When I was little my grandmother had this tradition that I always loved. Whenever any of us kids had a birthday there would always be a stack of presents wrapped in newspaper comics...that were not for the birthday child. Long before the idea of goodie bags, she kept drawer stocked with coloring books, crayons, and trinkets specifically so that everyone would have something to unwrap. So that every child had a reason to feel excited and special.
Today is my birthday. For various reasons it is generally not ever a day I'm super thrilled with. And this close to the end of the year, I could easily get bogged down in how hard the last twelve months have been. But I have to acknowledge the good. That just in my life, all of this pain, angst, and worry has been tempered with weird quirks of fate, random luck, and the generosity of strangers. I feel a need to continue the tradition of my grandmothers and give back in whatever little ways I can.
So, today I'd like to give you something. From now until noon eastern time tomorrow you can get any one of my patterns for free with code "birthdayblahs". And I hope that in some way, this will brighten your day a bit.