This is a Monday morning party, and you’re all invited. Despite my husband’s eye rolls and mocking.
Because we had a really busy weekend and lots of productivity was achieved. And then I sat down at my computer, read my google reader and remembered that I mentioned I’d join Kim @ NewlyWoodward’s holiday DIY party. Because it sounded like fun, and also? It’s a great thing to motivate me to do fun holiday crafts and whatnot. Because I’ve come to terms with the fact that if it weren’t for this blog, I probably would spend my days in my pjs, watching TLC. Oh wait. Hmm. I do that anyways.
Moving on to crafts! Thanksgiving crafts! This week is officially “Dare to… Be Thankful!” week, and J and I are really thankful for lots of things. Like jobs and dogs and fuzzy socks and that we survived Day 1 of deer hunting season unscathed, despite Jezebel’s mid-morning breakaway sprint into the woods. Yikes.
So my craft for today is a Thankful Journal. It is not mind-blowing, or difficult, or complicated. It can be done in 20 minutes on a Sunday night.
I LOVE traditions. Love them. And after we were married last October, I started looking for fun new traditions that J and I could start with our own family. One of those traditions was a Thankful Journal, to be written in on Thanksgiving by all who you share the holiday with (I found the idea here). Basically, on Turkey Day, everyone writes down a little somethin-somethin they’re thankful for. I thought this tradition would be especially fun and doable for us since our families don’t live near us – or each other – and we spend Thanksgiving with a different set of relatives in a different part of the country each year.
When I came across this idea last fall, I didn’t have time to actually make a journal, so instead, I harassed my family to write what they were thankful for on a piece of paper. They thought I was a little nuts, I’m sure. And some of them took the assignment a little more serious than others.
Then again, I guess the First Law of Thermodynamics is something that we should all be thankful for.
Anyways, upon reading Kim’s blog, I remembered that I wanted a pretty Thankful Journal. Luckily, I had a not-as-pretty blank journal in one of my office drawers.
I pulled the embellishments off of the front, and replaced them with my own Thanksgiving-themes embellishments. (And then I put last year’s Thankful notes in the journal. See, family? I am not completely off my rocker!)
And it’s a pretty little addition to my coffee table, not to mention a fun reminder of who we’ve spent the holidays with!
Now all I have to do is remember to bring it with us on our Thanksgiving 2009 excursion and hope that the in-laws will play along!