Canadian Thanksgiving is happening this weekend, and so today the kids and I sat down and did a little gratitude journalling.
We have so much to be thankful for!
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out leaf shapes about 4 inches wide, from three different colours of card stock, and then we wrote what we were thankful for on each of them. I used mostly this cut file.
My Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White ink was ruined, completely hardened and crystallized in the jar. Of course I’ve never used it. But I found a little jar of Speedball white ink, and while it may not be the industry benchmark, it did the job when paired with my dip pen.
I love a pen nib with a flexible tip – it widens when you apply pressure with the pen, and you can get beautiful varied lines with practice.
I stitched my leaves together with my sewing machine and white thread, and hung it in the kitchen as a daily reminder of how blessed I am.
I didn’t put coffee on the list – but I was tempted.
But I did add pumpkin pie! It IS Thanksgiving, after all.
My seven-year-old son wanted to join me, and I’d anticipated that the kids would get involved and printed extra leaves. Writing is a chore for him, but he couldn’t just stick to a one word answer – his leaf reads, “I am thankful. Thank you God that you created the earth.” I may have just melted into a little puddle of love!
The girls kept to the one-word theme and wrote stuff like “family,” “friends” and “Jesus.”
We found the barest wall in the house and hung their banner there to brighten things up.
I’m a long-time holiday procrastinator. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve whipped up some seasonal decor minutes before an event, or just ignored the season entirely (well, except for Christmas). So these pretty leaf banners are a win for me! They were quick and easy and meaningful – all the best traits of any seasonal project.
I would LOVE to try calligraphy on real autumn leaves, but in our region, the majority of the leaves are aspen or birch and much too small (and fragile) to handle a pen’s nib, especially in my amateur hands!