Thanksgiving always provides the moments of being thankful for those in our life that make us who we are. We can celebrate those in our lives with delicious food and good company. There is nothing more easy and simple than just pen and paper. I find this exercise is an easy way to dress up the table, be spontaneous and get some drawing practice in. 

You will need:

  • pen, but any drawing material will do.
  • paper the size of a placemat. 

You can spend a moment making these before company arrives to set up your table. You can also provide your guests and family with blank sheets of paper to make their own placemats. This is a GREAT activity for kids. Here are some examples. 

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Drawing the basics.

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The reminders.

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The formal and the fancy.

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Giving thanks.

There was nothing precious or fancy about this paper. It was in our oversized paper pile. Should you find yourself with some larger pieces of paper you could even make a table cloth out of it!

May you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving!


It's that time of year when pumpkins, ghosts and oodles of candy seems to be never ending. Last year I made a little pin for Halloween and it was a skull. I figured for this year I would go with the old reliable jack-o-lantern. It begins with felt. 

felt for pumpkin

Gather your materials. You will need:

  • an embroidery or sewing needle
  • scissors
  • wool felt
  • cotton embroidery thread
  • paper and pen
  • safety pin
  • scraps of felt
pumpkin pattern

Draw a pumpkin you are happy with. This one is about 3 1/2" wide by 3" tall. Then cut your paper pumpkin, line it up with your felt pumpkin, and cut two pieces. 

sew pumpkin

Once you have your pumpkin pieces begin stitching along. Think of where you want to begin, so you will have room to stop and stuff your pumpkin. 

more sewn pumpkin

Make sure you leave room to stuff the pumpkin. Usually an inch or so will work.


If you do sewing, or crafting, you usually end up with these little scraps that are too small to really do anything with. These make perfect stuffing. Plus it isn't that plastic, wispy, acrylic stuff, which isn't the best thing for the environment. Begin stuffing your pumpkin.

pumpkin to jack

After stuffing pumpkin continue to sew up the opening until the entire this is closed. Then transform your pumpkin to a jack-o-lantern. Cut small scraps of a dark color felt, and place where you want on the pumpkin. I changed out my thread to black at this point.

pumpkin pin

I tidied up the mouth a little and then sewed along. The particular scrap of felt i used was a little frayed, so I have some fuzzy edges. 

pin pumpkin

Then add a safety pin to the back and then go celebrate the halloween season!

monster glasses

I am not a supporter of disposable plastic, but I did volunteer to decorate some cups for one of the kiddos class party. I thought I would share some, since I think this is a festive way to personalize party cups. It's also a good character drawing exercise. I think I might do this again, but with paper cups.