The Cool Kids

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blog With Friends: November 2014

Gobble Group 2014!!

Hello friends! Welcome to November's edition of "Blog With Friends!" We are 7 bloggers who've joined together to bring you some Turkey Day-love.
Some projects are tasty, some are crafty and some are techie; all are a lot of fun. After my project, click on each blog post project title you'd like to visit. When you get to each blog, say, "Gobble Gobble!"or "hello!' Just let them know you're there. Everyone loves visitors.

My November project: Make a Thankful tree.

"Thankful Tree" Tutorial

  • Large Branch
  • Clear Vase (large enough to hold the branch)
  • Vase filler: acorns, small pumpkins, rocks, etc.  I used glass and paper acorns.
  • Leaves: I used glitter leaves from Michael's and die cut leaves from my friend. (Thanks, Char!) You can use real leaves (short term) or cut out your own paper ones.
  • Clips for hanging leaves. I used IKEA clips, but any kind will do.
  • Thread (for hanging smaller leaves)/ hole punch
  • Sharpies
  • Scissors
Add ons:
  • Bulbs
  • Twine
  • You're using a branch. Don't poke your eye out.
  • Sharpies can bleed through the leaves. Use paper underneath to protect your surfaces.

1. Grab a branch. Or pick a branch and have your son some one cut it down for you.

2. Find enough filler items for the vase to hold up the branch.

3. Make sure the vase won't tip.

4. Using a Sharpie, have your family fill out things they are thankful for. I used clips on the bottom of the large leaves, and thread for the lighter leaves.

 When you ask the man to help out, he will write that he's thankful for the dogs and for the Internet.

5. Hang them on your "tree".

6. I had fall-colored bulbs on hand. On each one, we wrote the name of family/friends that have passed away. It was a good time to reflect on how grateful we were to have had them in our lives. We tied the "remember ties" with twine, then hung them on the tree.

Here's a close-up of a bulb dedicated to my grandma.

7. Keep a basket near of extra leaves, clips, bulbs and sharpies. Family and guests can add to the tree whenever they want. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out the other cool-kids participating today:

Karen@ Baking in a Tornado has whipped up a Fried Walnut-Crusted Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce. This is a special holiday dessert taken to a whole new level.

Stacy@ Stacy Sews and Schools shows us how to make a Fun and Reversible Holiday Centerpiece Decor for your holiday table!

Melissa@Home on Deranged has some Tech Tips for Turkey Day. Her tips will show us how to let technology helping have a festive Thanksgiving!

Robin@ Someone Else's Genius gives us a tutorial for making her adorable Autumn Wreath.

Christy from Uplifting Families shows us how to create DIY Thanksgiving Textured Leaf Cards!

Lydia from Cluttered Genius has created a "Kid Friendly and Fancy Thanksgiving". These are Kid-friendly (and created) ideas for decorating your 'fancy' Thanksgiving table. 

Looking for these projects and more? Check out:
Gobble 'til you wobble, friends,


  1. Love this SO MUCH!! What a beautiful and elegant project for a family to show what they are thankful for. LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you for those kind words, Stacy. We had fun as a family adding to it all week. <3

  2. I love not only how beautiful this is, but the sentiment behind it and the fact that friends and visitors can join in too. Perfect for the holiday!

    1. Thank you, Karen. I loved the project even more after we added the memory bulbs. Made me a bit teary...

  3. OMG - 'You're using a branch. Don't poke your eye out.' YOU are too funny! Love this project, though. I've heard of these, but you make it so simple!

    1. If you can't laugh during one of my tutorials, I've done something wrong. Thanks for paying such close attention to the warnings. LOL! <3

  4. This is just beautiful. I love it! Am definitely pinning for future!

    1. Oh Thank you, Lydia :) I hope you get to make one!

  5. I have to say, I love this idea. In addition to being a beautiful addition to the house, it has been a great daily reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for. Thanks for putting it all together and sharing it with us.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!

    1. I like the way it turned out. Thanks for letting half of a tree sit in our dining room for a few weeks ;) Gobble til you wobble, man; I'll say it every day.

  6. I really like this. It's simple but full of love and thoughtfulness. I absolutely love the idea of the bulbs for those who have passed and it is always good to reflect on the blessings we have in our lives.

    I might have to spray some glitter on the branch though. ;-)

    1. Jenn, you sound like my daughter. She is a lover of the glitter :)
      The bulbs are what made the tree. Sometimes, I feel like the list of people over on the other side is too long :(
      Thanks for commenting, I promise there will be glitter involved in future posts. LOL

  7. This is super cute. I love that you had everyone write dow what try are thankful for.

    1. Thanks, C. Its been a fun project to walk by each day. The fact that my family helped, makes it all the more special. It was great to participate in this with you. <3


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