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Front Porch Appeal - November the Grateful Month & My Etsy Store Is Open
November 03, 2023
Hello, Porch Friend,
Welcome to Front Porch Appeal! November is here but we are in some denial about that. They say, "time flies," but this is ridiculous. We were just running our air conditioner last week and now it's thoughts of Thanksgiving and the holidays.
November is the month that reminds us to cherish all the good and positive things in our lives! And there are many. Do you agree?
Our New Cedar Porch Swing
What's a porch without a nice porch swing?
Well, while not all porches have swings, we are doubly blessed that we not only have room for a swing, but also that Dave designed and built this one for us.
One of the sweet details Dave included is the oak leaf motif on the swing back. I know we will thoroughly enjoy our time on the porch swing, even yet this fall.
May you have a porch swing in your life!
Veterans Day is November 11th
We are grateful to the Veterans who have served or are now serving our country. Your service is a beacon of hope for our nation. Happy Veterans Day!
Let Freedom Ring!
We have a long line of veterans in our family representing several branches of the service: fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, and now even grandchildren. One is in the Space Force and now our grandson is graduating from Marine boot camp on November 9th.
Thank you, dear Veterans, for protecting the land we love.
May you appreciate our Veterans Day page. Thank you!
My Etsy Shop Is Open
My shop has been over 60 years in the making! I've been making greeting cards and creating art since I was a kid.
I would love your help to launch and promote my new shop by visiting, liking and sharing my shop with others.
As a nice thank you for helping me, everything is discounted 25% this month.
My shop features printable greeting cards with my paintings and some fun watercolor pages of pretty images you can cut out and use in journals or cards.
Here, take a look at a couple of my cards...
The fantastic thing is that you can download my cards instantly and print them as many times as you want.
Special bonus for purchasing my Veterans Day card
You'll receive this bonus sheet of printable patriotic images when you purchase our Veterans Day card. You can print onto sticker paper or plain paper. Either way is super cute.
They can be cutout to decorate the inside of your card or the envelope. Or if you're like me, decorate both!
My printable Thanksgiving card
We hope you like this vivid, colorful Thanksgiving card I painted for you in gouache.
Printable cards are so nice because when you purchase them, you get them instantly and you can print as many as you like!
Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop. I appreciate you!
Gratefulness for Thanksgiving
One of my most fun painting projects was this turkey. You can learn how to make this turkey right here.
Dave and I love the simplicity of Thanksgiving. Do you too?
What do you notice this time of the year where you live? At our house, since we live near the woods, we know it's getting close to Thanksgiving when bunches of turkeys show up in our yard.
Perhaps they are seeking refuge here - they love to nibble on the bird feed we put out.
When we have Thanksgiving in the cabins, one of the traditions is our son bringing this huge inflatable airplane. We have plenty of space in the adjoining back yards of our cabins to allow it float among us. Really great fun for all of us.
Our Thanksgiving table isn't fancy, but we all manage to sit here together and enjoy a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Most of the meal we cook in our cabins, although every year we say we are going to make it more simple, less work.
Each cabin has a good-sized, accommodating screened porch on the back with a view of the lake - and even includes a squeaky screen door.
Here's a simple bouquet idea for your Thanksgiving table
We made this Thankful banner
We made this Thankful banner when we first moved into our house ten years ago. We show you how right here.
From Our Treasured Sponsors
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Autumn is Perfect for Screen Doors
There's nothing quite like having a screen door in the autumn, allowing those crisp cool breezes to pour into our homes.
As a kid, I remember running out of the house to play and hearing the 'slap' of our ole screen door against the frame. Screen doors allow you to open your house to the outdoors extending your home, if only visually.
Fast forward to today, where screen doors, especially these high quality aluminum screen doors, have come so far. All those little irritants like sagging screens and corrosion have all been figured out by our fine sponsor, PCA Products.
Whether you are replacing an existing screen door or installing a new one on your home or screened porch, selecting a high-quality door that lasts a very long time is well worth the investment.
It's worth your time to see the quality of a PCA Products aluminum screen door today
and open your home to fall.
Till Next Time...
Can you imagine yourself here?
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