Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Projects

I know, I know... it's been a while since I've posted anything new. Is anyone else feeling the way I feel about blogging lately; that it's more of a pain than its worth sometimes? If not, then just ignore that comment and pretend that I LOVE TO BLOG!

I just wanted to share some of the crafts that I worked on last month to celebrate Thanksgiving/Fall. I got the idea from a friend a few years back to make a Thankful Turkey and list blessings that we are thankful for on the feathers. In the past they've always been 2-D on our fridge, but since I'm not very good at drawing I decided that I wanted to try a 3-D one this year. This is what I came up with:





I used two different sizes of styrofoam balls and wrapped them with two different colors of yarn (that part took FOREVER). Then I connected the two balls with a craft stick, added a face made of felt, cut out feathers, glued them to craft sticks and poked them into the large ball (body). The kids loved it and it was alot of fun to make together! Here's where I got the idea.

My other major accomplishment for November was sewing eight Fall patchwork placemats for our table. I've never been able to sew to save my life but I've been attending a sewing club each month through our Relief Society and learning lots of great skills. Thanks to alot of help from a great friend, Angel, I was able to finish them in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks Angel!




I had alot of fun putting these together, though it was a challenge for me (since I have zero sewing skills.) The tedious part was cutting the different fall fabrics into tons of little strips and then sewing them together to make the long strip that goes across the bottom. Once that part was done, the rest of the project flew. For this project, I got my idea here.

I have lots of fun ideas in my head ready for this month: a purse/diaper bag, crayon rolls, a christmas tablerunner, and christmas placemats. Now I just need the courage! ^_^

7 comments:

Angel Rogers said...

I love the turkey! And your placemats look great on your table! I'm so glad you got them done...Great Job!!!

emblair said...

LOVE the turkey...and the fact that Steven listed Molly. Soooo sweet. And you did awesome with your placemats. They look fabulous! You'll have to show me the crayon roll idea. I have one that I love, love, love and want to figure out how to make them!

Brian, Jeni, Nat, and Stephen said...

Hey this week is the purse week. we need to plan a day to do it! I am the lame one sorry!
BUT YOur turkey is sooo awsoem and I will be stealing that next year FOR SURE!

Kristi said...

Please share with me what a crayon roll is! Those are great crafts, you're awesome as always!

Michelle said...

Such a neat idea with the turkey that I sent the link to my sister. She'll love this one with her kids too. Thanks for sharing.

Bethanne said...

Nice work, Martha! :) I like that you went all 3D with the turkey. Tina/Tom is still 2D on our fridge...

Julie Gropp said...

Cute crafts!