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! ;)



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:




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??





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!!!




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324 Responses to “Wow, lots to be thankful for… (plus, a little treat at the end)”
  1. 1
    AubreyB says:

    I’m thankful for pie! :)

  2. 2
    Phoebe says:

    I’m thankful for my wonderful family!

  3. 3
    cindi says:

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

  4. 4
    Jane says:

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

  5. 5
    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.

  6. 6
    Bea says:

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

  7. 7
    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!

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    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!

  9. 9
    Rebecca says:

    I am thankful for family!!

  10. 10
    Julie says:

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

  11. 11
    desiree says:

    I am thankful for the ability to run.

  12. 12
    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.

  13. 13
    Alaina b says:

    I am thankful for my four lil r

  14. 14
    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!

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    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

  16. 16
    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)

  17. 17
    Alicia B says:

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

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    Krista says:

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

  19. 19
    Tami says:

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

  20. 20
    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!

  21. 21
    Charity Ickes says:

    I am thankful for the KJV BIBLE!

  22. 22
    Charity Ickes says:

    I am thankful for the Word of God!

  23. 23
    Kendra H says:

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

  24. 24
    havalah says:

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

  25. 25
    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

  26. 26
    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 :)

  27. 27
    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!!!!!!!!

  28. 28
    Keeslermom says:

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

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    Kristin says:

    Great post and thanks for the giveaway! :-)

    • 29.1
      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).

  30. 30
    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.

  31. 31
    B. Wright says:

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

  32. 32
    wendy says:

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

  33. 33
    Jennifer B says:

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

  34. 34
    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!!

  35. 35
    Julie says:

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

  36. 36
    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!

  37. 37
    Catherine says:

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

  38. 38
    Amanda c says:

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

  39. 39
    Erica says:

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

  40. 40
    Vicki says:

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

  41. 41
    Allison says:

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

  42. 42
    Kim says:

    I am thankful for my family and mashed potatoes!

  43. 43
    Emily says:

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

  44. 44
    Sherie says:

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

  45. 45
    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!

  46. 46
    Gloria says:

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

  47. 47
    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,

  48. 48
    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.

  49. 49
    Bethany says:

    I’m thankful for my dad who made thanksgiving dinner today!

  50. 50
    Rachel says:

    I’m thankful for family and food!

  51. 51
    Carrie says:

    I’m thankful for my 5 month old little girl, she is a ray of sunshine after her big sister passed away at 13 months last year. I never thought I could have any happiness again but this little piglet manages to make me smile every single day.

  52. 52
    sharlotte says:

    I am thankful for my first Thanksgiving in my own house, for my two year old daughterand her dad. And for both of our families thay have supported us so much in the last three years.♥

  53. 53
    Stephanie says:

    Above all, which includes my wonderful husband and my two adorable clever pretty daughters,I am most thankful for our wonderful nanny/ domestic worker. In a country where I grew up in a time of apartheid and isolation, I now have my eyes opened daily by a humble wonderful peaceful and thankful woman who teaches me about humility and has made me so aware of how incredible it is to be able to help someone else who is so less fortunate. She is part of our family. A second mother to my daughters and has made me a much wiser kinder and better person and mother. And for that I am extremely thankful.

  54. 54
    Alisha says:

    I’m thankful that even though our normal traditional Thanksgiving was thrown out the window this year, we are still with family we love!

  55. 55
    Kate says:

    I’m thankful for having the opportunity to be with my family, and play a (very) competitive game of spoons together! :)

  56. 56
    Jenny says:

    I’m thankful for Dairy Queen butterfinger blizzards. Mmmmm.

  57. 57
    Talia says:

    I am in australia, we don’t have thanksgiving day (I wish we did). Honestly what I am most grateful for at the moment is bloggers the world over. SInce I tapped into this resources I have learnt so much, been inspired, been uplifted and been taught so much. The time you take to share your talents is appreciated the world over – especially in one little corner of rural australia where we really do get kangaroos jumping across the yard!

  58. 58
    Marei says:

    Right now in this instant, I am really thankful for this site, and I’m so glad that Thanksgiving day is giving me an opportunity to tell you so!
    I wandered over here from pinterest and just browsed a little and within 10 minutes I found so many projects I would like to try! Many, many thanks for putting all the effort in each and every post and enabling so many people to create lovely things – that is really a gift.

    In a more global context I am thankful for my sweet husband (whom I got to marry barely 7 short months ago) and my most adorable baby daughter who made our happiness complete this summer! Both are perfect blessings to me and make me so, so happy!

  59. 59
    Abby says:

    This is my first thanksgiving as a parent. I’m so thankful for a healthy baby boy and to be able to experience the joys of having a child!

  60. 60
    Christie says:

    Hi Ashley, thanks for the wonderful opportunity to own some of your patterns!
    I’m grateful for mine and my family’s health.

  61. 61
    Veronica says:

    I’m grateful that my husband loves the crafts I make and prefers that I make him stuff instead of buying him gifts. I’m also very thankful that my husband and I laugh so much and have so much to laugh about.

  62. 62
    Anne says:

    I am so thankful for my family!

  63. 63
    Rebecca says:

    So thankful for my husband’s new teaching job after a long 7 month wait! We live in Canada, so we’ve already celebrated our Thanksgiving. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Ashley!

  64. 64
    Rebecca says:

    I am so grateful for my husband and darling daughter and our new (first) home. I am so blessed. Thank you for posting such a fun blog.

  65. 65
    Caitlin says:

    I am so grateful to be a mother! It certainly hasn’t been an easy road to having my sweet daughters, but I know that I appreciate them so much more for it! Love your blog! Happy thanksgiving!

  66. 66
    Aby says:

    I am so thankful for your blog! It is such a blessing to have a place to come to for ideas and encouragement! There aren’t many websites like this on the internet. So, thank you SO much for posting and sharing your crafts! Have a thankful day!

  67. 67
    Sheila says:

    My children and my safe home.

  68. 68

    I’m thankful for a healthy family, something I’m not taking for granted this year!

  69. 69
    Jennie says:

    Of course, I’m thankful for my family. And that my family is still growing.

  70. 70
    Erica says:

    Extremely thankful for His Grace, my family, and blessings I don’t deserve!

  71. 71
    Kim says:

    Grateful for my little family :)

  72. 72
    Lindsey says:

    I am SO thankful for a wonderful husband and two beautiful, healthy children!

  73. 73
    Jaclyn says:

    I need a little tie pattern. I’d love to win!

  74. 74
    Ang-e says:

    I’m grateful for my husband who is currently waiting on me hand and foot after my recent surgery.

  75. 75
    Kari says:

    I am so thankful to hear the laughing voices of my kids as they spend with their Oma, who we hadn’t seen in a long time and just arrived at our house!!

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    Kate says:

    Although we don’t do thanksgiving in Australia (obviously), today I am grateful for my healthy happy 7 month old daughter who can always cheer me up by blowing a raspberry!!

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    Karen says:

    I am thankful for my husband so lets me spoil the kids and lets face it he spoils me even though I wouldn’t admit it to him. LOL

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    Leigh Sabey says:

    I’m thankful for our comfortable, slow-paced, happy family life :).

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    Leah says:

    I’m super thankful for my awesome family today. not only are we enjoying a great thanksgiving dinner together, but they are throwing me a baby shower today too! which brings me to the other thing I’m grateful for– our first child, a gift from God! only a few more weeks until we meet this sweet child!

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    Adrienne says:

    I am thankful for my family. I am amazed my heart can fit so many in – and it just gets bigger every day.

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    Christine says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I am thankful that God loves me!!!

  82. 82
    Gina Arkell says:

    I love my PJ’s. Pajamas really are the most comfortable thing in the world. I wish I could wear them all day every day.

  83. 83
    Susan Adams says:

    Thankful for my family – especially my husband who works so hard (including today) to provide for our family and help others in their times of need. And for my God, my Savior, and my faith!

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    Deana says:

    Thankful for Ina Garten. We had today!!

  85. 85
    Allison says:

    So thankful for my family today!

  86. 86
    Elizabeth says:

    I am thankful for my hubby each and every day, but especially today as we live on the opposite side of the country from our families and I’m feeling a little homesick not being able to spend the holidays with them.

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    blue heart mommy Pam says:

    I’m very thankful for my family, friends, and physicians who have saved the life of my son, from the day he was born until today, and in the future. I’m also very thankful for my Lord Jesus Christ, who died for my sins.

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    Penny says:

    I am thankful for my husband and my kids!

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    Amity says:

    I am so thankful that I got to spend my day not only with my husband and children, but with my parents and grandparents. Four generations under one roof enjoying a meal together. Also that my grandmother has taught me her famous chocolate cake that I am already starting to teach my kids.

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    marketa says:

    I’m thankful for craft blogs like this one because reading them is my kind of relaxation.

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    Jen says:

    I am thankful for my family!! My kids, husband, parents and little sisters (and their families)!

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    Jenna Regan says:

    There is so much to be thankful for. It sounds crazy, but the Lord has given me a grateful attitude for the “trials” and difficulties that our family has gone through this past year. It’s been hard to go through, but the Lord has been so faithful and I am joyfully looking forward to the day that in hindsight, the Lord will show me the purpose that the difficult blessings were for in my life, and those around me.

    Also for a strengthened and wonderful friendship with my dear Momma.

    Thank you for all of your inspiration in the craft department, and being so kind to take the time to do tutorials for beautiful projects with wonderfully helpful pictures. Bless you!

    May the Lord bless your day of Giving Thanks.

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    Tara says:

    My family (and yours too!). Families are such a good idea!

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    Corrine says:

    Thank you for this outlet of yours! It has been such a fun ride to be on with you. And even though I already have all your patterns, I’d love to give my niece the $10 if I won. Thanks for such a generous offering!

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    Marcia W says:

    I am thankful for the beautiful life my parents gave me and my four siblings. Thanks, Mom and Dad! Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

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    Sandra says:

    I am thankful my husband is home for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Heidi says:

    Hi, thanks for the contest. Maybe this will be the push to get me sewing again. Today I’m thankful for our woodstove and how toasty it makes our home. thanks

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    Amna Harb says:

    I am thankful because God gave me a wonderful life

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    Jennie says:

    I’m thankful for family !

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    Lee says:

    I am thankful that I read your post and all the comments today, because I had forgotten I have so much to be thankful for, so thank you Ashley with a little hug ()