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Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! 

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Image from:  The Graphics Fairy

I hope that you all have a very happy, grateful Thanksgiving!  I decided that I would share with you my top 10 things that I am thankful for.  These are not necessarily in order…because I could put every one of these at # 1!

1. My family…especially my husband!

2.  My testimony…the gospel.

3.  My nice warm home…even more when it is cold outside.

4.  A car that works and can take me where I need to go.

5.  That my Christmas decorations are all put up!  :)

6.  Grandkids…all 10 of them!

7.  My health…especially that I have an arm that is working great!  :)

8.  The beautiful fall season that we have had!

9.  Scrapbook and craft stores.

10.  Homemade quilts.

I Hope that you can count all of your blessings and that your heart will be filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving Day!

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How are you doing on your 40 day conference challenge?  I love to read first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake.  I sip on a mug of  French Cocoa and just take my time reading and marking and making notes…it is MY time!  :)

How do you like to read your conference talks?  Do you do it by yourself…with a spouse…or as a family?

Thanks for visiting today.  

I am going to take a couple of days off to spend time with my loved ones, hope you get to do the same!

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Noel Lolly Garland #acwarehousesale

Last week I was invited to a SNAP event for bloggers that was held at the American Crafts Warehouse Sale!  I was so excited to go that I almost went a week early!  My friend had to tell me that it was not for another week!  :)

#acwarehousesale  This sale is in Orem, Utah at the old K-Mart building,  so if any of you that are local would like to visit this sale I heard that they have extended it until end of January!  If you have any scrapbook lovers on your Christmas list, this would be the perfect place to find all kinds of goodies to fill that need!

I was able to really stock up on some fun items…look at all of this goodness!AC warehouse sale (more…)

The White Envelope Story

I thought that I would kick off the Christmas season again this year with my most favorite Christmas story and tradition!  We have been doing this tradition in our home for several years now and I always look forward to it more than anything else that we do!  But even if you do not do this tradition in your home…it is a great story to start of your holiday season and get you in the true meaning of Christmas!

We have a tradition in our home that we started a few years ago.  My children are all grown and married, and every year we would go through this little ritual– They would say, “Mom, what do you and dad want for Christmas?”  and I would reply “that we really did not need anything,” and I could never come up with any ideas for them.

We usually all get together for Sunday dinner, and four years ago at one of these family nights, I read the following story to my family.  It reminds me so much of my own husband, because he does not like the commercialism of Christmas just like the man in the story and all of our kids had to agree, and thus was born the tradition of the “White Envelope”.  It is truly the highlight of Christmas for my husband and I.  We wake up on Christmas morning and we read the letters from each of our children and their family and I must admit, that it usually brings tears to our eyes!  What a beautiful way to start our Christmas Day!

This is my “White Envelope”, I made it out of fabric and it goes on the Christmas tree.  You could use any white envelope, but I decorated it up and we use it year after year.  All of the grand kids know exactly what it is and they get caught up in the spirit also!

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Christmas Scrapbook/journal

Christmas Scrapbook/Journal

Last weekend I stopped at a scrapbook store and I picked up a fun class kit that they had for a Christmas Scrapbook/journal.  It was the last one they had, so I took it!  I brought it home and that afternoon I started putting it together…and by the end of the evening I had it almost completely put together!  I was so excited that it went together so quickly and it had everything that I needed plus quite a bit more…all included in the kit!Christmas Journal/scrapbook (more…)

Christmas Sour Cream Containers

Today I have the new Christmas Sour Cream containers in the shop!Christmas Sour Cream containers
I had so much fun with the Thanksgiving ones…that I knew I needed to make some Christmas ones too!  :)

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“ites” Book Review

First of all I just want to ask how everyone is doing with their 40 day reading challenge?  It started yesterday, but you can always start today and catch up with the rest of us!  :)  I love this challenge and hope that everyone will enjoy it as much as I do.

Today I have a fun gift idea for those of you that are Mormons and have a small family or for those of you that are grandparents to small children.

It is this “ites” book:

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Give Thanks Pillows

Give Thanks Pillows

I have one last project for Thanksgiving before moving on to Christmas.  But, this project is one of those “oops” projects!  Last weekend my husband and I went to our cabin for a few days, my husband went hunting on our family property while I worked on projects at the cabin.  I got a lot of things accomplished and I was feeling pretty good about myself, until I got home and discovered a mistake in the pillows that I had made!Give Thanks Pillows (more…)

Easy to sew Fall Table Runner

Super Easy to Sew Table Runner

Do you need a last minute table runner for your Thanksgiving dinner, or perhaps you would like to make one for Christmas…or any occasion for that matter.  Well, here is a tutorial on how to make a “Super Easy Table Runner!”  This project is wonderful for a beginning seamstress or great for someone that is advanced!Super Easy to Sew Table Runner

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