Happy 23rd birthday to our Abigail!!!

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Happiest of birthdays to my dearest Abigail!!

You’re 23!  The time has flown by so quickly!  You’ve gone from a rambunctious little girl to a go-get-em young lady.  Abigail, I am so very thankful for you!  You are a blessing to our family in so many ways and you can believe me when I say that I’d never change you one little bit.  You are a spark constantly ready to ignite and I say “knock yourself out!”.

I’m crazy about you!

Love, your devoted Mommy

All we can add is a happy birthday to our dear sister, Tabbie!  You know we love you to death, right?  We hope your 23rd year is the most exciting, eventful, and joyful year yet!

We love you!! xoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abiah

Happy birthday, Abiah!!

 

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Here I go again, but I have to tell y’all what a wonderful, Godly young lady my Abiah is.

She’s firm, but she’s a peacemaker.  She’s loyal and devoted.  She’s witty and very loving.  And did I mention the way she can belt out a song?

I love this 4th born daughter of mine — with her long red hair and big blue eyes.  She’s amazing and I’m overwhelmed with the blessing of being her mom.

Abiah, you are the cats and my love will always pour over you.

Forever, Mommy

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We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  We love you to pieces, and think the world of you.  You’re one of our very favorites, and we are forever grateful to God for making you our baby sister.

We love you!

xoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abigail

PS  Did we forget to mention that we love your killer red hair and killer fashion sense??!

And, of course, we can’t help but mention our wonderfully awesome Nanny, who Abiah gets to share a birthday with!  Nan, you are one of our very favorites too, and we love you to the moon and back!  Wish we could have celebrated your birthday in person.  Hugs and kisses!

Happy Birthday to our Apphia!!

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Well, it’s time for another of my gushing birthday posts and I have to quote a favorite movie, “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.”.

Apphia Jade – my first born daughter – a daughter I’ve prayed for and praised The Lord for – How can I possibly describe how very much this girl means to me?  She’s responsible and fun loving all at the same time.  She is loyal beyond belief and she has always been the best big sister anyone could ever ask for.

My girls and I have been through very tough times together and The Lord has used these trials to bring us closer and closer.  No Mom could ask for more.  I am blessed indeed!

Happiest of birthdays to my beloved Apphia!     xoxo Mommy

PS  I will be missing you and praying for you every day that you’re away.  May The Lord work in your life in an awesome way!

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Happy birthday, Phi!  You know we love you to pieces and can’t imagine life without you!  We pray that this year will be filled with beautiful things for you.

Love, hugs, and kisses from your sisters!!

xoxo Achaia, Abigail, & Abiah

say Hello to our NEW website!!

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We are SO excited to announce to you the launch of our brand new website!!!  We are just thrilled with it, and hope you are too.  Now, let’s gush over for just a bit….

~The site is there exclusively to showcase our patterns!  So there’s lots of pictures and info all about them.  Of course, if you don’t see an answer to your questions, just shoot us an email.

~Easy to navigate!

~Mobile friendly!

~Free shipping on orders of $50 or more!

~We are also now offering Pattern Collections!  This option allows you to purchase multiple patterns together at a discounted price.

~An updated About Us page allows you to learn a little more about each of us.  Simply click on individual names and read about each of our specialties and personal pursuits (more going on there that we hope to share soon!).  You can contact us individually or read about some of the things we love, which includes everything from country music to Mexican food to cold sheets.

~We will still continue to have our Etsy shop, and don’t forget to keep an eye on it.  If we have any fabric bundles, boutique clothing, or specialty things for sale, you’ll find them there.

~And, don’t forget you can connect with us via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin’!

Enough from us… go check it out!!

xoxo~

Kristie, Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah

Grandma’s Coated Club Crackers (You can’t eat just one… trust me.)

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A few years ago when our Grandma was still living and writing us letters regularly, she passed along the recipe for these yummy, fancied-up Club Crackers.  We hadn’t made them for years, until just recently.  It’s amazing how simple they are, but oh so good… what do you expect from something that’s coated with butter and sugar and nuts?  Enjoy!! xo

Grandma’s Coated Club Crackers

Take a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and cover with aluminum foil.  Place Club Crackers in a single layer on pan.  (Grandma used about 42 crackers.)

Melt one stick of butter and 1/2 cup sugar.  Once mixture comes to a boil, let boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and quickly spread over Club Crackers.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts (we use pecans). 

Bake in 350 degree over for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool and remove from foil.  (Grandma always stored hers in the cookie jar.)

Merry Christmas!

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"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2: 8-11

Many blessings to you this Christmas, from our home to yours!

With love,

Kristie, Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, & Abiah

Happy birthday to our Abs!

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Dearest Abigail~

What a wonderful surprise to be blessed with a 3rd daughter!  You have always been so full of life, love, and laughter.  I truly value your zest and your tremendous loyalty.

May The Lord Jesus Christ continue to guide and direct you all the days of your life.

I love you, Mommy

 

Happy 22nd birthday, Abs!  We love you so very much and know we are so blessed to have you as a partner-in-crime.  Thanks for being a great sister.  We are so excited to see what God will do in your life this next year!

xoxoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abiah

Happiest of birthdays to our beautiful Mommy.

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Happy birthday, Mommy!!

All we can say is that we are the MOST blessed girls on the planet.  You are the best Mom ever!  There's so much we want to say, and so much we can't say.  We've been together through thick and thin, and nothing has changed.  We are still crazy about you!

For so many years you've been our teacher, our example, our Mommy.  As we've gotten older you are now our best friend and confidant.  Thanks for all the years you've loved us, taught us, and showed us.  We feel we would be extremely blessed if we only lived up to being half of the woman you are.  

To the best Mommy ever, we wish God's richest blessings on you.  Here's to many more years celebrating you!

With all our love, your girls,

Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah

Scenes of Summer.

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So sorry for the silence around here these past months.  Our summer has come and is going so quickly.  We ended up with lots of memories that we want to hold onto forever.

In July we got to take our annual Indiana trip, which happened to be some of the best two weeks ever.  We were refreshed and encouraged, while we relaxed, visited lots of friends and family, went flea marketing, put up about 13 dozen ears of corn, got our hair cut, went shopping, sang, laughed, and drank quite a few Mountain Dew icies.  We were also so happy to have our brother Joe there for a few of the days!

And speaking of Joe, a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to spend a hot (humid) Saturday with him.  We watched him work (amazing – especially in that hot forge!), and fed almost the entire school with homemade pizzas.  We've spent lots of fun weekends with him, and can't believe school is almost out!  Joe's been able to meet some awesome people, and we are so thankful that we're able to call them our friends now too.

Oh, and we girls have also taken advantage of matching a couple times.  Which is funny, considering that Mom would match us ALL the time when we were little (and we didn't always like it).  Now, we have actually done it on purpose a couple of times, including a 'maxi dress' Sunday.

Some of the most exciting news this summer was the launch of Abigail's book, Modern Prairie Sewing!  It's been amazing watching her promote it and exciting to read the good reviews from happy seamstresses! 

We feel so blessed to have gotten to meet some wonderful people over this summer that have become fast friends.  We've loved getting to do things with them including a shopping day, movie + snack fest + kayak adventure, and photo shoot fun. 

We do have good news for you…. our birthday bash starts Monday!!!  We will plan on sending out newsletters so if you haven't signed up, you might want to so you can keep up to date.  Lots of inventory-ing going on around here.

Not much else has been going on, except lots of reading and watching Perry Mason before bed.  Hope your summer has been as good. xoxo

PS…. Have you spotted that badge on the top in the sidebar??  Coming soon!!

Modern Prairie Sewing now available!!

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It's true, it's finally here!!!  Abigail's book, Modern Prairie Sewing, is now available for purchase!  Here are some places where you can get your book fix….

Amazon (By the way, Abi has three 5-star reviews on Amazon!  She about died.)

Barnes & Noble

C & T Publishing

And, if you'd like to carry Abi's book in your shop check out your wholesalers (this is the only one we know of so far that is carrying it, but be sure to ask!)….

Checker Distributors

 

Of course, if you are a NOOK fan, you can get it that way too!

We are so proud of our girl!  She really has done a fantastic job on this beauty.  (And we definitely aren't saying this because we got to land on the cover.)

Enjoy your day!

xox

A Fabulous Friday.

Happy Friday!!  We hope it's the start of a beautiful weekend.

xoxo

{Kristie's picks}

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1. This is THE ultimate lamp (Plus, it's ruby and electric!)

2. fabulous shirt

3. I love this sweatshirt

4. Spending time with my parents, just like we used to.

{Abiah's picks}

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1. One of my new favorite books!

2. I could spend all my money at Boden!  Practically.

3. This hair is perfect… love the bangs!  I'm completely stuck on mine!!

4. Steve McQueen.  One of my favorite actors!

{Achaia's picks}

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1. '70s hair and make-up (love this show!)

2. Making me think.

3. My family.  I loved spending time with them the past two weeks.  So many lovely people missing from this picture, though!

4. The new bag Paps bought me.  I LOVE it!

{Apphia's picks}

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1. Cartography Buttondown, my new fave.

2. The perfect nude heel — can these be like 80% off now?

3. A beautiful leather clutch for all seasons

4. On the hunt for a sterling silver locket. (thank you, Jill.)

{Abigail's picks}

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1. My first SEWING BOOK!!!!  I love it.  I look through it and see my best friends.  It makes me super duper happy!!!

2. It’s no secret that our family is big into music. Our Paps had a fabulously cool band in the 60s. It’s a really fun and unique heritage that me and my sisters are super thankful to be a part of. This music will want to make you jam! Have fun!

3. I heart this skirt!

4. My Paps bought me this jacket.  I absolutely adore it!!  I've been looking for the perfect denim jacket FOREVER.  (Alert!  This is it!)