Crafting with Lillie Mae's January 2011





This Thanksgiving was a very special one as my mother, who lives in Arizona, came to spend the holiday with us.


Before grace was said over our wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, my niece, Debbie, thought it would be a great idea if each one of us would say a few words about what we are "thankful" for.


Although that put all of us on the spot and you could hear a moan, even if very faint, sneak out from each one of us, it was, I thought, a very insightful idea. 


As I looked around, while trying desperately to mentally jot down a few "thankful" items, I realized just how "blessed" I really am. 


We remember the "big" blessings that come our way such as a big promotion, a profitable job offer, a new home, etc.  However, the small blessings, those we receive each day, are so often forgotten and brushed aside.  Things such as finding a close parking spot, a call from an old friend, good news on lab tests, etc. 


Even though time, for me anyway, seems to be flying by and those small blessings are so much easier forgotten than remembered, I racked my brain and came up with these:

  • I've been married for 27 years to a man I still adore

  • I have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in

  • My husband still has his job

  • I'm still able to contribute to the family income

  • I still have my health

  • Even though my home is small and modest, I love it

  • I have all of you for friends

  • I get to do, every day, what I love...crafting.

I find that I am VERY thankful for these wonderful blessings, and I feel my heart swell and tears roll down my cheeks as I silently thank God for taking such good care of me.


This year why don't you vow to slow down a bit each day and "smell the roses" so to speak.  Take a moment or two each day to jot down what you are thankful for and make this new year one of your best.


Blessings Everyone,




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There are 5 free patterns and 1 free E-book in this issue as my gift to all of you.





Shelf Sitter


Rosie is absolutely beautiful with her pink satin dress with matching bloomers offset with antique and vintage lace.  She carries and proudly displays her rose pillow that she made herself.  Made and weighted to sit on shelves, Rosie is approximately 16 inches tall when completed.


Love My Annie Wreath


These little Annie's are simply adorable and so much fun to make.  Use them for ornies with your fixins, peg hangers, or as dolls for your larger Annie's.  Uses a 12-inch grapevine wreath.  Annie's are approximately 6 inches tall when finished.

Good Night Sweetie


Adorable little Sweetie is ready for bed dressed in her nightgown and fuzzy slippers.  She carries her favorite teddy and her pillow.  Pattern includes everything here.  Approximately 15-1/2 inches tall.

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