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Wine Cork Conversation Starters

With one of my favorite holidays just around the corner, I thought it was only fitting to try and squeeze in a tiny (and I mean tiny) project that will add both function and fashion to your Thanksgiving tablescape next week! Our family loves Thanksgiving because it usually is a slow paced day that grows into a long weekend of “together-ness” without the pressures of buying, wrapping, and shuffling gifts around town. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too, but there’s just something about a whole day dedicated to being grateful that totally inspires me to root for this holiday underdog. 
Wine Cork
To get ready for this traditional “togetherness” around the Thanksgiving table, I gathered up some old corks I had laying around the house. These corks will be the base of little conversation starters that will sit at each place setting. 
cutting a wine cork
Simply, cut a slit in the tops of each of the corks. I used this razor blade, but an exacto knife would probably work too. Sidenote: BE CAREFUL; cutting cork takes a little more muscle than I anticipated. 
easy wine cork crafts
Your tiny DIY is half way over….
table topics
Now, the fun part. As the fabulous host, it is your job to think of a variety of questions or table topics that your guests will enjoy talking about over dinner. Favorite traditions, would you rathers, funny memories from years past, highlights since last year’s dinners…. be creative!
topics
Here are a few of my traditional favorites. Knowing the audience I’m dealing with, I will definitely be adding some fun and even controversial topics as well. I can’t let my crew get off that easy by displaying their questions a week ahead of time… where’s the fun in that. #popquiz #sorrymag
wine cork table topics
Now, for the grand finale of this FREE DIY, add one table topic to each cork.
table topics
The rules: set one cork and question next to each place setting on the big day. Each person around the dinner table must read their question aloud and answer it accordingly. You can then open it up to the crowd for more conversation and feedback or move on to the next question.  Before long you will be enjoying lots of laughs, reminiscing on holidays past, and doing what Thanksgiving is all about…. enjoying the moment with the ones you love.
wine cork crafts
So, if you’re hosting the big day, be sure to take time to share what you’re thankful over dinner and, even more importantly, ask those around you too. Maybe you’d be surprised what the person next to you at the table loves about Thanksgiving, or what your host’s favorite childhood Thanksgiving memory was, or why that weird uncle of yours calls it dressing and not stuffing.  You’ll never know if you never ask….. 
Speaking of asking, we need your help! A walk down memory lane, a cloud of controversy, a game of would you rather… What would you add to your table topic questions? 
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Wall of Love

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I thought I might do something a bit romantic in our little love nest.

Our master bedroom has a nook with nothing on the wall, and I figured it would be the perfect spot to display some sentimental and personal “art.”

Here’s what I’m affectionately calling our “Wall of Love.”

Personal Wall Art Romantic

Let’s first take a look at the white special dates frame.

Special Dates Art
Those 4 dates are very special to Finn and I. They represent when we first started dating, when we moved in together, when he proposed, and our future wedding date!
I just created them in a word document on my computer, and printed it out on card stock.
I then got out my colored pencils, and drew some hearts after each number. I tried to do a bit of an ombre color scheme..with the green hearts subtly getting darker from top to bottom.

We all know I have a certain love for geography (like the vintage globe in this post). So, I thought the map would add some flair to the simple white frame mat.

I had a $4 wall map left over from a DIY project gone wrong (it happens…often!) With this project, I was finally able to put my map purchase to good use! I just took out the frame map, traced it, cut out the map, and glued it onto the frame. #DIYdoesntgeteasierthanthis

Map Frame Mat

Moving onto the other sections of the “Wall of Love.”

This love quote from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 was a gift for our engagement. #sosweet

How about this adorable chicken wire frame? My mom found it at the Kane County Flea Market (If you live in the Chicagoland area…go! You will love it)

Clothes pins hold some sentimental items from our engagement night.

Here is the key card from the hotel where we stayed the night we got engaged.

This is Finn’s hospital bracelet.

Funny story…my man was in the hospital for 3 days and got out just in time to keep the Christmas plans with our families. (More on that day here)  We kept his bracelet to remember that love can conquer all!

Here is a card from the restaurant where he popped the question.

Rounding out the “Wall of Love” is this large canvas photograph.

Canvas

Finn’s mom bought us a Groupon for a canvas print from Canvas on Demand (Thanks Kathy!) We decided to use a picture from our engagement night of our large group of family and friends. It is very special to have such a nice picture where we’re surrounded by everyone we love.

I heart this new little area of our bedroom.

So what about you…do you have an area in your love nest to display ooey-gooey sentimental stuff?
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Giving Thanks!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. To me, it’s the official “kick-off” of the holiday season filled with a few of my favorite things: family, friends, food and endless appreciation.

With so much to be thankful for, I am especially thankful for my DIY teammate and fabulous best friend, Casey.

Cheers to a wonderful best friend and partner-in-crime! I don’t know where I would be without your love and support. You continually push me to be better, in my DIY adventures and far, far beyond.

I hope this Thanksgiving brings you lots of family, friends, food and appreciation; the key ingredients in the recipe for a memorable Thanksgiving. Let’s raise our glasses to the start of a glamorous holiday season… bring on the holiday cheer!

Who are you thankful for this year? How do you plan on kicking off the holiday season?     

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