tired of turkeys

November 24, 2009 at 12:16 am (craftiness n' colors, holiday, picture post, thanksgiving)

“I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami… Someone needs to tell the turkey –
Man, just be yourself.”

– Mitch Hedberg

I’m tired of turkeys, and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!

Obviously, Teaball is learning about the holiday and all the fun things that go along with it. Which is. . .um. . .turkeys. Because lets face it, guys, Thanksgiving is NOT a holiday that really lends itself to arts-n-crafts on a toddler level. Actually, to a 2-year old Thanksgiving is one of the most boring holidays ever! No eggs, no candy, no costumes… no PRESENTS! Food is booooring, though T claims to be excited about our ‘feast.’ Still, we’re doing what we can to put some fun into the holiday. And I think we’re succeeding fairly well, even if the excitement level is nowhere what it was for Halloween!

T made the above-picutred craft using wooden clothes-pins (the kind without a spring), feathers, and googly eyes. She had a great time making them, and an even BETTER time playing with them. She does occasionally forget the word ‘turkey,’ which makes me giggle because she always subs the word ‘chicken’ – a word that she is more familiar with. But that’s okay – as long as she’s having fun. At bath time the other night, she asked her dad if she could bring her ‘chicken’ into the tub with her. Silly Puff!

I love watching my daughter while she does her ‘arps n’ craps.’ She gets so focused on what she’s doing. . . intense!

This craft is currently our table centerpiece. Its our ‘Thankful Jar.’ It was made out of an old formula container, and has a hole cut in th’ lid piggy-bank style. At every meal, T and I discus the many things that we are thankful for. We write down a few and drop them into our thankful jar.

If I had thought about it, I might have combined the project above with the project below, as the turkeys turned out so similar. But the next craft is one of the coolest yet – at least as far as Puff is concerned. It’s the craft that keeps on crafting (building motor skills while it’s at it). Because the ‘feathers’ are attached to spring-loaded clothes pins, and so can be removed and replaced again and again – much to the delight of Super Puff!

‘course, it can’t be ALL about turkeys. You gotta have some Indian corn around – it’s an autumn thing after all.  We’re focusing on the thankful part of the holiday, and pretty much ignoring  the bit about discovering America. Pilgrims are mysteriously absent from our celebrations this year. . . T understands about streets, but her world is still SO small. The idea of countries and continents (or even states) is one that I’m not prepared to boggle her mind with just yet. And so, turkeys it has been. . . But INDIAN corn is something tangible. We see it in the stores, I can explain it to her. She wanted to play with her pony beads that day, so that is how we made our Indian corn!

And since Indian corn is made by INDIANS. . . they can be a part of our Thanksgiving, too.

There was lots more on our agenda for this holiday, hand-print turkeys, wreaths, and yes – even the possibility of a DIY cornucopia. But the sun popped its happy head out for several gorgeous days in a row, and we were busy outside being thankful for the beautiful weather. Puff n’ I are happy to spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible before it gets seriously cold, and I’m tired of turkeys anyway. Well, most turkeys.

There is ONE turkey that I’ll never get tired of. . .


  1. Kendall said,

    Very super cute!!! I love seeing all the arps and craps you gals have been doing as it gives me inspiration! We’ve got a few we’re about to do this morning, once I get the “umph” to get off my tush/computer and get moving. lol

  2. Sharon said,

    How the heck do you come up with all of these awesome crafts? It’s way too cool that you and T make all of this stuff! And to think a couple more days then it’s Christmasy craft time a nice break from turkeys at least.

  3. Me said,

    Kendall – glad to be an inspiration to you – you keep me inspired, too. It goes both ways, and keeps ALL the girlies happy! I can’t wait to see your cornucopia!

    Sharon – You crack me up! I’d say its about a 25% mix between Google and suggestions from friends/coworkers, 25% staring at what supplies I have on hand until inspiration strikes, 25% T-ball’s demands… and 25% stuff I remember from being little.

    I can’t wait until baby A gets a smidge bigger so she can play, too! Friday’s experiment should be entertaining!

  4. wecki77 said,

    Cute crafts. I always love seeing what they do. I so wish I could do more of these with Tori…just need to figure out how to protect our only table. Hm…

  5. ChristinesLillSprouts said,

    SO cute! I don’t know how you do it! We did turkey hands with paint, and Indian hats this year, and I was exhausted!! Course, I have 3 kids, plus we also did the crafts with 2 that I babysit for. I actually do like doing crafts, I just HATE the mess it makes. Julia is sooooo messy! After we did turkey hands she had to get a bath!! I especially like the turkey clothespin…looks easy enough. We’ll have to try it next year!

  6. blunt delivery said,

    turkeys are quite possibly the ugliest creatures alive.

    but, oh, so tasty

  7. Kelli said,

    Those blue eyes are so lovely!! You both are the crafting queens. I need you at my house!!!

  8. Amber said,

    You always do the best crafts! I so wish I had the patience to do these.

  9. FooFoo said,

    What lovely big blue eyes Teaball has in the last pic. Just gorgeous. That Indian corn is really cool. I especially like how you shaped the husk. The clothespin feathers that detach and attach….now that’s a two year old’s dream come true.

  10. Gabe said,

    hers is a turkey-headed fool!!!!

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