Merry Christmas

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very Merry Christmas (Happy Kwanza and Holiday Season) with your family and loved ones.


I am going to be taking a few days off and spend some time with my family.  And getting over the cold that I ended up catching from my sick kids this week.

I am busy making last minute preparations and planning a new eating plan for myself.  If you follow me on FB and Instagram you will have seen that last Thursday I was diagnosed with several food allergies/intolerances which would finally explain some of my health issues the past several months.  Yeah for answers…but this is going to be a big change.  Chances are I can eventually add some of the foods back into my life but for now I need to eliminate them so that my body can heal itself.  More on this to come…

Photo: So it looks like I am allergic to a few different foods. This is going to get interesting!! #iamallitchy #makethemstop

I will be back a little later this week with some New Years ideas and the January Photo-A-Day Challenge…so be sure to check back in. 

The winners of all the giveaways have been announced.  So please make sure to check the original posts to see if you by chance were one of the lucky ones.

And just to show how much I appreciate all of you loyal readers, I want to offer a free pattern from The Idea Room store to the first 25 people who leave a comment on this post. 

You can pick from the following patterns:  Tooth Fairy Pillow, Finger Puppet Patterns, Star Wars Puppet Patterns, and the Pear/Apple Pincushion Patterns.

Be sure to leave your name, email address (or email it to me) and the pattern you pick.  These will be mailed out to you within the coming week. 

Merry and Bright

You can find this printable and an idea for how to use it here: 

Merry and Bright Chalkboard Tags.

Merry Christmas!!



  1. Shandra says

    What a fun little giveaway! The Star Wars puppets are so cute! I’m sorry to hear abut your allergies, but I hope it sorts out your issues. Good luck and merry Christmas!

  2. says

    What a lovely idea… I love your pear and apple pincushions patterns! Hope you’re going on well with your allergies. Kisses from Italy! Merry merry Christmas!

  3. says

    Amy you are incredible…that’ll be a big lifestyle change, you are better than I. Hope you heal and everything gets better quickly!

    And what a fun giveaway! The tooth fairy pillow is DARLING. :) Can I message you my address on Facebook? :)

  4. Linda B says

    Sorry that you are sick!!! Good luck with your new diet – and I agree yay for answers to things that have been a mystery to us! Merry Christmas!

    • Linda B says

      Ooops – forgot to say pear/apple pincushion pattern! Hope this week is better health wise for you all!

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  6. aimee says

    Yeah! Thank you so much Amy!
    I love the star wars puppets!
    Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  7. Nicole says

    I had a child diagnosed with diabetes last Christmas and we have had to make some dietary changes at our house too. Good luck! It will become easier with time. Love the Star Wars puppets! Merry Christmas!

  8. Amy H says

    I wish you health and happiness in the New Year. Thanks for a generous gift. Merry Christmas!

  9. Monica Carrillo says

    I hope you feel better soon Amy! Merry Christmas!! I would love the Finger Puppet Patterns. They are super cute!! thank you Amy!

  10. Carolyn W says

    I would love the pattern for the toothfairy pillow! Thank you so much and I hope you are feeling better soon! Merry Christmas!!


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  12. Celina says

    I just found your site, and I absolutely love it. It has a lot of fun ideas. I like the tooth fairy pillow, it’s really cute. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
    Happy Holidays!


  13. says

    Merry Christmas to you as well! I pray everyone in your home will be healthy soon. Have a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year.

  14. nell says

    Merry Christmas and Boo for food allergies, but hopefully you can start feeling better soon. with three boys around the house and one on the way, those star wars finger puppets would be fabulous! Thanks!

  15. Cari Hozian says

    Merry Christmas! I’ve got a SIL that struggles with food allergies as well. She has been able to find a lot of alternatives. Good luck. If I make the cut I’d love the tooth pillow pattern. My 5.5 year old has his first loose tooth.

  16. Kate says

    Merry Christmas and I hope that you feel better soon. Food allergies are no fun! I love all of your ideas!

  17. says

    Hi Amy, Merry Christmas to you and yours, and I hope you’re all on the mend. :) I’d love to make the pincushion patterns, thank you!


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  18. Kristie says

    Good luck with the new eating diet stuff. So sorry that you had/have to go through it all. And good luck! Hope the new year brings great things to you.

  19. Anne Marie says

    Merry Christmas – hope you have a wonderful holiday! Love your pincushion pattern.

  20. Lesley says

    Sorry to hear about your health problems. I hope 2013 proves to be better in this regard.
    Love the tooth fairy pillow pattern.
    Merry Christmas!

  21. Beatriz says

    wow, lady, i am very sorry that you are sick during this holy season! i hope you are now on the mend and will be back to normal soon. let us be grateful for all that is good and right in our lives. merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year to you and yours.

  22. Becky says

    I may be too late but I would love the pin cushion pattern. Have a great Christmas break.

  23. says

    Oh I am sorry Amy to hear about your allergies :( I can sympathize with that allergy needle test on your arm. I have had many food and environmental allergy tests in my life and they stink :( I actually get allergy shots monthly and have for the past 15 years. My food allergies are minimal now and basically, I eat whatever I want. I could never eat chocolate or eggs though 10 years ago. Hopefully they get it all figured out for you. At least you know now. :)

  24. Kim says

    How did you finally get to food allergy testing? My husband has been struggling with GI issues and generally not feeling well for 2 years.. We have eliminated all dairy from our diet and that seemed to help but he still struggles on a daily basis. Any advice you can offer would be MUCH appreciated! Love your crafty ideas and seeing your new posts in my reader!

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