Know Your Place(mat)

Today, I’m thankful for two things. I realized that November is almost over and I have a lot more I’m thankful for, so I’m going to try to squeeze some more in.

Thing 1: rainy days. I love them. Always have. There’s something romantic about them, relaxing, calm, and intimate. Maybe it’s because the sky seems closer or because all I want to do on a rainy day is curl up on the couch with a roaring fire and a good cup of coffee and lose myself in some Jane Austen (I can’t be at home on the couch today, so I’m sipping coffee in my cube listening to Jane on tape 🙂 ), but I have always loved rainy days. (The fact that North Texas needs rain like Elizabeth needs Mr. Darcy makes me even more thankful for this rain).

Thing 2: my friends Pooja and Danni. If you’re looking for two fun, crazy, amazing women to hang out with, these are them. These two have a knack for drawing me out of my old lady shell (usually against my will) and making some awesome memories (sushi, Plush, or Cranium, anyone?). I’m really blessed to have these two women in my life!


Last week Pooja, Danni, and I decided it was high time for a girls night. The boys all being away, we decided to have dinner at Danni’s and then to get our craft on. Pooja made a French ribbon board to display her Christmas cards and Danni made an awesome wreath out of an old picture frame. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of the girl’s projects.

I decided to make placemats for Thanksgiving. I was inspired by this pin (via).

I found burlap at JoAnn’s  on sale for $2.99 a yard. Fievel was very excited by this.

The lady at JoAnn’s showed me how to cut burlap in a straight line by pulling one strand of jute completely out.  Genius! Why didn’t I think of that?

Since at the time we were expecting eight people to be at out Thanksgiving dinner (my sister and her husband can’t make it now, so we’ll be six), I chose to write the following on four placemats (twice): Eat. Drink. Give. Thanks. I used black acrylic paint and freehanded the lettering.

Now that we’re only going to be six, I think I’ll ix-nay the give. thanks. and make two that say be thankful. The lettering on the give. thanks. looks a little wonky to me anyway.

I plan on doing some apple candles as our centerpiece and in an ideal world, would make some acorn napkin rings (images via, via).

I’ll be sure to take pictures of the table to share with you next week!

Have you done any projects for your Thanksgiving table? Do you love rainy days and your besties? Has anyone else read every Jane Austen novel multiple times? I do love me some Jane. Persuasion is by far my favorite.

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13 thoughts on “Know Your Place(mat)

  1. Very cute! I saw this somewhere else this morning and thought to myself, that would look good at your Thanksgiving!! Have fun with all your guests! I’m slightly jealous you get to cook, we wanted to do Thanksgiving at our house this year, but it fell through, so we just get to eat my mama’s cooking! (tragic… I know!)

  2. They look awesome! And I love rainy days as well (if they fall on a weekend only, though) because it means I get to curl up on the couch while watching TV or reading a book.

  3. These are so cute! They definitely say “Thanksgiving” to me, in a very good way.

    What is it with cats and fabric, anyway? Mine are also constantly rolling around in it and pouncing on it when I put it on the floor. This is why I say that nobody should ever buy actual cat toys, because they much prefer everything else. Zoe Kitten is alternately playing with my hand, my ponytail, and my earring as I attempt to type this 🙂

    And I also love rainy days, as long as I don’t have to go anywhere! 🙂

  4. The placemats turned out so cute! Great job =) I love that you and your friends had a craft night; how fun! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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