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}

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}

last minute

…it’s my style. No matter how much I try to prepare, I am always doing things at the last-minute. So Halloween is no different this year for me. Here’s some last-minute Halloween ideas that you can easily do, and still impress your guests, or kids. Some can even lengthen the ‘fall’ holidays {Halloween and Thanksgiving}, because the idea may be relevant for both occasions.

Pumpkin Punch, Honestly Yum

Fang Napkin Holders, Food Network

Pumpkin and Ghost Sharpie Balloons, Pinterest

Spider Ice Cubes, Love This Pic

Pumpkin Cooler, Southern Living

Mummy Door, Honey and Fitz

In the Fun Lane, Ravens and Driftwood
I love the idea of using branches or driftwood with Halloween decor…and I love the candles too 

{images via Southern Living, Honestly YumPinterest, Food Network, Love This Pic, Honey and Fitz and In the Fun Lane}

honey bear

This is the cutest honey bear I’ve ever seen! Seriously, it’s so creative, and sweet! This would be darling decor during the month of October or at Thanksgiving.

My sister-in-law’s friend Molly shared a tutorial of this adorable project with us today. She was inspired by a similar honey bear she saw in her PT clinic in North Carolina. Thank you, Molly, for sharing it with us.

Here’s her inspiration…

And, here’s her ‘take’ on it. Job well done, Molly.

From Molly…I bought three large pumpkins.  One for the Honey pot.  Two for the bear. For the honey pot, you can see how I carved a top out and then obviously scooped out the “guts.”  I wrote HONEY with a pencil and then took various tools–mostly different screw drivers to carve each letter.  Make sure to leave enough room in between so the letters can be fairly thick. You can fill the honey pot with candy (in a bag). 

The bottom part of the bear–I just cut off the stem of that pumpkin because it was a fairly flat pumpkin, and then I placed the top pumpkin on top of the bottom one.  I thought it might fall off, but it never did.  I didn’t want to cut the bottom one for risk of rotting.  I cut the stem off the top pumpkin also.  The ears are just small-sized pumpkin that I sliced off part of each one so it would fit against the head.  I actually used heavy-duty toothpicks to stick into the ears and into the head.  I did the same thing for the nose.  The eyes were made of a different pumpkin and on those I actually cut off the end and them scraped them out.  I only stuck a toothpick into the head and just let the eyes rest on it.
The feet are a type of squash that I just laid at the base of the bottom pumpkin.  The arms were a little difficult in that toothpicks would not hold them so I used very small dowel rods and put them into the large pumpkin, and then into the arms.  A scarf was placed around the head and body.  I finished it off with pinecones and colored leaves.
Tip from Molly: I googled how to “preserve” a pumpkin but did not have success.  I tried to clorox the first honey pot, and then added shellac on it, but it still rotted after about 5 days.  I’m sure it would do great outdoors or in cooler weather. 
{images via Molly}

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The weekend is almost here.

I know this weekend, I am going to spend time with my family and of course, all the babies, really absorb the beauty of the fall colors {yes, the photo below is the picturesque setting I wake up to these days}, walk through the last farmer’s market for fresh produce, make a cocktail and enjoy a latte while I stroll into the local boutiques. I hope you get a chance, even just a minute, to enjoy the smell of autumn, and take in the beauty of the season. And, if you are up for it, here’s some things we recommend you add to your itinerary this weekend.

1. Make this delicious recipe for your family {or just for you}. I make it frequently and love it! Made it last night with a Sesame Soy salad, and I savored every bite of the meal…the kiddos and husband did too.

2. Bring the beauty of the warm, fall colors inside. Whether its several twigs, a bunch of berries, or single leaves, find bottles and vases to put on display.

3. This is a beautiful, thoughtful DIY wreath I want to make and hang on my door. It’s a lovely way to welcome guests, and it warms the home to the cold season ahead.

4. Be kind to others. Teach your children to be kind. For some inspiration, read this.

4. Fall is here, and one way to get in the autumn mood is to make a Spiced Apple Cider, by the fabulous ladies of A Beautiful Mess.

{image via Tutto Bella}