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!

Christmas 2016 – whew!

Merry Christmas to everyone, the day after!  We kept our Christmas festivities very small this year, and yet I still found myself worn out by last night.  I’m always glad for the day after, to rest and reflect — and look forward, too, to the new year ahead.

Longsmith Cottage will be offering some new products and services with the new year!  Watch for long-arm quilting services and a “quilt of the month” from Longsmith Cottage Quilts!  Holiday greeting cards from Paper Stitches! and a host of other goodies in  a new line called Cottage Sundries!

My Comforter weighted blankets are also expanding, to include quilt-tops already made and ready to complete with exact weight requirements, in addition to the custom fabric choices that are currently offered for every blanket.

I can’t wait to get started!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year,


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