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Thanksgivingukkah: Drumsticks and Dreidels!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Drumsticks and dreidels. Gobble, gobble up the gold gelt. Mashed sweet potatoes and menorahs. Ok, ok…I’ll stop! But seriously, Thanksgivingukkah is a once in a lifetime event—literally, as it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. I can’t even begin to count how many generations away that would be. Here are some unforgettable ways to celebrate this mash-up of two of the best holidays.

It’s too late now to order it, but how funny is this Turkey Menorah? Or Menurkey? Definitely get these fall-colored candles to really take the theme home! Both available at The Jewish Museum Shop.

If you want to make your own, you could use the structure of this crayon turkey and use candles instead! From Parents.com.

Every rare event needs a T-shirt to commemorate it. This one, Light, Liberty, and Latkes, is for sale at Modern Tribe.

Check out this sandwich, called the Thanksgivukkah Double Down. It’s a classic leftover turkey sandwich on turkey schmaltz-fried sweet potato latkes. Also on the sandwich: cranberry applesauce and shaved brussels sprouts, dressed in warm schmaltz-cider vinegar dressing. With a side of gravy, for dunking. Um, yes, please. Recipe at Food 52.

But tonight, the first night, is still all about the blue and white and applesauce (sans cranberry) on latkes. Enjoy the first of eight great nights of Hanukkah!

{Image via Pinterest.}

 

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Decorating with Pinecone Crafts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Mother Nature is very generous with her craft supplies and one of her most popular (and plentiful) items is pinecones! They are everywhere come fall and are a great base to create some really fun projects! I find that people use pinecones most commonly in three ways: painted for display, as the body base for animals, or to hang on the wall to celebrate fall. Here are some awesome crafts that fit those three categories.

Painted Pinecones:

  1. Bold and beautiful, high-gloss pinecones by Love From Ginger.
  2. Torie Jayne painted these pinecones in a very surprising, spring palate.
  3. Whimzeecal painted just the tips in an ombre effect.
  4. Hang seasonal decor from a painted branch with pinecones. By. Karen Marie Dehn.

Animal Pinecone Crafts:

  1. Whimsy Love makes a darling little owl pinecone craft using felt and googly eyes.
  2. These birds, formerly for sale at World Market, are a great use of pinecones. Just add some styrofoam balls and glittered craft foam shapes to complete the feathered friend.
  3. Kiddley added polymer clay appendages to a pinecone to make this adorable hedgehog.
  4. Is it a bull? A cow? Not sure, but I love the mix of cork and pinecone in this sweet little animal.

Pinecone Garlands:

  1. Who would have thought that the hard/soft combo of pinecones and pom-poms would be a good match? Seekimothy on Etsy did.
  2. Gold + pinecones: you can’t go wrong! This garland is for sale at West Elm.

Inspired? I thought so! Now go outside and find some pinecones!

Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments
Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments
Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments

 

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It’s Time for Turkey Crafts!

Monday, November 11th, 2013

It’s time to step away from the ghosts and goblins, pack up your tombstones and your spider webs, and move on to a less frightful, and more delightful holiday…Thanksgiving. I find it a real challenge to make a turkey craft that feels unique and adorable at the same time; this has gotten my wheels turning and I’m determined to share a fresh idea made by yours truly before Turkey Day rolls around. In the meantime, here are a few of my faves!

Ok, so I’m tooting my own horn a little bit—I made this guy for Parents magazine a few years ago, but I still think he reigns king over all cute turkey crafts!

An embroidery hoop turkey? Genius! Love how modern and clean this little guy is styled. Find instructions at All Free Kids Crafts.

Made by Joel always nails it with simple crafts that still look great, and he didn’t miss with this cool cardboard turkey.

I also feel very attached to these little turkeys that act as place cards on your holiday table. Did you notice his feet are made from bobby pins? From Parents.com.

If the place cards are too much work, make these adorable napkin rings turkeys instead! From The Country Chic Cottage.

Every holiday deserves a puppet, and these turkeys made from cereal boxes are to die for! From Plum Pudding.

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