It’s Thanksgiving, Your Family is Together! You should plan a craft!

broke bread

It’s almost Thanksgiving!

You certainly don’t need me to tell you how to cook a turkey, make cranberry Sangria (please make it though) or decorate a table (grab some eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s & a few pomegranates and spread them out garland style on the table–DONE!).

craft time

But might I suggest something often overlooked?

If you are lucky, you get to spend the day with your family and friends–all ages, all opinions on the election, all hanging out together. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fun, simple project to keep your hands busy, that leads to encouraging each other, where the kids can have fun with the adults?

Of course, no one is forced to participate, they can watch the game or take a nap or whatever. But for those who’d like something to do, consider bringing or providing a few simple supplies for a craft this Thanksgiving…

fall craft idea

A simple fall craft–basically, Gold paint pens, leaves and washi tape–have the kids collect the leaves after you eat turkey–it makes the craft last even longer!

beadded tassel

Make a beaded tassel. This is so simple and fun!

fingerknit garland

Fingerknit Garland great for older kids, you’ll just need a yarn ball for each person.

paper snowflakes

Paper snowflakes, this video is easy to follow.

book page crafts

20 fun ways to use book pages — fun crafts to do together!

how to draw laurels

How to draw laurels.

glittered feathers

Glittered feathers look great with your Christmas decor, can be used as bookmarks (yep, I use feathers for book marks all the time!) and are just fun to make.

Maybe it’s Thanksgiving morning and you are reading this–pull out an old jigsaw puzzle, take a few minutes and start putting it together in anticipation of your guests because nothing is more inviting than a puzzle that’s already been started!




That Time When 1000 of You Came to My House (Nest Fest Photos)


Y’all, I am STILL recovering from our first ever Nest Fest. It was the best day ever. After living here for 3 years, we loved being able to use this old sawmill property for something fun and pretty! After writing in this online space for 9 years, it was a dream to get to host a get-together for you!

I asked Barrie to capture the day in photos and she did a great job. Here are a million photos of the day because I love them all–we had 50 vendors, 5 different types of musicians (see them all here) and perfect weather.

I can’t thank you all enough for coming out–from Florida, Michigan, Texas, Illinois, even–CALIFORNIA! What in the world?! All the way to little Midland, North Carolina! It was SUCH a joy, a huge amount of work, and a pleasure to get to meet some of you who have been reading along here on our pretty little corner of the internet!

nest fest


nest fest




For the first 4 hours the barn was standing room only!!











nest fest

nest fest





















I could look at those photos all day! I cannot believe so many of you came!



We’re leaning towards probably, maybe, possibly, yes!, I’m-not-sure? doing this again next year–this year was a huge success and also ton of work that we never could have done without an amazing group of friends like 25 friends that aren’t even in this photo.

If you’d like to be on our email list to find out about possible future Nest Fests (Nest Festi?) either as a vendor or attendee, sign up below so you’ll be the first to know!



Weekend links


  Remember Angela of The Cottage? Well her home in Georgia was recently featured on A Beautiful Mess–she’s an artist and a designer who knows what she loves and it seeps out all over her house! Kids can share a bedroom, let’s stop feeling guilty about it–Emily and I shared a room forever, then I […]

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That Free Mrs. Meyer’s Kit :: In their Best Scents EVER


It’s that magical time of year when your house can smell delicious for free! A few times a year we get exclusive access to those luscious Mrs. Meyers seasonal kits through Grove Collaborative and the time is nigh. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Here’s what new Grove Collaborative Customers get with their first […]

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Layerd Rugs 2.0

fall home tour

Three years ago we moved in and I knew better than to go out and buy all new rugs right away. The rugs from our old house didn’t quite fit right, so I layered them to stretch them out and make them work: It was a great temporary fix. Naturally I moved things around constantly […]

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Thrift Store Secrets:: Chairs


green chairs: local antique store $75 each No matter how big or small your house or budget are, you need to have some seating and most homes could use a few more places to sit–especially secondary seating (download my free furniture guide here if you don’t know what I’m talking about). One of my goals […]

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