I am spilling gratitude this week…it was my theme for Thanksgiving 2011 and continues into 2012 and beyond.  I am so filled with gratitude this year, I had to find a way to craft it. The result is My Gratitude Tree. I created it last year to count my blessings and I loved it so much I kept it up all year. I put Christmas decorations on after I removed the acorns and blessing tags. I put Easter eggs on in spring. I hung tiny flags on the 4th and sometimes I just leave it unadorned. It is beautiful in any setting.

This year has been a life changer for me and for that I am spilling gratitude!!! As I walk each morning in mindful meditation, I recount the blessings I have. Each are tucked away in my heart to savor as I came to understand that a grateful heart unlocks the fullness of life.

I am most thankful for the power of gratitude itself and exactly what the feeling of gratitude can manifest.

No budget for decorating? No problem. Use what you find in your own backyard…literally. Just place some twigs in a blue Mason jar. Gather some acorns if you can. I may paint them this year!!!

Punch or cut circles from yellow paper and let family members write what they are grateful for this year. Thread some raffia thru a hole in the paper and attached acorns. Hold a little ceremony of hanging them on the Gratitude Tree.

They are simple to make and look so beautiful…you can do it too!!!
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November 8, 2012

Spilling Gratitude with My Gratitude Tree #TBCcrafters

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  1. Debbie Mitchell

    November 8th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Rebecca, I love the idea of a Gratitude Tree. It’s beautiful, creative and so easy to make. I also LOVE your photos!

    I have a lot to be grateful for in my life. I’m not crafty but our new TBCCrafters group just might change that in the new year!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Denise Seegobin

    November 8th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Rebecca what a wonderful idea and craft.

  3. Ellen Christian

    November 8th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Very cute! I need to find some acorns!

  4. Jamie T.

    November 8th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    @Ellen – You’re welcome to come over to where I live and rake some up!! ha/ha

  5. Jamie T.

    November 8th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Finally- something to do with all of those acorns on our ground!! Great idea!!

  6. Rose Powell

    November 8th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I am very into utilizing your own personal resources, love the way you brought nature and gratitude into the home! A great conversational piece!

  7. Ellen Christian

    November 8th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Sharing my post for the week as requested. http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/2012/11/autumn-maple-leaf-iris-folding-project-tbccrafters.html

  8. Raising Dick and Jane

    November 8th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    So beautiful and a wonderful idea. I think that it is important to teach my children to be thankful each day. Around the holidays it is so easy to get greedy and want, want , want. They have so much to be thankful for. Thank you for this idea. .. . I might steal it 🙂

  9. Tonya Staab

    November 8th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I’ve been dying to make one of these. I started collecting branches last year, but still don’t have enough that are just perfect, so right now my big umbrella stand has just a couple of branches in it, I’m sure visitors must think I’m odd 🙂

  10. tina

    November 8th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    very sweet idea and I love the rustic look of it.

  11. Mag@Girlycreation

    November 8th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Like your idea to blend the nature in and make a personal touch. It’s a very good decoration for fall. Thanks for sharing this awesome piece.

  12. Lois Jones

    November 10th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    What a great idea, something you can keep adding to. Love it!

  13. Cheryl

    November 10th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    LOVE this idea! So pretty! My daughters would love to make something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Rachee

    November 11th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Loving this craft! Like the decorating aspect and the use of nature.

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