I’m Thankful for Today


I love having a specific day to say thanks.  It helps me remember to think about what I have. 


And that makes me happy. 


Right now, I am together with family.  And it’s comfortable.  I love chatting and laughing and reminiscing and, of course, eating good food.  And yeah, I don’t even mind the teasing and the old embarrassing stories that are shared.  And believe me, there are plenty to be told amongst all 7 of us siblings. 


I wasn’t going to hop on the computer at all today.  But I just had to for one second.  And say thanks.


Blogging has been such a great outlet for me.  And such a nice way to release some of these pent up ideas…….and share them.  Sometimes they’re crazy ideas and sometimes they seriously fail.  But you have all been so kind.  And so encouraging.  And many of you have even become friends of mine.  I know I say this a lot……but I seriously wish I could lasso you all in, cram you inside my family room, and craft/sew with you in person.  And talk and laugh and, well, of course eat treats!  ;)  (It may drive my husband crazy to have that much estrogen all in our house at the same time…..haha.)  But the closest way I can think of to have you all come over and work on a project together…….is to give away some of my patterns from my little pattern shop.  And then this Saturday at 3:17 p.m., we can all work on the same thing over Skype.  Haha……just kidding.  But we can pretend.


Anyway, the first 30 people (Sorry….the first 30 were already chosen)to leave a comment on this post (with their email address), can choose whatever pattern they want from my pattern shop here

And then I will send you the PDF file right to your email inbox.






If I had a shop full of pre-made items……I’d send some of those too.  But I don’t.  Darn.


But I just wanted to somehow say an extra great big thank you


And I hope those of you who celebrate, had a wonderful Thanksgiving today.


!!!!!!Giveaway Closed!!!!!

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210 Responses to “I’m Thankful for Today”
  1. 1
    percilla says:

    I am checking in late, but hoping to get a free pattern. If not thanks for the chance.

  2. 2
    Kari S says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  3. 3
    Jodie R. says:

    Thanks for the pattern giveaway! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. 4
    whitney says:

    How generous! I love your thoughtfulness & talent. Today I am thankful for family as well. And health!

  5. 5
    Chris L. says:

    What???? Thanks for the giveaway!!

  6. 6
    Lindsey says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  7. 7
    Neta says:

    What a great way to say thank you! I am thankful for you and all the other bloggers who so kindly offer up their ideas and knowledge to inspire the rest of us to create wonderful things for our babies!

  8. 8
    Eva Scott says:

    Your blog is such an inspiration! I got the potty party idea from you and it worked! ;-) happy thanksgiving!

  9. 9
    Jen M says:

    Thanks for the giveaway

  10. 10
    Becky says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Keep up your creative spirit!

  11. 11

    I love the Darla purse! And I especially love this website. Great patterns, Great ideas and Great blogging!

  12. 12
    Kim B. says:

    How wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

  13. 13
    Diana says:

    Oh how nice! Thank you for your blog, too! I’d love a pattern!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. 14
    DeeDee says:

    thank you soooo much :) i have a bunch of little friends’ babies on the way. your thankfulness will go a long way to making other people happy :)

  15. 15

    What a beautiful blog post. I’m thankful for YOU, too. You’re reinspired a love for sewing and creating – and the confidence to do it!

  16. 16
    Faith says:

    I enjoy your blog very much! Hope your thanksgiving was wonderful! Your patterns are so cute. Especially love the Abigail booties :)

    Walkwithmebyfaith at gmail.

  17. 17
    Marie says:

    Thanks for sharing your crafting talents with us! I love your tutorials. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. 18
    Sheena A. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, I love your blog and all the great tips and ideas!

  19. 19
    leigh7911 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, indeed! I’m so thankful for my little family of three. Even if the youngest of us refuses to nap. :)

    The Darla Purse is amazing looking! How have I not noticed it before?!

    • 19.1
      leigh7911 says:

      Looks like you wanted the email actually put IN the comment, and not just left with it in the form. Ah well. Thanks for the chance anyway!

      • 19.1.1
        Ashley says:

        Oh no Leigh, you did it perfectly! :) I can see the emails that aren’t showing for everyone else to see. It just took me a few days to respond. But go and check your email……I just sent your pattern!



  20. 20
    emali says:

    I LOVE your patterns! THANK YOU!!!

    • 20.1
      emali says:

      wasn’t sure if you needed me to write out my e-mail: e mollenhauer (at) g mail (dot) com

      I just found out I’m expecting a BOY (we have 3 girls currently) so I want the little guy tie pattern!

  21. 21
    Cyndie call says:

    Happy thanksgiving!

  22. 22
    Anna W. says:

    How awesome! I love your blog!!!

  23. 23
    Barbara says:

    Oh, you sweet thing! I am so excited! I love the little Abigail booties because I’m expecting my first granddaughter after a lifetime of only boys! Thank you so much! Hugs!!!

    sweetsandals@gmail dot com

    • 23.1
      Ashley says:

      Oh yay……congrats on the new granddaughter on the way!! :)

      Now go and check your email!


      • 23.1.1
        Barbara says:

        EEEEK! I’m really excited about this! Thank you SO, SO much! These will soon be little pink princess slippers with pink Swarovski rhinestones on them, in a newborn size! I can’t wait!

  24. 24
    shelley says:

    what a fun idea! love your website!

  25. 25
    Kerry says:

    Hi, Happy Thanksgiving! I think you’re a genius. I love everything that you do. You’ve inspired me to start crafting/sewing again, so Thank You!

  26. 26

    Oh I love your patterns! Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. 27
    Jen Kennedy says:

    I love your darla purse, I’d love to make it!

  28. 28
    rach says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love the little guy tie tutorial.

  29. 29
    Elizabeth says:

    I’m thankful for your inspiration!!! Love your blog.

  30. 30
    Kelly says:

    Thank you for blogging! :D (and thank you for the giveaway)

  31. 31
    Jenny Riddle says:

    Your blog is my favorite to read. Thanks for all the sharing!

  32. 32
    Lexi says:

    I love your patterns!! I bought 2 already and can’t wait to have another!! Thanks!!

  33. 33

    Oh I love your patterns! Happy day!

  34. 34
    Amy says:

    Im thankful for your blog!!! Thank you for always sharing :)

    amydconover at gmail

  35. 35
    Jennifer says:

    Thank you for the giveaway love reading your blog! Happy Thanksgiving! Wonderful day to live in Colorado!

  36. 36
    Whitney Hathaway says:

    Happy thanksgiving! love all of your patterns!

  37. 37
    Amy says:

    Thank you for putting this give away on! I love all of your patterns, but I really like the Darla purse

    Have a good day!

  38. 38
    Jaclyn says:

    Your patterns are all gorgeous! Thanks for sharing so many tutorials with all of us – my novice sewing skills have really benefited from your posts!

  39. 39
    Amy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  40. 40
    Jenny Riddle says:

    Oh, here’s my email address: jennyruth414@gmail.com

  41. 41
    fabi says:

    i love your patterns! thanks for your blog too, I love it!!

  42. 42
    Ms Kate says:

    Aww I missed out :(

  43. 43
    Denise says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I love the inspiration to create for my kids from your blog. Iappreciate the creativeness you share. Thanks!

  44. 44

    You are so sweet! AND, I think you’re close enough that we COULD get together and craft sometime! Thank you!

  45. 45
    Sandra says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Love your blog!

  46. 46
    Amy says:

    Oh, you are a creative genius! I love all your ideas and wish I had more time to make things!

  47. 47
    Kylee Duff says:

    Hi, Happy Thanksgiving. I would love a pattern! I would love either the little boy’s tie pattern or the darla purse.

  48. 48
    Sarah says:

    Happy thanksgiving. Thanks for inspiring us crafters.

  49. 49
    Kristin W. says:

    Love all you do! Would definitely enjoy a free pattern. :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

  50. 50
    Jenny says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    jmojmo24 [at] gmail [dot] com

  51. 51
    Debra says:

    Darn! You only posted this 6 minutes ago, but there’s already 45 comments! Guess everyone wants your patterns! :D It’s too bad, because I’ve had your Bradley booties on my PInterest forever and would LOVE to make them for my baby boy who’s due in 3 weeks! Maybe for Christmas… :D

  52. 52
    cassandra madrigal says:

    Dunno if I made the cut but I’d love the little guy tie… super cute! I’ve been eyeing it for some time. :0)

  53. 53
    Melinda says:

    Wow! I feel so lucky! i already have the skirt and dress so i’m gonna go for the darla purse although this was a tough decision as i really wanted the little guy tie too! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family! Thank you!

  54. 54
    Jen R says:

    Oh man, I missed my chance!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  55. 55
    nelly says:

    I would like a pattern!! Thanks!!!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  56. 56
    Jennifer says:

    I know its way past 30, but I just love your blog! You are so generous for sharing so much with us. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Ashley!

    – jen

  57. 57
    BriBedell says:

    Oh boo :( too late!!

  58. 58
    cassandra madrigal says:

    Wow, when I opened this page up, it said 27 comments… and I wrote a comment (a whole one minute) and now it says 56 comments!!! 0_0 ummm, no clue how that happened but wowzas! Oh well… maybe next time then.

  59. 59
    Angela says:

    Think I missed out but love your site anyway

  60. 60
    Jennie says:

    Love the Abigail booties!

  61. 61
    Danielle says:

    I know I’m not in the first 30 but I wanted to say Thank You for your blog!

  62. 62

    Aw, there’s no way I’m getting in, but it doesn’t matter–thank you so much for the continued inspiration, it keeps US going as well!!


  63. 63
    Katie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! And thanks for all you share!! I love your blog!!

  64. 64
    Suzanne says:

    Well, it looks like I might have missed the first 30, but I wanted to wish you Happy Thanksgiving, anyway! And thanks for all of the great stuff you post…now that I have my first grandson I have a new little person to make things for :-)

  65. 65
    meagan says:

    happy thanksgiving! i love your patterns!

  66. 66
    Francine says:

    Thanks for your blog – I enjoy it so much, especially with a new little granddaughter on the way!

  67. 67
    Kayla Morris says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  68. 68
    SandraMc says:

    I love the Little Guy Tie. It would look really sweet on my grandson. Love your blog.
    mcclusks at bellsouth dot net

  69. 69
    Angela says:

    Not in the top 30 but love your site!! Thank you!

  70. 70
    Danna McCrary says:

    It looks like I’m too late! Oh well, I love your site. You always post such cool stuff! Happy Thanksgiving!!


  71. 71
    Janeen says:

    Darnit, not in the first 30, but I will say I live the baby boogie pattern I bought last year; good work!

  72. 72
    Carrie says:

    Happy thanksgiving :) thanks for the chance!

  73. 73
    Quinn Pilon says:

    I am thankful for my wonderful family. They are my world. I hpe everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving!

  74. 74
    lisa jack says:

    Boo to being #87…..but happy thanksgiving!!!

  75. 75
    Beth O. says:

    Doesn’t hurt to try! Happy Thanksgiving!
    olsoncieslak at msn dot com

  76. 76
    Kristi says:

    Thanks for your blog I’ve now started sewing stuff for my wee one. Truly inspirational. Thanks and thanks!!!

  77. 77
    stacey says:

    i’ve missed out as well – but happy thanksgiving!!!! and what a wonderful idea the giveaway was :)

  78. 78
    LucyL says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    wow, so many comments already~
    Hope you had a great holiday with your love ones.

  79. 79
    Alexis says:

    Well, I missed it (and that makes me sad because you have some adorable stuff!) but thanks so much! I am thankful for you and your blog. It is by far my favorite craft/inspiration blog! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

  80. 80
    Claire says:

    Im too late but I would have chosen the darla bag.
    Sitting in Scotland in the middle of the night with my beautiful 2 week old baby girl wondering how I will ever find the time to craft again. I know I will. You are an inspiration, thankyou. X

    • 80.1
      Valerie Nelson says:

      I’ve been there! You will find time :) Once naps become regular and the bedtime set, you’ll be back at it! :)

  81. 81
    Sarah Gough says:

    What a wonderful gift – thank you! I love reading your blog, it’s always inspiring! sarah.eternal@yahoo.com

  82. 82

    I’m late. But I do want to say thanks for your blog. I’m new to the blog scene but I really love yours!

  83. 83
    Cassie Olive says:

    Love your blog! Abigail booties are super cute!

  84. 84
    Irene Arevalo says:

    Looks like I didn’t make it in time, but wanted to let you know that you’re awesome. Love reading your blog and am always inspired by your projects. Thanks!

  85. 85
    Susan M. says:

    I didn’t make it in time either.. but still want to thank you for all the cute projects you share with us and the time you put forth to do it !!!
    Happy Thanksgiviing !!! :)

  86. 86
    Elinor Washington says:

    Even in New Zealand your patterns are being used. I have made the baby blanket and will be doing the hat soon
    Cheers from DOWN UNDER!!!!!!!!!!

  87. 87
    Lucka says:

    too late for me, is 101 a lucky number? Anyway I found my FREE pattern yesterday when my sister asked me to sew a art smock for her daughter. Thanks Ashley.

  88. 88
    Emilie says:

    Hoping lots of those comment failed to leave their email addresses!
    eahern (at) live (dot) com!

    Here’s hoping!!!

  89. 89
    Morgan says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! What a great giveaway!

  90. 90
    Heidi says:

    I have all of your wonderful patterns already! Happy Thanksgiving!

  91. 91
    Jenn Bonczyk says:

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

  92. 92
    Jennifer Hall says:

    Well, I’m late as well, but I really do love your blog. You have inspired me to be more creative, so thank you for that!

  93. 93
    Amy says:

    I’m new to your site and would love to try one of your patterns!

  94. 94
    Lisa Kingsbury says:

    Gosh there weren’t many comments when I started, but I love your blog and your patterns! thank you right back at you!!
    Lisa New Zealand

  95. 95
    Carolyn says:

    Canada celebrated Thanksgiving earlier, but I’d like to thank you for your wonderful blog. You have helped me out many times.

  96. 96
    JenniferA says:

    I LOVE your blog! If only I had more time to do more of the crafty things I see here.
    Allison_j22 (at) yahoo.com

  97. 97

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for your inspiring blog! You’re awesome. Wish I was on earlier; I would have loved the tie pattern =D

  98. 98
    kelly says:

    I missed out too and only an hour after you posted! But love your blog. =0)

  99. 99
    Rachel Q says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    rachelannjeanette at gmail dot com

  100. 100
    BrAndy says:

    Oh I missed out :( happy Thanksgiving and thanks for all the wonderful crafty tips!!!

  101. 101
    Alexis says:

    I know I don’t get a pattern but I wanted to say thank you to YOU. You are an inspiration on so many levels and you’ve taught so many of us wonderful things. Today as I think about what I’m grateful for, I see you and your blog on the list. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  102. 102
    Kerry says:

    Thank you for inspiring my creative energy. I might not be able to make things, but it is always fun to be inspired!

  103. 103
    Janice says:

    First 30 ??? You’re way more popular/famous than that! Love your cheerful creations. Mary Poppins and Bert are terrific!!!

  104. 104
    Brione says:

    Love, Love, Love your site!! I am not creative, so I use your creativity to help me on my way!!

  105. 105
    Jenn says:

    Thank you so much for all your cute creative posts. I love it! I have made so many fun things after being inspired by you, and it brings so much pleasure into my life. Thanks!!

  106. 106
    Melissa Witt says:

    Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving and love your site!

  107. 107
    Shannon Haymore says:

    OH…I wish I was number 30:) I love your ideas and your blog!!! You are amazing!

  108. 108
    Suzanne Rusly says:

    Ashley, finding your blog had made me dust off my serger & sewing machine. You are such an inspiration. For that, thank you…

  109. 109
    Amanda says:

    Well, I may not be in the top 30 but I am still grateful for your blog so full of ideas and such. Thank you.

  110. 110
    Rae says:

    I don’t know if I’ll make it… a lot of people didn’t include e-mails, so….

    rae_adropofgoldensun @ hotmail . com

    If not, thanks for the daily inspiration, and I hope your holiday was great!

  111. 111
    Heather Johnson says:

    I am thankful that you are so willing to share your talent and inspiration with all of us.

  112. 112
    Vicky says:

    I’m nowhere near the top 30, but still want you to know how much I enjoy your blog and the wonderful creations you share. You’re fantastic inspiration for a sewing mummy like me! :)

  113. 113
    Kathy Patterson says:

    Even though I was out all day and was not a winner in your pattern giveaway – I STILL think you are terrific! Thanks so much for all you do!

  114. 114
    Dorothea Dahmlos says:

    I know that I don´t win. But I want to say that I follow you ervery day from Hamburg/Germany.
    You´ve got great ideas.

  115. 115
    Annette Ladle says:

    Thank you for your ideas and abilities to spark my own creative juices. You are appreciated. Thank you.

  116. 116
    Sonia Lopes says:


    It´s a wonderful thing to feel grateful:) I´m also grateful for the simple things I have in my life…for my family, my health and my work! Wish you all the best.

    I´m far from being in the first 30 but I´d like to say that I love the Abigail shoes! They´re so darling!!

    Sending you this comment from Portugal,

    Sonia Lopes

  117. 117
    Steph says:

    I really like your Darla Purse!

  118. 118
    Sonja says:

    Well, I missed that one by … a bunch!!! Oh, well, I hope your Thanksgiving was just awesome!

  119. 119
    Raphaela Dias says:

    OOHHH I am so late for this post…. I love all your things, any girly pattern would be perfect for me…
    Well, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  120. 120
    Katie says:

    Wow! Thanks for this!!! I love the little guy tie and would be thrilled to have the pattern!

  121. 121
    Marilou says:

    I’m sad I missed it! But I still love your site :)

  122. 122
    Erin says:

    Too late for a pattern, but just wanted to say–happy Thanksgiving! I’m grateful that your’e generous in sharing your talents with all of us.

  123. 123
    jan says:

    I am way too late, but still want to say ‘thank you’ too (for all the awesome stuff here) and Happy Thanksgiving & holiday season!

  124. 124
    Valerie Nelson says:

    What a generous offer :) A little late for me, but what fun for the ones who saw this in time! Thanks for all your inspiring ideas!! You’re super mom!

  125. 125
    Avvie says:

    Aw I’m too late.

  126. 126
    Luda says:

    I cryed when I saw this post and realized that I missed it. And for a long time have been wanting the boy booties because we are expecting a boy soon and would love to make him some of those booties. Could I get one too?? :(

    please please please please.

  127. 127
    Becca says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m Canadian, so we’ve already had ours long ago, but greetings to all your American neighbo(u)rs. I also nearly cried when I realized how much I missed this giveaway by. I love your blog, patterns, and neat ideas, Ashley! Thank you. p.s. If you are still giving away those patters… this wannabee creative new mom would love one!

    • 127.1
      Becca says:

      *you not your and *patterns… :) They do teach us grammar in Canada, although sometimes we have different spellings than you.

  128. 128
    heidi s. says:

    I missed out on the giveaway, but just wanted to say how awesome I think this was. You are extremely talented and what a giving heart you have! I’m so very glad I found your sweet blog! Would have loved that that little maddy dress, but will wait for the next time around. Keep up beautiful sewing!

  129. 129

    This is the best deal you’ve gotten from Raining Hot Coupons. I love it!!!

  130. 130
    Ashley says:

    I know that I’m waaaaay too late for the giveaway but I wanted to tell you that your blog is by far my favorite. You have taught me so much about sewing and have brought out a talent that I didn’t know I had. Thank you so much for teaching us new projects and basic techniques. You are so creative. I recommend your blog to every crafty person I know. Thank you so much for all the time you put into your blog. :)

  131. 131
    Jen says:

    Love your purse pattern and your blog, one of my fav’s!!

  132. 132
    Marta says:

    I just found this and I love it!

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