Thoughts on Year Six and Tiny Turkey Art

I miss blogging.  More than that, I miss the “back in the old days” blogging when the email notifications about new comments on my latest post energized me and I could count on two hands the number of blogs I followed—and commented on—religiously.  Now that email notification in my inbox is most likely a spam comment and the number of blogs I can follow is endless.  Pair that with two kids under age four and a busier-than-ever job and, well, I’ve simply lost touch with current-day blogging.

I’ve been blogging since 2009—before business pages for Facebook, before smartphones, before Pinterest. (Gosh, I suddenly feel old.) So much has changed in blogging and I haven’t quite kept pace, which, for a competitive person like me, is hard to swallow. I’ve yet to reconcile the two bloggers in me.  On one hand, I want to blog like it’s 2009 with little regard for stats, pins or likes.  On the other hand, I want to be in the blogging game.  

While I’m still trying to figure out how blogging fits into my life today, I’ve decided the sixth annual Dare to DIY Challenge (sixth!) is the perfect reason to come out of hiding.  After all, it was Kim at NewlyWoodwards’s original Dare to DIY party in 2009 that drew me into the blogging community and created lasting friendships.  I’ve managed to participate in each of the first five years and I’m looking forward to more of the same this year.

And that, my friends, would explain why I was making tiny paper turkeys this weekend.

How about that segue?

Chris wanted to know why I was “making Origami.”  I told him that small paper fans didn’t exactly qualify as Origami, but I was folding paper so he kind of wins.

To be honest, I had no idea what to make for this week’s Dare to DIY challenge of crafting a Thanksgiving-themed project.  Heck, even a scroll through Pinterest left me uninspired.  So, I rifled through my craft closet and came up with two empty tiny frames, some Halloween-themed scrapbook paper and a piece of a cork square leftover from another project.

Each turkey consists of two paper fans (hot glued in place), some tiny paper tail feathers, and a little turkey body/face.  What you see is what you get here, people.

It’s hard to tell the scale in these photos, but the frames are pretty tiny—about 4×3″ or smaller.  I like that I can tuck them onto shelves or windowsills to add a seasonal touch without having to re-style a whole display.

I also like that the turkeys are neutral enough that they blend in, but still fun and quirky enough that the kids find them amusing.  Lincoln’s still working on his “gobble gobble,” but we’ll settle for the solid “quack quack” effort.

Have you crafted anything for Thanksgiving, or are you just focused on which kind of pie to make eat?  It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is nearly here. We just barely got our turkey, which, I can assure you, is anything but tiny!

Please be sure to visit the Dare to be Thankful segment of the Dare to DIY Challenge (hosted by Shift Ctrl Art today) to see what some other crafty bloggers have been up to!





  1. Kim says:

    Erin – I totally relate to your thoughts about blogging. The landscape has definitely changed greatly but I still have such a soft spot for friends like you. Pinterest can’t replace that. I so miss many of my blogging friends from years ago and still love to see your projects. (I am thankful I can still see what you are up to on Instagram and follow along as your cuties grow.)

    I love your origami. 😉 the guys don’t always understand our crafting ideas, do they? I really dig the mix of paper patterns (I’m a huge sucker for that houndstooth.)

    Thank you so much for participating again this year! You are awesome!

  2. Erin, I hear you on your thoughts about blogging. That is a big reason I so love these Dare to DIY challenges. They bring back a bit of the original flavor to blogging. That is one reason I LOVE Kim’s challenges.

    But let’s talk turkey! :) Those paper turkeys are the cutest thing I have seen. I just love how they are three dimensional and using layered patterns. The shape of the turkey head is fantastic. I could even see these on the front of accordion folded napkins on the table. Thank you so much for joining in again this year!!
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  3. Elizabeth says:

    Totally understand that it’s hard to fit in blogging these days with two little boys. Always enjoy seeing your posts whenever they come through on bloglovin’ though.

  4. Rachel says:

    Oh man, I hear you on the changing blogging landscape. Sometimes I miss the old days, too–it seems less about people now, and more about ‘things,’ if that makes any sense. But on a cheerier note, I think your little turkeys are darling! And I appreciate that you used things you found in your craft closet–I love a free project that uses up scraps.
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