Thursday, November 15, 2007
Hey gang, long time no blog.... sorry. I have been obsessed. About a week and a half ago I got the new Pottery Barn Kids catalog in the mail. I always take this on as a challenge.... how can I get the same cute stuff but for less? In this catalog I was struck by the Thanksgiving stuff, it was all so great and I never think to decorate for Thanksgiving. I really liked the scene where the kids are sitting around their own table, eating their dinner, wearing turkey headbands and looking really festive. I especially liked the banner overhead which read "giving thanks". Not only was it cute, but it was made of felt! Felt! Remember blog readers... I'm into felt lately. Anyway, on Saturday I was at a craft thing at church, talking to the ladies about craft trends (seriously, there are craft trends.... no joke). I mentioned felt and my Pottery Barn banner and a woman exclaimed, "wait right there, don't move, I'm going home right now to get something for you!". About 15 minutes later she returned to church with a huge garbage bag stuffed with felt. She told me that she had been given a ridiculous amount of craft supplies by another woman and she couldn't possibly ever use all of this stuff. She insisted I take some! Amazing! The great thing was that this bag contained a lot of old felt, with colors I haven't seen in stores (because they hadn't been in fashion since 1982). It was perfect for my banner. I went home that night (a little timid because somehow I had to stash a huge bag of felt in our small apartment.... and I had just been muttering that morning about our lack of space...oops) and immediately cut out the pennants. The next day I cut out the leaves and started hand stitching them on. Just yesterday I finished by printing out the letters on my computer and using the templates to cut out the letters. I decided to hot-glue the letters on because all the veins I had stitched on the leaves set me back a few days and I really wanted to get the banner up. I love it! Jason saw the catalog and persuaded me to make some turkey headbands too. Now we're ready for turkey day! Take that, Pottery Barn! I took your $49 banner and made it for free!