brown paper packages

to give :: to receive

gifts from Kristen Doran

So they say that it’s better to give than receive, but after some of the things that have been coming to my mailbox lately, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to get back to you. I’m going to "give" at the end of this post, so I’ll let you know which feels better!

gifts from Kristen Doran

First of all my dear long-time blogging friend Kristen, sent me a nice little package a few weeks ago. In it were some of her fabulous fabrics, which are the nicest fabrics that have ever graced my fabric shelves, along with a MollyBirds print, in a new (my favorite so far) colorway.  Who knew a little woodworking project could inspire something so great? Kristen also sent along two pads of her new line of papers. I love them and I’m beating my children off with a stick to keep them away from them. They’ve got sticky fingers those girls so I’ve taken to hiding them in different places around my desk.

And Kristen, for the record, Happy Belated Birthday! I made you a video message to send as a little "gift", but I chickened out. I’m working on "take 2". Thank you, friend! You know what I love.

from Molly

As if that wasn’t enough, Molly,(whose new banner I love), my dear blogging friend and new penpal sent an extra large "letter" in the mail for our last exchange. In it she included this cute little puzzle wreath, these books that she scores at her "friends of the library" sales (I’m jealous), and some homemade marshmallows. Molly, the books were key–especially the horse-drawing one. I’m not turning it over to Emma quite yet because apparently my horses aren’t "real-ish enough" these days. I need some lessons.

Now about the marshmallows…I’m not sure if I should admit this openly, but I’ve never had homemade marshmallows. Whoa. Is there any ounce of comparison between powdery puffy store-bought nothingness and fluffy, sweet, perfect homemade? The bag was gone the next day–probably another thing I shouldn’t admit openly–but I did have lots of help with the finishing…

etsy find

And last of all, one night when Dan was well into dreamland, I was up late on the computer and somehow stumbled upon the etsy shop DoggiePiggie. I’m not one for impulse buys, but as soon as I saw these animal tracks alphabet cards, I knew I needed a set for me, (I mean, the girls.) I love them. I’ll probably somehow use them to decorate in their new room. And tonight I see that the shop owner at doggiepiggie was holding out on me!! She now has a Memory Card Game, Counting Flash Cards, and great sets of flat and folded cards. Her profile says she’s combining her love of science and art. I think they’ve come together beautifully.

Now for the giving….I’ve somehow managed to have an extra copy of Amanda’s Creative Family book. And I would love to give it away to someone who doesn’t have a copy. If you are a mother, auntie (uncle? anyone?), grandmother….you should be reading this book. I can’t tell you how many times Amanda’s words come back to me throughout my day. Leave a comment indicating that you’d like your name in the hat. I’ll pick a name later in the week. You can read my review of her book here.

I actually have two other books to give away, but I’ll save them for another post soon. This turned into a longer post than I anticipated.

I gave the bloggity-blog a facelift today. I just needed something new. This was different. The seasons are changing and I get blog-design-ants-in-my-pants. I feel much better now.

gifts from Kristen Doran

So they say that it’s better to give than receive, but after some of the things that have been coming to my mailbox lately, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to get back to you. I’m going to "give" at the end of this post, so I’ll let you know which feels better!

gifts from Kristen Doran

First of all my dear long-time blogging friend Kristen, sent me a nice little package a few weeks ago. In it were some of her fabulous fabrics, which are the nicest fabrics that have ever graced my fabric shelves, along with a MollyBirds print, in a new (my favorite so far) colorway.  Who knew a little woodworking project could inspire something so great? Kristen also sent along two pads of her new line of papers. I love them and I’m beating my children off with a stick to keep them away from them. They’ve got sticky fingers those girls so I’ve taken to hiding them in different places around my desk.

And Kristen, for the record, Happy Belated Birthday! I made you a video message to send as a little "gift", but I chickened out. I’m working on "take 2". Thank you, friend! You know what I love.

from Molly

As if that wasn’t enough, Molly,(whose new banner I love), my dear blogging friend and new penpal sent an extra large "letter" in the mail for our last exchange. In it she included this cute little puzzle wreath, these books that she scores at her "friends of the library" sales (I’m jealous), and some homemade marshmallows. Molly, the books were key–especially the horse-drawing one. I’m not turning it over to Emma quite yet because apparently my horses aren’t "real-ish enough" these days. I need some lessons.

Now about the marshmallows…I’m not sure if I should admit this openly, but I’ve never had homemade marshmallows. Whoa. Is there any ounce of comparison between powdery puffy store-bought nothingness and fluffy, sweet, perfect homemade? The bag was gone the next day–probably another thing I shouldn’t admit openly–but I did have lots of help with the finishing…

etsy find

And last of all, one night when Dan was well into dreamland, I was up late on the computer and somehow stumbled upon the etsy shop DoggiePiggie. I’m not one for impulse buys, but as soon as I saw these animal tracks alphabet cards, I knew I needed a set for me, (I mean, the girls.) I love them. I’ll probably somehow use them to decorate in their new room. And tonight I see that the shop owner at doggiepiggie was holding out on me!! She now has a Memory Card Game, Counting Flash Cards, and great sets of flat and folded cards. Her profile says she’s combining her love of science and art. I think they’ve come together beautifully.

Now for the giving….I’ve somehow managed to have an extra copy of Amanda’s Creative Family book. And I would love to give it away to someone who doesn’t have a copy. If you are a mother, auntie (uncle? anyone?), grandmother….you should be reading this book. I can’t tell you how many times Amanda’s words come back to me throughout my day. Leave a comment indicating that you’d like your name in the hat. I’ll pick a name later in the week. You can read my review of her book here.

I actually have two other books to give away, but I’ll save them for another post soon. This turned into a longer post than I anticipated.

I gave the bloggity-blog a facelift today. I just needed something new. This was different. The seasons are changing and I get blog-design-ants-in-my-pants. I feel much better now.

75 comments on “to give :: to receive”

  1. Yes! Please add my name in the hat. Her book has been on my wish list forever!I like the new look. I love the new banner. I just changed mine a few weeks ago and keep thinking that my font is too small, but I haven’t heard any complaints yet. As for yours I think it looks just fine, so maybe mine is too I guess. Geez, enough rambling?

  2. Molly, the banner is fresh and Springy, the font legible and the give away to good to by pass. (Though I’m not sure if you are willing to post internationally, I completely understand if you aren’t)

  3. That fabric is wonderful isn’t it, I have a piece too. And those track cards… oooh. Pity my daughter is too young (10 months), but maybe we can just keep them for later? Of course we can.I would love to be put in your hat for the draw, my library doesn’t seem to even have it listed. Sigh.

  4. Oooh, I’d love a copy of Amanda’s book, I *need* a copy of Amanda’s book! Thanks for putting my name in the hat…

    And I like the new look a lot, the font is cute. I like small. :0)

  5. I was hoping you hadn’t changed the banner. I love that photo, the colours, the girl and everything.

    And of course, I would love my name in that hat.

    Thank you

  6. Love all your gifties. And I can’t wait to check out the animal track alphabet cards.

    I did find the font a little small, but then I’ll be “over 35” in a few weeks. Lol.

  7. Oh, goodness, I would love my name in that hat– that would be wonderful.

    I love the new banner– very spring to me!

  8. Oh I would love the book! I’ve wanted to get it, but just haven’t had the extra moolah. So sweet of you 🙂

    As for the blog facelift, it looks great! The font isn’t too small (at least not for me), and I love the new banner. Very nice 🙂

  9. Oh – please add my (delurked) name to the hat – I’ve asked our library to order a copy and put my name on the hold list but goodness only knows how long THAT will take ;).And I love the new banner – green finally –ahhhh, it was a very long winter. font looks nice too.

  10. I have to say that I, too, love your new header! The colors are so great together! I’d love to be thrown into the give away, if you don’t mind:) I keep looking at Amanda’s book but just haven’t had the chance to buy one. Maybe I’ll get lucky (stranger things have been known to happen:). Thanks for the generous gift.

  11. i would love to have this book! please put my name in the hat! i’m a big admirer of crafting mommas and have been meaning to buy that book, but if i win it that would be so awesome!

  12. Ooo, I have been trying to earn credit by selling books to my local bookstore to get this book, what a treat it would be to win!

  13. I would love a copy of the book. Can I please have my name in the hat? It’s not in the library yet. But I’m from Singapore though… quite a long way away. Hope I still qualify. Thanks

  14. I thought I left a comment but it wasn’t there when I check. So sorry if this is a repeat. Please put my name in your hat. It’s not in our local library yet. But I am from Singapore. Hope I still qualify!! Thanks!!

  15. I could really use this book. I teach preschool at my home and many of the things in this book could put a new prospective on my lessons. Pick me!

  16. I would love the book for me! My wee library is ordering it but they say it could be months! I feel like I am out of touch with the world! crossing fingers!

  17. Hey Molly, I love the new look of the blog, especially the new banner!Those animal track cards are so cute, so is the fabric, you lucky girl.

  18. Wow. What nice mail you have been receiving. I will miss your little biker on the banner, but like the new one too! Would love to have my name in the hat for the book.

  19. Please throw my name in the hat – I would love a copy of the book – read both you and Soulemamma daily. Thanks

  20. Oh Fun!! Please put my name in the Hat!:) And thanks for sharing the flashcards, I think I shall be ordering some soon! Or making some. Looks like a fun project.

  21. I would love to have my name in the hat. As for your last post, I have a sign that says Music helps you learn big and in my kitchen. My 8 month old loves music, playing piano and guitar! Hopefully it will stick with him until he is old enough for lessons. thanks!!!

  22. Oh, I’d so love a copy, but I do live in the UK, so perhaps that won’t work for you. I have been reading your blog for a while now and love it, but am shy to comment without having my own blog. You are an inspiring mother for someone who is just starting out!

  23. I like your new blog header – mine is so overdue for a change. It’s funny you mention this book – I borrowed a copy from the library and haven’t been able to finish it because it’s due back.

  24. I’m new to your blog–found it via a search for pillowcase dress information. When I saw the list of books in the sidebar, I knew I should read more. I’m so glad I did–love your writing style and your beautiful pictures! Anyway, enough gushing…

    Please put my name in your proverbial (or not?) hat. After reading your review of this book, it sounds like one to savor. It would be great to have a copy of my own to dog-ear.

  25. I stumbled on your blog several months ago and check back regularly for inspiration on living an intentional life. My son is 14 months now and I want to teach him to love creating things just for the wonder of it, but also for appreciation it brings to nature and all of God’s creation. It would be great to be able to receive a copy of the book as I try to teach myself how to cultivate creativity in our little family.

  26. Molly, the fabric turned out wonderful!!! It also looks nice and thick. Have you had any ideas what your going to make with it?

  27. I need, need, need this book! It’s making me crazy. I will be having my first child next week (hopefully) does that count as being a mom? LOL!

    Either way, love your blog…don’t think I’ve ever commented but been a lurker for awhile.

  28. I love that bird fabric! I also love the springy new header. I would also like to throw my name in the hat. It’s a must have book!

  29. Those alphabet cards are cute!! I’m gonna have to check those out. I would love the chance to win the book – how awesome! Thanks for the opportunity – and thanks for sharing your cool goodies today!

    Beth B. (tired mommy to a busy 4.5 yr old).

  30. Cute fabrics! I had seen the Mollybirds before, but didn’t know they were inspired by you! How cool!

    I *have* to get the wildlife abc cards and memory game. As a former wildlife biologist, it’s a must! Thanks for the link!

    Oh, and I already have a copy of Amanda’s wonderful book, so don’t add my name to the hat 😉

  31. I soooo would appreciate and love to win the book!! The reviews of it are fabulous!! You received such wonderful gifts!!! Lucky you!!

  32. Beautiful new banner! Green and orange and yellow– hints of summer to come. I’d love to be in the drawing for the copy of Amanda’s book. Thanks!

  33. Just wanted to say, I LOVE the new look!

    I bought myself Amanda’s book for my birthday on Tuesday so I don’t need to enter the contest.

    *I* feel so refreshed from your freshened up look.

    Kim

  34. Count me in. I’d love a copy of her book!

    (I’d love a copy of MANY books, but alas, I have to control myself for the sake of you know, groceries and electric power. hee hee.)

  35. it looks like i’m not the only one who doesn’t have that book! thanks for the banner love 🙂 i like yours too! so glad you liked the marshmallows – we just took a batch camping with us and there is NOTHING like toasted homemade marshmallows. let me know if/when you’re going camping and i’ll set you up.

  36. I have been patiently waiting for my birthday for this book… but it’s months away! Please include me — I can’t wait to be inspired!

  37. Oh, I’d love a copy of Amanda’s book! I’m enjoying reading your blog and her blog as much as I can. I’m inspired daily by your posts and family. Thanks!

  38. I’d love to have my name added to the hat!

    I now covet those animal track cards, but I can’t justify taking up another wall in my toddler’s bedroom (haha) for more cards- we already have several gifted sets of Eeboo cards in there!

  39. I would love a copy of the book. It looks like you received a lot of nice goodies in the mail. I love your pictures in the newer post esp. the sunset with the trees and everything else.

  40. Oooh – *raises hand – waves frantically* I would love my name in the hat for Soulemama’s book! I love your blog, one of my fave reads 🙂

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