Spreading Some Holiday Color

What an amazing season to talk about color!  While most of the leaves have fallen away here in the Northeast USA, and turned brown, colors are beginning to pop up all around our homes and communities. Whether you’re big into celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, or another upcoming holiday, do it with color!

Getting creative with single colors:

Just because you want to do an all red, green, silver, gold or white holiday, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  Get embellished glass ornaments and decorations to add some pop.  Or try tasseled/swirled glass to add some texture too.  You can also mix and match finishes that are shiny vs matte.  Another option is to mix textures like glass, felt, hard and soft to be consistent with color, but not get bored.

Same color theme, different tones:

This is great if you’re hosting a party and want to use reds (bright red, deep red, burgundy), or golds and browns (gold, hazelnut, brown, bronze).

Traditional vs non-traditional:

Reds, oranges, yellows, and browns are traditional Thanksgiving colors, and whites, reds, and greens are traditional Christmas colors.  Yet many people choose to add gold, silver, and blue to their holiday decorations.  It’s up to you if you’re looking to celebrate with more traditional or with newer, less traditional looks.  Some of the colors that are becoming more traditional, such as silver and gold, definitely add a certain elegance to any design.

Themed celebrations:

Maybe you’re a looking for a country Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Maybe you prefer the big lights and lots of flash of NYC for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Or perhaps you are Pilgrims and Santas all the way.  Whatever your style, there’s a way to celebrate it!

Natural Color:

Using holly, eucalyptus, pine, evergreen, feathers, flowers, branches and other natural, seasonal items can really brighten up your home, and add some fresh color to your decor.

Share your favorite holiday colors, and what you’re planning to do this holiday season to decorate below!

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Today’s post features a collection of some simple, doable Thanksgiving table decorations with both traditional and newer ideas featuring examples from around the internet to get you started thinking about options for your Thanksgiving decorating!

One of the simplest decorations to use are pumpkins.

Another favorite is the cornucopia.

  • Fruit filled (purchase a cornucopia at your local craft store and fill with fresh (or fake) fruits, apples, oranges etc)
  • Vegetable filled (pumpkins, gourds, squash etc)
  • Flower filled

Fall leaves are a simple way to add color and style.

Turkey themed is another creative idea.

Feathers, wheat stems or fall flowers are a great idea too.

  • Simple wheat sheaf centerpiece from Martha
  • Fall branches (those with berries, eucalyptus and other colorful additions)
  • Feathers make an interesting centerpieces
  • Chrysanthemums & other fall flowers

Great post with 33 great ideas

Great post with a bunch of fresh ideas

Share your thoughts and Thanksgiving decorating ideas below!

Writing Thanks

Today I’m sharing some ideas to get you thinking.  It’s not always easy to come up with new things to write about and having new topics to write about can help you be more sincere and interested in your writing.   Share your favorite topics and writing styles too!

  • Choose one word (or a group of words) from the list and write about what they mean to you: Thankfulness, gratitude, abundance, warmth, security, family, football, tradition, November, Harvest Festival, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Thanksgiving Proclamation, George Washington, Pilgrims, settlers, Indians, fall, autumn, feast, turkey, gravy, dressing, stuffing, corn, yams with marshmallows, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, cranberry sauce, corn bread.
  • What does celebrating Thanksgiving represent for you?
  • Do you think an annual “day of thanks” should be celebrated around the world?
  • Thanksgiving often symbolizes “abundance.” Write about things that are abundant in your life.
  • Complete this sentence as many times as you can: I am thankful for…
  • Write a poem about one person you are thankful for (great for holiday gifts!)
  • List 100 things you are thankful for
  • Write about your favorite Thanksgiving memory (or any other day/holiday’s memory)

Add your journaling/writing topics, as well as journal entries and poems, on Thanksgiving below.

Creative Pumpkins

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun with pumpkins!  Check out these crafts and other fun things to do with pumpkins!

Paper bag pumpkin: a very clean take on pumpkin decorating!

Pumpkin seed snack: toast up those seeds after you carve your pumpkin

Papier Mache Pumpkins: a unique take on creating a pumpkin!

Pumpkin Stamps: cut a mini pumpkin in half, apply some paint and decorate away!

Pumpkin Wreath: get creative with creating pumpkins and making a wreath

Pumpkin Cross Stitch: cute pumpkin with template

Pumpkin Pots: decorate pots to look like pumpkins

“Stained glass” pumpkin: try this super easy pumpkin great for kids

Pumpkin lanterns: cute little pumpkins made out of paper

Egg Carton Pumpkin: recycle your egg cartons into little pumpkins!

Don’t forget pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup

Of course, can’t forget to mention carving (blog post with tips) or painting a real pumpkin too!

Share your favorite pumpkin crafts below!

Celebrating Veterans

Today we’re talking about a very important topic, celebrating veterans! Next week, November 11, 2010 will be the day that America celebrates and remembers their veterans who served bravely in the wars.  Regardless of whether you support the wars that America has been involved in, I think it is very important to celebrate veterans.

While there are tons of things you can do, including throw a party for the veterans in your family or neighborhood, there are some simpler things you can do to show your appreciation and let them know they are remembered.

1. Write a thank you note to a veteran (if you’re a crafty person, have a card making party with some friends and make a bunch!)

2. Write a newspaper editorial, or letter to the editor expressing your appreciation.

3. Interview a veteran about their experiences and how they have impacted their life.

4. Have kids, or students, draw pictures to send to veterans.

5. Financially support The National Military Family Association, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and other veteran organizations (visit Charity Navigator & search ‘veterans’ to find other organizations)

6. Donate food, clothes and other resources to Vietnam Veterans, AMVets and other organizations who are local to your area.

7.  Don’t have money or resources?  Hold a charity bake sale or other fundraising event at a local church, school or supermarket, and donate the proceeds.

8. Attend a Veteran’s Day program in your community to support your local veterans.

9. Visit a veteran/military museum and learn more about what the veterans did.

10. Ask a veteran what you can do for them.

Share your thoughts on celebrating and remembering Veterans and their service below.  Thank you veterans!

Seasonal Collages

The season of holidays that we’re in lends itself very well to today’s topic: making collages. There are so many holidays and events together, fall, halloween, thanksgiving, winter, christmas etc, and all in these 3 months.   And while it can all be fun, especially since it’s only 3 months every year, it can be too much.   It can be overwhelming with family visits, tons of events, lots of gifting, and lots of planning activities with lots of food.  While I encourage you to take advantage of this festive time, I highly suggest you take extra steps to protect your down time too.

October, November and December come with lots of memories and fun events.  What better thing to do with your down time, other than nap, but to make collages.  Creating a collage is both fun and relaxing.  It’s also a great way to remember memories, get through tough times and process situations. You can use the abundance of magazines that enter homes this time of year in your creations, as well as pictures and greeting cards.  What could you make a collage of?

Cards: putting all your holiday cards together in a creative, artsy way is a great way to display them

Memories: memories are very special.  Using photographs or images that symbolize events can help you remember and enjoy them this season.

Seasonal items: make a collage of turkeys, snowmen, christmas trees, scary things, snowflakes and fall foliage

People: make a collage of friends, family, and others who are important to you using pictures you’ve taken at fun events this/last year

Emotions: things that scare you, things you’re thankful for, things that bring you joy.

Colors: put seasonal colors together to make an image or just be a colorful display, ie red/yellow/orange, red/green/white.

Share your memories and thoughts below!