Hello friends! On this snowy Saturday it’s the perfect afternoon for a nice indoor craft and a snowy blog post to read! Today I’m sharing a recent DIY project and also a little bit about our last trip to Maine, one of my favorite New England states! Let to be real, I love all the New England states (except for Connecticut)… 😀 This past year while Kendra and Sterling were in Texas the rest of my immediate family escaped to Maine for Thanksgiving where I did a very simple craft to make the holiday extra merry. I made a special place card for each member of my family – husband, mom, dad, nephews, adopted bro & sis – using only $5 total! Better yet I used items all from Target’s dollar section! YAY TARGET! This project isn’t limited to the holidays either, you could make special place cards to make your guests feel welcomed at any meal or gathering you host. You could also make these for a special family dinner and show your love and appreciation for each person!
But anyways… back to Target. I said TARGET earlier!!! I don’t know about you but I’m pretty much addicted to the Target dollar section. It’s an obsession and… I am proud of it [this is the part where my husband stopped reading and clicked over to espn.com]. So I walk into Target and hit that dollar section RIGHT AWAY no matter what I went there to get. I’m not gunna lie… this is very dangerous… it’s possible I have an actual shopping addiction… supposedly unhealthy. However, to me it’s just good sense to pick out a handful of dollar craft items every once in a while so I can add them to my stash and take them out to use later thus saving money along the way! How is that unhealthy? It’s smart! Anyways… I had previously bought some postcards and scrapbooking dollar finds a few months ago. I told myself this Thanksgiving break I’d do a whole lotta crafting and brought ALL my stuff along in hopes I could do some card making (that’s one of my favorite crafts!). Instead I did like ONE craft and a whole lot of sleeping, but at least it was a good craft! The idea struck [light bulb moment] and I took my instax camera and went to town making personalized place cards for Thanksgiving dinner! I tried to capture a picture of each person that sort of represented them too.
There’s no trick to this project… just grab some the following and start that imagination!
Here’s what you need:
- scrapbooking dollar bin items
- a postcard for the base
- an instax photo
- sharpies in a non-ugly color
Here’s what I came up with for my Thanksgiving place cards, what do you think?…
I loved crafting and we loved our little retreat up to the beautiful state of Maine to rest, relax, and enjoy being together for the holiday. For us sometimes it’s better to get away rather than stay home for the holidays. Thankfully, because of our very wonderful and generous friends we had a warm place to stay up in Maine! There’s nothing like a brisk New England morning filled with scenic nature views and hot cup of coffee. Here’s a few more eye candy pics from my trip for you New England lovers out there…
I love the smell of New England mornings in the Fall. It’s a deep breathe of dewy, earthy, fresh New England smell in the morning (or… afternoon if you like to sleep-in on vacation like me!) and fireside at night that makes me feel at ease and at home. For those of you who know what Fall Retreat is – now you understand part of why I love it so much! A couple weeks ago I was in New Hampshire with my students right on the waterfront of a gorgeous and serene lake. I wonder why people would ever want to live anywhere other than New England! Then, I remember my time spent out on the West Coast visiting my sister when she lived in Southern California… and I can kinda understand 😉 [emphasis: kinda]. My favorite place to sit down with a latte and some delicious food is this great local place called Beth’s Kitchen cafe (#shoutout!) in Bridgton, Maine. Love this place…
Hope you enjoyed this DIY turned random thoughts about Maine post! What event or gathering of yours do you think these personalized place cards would make special? Or, you can just leave a comment about how Maine is awesome!