Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I’ve arrived at that time in my life when my kids are going in different directions.  As they start to establish families of their own, I’m not going to have them around every time a holiday pops up.  While that makes me a little sad for what I’m losing, it means we’ve succeeded.  As parents, we spend our kids’ childhoods trying to work ourselves out of a job and if we’ve done that well, they’re ready when it’s time to leap out of the nest.  My first little bird is spending Thanksgiving with her soon-to-be in-laws and although she’ll be missed at our table, I couldn’t be happier. 

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My other kid is still at home and my husband, who was away at some special training last year, is back so we’re celebrating.  One of the biggest challenges for me is making the table look festive, but I don’t think I could go wrong with this Thankful Tablecloth from Blue Cricket Design.

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And right on top of that I could use these Painted Turkey Napkins from Drama Queen Seams.

Drama Queen Seams Painted Turkey Napkins

Country Woman Magazine even has instructions for a Turkey Napkin Holder to put them in.

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Did you say napkin rings?  Here’s some cute ones from Rae Gun Ramblings.

Rae Gun Ramblings Turkey Napkin Rings and Hair Clips

In order to really get in the mood, I should probably consider some Thanksgiving décor elsewhere in my house too.  How about this paper roll turkey from A Glimpse Inside?

A Glimpse Inside Paper Roll Turkey

There’s just something about his set of Hand Turkeys from Crafty Deb that cracks me up.

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Although if I’m being honest, this Yarn Ball Turkey from Parents Magazine is probably more my speed.  No crochet needles involved.

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Keeping kids busy while I cook isn’t an issue for me anymore, but I know one day it will be again.  This Thanksgiving Pictionary from Somewhat Simple is a great way to keep a range of ages busy.

Somewhat Simple Thanksgiving Pictionary

There’s so much cooking to do on Thanksgiving, sometimes you just want something to make that’s simple, can be made in advance and does the double-duty of adding to the decorations.  These Nutter Butter Corn Pops from She Knows Parenting meet every requirement.

She Knows Nutter Butter Corn Pops

Add to those these Turkey Cookies from The Mandatory Mooch and you’ve got a display that’s almost too cute to eat.

The Mandatory Mooch Turkey Cookies

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Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I’m sure I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s nearly Thanksgiving.  Halloween just happened.  We won’t even get in a deep breath and it will be Christmas.  I love this time of the year, but this ride goes a little too fast sometimes.

With the time frame allotted to it so short, sometimes it’s hard to actually decorate for Thanksgiving.  That makes this Chalkboard Bunting from The Scrap Shoppe perfect.  Put it up early, write a cute Halloween phrase on it, erase, Thanksgiving, erase again and Christmas.

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This Letter Banner from Parents magazine is quick and easy, making it a good option for a colorful last minute addition.

If you’re planning ahead for next year, check out this Give Thanks silverware decoration from SpoonerZ on Etsy.  The spoons just feel so appropriate for Turkey Day.

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Thanksgiving is all about showing your gratitude, and I Heart Naptime shows you how to incorporate it into your décor with this printable.

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It’s a great time to teach the little ones to be thankful as well, so make it fun with these Thankful Dry Erase Placemats from Baby Jayne’s.

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When you’re hosting a big crowd for the holiday, sometimes it’s challenging to make sure everyone gets their utensils.  Solve that problem with these Be Thankful Utensil Holders from The Idea Room.  Let the kids color them while you cook!

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I don’t think I need to say much about Tom the Turkey from Kiki Creates.  I mean, just LOOK at him. 

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This entire Thanksgiving Kids Table from Fiskars is adorable, but I’m very partial to that paper turkey leg.

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These Gobble Latte Coffee Spoons from SheKnows look a little more complicated than they actually are, and there’s caramel under that bird.

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I don’t know if a turkey has ever made me do the “Aww!” head-tilt before, but it happens every time I look at this Beaded Turkey from Craftily Ever After.  So cute!

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Be sure to come back next week…I’ll be sharing a special discount code for my Etsy shop, my gift certificate giveaway on Sew, Mama, Sew and a Black Friday special from Silhouette on their electronic cutting tools! 

Upcoming Holiday Sale and Giveaway

I had some plans for the weekend.  There were several holiday projects I planned to work on and write up to share with you.  However, all that changed when I arrived home from my volunteer day at the high school to find my husband standing in my kitchen.

That might not seem like a big deal, except for the fact that he’s been almost 3000 miles away at the FBI academy in Virginia.  He left on September 29th and I wasn’t supposed to see him again until December 13th, when I fly there for his graduation.  He found out he was going to have a four-day weekend, so he bought a plane ticket 3 weeks ago and kept it a surprise all this time.  I nearly fainted.  Needless to say, not much crafting got done the last couple of days.

Instead, I want to fill you in on what’s coming up in my Etsy store.  If you’re planning to place an order for Christmas, this is info you’re going to want.

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I will be holding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend sale.  It will begin at midnight on Thanksgiving and end at midnight on Monday.  All of the “Ready to ship” items in my shop will be 15% off, with no coupon code required.

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As a little extra thanks to those of you who follow me here at my blog, on Facebook or Twitter, I will also share a discount code for an extra 5% off, which can be stacked with the sale I mentioned above and used on custom items, which aren’t otherwise on sale.  I’ll reveal that code the day before Thanksgiving, and it will be available to use during the same time frame as the sale.

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Another bit of info I want to share is my shipping deadlines for Christmas delivery.  They’re coming up fast, especially for international shipping.

Custom items, shipping to military or international locations, order by November 24, 2012

In stock items, shipping to military or international locations, order by December 3, 2012

Custom items, shipping to locations within the United States, order by December 6, 2012

In stock items, shipping to locations within the United States, order by December 12, 2012

These dates are subject to change, so please check my shop announcement before placing your order.

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Last, but not least, I’ve teamed up with Sew, Mama, Sew to participate in their Handmade Holidays series.  Visit their blog on Wednesday, November 21 (the day before Thanksgiving), to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to my shop!  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you again that day so you don’t miss out!

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I have to say goodbye to my husband again for another month this morning, so I’m sure you’ll understand if my sewing machine and glue gun stay cold for another day.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

Still trying to work through the last of those Thanksgiving leftovers?  The men in my house have a solution for you:  Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza!

My husband cooks sometimes, so announcing he and my son were going to make dinner wasn’t strange in itself.  It was the mischievous glint in his eye that got my attention.  They had hatched a plan on the way home and wanted to see if it would actually turn out.  I couldn’t argue with that, since I do it on an almost daily basis.

Their pizza started out, as all pizza in our house does, with this crust recipe:

Pizza Crust

2 cups lukewarm water

1 package yeast

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

6 cups flour

Preheat oven to 475.  Stir yeast into water until dissolved.  Add oil and salt.  Stir.  Add flour.  Stir until completely combined.  Divide in two for two large pizzas.  Press into a circle on a lightly greased pizza pan.

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This is where the boys added their own spin on it.  Spread turkey gravy, thinly and evenly over the crust.

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Gently spread mashed potatoes over the top of the gravy. 

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Add chopped turkey over the potatoes.

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Joel added some bleu cheese.  Definitely optional if you’re not a fan.

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The red seasoning here is ghost pepper.  Because my husband is insane.  If you’re a normal human, you could add a little sage, rosemary or parsley here – something that won’t hurt you.

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Carefully spread stuffing over the turkey.

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Sprinkle a little cheese of your choice over the top.

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Bake at 450 degrees until the cheese has melted and the crust is brown.  I love how the cheese magically multiplied some time after the camera and I left the room.

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The verdict from the chefs is that this tastes a lot like a turkey pot pie.  I’m going to see if I can get them to throw in a vegetable next time, although I was already told they’re counting the celery in the stuffing.

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I’m starting my Thanksgiving cooking today.  My daughter and I are making pies this afternoon, I’m whipping up some cranberry sauce and the turkey is going into the brine.  If you haven’t brined a turkey yet, try it.  I use this recipe.  The hardest part is finding a container big enough, but it’s totally worth it.  Best. Gravy. Ever.

The rest of the cooking, and the eating, will happen tomorrow.  I’m campaigning for a showing of “Elf” afterward, but my kids keep saying Thanksgiving day is too early for a Christmas movie.  Don’t tell them I’ve been listening to Christmas music in my car all week.

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After that comes Black Friday.  And Small Business Saturday.  And Cyber Monday.  What, someone couldn’t come up with a shopping excuse for Sunday?  I might do some shopping over the weekend – from the safety of my office, of course.  I thought if I was going to shop other retailers’ sales, it was only fair to have one of my own, so here’s what’s going on in my Etsy shop:

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Starting at 12 a.m. Friday morning, everything in my CraftyStaci Etsy shop will be marked down 10%, and will remain so until 12 a.m. Tuesday morning.  No coupon codes needed.  Because my blog readers hold a special place in my heart, you get an extra discount!  Use the code BBSC11, which will take an additional 5% off your purchase.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, and if you’re one of those early shoppers, stay caffeinated and safe!

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week.  I hope that wasn’t as much of a surprise to you as it was to me a couple of days ago.  I’ve got some menu planning and grocery shopping to do.  If you’re more calendar-aware than I am, and you actually have a little crafting time left before the holiday, I’ve found some fun ideas for you to try.  If not, you can just admire them from afar along with me.

This Perfect Fit Tablecloth from Smashed Peas and Carrots was intended for an outdoor table, but it seems to me it would be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving table.  No one will catch the tablecloth standing up and donate the entire dinner to Fido.

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Of course, you need something pretty to put in the middle of that table, and these Awesome Acorns from Jane of All Crafts fit the bill.  I love the combination of the plain hemp and the sequins.

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A few of those in a basket with a handful of Handmade Pinecones from Home Made Simple and you have a centerpiece.

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If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try these Indian Corn Place Cards from Holiday Crafts and Creations.

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This Pilgrim Hat from Parents might get the little ones to actually eat a vegetable or two before attacking the desserts.

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Add a few jellybeans and some toast to this popcorn-stuffed Paper Bag Turkey from One Charming Party and you’ve got yourself a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!  Am I the only one who actually wanted to try that?

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It’s probably a little too late to count down to Thanksgiving this year, but this Thanksgiving Countdown Bunting from Tatertots and Jello is a cute decoration anyway, and you’d be all set to mark the days next year.

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I don’t think I’ve ever loved a turkey I can’t eat as much as this Embroidery Hoop Turkey from Gwenny Penny.

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I’m off to think about food!

My Etsy Store Discount Code

This is my 100th post since I started this blog, which feels like some sort of milestone.  I just want to take a minute to say thank you for reading and for all your comments.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far, so I guess you’re stuck with me!

Etsy just started a new Coupon Code feature, and to say thanks to you I decided to use it.  From now through Monday, November 29, 2010, use the code BLACKFRIDAY2010 to receive 15% off anything in my store.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

Paper Stand-Up Turkey

I first made this turkey when I was in early grade school.  I’ve slept many times since then, and the turkey is long gone, but this version is what I remember.  It would probably be quite a surprise to see what it actually looked like back then.

This one is easy for the kiddos and would make cute place cards for dinner.  You can print out the pattern here.  Either have the kids color the pieces or trace them onto construction paper or patterned scrapbook paper.  It does hold it’s shape better if you use something heavier, like cardstock or construction paper.

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You will be able to see some of the back of the turkey body, so if you’re using single-sided paper you’ll see some white.  If that bothers you, color it or print a design on the back.  I guess it bothered me. 

Cut out the tail pieces, leaving the slits uncut.  After you’ve cut out all three, stack them together, lining up the slit lines and cut them all at once.

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Cut around the outside of the turkey body.  Fold it in half to cut the area around the front of the neck.  Cut slits in the back.

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Unfold the turkey enough so you can line up the slits on the body and the tail pieces.  Slide them together and adjust so the turkey stands straight.  The turkey body will probably end up having a slight curve on each side toward the tail.

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Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I know it’s still a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, but we crafters have to think ahead.  There has to be time to gather materials, plan a pattern and create.  In theory.  In reality, we’re all sewing hems into pajamas at 2 o’clock in the morning on Christmas eve.  In the spirit of non-procrastination, welcome to my Thanksgiving favorites.

What kid wouldn’t love to run around on Thanksgiving saying “Hey, look, I’m eating a rock!”  Especially if they got to help make them.  Almost Unschoolers shares the Plymouth Rock Cookie recipe here.

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Mary has been using the same tablecloth every Thanksgiving since the 70’s.  Her family members write on it, trace the babies’ hands and draw pictures.  She traces it all with embroidery stitches.  Beautiful, in a whole different kind of way.  Thanks to From Glitter to Gumdrops for sharing this with all of us.

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These cute little Pumpkin Treat Boxes from Purple Sage Creations would make great placeholders.  And not just at the kids’ table.  Because I want one.

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I’ve seen many versions of the Thankful Tree idea, but they’re all good.  The message is:  teach kids to be thankful.  Not to mention it’s a good reminder for the rest of us.  I like the simplicity of the one Mom’s Crafty Space came up with.

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When you compare it to many other holidays, Thanksgiving is kind of lacking in decorating options.  Sure there’s turkeys and pilgrims and such, but for some reason, nothing says Thanksgiving to me like a cornucopia.  This edible one from Our Daily Obsessions makes me thankful for waffle cones.

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There is no reason I would intentionally eat a walnut, except so I could make these.  I would make the sacrifice, because I love these Thankful Walnuts from Craftberry Bush that much.

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I don’t remember seeing these dinner roll holders before, but now I want one.  I wouldn’t be able to let anyone ever eat a roll again because it would mess up the display, but it would be so pretty.  My table would have this on one end and a bowl of “yes, you can eat those” rolls on the other.  Many thanks to Gingercakes for working out the pattern from a vintage version so I can torture my family with it.

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I know what you’re thinking.  I just made a pumpkin similar to this earlier this week.  Well, kinda.  The reason I’m featuring these particular pumpkins from Wee Folk Art is the stem and the felt leaves they displayed them with.  You really can’t have too many stuffed pumpkins.

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When my kids bring home their school pictures every year, I put them in frames with the new one in front and several years’ worth behind it, simply so I can look through them and remember how much they’ve changed.  It’s become something of a tradition.  This Gratitude Board from Jellybean Junkyard works the same way.  It would be fun to see how the things the kids are grateful for changes over the years.  Barney to iPods.  Cardboard boxes to cars.

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This one is a little out of left field.  Oops, wrong sports analogy.  Anyway, what’s Thanksgiving without football?  I’m making this one from Make and Takes for a little guy who’s due to arrive soon. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!