Thanksgiving Do-it-Yourself

We all know the turkey is the STAR of Thanksgiving, and even though that “puppet” above is do-it-yourself, lol, I was thinking of something a little more grownup. The first offering is painted mason jars. (Seems you can use mason jars for every holiday there is!)

They make a wonderful grouping, require little skill (being able to paint and glue) and they look awesome! If you’d like step by step instructions, please visit

The second offering is also pumpkins, but these require certain skills.

This is from: A slice is cut from a log (the skilled part). Then apply paint to nearly the edges. The “stem” is a 2 1/2 inch piece of thin wood glued to the back of the wood slice. Spray stiffener (starch) or mod podge can be applied to burlap, and then when dry, leaves can be cut from that. Spray the stiffener on thick jute to create the curlicue. (Wrap the jute around a thick dowel, apply the stiffener and allow to dry before sliding it off the dowel.) Glue in place.

The last offering is a “reclaimed” project that I adore!

When I saw the pilgrim pair, I remembered I had 2 wooden candle holders in a box in my basement. But they could be found at flea markets and yard sales. The heads are 2 inch wooden doll heads (Hobby Lobby $1.99 each). The hat is a reclaimed wooden napkin ring and a wooden disk (Hobby Lobby $.29 each). The collars and the lady’s hat brim are white foam remnants.

There are 2 ways to approach this project: glue the wooden pieces together before painting OR paint the pieces first and glue second.

The directions say to first remove the metal insert in the candle holders or bend them inward. Mine did not have them at all. He then glued his pieces together.

He painted the pilgrims next, allowed them to dry, and cut out the foam pieces. Then he glued the foam pieces on and viola, they’re done! Easy peasy!

195 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Do-it-Yourself

  1. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get the archivist involved…uktra maggot deleting tweet about ss increase is prbably against the Presidential Records Act…bwahahahahahahaha
    entire article
    A watchdog group is calling for a federal investigation into a tweet that the White House deleted this week, arguing that the Biden administration may have violated the Presidential Records Act.

    Protect the Public’s Trust, a nonpartisan organization, argued there are “serious questions” over whether presidential record-keeping protocols were properly followed before the White House on Wednesday deleted the widely mocked tweet taking credit for a boost in retirees’ Social Security checks.

    The Nov. 1 tweet is “almost certainly a record that belongs to the public and subject to the Act’s destruction protocol,” the group wrote in a letter sent to the heads of the National Archives and Records Administration and the Office of Government Ethics on Friday.

    “Outside of the unprecedented reliance on the Act to support a subpoena to search the home of a former U.S. President, the Act and its enforcement have historically received little attention,” wrote Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, referencing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to search for presidential records.

    “However, now that strict enforcement of the Act appears to be a high priority for the Archivist of the United States, and by extension the Department of Justice, we would like to bring to your attention a matter of serious concern as it applies to preserving the historical record of President Joseph Biden,” Chamberlain adds.

    The Biden administration deleted the tweet after social media users pointed out the increase Social Security benefits was tied to decades-high inflation.​

    “Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” read the tweet from the official White House account.

    Twitter appended a note to the tweet, clarifying that ​​”Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate,” and the social media company added a link to the Social Security Administration’s website for further explanation.

    According to the Presidential Records Act, a commander-in-chief can only dispose of White House records “once the views of the Archivist of the United States on the proposed disposal have been obtained in writing.”

    Protect the Public’s Trust argues that the White House’s explanation for deleting the tweet, claiming that it was “not complete” and missing “context,” leaves “serious questions whether it was deleted to save the Administration embarrassment or avoid criticism and whether the proper protocols were followed.”

    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday said about the incident: “The tweet was not complete. Usually when we put out a tweet we post it with context, and it did not have that context.”

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        1. my son is splitting firewood and cutting down some trees…so i casually sent him the picture of the wood pumpkins and asked if he had any pieces like that…LOL
          he said you want me to make you one?
          my answer…or 2 or 3…LOL

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  2. well isn’t THIS cozy? judge worked with Christine Pelosi…

    The judge handling the assault case of the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disclosed that she had previously worked with the couple’s daughter in the 90s.

    David DePape, 42, was charged with attempted murder for striking Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer after he broke into the Pelosi’s San Francisco house, calling out ‘Where’s Nancy’ – the same phrase used by Capitol rioters on January 6.

    Judge Loretta Giorgi revealed in court that she was a colleague of Christine Pelosi when the pair worked at the San Francisco attorney’s office but added that they hadn’t spoken in several years.

    Christine is one of five adult children to Nancy and Paul Pelosi and while she has never held elected office, she’s considered to be a potential successor when Nancy retires from her House seat.

    ‘I do want to make a disclosure on the record that the daughter of Mr. Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, and I were in the city attorney’s office together in the 90s,’ Giorgi told the court.

    ‘And I have disclosed to counsel the interactions that I had when she and I were together. I haven’t seen or heard or talked to Ms. Pelosi after she left the office. I do see her here today.’

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  3. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


    1. kea I have tears rolling down my cheeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      ketchup on the dog and freezing farts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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