Get your elbows off the table!! But mom, what about all this scrap wood?? Oh, honey, you can leave that!! It’s cute!!
Welcome to Thanksgiving preps at my house…Ha ha ha!! It’s hard to believe we are just two-and-a-half weeks away from Turkey day, huh?? I am so excited to be hosting one of two Thanksgiving dinners we will be partaking in this year! A small gathering… maybe 10 people or so, but I want it to be extra special!
So I started with the dining room table…
Let’s take this back to the very beginning… 1923.
Imagine a young couple waltzing across the hardwoods of their new kitchen… her, pulling dessert out of the pie safe, him, playfully tugging at her apron strings. They giggle. He starts a pot of hot cider, the aroma fills the air. They are filled with joy to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner in their new home!
She pulls the turkey from the oven as they hear footsteps crunching through the snow. Their family has arrived! Hugs fills the room. Laughter fills the air. Love fills their hearts. The children play marbles on the floor while the puppy begs for a belly rub. Grandma takes her place in the rocking chair. As it creeks back and forth, she continues knitting the blanket she is making for the grandbaby on the way.
The family gathers around the table, bow their heads, and pray. The newlyweds, hands interlocked, thank God for their health, their happiness, and their family that now fills their new home. As they raise their heads, she notices the sparkle of the modest ring he had given her just two weeks prior.
Life in the 20’s was about family and love. And this young couple knew how to live every day to its fullest. That Thanksgiving passed… and Christmas did too! Children giggling as they opened their new red wagon, a bag of marbles, and toy trains! Grandma sat at the piano as the family sang “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful” and “Oh, Holy Night”. The joyful sound filled the room.
As time passed, the young couple welcomed their first child. Wrapped in the blanket Grandma knitted, she tries to sooth the crying baby… rocking her back to sleep. The sound of the babies cry filled the room… a joyful sound, she would one day miss. Father sneaks a peak at the two loves of his life.
So why am I telling you this story??
It’s stories like this that are harvested in the scrap wood of my little table runner. The wood I used for this table runner came from inside the walls of a 1923 home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I believe the sounds of that young couple giggling, those shoes crunching in the snow, a young family’s prayers, Christmas carols, Grandma’s rocking chair, the children’s laughter, the baby crying, aaallll the sounds of a beautiful life, live in the walls of our homes.
And now those memories live on my dining room table..
But that’s not why you came to visit me today, is it? You want to know how to make one for yourself…
That’s why I put together this video tutorial which will walk you through every step!
So my challenge to you… don’t just make a table runner. Make a home filled with happy memories! Live life! Don’t let the holidays get you all in a bustle!
Create a life that will fill your walls with joy! So if one day, parts of your walls end up on someone else’s table, it will bring as many happy thoughts as this table runner has for me!
P.S. After we shot the video, the hubs and I made the rest of the table runner together, making it all the more special!
P.P.S. Thank you, Judi for the amazing wood from your home. It will forever be cherished as a part of our home and for generations to come!
Until next time friends,
Vintage News Junkie