happy thanksgiving 2012!

So, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Tomorrow! And yes, it's a cliché, but I do wonder where this year has gone... As always, we have a great deal to be thankful for in our family this year: Good health (not counting a few trips to the ER with our little boys for various boyhood-related bumps and cuts), love in our family, a safe and happy home, clients and projects we genuinely enjoy, and of course let's not forget the baby we're expecting early in 2013!

Ordinarily I'd probably be more into decorating and running to get things ready for Thanksgiving with extended family, but it's been a busy autumn, and at seven months pregnant I'm giving myself permission this year to take it easy. We're going to enjoy the day as-is with just our little family. We're not going anywhere and we're not having guests; instead, we're going to spend the day at home watching parades, snacking, cooking, eating, and snoozing in front of football games on TV. Well, we may do the snacking and eating thing more than once. And we might even stay in our jammies all day!

What a boring post this would be without something fun and pretty in it, though, right? And I have been hoarding away a few craft ideas for Thanksgiving. They may not be gracing our home this year, but hey, if you're still looking for a last-minute way to snazz up your day, one of these could be just what you're looking for:

thanksgiving lentil candles
thanksgiving lentil candles

Candles and gourds decorated with dried lentils. Quick, easy, warm, and pretty. Perfect! Via hgtv.com.

autumn leaf bowl
autumn leaf bowl

This lovely little bowl is made from craft leaves using basically the same technique you used to make papier maché bowls in elementary school. In fact, it would be a fun project to do with kids, and they'd be super-proud of the end result. Via the always wonderful hellolucky.com.

cranberry table centerpieces
cranberry table centerpieces

Cranberries are, of course, perfect for Thanksgiving, and here they're used as vase filler to hide the stems in these simple little flower arrangements. These look a little Christmasy to me, so I'd probably go with orange and ivory flowers and lose the holly and pine greenery -- unless I were making them for Christmas. Via shelterness.com.

autumn leaf flowers
autumn leaf flowers

Can you believe these beautiful flowers are made from autumn leaves? Think origami but with fallen leaves instead of paper. There's no text at this link, but the photo sequence should be enough to guide you through creating this centerpiece. It's pretty and it's a guaranteed conversation starter! Via duitang.com.

thom the turkey tulle wreath
thom the turkey tulle wreath

Jill over at Baby Rabies has the best wreath ideas, and next year I plan to have this baby turkey on our front door. True story: I first "met" Jill when we were both brides planning our weddings in Austin, Texas, and we posted on the same wedding message board. It's been lots of fun watching her blog grow, and I'm always impressed with her creativity.

How about you? What are you thankful for this year? How will you be spending your Thanksgiving Day?

Whatever the answers, we hope your day is filled with love and fun and whatever you most enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!