It’s All About the Memories

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The twinkly lights, spending time with family, and Papa’s peanut butter fingers. What could be better?

I eagerly awaited the day after Thanksgiving so we could pull out the tree and take a trip down memory lane as I hung each ornament. After the lights went up, my favorite place to be was under the tree by the manger looking up at all the sparkly lights while Christmas music played in the background soothing my soul.

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My Happy Dance

At the end of a 12-hour day sitting at a craft show, my confidence was in tatters from someone saying something hurtful. My body was screaming from the 5 hours we spent the day before lifting heavy boxes and display set-ups to get our booth ready and knowing we would have at least another 2 hours to get everything taken down and loaded back into the car and then several hours driving back home.

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7 Reasons to Buy Handcrafted Gifts This Year

With fall comes cooler weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and craft fairs.  It also means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts, especially if you like to plan ahead.  I have always been a planner. I start shopping for Christmas the day after Christmas. Sometimes I forget what I bought or forget where that “safe place” is that I put something, but for the most part it works for me. Usually I am done with my Christmas gift list by Halloween, as I have family with birthdays in early November and this way I can ship their birthday and Christmas presents together and save on shipping and time running to the post office.  It’s a win-win: not fighting the crowds shopping or in the post office AND I can relax and enjoy the holiday season, reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas rather than scrambling to get things bought, wrapped and mailed in time.

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I Have Learned That Grief Is Another Name For Love

When you lose your parents, you become an orphan.  When you lose your spouse, you become a widow or widower.  There is no name for losing a child. The grief is indescribable, yet it’s the circle of life for a child to bury a parent (although not when they are young).  It’s not “natural” for a parent to bury a child.

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Suicide Awareness

“Be aware, be kind. Losing someone to suicide is not a club you want to be in.”

A friend posted this shortly after Kate Spade took her own life. Unfortunately, there are too many of us in the club and the numbers keep growing.  According to a report from the CDC released June 2018, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. In my state of ND, the rate of suicides between 1999-2016 jumped more than 57%.

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Top 5 Baby Shower Gifts

It’s so fun to go to baby showers.  The mom-to-be is eagerly awaiting the birth of her little bundle of joy, lots of women to chat with, yummy snacks and silly games are all wrapped up into one big celebration of life.  What could be more joyful than that?  Being able to take a gift that will bring joy to your heart and a huge smile to mom’s face would be icing on the cake.

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5 Sympathy Gift Suggestions for Someone That Has Lost a Loved One

Losing someone you love is never easy, and we all grieve in our own way and are comforted in our own ways as well.  When I lost 4 close family members in 4 years, my world was turned upside down.  I desperately wanted something to hold onto, something to hold and hug because I couldn’t hug them anymore.  I began creating items to help others through their grief.

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A Guide for Writing a Sympathy Note

Writing a condolence message must be one of the hardest things to write. The right words to express your sympathy are difficult to find.  Many put off writing anything because they don’t know how to express their feelings, yet a simple note can provide great comfort.  The only requirement for a sympathy note is that it is sincere. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you write a heartfelt note:

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Send Them Off With Love

How is it that summer goes by so much faster than the rest of the year?  Here it is August already and summer will soon be over, and kids will be heading back to school.  Target and Walmart are stocking the shelves with back-to-school items, teachers are preparing their classrooms, and families are enjoying the last few days of vacation (or eagerly waiting for school to start because the kids are climbing the walls).

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7 Unusual August Holidays

As I was trying to decide what to write for this month, I found an article about holidays in August.  I had no idea these days existed.

- August 1st is National Girlfriends Day. It honors women who are there for their lady friends.  What a great excuse to get together with your girlfriends for some fun and laughs. I might just have to schedule some much-needed girlfriend time!

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Christmas in July

The tradition of celebrating Christmas in July probably began in the 1980’s.  In Australia, where it is known as “Yulefast”, many families have a traditional Christmas dinner on July 25th.  The tradition has grown and is now celebrated in many places across the world.

I’ve never thrown a Christmas in July party, but after seeing the cute invitations, adorable decorations and yummy food items here, I may just have to have one myself this year.

I thought these fun recipes would be adorable (and delicious) for a Christmas in July party.

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Creative Gifts

I love shopping for new embroidery designs and sewing patterns.  It’s like being a kid in a candy store.  So many pretty things to look at and choose from.  I have more designs than I can possibly sew in my lifetime, but I still look for new, exciting designs that I think others would enjoy.  Usually I look for designs that can be used in more than one way, so they are not only cute, but useful and practical as well.

For instance, the microwaveable bowl holders can be used to protect your hands when handling hot items out of the microwave or cold items such as ice cream. They can also be used as a hot pad or a cute bowl to hold all kinds of little trinkets.  Imagine them with fruit on your kitchen counter, desk supplies on your desk, or holding sewing supplies by your sewing machine. 

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