Saturday, November 23, 2019

A Time to Give Thanks

Hi, stitching friends!

At this time of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for your friendship, your kindness and your support. When I started this blog two years ago, on November 30, 2017, I hoped I might meet a couple of people who shared my love of cross stitch. I met dozens and dozens of wonderful people, and I am so glad and thankful to call you friends.

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you every day of the year.

I would love to share with you a quick stitch I created called "Give Thanks." You can get a PDF of the chart by clicking here. I charted it using all DMC threads, a palette I borrowed from a favorite Prairie Schooler chart, but feel free to use any colors you want.

I stitched mine on 32-count "Fog" linen by Picture This Plus and finished it into a little pillow with "Vanilla" chenille trim by Lady Dot Creates.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Do you like to cook a big turkey dinner? When we lived on the ranch in Central Idaho, I would host, and since we had a house that was made for entertaining, with two dining areas, a big kitchen with a long bar-top counter and an open living space, we had room to have 25 people! It was so much fun. I would do a turkey and a ham, since my father-in-law didn't like turkey. If I heard more people were coming, I would just make a little more of this or that and we'd be fine. Great memories.

When we moved to Boise, we were farther away from family and my kitchen was much smaller. My husband watched as my mom and I tripped over each other. It seemed that I was always where she needed to be, or she was where I needed to be. One year I even cried at the dinner table because my rolls turned out like hockey pucks. Have you ever had a Thanksgiving like that?

So, a few years ago, my husband said, "I hope you don't take this the wrong way, because I love your Thanksgiving dinners, but how about we go out this year?" I agreed. We were going to go to Cracker Barrel, but when we pulled up to the restaurant, the line was out the door, wrapped around the porch. Oh, no! We thought we would be the only ones "cheating" and not cooking! How wrong we were.

We went to a buffet-style place called Chuck-a-Rama instead, and while the wait was still about half an hour to get in the door, the hostesses handed out hot cocoa to all of us in line, and we chatted away while we waited. Once inside, everybody got exactly what they wanted to eat, and it was delicious. We've been going there every year since.

I have to tell you, I do not miss the leftovers in the fridge. You know the plate of cranberry sauce that always manages to tip over and drip all over everything, making a sticky mess? I don't miss that! We usually have a pie or some snacks around to nibble on later in the day.

We pick up a newspaper on the way home, and my mom and I browse the Black Friday ads, debating whether or not it's worth going out and fighting the crowds the next day.

I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions, or your Thanksgiving disasters! Do you enjoy going out Black Friday shopping? Or are you more like me and do a lot of online shopping these days?

This is the top of my little cabinet in the entryway to our house. I made the green pedestal myself with a candlestick and plate I picked up at a thrift store. I glued them together with E6000 glue and painted them with acrylic paint in "celery." I put some fairy lights in the metal house, and you can't see it from this angle, but the house has a green roof that matches the pedestal. I think I may need to stitch another pillow to go on the other side of the bird. What do you think?

A Note of Gratitude

Do you remember this post from early September when I shared "Farm Fresh," a flat-fold I made for my friend Jan, the farmers market goddess? I sent it off to her and never heard whether she had received it or not. I was so worried it was lost in the mail or she didn't like it. I received a card from her the other day. She said she was embarrassed to have taken so long to respond, but I was just glad to hear she had received it.

She wrote, "Your timing was impeccable, for me. The day I received your care package, I was struggling - tired and a bit discouraged. Your kind words, your thoughtful touch, these lifted my spirit. Thank you for making the time to put your care into action. Thank you for such a sweet touch.

"You have helped me to remember that we are offered the opportunity to focus on that which we find hurtful, OR that which brings us joy, that both are available in the moments of our lives. You've helped me remember to touch the joy. Thank you! -Jan"

I believe that a simple act of kindness - even just smiling at a stranger - can make a big difference. When I think something nice about someone, even a stranger, I try to tell them out loud. What's the worst thing that can happen? They think I'm weird? So what? The best thing that can happen is they carry that with them and pull it out when they need it. When we plant seeds of kindness, love grows.

My Stitching Buddy

When I was going through my photos for this post, I saw that my son had taken some pictures of Scout, my stitching buddy. The photo above is the view I usually see from my spot on the loveseat when I'm stitching. That look is "When are you going to give me a cookie?" Or maybe it's "Can I go outside and bark at the squirrels?" It's hard to tell. He has the same expression for both.

This is his favorite spot in our front living room, where he looks out the picture window and barks at strangers and the neighbor's cat.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving, friends! I have fallen far behind on keeping up with many of your blogs, but I will jump right back in ASAP. I'm working on some Christmas surprises for you!

Until next time, be well, be safe, and stitch!


  1. What a pose Mr. Scout! He looks professional!! Great post Meg. We only have 5 people left in our immediate family, one is not very mobile, and one is a clean fanatic and would never set foot in a restaurant. So we cook every year. It's been so long since we had large gatherings and they are missed.

    Thanks for the chart! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. Oh sweet Meg, I have already put my copy of Give Thanks in my bag with November stitching that I really want to do for next year. I hope to pull them out in July or August next year.
    I must admit that I have never ever eaten out on a holiday until two years ago. Due to having kids that are grown now and neither being here on Christmas Day we opted to eat out at a local restaurant run by Thai??? Either way it turned out just fine and was certainly a ton easier. Sometimes it is just fine to make new traditions and do what works for the family. Holidays should never be stressful---shoot life has enough of that. I am all about doing what works for low stress!
    I love your creativity with the candle and plate. I would have never known!
    And that sweet Scout. You know I love doggies! He is precious. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Maybe eating out would keep one from overindulging in leftovers!

  3. Meg, your darling design turned out so nicely--thanks for sharing with us.Your kindness is much appreciated!
    We had always had home cooked meals for Thanksgiving...I love leftovers! But the year my daughter was expecting her second child around then, she didn't want to travel to us or deal with the meal and aftermath at her place. So my SIL suggested we go to Bass Pro Shop for dinner.....I was appalled!!! He assured us they had a very nice restaurant and activities for Asher, who was 2 1/2 at the time. We went and had a delicious turkey dinner, saw Santa and made a cute Christmas fuss! Our sweet Cora was born 5 days later!!! One of the most memorable Thanksgivings ever!!!
    I hope your family has a wonderful day---Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Thank you for your lovely design. You are just so talented. I love your displays. Oh my gosh, your little stitching buddy is so adorable. Yes, I do think he needs a cookie! We make a small dinner and sit back and enjoy the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree....yep, it's been up since Nov 1st! We have so much to be thankful for, and we know that we are indeed blessed. You are a blessing to me, and I am thankful to know you sweet friend. Wishing you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving. ((hugs))

  5. Thank you for your great design Meg! I have never hosted Thanksgiving once! My Mom or my MIL do it every year. We rotate who we go by every other year. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Meg!

  6. What a wonderful little finish! For the first time in I don't know how long, I am not cooking the turkey. I am 'supervising'! My daughter is hosting this year and she wants a full size turkey! I have always cooked a breast after my dad died because it was just me, my daughter and both brothers. I did recommend us going out to a restaurant but she wants to cook a dinner. So that's what we're doing. The only things that have gone wrong is my gravy! Some years I did great, others not so good. I have to have mashed potatoes and gravy and was too traditional to use the canned, haha. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours wherever you go!

  7. Meg: Congratulations on 2 years of Blogging, this is an amazing place to meet people even if we never see each other face to face.
    We used to have everyone over for Thanksgiving, but some people stayed till midnight or later, we started treating both sides of our family to a dinner out, it is a bit of a spendy day but worth the time and money to do so.
    I do remember the flatfold you did it is beautiful.
    I remember one thanksgiving where I called the wrong number telling my friends brother the stove quit working, the guy on the other end never said I called the wrong number, Billy showed up four hours later asking for turkey which there was none, we ate the potatoes veggies and bread and had a lovely time, cooked the turkey the next day.
    Scout is positively adorable.
    I am thankful for the life God my Mother and Father gave me.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  8. Thank-you for the lovely new design, it is beautiful.


  9. Oh that looks great, so simple and yet wonderful.
    A big Thanksgiving as in the US is not celebrated here. At least not in my state. You go to a big church service, some people still go to eat, but in most cases that's it.
    It has never been so big in my family, so I do not know it that way either.
    Thank you very much for this beautiful post, I loved it.

  10. Thank you for sharing the lovely cross stitch design. We don't do Thanksgiving in England but I will certainly be stitching up this design to remind me to be more thankful. We could all do with a little extra kindness in our lives. x

  11. Thank you for the freebie.
    I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. Meg, I love this post of yours about being grateful and thankful. A good bit of it has been swirling around in my head in these days leading up to Thanksgiving. Thank you for putting it into written form for me! I love your Give Thanks design and you should check your email later. Your stitching buddy is adorable! We will gather and spend a few hours at my parents' house. Mom provides the sides, someone else brings the turkey/dressing and Bruce and I bring the pies. We bring home some leftovers, but neither of us are partial to turkey. Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving week!

  13. I thought I had left a comment so old age is getting to me I did not realize you DESIGNED that chart. You talented girl. It will be stitched and in my dough bowl next November if the Lord tarries. We will be eating at Cracker Barrel with friends. Then snacks and desserts with Amelia and family that evening . Ben may stop by with Baylor for a while. They eat with Katy's family and Baylor just can't tolerate a lot of noise so it is good they can come here and play where it is quiet. Bless his heart....I so wish I could know what goes on in that little head.

  14. Thank you very much for the wonderful chart! Your finish looks great. For us, Thanksgiving is a day to relax with my immediate family (there are only 4 of us), and my daughter cooks and we watch movies.
    Love how you finished your piece!

    Happy Thanksgiving (a little late)!

  15. Oh I love the wonderful chart. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you heard back from your friend and what a compliment too. I agree. Spread good. I always treat others how I want to be treated. That golden rule really stuck with me. Aw love the photos are your dog. Dogs are amazing. They just love you no matter what.

  16. I am FINALLY getting around to thanking you for this delightful chart, Meg! Thanksgiving really put me behind--and I'm still laundering bedding and tablecloths :) I love your idea of eating at a restaurant, but my family would not go for it. Some day, I'm hoping that one of my kids will take over the hosting duties. No disasters here this year, thank goodness, but in the past, there have been many. The year the cherry pie (with lattice top that I had carefully baked!) fell out of the freezer and broke into pieces, the year the oven broke the day before Thanksgiving, the year I found lots of my homebaked cookies in the wastebasket (a little nephew had pulled all of the kisses out of the cookies and thrown out the doughy part!). Yikes--it's amazing I'm still hosting after 22 years!

    Thank you again for your sweet chart--you are very talented and oh-so-giving. I am thankful for our friendship!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your chart in the sweet card you sent, what a lovely thing to receive. I didn't stitch it up in time for this year, but definitely for next year.
    We had a nice and quiet Thanksgiving this year, with all the fixins. I'm not sure I'd know what to do with myself if I wasn't baking, prepping, and cooking! I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves, it does make things so much easier.
    No shopping for us, I only go out on small business Saturday to support all the little guys!
    Your display is lovely, and yes, I think another pillow would look nice.
    I'm so glad you got such a beautiful response from Jan. I know not receiving any acknowledgement certainly makes you wonder. I'm one to compliment or say hello to a stranger too, it brings a nice smile to their face and sometimes a little chit chat.
    Awe, Scout is adorable! It's always nice to have a stitching buddy.
    Hugs and stitches to you, dear Meg!

  18. Such a lovely Thanksgiving post Meg. I am so blessed to call you a friend, your kind soul comes through in each and every post.

    Thank you so much for the pillow, you will see it in my dough bowl next Thanksgiving!!

    I have 2 very memorable Thanksgivings. The first one I was in 4th grade and my sister in 3rd. My Mom had a major migrane and my sister and I got the entire dinner on the table for my family and both sets of grandparents. Mom gave us directions from her bed and she was so proud that we put the entire dinner on the table. Of course much of the meal was prepared ahead but it was a big deal for us. Fast forward to me hosting my first Thanksgiving in my new home and having the first migrane of my life!!! I got the food on the table and went right to way I could even sit down....those 2 migrane Thanskgivings are the ones I remember most!!


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