Category: Christmas

Getting into the Christmas spirit


Well, it’s taken awhile, but I finally got a little Christmas spirit!  Not sure why it hasn’t happened until this weekend.  Maybe it’s the warm weather we’re having here in Missouri (going to be 60 degrees on Christmas!) or that we decided not to buy many presents this year.  We’re trying to pay off some stuff and save a little.  Or maybe because I was content just staying home and sewing everyday and trying not to think about going out and getting in the middle of all the Christmas hullabaloo.  But, I had to go out yesterday, the Saturday before Christmas of all days, to get a few things, some gifts for my daughter and son-in-law and stuff to bake Christmas cookies.  I was dreading it, but I got up yesterday morning and headed out. And I’m so glad I did! 

I had 5 stores to go to, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and a local grocery store.  Of course, it was pretty crazy out there, but among the craziness was so much Christmas spirit!  The Salvation bell ringers were at 3 of the stores.  When I went into Sam’s, there was a sweet little family ringing the bell, a dad, mom, and 3 adorable girls. The girls were dancing around and when I came up to put a couple dollars in the bucket, they all wished me a Merry Christmas.  When I came out, an older couple had taken their place.  The woman was ringing the bell and the man was playing Christmas carols on a saxophone. So cool!  I parked pretty far out, so I got to listen to him all the way to my car and he was good!  Then, at the grocery store, a man and 4 teenage girls were ringing the bell and the girls were singing Christmas carols. Each stop helped me get more and more happy about Christmas. 

Every store cashier and greeter said Merry Christmas! Not happy holidays or just saying nothing.  I was really impressed that all the stores allowed their employees to say that.  And I loved saying Merry Christmas back to them.  The line to check out at Kohl’s was halfway across the store!  But, I got in line and actually enjoyed the wait.  The Christmas music was playing, I was people watching, and looking around at the decorations, reminding myself what Christmas is all about. Hard to believe, but I really liked standing in line. lol  It gave me time to relax and be thankful for being able to afford a few gifts for my family. 

We put out a few inside decorations. But, outside is where the real decorating is!  My husband, Paul, is one of those guys who puts lights to music.  We’ve been doing it for 6 years and it gets better every year.  Paul took a few photos of this year’s display.  We still need to figure out how to get a decent video.  I took a few of my Santa collection, our tree, and some other decorations I put up.  Wish some of the pictures were better. Just snapped them without much preparation. But, anyway, here are some pictures of our Christmas home.  I hope you all enjoy them and I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! 

Snoopy ready for the Red Baron ~~

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Some of our indoor decorations – our little Christmas tree with the tree skirt Paul wove.  Isn’t it beautiful! ~~

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A papercutting I did many years ago ~~

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My Santa collection ~~

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Weekend flash sale!!!

Christmas flash sale ad copyThis weekend is the perfect time to order a quilt or tote from my shop!  I’m having a **FLASH SALE**, 15% off almost everything. The only things not included are the Pick your Own Fabric listings or custom orders. I use Etsy on Sale for sales in my etsy shop, so you’ll see the sale price in each listing and the original price in the first picture of each listing. I love Etsy on Sale to set up my shop sales. I put in the information like how long to run the sale, what discount I’m wanting to use, and when I want to start the sale. Then, they bulk edit everything for me! Much nicer than having to go through each listing to change the price. There’s a very minimal charge which is so worth it to me not to have to edit all my listings. If you are a seller on Etsy, it’s truly a time saver!

I hope you find something that you love as much as I love making them. 😀 Now, I better get back to sewing!  Next blog post will be all about Christmas decorations!  I just need to find time to get some pictures to show you all!  Oh yeah, the sale runs through Monday night.  A little extra time for you to decide what to order.  Have a great weekend!!


Rag quilt candle mat and coaster sets

I’ve been making these candle mat sets for years and they have been very popular in the past, especially during the holidays.  Most customers have bought three or four sets to give as gifts and to keep one for themselves.  I stopped making them for a couple years, just not enough time to get any new ones in my shop. But, I’m back to adding them to my etsy shop and forgot how nice it is to sew something a little simpler than a quilt or tote. I’ve kept them very inexpensive, so you can get more than one.  I love to do custom orders for these, too!

Click here for Christmas Words set ~~


Ask me about other fabrics I have or can order and about reversible sets. Plus, I can always add extra coasters to a set, too. 

Click here for Navy Snowmen set ~~


Click here for Thanksgiving set ~~


Click here for Christmas Trees set ~~


There are a few more in my shop and I’ll be adding more sets in a few days. Now, I better get back to sewing! 🙂 

Very excited about latest custom order!

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A few days ago I had a customer ask about a custom order.  She searched on Etsy and found a number of fabrics that she wanted to have made into an extra large Christmas lap quilt.  So, I got busy figuring out how much of each fabric I’d need and if each place that I needed to order from would have enough fabric in stock.  I was a little concerned about the cost because we have fabric coming from many different sellers including one from Australia and shipping for each was going to add up.  But, she loves all the fabrics she picked out and decided to go with them all! 😀  We sent messages back and forth for the better part of the day and I really enjoyed the process of working with her! 

I added a new page to my website called “custom orders” and put all her fabrics on the page, so she could see how they would look together instead of a picture here and a picture there. After we got everything figured out, I ordered all the fun fabrics she chose. Two arrived already and the rest should hopefully be here by the end of the week. 🙂 I can’t wait to get started on her quilt!  Pictures soon! 🙂

Busy, busy!

Well, it’s been a busy few days since I wrote the last time. I’m hoping to get a few more quilts and totes in my shop before the Christmas season starts up. Just finished a Christmas lap quilt and should have pictures and a listing in a day or two. And there’s a queen size quilt in the dryer right now. 🙂 I can’t wait to see how it turns out! The fabrics I used have a shabby floral look in pinks, ecrus, and taupe. So pretty!  Now, I’m excited to start a custom order in a couple of days. It’s for two window seat rag quilts. I think the fabrics that the customer picked out are going to be very nice for her husband’s office. 

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custom order fabrics