Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 43

3. BLING IT UP! Gold spray paint is the easiest way to take your décor up a notch. Try using it on an old frame, dried flowers and leaves or old bottles. For a Thanksgiving centerpiece, transform a pumpkin with gold paint and elevate it on a cake stand or flower pot. If you have access to a magnolia tree, spray the leaves gold and hot glue them to a simple wreath form. They make an elegant wreath that will last all winter! 2. GET COZY. Pull out that old blanket that you inherited from your grandma, and drape it over a chair, or look for a cozy new fleece to store in a woven basket. You can’t have too many to snuggle in at bedtime! Make a cup of hot coffee, tea or even some hot mulled cider to sip on. One of my favorite winter drinks is a homemade chai latte. It’s a wonderful addition to a holiday brunch, or just to drink as an afternoon pick-me up. Homemade Chai Latte 2 Lipton tea bags 2 cups water 1 cinnamon stick 1 whole clove ¼ tsp ground ginger Combine ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 min. Stir in 2 ½ cups of milk and return to a boil for 1 min. Strain and discard non-liquid ingredients and stir in 1/3 cup sugar until dissolved. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yield: 4 servings. 5. INVEST IN PEOPLE RATHER THAN THINGS. It is so easy for us to get lost in the frenzy of getting rather than experience the simple joy that comes in giving. Develop the art of hospitality! If preparing a full-course meal overwhelms you, ask your friends to bring salad and bread to add to a pot of soup. A simple, hearty meal is often as satisfying as an elaborate one. More important than the dishes we prepare is the connection we make with the people we serve. And more important than a perfectly styled home is one that is full of love. 4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH REMINDERS TO BE GRATEFUL. I loved the “thankful tree” project that Ann Voskamp wrote about. On her blog, you can find leaf templates that are printed with a variety of verses about thanksgiving. I printed them onto cardstock, cut them out and hung them onto branches with fishing line. There are enough leaves to hang one on each day of the month; a great Thanksgiving project for the whole family! DIY chalkboards are another way to display inspirational sayings while creating a bold statement in any room. Look for large framed paintings or mirrors at thrift stores and spray several coats of chalkboard paint over the art or onto the glass to make your own! Ruby is a farmer’s wife and mommy of two. When she isn’t chasing her mischievous toddler or having tea parties with her little lady, you can often find her creating decor for her home or artwork for her business, Diamond Designs. Ruby loves a good book {with a cup of tea} and capturing moments of beauty with her camera. Though she loves to travel, home is her favorite place to be and she is passionate about making it a beautiful one. Ruby blogs about homemaking and life at rubyshowalter.blogspot.com. -43-