Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Take time to Give Thanks

I enjoy the Fall season ALOT...the cooler weather, the gorgeous colors, sunflowers, pumpkin name it, I am sure I love it! ;) There are so many things to be thankful for this time of year and all year.

Several years ago, a lady in our church shared that their family started a Gratitude tradition. For the month of November each family member would write down what they were thankful for each day and at their Thanksgiving meal they would read them out loud and then she would turn them into a mini album.

I wanted to implement this great tradition into my family, but my children were young enough that writing something every day would have been a challenge. I also wanted the attitude of gratitude to last all year round, so with that in mind I went shopping for a box to decorate. Once decorated I placed some cards with lines and a pen and pencil inside. That started our year round attitude of gratitude. Now that the kids are older, they are able to write more on the cards and it is so much fun reading through the years of blessings that have been written down.

The photo above is of an old screen door I altered into a memo board and have it hanging in our front dining room. This year I decided that I would like to display the Blessing Cards for the month of November, before they go into the Blessing Box.

Here are a couple of projects I just recently finished and are taking orders on, in hopes to help you implement this Attitude of Gratitude tradition into your family.

The photo above is of a Take time to Give Thanks Memo Board. I made this using an old wood frame and painted it using the crackle paint technique. It is painted black with white showing through the cracks. Inside the frame I used eye screws and ran twine through them. This works great for displaying photos, memos, and Blessing Cards. I also made a chipboard sign that is hung over the frame that says "Take time to Give Thanks". It is not attached, allowing you to remove it, so you can use the memo board all year around. Email me at: to place an order or visit my fb page "Items for Sale" album to see the other items I have for sale.

These next few photos are of a Kraft box I altered and decorated, making it perfect for displaying and storing your families Blessing Cards. I again used the cracked paint technique and added a wood knob to the top of the lid, which I think gives it a more finished look and makes it easier for removing the lid.

Once painted, I started adding the paper, embellishments, and paint. I used old book pages as well as some other scrap paper and paint to get the design I wanted.

On the front of the box I added a mini clothespin that I had added paper to and some metal buttons. The clothespin can be used to display the Blessing Cards, a photo, or note. The box is a 5"x5" box, making it the perfect size to place anywhere in the house. Email me at: to place an order or visit my fb page "Items for Sale" album to see the other items I have for sale. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Magnetic Word Game Board

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted. Time goes by quickly when you are having fun. :) Several months ago, I came across this word game board idea and have been wanting to make it every since. My family and I enjoy playing games, especially word games! Once I found the perfect sized frame, I was ready to start. It came together pretty quickly too.

The frame was gold, so I painted it black and distressed it. I then cut a piece of ply wood to fit inside of the frame, attached metal to it and decoupaged old dictionary for the background. For the game letters I attached magnets to the back of Scrabble pieces, added two saw tooth hangers and voila, it was ready to hang. Great to have in an area, where family spends a lot of time, to play ongoing word games, leave messages or encouraging notes!

Feel free to check out all of the other projects posted on my blog and then be sure to stop by my facebook page at Dippity Dot Creations to keep up with what I am currently working on and check out my Items for Sale album too.