Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings

The plain truth is though I have possessed a few talents in my life, I have not been able to pass them on to my kids. I used to play basketball pretty well. Them not so much. I can also play the piano. Them not at all. And, of course, I can dance.

But they have one especial talent that totally escapes me--the ability to memorize entire scenes from a movie and recite them over and over at the dinner table. Don't spend all your money at the Red Box. Just invite my boys over and say "Caddyshack" or "Nutty Professor," and let the fun begin. I guarantee they will have you in stitches and rolling on the floor in 30 seconds or less and they will keep you that way for the rest of the evening.

My entire repertoire of scene recitation, on the other hand, consists of the first 12 seconds of this clip from the most awesomest movie ever to come out of the 80s, Airplane.

"Johnny, what can you make of this?"
"I can make a hat; I can make a brooch; I can make a pterodactyl."

Cracks me up every time!

I like to think that Johnny from Airplane is my muse. Stephanie, what can you make from this book? I can make a flower; I can make a word; I can make a pop-up card. I can make...

a turkey!

This gentle fellow is made of a combination of techniques. The body is an autumn-flavored RDCB that I smocked.

You can see the smocking a little better in this picture.

Even the ends of a book look good smocked.

The feathers are the same cones I use to make wreaths. And the head is a vintage Thanksgiving graphic printed on one of Barb's dictionary pages.

 You can't see it in the pictures, but he sparkles because I added a sheen of gold glitter. Why? Because I can!

He makes a really nice companion piece for the Blessings book I (ahem, we) made.

Or if you're in a more whimsical mood, you can set him next to Gobble.

I can make a serious book. I can make a fun book...


  1. Wow....gorgeous and what talent.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. could you tell us how to make the fold for the turkey

  3. I would love to know how to make the folded turkey! I am a volunteer with the National Wild Turkey Federation and this would be perfect for a banquet table!