Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

This little guy sits proudly on his plate.

My family is super excited for Thanksgiving, as we are every year. It is one of my favorite holidays because it involves family, lots of delicious food, and giving thanks. So, in honor of the big day coming up, my kids and I are making these adorable little turkeys that will adorn our plates on Thanksgiving day. The orange placemats in this photo are actually crocheted, made by my grandmother. It’s so much fun to use things that are handmade by the people you love. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Turkey Craft”

Ghostly Sea Shell Garland

Sea Shell Ghosts
Sea Shell Ghosts

My family loves to collect sea shells during our summer trips to the beach. So, I try to find creative ways to use them all year round. Here are some shells “dressed up” like spooky ghosts for Halloween.

I draped these ghostly creatures along the handrail of the outdoor steps to “frighten” unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.

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Easy Oyster Craft

Students show off their oysters.
Students show off their oysters.

Oyster season has arrived! There is an old saying which espouses that oysters should only be eaten in months with an R, ideally September through April. Today, however, with modern refrigeration and oyster farming all year round, oysters can be eaten any time of year. But, some oyster aficionados hold that oysters are at their freshest and tastiest in the Fall.

In honor of the fall harvest, I’m posting this easy oyster craft. I make this craft with students when I visit schools to read my children’s book, Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay. I teach children that oysters are great for the environment because they are filter feeders and natural cleaners in the water. Continue reading “Easy Oyster Craft”

Thanksgiving Wind Socks

Thanksgiving Windsocks
Thanksgiving Windsocks

I wanted the kids to do a fun craft for Thanksgiving. Something different from the hand print turkeys at school, although I love hand print turkeys and will cherish them forever. I decided to have the kids make wind socks.

I actually almost bought wind socks because I’ve been wanting to put something in the back yard that catches the wind. In addition to providing a whimsical element to my yard, it goes along with my decorating sense. I enjoy Feng Shui decorating, and wind elements are perfect for the back left side of my yard. Objects that catch the wind represent the flow of wealth, and hey, anything that will help in this area of my life is welcome. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Wind Socks”