Holly Jolly

Sometimes, it’s easy to get bogged down this time of year, especially if you’ve had to recently deal with anything like we have such as deaths of close family members and of pets, or having dealt with thieves stealing your Christmas decorations off of your lawn! However, in spite of all of that, I am going to choose to dwell on the good this season has to offer. I thought some of you may need a few photographical pick-me-ups as well, maybe you just need your inspiration sparked or your interest piqued. So, here are a few festive photos as of recently.

We’ve been busy making a few fiber goodies.

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And, I spent a weekend with my family in one of my favorite places, Prescott, dubbed “Arizona’s Christmas Town,” and for good reason. We saw dozens of the most intricate gingerbread houses. We went to the town square for the Christmas parade where my kids waved to everyone and made new friends. We participated in the lighting of the Courthouse where they read the story of Jesus’ birth and we all sang Christmas carols and ate too many sweets. A little reindeer sat outside a local bakery and sang about the coffee, cookies, and hot chocolate inside. Every corner was decked-out. Everyone was jolly. It was perfect.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

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So, just dwell on the good, share it with others, and just look to all the joyous moments to be found this season, no matter how small they may seem.

 

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Good things.

This time of year is always sentimental. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, this month reminds us to reflect on the people and things we are most thankful for. However, we do take time everyday to thank God for all of the provisions and blessings that he has bestowed upon us, regardless of the time of year.

Being thankful is something that doesn’t just come easily. I have learned to be thankful for a difficult situation because it’s an opportunity to have faith and learn. I’ve learned to be thankful in the chaos of raising children because I get to see their milestones, their learning, their growing. I’ve learned to be thankful for every person I encounter because it gives me an opportunity to live as an example that would be pleasing to God. If there’s one piece of advice I could give, it would be to just be thankful in all things.

Here’s a few snapshots of some of the good things we are especially thankful for this season: friends and family to bake for, October picnics, quiet moments for praying or creating, bedtime stories, colorful foliage, and crisp, cool air.

We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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Recipe for these Apple Pie Pops can be found here: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pies/apple-pie-pops/ . ALSO! This photo won this week’s Better Homes and Gardens #BHGBaking Contest on Instagram!!

 

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Pattern for this “Rosebud” Hat can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rosebud-17

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He is risen!

We thought we’d share some of our favorite snapshots from our Easter preparations! We used a white paint pen to draw on farm fresh eggs, and we love the way these turned out! Although, it really isn’t a craft geared towards young children. It can tend to get really messy!Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen! White paint pen on farm fresh eggs

We also did a round of royal-colored dyes on farm fresh eggs. We used a RIT dye color guide, and these deep colors were just what we were looking for!

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Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen! RIT dye royal-hued eggs

We made some of these carrot-shaped candy wrappers from coffee filters. The filters were dip-dyed in some of the egg baths, then laid out on kraft paper to dry before wrapping up the candy. These little “carrots” only held about 1-2 pieces of candy, which is great because we really aren’t big on candy at our house (we’d rather eat cake!). So they got less, though it looked like more. Another bonus: no plastic eggs hanging around for years! We stuffed about a dozen of these carrots in their baskets with books, movies, bubble toys, etc.

Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen! Coffee filter carrot-shaped candy wrapper

Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen! Coffee filter, carrot-shaped candy wrapper

Speaking of cake…some of these “carrots” were used as a decoration on the naked carrot cake.

Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen! Carot cake with toasted coconut

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Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen!

Thread Bears® Blog / He is risen!

Although, this day is not just about coloring eggs and eating delicious cakes. Words cannot begin to describe how grateful we are for this holiday, that we may come together as a family and celebrate the importance of this day–the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is because of this ultimate sacrifice that we are able to spend this joyful day with our family, that we have hope for the future and eternal life through knowing Him. We find peace in knowing that Jesus fulfills the promise He made on this day: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.” He is risen!

 

 

Our time for harvest.

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Spring is always such a glorious time of year. The warmer, longer days make way for more time in the garden, enjoying the flurry of flowers that arrive. This time of year is so coveted after the long, cold Winter.  Those short, grey days of Winter make the bright blooms and warm washing of sunlight even more enjoyable when Spring arrives. The wait builds anticipation of new growth, new opportunities.

Now is our Spring. We see the lushness and peachy glow out our windows, and we see the freshness and thriving potential in our business. We’ve had a long, hard Winter–both out our doors, and in business, and we are welcoming this Spring. We are welcoming the newness. We are welcoming the growth.

As you may know, we’ve come a long way in business. We’ve acquired much and learned much, only by the help of our Lord. We’ve had battles that other small, family businesses don’t endure. Those bitter, burdensome battles have made way for us acquiring Intellectual Property. They’ve strengthened our faith, and our confidence. From those experiences, we believe our business will continue to grow and flourish. During our experiences, seeds have been sown. We thank God for the patience and understanding during our time of tilling the soil, watering, and waiting for the new growth. Now is the time for our harvest.