Last-minute Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Having kids has forced me to think about holidays way in advance. I don’t know why, it’s like we need things to talk about? Haha, or a way to mark the passing of time? I’ve noticed that a lot of moms do this. We start talking about holidays/events way before they happen.

I really like something to look forward to, whether it’s a Diet Coke after naps or a birthday coming up. I live my life basically going from project to project, and deadline to deadline. Actually my life is just a series of deadlines right now. Haha. That’s why Holidays really work for me. They give me tons of inspiration, they center around family, and they are a FINITE deadline. BOOM.

When I was in college I never thought about Holidays until the day or two before. Even when Gigi was one or two I didn’t know what she was going to be for Halloween until like, the week of Halloween. But this year, when she could talk about it, and understand the concept, we started talking about her costume on like the first day of September.

I think that’s why I’ve become obsessed with decorating for the Holidays. It doesn’t matter what’s coming up, I just like to be festive and having something to look forward to, and it’s something that I can involve my kids in, so I do it how I do everything: TO THE MAXIMUM EXTREME.

Anyway, whether you’re like me or not, whether you just want a fun craft to pass a long winter’s night, or you want to deck the mother f-ing halls, I’ve rounded up some awesome last-minute Thanksgiving Craft Ideas and Printables I’ve seen around the web that are BOMB.

So go get em tiger. Live your life! Celebrate! And make some crap.

All sources for all these ideas ARE HERE!

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More ideas and sources here!

I’m hosting a baby shower tonight! I’m super excited, and if you’re interested you can follow along with my party prep on Instagram.

Gobble,
Alison

Kuu’s Courage Run

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I really, really love the beautiful and inventive ways I see people using social media to give sincere love and service. I don’t personally know this family, but a friend of the family reached out to me asking if I’d help spread the word about this 4K and I’m happy to do it. I’m hoping to get my booty out there and run!

Here’s a little bit of info about who the run is benefitting. In September, Kuu received a shocking diagnosis of a rare and advanced stage of liver cancer, Cholangiocarcinoma. Kuu is mother of 5 beautiful, young children. To help support the family and raise money you can participate in this fun race!

To register for the race go here! Online registration closes tonight!

If you’re interested in contributing but you don’t live in beautiful Utah, you can go here!

Lots of love!

Alison

Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Bunting

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Gobble gobble friends! It’s almost Thanksgiving! I hope you’re all ready to shove your fat faces! I know I am.

Ok first off, do you notice something different?! Probably not so I’ll just tell you. We used to have our TV above our fireplace, and now we don’t! I used to have to crop all pictures about 4″ above the fireplace, see here.

I had to beeeeeg Eric to move it because he really liked where it was, and there was a bunch of drilling involved to move it, BOO HOO. Haha, but I asked him to do it on my birthday, so he couldn’t say no! I wanted to be able to decorate the mantle! I know this sounds silly, but I disliked how when you walked in our house that a big ol’ TV was the crowning center of our home. Not a family picture, or a seasonal display, but a boob tube. So now I’m giddy with mantle display ideas, and this Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving bunting is the first of many mantle displays to come. (I’ve just fully embraced the dorkiness of this, I’m not apologizing for frivolity anymore, just expect it).

SOOOOO if you’re looking for a way to EASILY spruce up your pad for your big Turkey Day feast, or easy an easy Thanksgiving craft idea for over your mantle or table or whatever, here you go!

This month’s 12 Months of Martha package had some really amazing stuff in it. And some HOT goodies that I’ll be sharing later. But as usual, one of the easiest things in the package was the pad of decorative paper. So many metallics! Silver! Gold! Glitter…

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I used the glittery gold that came in the pack to add “GOBBLE GOBBLE” (because I had already used the word “thankful” for this bunting and I couldn’t think of anything else Thanksgivingish) to a .99 garland I picked up at Wal-mart. I used my “slice” to cut out the letters, because I have one. Because one time I filmed like 9 instructional videos for them…what?

But I created a free download with similar letters.

DOWNLOAD GOBBLE GOBBLE HERE

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All you need to do is print the letters on the paper, cut them out, then hot glue them to the pre-made garland! You could do this for any party really to fit a theme. It would be cute at a kid’s party and you could put their name on it!

Now don’t forget, I’ve got some other fun Thanksgiving crap you should check out. Like my acorns:

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and my Turkey T! I need to make Rad one ASAP! I actually have this one pictured still, but I feel like he needs his own.

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That’s Gigi and her cousin JoJo 2 years ago! SOB.

Anyway. I hope you’re enjoying decorative gourd season.

Lots of love
Alison

Gigi the Fairy Bird

A few weeks ago the cute twin sisters, Heather and Heidi, behind the Fairy Birds book asked if they could catch Gigi in action trying to be a little Fairy Bird. Fairy Birds are Fairy Godmother’s in training. Like, in case you didn’t know. Hahaha.

Gigi and I read the book, Fairy Birds, the night before our photo shoot, and she really got into the concept of earning her “givie feather” by doing nice things and “giving” to those around her. Even better than the feather were the wings she got to wear while she did these nice things! I loved brainstorming with Ginger about how she could give to those around her.

Ginger is only 3, so I haven’t really gotten into the concept of service much with her, past what she can do for ME. But I really loved having a way to start this–-what I hope will be–lifelong conversation about looking for ways to show love to those around us.

Obviously Gigi had the best ideas ever.

First she decided to make some “Gigi Donuts” for her friends. (I encouraged the use of the mini Gigis because I had some leftover from her party.)

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Try not to die from the sweetness.

Then she decided we could teach baby Rad how to crunch leaves.

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Rad, of course, just tried to eat the leaves, but he almost exploded from sheer delight because his big sister gave him about 60 seconds of her attention. That’s about 10 times as much as he usually gets from her! Haha. Ugh. I can’t even talk about the way he gazes at her without starting to blubber. I caught her playing peek-a-boo with him when I left the room the other day and I actually started crying. I’m crying about it again now. I can’t stop THE CRYING.

Anyway. You can check out Gigi’s full spotlight on the Fairy Bird’s Blog!

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Thank you Heather and Heidi for creating an opportunity for my daughter and I to talk about something other than how many stuffed animals she gets to take into Target with us. And a HUGE thank you to Heather Hackney for the beautiful pictures of my babies.

Lots of Love!
Alison

Obsessed: Make your Day

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Tis the season for DIYing! And right now I couldn’t be MORE excited or happier for the beautiful Chelsey Andrews aka The Paper Mama and Chelsea Costa aka Lovely Indeed for their bomb digital crafting book: Make Your Day.

The book has 20 DIY projects for crafters of all levels, plus THE most adorable illustrated instructions. But what I love most is how original and NOT pretentious this book is. It’s NOT just a bunch of glam pictures with re-hashed ideas styled really pretty. (Not to like, go on a tangent…) I can tell these gals worked really hard to create unique and easy-to-make projects that anyone can successfully recreate. And that’s not easy to do!

I know firsthand how much work goes into a project like this. And this book is AWESOME.

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So simple and perfect for any occasion. I know I’ll be using a few of these tutorials for myself and for gifts this year!

The book is only $12 and you should go get a copy here and support these talented hotties!

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I know how much each and every sale means to me when it comes to my book, we worked SO SO SO hard on it and will probably nowhere near make enough money to compensate for the time we spent on it (even though I didn’t do it just for money, duh). Actually, almost NO ONE makes money on books, so if you ever see a blogger or someone you love with a book I REALLY suggest supporting them. I always do. Haha. But anyway, I seriously get giddy whenever I see we sell one! So if you want to make their day, I seriously suggest supporting Make Your Day!

Lots of love!

Alison

Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.