The Holiday Season is upon us. Family, friends, an amazing variety of food, lights, special decorations, and all the good things associated with the upcoming month.

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US. Many will worship, others will cook for days, some will fix a simple meal, while others will have to work. As to the last option, I wish everyone had the choice as to how to spend Thanksgiving, and it didn’t include working.

We’ll have dinner with family, and the company and the conversation will be the highpoint. I know whatever the menu includes I will enjoy it and not go away hungry, but I may go away with some wonderful leftovers.

Leading up to this week, Β I’ve decorated a little bit by bringing down the small trees.Β I love small trees.

This is a tree made out of the mounted patrol horse shoes. I’ve added some tiny lights on it so it’s spreading holiday cheer right now. No, the wall isn’t black, but there was glass behind it, and I couldn’t get a decent photo without the backdrop. πŸ™‚

It’s sitting on a simple buffalo plaid runner I made this year.

I also brought the small wooden nativity set down and created a simple but sparkly white runner for under it. I have a large ceramic set our family made many years ago. Each piece is a work of art, but it takes two men and a boy to get it down from the attic.

I finished a few mug rugs and a table topper, and I’m working on a holiday wall hanging right now. I like to send small gifts meant to express my friendship. They’re no great work of art, just some time spent thinking about special people.

The weather here has certainly provided plenty of moisture recently. I wish we could send some to our friends in Australia as they fight those devastating fires. I pray they all stay safe.

Today, Mother Nature has gifted us with a beautiful and sunny day, so I’ll head back to the sewing machine and work on quilting that wall hanging.

Before I go, I send you the very best of wishes for a great week and a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.

It is always good to stop and take a moment this week and give thanks for our many blessings and one of mine is the blogging community and all the creative and interesting friends I’ve made here. Thank you for being you. ❀️

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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64 Responses to Seasons

  1. pastpeter says:

    A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Judy! You are one of the many blogging friends I give thanks for – you add to my gratitude!

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  2. bikerchick57 says:

    I love the horseshoe tree and plaid runner. So unique! It never matters if you’re gifts are not works of art, but it does matter that they come from your hands and heart.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, Judy!

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  3. Dawn says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house, Judy! Isn’t it fun to bring down favorite holiday decorations at this time of year? These special traditions feel like old friends when they make their annual appearance. I’m really looking forward to decorating on Friday. I just love your beautiful, handmade creations! Is your fabric designed by Susan Winget? I adore her artwork throughout the entire year.
    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving, Judy! Our blog friendship warms my heart! So grateful for all that I learn here… and all of the smiles you share. Many blessings! πŸ’—

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    • It is her design. What an eye you have to pick that out. I saw that panel, and I just loved it. πŸ™‚ I’d hate to tell you how old some of my decorations are, but each one has its own story, and they make me smile. I was thinking of you last week when I received a card that you would have appreciated. The cover was done with wool pieces and all hand sewn. It was lovely, and only someone who appreciated hand made cards could look at it and know the time and creativity it took to create it. Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn, and I hope you have a wonderful get-together with your parents now that they are closer. πŸ™‚

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      • Dawn says:

        I just love Susan Winget’s cozy, heartwarming artwork! Each year I hang her calendars, buy her Christmas cards, and I sip my tea from a mug with her garden artwork. You have such great taste in fabric, Judy! πŸ™‚
        Your special card sounds just lovely! The talented card maker knew that YOU would truly appreciate each stitch.
        Thank you, Judy, for remembering that this will be a very special Thanksgiving for my family. I’m really looking forward to it!
        So grateful for our friendship, Judy! β™‘

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Love the horseshoe tree!! Your handcrafted pieces never cease to amaze me. Everything is gorgeous. But I beg to differ with you my friend, everything you do is a great work of art!!

    I know you and Dennis will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast and delight in the company of your family. Save room for dessert!

    Thank you for your wonderful blogs and all you share with us. So thank YOU for being you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who also follow Judy. I love reading your interesting, often funny, informative comments. It feels like family here.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  5. Michelle says:

    The rug mugs are so cute! I love those!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  6. Wonderful directions! I especially like that tree, although the simple nativity set is a beauty, too. I am with you all the way in being thankful for my blogging friends. How they (you!) have enhanced my life. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  7. P.S. Should be “decorations” not “directions.” Whoops!

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  8. Dan Antion says:

    I really like the horseshoe tree. I also like the mug rugs and runners you made. It’s pretty cool having unique things like that. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Judy. If you or anyone in your family is traveling, stay safe on the crazy roads.

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  9. Joyce says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend! I agree with you that the blogging (and commenting) community is a special one. Just one of many good things technology has brought to us. If all of your “regulars” were to show up together on your porch I think we’d just pick up a conversation as if we’ve known each other for years!
    My husband still insists on wrestling a 9′ live tree into the house because he loves decorating it with our childhood ornaments. I love the ambiance and scent, but if it was up to me I’d do a series of smaller ones like you have!
    As for working on holidays, our wonderful Jewish community steps up to work Christmas shifts for police officers, nurses, and doctors. That’s part of why I bristle when some souped-up PC person tries to tell me it’s “offensive” to freely offer “Happy Hanukkah” or “Merry Christmas” greetings. Around here, we’re all simply people who love each other and want the best for one another!

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    • Couldn’t we have one heck of a conversation especially if we added some snacks, hot tea and coffee and few cold beers? πŸ™‚ I think you have Thanksgiving all figured out, friend – ‘we’re all simply people who love each other and want the best for one another!’ You gave me goosebumps, the good kind. πŸ™‚ There is nothing I love more than a big tree, but we’re packing up and heading out a mere 36 hours after Christmas. So this year, I trying three small trees plus the nativity set, wreaths, mantle, and I’m going to see if I can do without the tree itself. I even have the tree topper from my childhood on a plate rack so I can enjoy it. πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful daughters and their families. I hope your house is full of love and laughter.


  10. Happy SEWING and Happy Thanksgiving too. You have been BUSY!! Everything looks lovely and festive! I agree with the “not working” on the holidays. I spent my career juggling work schedules, working shifts etc on holidays because it was a necessity. Enjoy the time with family and friends.

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  11. Your decorations are beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Oddment says:

    Oh, but they are works of art! I do realize that the more important part of a gift is the heart that is in it, but still the quality is obvious in what you do (as is the heart). The more Christmases behind us, the more we value the heart, yes? And the memories. We unpack a lot of those each year. Looks as though you have a good start with both heart and memories. A very happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Judy, and to your family!

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  13. Relax... says:

    Beautiful crafting! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful beginning of the holiday season.

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Judy. Enjoy the blessings of the season!

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  16. Marilyn says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. The first of my family visitors arrived yesterday. They are spending today with friends in the Detroit area. Tomorrow we’ll do some running around after exercise in the morning. I lead exercise class tomorrow. I’d better do a good job with my sister visiting class. Some more relatives arrive on Wednesday and the locals will come Thanksgiving Day. Hope you enjoy your day too.

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  17. Karen says:

    Beautiful mug rugs and table toppers, Happy Thanksgiving Judy.

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  18. Judy, this just make me happy. Period. I love that horseshoe tree and I’d love to have one. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


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  19. germac4 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Judy! I think all countries should have a day in the year to consider being thankful…just what we need right now. I am very thankful to all my blogging friends, it is wonderful getting to know people from all parts of the globe, and I really enjoy all of your posts Judy…and I’ve learnt a great deal from them.
    …. I just have to sigh when I see your mug rugs and table toppers, they are gorgeous.

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  20. Nancy says:

    I’m thrilled that blogging helped us cross paths. I enjoy your informative posts that are filled with thoughts, tips and creativity. I too am grateful for you!

    Your Christmas Gift Creations are perfect to show just how much you care for each friend. The mug rugs are adorable. I’m loving the truck fabric!

    Enjoy your time creating and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. You make beautiful gifts!

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  22. I love your crafted things! Especially that old red truck with the snowman. I’m not taking down the fall things until after Thanksgiving and I won’t begin to put up the Christmas things until December 1st but, I’m feeling the pull to put them up!

    I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • I normally don’t put up decorations so early, but since we take them down the morning of the 26th in order to head south, I started a little early. πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you, and I hope you get a day filled with good food and those two handsome grandsons. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, Judy! I have #1 Grandson with me so am getting an extra lot of Grandson time. I’ll see the littlest Thanksgiving and He-Man and I will be tag teaming holding and playing with him.

      A couple ladies in my watercolor class/club have left for AZ for the winter already.
      I wish you and your Hubby safe travels!

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  23. Rose says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love the things you are working on.

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  24. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family, Judy. Although we don’t celebrate here, we’re very grateful that the huge fire near to us is finally out, after causing much devastation and the loss of six homes and many farm outbuildings.

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  25. joey says:

    We appreciate you too!
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house πŸ™‚ I really love the lil tree with the shiny gold baubles — I bet it is stunning in person with all the light hitting it.

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  26. I didn’t see any stockings in those pictures, so they must be coming out later. My name is spelled M-A-R-T-Y just in case there’s room on that mantle. πŸ˜‰


  27. Happy Thanksgiving! The mug rugs and table toppers would make delightful gifts!

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  28. Karen says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It definitely looks a lot like Christmas in your home. The friends that get one of your lovely handmade gifts will cherish it for the warm friendship that it represents.

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