My mother liked to use the term charm bracelet as a verb. That sounds weird but it's actually a handy thing. You can use it to describe anything that accumulates with purpose over time.
I'm going to charm bracelet my way to a decent set of matching flatware.
When it came to Christmas, the Hendersons took their inspiration from previous generations and charm braceleted a whole new set of family traditions.
After seeing a sign-the-tablecloth last year, I decided I wanted to take a similar charm bracelet approach to Thanksgiving. But because I hardly ever host a Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted something that could hang on display for a few weeks. Something I could build on a little each year. Something festive. Something...turkey.
One of the printers I work with gave me some overrun on a piece that was printed on the most beautiful watercolor paper. It was too gorgeous to throw out, so I got my watercolors out and painted it unicorn colors. Yes, unicorn colors is an established pallete.
The Martha Stewart folks at Plaid sent me some samples of their liquid gilding, and I have to say, it's pretty good stuff. It stinks, but it's good. Just a little bit here and there really makes the paper sparkle. Way more effective than gold acrylic but less fussy than genuine gold leaf. Not that anything is wrong with gold leaf, mind you.
No template here, just a quick fold over, some fringe snips along the edge, then a little twist to help ruffle the feathers. Easy Peasy. The hard part is stringing it in a way that doesn't tangle. I used a simple needle and thread with a few sequins tagged on for sparkle. Because I plan on adding to this each year, I have reconciled with the idea that I will probably need to snip and restring each year. And I'm OK with that. Strong paper and small holes...it'll be fine.
I can't wait for this thing to grow a bit more next year. I'll be looking for strong-yet-nifty bits of paper all year round.