Thanksgiving And Holiday Feasts

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We asked our teamies what they like to do around the November holidays such as Thanksgiving or Remembrance Day, All Souls Day, Native American Heritage days, or their own special traditions, especially FEASTS. Here’s what they told us —

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA said:

 Thanksgiving just might be my favorite holiday! Our extended family gathers at my house, and we feast on roasted turkey with all sorts of delicious side dishes. I love to make pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert, and my sister usually brings fresh-baked rolls. After dinner, we might play games at the kitchen table or take a walk to the park to stretch our legs, let the kids play at the playground, and throw the ball for our dog.

This cute turkey applique would be perfect for a kitchen towel or a set of hot pads. I probably have time to make some for myself before the big day!


Turkey gobbler PDF applique pattern; Thanksgiving bird applique quilt pattern; farm animal quilt; baby or child’s quilt pattern

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Thanksgiving Time Holds Lots of Memories both Good and Not so Good. In the Past we had the Thanksgiving Meal at our House, Even when we were newly Married-1970’s. My Husband had the job of Carving the Turkey Which by the Way was Cooked Perfectly in a Paper Bag per a Nurse I worked with. Unfortunately We Used to Have a Fight Over how the Turkey was Carved in those Early Married Days. Sorry to my Husband!!

I no Longer Cook the Turkey and my Husband No Longer Carves it. Here’s our Turkey.


Turkey Figure-Pottery-Detailed Decoration-10 In. Wide-Thanksgiving-Centerpiece-Made in Phillippines-Unique-Clay-Art-Holiday-Décor

Melissa R from missy69 said:

Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday, and of course it includes turkey. This beautiful turkey painting, is an original painting, affixed to a large reclaimed glass pickle jar, then upcycled into a hurricane lamp, vase, candle holder, cookie jar etc. It makes a great table decoration, and being green is in this year. This handsome Tom Turkey is hoping you will change your mind and eat lasagna.


Reclaimed Large Glass Pickle Jar Upcycled into A Hurricane Lamp with Painted Tom Turkey Thanksgiving Home Decor Table Lighting Vase Cookie

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said:

Thanksgiving isn’t something celebrated here in Australia, however I had a lovely lady from Kentucky contact me to purchase my longer thank you tags so that she could wrap them around her napkins which I thought was a lovely touch for her friends and family.



10% Off Christmas Sale Thank You Gift Tag, Rectangle Gift Tag, Small Gift Tag, Wedding Tag, Party Gift Tag, Kraft Gift Tag, Slim Gift Tag, M

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:

Being in Australia we actually don’t have any of these holidays, however, here, as the weather warms, family and friend get togethers become more frequent as people venture outdoors!

So there is a celebration of the change of season – just as you guys celebrate your holidays – and to celebrate there is lots of sharing of food and drink!

And for me celebrating the sharing of food is made all the more special with handmade table wares – so this bowl is perfect!


Ceramic Bowl for Salad and Fruit Textured Green Stoneware Unique Handmade Pottery Home Décor

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I’m fortunate that my husband has taken over all the cooking on Thanksgiving day!

He has the preparation down to a science–and follows a timeline to ensure that everything is ready to serve at the appropriate hour!

My daughter and I found this fun trivet on a buying trip to Shipshewana, Indiana. We like the retro illustrations and instructions for “Meat Cookery.”

I can imagine a new bride receiving this from her mother-in-law in the 50s or 60s!


Metal Trivet Wife and Husband Kitschy Art Pro-Tex Retro “Table of Meat Cookery” 50s Kitchen Midwestern Life Insurance Advertising Decor Gift

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said:

I grew up in Germany and only came to the States when I was over 40 years old. So Thanksgiving is not really a tradition for me. However, we embraced it because I like the gratitude part of it. Around the end of November when the days are shorter, it’s getting considerably colder and the days are often grey, I like to curl up on the couch with a journal and take a look back over the year, writing down everything that I am thankful for. It is such a treat to read later what I was thankful for in the previous years and I see how rich my life is.


Autumn Leaves Journal with Matching Bookmark, Handmade Notebook in Fall Colors, Altered Composition Book with Lined Pages

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

Although we don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in Australia, like many around the world, cooking for family and friends is often a way to show we are thankful for their love, friendship and support.


Handmade Pink White Green Apron, Medium Size Vintage Cotton Gingham, Vintage Doily and Lace , Full Apron with Pocket, Women’s Gift Idea

Many thanks to everyone who shared their wonderful memories and items with us. Happy holidays and celebrations and FEASTS to All!

Until Next Time,




American Business Women’s Day – September 22nd

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

September 22nd marks the 1949 founding date of the American Business Women’s Association, the mission of which is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition”.

This holiday was recognized in 1983 and 1986 by Congressional resolution and a proclamation issued by President Ronald Reagan. It commemorates the important legacy and contributions of the more than 68 million American working women and 7.7 million women business owners.

Moreover, it provides an opportunity for ABWA chapters and individual businesswomen to celebrate their accomplishments within the American and global marketplace.ABWA

I wanted to know what advice any women in business have for new women business owners. It could be online advice or brick and mortar advice.

Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads said:

I think that we need to look at how women have been successful in unique ways often a bit differently than men. We are able to work together in a more supportive way I believe; teaming up just like here on the net. Women from all different walks of life and places reaching out to offer advice, or ask for it seems to be a way we often do better. Most of us have experienced things like working for a lesser wage than a man even when doing the same job (at least where I come from) and being promoted less often or dealing with bad situations in jobs just because we are raising children and need specific hours and to keep things steady. (I am aware that only one parent household whether it be the father or the mother has certain difficulties with hours, childcare, etc.)

I believe that women are becoming more successful in their own business because we have to be in order to provide for ourselves and our families as the family structure has changed a great deal and we are often the only breadwinner. There are so many factors out there like waiting to get married later, choosing not to marry at all, single parenting and so much more. I believe we need to reach out to other women in business and that we need to support each other and work towards our end goals together.

My advice is simple because if I have seen or heard one common thing the most it is the need to learn how to use what is at our fingertips online or even how to use the internet in general. Do what you have to – take a class, follow your dreams, put your hobbies to use online whether on the side or full time. Know that you can persevere. Women, I believe, are so much smarter and stronger than often given credit for. Maybe it is my age that gives me this view, or the way I was raised, but I know I see women with so much potential that need to let go of the fear and reach for what they want!

Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo stated:

Kristy, you made a bright analysis of the situation. I agree with you.

I suggest any woman to read “In the beginning” by Catherine Dunne: a woman who, suddenly, increases her self awareness!

Sherry of treasuresRtimeless explained:

I so agree with Kristy! So I just wanted to add my opinion here too!

It has always been my belief, that a woman can do anything if they set their minds to it. I grew up during woman’s liberation. Even though there were some things about this movement I disagreed with, I think it helped get things rolling in the right direction . Today, you see woman in all kinds of leadership rolls and also, owning their own companies. I am sure they had a bumpy road to go over to get where they are today.

I have never, thought that I was the “weaker sex” except maybe physically. But mentally, I was just as strong as a man. So with that “thinking” I have been able to accomplish more in my lifetime.

If you are starting out in a business, whether on line or in a brick and mortar shop, get all your ducks in a row, know where you want to be, set realistic goals for yourself, go to school to brush up on those areas you are weak in, never, never quit trying! This is just not good advice for a woman in business, it is good advice for anybody who wishes to succeed in life!

I love challenges, and if I have more challenges because I am a woman, so be it! I love my shop here on Etsy. It may not be where I want it yet, but I will never give up trying to make it my best! So, just do your best and do not settle for less!

Alicia of AliciasFindings mentioned:

The advice I would give is to network with other sellers. Networking can help in so many ways,including generating new ways of advertising.

Make sure that on September 22nd you shop from a woman business owner or give some advice to a new woman business owner – or do both.

Wish Lists

It’s always fun to see what other people’s tastes are, so this week I asked the team what is on their wishlist this holiday season. Take a look!

“I have been wanting to try my hand at metal stamping and what better way to do so then with this amazing kit!
I love to be able to create varied pieces, since I feel it helps me provide something for everyone.”

-Alicia of Alicia’s Findings

“I like owls and I like drinking hot chocolate. I love beautiful mugs, and this one caught my eye. I can just imagine my hot chocolate in there, with some whipped cream on top. Before I drink it I would take some pictures of it and put it on my blog.”

Carola Bartz

“This is an incredible item. The hand wrapped cameo is amazing…great detail and color. It isn’t the traditional cameo, either, and is great for horse lovers! I adore this piece, and it is definitely on my wish list.”

-Amy Spock of Beads and Threads by Amy

What’s on your wish-list? Share with us below!

Happy wishing!


Fruits of the Harvest

It’s harvest season! The weather is getting colder and colder, and even though we don’t have to hide nuts in our cheeks for hibernation, November is a time of preperation for the holidays ahead, and what better way to prepare for the winter than with good foods?

Pumpkins that were once for carving are now for eating! How do you take your pumpkin? Mashed? Stuffed? Just the seeds? Or my personal favourite: in a cheesecake? Pumpkins are one of the most versatile bounties of Autumn so don’t be deceived by that slimy goop you scooped out! It’s the heart of the feast!

My favourite harvest accessory:  the cranberry! I mean, lip balm! I don’t know about where you are, but here in New England, November brings on the bitter winds and it is crucial to carry at least three tubes of lip balm with me at all times. Complimenting the pumpkin, or really any harvest food, is cranberries. How do you cranberry sauce? Jellied or whole berries?

We’ve been through the pumpkin patch and the cranberry bogs. We’ve battled near freezing temps and blustery winds. Now it’s time to sit with our family and friends around our favourite table. The chairs are mismatched; squeeze in where you can fit, but mind the dogs sleeping underneath at our feet! The host cuts the roast and as we’re scooping our potatoes onto our plates, several voices rise above the chatter.

“Can you pass the gravy?”

Happy Harvest!


Hey Pumpkin!

Autumn is upon us and I think it’s safe to say the majority of people start thinking right away of one thing: pumpkins. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds, and of course, pumpkin spiced lattes. So what better way to kick off October than with a whole post dedicated to pumpkins?

Happy Halloween Smiling Pumpkin Potholders from helenasnest

Happy Halloween Smiling Pumpkin Potholders from helenasnest

Decorating for the fall is always fun because there is so much that can be done. Why not go the extra step and snazz up your kitchen table or counter with cute festive potholders? Or maybe you do what I do and hang them against your backsplash and forget to take them down until the 4th of July.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Handmade Soap from Comfort and Joy Soap Co.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Handmade Soap from Comfort and Joy Soap Co.

Have  you ever loved something so much you wanted to bathe in it? That’s how I feel about pumpkin spice and I know I’m not alone. Luckily for us, we can! Quite literally, with pumpkin spice soap, you can smell like your fall favourite all day long. Not a pumpkin fan? Lisa has a vast array of other soaps for you to lather up with!

Stacked Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decoration  from PumpkinTreeLane

Stacked Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decoration from PumpkinTreeLane

While searching for pumpkin themed items, how can I pass up a shop called Pumpkin Tree Lane? These mini stacked pumpkins stand just under 2 inches when stacked together, but display individually as well. Perfect for someone decorating a small space, or those like me who simply enjoy tiny tiny things.

Happy October and Stay Inspired!


Starting an Heirloom – Christmas Family Traditions

Christmas in July
Heirlooms and Family Traditions

Do you want to start a family heirloom?  Here’s one idea.

Traditions within families for special holidays such as Christmas seem to come and go.  Some last, others fade with the year.  To kick off this blog, thought it would be fun to see what traditions within your family stayed the test of time.

One thing that comes to mind is for several years, my mother put out two white cotton sheets on the dining table.  The sheets would become tablecloths for my sister and me.  All the family and/or guests were required to draw on the sheets.  (If you do not know how to embroider, you can alter the idea using permanent ink pens.)

We each had a pen with blue ink and each drew something free hand, whatever we wanted. Everyone was included.  Then my mother took the sheets and embroidered them.

One sheet would be for my sister and one would be for me.  It was a labor of love and
we treasure our tablecloths.  Each year we would get to draw another of our drawings
and she would embroider those as well.  We accumulated many drawings and memories
of those who were not with us any longer, and watching the kids grow up, complete
with food stains that would not come out.  It brings a smile to see the love we had
around the table on Christmas Day.  Photos are from 1994.

I have a few snapshots of portions of the finished
tablecloths.  I’ll try to get one this Christmas of a bigger picture.
Right now, the dining room table is the craft table and in  no shape to display a lovely tablecloth.

What family tradition stays in your mind?  If you have children, what would
you like to create for a lasting memory?  I am interested in everyone’s ideas.