i’m grateful for you {free printable}

Sometimes we just need to hear that we are loved. Sometimes instead of looking in the mirror and seeing the flaws, we need to see the beauty. And, sometimes, the best person to help us do that…is a girlfriend.

My girlfriends live far away, and with our busy lives, its hard to keep in touch on a daily basis. But, when we get together, we get right back to the place where we left off…and its rejuvenating and uplifting. I cherish my girlfriends, and am truly grateful for each and every one of them.

Here’s a fun way I told them I loved them, and was grateful for them, this Thanksgiving. And, the good news is, the printable is FREE, and you can do it too.

You’ll Need
A compact mirror
Painter’s Tape
Gold Leaf Paint
Paintbrush
Tags from Fleur de Lis {download HERE}

How To
Add tape to the mirror to create the shapes and/or design you desire.

Paint the Gold Leaf on the outer mirror shell. It’s a touchy paint, so brush stroke in the same direction, and wait between layers because it dries FAST.

Wait 12-24 hours to remove the tape.

Print tags and attach with a ribbon or place in a cellophane bag with seal, then wrap with a bow.

 You can also print these labels for your daughter or son, husband or wife, mom, teacher or friend. Everyone needs something to uplift their day, and serve as a ‘happy’ daily reminder  that they are special and loved.

{images via Tutto Bella}

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}

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}

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}