Most of you probably know these charming little succulents as hen and chicks, but here in the American South you just might hear ‘em called hen-and-biddies. And then you will snicker, because it sounds so funny…and Southern.

Pretty soon, it’ll be time for sweaters and hot apple cider here in North Carolina!

Overturned vases, shredded toilet paper, unraveled balls of yarnlife with cats is never dull!

Now through Wednesday, September 24th, vote for “Mischief Makers” and your other favorite cat damask fabrics in this week’s Spoonflower Design Challenge: http://bit.ly/1polHD5.

Pattern of the Week #38 is in memory of a beautiful young lady, whose story came to the saddest possible ending over the weekend. Anna, may you rest in peace, and may your loved ones find comfort in the happy memories they shared with you.

Collection: Safe + Sound

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In case you aren’t convinced that my obsession with patterns is legit, allow me to direct your attention to my security envelope collection123 unique designs and counting! Who knew there were so many? More importantly, how many others can I get my hands on?!?

These are a few of my favorites; you can view the whole collection here.

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This week’s design is a fanciful tribute to one of my favorite things about my neighborhood - the abundance of Little Free Libraries!

There’s so much to love about Little Free Libraries - the variety of shapes, sizes and colors, the thoughtfulness and goodwill that brings them into existence, and the fact that they encourage both reading and reusing. I can’t help but smile every time I see one!

To learn about how you can set up your very own, visit http://littlefreelibrary.org/