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and our Customers.

Family is such an important part of my life, this holiday is one of my favorites. It's a time to just enjoy each other and talk over a bountiful table of blessings. When I say family, it also means friends who join us. Create a thankful jar by having each person write why they are thankful and have everyone pick one from the jar & read it.

Preparing for the feast

Here is a creation for our Thanksgiving table.....

Each person will have one at the table.   

Here is the process...

Start with a wood ATB, you can sand it but not necessary.  I like a rustic finish for this project. 

Chalk paint is so perfect for this type of work.   Wood preparation is not needed.  Different brushes will provide differing results.  First I used a bristle brush to roughly apply the chalk paint with the dry brush technique (adding no water).


I then chose a second color and used a foam brush to apply paint with punchinella for a mottled appearance.  

I got excited and went a bit overboard with my paint!!!   BUT, it washes right off, that is the beauty of chalk paint.

I wanted you to see the difference between applying dry brush versus a wet brush with the punchinella.  You can see how distinct  the  coverage is with a dry brush and a bit more subdued and spread out with a wet brush.  

I sanded a bit around the edges for more texture and rustic finish.   I love rubber stamping but my fingers always get in the way and I invariably smudge or misalign something which is frustrating!  HOWEVER....

I DO LOVE stamp pads.  I use them for edging, coloring, adding textural interest and layers. So, my Staz-on Inkpads get a good workout in my projects.

I did a few simple sketches to calibrate size for the ATB

Then I used markers to draw on the ATB, coloring the squash  with Fall Colors.   You can seal the paints/markers but not necessary unless it may get wet or handled a lot. 


And there we are, ready to set the table. 

P.S.  I made the leaves glued together but not to the block, that way the leaves could be a lasting ornament or decoration and the ATB could be used again for the next Fall Dinner or as a shelf sitter.


Thanks for viewing today and have a safe and happy week.   Jean and the Team

Supplies used:

Jute cord
Assorted markers and glue
Silk leaves
Sharpie Pen

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