Sea legs

When I first began making My Comforter quilted weighted blankets, Mark started hinting around that he might like to have one for himself.  He is quite restless at night – he says his legs twitch and move (maybe restless leg syndrome?) – and he tosses and turns and often ends up out on the couch in the living room, watching TV until he can fall asleep again.

A few weeks ago, I finally took him shopping with me to choose the fabric for his weighted blanket.  He picked out a beautiful royal and navy blue print of an old world map, complete with schooners and sea monsters.  I finished it just yesterday!  Hopefully, it will give Mark his “sea legs” – and a good night’s sleep!

many thanks

Mark has often commented on how many times I say thank you – for helping with chores and shopping, or making my coffee, or putting air in the tires of my car.  My sister Ann says that people have remarked on how often she says thanks as well.  I guess it runs in the family.  Gratitude.  Appreciation.  Thanksgiving. We are blessed in so many ways that we can see, and also in so many ways that are not yet evident to us.  I give great thanks for it all.

I’ve made two new friends this month – Susan in South Dakota ordered My Comforter weighted blankets as gifts for two adult males.  She asked for “outdoorsy”.  We were both pleased with these!

And Stephanie in Georgia requested a My Comforter weighted blanket that was neutral and calming:


I also managed to complete a Maple Leaf Log Cabin quilt, just in time for Thanksgiving.  I quilted it on the long arm, using a small leaf pattern.


Now, on to some Christmas stockings that I have promised my daughter and her family, and then a Christmas quilt!

Flurries in Fall

We’ve had a flurry of orders for My Comforter weighted blankets!  Four custom orders for Jena Rae, Amanda, Anna, and Lauren:

and eight weighted blankets for an Adoption Support group for use in counseling sessions:

What a joy it has been to craft these comforters, and to meet such wonderful people, from Kansas to Texas and Arkansas to North Carolina.  A flurry of love and blessings!

Keep on keepin’ on

There is something to be said for quiet and routine daily life.  Not that we’re not busy – far from it, in fact – with housecleaning, grocery shopping, oil changes, lawn mowing, cooking, and laundry – all of which can appear to be boring and humdrum.  But these kinds of days allow me to breathe, and savor the blessings of my life.  Our very extra-ordinary God is in the most ordinary of days.

Here is the latest from Longsmith Cottage!

Comfort and Love


I’ve just completed our first order of My Comforter weighted blankets!  These comforters will be used by counselors in their sessions with very special adopted children.  I had such a great time making them, keeping these important kiddos in mind while I sewed away.  I’m saying prayers for their peace and well-being, and I hope they’ll feel comforted and loved as they wrap up in their comforters.

The other day, Mark mentioned that he was going to make more of an effort to tell people that he loves them.  This is coming from a man who long ago said to me “You know I love you – I shouldn’t have to tell you over and over.” It turns out that he does tell me, countless times, just how much he loves me.  But I think he realized that there are lots of folks in the world who need to know that they are loved.  And that this is a need that he, in his own small way, can do something about.

My Comforter weighted blankets are just another way to offer comfort and love to those who need it most. – Katie

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Comforter to be with you forever.  John 14:16