Wow it’s November and Thanksgiving is only a few five weeks away. I know it seems like a long time but I work retail and this means the Holiday season is truly upon us. Let the decorating begin! This is the last step to my fall decorations, adding turkeys and pilgrims. Thanksgiving is a great time of year to show everyone how much they mean to you and how thankful you really are.
My decorating got easier this year with the launch of our newest website, everythingyardflags.com. The owners of everyingdoormats.com are thrilled with the product selection that is now available for all of you. Many flags are available in garden flag or house flag and some match the doormats that are available on the doormat website. I have so many favorites that I’ve a very hard time choosing only one for each season. I got so excited that I had to add a house flag pole so I could have more than one flag up at all times. I’ve even picked out flags for family and friends for Christmas gifts. Who knew shopping would be so easy?
To begin my decorating I start at the front of the house and select my yard flag and now house flag too. I also switch out my doormat at the front door to add to the festive look of Thanksgiving. I removed the Halloween yard sign from outside and added a few more gourds around the pumpkins. I left the pumpkins the kids decorated on the front steps as they still look good. Once they go bad I’ll toss them and do a small pumpkin and gourd display out front. I have a few more weeks until I have to worry about that. I like to use hay bales or corn stalks to add another dimension to the pumpkin gourd display.
As I said above we have a new website for yard flags, I am so excited to have access to so many great new flags. I’ve always relied on local retailers to find my flags and now I have a website at the tip of fingers to order so many wonderful flags. This really made Thanksgiving so much easier. In previous years I’ve had a hard time finding a Thanksgiving flag that I really liked.
As I move inside my house again I switch my Halloween mat that I had placed inside the door with another Thanksgiving mat. I have a screened in front porch so another mat is always helpful to keep this area clean. On my front door I have a wreath decorated for Thanksgiving. Mesh is the new rage and I found this picture on pinterest and thought I would try to make it this year.
I purchased orange, cream and brown mesh, and some fall beaded garland. I started with a wire wreath form and then took my mesh ribbon and started to gather the mesh around the wire wreath form. I use pipe cleaners to hold the gathered mesh in place. I went around with each color so they would overlap each other. Once I had all the mesh in place I took the beaded garland and wrapped it around the wreath. I then took a turkey sign I found and placed it in the middle. I have to admit my wreath did not turn out quite the same as the picture but it still looked pretty good. I’ve learned that you can always fluff the mesh as little or as much as you need. Some loops I made a little larger than others.
You really can’t make a mesh wreath incorrectly as all it takes is to gather the mesh and and attach it to the wreath form with pipe cleaners. When I had all three colors attached to the metal wreath form I was able to pull the mesh to make it look fuller in any area that was too flat.
As I move farther into the house I add turkey figures and these cute pilgrims I found a couple of years ago to my fall decor that I had in place. I keep my candles and leaves up that I placed in September when the kids went back to school. I also have a couple of plaques that I’ve made over the years special for Thanksgiving that I incorporate with my previous fall decor settings. I will explain how to make these in next weeks blog post.