Thursday, November 8, 2012

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 8

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My daughter has finally decided to get her Drivers License.  When I was in school,  I was able to take the class during school hours.  It made it simplified everything so my parents didn't have to drive me to class everyday.  Unfortunately, they no longer do this :(  I have to have her to the school by 6:30am every morning for class.  My poor toddlers are drug out of bed to go with us so they are not left home alone.  I do have to laugh though because each night, I will tell them they need to settle down and go to bed so we can take Madtie to school in the morning and each time, Brooklynn's response is: "Oh no, not again"  (said in a dramatic voice).
As the days are getting colder, I am thankful that we live in a time where we can jump in our cars and turn on the heater to stay warm!  And the joys of heated seats? Well,  How on earth did I ever live without them before I got my latest car?????

Yep, we are spoiled :)

The pattern for today's giveaway is the Oh Snap Toddler size. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 7

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Today and always, I am thankful for Freedom of Religion in America!  I am very greatful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It has blessed my life tremendously and I know with all my heart that the gospel is true.  For those who understand my religion, this is the Temple that my family and I were able to be sealed together as a family for Eternity and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
I have made many friends over the years who are from many different faiths and I love and respect each of them and their beliefs.  I also believe that we are all human and as such, there is good and bad in every religion and I will not judge an entire faith based on the negative of individuals.  
I read a quote once when I was a teenager that has stuck with me since. 
"Going to church on Sunday does not make you any more of a Christian than sleeping in a garage will make you a car" 
The way you live your daily life says more about you than anything.  Be kind to your neighbors.  Help those in need. Be honest in your dealings with others.  People will love you for who you are more than who you pretend to be, so Live and Love what you believe!
Today's pattern for the giveaway is the "Oh Snap" infant size

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 6

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Today, I am thankful that I live in a country where I have a say in who is the leader!  I'm also thankful that we will not have to see and listen to any more debates and political ads.  We all have the right to our own opinions and it's amazing how nasty some people can be if you don't agree with them :(  I hope everyone will respect others right to their own views and opinions - even if you don't agree.

Today's pattern giveaway is for the Snap Dragon Toddler Size

Monday, November 5, 2012

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 5

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Good Monday morning my friends.  I hope you all had a safe and fantastic weekend! 

Today, I am thankful that the crazy nightmares I have everyonce in a while will never come true!  I had a scary one last night that was so real, I woke up in a panic.  My heart was racing and stomach upset and mind was going 100 miles an hour and it took a while to settle back down enough to just relax.  Hate it when that happens!!!

Today's pattern for the giveaway is the Snap Dragon Infant size pattern.
Only 1 prize/person and exchanges are not allowed.  Pattern will automatically be sent to the winner.

Thanks everyone for following Crafting Friends :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 4

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I am very thankful that I learned how to crochet.  My mom taught me when I was about 10 yrs old.  I have made over 100 afghans and have photos of most of them.  Some were sold, others were made for humanitarian projects for my church, a few were given as a service to some families who were in a pinch during the holidays (they don't know where they came from since I personally don't know them).  Every member of my family has at least 1 of my blankets and it is comforting to me that they can wrap up in it and it's like getting a hug from me if needed. 

I have only been designing baby dresses for the last year and to be honest, it's hard to work on afghans  The dresses are so quick and fun to do!  It warms my heart when I see a little baby wearing something I have designed and my toddlers are my biggest support.  They are constantly telling me how cute everything is and what colors to use for their next dresses.  I love that they are so happy to wear something I have made :) 

The pattern for today's giveaway is the Shell Brook Toddler size.  All you have to do is click on the giveaway tab at the top of the page to enter.  Only 1 prize/person and no exchanges.  Patterns will be automatically sent to the winner chosen.  Good luck to everyone and I hope you are having a great weekend!

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 3

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I LOVE music!!!  I was born into a family full of musical talent.  My grandpa (dad's dad) would always sing a song to us when we were little with our name in it...It always made us feel special.  3 of my sisters and I were all in our High School choirs and have sung at funerals. I love that this talent has been passed on to all 3 of my girls!  Madtie sings in her High School choir and has been asked many times to sing solos for church.  My 2 toddlers love to try and sing along with the radio and recently have started making up their own songs (very entertaining).
Along with the singing,  I love to play the piano.  I have been extremely blessed in this.  I took 1 year of piano lessons when I was around 6-7 yrs old and then the teacher quit to go back to work.  I wanted so badly to be able to play as well as my sisters, so I practiced all the time and started teaching myself how to play.  With practice, I was able to play for 2 of my choir classes in school and also for many church callings.  I can't imagine life with out it :)

Today's giveaway pattern is the Shell Brook Infant size.  Just click on the giveaway tab at the top of the page to enter.  Only 1 prize per person and exchanges are not allowed. Pattern will automatically be sent to the winner through their email listed on the entry page.

Have a fantastic Saturday my friends!

Friday, November 2, 2012

21 Days of Thankful Giveaway Day 2

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Day 2

Today, I am so thankful I had the opportunity to know my grandparents! (my mom's parents) This is my Grandpa who passed away last month. He was a wonderful man who served in the Navy and was a teacher at our High School for many, many years. My Grandma was a nurse when she was younger and raised 3 boys and 3 girls. She is why I crochet :) She taught my mom...
, and I learned from my mom...BUT She is the one who always amazed me because she will just sit down and crochet her own little designs. She would raffle off an afghan at our famil reunions and I won one of them and asked her how she made it and she didn't have a pattern - just came up with it. She gave me the conifidence I needed to start designing my own things. I LOVE them both!!!

The pattern for today's giveaway is the Baby Tay Toddler size.
 All you have to do is click on the giveaway tab and be a fan of this page on FaceBook :)
Once again, only 1 prize per person and no exchanges. If you already have this pattern, please let others have the opportunity to win.
Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Giveaway Day 1

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Good morning my friends!  I hope you all had a Happy Halloween.  I am hosting 21 Days of Thankful Giveaway.  Each day I will post something I am thankful for and will giveaway 1 pattern a day through Thanksgiving.  All you have to do to enter is click on the link above and be a fan of Crafting Friends on Facebook.  I thought this would be a fun way for you to get to know me a little better and also to give everyone a chance to win 1 of my patterns.  Exchanges will not be given, so if you already have the pattern for the day, I ask that you please give others the chance to win it. 

Day 1:

I am extremely thankful for my family!!! This is a photo of my family a couple of years ago (we are due for a new one, but baby needs to be here first) I have the most amazing parents who have been married for over 40 years. They are a great example to me of how a marriage should be and how to serve others. My siblings and I all have a very strong connection and I know I can lean on any of them in a time of need. We all live within 2 hours of each other and I love spending time with them! This is what life is all about :)
Today's pattern giveaway is for the Baby Tay Infant pattern.
Happy Thursday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Glade Expressions Bzz Campaign

As many of you may remember, I am a BzzAgent and from time to time, I recieve samples of products to test and review.  The latest campaign I have been able to join is for the Glade Expressions Collections.  I had already tried the Fragrence Mists and I do like them.  I love to change scents with the seasons and was happy to find the Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice scent.  This scent reminds me of Fall and I really like it.  The only downfall to the sprays (any brand) to me is that the scent doesn't last long, but it is a nice burst of freshness when needed.

For the Diffuser, I was hoping to also get a fall scent, but when I went to get my sample at the store, the only scent they had left was the Pineapple Mangosteen.  I figured that since it was free, I would give it a try.  I was a little worried about what it would smell like as Pineapple would not have been my first choice.  As I opened the package and set up the diffuser, I was pleasantly surprised and how refreshing it was! I was also pleased with the looks of the diffuser also.  I didn't want just a bottle of something sitting out for everyone to see and if you try and hide diffusers, you usually can't smell them very well.  My other concern was if it would be to strong and how long it would actually last.  It actually is quite refreshing without being overpowering and after stepping outside the house for a bit and coming back in, you get that little burst of freshness again.  Great for guests!  I also LOVE that you DO NOT have to plug it in.  I would recommend this to anyone and will be purchasing more in the future.  To find out what other scents and options are available, you can visit  

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Fall Everyone!

Wow - I have neglected this blog for the last month :(  I am so sorry!  It has been a wild ride around here.  A lot has been going on. 

First, I want to share some fantastic news with you all...... We will be welcoming a new little one into our family in April of next year.  Since we have 3 girls already, it would be fun to have a tiny boy to cuddle with, but as long as everything goes well and the baby is healthy we will be happy!

Second,  with football season back in full swing - so is the sports hats I make.  I have been working on an order for 9 Oregon Ducks Mohawk hats....It has taken longer than I had hoped ( I've had a few dental/medical issues - but all is well now.  It just wore me out for a bit)
This is my work in progress (WIP).  I just need to add a few more logos and then all the mohawk and they will be ready to go. 

Another friend of mine asked if I would make her a couple of baby things to put away for her daughter.  She is a Packers fan and her husband is a Red Sox fan.  I think they turned out cute!

And another friend asked if I would be able to make a hat to look like a mascot from our local college and this is what I came up with for her.  She requested the buttons for eyes, but to offer an actual pattern, I made another one with eyes and now have the pattern up and running for Free on Craftsy Mr. Bull Features Patter . The pattern is only for the features and does not include the hat info.  I figures there are enough beanie patterns out there, there was not a need for me to make another one.  This was made for a toddler, but you could easily adjust the sizing up or down by using different hooks.