Nov 01

GIVEAWAY — Give Thanks

I love the idea of decorating for the holidays but I rarely do much decorating in my home.  I have the best of intentions but time, money, and too many “little helpers” get in the way.  Another stumbling block is how close together Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are.  By the time I realize that I should have Halloween decorations up, Halloween is only a week away…..and if I don’t get Thanksgiving decorations up immediately after Halloween then it almost seems pointless.  One year I skipped Thanksgiving decorations altogether and put up my Christmas decorations mid-November.  In my defense, we were leaving on a 3 week road trip in mid-December and I wanted some time to enjoy the Christmas decorations before we left town.  Someday I’ll be good at decorating for the holidays.  It may take a few more years though.

In order to make decorating for three separate but closely spaced holidays easier this year I strung a line of jute over our bay window area.  The kids and I made little construction paper monsters (friendly monsters, of course) and hung them from the jute line with tiny clothespins for Halloween.  I was inspired by this pin on pinterest, although our monsters looked a lot more like monsters made by 2- and 3-year-olds instead of monsters made by an adult.  In other words, these are much cuter than ours!

Pinterest Inspiration

Since Halloween was yesterday I really need to take those monsters down and put up my next project.  For Thanksgiving, I want to hang GIVE THANKS letters on the jute string (inspired by this pinterest find) with some leaf cutouts.  On the leaves I will write things for which the kids are thankful.  This is tomorrow’s project and I’m anxious to hear their responses to my “What are you thankful for?” question.  It should be interesting!

Pinterest Inspiration

I haven’t determined what our Christmas jute hanging will be.  I need to decide so I can have it ready to hang as soon as Thanksgiving is over!  No time to waste from October to December!

Of course, a decorated home needs a decorated hostess, right?  I love holiday shirts — there’s something fun about pulling a shirt out of the back of my closet that I am only “allowed” to wear for a few weeks each year.  It really helps to get me in the holiday spirit!  Now that Halloween is over I can officially begin announcing Thanksgiving with my wardrobe.  Our GIVE THANKS iron on rhinestone transfer is a simple, meaningful, and adorable Thanksgiving accessory.  I like it on a shirt, but it would also be amazing on placemats, wall hangings, tote bags, chair covers, decorative dish towels, or framed and set on the mantle.

TWO blog readers will win a GIVE THANKS iron on transfer this week!  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me one thing (or many things — your choice!) for which you are thankful.  This will be a short giveaway so that our winners will have time to wear their GIVE THANKS bling before Thanksgiving gets here.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, November 5th.  Winners will be notified on Sunday and if you promptly respond with your mailing address your iron on transfer will be shipped on Monday, November 7th.



  1. Alice says:

    I am thankful for quilting…it came into my life when I was experiencing a significant loss. God gave me a quilting teacher, classes, friends, and a sewing machine when I was feeling pretty low. I know I am submitting this too late for the giveaway but it’s good to be thankful anyway!

  2. Emily Valencia says:

    I am thankful for God and knowing that he is always with us every step of the way. Being a military family is hard and it is even harder living in a different country (Germany) and facing our first upcoming deployment with our almost two year old. But knowing that I can talk to Him each and every day whenever I want and he ALWAYS listens and provides. When I miss my husband and our son misses his daddy we stop and talk to God and thank him for being him.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I am thankful for my the opportunities that God has given, and contiues to give me. I am also thankful for my family and friends. They are the most awesomest people :)

  4. Jeannie Balakian says:

    I am thankful for the love of my family. It has been a hard year and I am thankful for all that God has done for us!

  5. Terri Hernandez says:

    I am thankful for the opportunity to teach wonderful children everyday and I would love to wear this BLING with prde to my schools many days in November as a visual reminder to be thankful daily. I am also thankful for my fabulous husband and family who are supporting me in my new venture of creating BLING shirts……your prices are AMAZING…..definitely put your website as one of my favorites….you will be hearing from me when I need loose rhinestones again……your prices knock the socks off of ebay….I am thankful that I found your website!!

  6. Christina Esquivel says:

    I give Thanks to God for just letting me live another day…. Andalways remember to Thank God for everything we have and don’t have…Amen….

  7. Jan says:

    I am thankful for the birds who frequent my feeder each morning. As i watch them, they make me think of what really matters in my life!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I have so many blessings in my life it is hard to choose. I will have to go with my crazy husband who can almost always make me laugh.

  9. I am thankful that I married my best friend 27 years ago and we have two beautiful daughters who both have met the most amazing young men… that I love. One is already married and the other is planning on getting married soon and I am looking forward to being a Grandmother ASAP! Until then I have been blessed with the most loving little dog who has brought nothing but joy to my life!!

  10. Sherrie Valenzuela says:

    I give thanks to my twin sister. I sprained my foot the day before Halloween and she was so nice that she took my kids/her kids trick or treating. I love her very much.

  11. Dmc says:

    I’m thankful for the sweet kisses of my two kids. They are truly a blessing. Donna Mccool

  12. Sara says:

    I am thankful for clean air acts. Almost 6 years ago my oldest daughter was born under respiratory distress and put on oxygen. She now lives a “normal” life as a child with bronchomalacia (a bronchial tube disorder that causes her to have MANY lung infections). Our lives have changed since she was born…we are very cautious about lung irritants as they can flair up an infection or uncontrollable coughing spell. However, we believe that God put us and everything on this earth to enjoy. Therefore she is not kept in a bubble and we love to travel and hike and eat out. Having places to go where we can breathe clean air just makes hers, and our life a little easier. THANKS!