Day 7…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 7

Thanks for all the laughs yesterday, there were some funny, funny comments!!…and even for those of you who had nothing for me…thats fine too…just commenting and wanting to win a ruler was good enough for me…we sold lots of rulers yesterday…maybe Santa will be EXTRA good to us on Christmas Day!!

Day 7’s NEEDFUL things is again something I didn’t think I NEEDED….wrong…after laying patches out and having this happen again and again…I’m giving in..snoman gatherings 2

I can’t keep it from happening…I am using 9 light fabrics…this SHOULD NOT happen…but it does…from now on I am pinning my pairs when I stitch with numbered pins…nqpinsno more screwing up…and ripping!!! or not ripping because I’m tired of ripping…I can live with this below,snowman gatherings 2 with them kitty corner…but this was not supposed to happen either…





Now I know some of you are going to say…who cares…and that’s fine…who cares…but when I take the TIME  to lay them out so this does not happen…I do care…

Succumbing to pining with numbered pins when it matters is going to be the way to go from now on…I will still use my fine pins for seams, these are not intended to replace them…The numbered pins are for organization which will work on stitching squares together… stitching blocks together, numbering rows and probably a bunch more uses that some of you who already own them can tell us about…but I’m using them from now on…Here are the details:

130 Straight Pins Numbered 1-20. Each pin is approx. 2″ in length.
Pins come in a convenient doubled sided plastic case approx. 5″ x 5″, with divided sections holding the numbered pins
Reverse side of pin head is blank which you can mark with a permanent marker if you      need numbers higher than 20
Perfect for organizing your quilt blocks & rows

So convenient for taking to class, demonstrations, etc. Makes a great gift.

Pins are $29.95 and for this event they will be $24!  Shop HERE if your tired of  fabrics finding a way to be together when stitching?

I’m having a Christmas party for our family and “mutual” friends tomorrow night…an “ugly ornament” contest and this year some “live” entertainment…I’m not making ALL the appetizers this year…I’ve asked everyone to share one…I feel a little bad about this, but I know I couldn’t have pulled it off with all the extra things going on…so I took the easy way out this year!!! Jake, Amy and Al have been setting up the warehouse and I gave them some special projects to do…I will take some pics and share them after…

To win some Numbered Pins…comment and tell me what is your favorite thing about the holidays…be honest…If its when everyone goes home…then say so!!! NO… just kidding…I know everyone like spending time with their families…but do you like to bake cookies?…do you like to shop?  Do you like to wrap?  I want something specific…an easy comment for today…see you tomorrow- LB


290 responses to “Day 7…Needful Things…”

  1. Christine S. Avatar
    Christine S.

    My favorite time of the holidays is watching christmas movies together and go for a long, cold walk with the family (reverse these LOL) food tastes so much better after having been outside!!

  2. Amy Avatar

    My fav is having two weeks off to spend time with my family. No expectations!

  3. Jill Bodwin Avatar
    Jill Bodwin

    I love shopping at Christmas and all year! I finished my shopping and wrapping in November and already have a start on 2015 Christmas gifts. Hopefully no one gains any weight in the next year or these presents will need to be re gifted!

  4. Cheryl Sapp Avatar
    Cheryl Sapp

    We have collected antique Christmas ornaments over 20 years. The Best part of Christmas is when the tree is decorated We put on 1000 ornaments. (Taking it down is another story. lol)

  5. John Scibran Avatar
    John Scibran

    My favorite is watching the old Christmas TV shows

  6. Beverly Lawler Avatar
    Beverly Lawler

    I like buying special gifts for my family and seeing them enjoy them-especially my grandchildren !

  7. sunporchquilts Avatar

    omg, I do this ALL the time – carefully lay out, arrange, rearrange until its perfect, go to sew and its all messed up. So frustrating! I definitely need these.

    My favourite things about the holidays is spending time with my family, decorating (esp. with Christmas quilts) and watching all the old Christmas shows!

  8. Kay B Avatar
    Kay B

    I love music and I enjoy going in my sewing room, putting on some Christmas music while I make gifts. This year I’m making fleece vest for the grand kids out of their favorite character fabric.

  9. MS Barb Avatar
    MS Barb

    I LOVE Christmas music (except that “song” called grandma got run over by a reindeer-shudder!) & I like have 2 weeks off from work-lets me have FREE sewing/stitching time!

  10. ckcowl Avatar

    Its hard to choose a ( favorite) thing when you just Love everything about it! I love the classic Christmas shows, hubby & I still watch Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, along with Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, 2 or 3 different versions of Christmas Carol… All of them. I love the decorations, the * goodies*…
    Watching my granddaughters opening their gifts from us on Christmas Eve…
    But I think the Very Best is ( playing Santa) for a family who does not know who we are, who is not expecting anything. My hubby & I each year choose 1 or 2 families who are ( struggling) to make ends meet, work, do the best they can to keep a roof over their heads , heat & food but simply do not have anything extra. We ( play Santa) with special gifts for the kids, a few surprises for the parent (s) too so everyone has something to open Christmas morning and a gift card so the parents can also go (buy) a few things themselves. Maybe they need some warm cloths, boots, mittens or maybe there is just a really special something that was really, really wanted. We wrap everything with ( from Santa) tags and deliver the gifts to their door at night, so they are surprised when they open their door in the morning- no idea, when, who, how…. We see pictures on Facebook, or hear from other people about it all later without ( leaving clues) That is what makes it all The Best!

  11. Carol Avatar

    I actually do like wrapping gifts! Immediate family members each get their own wrapping paper so I don’t have to do tags, so for example my oldest son is an illustrator and his paper is always Snoopy as he has always loved Charles Schultz’ work. My other son is a printmaker and last year his paper was Charlie Harper’s cardinals. Couldn’t find anything that good this year but like the woman who shops all year, I am in the market for next year’s paper all year long! Everyone else, sisters, nieces, nephews etc. get nice paper too, they coordinate, so the gift pile looks like part of the decorating under the tree! The rest of the decorating is a little bit country with mother nature’s bounty thrown in, lots of greenery and berries and pine ones and nuts. LOVE the pins, sick of sticky notes falling off and guessing!

    1. SallyM Avatar

      My favorite thing is shopping for the family and then being with family and seeing them open their presents. I also just love my Christmas trees, love just sitting and looking at all the ornaments!!

  12. Nancy Y Avatar
    Nancy Y

    My favorite part of the holidays is shopping for the perfect stocking stuffers. My kids love getting stockings even as adults. Last year I made new stockings (8 of them)! Everyone was surprised and loved them. I fill them with fun and useful items….who doesn’t need a new toothbrush or a roll or duck tape? I love that Christmas is a time when we can all be together.

  13. Karen hickman Avatar
    Karen hickman

    I love sitting by the fireplace relaxing and enjoying the Christmas tree lights

  14. Jean Etheridge Avatar
    Jean Etheridge

    My favorite moment is when my daughter’s family arrives from out of town. They drive all day on Christmas and arrive in time for evening dinner. The boys are still in Chistmas pj’s. My other daughter’s family comes at the same time from here in town. We all eat dinner, and then it is time for presents with all ten of us. Love the idea of the numbered pins!

  15. Paula Wentworth Avatar
    Paula Wentworth

    I like the special treats that are only made for the holidays and sharing them at family gatherings while playing board games.

  16. Sue Dollhopf Avatar
    Sue Dollhopf

    I love looking at my lit Christmas trees. Our main 12′ real tree has little white lights on it which just seems to calm me when I look at it. Our 7′ artificial makes me melancholy because its lit with the large multi-colored C-7 lights like we had growing up as kids back home. And our 4′ vintage aluminum with the rotating color wheel still amazes me how the tree’s color appears to change thanks to the wheel. Even now, once each year I have to lay on the floor under the tree to look upwards into the tree like I did as a kid. I still find it magical….just takes me longer to get up!

    1. SallyM Avatar

      Sounds wonderful

  17. Marcia Avatar

    I love just about everything Christmas. But my favorite thing is Christmas Day when our whole family gathers at our house-the love and laughter fills my heart to the brim.

  18. Lynelle Ussery Avatar
    Lynelle Ussery

    What I love most is pulling out all my tree decorations! I haven’t seen them in months and it’s so fun to see them all again!

  19. Kay Naugle Avatar
    Kay Naugle

    Tug the tree lights on e day!

  20. Kathi Shortell Avatar
    Kathi Shortell

    My favorite Christmas event is when I say Ole Ole knowing time is done! Then a heavy sigh and time to sit back and enjoy! The pins would speed up that process and prevent some stress. Unfinished gifts will go into a pile for next year!

  21. Pat Duddleston Avatar
    Pat Duddleston

    We only get every other Christmas with our youngest son and his family and this year both sons will be in our home after many years of being estranged. It has been a prayer request of mine for many years, at least 15, that there would be some restoration of relationships. it is about to happen this year. We are enjoying all the church progams more this year.

  22. Jackie Avatar

    My favorite time of the holidays is when all my family comes home for Christmas morning breakfast and open there stockings as soon as they arrive, we eat open gifts and play games and just have a great day with the family. Looking forward to using the new pins, there are so many products out there that I don’t know about.
    Thanks Lisa!

  23. Jeanne Berry Avatar
    Jeanne Berry

    I read in earlier post that you to be a grandma next year. I think my favorite thing this year has been the wonder on my 3 year old grandsons face when we go somewhere and he sees the decorations. He will be holding my hand and say “oh Mimi! They decorated”. Priceless.

  24. Rebecca Avatar

    Baking! Love to share lots of cookies!

  25. Lola Zo Avatar
    Lola Zo

    Watching family and friends opening a special gift I made or found for them.

  26. Denise Gosselin Avatar
    Denise Gosselin

    I see I’m not the only one who manages to piece blocks in the”wrong” order. These pins would save some time in checking and re-checking my blocks. My most favorite thing about christmas is having family together, christmas music and holiday movies. Least favorite is the commercialism of the season and shopping for gifts in the crowded stores! I think everyone should have to make gifts for christmas….oh, wait, thats what I do!

  27. Sheila Avatar

    I must say I like to decorate especially with all my “Woolies”! Just the perfect time of year for them.

  28. Marianne Avatar

    I love Christmas when my family can be together, whenever that may be. Our daughter is in the Foreign Service often serving overseas. We have learned over the years that it is not “the day” but when we can be together.

  29. Dolores Roberts Avatar
    Dolores Roberts

    My favorite attending Christmas Eve Service at our church to celebrate the birth of our Lord and giving thanks, baking cookies, decorating the house, a quiet evening with all the lights out except the Christmas tree and the joy I feel when my daughter (who lives in New York) can come home for the holidays.

  30. Mary Schreiner Avatar
    Mary Schreiner

    I’d love to have these! I think they’d also be great for applique, when there’s an order to applying the pieces. Also, I could assign each of my kids a number then go through the house stabbing the numbered pins into all their crap that they leave laying about! “Find your number and pick up your crap!”

  31. Cindy Avatar

    I love watching my kids and grandkids open their gifts. The little ones don’t care what they get… they love everything which is so nice.

  32. Judy Renner Avatar
    Judy Renner

    Ahh … Christmas love it all, but most of all I love the reactions. I spend all year listening to each and every one of our four daughters and their spouses for just the perfect Christmas gift. I have to write it down of course or I’d forget! At Christmas I love the looks of surprise, the squeals of laughter, and the words of gratefulness when they open their gifts. Perhaps this year I will buy myself numbered pins. This morning is the first I’ve heard of them, and I thought WOW, I’m not the only one who is best friends with the Jack the ripper when it comes to laying out and sewing together squares! Oh my, I’ve even tried laying them out and waiting until the next day to sew them, just to give myself a fresh look and ta-da I still end up with 2 the same sewn together. Grr. Merry Christmas!

  33. Susan Avatar

    The most special thing about Christmas to me is Christmas morning. We open stockings first, have a special breakfast, then my husband reads the Christmas story from the Bible, and we open gifts. Then we have a relaxing day playing games, putting together new items, enjoying each other. I also love going out to see lights and just spending more time with family. AND then I really love the week after Christmas. It is quiet, no more shopping, and I usually get to SEW!!!

  34. Donna Avatar

    I love the whole dinner, gifts and having family near of course, but my favorite time is when I put my handmade ornaments on my tree. I still have ones from my girls who are 31 and 37. Ones my friends have made for me. I relive each memory when I hang them in my tree. I love it. The tree is the last thing I take down.

  35. Carol Schallock Avatar
    Carol Schallock

    I love the Christmas music

  36. bjday68 Avatar

    I like being with family and enjoying the food.

  37. Kathy Avatar

    I love everything about Christmas, but I’d have to say that my favorite part is baking cookies with my daughter … and now my grands. Even though I’m beyond exhausted by the end of the day, it’s worth it … just being together, laughing and sharing … it just doesn’t get any better than that as far as I’m concerned. 😉

  38. shirley Avatar

    I would have to say the music, once a year you hear Xmas music and I really enjoy it and of course the tv show Rudolph.

  39. Colleen Gander Avatar
    Colleen Gander

    I like to make things for people and I get the biggest kick out of creating a gift for someone who is both surprised and appreciative, just a little something that makes their day. I’ve really made time for creativity this season and it is helping me through a difficult year.

  40. Cindy elliott Avatar
    Cindy elliott

    my favorite thing is seeing Christmas thru the eyes of my grandchildren. There is so much joy and wonder in them! With 8 grands we run the gamut of emotions…the bitter sweetness of the 17 year olds last Christmas home before college to the happiness that our 2 y/o granddaughter, who has juvenile arthritis, has managed to not have a flair up this year. Take the love you felt for your own children and multiply it by a million, that’s a grandma’s love! Christmas brings them all to a head!

  41. DebrafromMD Avatar

    My favorite part of the holidays is when my younger son comes home from Arkansas. My other two children live close enough to visit regularly, but we only see Patrick on these special days.

  42. Theresa K Avatar
    Theresa K

    I like watching the old holiday classics. It has to be live. Not a recording. Takes me back to my Childhood.

  43. Michelle Avatar

    My favorite time of the holiday is to spend it with my boys and new DIL! I’m leaving for Florida on Sunday they live in the Miami area. I can’t wait. Happy 2015!

  44. treadlemusic Avatar

    I like the actual making of the personal gift(s) and thinking about how that person might use it/place it in their home, etc, and praying over it that the recipient be blessed.

  45. Kris Dauth Avatar
    Kris Dauth

    I like everything about Christmas – the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, baking day with the girls and grandkids. I just wish I had more time to do it. It seems anymore that it is here and gone in a flash. And I know what you mean about putting all that time into arranging your blocks and then to sew then together wrong. Frustrating!!!! These pins would definitely solve that problem.

  46. Jackie Avatar

    Watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel while I’m sewing. I also have a plate of cookies/candy to give me some energy.

  47. Maureen Avatar

    One of my favorites is Christmas lights and music. Of course I love spending time with my family and having time off from work to enjoy the holidays with them.

  48. Paula L. Avatar
    Paula L.

    I guess I am an organization nut! I make lists of gifts for everyone…scour for bargains, plan the shopping route. I then plan when to wrap….bake etc. But I must say, my favorite time, is when I can just sit down with a little eggnog(maybe spiked) and just breath and know it is all done and ready for my family!

  49. Angela Avatar

    My favorite time is spent watching the christmas classic shows with my kids…

  50. Becky Romero Rabalais Avatar

    I love using my Snowman Christmas dishes (Debbie Mumm) Lisa, your snowmen from Snowman Gatherings would make cute dishes 🙂 Enjoy the party. I’m headed to a party this morning with my new knitting friends. Merry Christmas, Love you!

  51. Christine Brown Avatar
    Christine Brown

    I like to be able to give a small gift I have made. This year mini red and white quilt block ornaments. Paper pieced, 2 1/2 inch and 3 1/2 inch.

  52. Rose Avatar

    I used a friend’s numbered pins a few years ago and found them to be very useful, must get some of my own.
    Hate to be a Scrooge, however you said to be honest, so my favorite part of the holidays is when they are over.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hey…thats OK!!!

  53. Debbie G Avatar
    Debbie G

    I enjoy buying kid gifts and donating to toys for tots. I also adopt a child from our local county head start program and fill their wish list. Gives me a great feeling knowing I helped to make a child’s Christmas happy. This year I even made doll clothes for a doll I bought on clearance in July for the Head start program. On Christmas Day I try to imagine the joy of the children who are receiving the gifts who wouldn’t have otherwise received them. By the what, congrats on becoming a grandma. There is nothing like it!

  54. Janice Avatar

    It’s a toss up between putting the diet on hold and eating some goodies that I wouldn’t ordinarily eat and having a glass of wine more than once a week if there are parties!!!!

  55. bks72946 Avatar

    Getting together with my family to eat. Of course the food is good, (potluck) but the real joy is the family. We mostly live in this rural community and see each other almost every day, but breaking bread together with them is a blessing.

  56. Jill Avatar

    I love the cookies. Those special recipes I only bake once a year and I know my kids love them too.

  57. Donna Avatar

    I love to hibernate in my studio. First thing of the season I print off a sign for my door that says “Santa’s Workshop”. That’s the signal to my family to stay out! (should use it all year….) . Then I so enjoy every spare minute making the pillowcases and binding the quilts and making the stocking for the new daughter or son-in law. Such a peaceful time for me. I know I’ll have to go out eventually and join the shopping throng and do the baking and all but it’s so relaxing for me with my music and my projects for the ones I love during the time I am able to spend there.

  58. Julie Hess Avatar
    Julie Hess

    I am putting these on my list! And yes, I love to wrap gifts, too! The Christmas tree is my favorite thing, loaded with ornaments made by and with my now 13-year-old son, my greatest gift of all (fertility issues). When he was really little, he would get so excited about the tree…”is this MY Christmas?! Looky at my Christmas!” I would leave the lights on and let him sleep under the tree surrounded by presents and I would stay on the couch, gazing at his little angel face while he slept. I used to love to do the same thing when I was little.

  59. Cindi Avatar

    I love everything about Christmas, and love your designs. Have a wonderful day.

  60. Geri Sherwood Avatar
    Geri Sherwood

    Just being with family

  61. Janet Avatar

    I enjoy putting up the decorations, the wrapping, food and family. And I enjoy the time off work!

  62. Patti Avatar

    Besides spending time with family, my favorite thing is to decorate the tree and reminisce about the ornaments, where they came from and who gave or made them.

  63. Jonnie Nottingham Avatar
    Jonnie Nottingham

    I love making gifts for my friends/family. And second, I love the time that I have away from work just to relax and do whatever – AND, I’m loving the little snowflakes that are falling across this screen as I am typing!! Thanks!

  64. Karen Sikes Avatar
    Karen Sikes

    Love watching the children!!!

  65. Jackie S. Avatar
    Jackie S.

    I love decorating our Christmas tree. We buy ornaments on every trip we take and have some that have special meanings for certain times in our lives. It’s just a fun trip down memory lane each year when we put all the ornaments on. Love this time of year!

  66. Cindy Avatar

    I love decorating my home and making special gifts for friends ! I also love to attend candle light service on Christmas Eve and remember my parents. On another note I would love these pins because numbering with paper or tape just is messy. Merry Christmas and give yourself a big hug from your friends in IL

  67. JB Avatar

    I”m into smaller projects this year. Wool ornies are being gifted to many of my family members and friends! Thanks for your great patterns and inspiration!

  68. Connie R. Spalding Avatar
    Connie R. Spalding

    I love everything about Christmas…family, entertaining, beautiful lights and candles, baking and just being around family and friends. I especially love a lighted Christmas tree in the evenings…Christmas was my Dad’s favorite time of the year and since he passed away at Christmas time several years ago, I am just now getting back to enjoying the Christmas season again. It’s a wonderful time of the year and with grandkids it really helps me “get back” into the season again.

  69. linda munn Avatar
    linda munn

    My favorite is watching the grandchildren enjoying everything.

  70. Mary Z Avatar
    Mary Z

    I love to crank up the Christmas music and bake! I bake lots of pretty little cookies and share them with friends!

  71. lbosma Avatar

    I love to unpack my most favorite Christmas decorations. Our stockings from childhood, the Advent Calendar I made our daughter that taught her to read with years of little saved notes, all the priceless handmade ornaments, and my husbands Patriotic Tree. We’ll be adding new favorites this year now that DD is in the Navy. Merry Christmas!

  72. Sally Maddox Avatar
    Sally Maddox

    Time. I am a teacher and feel that I go like crazy from September until May. Christmas break is the first time I feel that I can take a break and do something for me. What I usually do is find time to sew something for me!

  73. Veronica Avatar

    I love to put on Christmas music as I unpack the decorations for the tree and recall memories of former Christmases, where the ornaments came from (former students, my kids and grand kids, some homemade-love them all), and enjoy the hodgepodge collection we’ve acquired over the years. Then I unpack my holiday and winter quilts and toppers to scatter around. I love to sit quietly with my coffee in the early morning solitude with the tree lights on. And I also love making gifts or ornaments and beginning new holiday projects, knowing they may not be completed until next year. :). Congratulations on “going to be a grandma”! It is the indescribably amazing!

  74. Christie Stevens Avatar
    Christie Stevens

    I love pulling out all my Christmas decorations – especially my Christmas quilts and wall hangings!

  75. Kathy Roloff Avatar
    Kathy Roloff

    The pins like they are right up my alley. My OCD loves to count things. I have always loved everything about Christmas, but the last 3 years have been hard to get through. I know how you feel about wanting to do it all for a party. It’s ok. You will get to try some new recipes.

  76. Quilter Kim Avatar
    Quilter Kim

    I love it all. Decorating, baking, wrapping, but especially watching the joy and anticipation in my Grandchildren’s eyes. I love my decorations so much that they are not taken down until after the Super Bowl, just a crazy thing that happened about 6 years ago and now I get to enjoy everything a bit longer.

  77. Cynthia Regone Avatar
    Cynthia Regone

    My favorite part would be cooking for my family. There is so much love that goes into cooking and I hope they feel it when they eat my meals. Cynthia

  78. jangezon Avatar

    I love having time off to spend with family, and stitch! This is the only time of the year were work slows do long enough to catch me breath…you can tell I’m not in retail!

  79. Laurie kelley Avatar
    Laurie kelley

    Love watching my grandchildren’s faces when they open their presents!!

  80. SheilaS Avatar

    Last year I would probably have been boring and said food, fellowship and beautiful decorated houses, but this year we are like you-we welcomed our FIRST GREAT GRAND BABY Wesley who lives in MN in Feb! I will tell you that feeling that I carry all the time since his birth in my heart is pure JOY!!!!! Wait and see! 🙂 Have a very merry and especially Blessed Christmas.

  81. annita Avatar

    On Christmas when all the gifts are opened and the kids are happily playing, we go into the kitchen and make lefse. He rolls and I fry. We are able to reflect on God’s goodness to us, kiss and make out alittle, and just enjoy each other.

  82. Terri Avatar

    I love all Christmas, but my favorite is the tree(s) (as one goes up in almost every room in my home) I love the warmth it gives my home and soul and I love getting together with family and friends.
    I can see where those pins would come in handy….hate when I sew a row together wrong. grrr

  83. Beth Esser Avatar
    Beth Esser

    I love to make my now “world famous” cookies, Jeweled Pyramids. Go out and buy the Dec. issue of Cook’s Country magazine: I was a finalist in their cookie contest! The only difference is I dip the top and the bottom in caramel and nuts! My mom made these cookies ever since I was a little girl, and now my grown up kids and grandkids all request them! Congrats on becoming a Grandmother, Lisa! It’s the best ever!

  84. Shirley Ansay Avatar
    Shirley Ansay

    Love, love, love, surprising my family with a handmade quilt and displaying my collection of Christmas quilts around the house! With a 2year old grandaughter, this year is especially fun seeing the wonder and delight in those innocent eyes!!!

  85. Kim F. Avatar
    Kim F.

    My favorite time is when everyone just relaxes and sits around together.

  86. Dee Avatar

    Actually, it is kinda cool when it all quiets down and hubby and I can have a glass of wine and review how excited kids and grandkids are. I just finished shopping and wrapping last night – exhausted but feel great that that portion has come together. Now to get some cookies baked and grocery list. This year is going to be heartfelt as my sister who is 13 years older than I passed last month. So her kids will be coming (they are adults) for dinner this year with my family – it will be a great blessing to have them.

  87. Linda Kramer Avatar
    Linda Kramer

    Okay, a little Scrooge, I do love the grandkids coming and opening the presents on xmas eve, but honestly, the very best is when all the work and wrapping is done and the 26th is here, and I can retreat to my sewing room and just sew!

  88. Mary Ann Avatar
    Mary Ann

    I love most everything about the season! The tree, wrapping packages, quiet dinners with old friends but most of all the music. All the carols I have loved from childhood and the silly songs the kids sing over and over, it’s brings the joy into the small moments too. These pins look wonderful!

  89. Deb Gepfer Avatar
    Deb Gepfer

    I love when my family is gathered most, but I love when my preschool students perform their Nativity play. They look so sweet in their costumes and they take their jobs very seriously. I also love the looks on their faces when Santa makes a surprise visit!

  90. Esther Avatar

    One of my favorite things is when my girlfriend comes over and we bake from early morning to night. We only see each other this one time a year so we catch up on everything. Lots of talking and laughing going on.

  91. Paulette Doyle Avatar

    I LOVE giving away things that I have stitched all year long…gives me the best feeling! Having said THAT…I want to see it displayed when i visit their homes…and if it isn’t I stop giving my handwork to them and buy them something instead. Too much time and money goes into these projects to be kept in a cupboard or given to the Goodwill! Thanks for the chance to win your give away! *YES, I will use it!! haha

  92. Karen Avatar

    We moved to a small town and since I love to bake and stitch I give a lot of little gifts this time of year. Seeing people smile and getting a big hug and heartfelt thank you and Merry Christmas just makes my holiday.

  93. Karen Avatar

    I have those pins and love them. I purchased them at a quilt show, thru good marketing by the seller. I am surprised how often I use them and would not be without them now.

    Getting together with my family is priceless, we all at sometime before Xmas get together and watch White Christmas, I love it!

  94. Cindy M Avatar
    Cindy M

    The best part is the excitement our four granddaughters have when they ask to come over and help make cookies and bars for Christmas. They are two sets of twin girls-all sisters!! And when I say “of course”, they just get antsy and want to be here NOW!!! And do we bake up a storm!! They make the season so much fun!!! Thanks Kortnie, Tayler, Maddie, and Kennie!!

  95. Pat D Avatar
    Pat D

    The best part of Christmas is when my son gets home for the holidays! He lives in Europe and usually only gets here for the holidays so it is a very special time for us.

  96. Nancy Maher Avatar
    Nancy Maher

    This is our first Christmas with 2 grandchildren – so my favorite thing will be seeing the smiles on their faces when they open their gifts, as well as seeing which will be each boy’s favorite:)

  97. Elaine Sell Avatar
    Elaine Sell

    I love most everything about Christmas, but especially the shopping! I love shopping, trying to find that perfect gift. But my husband is difficult to buy for, and even our children have a hard rime. We all manage to buy him something, but it has gotten to be a joke between us as he takes stuff back. So every year when we buy him something, we say, oh I bet he takes this back, even tho we think its a great gift!

  98. Dawn Avatar

    My favorite time of the holidays is when I do my shopping for charity. I allow extra time and buy what is “just right” even if it takes a couple of extra stops.
    These numbered pins! What a great idea, and it should help with the organization part of the blocks.

  99. Meme Avatar

    As a little girl, my favorite thing to do was to find my wrapped presents, gently unwrap them, see what was in the box and then rewrap them. It took my mother a long time to realize what was happening. As an adult, I love to shop for special gifts.

  100. Sandy Avatar

    I’m a cookie baker and love to get everything out on the counter and start mixing. The kids know when it’s cookie time and always come for samples. We eat the ugly ones first!

  101. Kris Kayser Avatar
    Kris Kayser

    I like the wrapping presents and baking. But my favorite most of all is singing in our church choir at Christmas Eve Mass. I enjoy having our kids at Mass to listen to us sing our hearts out. We have a great group of choir members of all ages and we have a lot of fun together during our weekly practices!

  102. Connie Thompson Avatar
    Connie Thompson

    Seeing my grandkids faces as they experience Santa’s visit; it’s getting a chance to relive Christmas like it was when our kids were little…sigh, how time flies!

  103. Joni Avatar

    My family (mom) never put a effort into Christmas! So of course I have to make sure everything is as perfect as I can make it! I make sure we have things for dinner that everyone likes even to the point of 2 meats.
    I love when my 3 grand babies come to open their gifts! I aim to please!!!
    I am totally exhausted when everyone finally leaves but I know it’s a fun filled day for everyone!!

  104. mary Avatar

    I really like going to a Christmas concert or two. I also like to make gifts, this year it is sweater mittens.

  105. Ginger Weber Avatar
    Ginger Weber

    What a great idea! So many times, I have ripped stuff out and resorted to masking tape!
    Thanks Lisa!

  106. Ruth Ann Avatar
    Ruth Ann

    I really enjoy putting up the Christmas tree and looking at the all ornaments that have been collected throughout my life and from so many different places. I also really like looking at all the lights on the houses as I drive by.

  107. Lisa Even Avatar
    Lisa Even

    This year I am a grandma- so it will be a special Christmas with our new grandson. HA! I get to go buy toys again!

  108. Barbara Avatar

    I love shopping for my granddaughters. It always includes something sewing related or crafty. It just brings the kid out of me. I always enjoyed receiving a stitchery gift. I have some of the numbered pins and absolutely love using them. They make it so easy to keep things in order.

  109. Janet Y McCluskey Avatar
    Janet Y McCluskey

    My favorite thing about the holidays is taking the time to think of the beautiful baby that was born on Dec25th and how lucky I am to have known HIM.

  110. Lizzie Avatar

    I love Christmas when everyone is feeling fine……we have had some rough dark Decembers in the last few years. So far so good this year! I love to bake cut out sugar cookies, with icing and hang them on the real Christmas tree for the grandkids to take one from the tree and eat it when they arrive at Grandma’s house! Walking with the dogs in the new fallen snow in the woods is a wonderful Christmas activity too!! I love when we can give our kids one “bigger” gift and we were surprised this year by my parents with a “BIG” gift:) Quilting with Christmas fabric is super fun this time of year !!!

  111. amycofer Avatar

    My favorite thing about Christmas is the Christmas Eve “come & go” communion service at our church because it is an annual event still shared with my 85 year old Mama. The church is quiet except for softly played Christmas music, & lit only with candles. People come in, sit for as long as they like- enjoying the atmosphere, the music, the quiet, their companion’s company; remembering, praying, expressing thanks, grieving, rejoicing, feeling His spirit… When ready, they go to the altar & are served communion, & stay there until they are ready to leave the church, or return to their seats for more time of reflection, praise, or simple enjoyment of the moment. It is a truly lovely experience. And a wonderful way to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

  112. Rosemary Avatar

    I love going out to the woods and cutting down our tree, after our daughter has checked everyone of them first!

  113. Peggy Dalberto Avatar
    Peggy Dalberto

    A quilting friend uses the numbered pins all the time, never heard of them until last March. I have messed up so many layouts which causes me to once again, spend time with Jack!
    What is special about Christmas to me is my little tree. We leave it on almost 24/7 and I love seeing it from the outside at night! We put it in our sunroom which has windows on 3 sides so it just glimmers!

  114. Nancy Amann Avatar
    Nancy Amann

    I enjoy the decorating and all of the lights shining in the night.

  115. Nancy Avatar

    I really enjoy baking the cookies, putting them on pretty vintage plates I’ve acquired inexpensively, and off they go to neighbors and friends.

  116. ethelann wood Avatar
    ethelann wood

    this year we used the brown paper packages theme, I have wanted to forever. I should say my husband does all the wrapping . They look so great! So simple and beautiful. I get to enjoy the baking from my Daughter in law. She takes cheese cakes to new levels. Your needful things for today is something I really need. I spend too much time “sewing” . It would be great to have a little extra help keeping things in order. I like the extra pins that let you number over the pre -numbered pins.

  117. Patttywacks Avatar

    My favorite thing is taking my Grandkids Christmas shopping so they can buy gifts for each other and their parents.

    1. my3kitties Avatar

      I will be having a new favorite for Christmas which is enjoying my Grandaughter, she turns 2 this holiday and is into everything which I think will make a most enjoyable Christmas. Buying her presents has been allot of fun this year too!
      I must say I like the idea of the numbered pins, solves the same issue I run into trying to keep blocks organized, I usually end up using allot zip lock baggies!

  118. Karen in Breezy Point Avatar
    Karen in Breezy Point

    My favorite thing is shopping all the bargains–for myself! Sorry!
    It’s also nice to get together with family!

  119. Lisa Avatar

    A special thing is having my excited grandchildren burst through the door so happy to be spending the day at Grandma;s house with their all of their cousins. It makes all of the time spent preparing well worth it.

  120. Nancy Avatar

    I love the decorations at Christmastime….not only my own, but the ones in the stores when shopping also. They make me fell like a kid and that is a wonderful feeling. I have my trees lit up all day every day and this year am leaving my porch tree up til March. It has just glass birds and pinecones on it, so nothing indicating just Christmas.

  121. Julie - Me & My Stitches Avatar

    My favorite thing is coming up with a bad gift for my SIL! This year she will get a calendar – each month with a terrible picture of her or other family members! Lol! Good thing she has a great sense of humor!

  122. Karen Avatar

    My favorite thing happened just last night, while sewing!! 😉 I was listening to my Christmas music, and an OLD song comes on, from an OLD “record”, that was one of my Mom’s favorites (my Mom passed away when I was 13). My favorite thing is the memories those songs bring to mind, and then sending an audio text of that song to my brothers! 🙂 Memories…..

  123. Karen Seitz Avatar
    Karen Seitz

    I love seeing all the Christmas lights up in my neighborhood. Most displays are quite tacky, but I love them and all the time that went into the set up.

  124. Lynn in Madison Avatar
    Lynn in Madison

    Dear Lisa, my heart goes out to you. I can’t imagine that your ache will ever go away. Focus on the fact that you’re needed by many, your loved ones that surround you and a whole world of quilting and stitching enthusiasts who look to you for inspiration and guidance. Your business acumen and artistry are exceptional; the gifts you share are countless and oh, so appreciated. We love ya to bits. Take care this season.

  125. Sharon Avatar

    My favorite things about Christmas is that it IS Christmas!!!! I love it all! I start decorating the moment everyone leaves from Thanksgiving dinner. I start planning parties and menus in October. I start playing Christmas music in my quilt studio in September! I watch Christmas movies starting in October. I hand make Christmas gifts for all of my quilting buddies every year. I bake and make hundreds of cookies and candies and I give them away to neighbors, delivery people, my hair dresser, nail tech. etc. etc. And I don’t take any decorations down until the middle of January!! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

  126. Miss Kitty Avatar
    Miss Kitty

    I NEED to try these pins…. I love kicking off the Christmad season shopping at your Open House…. Things for me and then on to buying for those I love the most. My grandsons fill shoe boxes every year for Franklin Graham’s Samaritans Purse and we love spending this time together. Jake (16 year old) has big feet and we use his shoeboxes, they hold a lot! Christmas Eve at our church surrounded by family, Christmad Day at my daughter’s, celebrating Jesus’ birthday……. Nothing sweeter!

  127. Sandie F Avatar
    Sandie F

    I love the music, that people are happy and greet you with smiles on their faces, having the family party (this wekend!) with brothers, sisters, neices and nephews, daughter and and son-in-law and our annual cookie swap! And most importantly, the reason for the season…..

  128. Roxanne Ferguson Avatar
    Roxanne Ferguson

    I love the decorating. Each item unwrapped is like renewing an old friendship.

  129. mbdquilter Avatar

    My favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends. I have such a good time at Christmas – even if it’s only hubby and me – baking and candy making brings back fond memories of when I was a little kid in Little Chute. I also love snow – but don’t get too much here. I’m kind of sad that I’m so far from my family but we’re close in spirit!

  130. Rori Jensen Avatar

    When I saw these pins…I called my husband over and immediately sent him the link!!! One of my best parts of Christmas is our church’s Christmas Eve service. At the end, the pastors light their candle from the communion table, the ushers pass it to the first person in each row and everyone passes the light while lighting their own candle. The lights get turned off and we sing, “Silent Night,” a cappella. So beautiful! I do love the baking too. Thanks for the pins giveaway and Merry Christmas. I know you miss your boy and an extra measure of blessings for you and your family.

  131. Lesa Avatar

    Church on Christmas Eve!! Everything is done & ready & it’s so peaceful

  132. carol Avatar

    Food. I like when I have the family cooking traditions of past favorite dishes from family no longer here. It is never as good as they made the dish but I try and the memories are good. They share in my heart as I sit with Christmas lights, music, laughter with family and it is Christmas and it is love. It is a good time. I am blessed to have these special family.

  133. Nancy Avatar

    Numbered pins – awesome! I don’t have to fight with pinning post its to figure out what gets attached to what! I love watching the faces of our friends and family as they visit through the holiday season as they come in and our greeted by the winter wonderland of white twinkling lights on trees and garlands throughout our home. Each room is theme decorated! It’s a beautiful time of the year!

  134. Denise Cabral Avatar
    Denise Cabral

    I love the decorations in the house and the lights on my street.

  135. Gina Avatar

    LOL, I have never thought I needed these either…oh well! I love baking, the tree decirating but hate the take down and clean up!

  136. Michelle in WY Avatar

    So frustrating when this happens…and like you said, when you lay them out so no fabrics touch a same fabric and it still happens?? I’m stumped most of the time how it got that way! hmmm…hard to pick one favorite thing about Christmas…but probably making handmade gifts would rank way at the top. I love to receive handmade things, and I hope the recipients of gifts I make feel the same! thanks for a chance to win those great pins!

  137. Catherine Spanish Avatar
    Catherine Spanish

    Wow! So many beautiful comments which I relate to… But, a special time for me is Christmas Eve, when everyone has gone to bed. We’ve been to church, had some celebration with relatives, the table is set for brunch, the stockings are filled, everyone has gone to bed, and I am cherishing a few moments of solitude with the light off…but for Christmas lights… And I reflect on all my family and the anticipation and excitement of my children and grandchildren in the morning. And, I am so blessed and thankful for my life.

  138. Mary Avatar

    The music. I’ve always loved playing and listening to Christmas music. This year its especially fun as my 2-year-old granddaughter has been singing Christmas songs for me.

    1. Susan Bresnahan Avatar
      Susan Bresnahan

      I enjoy knitting and stitching presents for family and special friends. It is relaxing and I’m doing something I love to do and I feel it’s a special gift. It reminds me of my grandmother who did the same thing for us. I was fortunate to have her for 47 years, she lived for 98 years.

  139. Dawn Avatar

    The pins are a great idea….I marked flat flower head pins with numbers with a sharpie but sometimes wears off. These pins would be great!
    At Christmas time with all the hustle and bustle I try to sit back and reflect on the reason for the season! The coming of my Lord and Savior!

  140. Lynne Sowerby Avatar
    Lynne Sowerby

    My favorite memory of Christmas was taking our 3 granddaughters to the dollar store so they could shop for mom and dad, such clever gifts they came up with. This tradition continued into their high school days. Also love the Christmas movies, watched White Christmas with good friends two nights ago. I love Christmas!

  141. Sally Hurst Avatar
    Sally Hurst

    My favorite thing is making Christmas presents for gifts. I start really early and try to find useful items to make for special people. This year I made microwave bowls, like a padded bowl shape to set a bowl in. You set the glass or plastic bowl in it, put it in the microwave, and take it out when it is done. No more burning your fingers or using hot pads. I also made a lot of mug rugs for people–sets of them–for gifts. I think a handmade gift is nice to get as it shows the person that you put a lot of effort into it.

  142. Mary Colley Avatar
    Mary Colley

    I enjoy baking at this time of year and then sharing with friends. One of the best things I make is chocolate dipped bourbon balls (and I’m not a drinker-go figure) and everyone looks forward to getting them. Our Christmas is usually quiet as our only child lives in Chicago and with the weather so unpredictable at this time of year we have decided to not get together at Christmas but to do so at a different time. It is almost like a Christmas gift to not have to prepare a big special Christmas dinner. In my husband’s family they always had porcupine meat balls before going to church on Christmas eve and we follow that tradition. Our Christmas eve service is also a special time during the season.

  143. Terri Avatar

    My favorite part is watching someone else clean up the mess in the kitchen when the food’s been eaten or the wrapping paper mess after gift opening. It’s probably the ONLY time I’ve sat for any length of time that day and I can finish a hot cup of coffee. 🙂

  144. Lee Bowers Avatar
    Lee Bowers

    Happy Holidays everyone! I enjoy choosing Christmas cards, but I do not like addressing them. I enjoy choosing gifts, but not wrapping them. Does anyone relate??

  145. Vicki H Avatar
    Vicki H

    Right now I am enjoying the baking and candy making. Then I will package it up for family and friends so it wont be tempting me to eat it all.

  146. Barbara Avatar

    See the expression on the young grand-childrens faces when they open a gift that I made

  147. Sandy K Avatar
    Sandy K

    I love the decorating but not the taking down and packing everything back up. The house looks so empty after the holidays.

  148. Toni Arnold Avatar
    Toni Arnold

    My favorite part of Christmas is the coming of the Savior, the carols and hymns and services with the church decorated so beautifully. Remembering past Christmases is special, too.

  149. Joan Richards Avatar
    Joan Richards

    My favorite part of Christmas is when you really hit a home run with a gift you chose for someone. At the end of the day on Christmas we host an open house for friends and extended family. Everyone comes and goes very casually. It is like a celebration of the end of all the preparations and it is a lot of fun.

  150. Jane Avatar

    My favorite part is when everyone arrives and we are all under one roof….to wake up Christmas morning. I like Christmas morning. 🙂

  151. Linda R. Avatar
    Linda R.

    I love being with my grandchildren and experiencing Christmas through their eyes.

  152. Melanie Avatar

    My favorite thing I s the anticipation….making bread, cookies, sticky buns, and wondering who will get what. Thinking about the reaction for the gift that I thought would be perfect, and like my daughter-in-law, couldn’t wait and bought it herself the week before. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts. And I really like when I amwellahead of schedule, not usual, but this year is a first in 38 years of marriage! And it’s really a treat to have grandchildren to share the memories with. Brings back the kid in me again.

  153. Carolyn magnani Avatar
    Carolyn magnani

    My favorite time is when my daughter, her husband and two adult granddaughters arrive and find their stockings. It’s still as much fun as when the granddaughters were little.

  154. martha mumaw Avatar

    opening the presents!

  155. Peggy Simpson Avatar
    Peggy Simpson

    I love the beautiful music, munchies and memories ……. Happy Holidays to everyone !

  156. Carole F Avatar
    Carole F

    Memories………children’s faces……snow falling……family……peacefulness……hugs…….and more hugs!

  157. Barbara F. Avatar
    Barbara F.

    I drag my feet getting the Christmas stuff out. Decorating the tree feels like a chore, but once it’s done I really enjoy seeing it all lit up. I enjoy taking everything down, packing it away, and having the living room feel nice and clean. Fresh start to a new year.

  158. Lori Albrechtsen Avatar
    Lori Albrechtsen

    Though cooking the Christmas meal is a lot of work I like the satisfaction of making everyone at the table happy with the food and just enjoying each other’s company. Christmas is about being together.

  159. Susan Bresnahan Avatar
    Susan Bresnahan

    I enjoy knitting and stitching presents for family and special friends. It reminds me of my grandmother who did the same thing for us. I was fortunate to have her in my life for 47 years, she lived to be 98 years old.l

  160. Claire Avatar

    I love taking out all the special ornaments from years past and decorating the tree. All the twinkly lights make these dark days cheerful. Great idea about the numbered pins. I have been using numbers on masking tape which is a big pain. I am glad to see the container with separate sections for each number so there is no looking around and poking your finger trying to find the right number. Love seeing that new snowman fabric, too.

  161. Karen Chaudoin Avatar
    Karen Chaudoin

    I enjoy making the Christmas cookies that my mother made every Christmas and her mother before her. Eating them is on the list too!

  162. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    Sitting up late at night in the silence looking at the lights on my Christmas tree reflecting on all the nice things that have happened in my life over the past year. As to the pins what a great idea, sure beats my pining a post it note on mine.

  163. Judy Stewart Avatar
    Judy Stewart

    I love decorating for Christmas. I have a collection of Santa’s and when I take them out of the boxes I talk to them and wake them up for the Christmas season. I love that!

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  164. Susan L Bresnahan Avatar
    Susan L Bresnahan

    I enjoy knitting and stitching presents for family and special friends. My grandmother did the same for us. I was fortunate to have her for 47 years, she lived for 98 years.

    Lisa Bongean’s Weblog wrote: > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ lisabongean posted: ” Thanks for all the laughs yesterday, there were some funny, funny comments!!…and even for those of you who had nothing for me…thats fine too…just commenting and wanting to win a ruler was good enough for me…we sold lots of rulers yesterday…maybe Santa”

  165. Charlotte Avatar

    I LOVE decorating my home. It takes three days but I enjoy unpacking all the memories – things that I have made or friends have made for me or finding the perfect decoration at a craft show or store. I decorate immediately after Thanksgiving and enjoy the results the entire season.

  166. Linda A Avatar
    Linda A

    My favorite part of Christmas is putting up all the ornaments I have the years past. I remember making many with my mom, grandmas, aunts, etc. It is wonderful thinking of all of them and the great memories I have of our times together!

  167. Mary Ann Servi Avatar
    Mary Ann Servi

    After all the hassle of decorating the tree (we are all short on time) I enjoy sitting in a dark living room with the tree lite, it lights up the whole room. It makes the hassle worth it.

  168. Cheryl G Avatar
    Cheryl G

    I love to shop for very strange and funny stocking stuffers. To watch their faces Xmas morning opening them. Now my children are adults and they too look for unusual stocking stuffers. My grandchildren are in for a few giggles this year.

  169. Terry Cortez Avatar
    Terry Cortez

    My favorite part of Christmas is putting all the decorations out and pondering over their history – some going back to favorite relatives now gone and handling the “primitive” ornaments made by my kids who are now in their 40’s. Once done I sit back and enjoy.


  170. Susan Kroll Avatar
    Susan Kroll

    It’s hard to say what I like best, but probably decorating the house. I have a log home and the quilts and lodge-like decorating makes it so warm and cozy. The only bad thing, (it’s a good thing too), is that I spend a lot of time in my sewing room while my husband is enjoying the decorating, while watching TV, next to the fire. I tell him, it’s decorated just for him (ha,ha).

  171. Susan G. Avatar
    Susan G.

    My favourite thing during the holidays is giving everyone in my family ( I have a small family) and friends a homemade ornament. Every year I make a different one and they just love them.

  172. MaryAnn Avatar

    Decorating two trees and every flat surface with vintage ornaments and Santas is my favorite part of Christmans

  173. Sharon Browne Avatar
    Sharon Browne

    I always loved and enjoyed wrapping gifts. Unfortunately, we don’t really exchange presents anymore due to financial problems.

  174. Lisa D Avatar
    Lisa D

    This year is kind of a re-birth to the homemade gifts. I used to make a lot of gifts (treats or crafty) and my family looked forward to them but because of some of life’s tragedies I had stopped. I began quilting in January and have found that inspiration again. My favorite part of Christmas this year is being able to see the smiles on my family’s faces when they open something made made just for them from my heart. It’s a “healing” thing!

  175. laura b Avatar
    laura b

    I love to drive around looking at decorations. We have several local homes that go all out and even sync their lights to music. Christmas is the only time I also want it to snow. Nothing like going to church while it is snowing

  176. Linda Baker Avatar
    Linda Baker

    I love listening to Chrismas music while working on projects. I do not like to bake cookies but love making caramel popcorn for family and friends. Those pins are a great idea.

  177. Vickie Olsen Avatar
    Vickie Olsen