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Thanksgiving Cards – Free Printable

You may not be old enough to remember this, but people, millions of people across this country, used to pay their bills by mailing in a paper check in a paper envelope with a stamp you actually had to lick.

This was before Al Gore invented the Internet.

A few things have changed since then, like online bill-pay. I’m glad I’m not an envelope salesperson.

By my own calculations, we have had the same box of 500 #10 letter-size envelopes for over 15 years. We’ve moved that box of envelopes 8 times in 15 years. The ridiculousness of that statement is almost too much to wrap my mind around.

Now you know why we don’t have a Costco membership. Buying-in-bulk trauma.

Since I can’t seem to throw away office supplies, I decided to start powering my way through them. One hand-written *gasp* letter at a time.

I made some printable Thanksgiving cards that would fit in those blasted envelopes. (That sounded very Thanksgiving-y of me, didn’t it?)

My initial inspiration was the Target ads I’ve been bombarded with lately on my ABC TV iPad app. Apparently, plaid is IN. If Target says it, then clearly it must be.

I’m glad they keep us informed. Plus, it’s way better than the Chantix ads that I usually see on my ABC app. I still don’t know what condition Chantix is used to treat, but I’m scarred for life by the medical disclaimers.

I digress. Let’s move on. Here is one of the plaid cards…

I also made a “Happy Thanksgiving” and an “Oh Happy Day” card that was the antithesis of plaid. Don’t ask me why…my brain works in randomly mysterious ways.

Now, here’s where I also confess that I bulk-purchased speckled card stock too.

No words…

If you do download these printable, please note that yours will not have a speckled background. Although, I’m pretty sure speckled card stock is making a comeback.
These cards are blank on the back. I could tell you it’s to give you maximum space to express your gratitude, but it’s really because my printer goes ballistic when I run the card stock through a second time, so I didn’t bother. Real life is so glamorous, but I am oh, so thankful and happy that I get to enjoy it!

Here are the handy dandy printables in high resolution jpeg format:
P.S. There’s a bonus printable in a red plaid design that I didn’t show in this post.

Blue Plaid Give Thanks Printable
Red Plaid Thankful Printable
Black Plaid Grateful Printable
Happy Thanksgiving Printable
Oh Happy Day Printable

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A Spot to be Creative – Office Update

This is one of my favorite places in this house. It’s a spot we’ve created in the office for the kids to get crafty and creative.

The backdrop of this scene is a picture my husband took of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area between Oregon and Washington. We tacked it behind a giant old window that we found in the barn of our last house. The frame is chipped to perfection! The picture is so large, it definitely gives the feeling that there is an actual window on that wall.


I love to see how my kids’ imaginations come alive on paper, but for my sanity, I need to have the 1.3 million broken crayons all corralled in one spot. That’s where this handy dandy crate comes into play.


Often, the space looks like this shot below. (Just keeping it real for you.) Why things always end up on the floor, I have no idea. Thankfully they weren’t cutting paper into seven million itty bitty pieces today. There’s also plenty of ink and glitter stuck to this table, but the black paint hides the smudges well. This was not an expensive table, but it has held up extremely well to the abuse the kids throw at it from spilled glue to the occasional matchbox car crash.

Off to the side (out of frame) I have a table with a basket to hold all of the coloring books, stickers and extra paper.


We have far more pencils than pens these days because someone (a little boy with blonde hair) has a propensity for coloring on things other than paper.


Can you see the train in the picture below? Even though the Columbia Gorge is a scenic area, it’s also a major rail shipping corridor. My husband just happened to catch this train in action and I love the detail it adds to the photo.



By having all of the kids’ pens, pencils and paper out in the open, this self-serve area is perfect for when inspiration strikes. They can help themselves! And as any mama knows, that is a beautiful thing!

office6My home isn’t always the prettiest. It is filled with beautiful messes that my kids make in the midst of discovering the world and letting their imaginations run wild. And at the end of the day, that makes me pretty darn happy.

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Racing Trophy Display Door

My husband became a runner when he was 36 years old.

Turns out, he’s really good at it. (I try not to hold that against him.)

If you are new to the world of running, let me enlighten you. Some runners become so enthralled with the sport that they start running races. It keeps you motivated in your training and many runners even enjoy *gasp* these races. Crazy, I know.

For every race you enter, you will receive a running bib with your number on it and for every race you complete you will usually earn a medal. Before long, you’ve got medals hanging from doorknobs (classy) and you’re looking for your checkbook in the junk drawer, but all you can find is – yep, you guessed it – a handful of running bibs.  

The accomplishment of finishing a race is AWESOME! Not having any place besides the junk drawer to show off your running accomplishments – not so cool.

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Trophy or Medal Board Made From An Old Door

So I decided to give Awesome Runner Husband a dedicated personalized trophy shelf to hang all of those awards in his office. My idea was that, over time, this DIY trophy shelf would be completely filled with layer upon layer of his awards. Evidence that he conquered another section of road. Memories of a relay race ran with friends. Reminders of how much he has worked for and how far he has come in taking control of his health. Motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

So i you are looking for a creative way to display trophies or how to display awards awards on a wall, you’ve come to the write place! Let’s get started!

Trophy or Medal Board

Trophy or Medal Board

When we remodeled the basement in our Oregon home, we streamlined the way the water pipes worked and in the process, removed some old doors. One of those old doors became the inspiration for my husband’s trophy board.

The doors were solid wood and even better, the door knobs were dummy knobs (non-turning). On a door with a functioning door hardware, there is a circle drilled through the door to hold both sides of the knob or handle. On a door with dummy hardware, the knob is just screwed into the door’s frame. To not have to deal with that big circle was a happy surprise!

Uh, did I mention the doors were in really gross shape? Not sure what’s been dripping down this door. Ewwww.

Gross old door

Gross old door

All I had to do was fill in those screw holes with wood putty, sand the door and paint the frame of the door a glossy black. I didn’t worry about painting the inset portion of the door because I was going to cover that with cork board.


And, here’s a random selfie in safety glasses. Safety first, man!



Cork board comes in rolls or squares at most any craft store, even Wal-mart. I happened to pick up the squares for this project.

I affixed the cork board to the door with a heavy-duty construction adhesive. Overkill, yes. However, we were out of every other kind of glue at the time. I couldn’t even find a darn glue stick. Keeping it real, folks.

So, I broke out the heavy-duty stuff! I’d imagine that wood glue would work just fine for this project though. If you haven’t worked with cork board before, it’s really easy to cut. Scissors or an utility/craft knife will easily cut through it. Here’s how it looked before we hung any of the medals on the board. (Side note: this very unfinished picture is from our Oregon house. And yes, we eventually did paint those patches on the wall!)


When I was done, we hung the door from its hinges! I simply spray painted them black using some leftover spray paint. I considered spraying the screw heads black too, but decided they didn’t bother me as they were.

Old Door Hinges

When Awesome Runner Husband adds a new running bib, he staples it to the board. Some of his medals are stapled on there as well. Others are pinned up with a thumbtack.

Running Bibs and Medals

Running Bibs and Medals Display

I love the “collected over time” look the board currently has because it truly has filled in one race at a time!

Running Bibs and Medals

There are a few pictures up there too to keep things interesting! Even the kids have a medal they received from running their first race.

Running Bibs and Medals

Running Bibs and Medals

This board makes a BIG impact in our office and talk about a conversation starter! I love that I was able to incorporate the fruits of his labor into our home’s decor in a way that makes both of us happy. Most of all, I’m proud of him for all that he’s accomplished and for truly changing his lifestyle and health. It doesn’t just impact him, but our entire family in a truly positive way,

Running Bibs and Medals

Running Bibs and Medals

Running Bibs and Medals

Running Bibs and Medals

If you’ve done any DIY projects with doors or discovered other ways to display medals and ribbons, I’d love to see them! if you’re a runner or getting into running, let me know! The running community is one of the most welcoming groups of people on the planet – they all deserve a nice racing trophy display door. Even though I mainly stick to the treadmill, I have found so much encouragement from them.

Have a happy day!

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