Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Once again…I’m working on Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving and

the day BEFORE  Thanksgiving.

When I was ayoung girl in school

Thanksgiving was all about the DElicious

turkey dinner {with ALL the trimmings! Yum!!}

lots of family and…

using the GOOD china! 

My father was the one

who cooked the turkey so it was always perfect!

{Mom was not a good cook and she would be the

first to admit it!}

So twice a year…Thanks giving and Christmas

I REALLY looked forward to these two dinners!

Lately though, maybe because I’ve had to work too many holidays {and because I no longer have those kind

of wonderful family dinners}

Thanksgiving is just another day.  I have made a

positive change though, I focus more on the “giving”.


It starts with the first fall day. 

My thoughts return to New England with

all the wonderful sites and smells of fall.  The dinners, the family…the apple pies and cider! 

Ever since I can remember,  school children who were fortunate  enough to live close to the Cape would go on a field trip to Plymouth Plantation once a year. 

We lived fairly close to the Cape and went at different times of the year bringing along visiting relatives.  There was so much to see!  So  much history to experience as you step back in time walking through the dusty, sandy pathways of Plymouth.



This is where the spirit of the first Thanks Giving began. 

It was born out of severe hardships and true perseverance!


Being thankful  and so grateful to God for just surviving their first year, they sought what they could GIVE to that first Thanksgiving celebration!   There were no fine china but there was a fine meal that was shared with finest guests who guided and nurtured them through their first year in this strange and wonderful land.


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{Massasoit- Chief     where our state name came from}

So Thanksgiving , to me…is what I remember most.  The giving.  The gratitude to others;  for their help, their support and most of all for God’s abiding love.




Allow me to give you a quick tour of Plymouth Plantation!

First…the rock! {sorry, I thought I had a picture of the rock}

No one knows for sure if it really is THE rock, the one that the Pilgrims stepped out on…

but…they’ve got it covered….literally, so no one can touch. Just look! 

It’s grey, it’s granite…if you’ve seen one…you’ve seen them all!  Let’s move on…


Ahhhh… I can almost smell the ocean breeze.  Actually, it was smoke from the fire place of each little thatched roof homes. That’s  what you can smell the most!   Beautiful though, isn’t it!  This photo is probably taken from the 2-story fort that stands at the beginning of the village. {all photos found on-line}



Each little home was surrounded by wonderful herb gardens and vegetables that would have been cultivated from seed, brought over on the Mayflower.thumbnailCAGEJECH

Each year you can actually sign up to have dinner, Pilgrim and Indian style AT the Plantation.  They are considered a “live museum” and have actors that play (and stick to) their part.

( Despite the valiant efforts to trip them up by sly little  field trip children!) thumbnailCA2DQVYV

The Mayflower…three months in this????  Yikes! 


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pumpkin and corn seeds abound, but it was the Indian’s secrets of fish fertilizer that made things grow!thumbnailCA1A2VNK   thanksgiving-turkey-banner-graphicsfairy003b 


Have a Happy Thanks Giving!    {can you tell I love turkey}

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cooler weather and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

In keeping with my Nautical Themed office re-do, I took another

trip to Hobby Lobby where I found this coastal gem!   And I knew at once that it had a date with Annie Sloan {chalk paint}.


At the same time, I planned on repurposing an old large frame  into a wall hanging for my office/scrapbooking room. I got the idea of a frame within a frame from Heidi Swapp.  It’s part of her background props on her new web show  “My Craft Channel” (Love it!)

This is only the beginning for my frame, I plan to add other details.  Just not sure “what” I want to add.  The backing is simply foam poster board, painted the same “coastal blue” as my accent walls in my room.  The mirror is actually a plastic frame with a mirror that cost only 6 dollars at H.L. The same mirror with a wooden frame would have cost me 25.00 WITH the 50% off deal!DSCN0767

Besides, It looks identical with a fraction of the price and easier to tack it up on the foam board!


I started with Paris Grey as my base, then touched over with the Antique White.




Here’s a before of the frame and compass.

DSCN0752 This was your basic “Big Lots” on special, a  picture frame that I got years ago.  It was marked down even more because the glass had broke.

See?  Silver and grey/ grey and silver…boring!


DSCN0753My painting inspector close by!  {Angel lea}


The mirror started out grey…



so I just brushed it lightly with the antique white.


Once I hung it up on my wall, I loved

how it picked up the reflection of my dress form

on the opposite side of the room!DSCN0771 

Well… we’re getting there; my little inspector and I.DSCN0768   

Onward to the next project!