Sewn Minibooks in the Shop!

Woohoo! The sewn minibooks are finally listed in the shop! I also added 2 standard 4×6-inch minibooks plus some smaller 3×5-inch vintage grunge minibooks… I sold several a few years ago, and forgot I had made these up!

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Getting back into business + sneak peeks of NEW sewn minibooks!

Whew! I had no intentions of abandoning the blog, but I have not been myself the past three months. When I made my last post, I had only found out four days before that I was pregnant, again! I was still processing and digesting that  very sweet, but very surprising news, and I knew morning sickness was coming (because it has struck with a vengeance every preceding pregnancy)–I just didn’t know how awful it would hit.  : )

Twins! What a fun, fun surprise. I laugh to myself nearly everyday. I am giddy over it. I thank God a thousand times for this unexpected gift. I am so thrilled! But the nausea just knocked me off my feet from December through February–literally. There were days I could not sit up longer than fifteen minutes. All hobbies & projects & shop stuff & blogging just stopped; I had no desire to do anything other than lie down and not talk. I would feel physically sick at the thought of my past enjoyments. Seriously, I honestly thought I would never go back to blogging or shop stuff or minibook stuff because I could not STAND to look at any sort of craft stuff or be on the computer!

But now that I am seventeen weeks, I am sloooowly coming back to my former self (though I am a thousand times more tired!). I am rediscovering shop products that I worked on so happily in the fall before pregnancy, and I am now feeling motivated to share & list them!

I am prepping for a shop update coming early March! Woohoo! Back to business!! I will be listing those pretty 6×8-inch sewn minibooks I posted about in November. Back before my life halted to a crawl. : )

Here are the first rounds of sneak peeks…

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Love these!!

The Grateful Tree


For the month of November, we did pretty much the same thing as last year, just a different place to hang. It made a pretty good dining room centerpiece; you just had to be careful if you leaned across the table… might poke your eye out. : )



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The girls LOVED this! Throughout November (not every night), we’d each choose a blank leaf during dinner, and we would share what we were thankful for that day.  I’d write it down for the girls. I love thatwhat the girls were thankful for was really a reflection of their personalities. Extrovert Anna thought of every person in her life to be thankful for (family, friends, friends, friends, friends…oh, and friends), while Noelle — an introvert and collector — shared how thankful she was for her ‘treasures’ (ballet shoes, Halloween bucket, her bed, etc.)… though once she exhausted that, she did say how thankful she was for her family! : )


Thanksgiving Rewind: Last Year’s Grateful Leaves + Chalk Verse


Last year for the month of November, we focused on one particular ‘thanksgiving’ passage (1 Chronicles 29:10,11,13) & as we learned about the verse, we also thanked God for all His blessings & recorded them on paper leaves…


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Looking at these pictures makes me really miss our large chalkboard! We have been in our home three months (today!) and there is NOTHING on the walls! I just don’t want to add anything to the walls before we’ve painted. So our house is pretty bare right now!

Tomorrow I will show what we’ve done with our grateful leaves this year at our new house!

What We Read No. 5 – Thanksgiving & Fall

We have been soaking up a ton of Thanksgiving books this past month! Here are some ones we have enjoyed. Anna has loved reading books about pilgrims & Indians. Just when I think she’ll protest when I pull out yet another retelling of the Mayflower voyage or first Thanksgiving, she instead smiles so  big! I hope this girlie loves history as much as I do!

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very first thanksgiving day

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the thanksgiving story

pilgrims' first thanksgiving

pioneer thanksgiving

(I really loved this one!)

samuel eaton's day




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(one of our favorites of the bunch!)



(Anna loved this one!)

child's story thanksgiving

cranberry thanksgiving

food recipes pilgrims

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Coming early 2014…


A fabulous friend of mine, Deborah, helped a tiny dream I had for the shop come true, ha! I have long had visions of making, filling, and even selling sewn minibooks! In the summer, she sewed a few test ones for me on a craft weekend getaway. I loved them! About two weeks ago, she sewed a huuuuge stack of minibooks for me! Some I am hoarding keeping for me to fill, but the others I will be listing early January in the shop! Here are the first group I will be listing…


Most are 6×8-inches with several pages of different shapes and sizes and textures. They will also come with embellishments, much like the other kits in the shop.


I love these because they are a larger size than the 4×6-inch mini’s I typically sell, and I have gotten requests before for 6×8-inch mini’s. So glad to add this to the array of minibooks–it really is a very versatile form of memory-keeping!


Once I photograph the complete kits, I will post some peeks!!

Fall Taped Thank You Mini’s


I still love making these taped mini’s from leftover scraps! With the rest of the Indian Summer collection, I made four little taped mini’s to serve as thank-you’s for shop purchases









Excited to stick these in with purchased minibook kits!

{See other mini-mini inspiration here & here & here!}

What We Read No. 4 – Fall & Harvest

Here are some fall/harvest books we’ve enjoyed the past two months! We love fall!

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cranberry autumn

every autumn comes bear


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99 Sales… and Christmas Minibooks Stocked!

I have had my little minibook shop almost three years now, with periodic closings during morning sickness, a new baby, and a move. While it has always been a little side business of mine, something I haven’t thrown myself into full force, the delight of making a sale — packaging a minibook — has yet to go away.

I know there are many, many, many other shops of Etsy way more successful than mine, but I have to say–I am SO excited These Small Hours is at 99 sales!

To show my appreciation, for the next three separate customers, I am going to include an extra minibook kit as a thank you for helping get me over the 100-sale hill! These are minibooks I had set aside to list, but decided to go ahead and include as a gift to the next 3 customers!




Thanks to all the sweet customers who have purchased minibooks in the last three years, and especially those who have left encouraging notes with their order & positive feedback! It certainly sets my heart to grinnin’!

In other shop news, I FINALLY finished listing the last of the holiday minibooks!! If you have ever considered documenting your Christmas or winter holidays, these simple minibook kits might be perfect for you! Some have 25 pages — one for each day leading up to Christmas if you want to format your mini album for a Countdown to Christmas or December Daily. Some have lesser number of pages (and at a lesser price, too!) if you want to record the Big Events of December!





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ALSO! I had way too many leftovers from my Fall 2012 mini album! So I whipped up two 5×7-inch minibook kits with the same sort of stuff!





This post is already too long, but hopefully later this week or next week I’ll share some fun minibooks coming to the shop in early 2014!! So so so excited for these!!




Fa la la la la! Christmas minibooks coming soon–

I have about three or four draft posts about house musings, house inspiration, minibooks, and library books–but none of those are being written because I am woefully behind on updating the shop with Christmas/holiday minibooks! My free time in which to put together, photograph, edit said photographs, and then list those holidays mini’s is slowly being sucked away the older the girls get!

I finally finished editing the first round of Christmas minibooks, with hopes to have them all listed by next week! I still have four more to get gussied up for photos, as well as two loverly fall minibooks that need their pictures taken. Anyway. Here I am wasting free time I don’t have rambling out my to-do list.

Here’s a sneak of what’s to come to the shop!

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