Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter 2016

Christ is Risen...
 Happy Easter!!!

From my family to yours!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Such sad news...

First David Bowie (Labyrinth), then Brian Bedford (Disney's Robin Hood) and now Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility, Truly, Madly, Deeply, and so many more). The entertainment industry has been hit hard by grief lately. I know that some people choose only to see the the ways in which these people have acted contrary to the moral law, but there is good in every person. We honor the good and pray for God's mercy on their souls. We pray especially for those souls who have no one to pray for them. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Here is hoping you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas Season!

Leia, Did You Know?

SPOILER ALERT!!!! If you have not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and you don't want to read any spoilers then you best click away RIGHT NOW! You've been warned.

My husband took our older four to watch the new Star Wars movie on Monday. They loved it. All of them.

Since then, my days have been spent listening to chatter about parentage, hand-to-hand combat strategies with lasers, lineage and resurrection theories. (No. Just no. Say "NO" to Force Ghosts!) So, when an idea popped into my head in the middle of the night (it actually inserted itself in an imaginary list of cookies to make today... my mind is a weird place around 3am) I shared it with my children. All I said was, "A parody song... Leia, Did You Know?" They took it, ran with it, brought it back to me and then we all galloped with it some more.

{I know people who hate this song and I know people who love it. Personally, I'm neutral. I'd prefer it over Santa Baby on the radio any day, but I don't want it showing up in my hymnal. So, for those of you who love it, I promise, this is not meant as a slam. It was just too perfect a fit to pass up.

To those of you who hate it, well, accept this version as recompense for the 5,000 times you've had to listen to it since Thanksgiving.}

With apologies to Mark Lowry...

{click picture to enlarge}

And now... back to those cookies. They aren't going to make themselves. 
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Final Days...

Etsy Shop Update: I am not taking orders after tomorrow, Thursday, December 10th, so these are the last days to place an order if you are looking for an embroidery kit or a completed doll (downloadable patterns will still be available). 

These darling dollies and mittens are already made and ready to ship out today for whoever wants them. 

If you would like a doll made for you (not just a kit) send me a convo and I can create a custom listing for you, but good communication is key to getting the job completed on time so check your Etsy messages frequently or set it up to send you an email when you get a new message. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jesse Tree... all in one place

A few years ago, I made these coloring page Jesse Tree ornaments to go along with the reflections that my SIL, Erin Manning, wrote but they were scattered all over in different files. I finally have them collected all in one place.
This is a Jesse Tree that is only for the month of December, so it started yesterday. I meant to get it out then, but it took me longer than I thought to figure out how to merge pdf files. Sorry.

Click on the link above to download the single file that includes all the reflections and the coloring pages. If you've never tried a Jesse Tree before, this is an easy (and free!) way to try one.

Hoping your Advent has been everything you want it to be!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

In The Shop :: PRINTABLES!!!

I have been asked many times if I would consider selling my Saints 'N Stitches designs so that the crafty moms who know how to transfer patterns to fabric and like to embroider in their own style might have the chance to work on them without purchasing a kit. My only delay in doing this was the cringeworthy thought of scanning the current working copies of my designs. They are not pretty, people!

I finally made myself sit down and draw up new copies, pristine and clean, along with a little written tutorial on different transfer techniques. These are now available on Etsy! 

With each download, you get three files. One letter-sized copy of the design (two saints per download) right sided, one in a reverse print and a document that details transfer techniques, a simple color guide and pictures of a finished version to use as a reference while making your own.

There are 7 available right now, all female saints including a new design... St. Gianna. I plan to add some boys next week.

Speaking of St. Gianna... you can order her as a kit or purchase this completed doll.  I also have two St. Teresa of Avila dolls for sale as completed dolls. Hopefully, I will have more listed soon. Feel free to convo me if you have a special request.

And for those of you lucky enough to live where there are true fall temperatures, if your hands are starting to get chilly on you, check out Sunshine's fingerless gloves for sale. They are such a beautiful color. If I didn't have large hands and wrists, I'd make her give them to me!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Coloring Page Problems

So, I've heard from a little bird that Scribd (where my coloring pages are hosted) is now charging people for just having an account. They are offering a two week free trial and then charging a fee for simply holding an account that gets you access to other people's documents. I am not happy about this.

I have contacted Scribd to ask them to clarify and my husband is helping me look into other document hosting options. He's the computer guy in the family and my personal IT genius.

In the meantime, if you need a coloring page or other document, either use an old account (which don't seem to be affected yet) or go for the free trial and get all the coloring pages you might need for the next few months. I will get back to you as soon as I have a solution to the problem. Thanks!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Not Arbor Day...

{Time traveling and catching up on events in the recent past!}

...but we still planted a tree. Hoping this little beauty gives us some much needed shade!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Last week in pictures

Last week was a week of wonderful feasts and an amazing astronomical event. Here is our week in pictures.

~Super Blood Moon~

Last week was also the beginning of BigBoy's foray into altar serving...
He's the one snuffing out the candle that's twice as tall as he is!
This week is one of my favorite weeks in the liturgical season, but it also sneaks up on me just about every year. This year, Miss Cupcake became aware of feast days and quickly picked up on the concept of special feast day treats. After Michaelmas, she pretty much woke up every day asking what special treat we were making that day. A quick recap...

~Feast of St. Michael~
Blackberry Jam for Michaelmas... the Smuckers turned out to be the favorite in the blind taste test.

~Candy Roses for St. Therese~
OK, this is a real rose. Not candy.

 Candy roses made with her big sis, Rain. 

~Angel Kisses for the Feast of the Guardian Angels~

These are just a simple meringue cookie recipe, not the pepperminty ones I made last year. I made some with M&M's inside and some with crushed peppermint sticks sprinkled on top. 

~Wolf's Paw Cookies for St. Francis~
Left over chocolate chip cookies were turned into Wolf's Paw cookies using some melted chocolate and white chocolate chips. Rain made these to celebrate St. Francis, her Confirmation saint. 
Reading a story about St. Francis with Sunshine 

Cupcake's new glasses came in. She tells me she's seeing better and I'm hoping that the convergence we were seeing will go away. Personally, I think she looks just so darn cute in her glasses. Like a teeny, tiny little librarian. 

Our Lady of the Rosary is coming up this week. If you are looking for some coloring pages, you can find them here