Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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$15 Fall Challenge (Reveal!)

$15 Fall Challenge (Reveal!)

Thanksgiving Place Setting illustration by Amanda Farquharson

Woot woot for Canadian Thanksgiving! Yep, I like my pie and dark turkey meat and TONS of mashed potatoes. Especially I love wearing flimsy cracker hats and little puzzles and whistles and having lawn refuse on the table.

As you saw on Monday, it's time for the reveal of the $15 Fall Challenge! To recap, we were supposed to take $15 and make a fall themed vignette. So, um, the table above is mine! Except I obviously illustrated it and broke all the rules. But here's the thing... there's a craft! You see that little rock with the face? In our family we have little rocks with faces on them for everyone that is in our family or has ever eaten a big meal with us or who we just like. Brenna, Happy Bunny and I made them when we were teenagers. I think it was one of my Grandma's craft ideas that magically caught on (not like when she had the idea to paint silver dollars). At Thanksgiving dinner, at the cottage, we lay out the rocks as placecards and everyone tries to remember which one is supposed to be them because we weren't the best painters when we were younger. Ha. Some people look NOTHING like themselves and that's the BEST PART. My aunt Sheila who has short hair and never wears super frilly things has long hair and a huge polka dot bow. Hers is actually my favourite. I didn't illustrate it for this, but when we get up to the cottage ina  few weeks I might do a follow-up post with my favourites. It's also cute because you can see how we all drew eyes differently from each other. My eyes looked the same even then (my drawing style hasn't evolved much, when it comes down to it), Happy Bunny's were always small black ovals, and Brenna's were never the same twice.

Thanksgiving Painted People Rock Placecards by Amanda Farquharson

If you are interested in trying this at home (and why not, dirty rocks on the table are obviously a great idea), you just need some beach rocks, acrylic paint from the dollar store, some small dollar store brushes, and soap and water for when you screw it up. We always painted a colour on the background and then layered up with a circle for the face, then some hair, and some drawn-on features with a sharpie.

I feel so sentimental about these rocks! They have been around so long, and we need to make some new ones as our family has definitely grown in the last few years. When my cousin and her husband told our family they were pregnant, they broke the news by flipping a bare rock across the table at Thanksgiving. It was such a great surprise!

Now to finish up the $15 Fall Challenge that I barely qualify for, here are the other participants!

Martina @ Adventures in Building Beauty Michelle @ Sweet Suite 10 Jeanette @ This Dusty House Becky @ Casa Caudill Amelia @ House Pretty Abby @ The Crabby Fox  Casey @ Waffling Design Blog

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