Monday, December 16, 2013

Movie Recommendation - Joyeux Noel

I don't normally do movie reviews. I guess it is because I never get around to watching a movie until everyone else who wanted to see it has already seen it and that a review at that point seems redundant. I knew after seeing this movie, that I had to recommend it here on the blog. 

It is not a new movie, I warned you already that I am usually the last person to see a movie. It was released in 2006 and was nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award. But the true reason that I borrowed this movie from the library was because Daniel Bruhl plays one of the lead roles.  (He is the German soldier in the middle).

This film is set in France, at the beginning of WWI in 1914. It is told from three points of view, in a unique and non-partial way. The film is recorded in three languages, French, German and English with subtitles for the French and the German. It depicts the lives of the French, the German and the Scottish soldiers stationed about an hour outside of Lens. It portrayed the human qualities of each nationality, their feelings and relationships and fears in a very real way. It made each side appear like-able and for once was not severely biased for or against any one particular side. The average soldier was only sent out to do his duty and most did not even want to fight.

The film is centered around the Christmas truce of 1914. On Christmas Eve of 1914, the some of the soldiers decided that the war would not be won if they held a truce on one day of the year. In this particular depiction, the truce was held between the Germans, and the two allied forces France and Scotland. If you have ever read anything about the Christmas truce of 1914, then this film is for you. Even if you have never heard of the Christmas truce, you will thoroughly appreciate this film for its simple yet profound message. It shows the inherent dignity that every human possesses and that regardless of race, nationality or religion, every man has fears, hopes and dreams. Men in each camp the men longed to see their sweethearts back home, hold their newborn child, see their mothers, protect their brothers or friends from harm and to play a good old game of soccer with their buddies. 

This film sheds light into the terrible truths surrounding the real men on the front lines. It is highly entertaining with beautiful performances from Diane Kruger and Benno Furmann (another two great German actors). Gary Lewis plays a Scottish priest, working as a stretcher bearer, even says midnight Mass for the men in no man's land. Guillaume Canet, a French heartthrob and top-actor, plays the French lieutenant. 

As a note for families, there is only one "bed" scene which shows partial nudity and intimate kissing. The film is rated PG, but use caution because of this scene. I would definitely recommend this film for older teens and young adults. I can't remember hearing any crude language (or reading any), and the scenes of war were less brutal than in many other action films. They show dead and wounded men and actually artillery fires. I just suggest that you use your own judgement on this one.

So, in case you are looking for a good Christmas movie to enjoy this season, I highly recommend Joyeux Noel. You will have to sit up and possibly put on those dusty glasses (as in my hubby's case) in order to follow along, unless you can speak fluent French and German. 

God Bless friends and happy third week of Advent.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Different Kind of Advent

The Advent Calendar is more than half eaten up and the days to Christmas draw nearer. This advent has been very different from other years. Other years, we had school plans for all of the Feast Days, cookies pre-baked and in the freezer, the house all cleaned and by now had already been to Heritage Park to see Father Christmas. Not this year! 

This advent has seen a number of the kids with the stomach bug, two trips to the hospital, endless days of lounging around hoping that everyone will feel better soon. The only main stay has been the Jesse Tree and the St. Andrew Novena. We managed to be well enough to make it to Mass to buy candles for our advent wreath. That's something, isn't it. 

I have been reading my facebook feed to see all of the wonderful activities that others have been doing. St. Nicholas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Lucia went by so quickly. There was chocolate on St. Nicholas, a letter from our sponsored child from Bolivia on the Feast of Our Lady and my daughter made breakfast on the feast of Santa Lucia, but that was it. No coloring pages, no special dinners, no feast day activities, nothing. I am such a terrible example of a good Catholic mom. 

I always wonder how some moms manage to do it all and have time to blog about it. During this season of life, I am lucky to get up in the morning and make it more or less unscathed through the day. I know this too, shall pass.

I still have time to get to confessions, pray more, reflect more and prepare my heart and home for the coming of Our Lord. It won't matter if the house is spotless, or if all of the kids' quilts get finished (they probably won't), tons of cookies get baked, Christmas cards are sent out, as long as my heart is prepared. Please join me in preparing for Christmas. Keep us in your prayers as we pray for you, our readers, our friends, our family.

God Bless Friends.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Loreto Gift Shop ~ Giveaway

This week you have a chance to win one of my creations in a giveaway hosted by Mandi of Messy Wife, Blessed Life

You could win a five decade Catholic Rosary / Divine Mercy Chaplet. It is made with beautiful capri blue fire polished Czech Ave beads and crystal luster fire polished Czech Pater beads. The centre is an image of the Divine Mercy with the inscription on the reverse, "Jesus, I trust in you." The crucifix is the Dolorosa crucifix depiction our crucified Lord with His heavenly mother catching drops of blood in a chalice. This is my personal favorite crucifix. It is the one that I have on my rosary.

All you have to do to win is follow this link: Messy Wife, Blessed Life and follow the instructions. The giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. and is open until December 7th. Good luck to everyone.

In case you haven't heard (or aren't a Facebook Friend or Follower), I am having a Saint Nicholas Sale in the Loreto Gift Shop. Use the code: HAPPYSTNICK2013 to get 15% off of your order until December 7th. All the blessings for a holy Advent seasons from our family to yours. God Bless.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

MIA While Working On UFO's

It has been a long time. I have been MIA (missing in action) while trying to work on some of my UFO's (unfinished fabric objects). I took on the task of attempting to make each one of my five children an I spy quilt for Christmas. These quilts are not a secret to them, since they were very active in helping me pick out the fabrics for their individual quilts. Christmas is only the deadline and they are highly anticipated by each child. The only child that I am not making an I spy quilt for is my daughter, she is working on making her own. I am making her a bed quilt instead.

Split Nine Patch I-Spy (front)
Split Nine Patch I-Spy (back)

I See Snowballs Quilt
I See Stars Quilt
I See Stars Quilt (close-up)
Mimi's Favorite's Quilt
Modern I Spy
As you can see, I have been very busy piecing all of these quilts and have four out of five left to quilt and bind. Do you have a favorite? I like them all, but I have to admit that I am a little tired of making I spy quilts. In between, I have been busy trying to finish other UFO's. I finished a pillow for Sascha and made a few doll sized quilts that are in need of bindings. I have a Christmas wall hanging and pillow that need some attention, but they will have to wait.

I also received an order to make a bunch of bibs. I started out making them and sent a photo to the mom I am making them for, when she asked me to make them narrower (her baby is tiny). Lesson learned. DO NOT cut and fill an order until you have the specifics from the customer. No big deal. You can buy one of the bibs that I have made. I listed 8 new bibs in the shop. I started out making rosaries and pouches and table runners, but have expanded to include baby bibs, carrier strap covers and journal covers. 

 I sew as much as I can during nap time and in the evenings I try to work on making rosaries or sewing snaps on pouches and bindings on quilts. Some days are more productive than others, but first and foremost I am a mom. 

A little update on our homeschool: Owen is finally reading and finished the first Seton reader. It took a long time for him to grasp the basic phonics, but perseverance is his middle name. The other kiddos are plugging along in their studies and learning a lot. We just began adding extra math practice to our daily routine. The kids use Xtramath to practice their facts. It helps them solidify their knowledge of the basic math facts. Even Owen is getting quicker. Math is hard for him, too. We suspect that he could have dyslexia, but aren't getting him diagnosed. It wouldn't change anything by labeling him. We finally found out how he learns best and as long as we use the methods he needs, he is highly successful and will hopefully catch up to other kids his age in due time.

The weather has been cold and we have had snow, lots of snow! The kids really enjoy playing out in the snow. I can't believe that the baby, now 15 months even goes out to play in the snow. He loves the snow and looks so cute in his little snow suit.

I must get back to the family now, but before I go, I want to remind you to come back again tomorrow. A giveaway for one of my rosaries begins tomorrow and I don't want any of my readers to miss out on the chance to win. 

Until then, God Bless and happy Feast of St. Andrew.
Holly Hobbie - friends

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blogging Less and Making Time for the Rosary

I haven't been blogging very much lately. I just haven't had time. We have had a few very busy weeks now that fall has begun. Noah joined youth group. St. Anne's Mom's Group is in full swing again and then there is school and life in general. Just keeping up with laundry has been a full time job.

Madonna of the RosaryOn the upside, we have been making new friends and listening more to the will of God instead of our own will. We took some time off school to go to Mass twice this week. We also re-joined the Totus Tuus Rosary Makers in making rosaries for the missions. It was so nice to be back after such a long break. We can't go weekly, but we are really going to try to make an effort to at least make it to a meeting once a month.

This month is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. I have been busy making rosaries and praying rosaries. I need to update my shop desperately. I have been a terrible shop keeper in that department. My forte is in making and shipping and not in marketing. This tenner is one of the items that I have yet to have time to list in the shop. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Our Lady knows that I try to do her work, but she also know that I have a little family to tend to. But, Our Lady managed to arrange for us to make rosaries with some of the most precious people that I have ever met. It was a treat to be asked to join some residents of the Father Lacombe Care Center. Yesterday, Noah helped a 99 year old woman make rosaries for the missions. Watching them interact was priceless. Maria was helping an older German gentleman make rosaries. He even spoke some German with her. I am one happy mama. I have never felt so blessed before as I did yesterday. The elderly are such a treat to work with. I plan on making time to go there on a weekly basis. I thank Our Blessed Mother for this opportunity. She has really become present in my life again.

I will not lie and say that I pray my rosary beads every day like a devout Catholic mama. I don't. I try to, but I fail constantly. I go through periods of praying regularly and periods where I struggle to pray a single bead. It is my fallen human nature, I guess. The rosary is always there and so is Our Blessed Mother.

During this month of the Rosary, I pledge to try harder to pray my rosary and also to encourage the whole family to pray more. Will you pray with us? Do you have any intentions that you would like us to pray for?

God Bless Friends.
Holly Hobbie - friends

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yarn Along ~ September 25

I haven't participated in a Yarn Along for a really, really long time. The truth is that I prefer to quilt or sew and leave the knitting and the crocheting in a bag or basket for months on end. I recently finished a Milo vest for my 8 year old, but have yet to get a picture of it. It wouldn't have taken me that long to finish it, but I got bored of it. I know that is lame, but it is the truth. Now I don't even have a photo to share. Oops.

I shared on Monday that I was in the process of using the wool I dyed to make an infinity scarf. I actually finished it in under a week. The pattern is easy as pie and I believe that anyone can do it. I am not a crocheter, but have a basic knowledge of it and I churned out this thing in a few sittings. I was planning on making it for me, but as chance would have it, it looks better on my daughter. That always happens when I make things for me. I almost always give the finished products away. I used this little YouTube video to make it.

I obviously used a different yarn and I had to resort to using a smaller hook because I didn't have the one she used in the video. I might actually have to get a bigger hook and try to make one for myself.  I left notes on my ravelry page.

I can believe how fashionable my sweetie looks when wearing this scarf. It was finished just in time for our brisk autumn weather. Hubby is already predicting that the first snow will fly real soon. I sure hope he is wrong. I still have mittens to buy knit. 

Right now I am reading a few different books beginning with Trim Healthy Mama. I bought this ebook on a whim. I am not that I mentioned that I joined a mom's group at our parish late last winter. At the time, I met a bunch of wonderful ladies, but didn't really get to know them all that well until more recently. Anyway, I ran into this one mom that I hadn't seen all summer, a few weeks ago at a baptism of a mutual friend. Oh my goodness, she looked so different than before the summer. I walked right up to her and told her that she looked amazing and that I want to look fabulous, too. There wasn't time to talk that day, but mom's group started up again and I finally got a chance to chat about her transformation afterwards. Her story inspired me so much that I spent most of the afternoon researching and facebook chatting with her. To make a long story short, I bought the ebook and could hardly put it down. It makes so much sense to me. I have to keep reading it before I can tell you more about it. If you want to read a great review, you can find one here: 
 That's all for this week's Yarn Along. Don't forget to stop by Ginny's blog and see what else everyone has been up to.

God Bless Friends.
Holly Hobbie - friends

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pioneer Studies = Fun School

A few weeks ago, I blogged about our plans to study the life and times of the early Canadian pioneers. Since then, we have learned and explored so many interesting and fun aspects of living during the 19th century. We especially enjoyed spinning wool, dying yarn and making cheese.

When we first decided to study pioneer times, I thought it would be great to do a lot of hands on learning. I really want this year to be memorable for the kids. Two years ago, we suffered a miscarriage and an intense pregnancy with lots of ups and downs. Last year, we had a newborn and a paper route. We quit the paper route a while back and decided to really focus on learning after two years of craziness and chaos.

At the beginning of the year, I laid out the following plan:

Pioneer Study in 17 Weeks

Pages to Read
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: The Robertsons & Signs of Spring pp. 6-19
Day 2: Maple Sugaring pp. 20-31
Make Egg Pudding online recipe
Activity on page 30
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: School Days pp.32-45
Day 2: Baby Animals pp.46-59
Activities on pp. 44-45
Grow a Potato Plant
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Finding a Honey Tree pp. 60-67
Day 2: Granny’s Story pp.68-75
Make Honey Butter and Look at Bee Books
Make a Breadcloth & Paint a Picture of Voyage
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Milking pp.76-85
Day 2: Sheep Shearing pp. 86-103
Make Cheese
Dye some wool from Knit Picks
A Pioneer Thanksgiving
Day 1: Cranberries pp. 6-17
Day 2: Nutting pp. 18-29
Make cranberry sauce
Play games in the chapter & make nutting basket
A Pioneer Thanksgiving
Day 1: Festival Bread & The Corn Dolly pp. 30-35
Day 2: The Hungry Year pp.36-41
Making a Corn Dolly
Make a Weather Vane
A Pioneer Thanksgiving
Day 1: Gathering at the Table pp.42-47
Plan the Thanksgiving Menu
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: The Peddler’s Visit pp. 104-119
Make a Punched-tin Picture
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Fishing pp. 120-133
Play the game on page 133
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Harvesting the Crops pp. 134-145
Day 2: A Visit to the General Store pp. 146-157
Make Pa and Laura’s Hay Sticks
Make Pioneer Envelopes on page 157
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Building the New House pp. 158-171
Day 2: The Corn Husking Bee pp. 172-185
Activities on pages 168-169
Drying Apples on page 179
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Shadow Stories pp. 186-195
Day 2: Lost in the Woods pp. 196-205
Make Shadow Puppets on pages 192-193
Make Laura’s Bear’s Track Quilt Pillow
A Pioneer Story
Day 1: Moving Day pp.206-219
Day 2: Christmas Visiting pp. 220-229
Stencilling on pages 216-217
Do Candle Dipping on page 226
A Pioneer Christmas
Day 1: Christmas is Coming pp. 6-17
Day 2: An Unexpected Visitor pp. 18-21
Make a Pomander on page 16
Make cookie Decorations
A Pioneer Christmas
Day 1: Christmas Caroling pp. 22-27
Day 2: Let the Festivities Begin pp. 28-33
Sing Christmas Carols
Play the game on page 33
A Pioneer Christmas
Day 1: Christmas Garlands pp. 34-38
Day 2: Christmas Eve pp. 39-47
Make a garland
Make Eggnog in Little House Cookbook
A Pioneer Story
Between Christmas and New Year’s read Hogmanay pp. 230-237
Make a Jumping Jack

Books Used in this Study:    
A Pioneer Story by Barbara Greenwood
A Pioneer Thanksgiving by Barbara Greenwood
A Pioneer Christmas by Barbara Green
My Little House Crafts Book by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson
The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker

Last week, we dyed some yarn, learned how to spin on a Turkish drop spindle and made cheese. I bought some wool from KnitPicks to dye. I like that they have a wide varieties of yarn to choose from that are "bare" and ready to dye. I really wanted to try using a natural dye, but I found that using kool-aid is easier and kid friendly. Unfortunately, we only had one color of no name kool-aid in the house and it happened to be orange. We don't drink usually drink kool-aid, I just keep it in the house in case I want to dye something. Yeah, I'm weird. The yarn turned out a really color of orange. It is in the process of being crocheted into an infinity scarf, if I don't frog it first.

For my own personal development, I really wanted to learn how to spin wool. This has been a wish of mine for some time. I bought a Turkish spindle when I bought the bare wool. After watching a number of YouTube videos and purchasing a craftsy spinning course when it was on sale for $14.99, I finally got the hang of it.  The following is one of the many videos that I watched. It was interesting and demanded that I not skip ahead and assume anything (like I usually do). This is an art like no other that I have ever tried or learned. It is simple enough, but the learning curve at the beginning is enormous. I really had to pay attention to every detail.

Here are some pictures of us spinning on our Turkish spindle. The kids were able to manage spinning, but I attached the leader, always wound on the yarn and made the half-hitch for them. If this sounds strange, that's ok. I didn't know what any of these meant either. When you learn to spin, you learn a new language.

Last week, we also made cheese. It was a herb cream cheese. The herbs were all fresh from our garden. 

We Marie added fresh garlic, lemon juice, honey, salt and freshly ground pepper. It was delicious. If you have never made your own cream cheese, it is worth a try. You just need to strain 2 cups of yogurt and add herbs to taste. I use a fine mesh sieve lined with a paper towel instead of cheese cloth to strain my yogurt. If you have cheese cloth, you can put the yogurt in that instead.

I am really enjoying school this year. A lot of other things (the Etsy shop, quilting, knitting etc.) get put on the back burner right now. I have so many projects on the go and presents for Christmas to be made. I have some rosaries to be put in the shop, too. All in all, I can't complain. Being busy is a good thing. The days are short and I really have to work on planning and allotting ME time a little better.I love spending time with the kids and learning along with them and all of those other things aren't as important.

Thanks for stopping by. 
God Bless, Friends.
Holly Hobbie - friends

Friday, September 13, 2013

Changing Seasons

I can't believe that we are almost half way through September. Fall is fast upon our heels. One of my favorite television series, Rookie Blue ended last night. It runs during the summer and now that is is over, so too is summer. I have nearly a year to wait until Season 5 begins. If you haven't seen the series before, click on the picture to read about it and view an episode or two for free.


With the change of seasons I also have a change in the type of gardening work that is waiting for me. I have to clean up the garden and pick the rest of the tomatoes before the first frost. On Wednesday, I posted the picture of a few of the last blooms of the year. We waited months for the dalia's, lilies and sunflowers to bloom. We only have a few days of summer to enjoy them after months of anticipation. The flowers bloomed in time for Mary's birthday on Sunday.

Speaking of Mary's birthday, the kids made birthday banners for her special day, last weekend. Once they were finished, we put together some art journals for the big kids and the little guys made fish. I will have to share pictures of the art journals later. I just realized that there weren't any pictures on my camera, but rather on Mia's. We got the idea from Pinterest to bind together different types of paper with binder rings into little journals. When the big guys get inspired, they journal with art. I love the concept so much that I made myself a journal, but have yet to do any work in it.

As summer ends, the harvesting begins. Last weekend, our favorite field trip destination, Heritage Park had their annual Harvest Sale. They had veggies and fruits by the case load. Since it rained all day Saturday, we decided to go Sunday afternoon. And although much of the wares had been picked over, there were some great deals to be had. We left the park with 40 lbs of peaches, 25 lbs of nectarines, 50 lbs of potatoes, 30 lbs of apples, 10 lbs of onions, 4 lbs of carrots and 2 bags of grapes, half a dozen yellow peppers and a watermelon for $40 in total. The potatoes and onions should keep for a while, but the rest is being busily consumed, is canned or will be canned in the very near future.

We took Monday off of our regular studies to can all of the nectarines and most of the peaches. Our pantry is now stocked with Butter-Spiced Nectarines, Nectarine Jam, Peach Honey Butter and Spiced Peaches. I hope to turn the apples into applesauce, but that will have to wait until next week. It's a good thing that we are studying the pioneer times, so that I can legitimately call Monday hands on school. There is no way that I could have done all of the canning without my wonderful helpers. Both Mia and Noah made a batch of the nectarine jam almost entirely by themselves. The little guys were in charge of sticker removal and playing nicely for most of the day. Adam was our taste tester and napper. When Mia wasn't busily peeling, chopping or stirring, she was babysitting. I was thoroughly amazed at the teamwork and the finished products.

So yet another season has nearly passed, school has begun and we are getting ready for the colder months. We are doing our best to enjoy the last days of summer. Today we are getting things ready to go to the Palio, a family celebration with horse races at the Strathmore Rodeo grounds that takes place tomorrow. There will be an outdoor Mass with the Bishop and lots of fun things for the kids to do. The highlight of the event are the horse races. Each parish of the diocese is represented by a horse. The horses will race against each other to see which parish wins. Below is a video of last year's event. This is our first time going, so I hope it will be lots of fun.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. I hope to post some great pictures next week, if time allows. Back to school time in our home school family is crazy.

God Bless friends,
Holly Hobbie - friends

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thankful Thursday ~ End of Summer Edition

It is nearing the end of summer and I find myself pondering the days gone by. Where did summer go? We are back to school here and life is beginning to settle after the lazy crazy days of summer. There is so much to be thankful for. I often complain about all of the things that I don't accomplish, so this post is a tribute to all that I have managed to finish and do this summer.

 Thankful for weekend camping trips that taught us so much about our family. 

 Thankful for a beautiful garden space.

Thankful for a bountiful harvest and some new additions to the garden, like the cherub bird bath and pebble path.

Thankful for a sweet daughter that planted and cared for our Mary Garden.

Thankful for a fort that got repaired and painted and for sleds that keep the alley cats out.

I can't believe it, but I have a teenager now. This summer marks 13 years since I became a mom. I am so thankful for my teenager and for such a great birthday.
Did I mention that I am thankful for my Irish twins, two boys who share the same birthday. I am so thankful that the older boy is now enjoying sharing a birthday with his younger brother. That was not always the case and that is why this years' birthdays were so much sweeter than ever before. I must also mention that I am very thankful for the charming 8 year old. I struggled during his pregnancy with the fact that I was having number three. After a whole year of trying to conceive, I gave up. I threw in the towel and I was not so happy that God blessed me with another after I had taken a new job that I had to promptly surrender shortly afterward because of complications in the pregnancy. God and I were not on the best of terms then, but God knew that he would be my easy going little fellow. God knew that this little guy's capacity to love was far greater than anything that I had ever experienced and that I needed his love. SO I truly am thankful for my darling son.

Thankful for bubble wands and gallons of bubble solution. I am thankful that everyone was thoroughly entertained and that the bigger kids helped the little guys and blew bubbles for the baby.

Thankful for outdoor naps because there were many. When all else failed, a stroller ride did the trick and brought this stubborn little guy to slumber.

Thankful for group photos. It is so much fun trying to get everyone to look at the same time.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to see my family grow. I am thankful that we moved here and can enjoy having a larger than normal family.

I am thankful for picture collages of growing babies. I shared this collage on Facebook on Adam's birthday. I am so thankful that we have made it through another year and that I had the opportunity to see all of my little ones grow. I am thankful for those big brown eyes. They remind me of what I have in heaven. The eyes of our unborn baby, as small as the baby was had eyes that look just like Adam's.

I am thankful for soccer balls and big sisters who love to play with little brothers. I am thankful for all of the time that she spends with him, teaching him and hugging him.

Thankful for a big sister who is training to be a babysitter and baths little brothers. I look on in awe at my baby bathing my little babies. She will be a good mama some day. I am so thankful that I can help her, teach her and mentor her.
Thankful for cool towel that were thrifted a while back. Thankful that this little guy lets big sis give him baths while mama watches from the sidelines.
Thankful for a very communicative and silly baby. Thankful that he is eating solids (he hated baby food and anything pureed ~ still does).

I am thankful for kids who like to pose for mama and who can sit still long enough to let mama do their hair. I am so thankful for the YouTube videos and hair~bloggers who give step by step instructions on how to do pretty girly hair-do's.
I am thankful for a nearby Dollar Store that specializes in helium balloons. They have a corner of their store dedicated to them. I am thankful that we could make this guy so happy with this one balloon. I am thankful that it entertained him for almost two weeks before it petered out.

I am thankful for the baby swing that entertains this guy while I garden. He thankfully loves to go for swing rides.

I am thankful for big brothers and little brothers who like to cuddle. I am thankful for the bucket hat that has donned the fourth little boys' head. Oh my how time flies.

I am thankful for my sewing room, my sewing room companions and some time to work on the Star Wars quilt for hubby.

I am thankful for little babies who fit on doll beds and don't mind giving dollies little hugs.

Thankful that everyone helped lighten my load so that I could FINALLY finish Adam's crib quilt. It was begun way before he was born, but I am so thankful that it is finished.

I am so thankful for some more I-spy fabric that I received in the mail today. It was sent to me for FREE from a lovely lady named Susan. I am so thankful that she passed it on so that I can more children happy playing with their I-spy quilts.

I am so thankful that I made some sales in my shop so that I could by some really cute Japanese I-spy fabric and some cute baby and CHRISTMAS fabric. I am so thankful for fabric. It makes me so happy. That may sound funny, but if you are a quilter or a sewer you will understand.

I am so thankful to be taking part in a signature block swap. These are some of the blocks that I have made and all of the fabric that still needs to be sewn together. I am thankful that I will be receiving blocks from all over the world to make into a beautiful quilt some day.

I am so thankful to have been able to join a small quilt yahoo group that posts free patterns for cute little quilts. I am so thankful that I have a daughter to make these little quilts for.

I am thankful for new runners. They are nothing fancy, but they are helping me during my T-Tapp workouts. It does make a difference when you don't do the workouts in bare foot.

I am so thankful for a custom order that I recently filled for 10 rosary pouches. It is not everyday that I sell anything, let along get asked to make something. I am thankful that I am able to make these and to be able to help out financially once in a while.

I am thankful that I have had some time to make some more rosaries. I love making rosaries and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to design rosaries and chaplets.

This summer has been one to remember. I am thankful that I took some time off of blogging to enjoy the summer, the family and time to experience new things.

I am also thankful for you my lovely blog readers. I love hearing from you and reading your comments. 
God Bless, friends.
Holly Hobbie - friends

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