Saturday, October 20, 2012


I'm sharing our tradition of "THANKFUL LEAVES" project with you today. I know some of you have seen this idea but thought my new readers would like to see it. This idea came from my first blog friend Becki 3 years ago and it's one that means sooo much to me and I hope my kids carry it on to their kids. This is a project for anyone and everyone, just taking a moment every day to write down something your THANKFUL  for. So the first thing I do is get construction paper in fall colors. I used a stencil for my leaves but you can use whatever you have, even free hand them. The cutting out part is time consuming so break it up each day and ask for help if you can. Once you have them cut out put them in a jar, bowl, envelope whatever works best for you. I put them in a jar with a pen.
The next thing you do is decide where you will want to hang these leaves once you write on them. We have a brown door in the kitchen that reminds me of bark from a tree and that's where ours go. I know some people who make a tree, draw a tree, whatever works best for you is just fine.
We start this project on November 1st and go thru the whole month. I usually try to have us do this during dinner time each day. Some of these leads into talking and laughing while eating dinner which is another great part about this project. The lesson is to try and look for the little things we take for granted and just the simple things that can make us happy. The kids have a hard time with this about half way thru but I nudge them along. Sometimes we pull out the previous years and read them to each other, so funny to do this and see what's changed. The above picture is from last years, LOVE LOVE THEM ALL!!! I can predict what the kids will write some days and others they totally surprise me. At the end of the month I take them down and put into a baggie which goes in the back of  Project Life. For those of you with little ones that can't write yet, try explaining to them what it means and you can do the writing for them. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I will help any way I can. During November I will post pictures for you too see of our door.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend, I started making Christmas cards today, YIPPEEE!!
I'm going to be sharing gorgeous fall colors from a walk I had this week. So much color going on and I'm trying to capture them before the gusts of wind comes in and blows them all away.  HUGS!!!


  1. This is a brilliant idea, Dawn. What a nice time spending with family, chatting & eat dinner while doing this :). FUN FUN to read them later :).

  2. What a wonderful idea, this would be so great to look on in years to come. Thanks for the tutorial Dawn.

  3. I love this project so much. I loved reading your posts last year and seeing the leaves as they got added. What a wonderful idea and putting them in your PL album... brilliant.
    love me :-)

  4. great idea Dawn. maybe i too should try this with my son.I'm having issues with my computer so unable to update my blog.hope today i can do sthg abt it.

  5. this is such a great idea Dawn... so glad u are doing it.. and omg.. u hv started your christmas cards... wow.. u are on top of things!
    I hv christmas cards already ... just gotta unpack that one box eventually.. haha... but making progress day by day!

  6. Thank you so much ladies for your sweet and encouraging comments. I am hoping you will join me in doing this. It will be fun to keep reading these each year.

    Susan, you should do this with your son. He would love it. Sorry about your computer, hope it gets worked out soon. MISS YOU!!

  7. I love that you do this - what a great tradition!