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Birthday Blog Hop with Pretty Paper Studio: Gratitude Project

Pretty Paper Studio 5th Birthday Blog Hop

Pretty Paper Studio turned FIVE this month and we are celebrating via a Blog Hop with some of the best bloggers in town!


Thank you board


To celebrate Pretty Paper Studio’s birthday we were asked to make something around the theme “GRATEFUL” which I think is perfect because along with every celebration one must also always remember to give thanks.

A lot of ideas flooded my mind when I opened my box of goodies from PPS – a photo binder, a scrapbook, a framed collage and a lot more. To make something with one instruction that is to “be creative” scares me A LOT, I honestly wanted to send the box back to Neelu. Then… LittleMiss C opened the box and exclaimed “Oh mommy! So many pretty things, I want to make something with you.”

So we did.

Thank You Board

I am a visual person, for a project to be effective and memorable it has to be something that I (family) can use and see every day. Last Christmas, I made “Count your blessings” sticks where we get to pick a random popsicle stick and answer questions like “How many shoes do you own?” I wanted something similar and came up with “Be Thankful” board.

Be Thankful Board

Designing the board was a struggle for me because I wanted to use all of the craft materials provided. Every single item I laid out did not looked disorganized. I have a tendency to overthink things which ultimately leads to unfinished task. I stepped away from the board and asked the kids for help. Thank God for my kids creative genes.

Thank you board

At the end of the day each family member will write down or illustrate what they are thankful for that day. Simple. I hope that by doing this daily we all remember that there is so much to be grateful for like a cup of freshly brewed chai.

Are you ready to blog hop?

First, find a favorite spot and grab some snacks too because this will be a fun and creative blog trip. The creative team of Pretty Paper Studio along with some fellow bloggers have worked hard to share this projects with you. Visit each blog listed below and show some love by leaving genuine comments.  Next, make sure you follow all Instagram accounts (links provided below), like Pretty Paper Studio on Facebook, follow them on Instagram and Pinterest, subscribe to the YouTube Channel, and join Facebook Group. Once you are done, simply leave a comment on the main Blog Hop page to let us know that you have followed the instructions.

For being so generous of your time and spreading your love to every one on the blog hop, YOU will have a chance to win an amazing prize! Make sure you follow all the steps mentioned above.

Blog Hop Prize



Pretty Paper Studio Blog Hop

One winner will be picked randomly and will receive a Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Machine worth AED 1250. Simple. International entries are welcome too! You got to follow all the instructions to stand a chance though – that’s the only condition.

Blog Hop Winner Announcement

Blog Hop ends on May 1st, 2017 and a winner will be announced here on May 5th, 2017. In sha Allah.

Alright then, hop on!

You Are Here —} Cuddles And Crumbs (Abigail Caidoy)

Now Hop on To…

Designs With Donna Espiritu

Explore With Mafaza (Mafaza Haleem)

Handmade With Love (Ujjwal Gupta)

Mummy On My Mind (Zeyna Sanjania)

Papermade by Ing (Ingrid Lim)

Pretty Paper Studio

Quill And Punch Works (Hussena Calcuttawala)

Follow Guest Blogger Mummy On My Mind on Instagram

Follow Guest Blogger Cuddles And Crumbs on Instagram

Follow Guest Blogger Explore With Mafaza on Instagram

Like Pretty Paper Studio’s Facebook Page

Follow Pretty Paper Studio on Instagram

Follow Pretty Paper Studio on Pinterest

Subscribe to Pretty Paper Studio’s YouTube Channel

Join Pretty Paper Studio’s Facebook Group

Pretty Paper Studio reserves the right to final decision regarding the judgment method and winning Entries. This contest is not sponsored by or affiliated with Silhouette America.

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Hi, my name is Abigail a stay at home Mama of two LittleOnes and currently residing in Dubai, UAE since 2009. This is my little space online where I share activities, places we've been, food we enjoy and snippets of our daily expat life. ‘Cuddles and Crumbs’ is a combination of the two main things I share on this blog: cuddles (family) and crumbs (food).


  1. Gunjan Shah says

    Happy 5th birthday!!
    All the best for future.. keep inspiring Crafters (like me )..

  2. Karen Al Debs says

    This my first joining a competition and after reading the mechanics on how to join this blog hop, I never thought it would take longer than I expect it to be as I get carried away reading your other post and It’s wonderful how your blog are about the real deal on what happen on your day to day life, sharing not only the glamorous, And joy but also the pain and difficulties of motherhood.
    And I envy you on how your kids join you in your crafting. I had my kids at my early age and I wasn’t there to enjoy their childhood that’s why your post with your kids stuck to me the most. You are blessed to have your kids with you and that you are able to share them your passion and teach them to be creative

    And I’m honestly thankful that I stumble to ppsuae looking for craft item, because I find new people to inspire me.

  3. Armie says

    thanks abigail for inspiring us with your creativity! i’m an avid follower

  4. Zarine says

    Abigail ,Love the fact that it is family that is the centre of your gratitude board . A wonderful family is one to be thankful for.

  5. Preeti says

    I love the idea of a gratitude board! very cool and its great that the lil ones helped out too 🙂 I tend to overthink things too and then projects just don’t get finished that way so I’m recently trying to just be and make things for the pure joy of it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Parveen sheik says

    Awesome Abigaill..Lovely to see ur creative side in crafts..I love ur lunch box ideas too and hv been foll u from when i started being active in social media..Its grt how bloggers.share their thoughts and their skills and give inputs and.inspire others …all the best

  7. Akansha goel says

    Such a beautiful ‘be thankful’ board and what makes it more beautiful is the involment of kids..:)

  8. Gulsanga Afridi says

    Oh wow! Love the idea of involving family while making a gratitude board. It’s a fun way to show one’s creativity along with counting the blessings!
    P.S the lego batman stole my heart!! 🙂

  9. When a lot of things going on on our mind it’s even hard to know where to start with. I’m also like you, as much as possible to use everything which leads to overdoing or crowded. Haha! Outcome at the end is great and yes kids can be helpful on this stuffs. And will bring it out from you too.

  10. thewanderingbedouin says

    Love this project! Something I can try with both my husband and son. A nice reminder for all of us to just be grateful. Thank you. 🙂

  11. Great work !! Being creative is the other side to express your feelings and i love being in these skills!! I love your work !

  12. This is a really good idea as it helps us remember all the blessings we have in our life, and all that we should be grateful for!
    It’s a fun project, and I love how your kids stepped in and added to the finishing touches! Lovely to have them involved in creative projects like these. I really like the shabby chic outcome at the end!
    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog thanks to PPSUAE’s giveaway, I really enjoyed your articles on your travels and food reviews.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Anjali Rengan

  13. Shiela Rizza says

    You are such a talented and sweet person that shows in your work, this one is one of the best Abi 😍 Love it!

  14. Loved the gratitude board you and your kids made. Creativity is definitely one thing we should learn from them, most of the times as we grow up unknowingly we get used to choosing other things over creativity.

  15. I love this and how it involves the entire family to think of things that they are thankful for. Also, who isn’t thankful for Star Wars!? haha, love that!

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