New week. New month.

It’s the first Monday in November. That means it’s time for me to . . .

Once November hits, I start looking forward to Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday . . .  Good food. People I love. Pie. I like the low-key feel of the day — with so much less pressure than the December holidays. We keep our Thanksgiving meal pretty relaxed. After all, it’s essentially the same menu year after year (with a few tweaks here and there).

But I still like to do a few little things to make the dinner feel festive and special.

Last week, I was watching a gardening webinar from Margaret Roach and Ken Druse (I have been taking part in their Virtual Garden Club program for several years now), and Ken had just taken part in some kind of  “gourd workshop.” He shared a lot of photos of “gourd art” and various things one could do with small gourds. I was inspired . . . so I grabbed some screen shots to share with you.


It made me wish I’d grown some small gourds! (Idea for next year, maybe?) Or, at least, picked some up at the farmer’s market earlier in the season!

Ken showed us one of his “gourd workshop” projects — turning little pumpkin gourds into tea light holders. And now I’m obsessed with the idea of making some for my own Thanksgiving table! Wouldn’t it be fun to have one at each table setting?


It seems like a simple process . . . just hollow out a little gourd, and pop in a tea light. I’m game! I think it would be pretty easy to figure out the how-to on your own, but just in case, I did find these step-by-step instructions for making gourd candle holders if you’d like to try this for yourself.

It’s November!
Try some festive fun accents for your holiday table (for Thanksgiving dinner or any other fall celebration).

Start Your Engines!