Gratitude + Praise {Free Printables}

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Frederick Keonig

I L-O-V-E Thanksgiving – the food, the football, the time with family – can’t get much better!

The idea of a Thanksgiving “equation” popped into my head while creating the 21 Days of Thanks printables earlier this month.  Initially I thought of Gratitude + Generosity (i.e. the giving of time, talents, and resources) but on Thanksgiving the real “giving” part to me is in Praise.  Giving praise and thanks to friends and family, of course.  But more importantly, lifting up Praise to God for all of the blessings in our lives.

I decided to make a collaged piece to go above our coat hooks (aka our “mantle”).  I was able to buy 2 canvases at Micheal’s for $8.  I used Microsoft Word to create the letters and then cut, traced, and re-cut the lettering out of scrapbook paper.  I covered the canvas with a gold acrylic paint (from an architectural project in college 10 years ago – nope, not a hoarder:) and then glued the lettering on.  Finally I did a light overcoat of the gold paint thinned out with a liquid matte.  Here’s how it looks in place (wood paneling and all!):

I also created some free printables (8 x 10) for anyone who likes the “equation” – either option in fact!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1 (NIV)

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies, Pumpkin Pies, and Blessings,


This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Tessacotton Thanksgiving Link PartyHomemade Ginger


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