Wednesday, December 21, 2011

real. simple. happiness.

Well, well. December 21.
I've thought about getting over to this space all month.
I have also thought about knitting.
And, about your knitting. And, how busy a lot of YOU are knitting!
L O V E that!
I, on the other hand, have knit about 2 rows in the last several weeks. I know, I know. Shocking. I have a pretty good reason.
The chalkboard place mats were included in Real Simple's 50 gifts under $50 and I have been beautifully swamped. I feel extremely humbled and blessed.
I don't take for granted all of you. My entire reason I started that little business in the first place. You gave me the motivation and the inspiration. Truly, I couldn't be more grateful.
(This double rainbow showed up today. It was a lovely gift.)
I plan on getting my knitting back on. Very, very soon. I dream of all of it. Sweaters, shawls, hats, mittens and socks.
Real.
Simple.
Happiness.
My wish to you is the same. Real, Simple happiness...
the merriest of Christmas's and the happiest of holidays!
xx,
leslie

43 comments:

house on hill road said...

merry christmas to you, dear leslie! i am so happy that all this goodness has come your way - you deserve every bit of it. i seriously gasped out loud when i saw those placemats in the magazine! go you! xo.

Mary Richmond said...

So exciting... congrats! Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you in the New Year!

JoAnn said...

Congrats on your new business! I hope you find time in the coming new year to enjoy simple knitting again. Merry Christmas!

KellsShells said...

I have been wondering why you haven't been blogging! Congratulations on your newest level of fame! Good luck to you and a very Merry Christmas to you and your entire family!

Anita said...

Hi Leslie,
I hope you get back to your knitting.....I really feel for you not knitting. I can't cope either. Where I live it is about 38 C, but do you think I can put my knitting needles down? Not a chance. Have a lovely Christmas. Regards, Anita.

seashoreknits said...

I had a sneaky suspicion you were being buried in placemat orders :)
Have been dying to ask: how's it going?? have you been able to take a breath at ALL this month? And I had a feeling that the knitting might have to be taking a back seat (the horror!)
But oh what happy news to hear about the success of your business! It makes me so happy for you, Leslie!
The best of merry Christmases to you and your family!!

Proud Mama said...

Leslie, that is fantastic about your placemats. We love ours. Enjoy your holiday!

Sarah Jane said...

I saw this and told my husband I know you- not really know you, but, you know, blog know you!:) Congrats!:) And merry Christmas!!

Lyn said...

merry Christmas to you and your family and a good knitting year next year!
xxx

MadMad said...

Oh, that is so wonderful, Leslie! Congrats - it couldn't happen to a better person! Merry, merry to you and the kids, and all the best in 2012!

TD wool design said...

And to you and yours!! xo. A special pat to ms trouble, would you? Missing our Duncan.

michelle said...

I too saw the rainbow yesterday.....in DECEMBER, in PITTSBURGH!!! This is really simply wonderful! Of course, it is not a coincidence...... continued success to you- you deserve all of this and more.
xoxoxoxox M

Jujudo said...

Oh! Great news! Good for you you finished the Aidez before you were featured in Real Simple!
Happy Holidays and merry christmas to you and your family!

Suzanne said...

Real Simple?!! Yahoo! I'm so excited for you, Leslie! Thank you for your space here and for sharing your rainbows, headless knitting photos and cookies. I made your chocolate chip cookies last week (again) and loved watching people reach for another and another and another. One dad took a bite, made eye contact with another dad, and mouthed, "These are GOOD!" I just smiled and thanked you from afar.

Frances said...

Bravo to you! May I also thank you once again for the pattern for Those Mitts. I made a pair for my Secret Santa gift, and they were very much admired. Now everyone at my workplace hopes that I draw their name next year.

xo

kim said...

I am so happy for your success with the place mats. These are such exciting times. I hope you and family have a wonderful Christmas! xo

Jane said...

Merry Christmas Leslie. I've been thinking of you a lot this past month. Enjoy your kiddos and we will see you in the New Year! xoxox

Kelli said...

Congratulations. Very exciting. I have missed your blog and will look forward to hearing from you.

Anonymous said...

How awesome for you! Didn't I tell you, you would make it big with those chalkboards?! We love ours!

Oh how I have missed your blogging though!! I know, I am selfish!

I too, want to say thank you so much for Those Mitts pattern. They have been my gift giving life saver more times than I can count. I finished up another pair just yesterday!!

Merry Christmas to you and your whole family. Enjoy every minute! ~ Jan

Anonymous said...

Sorry to post twice, but wanted to add this about the double rainbow. The last time we saw a double rainbow was after the horrible tornadoes that so devastated our area April 27th. We were standing on top of a mountain at our friend's farm. He had lost EVERYTHING, even the 2 neighbors across the road. He had hand built his amazing house and lost close to $100,000 worth of furniture he had just finished up in his workshop (all gone). We were in the process of raking through all the rubble when the double rainbow appeared in the sky. It seemed to give us the message from God~I am still here and I love you!!! What a welcome sight as we were so despairing, hot, dirty, tired, etc... ~Jan

Kristen said...

congratulations about Real Simple, very exciting. Merry Christmas to you too!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! So thrilled for you! Now you're famous. :) Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

Buster said...

wow, this blog is truly moving, inspirational and motivating...you CAN make it a great day and a great life by just being good and choosing to be nice and grateful and by not wanting more but by being contented and appreciative for what you do have and what does come your way...

thank you, Leslie

-Buster

Sue said...

Merry Christmas, Leslie, to you and your family. So excited for you and your business! Congrats! I hope you can find some time to knit soon! I, too, have had very little knitting time lately, and can't wait to get back to it! Enjoy the next week with your family. Happy 2012! xo

lindy said...

Wow! Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Kessa said...

I had no idea about the Real Simple bit! Congrats!!
We had Christmas with my extended family included my nieces that the place-mats were for this morning. BIG HIT! My sister said they will help so much to settle the girls as she is getting dinner put on the table. She also wanted to know where we got them so she could place orders for her nieces and nephews for birthdays and Christmases in the future. Thank you so much for an amazing product (a true tabula rasa!) that enhances the imagination, challenges the mind and fits into family routines so beautifully!

magnusmog said...

Merry Christmas to you and all the family.

jeni x

Janet's House said...

I wondered where you were. Congratulations on the placemats. You're an inspiration! Merry Christmas

sue courtney said...

Congrats!! Merry Christmas!! lol i have knitted 10 lbs off!! Unfortunetly just from my fingers!! lol

From All Stitched Up said...

Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

Maryse said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I loved reading your post! Full of happiness! Congratulations for the success of placemats! Such a nice idea!

steph said...

I'm so happy I ordered my placemats BEFORE Real Simple came out with it!!! Can't wait for my daughter (and family) to open it.

Blessings this holiday season and look forward to seeing things on your needles next year!!!

Emma said...

I hope you had a merry Christmas and a happy new year! The chalkboard placemats are just beautiful. I hope you get a lot of new sales! :)

kathy b said...

Oh Leslie, glad the business is going well. Im already anxious to start a new pair of socks

Mauri said...

Oh congrats on the magazine mention! How fun is that!?

Best to you!

the greenhorn knitter said...

Way to go Leslie! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and here's to a wonderful new year!

Kristyn Knits said...

so excited and happy to see you in real simple! love that you're being blessed by blessing others. I tried to keep our celebration real. simple. and real. quite.

p.s. I'm selfish too...I miss seeing you here.

xoxo

iknitipurl said...

happy holidays leslie.

stitching under oaks said...

so happy for you! Happy New Year...I hope the blessings keep coming your way!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I must catch up on my real simple reading. I have that issue, waiting to be read. Happy holidays friend!

Faithful Crafter said...

Leslie, a very belated Happy New Year! Love the rainbow pictures. Clearly your life has many blessings and I pray you have many more for the New Year. Keep blogging and I look forward to reading about your knitting projects.

margaux said...

that rocks leslie! those mats were a genius idea - so happy you are owning it! :-) happy new year! can't wait to see what you're knitting up next!

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