thanksgiving inspiration

Please accept our apology for a non-complete post that accidentally went ‘live’ yesterday. 

We’ve searched high and low for our favorite Thanksgiving inspiration from the blogosphere, and here are our faves so far this year…

We love the colors, gold confetti, feathers, natural touch of the cotton centerpiece and the salad plates in this gorgeous table setting by A Place for Us, with accessories by West Elm. You have to see the rest of it here.

There is no better time to reflect on the people around us, family and friends, things or people we are grateful for and even past family traditions or past Thanksgivings…and I think the best way to do that at the dinner table is to create a photo table runner. We saw the beautiful one featured on Ruffled Blog, so why not recreate for your Thanksgiving table? It’s on my to-do list.

Kids Thanksgiving Placemat, My Sister’s Suitcase
The kids will be fully entertained with this adorable and FREE printable.

This Thanksgiving, think about Paying Gratefulness Forward. We love this idea by Small Fry. Read more about it here.

We love this simple place mat idea for adults or kids by Skies of Parchment that can be easily made with Kraft paper. It’s a great activity for guests too.

We LOVE these customizable Word Search Placecards. So adorable, and a fun activity. Read this full tutorial at My So Called Crafty Life.
 This Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate by Good Life Eats looks amazing! Find the recipe here.

Think about adding a mini treat to this year’s dessert table with these Apple Pie Cheesecake Bites by Baked by Rachel. OMG delish!

{images via A Place for UsMy Sister’s SuitcaseRuffled Blog, Small Fry, Good Life Eats, Skies of ParchmentMy So Called Crafty Life and Baked by Rachel}

paint chip madness

Paint chips are more than just samples to bring home to see what looks good on the wall next to your kitchen…they are the source of fabulous DIY, colorful projects! While I love so many day-to-day paint chip DIY’s, we love these particular projects for the upcoming holidays.

Paint Chip Table Runner, Eclectically Vintage
Impress your Thanksgiving or Christmas friends and family with a colorful, maybe even ombre table runner, made of paint chips.

Owl Paint Chip Wall Art, The Homes I Have Made
Owls are so relevant this time of year, and personally, I think they are hoot-rific. This framed Owl Paint Chip Art would look great for a fall entry.

Now that you have Owl art for Thanksgiving, you will need a framed piece of art for Christmas. This one is perfect by The Red Thread Blog

Paint Chip Trees, Hubby Made Me
Omg, we just LOVE these trees for gift tags! Cinnamon stick trunks – oh, what cuteness!

Paint Chip Gift box, How About Orange
Wrap your small gifts this year in a handmade, paint chip box.

Paint Chip Snowmen Bookmarks, Bam Crafty Mammas
These adorable snowmen are sold out, but you can totally re-create yourself! And, instead of ornaments, make them into bookmarks! It would be a great craft to do with kids on a snowy day. 

Paint Chip Banner, Rebekah Gough via A Bit of Sunshine When Skies Are Grey
This DIY would make for a lovely Merry Christmas sign, JOY banner, etc for the holidays
 

{images via Eclectically Vintage, The Home I Have Made, The Red Thread Blog, Hubby Made Me,  How About Orange, Etsy via Bam Crafty MammasRebekah Gough}

veterans day {free printable}

First, we’d like to take a moment on this Veterans Day to express our gratitude for Veterans. They risked their lives, and withstood inconceivable trauma in service to our country.
We sincerely THANK YOU.

Please take the time to thank at least one Veteran today {and everyday if you have the opportunity}. We made it really easy for you to say thanks. Just print this card, write a note, or just sign your name, and send or give by hand, to a Veteran.

You can find the card HERE FOR FREE.

Now, I don’t know about you, but we still have a HUGE bowl full of Halloween candy. We’ve been limiting the kids, I have been practicing a little self-control, and my hubby indulges in ice cream, not candy. So, what am I going to do with all this candy?

Send It To The Troops
Operation ShoeBox would love your candy donation to include in their Christmas packages they send to the troops overseas during the upcoming holiday season.
Operation Gratitude would love your candy too. They have an amazing program – it’s worth checking out.

If you ate all your candy, please visit Operation ShoeBox and Operation Gratitude to read about the many other ways you can help make a difference in the lives of our service men and women, and their families.

{images via Tutto Bella}

etsy seller feature: boone creek loft

We love Etsy sellers who make beautiful work with their hands. We love it even more when it adds beauty to our homes. Emily at Boone Creek Loft does just that. Her reclaimed wood art, all painted by hand, caught our eye, especially her ‘Give Thanks’ sign…just in time for Thanksgiving.

Most of us try to set goals every January, and for some, we follow through, and for others, they tend to fall by the wayside. But for Emily, in January 2013, she set a goal - to make art a bigger focus in her life – and now she’s the owner of Boone Creek Loft. Congratulations on all the hard work and success.

Emily shared a little about herself and her art…

“Lucky for me, I grew up in a home that always encouraged creativity and art appreciation. I went to the School for the Creative and Performing Arts for middle school and high school, studying art and drama. While I took plenty of art classes in college, my practical brain got the best of me and I earned my B.S. in Exercise Science. Since then I have done DIY projects for our home as well as some painting here and there.” 

What inspires Emily’s art? “Anything and everything…A quote I find, something I see while I’m out on a walk with my little man, a piece of art I come across,” she said. Sometimes an idea will pop into my head and I’ll sketch it as fast as I can. Other times I have a canvas built for weeks before I know what I want to do with it. 

I absolutely love what I do. I love that I can stay-at-home with my sweet boy AND create beautiful things for people all over the country. I love watching an idea from my head come to life. Mostly, I love knowing that what I create makes homes a little bit warmer and a little bit happier!

Emily is giving a lucky Tutto Bella reader a $30 credit to her store.

The Give Thanks sign is a thoughtful Thanksgiving hostess gift – I know my mom, grandma and mother-in-law would like. And, her Merry and Bright sign would be a lovely addition to any holiday mantel. To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One item to note: Emily is expecting baby number 2 so she cannot accept custom, or made to order pieces after November 15. So, if you want a custom piece, you can order now through Nov. 15, or again in January {the coupon does not expire}. If the item you want is in stock, order anytime.

{images via Boone Creek Loft}

{free printable} BOO-rific and healthy halloween treats

Our kids are overloaded with sugar this time of year, so for school/friend Halloween treats, we took a ‘healthier’ route. I know Halloween is 2 days away – where does the time go? These are super simple treats you can do in an hour or two…even if it’s the night before your kid’s school Halloween party….like me.

Cutie Pumpkin

How To:
Buy a bag of clementines.
Use a black sharpie to draw pumpkin faces on the pumpkin.
Wrap a toothpick with a green Pipe Cleaner, leaving a nail-length space on the bottom to insert in the top of the Clementine.
Stick the toothpick in the top of the Clementine.

Halloween BOOty
{get it…BOO-ty with actual Pirate’s Booty?}

How To:
Buy small cellophane bags, twine/ribbon and bag of Pirate’s Booty {if you haven’t tried Pirate’s Booty before…you are missing out on this gluten-free goodness – GO BUY IT}.
Print off our Halloween BOOty labels, by the one and only Jenna, of Fleur de Lis, a paperie.
Go here to download them for FREE.
Fill the cellophane bag with BOOty.
Wrap the bag with twine, and attach label.

 {images via Tutto Bella}