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The Kids Thanksgiving Table and Fun Activities

This years kids table

When I was able to host Thanksgiving at my home a few years ago, I thought it would be fun for the kids to decorate the kids table. This was on my original blog valeries homemade home. That was a lot of fun and the kids were mesmerized by the effort that was put in.

This year the kids are quite a bit older and I wanted to do something a bit different that didn’t cost a ton of money.

The tablecloth was found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $18! What a deal! The chargers I had originally purchased at Walmart and had stored away. I found the teal plates at the Dollar Tree and everything else I already had. The turkey plates you might have noticed from my original Thanksgiving Table many years back. These were purchased at Pottery Barn kids and I pull them out every year for everyday meals in the month of November.

What I am most excited about is the little QR code on the Turkey place card holder.

When you point your phone camera at the code you will be instructed to open the document, just like you do in restaurants these days.

The first few times that I tried it but i think that the document has been getting a lot of hits so it may take a while to get into. I hope you are able to get in, its a lot of fun.

The second activity I made is a scavenger hunt.

The kids and adults have fun with this activity. For the entire hunt, be sure to download the document above. My plan is to cut the paper down the middle and use the right side of the paper as the clues and left side is the instructions. Have Fun!

LOL This is going to be so much fun!

I can’t wait until Thanksgiving! I hope that you will be able to enjoy this Holiday with your family! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lots of Love,

XO Valerie

Christmas, diy

DIY Christmas Fireplace

“When you’re 20 you care about what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks and when you turn 60 you realize that no one was thinking about you in the first place” Winston Churchill

When my local Fusion paint retailer mentioned that ROYCYCLED Papers was having a decoupage contest and suggested that I enter.

Every excuse that I have used in the past came roaring through my head. You’ll never win….Its too expensive to enter….you’ll probably forget, (I mean honestly who needs to worry about anyone else when I can do an awesome job at self sabotage myself) however, right after those excuses came I can build, I can DIY, I am creative, and the biggest one of all GOD is on my side…”WHY NOT!” I blurted out ” I’ll do it!” before I could talk myself out of it I was excited and ideas came flooding through my head. I grabbed a few of the papers that she sold and got to work.

I have been making a few of these faux fireplaces lately and they have turned out pretty well. So I decided that I would use one as my canvas for the papers.

I also knew that I wanted to use some of the new Christmas Moulds that IOD had just introduced so after some searching around I found the “Boughs of Holly” moulds in Tomball, TX.

I started with a sheet of 3/4″ plywood cut to 4′ x 4′ and attached everything to that using a bradnails and liquid nails.

I used a 1x 12 for the top cut to 4′ and (2) 1x 10 cut to 3′ for each side.

I had scrap shiplap from my shiplap wall project. I had purchased these bundles at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

I also picked up the mantle and the decorative hearth? Is that what its called? I don’t know all I know is that it is a piece of very wide base board that I turned upside down. Check out my build from my YouTube channel and you can see how I put it together.

I don’t mean to give away the ending but I didn’t win :-(. LOL…I don’t even mind, really. It was so much fun and I can’t wait for the next one. I learned how to decoupage….well kinda. I am still learning, but I stepped outside of my comfort zone and now I am hooked! Isn’t it great!

If you have any questions ask away. I am sure that I missed a few things. Until the next project…Have a great week!

Lots of Love,

XO Valerie