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!


Hello! Apologies for the lack of posting lately. There has been lots of travel and change of schedules going on in my world. As a consequence, timing has been a little wacky lately. 

I was in Berkeley and went to Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles! It's one of my favorite go to places in the Bay Area, and I am always amazed by the variety in that place. I don't think there is another place like it! There is no shortage of thread, tools, inspiration, vintage lace, dresses, books, and materials. Since I have been doing a lot more embroidery lately, it felt like the perfect place to soak up materials and inspiration. I bought some thread for no project in particular. I am beginning to embrace the fact that I might be hoarding thread for unknown future projects. I keep telling myself it won't be a problem until the people I live with start noticing. Once I got that squared away it was hard to resist buying lace and felting tools I have no intention of using anytime soon. 


There is a library of old, handmade lace. This was one of my favorites! As much as I enjoy the pleasure of the slow processes and the handmade, I find it hard to think of sitting still to make this. And this is just the beginning folks. There were works there that are so intricate, and so big, that it made me gasp. GASP! There is some serious patience and craftsmanship going on.


Here is a sample of some lace making out and about. The woman who was there graciously showed us how it's done claiming how simple it really is. I am sure it is once you get the rhythm of it all. 


Another portion of the store and museum is a marketplace for vintage, handmade, linens and such. A pillow case that says "Mr. and Mrs.", or napkins that have the days of the week embroidered on them. Since I am a fan of items with a history, and I appreciate the fact that once upon a time someone took the time to sit and make this, I needed to add to my tea towel collection. I saw this little thing for $5.00 and knew we would enjoy one another's company.  There was a conversation about it being a tree, or a jellyfish. Any thoughts?

Now I need to sort and organize my colors of thread, and finish some ongoing projects too.