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Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)

This morning, I woke up with extra family here in our home.  It feels good to have a house full…..even if I forgot to put clean sheets on the guest bed until after they arrived.  Ooops.  And forgot to buy extra cereal and milk for breakfast this morning.  (No one actually makes breakfast Thanksgiving morning, do they?  Because if so, I need to take a few hosting lessons.)


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m just grateful my family comes to visit, clean sheets or not.  Breakfast or none. ;)


I know today is the day everyone (in the U.S.) compiles those gratitude lists but I won’t make you sit through my entire list.  But I do have to say that these little nuggets would take up three of the bullet points on my list.  Their daddy would take up a 4th one! :)  (If you’re dying to know more on my list……I’ll send you an email! ;)

Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)



But I did hop on here really quickly to bring up one more thing……I’m pretty darn grateful to have this little outlet of mine.  A place to experiment with ideas in my brain, correspond with bloggy friends from all over the world, learn new tips and ideas from others, and share my projects…..even if they’re, well, not so good.  Thanks for being so tender with my heart, even if you don’t care for what I’ve made. :)


I sometimes ask my husband to pinch me, because it’s pretty dreamy to have a place where I can blog about what I love.  And to have such appreciative readers who are genuinely grateful.  And so sweet.  I’m not kidding, I really chat with my husband about this and kinda shrug my shoulders in disbelief.  It sometimes doesn’t feel real……..because, come on, what could be more fun.  And fulfilling.  I literally find myself saying, “oooooh, I want to try making that!  And once I figure it out…….I’m totally sharing.  Maybe someone else will want to know!”  Blogging gives me extra motivation and excitement to do something I’m already pretty passionate above.  What a bonus!  So, really, thank you again for riding along with me for the past few years.  Unless you just found this ol’ blog yesterday…….then thanks for riding along since yesterday!;)


Wow, that turned out to me a lot more wordy than I intended it to be.  Maybe I should’ve just written out a typical “gratitude list”. ;)


Anyway, I have a few things I’m going to be sharing and mailing out to some of you next week (sorry, totally spoiled that surprise) but I didn’t have everything together for today.  But I still wanted to come on today to say a big thanks!



So, you know how I have that sweet little shop where I have 7 patterns sitting in there?  Well, I have dreams for that little shop.  I want to have many, MANY more patterns in there.  Free patterns are fun but it’s sometimes nice to have actual complete patterns with pattern pieces and sizes, etc.  I know, I get that!  But, well, filling up that shop with more patterns just isn’t as high on the To-Do right now.  (Because I have too much fun making Halloween costumes, or baby gifts, or holiday decor.)  But one day that little shop will grow to more than what’s in there:

Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)  Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)  Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)



But, the patterns that are in there are still pretty fun.  They are computer files that I send to your email (well, they’re actually sent to you automatically….so you don’t have to wait for me anymore.  whew!)  But they are a great way for those who want to start learning how to use a pattern.  Because they’re not like your regular ol’ store bought patterns.  They are written kind of like my blog posts here; with lots of pictures and detailed instructions and different sizes to cut out.  Then, once you get the hang of using pattern pieces and sewing them together, maybe it’ll help you become comfortable enough to tackle some of those more vague (and sometimes tricky verbiage) store bought patterns.  Maybe??


Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)  Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)  Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)



Anyway, since today is a huge Giving Thanks day (well, here in the U.S. it is…..but who doesn’t appreciate a little gratitude!), I’d like to share a little love from my shop


First of all, the patterns are all going on sale for $3.00 All of them!!  (Until Friday night at 11:59 p.m.)  But also, maybe if there are 20 of you who want a $10 gift card to use in my shop, it’s all yours.  You can use all of it, part of it, share it with a friend, etc.  But 20 of you, from anywhere in the world, will be chosen to receive a coupon code.  (And since the patterns are all on sale for $3, that means you can receive several for free.)


All you need to do to be a $10 gift card winner (to my shop), isGIVEAWAY CLOSED!!

  • Leave ONE comment below, making sure to include your email in the comment form (it won’t be visible to anyone else but me). And then tell me what you’re grateful for today.  Even if it’s the warm slippers on your feet…….I want to hear it!  (If you’re reading via email, click here to enter. Don’t try and reply to this email.)
  • Then, give yourself a little hug from me.  And tell yourself thanks for the bloggy love!  Because that’s what I’d do if you were right here. :)
  • And finally, enjoy your day today.  (And no cheating……it’s one of the rules. ;) )



**Giveaway closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. (giveaway part is closed) but the $3 pattern sale ends Friday, November 23rd, at 11:59 p.m. (MST)



Oh, also, tomorrow I post the winner of the Silhouette Portrait giveaway.  (So, if you haven’t entered, there’s still time.)  And for those of you who have been asking, yes, I’ll also be posting the codes to buy your own Portrait or Cameo, at a discounted black friday price.  Wahoo! So check back for that too. :)



Happy Thanksgiving!!!





  1. Paige says:

    I’m thankful I get to spend today with my hubby and kids, even if we are all laying around watching movies cause we are sick.

  2. Veronica says:

    I’m Thankful for my amazing husband and my 4.8 daughters (.8 because I’m 8 months pregnant)
    thankful for health and for living in a new but beautiful country Jamaica!! Thankful that my daughters are learning a new language quick, thankful for great friends,

  3. Gloria says:

    Thankful for my little man, he’s 6 weeks old today. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family also.

  4. Erin says:

    I am thankful for my family, especially my parents who took my three year old for a sleepover last night so my hubby and I could sleep!

  5. Sherie says:

    I am thankful that my children are all healthy and happy!

  6. Emily says:

    I am thankful for my two little ones and my husband :)

  7. Kim says:

    I am thankful for my family and mashed potatoes!

  8. Allison says:

    I’m so thankful for my 1 year old baby girl and my husband who works hard for us!

  9. Vicki says:

    I’m thankful for the baby that God has blessed us with!

  10. Erica says:

    For so much!!! God especially, my wonderful hubby, 4 amazing kids, extended family and friends. Warm home, food, freedom…

  11. Amanda c says:

    Thankful for delicious food & a great family to share it with!

  12. Catherine says:

    I’m grateful for a family that lets me show up for Thanksgiving dinner in flip flops and yoga pants. :)

  13. Lauren says:

    I am thankful for so many things. My amazing children and husband, our families, lucky enough to be a craftaholic… hehe, thankful for wonderful people like yourself who take time to share with the rest of us so we can create awesome things for our own family and friends! Happy Holidays everyone!

  14. Julie says:

    I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and our four happy and healthy kiddos!

  15. Brooklyn says:

    I’m thankful for my husband being discharged from the hospital tomorrow, it’s been quite the roller coaster!! We miss our 2 little boys!! I’d love some free stuff too!!

  16. Jennifer B says:

    I am thankful for my wonderful little Lucy :-) And the awesome husband who helped make her.

  17. wendy says:

    I am thankful for my four kids :) they make life interesting. I am also thankful for this giveaway thanks :)

  18. B. Wright says:

    I’m thankful for just about everything!!!! :)

  19. Amy Osborne says:

    I am thankful for answered prayers. My husband and I have tried for 6 years to have a child. This year we were blessed with our first. She is due in February.

  20. Kristin says:

    Great post and thanks for the giveaway! :-)

    1. Kristin says:

      Sorry. I hit a button and it sent…..

      I’m thankful for my family and that we’ve come along way this year (for the better).

  21. Keeslermom says:

    I’m thankful for the blessings I get to take care of every day, and the new blessing to come!

  22. Penny Kitzmiller says:

    Hi my name is Penny and I just found your blog today..isn’t that great!!!!! I love your energy when you blog…it’s from your heart. I am spending this Thanksgiving by myself this year. My husband committed suiside on Thanksgiving 23 yrs ago. I have been a widow from the age of 23. I was four months pregnate at the time and I had a beautiful baby girl. I gave my whole life to her and tried to give her the best life possible. She is 22 now and has a 2yr old now and has a life of her own. She and Coop went to Miami for Thanksgiving this year. I am so happy and excited for her but I miss her like crazy. So the reason I told you all of this is…. I am one Thankfull lady today…I could have eseally been shot that day back in 1989. I would not have had Sierra and Cooper at all so being alone for one short wknd is better than never having them at all. I AM SOOOO THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE!!!!!!!!

    1. Emily says:

      You are an amazing woman :)

  23. Kelly O. says:

    I’m thankful for bloggers like you who share (and let me copy) their ideas and lives. blogs are a huge source of information and cheaper than therapy :)

  24. Crystal says:

    Thankful for beautiful weather, health, and the time off to meet up with my family and spend a week at Walt Disney world for this holiday!!!! Oh and for iPhones and wifi so I can keep up with the interwebs happenings while in line for rides!!! Lol

  25. havalah says:

    I’m thankful for my job (despite having to work on Thanksgiving) and my wonderful hubby!

  26. Kendra H says:

    I am thankful for being able to cook together with my family!

  27. Charity Ickes says:

    I am thankful for the Word of God!

  28. Charity Ickes says:

    I am thankful for the KJV BIBLE!

  29. Brittney Nickell says:

    Today, and every other day, I am thankful for A LOT! I am thankful for my precious, beautiful, smart, incredible, 15 month old baby boy, Zander. He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I am so lucky to call him mine. Another person I am thankful to call mine is my amazing husband! Another great man in my life. He is the “other” best thing that has ever happened to me. The six years we have spent together thus far have meant so much to me. Those boys are my world!

  30. Tami says:

    I’m thankful for inspiration… it keeps us going, that and faith that God loves us still. :)

  31. Krista says:

    I’m thankful that I live close enough to my family to spend our holidays together!

  32. Alicia B says:

    I am so thankful for my awesome husband and 2 gorgeous girls!

  33. Jayme says:

    I am thankful for my two beautiful children and amazing husband… I am also thankful that even though I have to go on a dairy free diet for my nursing baby, there are so many options to substitute with (I don’t have to give up ice cream)

  34. miranda hines says:

    im thankful for naptime, hot showers, my little man, and my hubby that cleaned the bathroom and helped with laundry this morning while i cooked all on his own! i didnt even ask him to! lol i think i will keep him…and im super thankful that im finally done cooking! :p

  35. Annette says:

    I’m thankful for my family. We tried for over 10 years to have a second child and last year we were blessed with that second child. 6 months later we found out we were pregnant again and 2 weeks ago our precious baby boy came into this world. This year I have so much to be thankful for, but my family means the most! I love your patterns! Thanks for the sale!

  36. Alaina b says:

    I am thankful for my four lil r

    1. Alaina b says:

      My four lil rugrats. They are my world :)

  37. Laura says:

    I’m thankful for my 8 day old baby who is sweetly sleeping in my lap. My 22 month old who is resting in her bed. And my 3.5 year old who is quietly watching a movie so that I can go have a nap too.

  38. desiree says:

    I am thankful for the ability to run.

  39. Julie says:

    I’m thankful for my husband, daughters, family and a community of amazing friends.

  40. Rebecca says:

    I am thankful for family!!

  41. Natalie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one to boycott Thanskgiving breakfast for the family! Intentional or not, there’s just too much going on for me to worry about it!

  42. brenda says:

    I am thankful for a premie who never had to be in the NICU and came home with momma 2 days after birth!

  43. Bea says:

    I am thankful for so many things! Family, friends, food, peace, a place to live… Happy Thanksgiving!

  44. KasiaJ says:

    I’m thankful I did my blog checking today! But really, I’m thankful for my daughters. They are great and they teach me so much.

  45. Jane says:

    I am thankful for my family and friends as well as all the folks helping to protect our country.

  46. cindi says:

    I’m thankful for a few minutes to relax and take a few deep breaths before our festivities begin!

  47. Phoebe says:

    I’m thankful for my wonderful family!

  48. AubreyB says:

    I’m thankful for pie! :)

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