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I needed a gift for my pastor and his wife and wouldn’t you know it, the baby is nearly 6 months old and I just got around to doing this.

It’s a taggie blankie, flannel squares of cuteness!

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I found these squares at JoAnn, in a charm square bundle. What could be easier? Oh look! Here they are! I sewed the squares in strips then joined them – yes, this isn’t a “tutorial” so much as a sharing- but you get the idea!

So after I sewed the squares to make the front and back of the blankie, I sewed strips to make little tags. While this was a bit tedious- measuring, cutting, sewing, turning them right side out- it was worth it to coordinate! You can use ribbon- most people do- and I will probably go back to that in the future.

Anyway, I pinned the “tags” inside and then pinned the front and back together. See that tag in the corner? I had to remove it at the end. It made the corners pucker.

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It’s simple and sweet- a nice little “something” to celebrate a ManCub!

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Thanks for visiting! Be blessed!
Kathy Bo

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Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

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Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

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Wow, another day, another sweet reminder that I’m nearing the big FIVE OH. The end of my 40’s, the beginning of the next, er, um, age of wonder! I will tell you, in these last days of being 40-something, my 40’s were the best age of all. In this life I have been blessed in so many ways with my husband, daughter, son and in-law kids, a mom that lived long to see them all and a dad still with us. These are the best days, no doubt.

I’m a Red Hat Society member, and have spent the last few years as a pink hatter. I will be “redulated” shortly after my birthday and my lady friends will plop a red hat on my head and I will then be official. I hope my 50’s are as wonderful as the last 40 have been, and with my faith, my family and friends, I know it will be.

So on to today’s special gift from my friend! Can you imagine how much time this must have taken? She is thoughtful beyond measure!

There was this BIG box on the shelf, and I’d been waiting to open it. Not sure why I waited, because I was really curious to know what was in it. What a delightful surprise I found!


When I first opened the box, I immediately noticed the beautiful roses on the teacup, then I saw that this cup is actually heart-shaped! In the picture below, you can see a little indention where the cup curves in, and a point on the opposite side. Very pretty! The matching saucer is so dainty! What a very thoughtful friend I have, and with GREAT taste! I can’t wait for my morning tea tomorrow.

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