I Tri and Craft

thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist


Autumn Colors Challenge


This is my first time participating in a challenge with SVG Cutting Files.  The challenge is for fall colors, you can create anything as long as you use fall colors and something from SVG Cutting Files.

I went ahead and made a Thanksgiving card using their Chibi Turkey file.  It’s a pretty cute little bird.   Although I did just realize I put the beak and little wing-hands on up-side down! oops.


I designed the card base, flag and maple leaves.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the elements for the card.

The “let’s talk turkey” flag was printed and then cut.  I had the dashed just cut, but they didn’t show up that well, so I went over them with a marker.


I used dimensional foam tabs to elevate the turkey and second level.


This was also my first time using distressing ink on the edges.  I was a little nervous, cause you know if I over do I would have to just re-cut that piece.  But I am pleased with the result.


Don’t forget to go to the challenge page and see all the other amazing projects.


Dawn Marie


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Menu Plan Monday Nov. 25

Not only is it the week of Thanksgiving, but ’round here it is also parent-teacher conferences.

I have been busy this week making some teacher appreciation decorations for my sister.  She is hosting a luncheon for the teachers at my nieces’ school.

teacher privew


She is making pies for them, and so I made little bunting flags for the pies.  I think they are gonna be pretty cute.


Sorry, not a lot of links to recipes with this plan.  The holiday kind of changes things up.  It’s a busy week so we are having some easy-peasy dinners.  Until the big one that is!

We are having dinner at my moms, and so we all contribute something for dinner.  I am a master of mashed potatoes.  Which is what I will be making.


Menu Plan 11/25-12/01

Mon: Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta with Italian Green Beans

Tue: Tacos with Spanish Rice

Wed: Dinner at my moms

Thr: Thanksgiving!! I am making potatoes

Fri: Leftovers 

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun: Pork roast with veggies 


Happy Cooking


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Seven Days of thanks ~ Week 3

I want to give daily thanks in honor of Thanksgiving this year.  Instead of a new post each day, I will recap what I am thankful for at the end of the week.  It is a great way to reflect on the little things in our daily life that we should be thankful for.

First I have to give thanks to you readers who are going to forgive me for not posting this days ago.  I forgot to schedule it, and didn’t realize it.  oops.


7 Days of Thanks Nov 15-21

Nov 15
The ability to easily make friends.  This boy can and will make friends with anybody where ever we go.  I’m not gonna lie, sometimes the other kids don’t realize they are friends or that Ian is playing with them, but he is.  It allows him to have fun and be carefree where ever we are.



Nov 16
Family get togethers.  I have a wonderfully amazing family.  And we try to find any excuses to have a party.  Even if it is only to try out some new coffee.  Which then became a birthday party, but alas I didn’t take pictures of the actual people there.



Nov 17
Fearlessness.  OK, so sometimes I am not really thankful for it, because he gives me a heart attack like every thirty seconds.  But I am thankful that he is adventuress and has the drive to figure things out.  He couldn’t reach the door handle, so he pushed his chair over.



Nov 18
Our fume hood.  Stinky thiols are horrible to work with, and I am so thankful that I have a working fume hood to keep them.



Nov 19
The things this kid says.  I try really hard to write down what he talks about, but sometimes it is so much and so funny, I can’t get it all down.  I really need a recorder in my car, or better yet, just attached to him.  He is constantly making me laugh.



Nov 20
The treadmill.  I know sick right?  But if it were not for the treadmill, I would be out walking/running in the very cold wet yucky weather.  Plus I can use it, at the gym, after the boys go to bed without fear of running in my neighborhood.  This way I am able to stick to the C25K program that I just started.



Nov 21
Another thing I am thankful for at work is these auto-tip fillers.  Could you imagine refilling this by hand?  That is like a million little tips to fill the box.  Maybe an exaggeration, but not if you are filling them by hand.




What are you thankful for?

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