Monday, November 7, 2011

It's called a 'what'tle?.

Hello everyone...Happy Monday!  I truly hope you are enjoying the same beautiful weather we are.  With the temperatures we are experiencing, it's hard to believe that it's already November and that soon we will be welcoming the last month of the year. 

Since my previous posts have been about table settings, I decided to do a quick and easy Thanksgiving table  for the kiddies.  Even though our Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated back in October, I wanted to share this idea with you because it is truly effortless...

A few years back, I taught art classes to young children and one of the lessons was practicing negative and positive images on black paper using chalk.  I purchased some black Bristol board from the DS and lined the table with it.  I thought this would be the perfect  'placemat' or 'table cloth' if you would, to set on a kiddie table.  It works just as a chalkboard, yet you don't need to commit to painting the table and it costs a lot less than buying chalkboard paper. 

Scatter some chalk around the table for hours of tick-tack-toe fun. I wrapped the utensils with a yellow and green napkin to simulate corn.  I think it looks kinda cute...

When my kiddies were young, I made sure to pack a little 'keep 'em busy' packs for whenever we would go out to eat.  Some of those items of course were paper and crayons.  I made this easel last year as a place setting.  You could use it as such and write the child's name or simply place a little note pad for them to draw on, like I have done here....

Here is a look at the tiny easel; this shows 
you how easy it really is to make....

And finally, Bella and I made this turkey 
last week during one of her sick days...

This gourd was the perfect shape.  We simply 
painted it brown and added some details such as...

A little doily as the tail feathers, 
painted in various fall colours...

We scrunched the bottom and glued it to the back....

We made the wattle and the feet out 
of Plasticine and painted the eyes, 
but you could use googly eyes instead. 

Bella decided he should be wearing a hat...

Remember the corn treats I made a few posts back?  Don't they look sweet sitting in this little bushel?  I made a mini bunting and stamped the word 'thanks'.  I love buntings and this kind of mini bunting would look adorable wrapped around a gift don't you think? 
Go here to see a quick tutorial of a mini bunting using homemade washi tape....

So there you have it, a super easy and quick kiddie table. Giving the little ones their own little space and providing them with items to keep them entertained will surely allow some stress free adult conversation at the 'grown up''s hoping!

As usual, thank you so much for dropping by and giving me a little bit of your time; for that I am thankful.

Have a great day!

much love,


  1. Lucy- That is soooo cute! My grands would love making those. Do you know what is in my china cabinet right now next to my "fine china"?;>) It is 2 turkeys made out of pine cones and pipe cleaners. Lulu made them in kindergarten. Gotta love those little tokens of childhood! xo Diana

  2. Your home has to be the cutest on the block. With all of these neat projects I can just feel the love and warmth.

  3. Lucy,

    I swear you are the most creative artist! I love your blog!


  4. Totally loving the mini "THANKS" pennants! What a fabulous way to set the table for kids.

  5. So cute!:) Great job and great idea!:)los of greetings!

  6. I'm spending a little time checking out new blogs, so i thought id stop and say hello to you folks. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  7. I am so thrilled that I found your blog. You have so many inspiring ideas. I just loved your ideas for a Thanksgiving table setting and that little turkey you made with your daughter. I just looked at your Washi tape tutorial too. Wow -- you amaze me! Looking forward to learning more in the future.

  8. love what you've put together, that Turkey is adorable!!!!

  9. I work for a company called Canvas Corp and my boss found your blog and wanted me to contact you and see if you were interested in receiving some of our products. We love your style and thought it would be a great match with our style. I couldn't find your email, otherwise I would've used that. :) Email me if you are interested: {our website: & we are on Facebook} Have a great day!

  10. Wow that is so cute! I love the chalkboard idea! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas:D Pinning it!

  11. i love love "love"everything about this post....
    everything in yr blog is very inspirational for a newbie crafty blogging mom like me and i make sure i dont miss a single new post :-)
    i adore the turkey and the chalkboard idea-awesome!!

  12. So SO sweet! I'm including two pics and links to this post in a Friday Favorites - Thanksgiving Kid's Tables round up post on my blog. I also included a pic and link to your candy corn treats. So creative!! LOVE it!
    : ) Jaimee @

  13. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the gourd! I featured this on my blog:

    Have a great weekend!



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