Friday, November 27, 2009

Creating New Traditions

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and cherished friends, good food and happy moments. As my boys are grown and Andy is married now we are staying home for Thanksgiving and creating traditions with our own little family. This year we had Ben home with us for the first time in 5 years. He has either been in boot camp, deployed or training in another part of the world every year since he entered the Marine Corps. I decided to let him choose the menu this year, so we had ham instead of turkey.

I usually make placecards for the large Thanksgiving gatherings at my sister's so this year I made placecards too. Because there were only seven of us (my niece and her boyfriend were last minute additions) I made nameless placecards. I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on each and asked each one to try to pick the one selected for them. It was fun to watch them walk around the table debating and consulting with each other. This may be a new tradition.  After our meal we gathered in the family room to watch "The Princess Bride" a classic movie that is a family favorite.

Some of you may remember photos of my old crafting space in which I used my old dining table as a work table. It was painted white with a light colored butcher block style top, very country style.  We had planned to purchase a new dining table and chairs this year, but we figure at least one of us should be gainfully employed before that happens. So with a little paint, stain and sealer (not to mention the hubs' mad wood working skills) this is the "new" dining set, reworked for 2009.

Everything white was painted black to match the kitchen counter tops and the wood was stained a beautiful light cherry color to match the new kitchen cabinets. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Thought for the Day: Continuing to look forward to Christmas....from Isaiah 53:6
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one to his own way; and the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all."  One can't fully celebrate the joy of Christmas without acknowledging the reality of the Cross.

Blessings to All,
Love Nancy


  1. Your table looks great! Love your nameless placecards, too! :) Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

  2. Love your new festive blog style and so happy that you had a peaceful thanksgiving!

  3. What a beautiful finished table and LOVE your story Nancy, truly heartwarming and I'm sure you are so thrilled that Ben was home this year to celebrate with all of you! I'm sure it was a memorable celebration!

    Yes, any day time and on weekend classes would be perfect for me! Lots of hugs to you!

  4. Love the holiday post, the holiday blog look, and....your wonderful comments on my blog. You are always so sweet to comment on my art and photography. So glad we met!

  5. What a lovely Thanksgiving. Love that you made placecards for each of them. love the new look on your blog! Happy thanksgiving. You are always so thankful so a perfect holiday for you!

  6. what a great story on your table---rescued & saved!
    glad your thanksgiving was filled with family!ham...a fave of mine! i didn't get to eat (honeybaked) ham this year :-( we had reservations at mimi's this year.


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