Saturday, November 9, 2013

It's Here! The On The Table Blog Hop for Joy's Life!

If you are looking for the Pinque Peacock "Holidays Are Upon Us" Blog Hop, please click HERE, or scroll down 2 posts.
It's the weekend, and the Joy's Life design team is bringing you some Thanksgiving inspiration.  You should have come here from the always talented Dawn's blog.  In case you just stumbled on the hop, here's the whole order:
Julie -- you're here!
Laura -- go here next!
We have a very casual Thanksgiving.  My husband and I join my father for his Thanksgiving dinner in the assisted living facility where he lives for the noon meal.  Then, depending on my sister-in-law's schedule, we either join my in-laws for another Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday evening or we get together on the following Saturday to celebrate.  I'm still not sure what the plans are for the in-laws this year, but I know we'll be joining my father.  With that in mind, I wanted something casual to bring to the table to decorate his place setting on Thanksgiving.
My father was a carpenter by trade and spent many hours taking care of his yard when he wasn't working.  His yard became even more important to him after he retired.  With that in mind, I found what I thought would be the perfect Thanksgiving table décor:
I had this idea for a wheelbarrow, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so Regina from The Cutting Café designed this for me so I could have it for today's hop! My own personal cutting file! I was so excited!  It is a wheelbarrow treat box.  You'll see it better as we go along.  The sentiment is a Joy's Life stamp, of COURSE!  It is from the "It's All Fall Puns" stamp set. Now, for a view of the other side:
I used the same Joy's Life stamp set, "It's All Fall Puns" on this side of the wheelbarrow, too. You can find this adorable stamp set, and all of Joy's wonderful sets, along with some great stamp bundles with free shipping in her store. The designer papers are Echo Park 6x6 Reflections Fall.  The base is Close To My Heart Kraft cardstock. The leaves are CTMH Colonial White cardstock.   They are a Tim Holtz die.  I painted them with Creative Inspirations Paint to give them those beautiful Fall colors and shine.
Here's a little peek into the box...
And, one more view, showing you how big the box is:
My father will have plenty of candy to munch on all Thanksgiving afternoon!
Now, speaking of candy, how about some blog candy?
First, I have unclaimed winnings from last month's hop.  Teresa K., you are the winner.  Please let me know how to send you your goodies.
I have more blog candy for this month's hop -- a 6x6 pad of paper, some bling, brads, ribbon, and stamps.  To be eligible to win, please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  I will announce the winner with my Joy's Life post on Monday, Nov. 11.
I have a recipe to share with you also.  Wild rice is part of our Thanksgiving tradition, and this is one of our favorite ways to enjoy it:
Wild Rice Pilaf
1. 1/2 c. wild rice & 3/4 c. water. Bring to a boil -- strain.  Do this 2 times.
2. Take the wild rice, add:  1/2 c. white rice
                                            2 c. water
                                            1 bouillion cube or tsp. bouillion
3. Bring to a boil, simmer 40 min.
4. Meanwhile, brown in butter (2T) 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
                                                          1/2 c. slivered almonds
Off you go to the uber talented Laura's blog.  Have fun!




  1. Super cute piece for the table! Love the goodies for your Dad to gobble.

  2. What a GREAT idea for a table piece for your dad ... or for any Thankgiving table or decoration. I'm sure your dad will just gobble it up. :) Thanks once again for sharing your amazing talent...and for the inspiration!!!


  3. I just love your little personally created wheel barrow treat holder. So sweet of you to take it to your Dad! What a surprise to be reading your blog and see that I won your blog hop! Yippeee! My email is if you want to email me for my address. I'll see if I can find a way to privately email or message you. THANK YOU!

  4. Your "personal" cut file is adorable!! I love the paper you used on it.. it looks amazing! :)

  5. Oooh, I love mushrooms...but 3/5 of the familiy does not. I think I will try and enjoy this recipe very soon! I like the candy/treat holder. What a fun box!

  6. Such a cute treat holder - what a nice gift for your Dad.
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  7. awesome job Julie!!!!!
    Love the fall colors and thanks for sharing the recipe :)
    Have a GREAT weekend

  8. oh my girlie..................this is sooooooooooooo stinkin cute...i love it...gotta share on face book right now...hugs

  9. Such a super cute treat box!! I'm sure your father loves it :)

  10. Nice project. thanks for the chance to win blog candy.

  11. Love this treat box. Such a cute Fall idea!

  12. Super cute. I love this for the table. I actually came back to your site two days in a row just to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  13. love your little wheelbarrow,,, makes a great treat box :)

  14. This is too cute, girlie…I could gobble this right up!! Adorable papers and idea!!