|These vintage jars fit right in with our Fall decorations!|
Thanksgiving just came to my house. Yes, I finally put out the decorations and added some touches of Autumn.
You’re probably thinking it took me long enough! And you’re right. It has taken a few years, actually.
|We received this cute nutcracker as a gift last year. The tall pail is from Ikea.|
You see, my beloved father-in-law passed away, way too soon, in January 2011. The last time he was in our home was the Saturday after Thanksgiving 2010. I wasn’t in a good space, having just had surgery a week before, though I tried to fake my way through feeling fine and enjoying Thanksgiving. But that weekend, I was very tired, and I snapped at my father-in-law. He just smiled back. He always had that motto “Keep smiling!” that he would end each phone call with…
|I gave this old planter a makeover with silver liquid gilding. (Click here for the how-to.)|
Because that was the last time he was ever in our home, I’ve associated Thanksgiving since then with that memory. I can see it so clearly, where I was sitting, what made me snappish… And it wasn’t the last time we were together, and so it isn’t anything overly dramatic like that.
|Felted Indian Corn decoration, hanging in our kitchen.|
Last year, because of the Socks for Sandy project (after Hurricane Sandy hit our town), I was – quite thankfully – way too busy to focus on Thanksgiving. I had a built-in excuse not to decorate or be into Thanksgiving. I was able to sort of ignore my underlying feelings and memories.
|Even the guest bath got some new burnt orange hand towels for Fall!|
This year? Not so lucky. I’m a craft blogger afterall. I’ve been creating Thanksgiving crafts and decorations. I was even invited to do a Thanksgiving home tour – something I still don’t remember signing up for – and almost had a panic attack when I learned I was chosen to be one of the featured bloggers. (And yes, I backed out of participating.)
|My glittered, tone-on-tone pumpkins, in old silver cups.
(Click here for the dollar store pumpkin makeover how-to.)
I’ve been thinking of just going from Halloween decorations to Christmas. Just skip Thanksgiving. Like that would work, like that would somehow make that memory go away.
|We bought this handmade turkey six years ago, for our first Thanksgiving in our new home!|
But over the weekend, as I was rummaging through the Christmas storage bins, I came upon the Thanksgiving decorations. I saw the pretty turkey that I loved with its funny feet made out of forks and all the layers of tulle. And I just stood there. And decided that it was time to decorate. For Thanksgiving.
|A simple Thanksgiving vignette, using a vintage-style glass tray.
The mercury glass vases are from Kohl’s.
So that’s what I’ve done. It may be only two weeks away, but our home is ready for Thanksgiving. And I think I am now too.