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Monday, November 14, 2011

Napkin rings

Abby and I added another Pinterest inspiration project to our completed list over the weekend. I saw these pretty leaves on pinterest a few weeks ago and knew it was something I wanted to do. I mentioned it last week in my pinterest post too. HA! 

Since I waited until after Halloween to try and find the cute little leaf cookie cutters it took me 3 stores to find what I needed since Michael's decided to skip Thanksgiving and move right into Christmas and had no fall things to speak even on the day of Halloween. Hobby Lobby thankfully had the leaf cookie cutters I needed (that I didn't already have in my massive collection) 

Abby and I had previously done a craft using sculpey oven bake clay and I had plenty left over from our Valentine's thumbprint magnets. After I picked Abby up from school on Friday, she and I set about cutting out and baking the leaves. Micah was still napping (and probably had I known he'd sleep for another hour I probably would have put this off and taken a nap myself - usually he wakes up only about 20 minutes after I pick up Abby, but it was good to have some time to craft one on one with my sweet girly!) 
After we rolled them out, Abby helped me cut them out with the cookie cutters. Then I took a bamboo skewer and drew veins and poked holes into the clay. Then into the oven for about 20 minutes they went.
After they were cooled and it had gotten too dark to play outside for the evening, we started painting our little leaves (and turkeys and a lone acorn.) Micah loved the acorn so that's the one he painted. I wanted a paint that would leave a little nicer finish to these than washable Crayola paint so Micah helped paint one and then he went off to help Daddy cook dinner while Abby and I painted the rest.

Abby was in love with the final product and admired them while they dried!
All finished and dry.
Here are all the ones Abby painted. She did a very impressive job. I love her little turkeys with their pretty multi-colored bodies.
And sweet Micah's acorn. Which I also love!
Like in the blog post where the idea came from (link if you click the inspiration picture) I'm going to use these as napkin rings. I think I'll also use one as a little gift tag trinket on a small gift I have for her teacher for Thanksgiving. 

And today I finally found a table cloth that will work on my square 60x60 table. Last year I had no luck finding only 70 inch circles (not quite big enough to cover all the corners) or 60x84/102/ect) I finally found a 70x84 which while it isn't perfect it will work to create my next Thanksgiving project of a handprint turkey table cloth.  


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