Saturday, November 12, 2011

Touch of Thanksgiving

I don't know about you, but I'm not always sure what to make of this in-between time between Halloween and Christmas. I know, I's Thanksgiving. Who could hate a holiday that is centered mostly on eating?

I have to be honest, though, I saw my first Christmas lights on the way to work last week (really, people?). And we drove by a house in our neighborhood that is decked out. Complete with an artificial white tree in the front window. Which I can't decide if I like or not.

Most of my fall decor is not Halloween-specific. I don't really feel like taking down a bunch of Halloween stuff for just three weeks. I've actually gotten in the habit in the last few years of doing all of the Christmas decorating the weekend before Thanksgiving. To me, Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving. But....I don't like traveling over T-giving, then coming home and having a ton of decorating to do. And.....I don't like waiting until the next weekend. I mean, the stuff is up for only about four weeks anyway! To my credit, I don't actually turn on the outdoor lights until after Thanksgiving. And I'm not hating on people who like to decorate early and enjoy and let live, you know.....

Plus....I'm not super into cooking and all of my magazines are about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Bah.

But I digress. I added a small touch of Thanksgiving to my fall mantel. I took down Mr. Glowing Pumpkin Face. He glows orange and I had put him on a timer. Spooky!

I started to implement my idea by spray painting this old frame that was a gold crackle finish. I'm running low on spray paint but found an old can of off-white.

I printed up a Thanksgiving quote.....

It reads, 
"For flowers that bloom about our feet,
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Very appropriate for me and my gardening self. With it, I added an orange turkey votive holder my mom gave me a long time ago. Here's Mr. Turkey and my quote....

This side of the mantel did not change much. I'm still digging the dried black-eyed susan seed heads. I may keep those for after the holidays.

I put together this vessel, which has a votive inside. I used a drinking glass for the candle with the little Indian corns around it and a few fake leaves.

And....the finished mantel.

Hope you have a great weekend.....the holidays are looming! ; )

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The DIY Show Off said...

So pretty and festive! I know what you mean. Actually, most of my house is decorated for fall but I've started changing to Christmas in the dining room. I can't make up my mind. lol! Your mantel is so pretty!

Jacque said...

I love your fall decor ideas!!! It's so festive, and beautiful... especially your mantel! Thanks for sharing over at Sundae Shake Up! :)

Tulip and Turnip said...

OMG! I just wrote a post about how November gets lost in the shuffle. Great minds think alike!

Your mantel is adorable!

Leah B said...

Ha! We put up our Christmas lights last week. YES...we are that family!!

Marilyn said...

Super adorable. I Love your mantel.. Very festive!! .. I have a Pin Inspirational party happening today I'll love for you to link this too please :)) TY ..Wishing you an awesome day and also -- I'm officially following you with smiles.. So much creativity here.. :)) ..M

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

The holidays are looming. I actually skipped Halloween decorating this year. We had so much Halloween stuff last year I think it burnt me out. Plus life has been a little hectic and it seemed stupid to take down the fall stuff only to put the fall stuff back up for Thanksgiving. Your ideas look great!

Jamie said...

Love it. For us Christmas always started after Thanksgiving as well. I hate going to stores in September and seeing Christmas stuff. Hope to see you at DIY Home Sweet Home. I'm also your newest follower. Cute blog.