Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm So Thankful...

Since it's Thanksgiving week I just want to say that I'm incredibly thankful for the life I have been blessed with thus far. I am so thankful for my three wonderful parents. Yes, I said three: my mom, my dad and my stepdad. And I am soooo lucky to have such an exceptional relationship with each of them. I always feel for those that do not have good relationships with their parents and it makes me feel all that more blessed to have the relationship I do with each of mine. I am also thankful for each and every familial relationship and friendship that I currently possess. Each of these relationships has made me who I am today and for that I'm eternally thankful. It's incredibly sad to me when people violate the bonds of friendship and trust. I have seen this recently and it makes me all that much more grateful for the truly wonderful relationships I enjoy today.

For those that I am thankful for, I wanted to take some extra time this holiday season and give them something special from the heart. Just a little something that wasn't store-bought and that I took the time and effort to prepare. On Friday while I was browsing some other blogs I came upon an idea...a crafty, cute, little idea that spoke to me immediately. This idea involved some buttons and some ribbon...and that's about it. Part of the reason why this spoke to me is, you see, I have this problem. I like to shop. A lot. And you know what happens most every time you buy a new shirt, jacket or sweater? You get this little envelope or plastic baggy attached to the new article of clothing. Inside that baggy or envelope it one or two extra buttons. Do you have any idea how many extra buttons I have at this point in my life? Let's just leave it at...A LOT! Therefore, this idea was perfect for me. Below is the result.

These are bookmarks. They're super cute and perfect for your typical paperback, hardback or even Bible. What makes them a little more unique is they have two markers, so if you're wanting to mark two passages in your Bible, here you go! These were SUPER simple to make. My mother and I went to Hobby Lobby on Saturday and I bought five rolls of ribbon (which were 50% off I might add), then drove back to her house to get busy. We worked for about an hour and half on them, then were able to finish them off on Sunday afternoon following another hour of sewing. So, basically I was able to complete this project with under three hours of labor and a cost of less than $10. Thirty bookmarks made and my mother and I had a blast making these while talking and laughing. If you have a friend to make a few with, I guarantee you'll have a good time. And the best part is I can't wait to see my family and friends' faces when they find these little additions in their Christmas goodies. (P.S. If you're a friend or family member reading this-you must act surprised and thrilled when you open your presents from me ::wink wink::) Finally, if you're interested in making these darling little things, please check out this blog for directions.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving week thus far!

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