 If anyone knows how to get permanent marker off a table, please let me know. . . Magic eraser did not work.
When I was finished writing on my fabric (and ruining my table) I flipped the old frame over and while using hot glue, pulled the fabric as tightly as I could gluing around the edges. When I flipped my frame back over I love it, but I thought the frame was a little boring. I headed out to my old parts graveyard in my garage and found an old drawer that had some interested details on it. So I took apart the drawer pull and added it to the top of my frame. I added a little bit of turquoise paint to the piece and screwed it into the frame.
That was about right! I loved the way it looked and this project cost me nothing to make. The frame was a roadside find, the fabric was old scraps I had laying around, the marker I had from an earlier project and the decoration add on’s were pieces of old drawers.
Ever wonder what an old parts graveyard looks like? Here is mine. .it is made up of old things I find that intrigue me. Where do I find them? Roadside, garage sales, ect. I just stash them away in my graveyard until I need them! It is sort of fun to save something from a trash hill fate and remake it into something worth loving once again.
On this first day of November I ask you: What are you thankful for?
(Also. . if you know how to save my table, chime in please )
<3 Dick and Jane