Of course I always have my eye out for retro-related blogs and stores.
And, I've been...inspired.
I almost jumped out of my skin with happiness when Tim said he thought a "Thankful Tree" would be a nice touch.
So, what's a Thankful tree?
(Can you spot the bonus kitty nose?)
I borrowed the idea from Kimba at A Soft Place to Land. Basically, we have a jelly jar of tags and pens and whenever the mood strikes us, we place more leaves on the tree. It's been a such hit we aren't in a rush to take it down. (Yep, we have both a thankful tree and a Christmas tree. Fun, no?)
And, her jute-wrapped vase is a DIY project in itself.
We opted for going the realistic route - Tim did spray paint it copper, but it just looks...normal. Maybe we did go a little too realistic though. You see, we headed out with the middle-scholer and found an old dead branch in the woods.
And, of course, trees and branches OUTSIDE are much LARGER when they come inside. It's the magic of the season, I guess. As you can see in the franken-pic above, our branch goes past the door frame all the way to the ceiling.
Our "leaves" grew fast.
And, it's kinda fun to read them.
Since our tree was - er, a bit...large - I had ended up getting a pot and filling it with large fish gravel. Which of course, the cats started playing with. And, they threatened to eat it. So, handy-man Tim grabbed some clear spray paint and glued those puppies down tight.
One litter box...
Take a second look at the pic - past the homemade donuts.
See those sweet placemats?
They are oilcloth - brown gingham on one side with birch on the other.
And, I won them over at Modern June.
I just love them.
Oil cloth is that resilient material that your mom or grandma used to have.
And, these placemats will go perfectly with my Goodwill Christmas plates with the little gold stars on them - and the matching glasses, too! Score!
Thank you to Kelly at Modern June for the adorable placemats.
And, kudos to Kimba at A Soft Place to Land for the Thankful Tree concept.
And, major thanks to Tim.
For being willing to drag a dead 7 foot branch into the house.
I am very thankful for our tree.
Linking up to the twiggy party at Funky Junk Interiors!