|It's so hard to photograph against a window!|
|Source: organizeyourstuffnow.com via Pinterest|
Nice and simple--that was my inspiration. This particular project can be found at Organize Your Stuff Now, but this really was just my inspiration. I turned it over in my head for a while--I knew I wanted leaves that would spell out "thankful," but I wasn't sure if I wanted the kids involved--should we paint the leaf shapes? But I really wanted simple brown paper. Perhaps block out the letters with painter's tape, have the kids paint, and then peel them off? But that wouldn't really work with brown paper, either, although I think it would look great, just in a different way. Eventually, I decided this was my project. (Sorry, kids.)
There is no need, if you live in New England and find humongous golden maple leaves littering your driveway every morning, to look farther than your front door for a leaf template, so that is what I did.
here. I do mean simple--I didn't even erase the pencil lines after I went over it with a Sharpie. I traced my leaf onto cardstock to make a firmer template, then cut eight leaves from brown paper bags. I'd say this was recycling, but every time we want a brown paper bag for something, we have to get one special, since I always take reusable bags to the market (and have been doing so for so long--at least a decade--that when I began, I got funny looks from the cashiers). So it's not quite recycling, I suppose, but it got me the look I was going for.
I happen to have a set of foam alphabet stamps that were a good size for these leaves, so I brushed a thin coat of black liquid acrylic paint onto the letters and stamped my leaves.
|This time I tried a morning shot. That's fog out there.|
As an added bonus, the slider is in the dining room, where we eat all our meals (having a galley kitchen), so we have a beautiful, simple, visible reminder to be Thankful for all we have.
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