Give Thanks

I know it’s a little late for Thanksgiving and Christmas is in full swing, but I wanted to share a few glimpses into our family Thanksgiving celebration! Between work and school, I didn’t have time to help prepare any food for the feast, so instead I was given full jurisdiction over the table decor and design. Just the kind of creative fun I needed!

Early on Thanksgiving morning, I bundled up in snowpants and winter coat, along with hat and gloves, to go search out some red berry bushes (I still have no idea what they’re actually called). I found some on a stone wall a few minutes from home, and gathered an armful of the bright branches.

At the house, I began decorating the table. First, a red damask-style tablecloth. Next, a thrifted wooden candelabra, with red and white tapers. I then filled vases and jars with red berries and faux greenery, along with a few harvest pieces. I had a few colorful gourds leftover from my fall decor, as well as a hardy little pumpkin. These gathered around the candelabra, along with more red berries.

I then laid out the plates and silverware and glassware, along with some hand-painted place cards for each guest. These were really fun and simple to make - just a rectangle of cardstock, folded in half and placed on each plate.

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Next, I turned my attention to the kitchen island (my parents have an open-concept dining room and kitchen). The island would hold a selection of appetizers, so I wanted to be sure it had its own share of decor. A vase of more greenery and berries adorned the space next to a tray of goodies.

Last, I hung a little hand-painted sign next to the refrigerator on the end of a tall bookcase. Just a little reminder to give thanks, continually and daily, for all that we have. (Pro-tip: Goodwill sometimes has cheap clipboards, and they make wonderful displays for artwork!).

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek into our day’s festivities! Creating a beautiful and welcoming space is so rewarding, especially when friends and family are gathering to celebrate together. On to Christmas!

Apotheca Gallery: Render

It's been a week since my official gallery opening at Apotheca Flower and Tea Shoppe, and I'm still reeling from the excitement of being asked to display my artwork in a gorgeous local shop! Just experiencing this opportunity was so amazing - I loved being able to talk about my pieces to the people who came, and share my love of creating. Several pieces were even sold just during that evening, which is such a cool thing. God has provided some beautiful opportunities for me to share my work, the things I made with my hands, and I am so thankful. Creativity is truly of the Lord - that ability I attribute entirely to Him. He gave me the desire and the ability to make things and I constantly remind myself of that. Pretty wonderful! So Friday night I brought my camera and was able to snap a few pictures of the display before the reception, and wanted to share them here. It was a bit later in the evening, so my photos aren't amazing, but they'll give you the gist of the gallery. Enjoy!

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This last photo is one of my favorites from the Apotheca gallery - I set up a community loom for people to add to throughout the month! I'm so excited to see it finished and hanging for the town to see.

If you are interested in learning how to weave, I am teaching a workshop at Apotheca on Thursday, August 25 from 7-9PM! All materials included, and you get to keep everything to work on the weaving at home! I will be demonstrating how to wind a loom from an old frame, basic weaving techniques, and how to finish your weaving. Sign up today!