We are finally done with Halloween, and what a celebration that was! And now that November is here, I would like to take you on a "Thankful at Home" tour with some very talented blogger friends of mine to help you get ready for Thanksgiving. I am sharing with you two natural Thanksgiving centerpieces. After we can also visit with our friends who are sharing their ideas below.
We don't officially celebrate Thanksgiving here in Greece. But I was raised in the States and have always loved the warm family atmosphere that is created around this holiday. I always try to at least roast a turkey or bake a pie and we have a special sit down dinner on this most thankful of days.
Today I'm going to show you two easy natural Thanksgiving centerpieces that I came up with especially for the "Thankful at Home" blog hop. I started out with this piece of wood that my husband had brought home. And I am very thankful for that husband of mine, who is always on the look out for little treasures like this.
Now this piece of wood had an unusual shape but I wanted to add a little more to it. I've been on a quest these past few months trying out natural wood stain methods, as you can see on my drunken table. This time I went to visit my friend Wendi at H2O Bungalow and borrowed her method of staining wood naturally with tea. I am thankful to have such great friends that share these great tips with me.
I also grabbed some olive branches on my way out of the farm. Why olive branches? Because they are in abundance and they represent the fall months to me. The olive trees are in full bloom and we start harvesting the olives and the oil around this time of year. We are always thankful for the abundance of oil we get from our trees.
The next step was shaping the branches into a loose circle. This was placed on top of the wood.
I am also thankful that we have an abundance of pomegranates at the farm this time of the year. Their bright red and orange colors punch the landscape.
I place them in a glass bowl and add a lantern off to the side.
And what would fall be like without a few pinecones? I am thankful for the nearby forests that provide us with a plethora of pinecones that come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
I am oh so thankful for all the "junk" I find to upcycle.
I am also thankful that there is still hope for the environment if we do our part.
I am thankful for the health of my family and friends.
And that I have a roof over my head.
Now let's change it up a bit and add a candle (oops I forgot to add the wick) and some pinecones instead.
I am thankful to all of you reading this who are now overlooking my slight error.
And another homemade candle that mirrors the pinecones.
Using a bit of chalk, I add a "T" for Thanksgiving on the end of the stump.
Most of all I am thankful to be able to come up with these ideas (and to even deal with the computer which fights with me all day). Because let's face it, I have the best job in the world!
I hope you all enjoyed my easy tutorials on natural Thanksgiving centerpieces. Below are the links to visit all the other talented bloggers who are participating in this Thankful at Home event.
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Now off we all go to see what all the other ladies are up to!
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.