Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I would love to hear any other great uses for used t-shirts, lets make a list!
1. T-Shirt scarf
2. Cut favorite shirt fronts and make a quilt
3. Sew openings shut, stuff and turn a favorite shirt into a pillow
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thanks to Staci C. at Random House I was given this book to review, I am not paid for my opinions.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Cotton Yarn, Peaches and Crème, Sugar and Crème, etc.
Cast on 38 stitches, or any even amount depending on width you would like!
Border Rows (2)
Row 1: K1, P1 across row
Row 2: P1, K1 across row
Row 3 and all odd rows: P1, K1, P across to last 2 stitches, P1, K1
Row 4: K1, P1, P2, K2 to last 2 stitches, K1, P1
Row 6: P1, Kl, K2, P2 to last 2 stitches, P1, K1
Repeat Rows 3-6 until desired length, then repeat row 1 and 2 for border edge and bind off!
**Let me know if you have any questions!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thanks to Picador I have received a copy of Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie to review.
Kamila writes a haunting tale of a beautiful young woman scarred physically as well as emotionally by the bombing of Nagasaki. Left alone she leaves Nagasaki and seeks out the family of her lost fiance.
As Hiroko meets her dead fiance's family she helps us realize the heartbreak one suffers in war, and how one can be healed and live again.
This is not a story that is charming or a light read, but a good story about a not so good event. Hiroko brings us along on her journey, a journey that is not always pleasant, but yet she survives.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
Author: Dean Koontz
Published by: Hyperion Books
August 25, 2009
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog is the perfect title for a sweet book about a loving dog! Author Dean Koontz had a nice, quiet life with his wife. That is until Trixie came to live with him. Trixie, a Golden Retriever, has quite a personality, a bit larger than herself! In reading this book you learn of a deep bond formed between owner and dog that anyone with a dog can relate to. Trixie changes the way Dean and his wife look at life and quickly took over their hearts, this is a heartwarming story, expect to shed a few tears along the way.
I loved this book, as a dog lover, and an owner of a Golden this book holds a special place in my heart. I was able to see so many parts of my life in the book, and learned more about my dog than I ever imagined, I always thoughts dogs were part human, now I know I’m not the only one! I highly recommend this book and am so glad Dean took the plunge and shared this story with us.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
1. Raspberry filled white cake decorated with an Indiana Jones Lego theme
2. Raspberry filled white cake decorated with a Tech Deck Dude theme
3. Sinfully double chocolate peanut butter cake decorated with what else but chocolate truffles!
Thanks to Liz at randomhouse.com I have received Cindy Woodsmall's new book, The Sound of Sleigh Bells to review.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thanks to Staci at Random House for providing me copies of John Bevere's new book for a giveaway and review!
Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live,
This book will be out on shelves October 6th!
John Brevere has written a book that will forever change how you look at yourself and your place in the Universe.
This book is truly inspiring as the author uses stories to help the reader relate to God and his intentions for us. We know God created us, but Extraordinary helps us see that each one of us is special and in no way ordinary. There is greatness out there for each of us, we just need to learn when and how to reach out and grab it. Take a jump start and read this inspiring book!
I have truly enjoyed reading this book and keep it on my nightstand for inspirational reading. This is a book that can be read time and time again as well as shared with friends. Thank you John Brevere, for a book that reminds us that we are all extraordinary!
To purchase this book go to http://www.randomhouse.com/
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Friday, October 2, 2009
The book Come Sunday, is a story about sudden and extreme loss that will tug at your heart and make you want to weep. Isla Morley weaves a tale of loss around current events and those that are still haunting the main character, Abbe, from the past. Does marrying a calm, easy going pastor make up for a childhood of fatherly torment, and can a great loss turn you full circle to make amends with the past? The book, Come Sunday, answers many of these questions while leaving your heart ache.
While I enjoyed this book I cannot say I loved it. The beginning was wonderfully sad, the middle was a bit long and drawn out with daily events that could be a part of any of our lives leaving me wishing the end which took part in Africa, had come sooner. The 1/3 part of the book was again wonderful. I feel that this book would have had much more depth if the author had introduced Africa sooner and left out some of the 'housewife' drama.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Found this pattern the other day.....isn't it cute?
I think this would make a wonderful gift.
This took me only an hour to knit up, what a great way to use up some left-over dish cloth yarn!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Win a Georgeous Shabby Apple Dress!!
Shabby Apple is a store that sells beautiful and modest dresses. They are great quality and truly gorgeous. Plus, you can find your style using their "Fit To Flatter" application which is a great way to look through all of the dresses that would look great on your figure!Shabby Apple has just recently set up a new dress line for Pre-teens. Right now, it has some adorable dresses that any girl that likes dresses would love!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
by Allison Burnett
Undiscovered Gyrl...where does the truth end and a lie begin? Sometimes the two become so tangled that it's difficult to tell them apart. Here's a story that will break your heart and make you wonder how much you really know about those around you. This is a story about a young girl who is so obviously lost that you want to reach out, grab her, and give her a hug, but at the same time shake some sense into her.
This book left me feeling haunted and cold. It was a good book and an eye opener of sorts, how much do we really know about those closest to us, how much do we want to know and how much do we need to know to keep those around us safe? I recommend this book, it contains quite a bit of sexual content.
by Jeannette Katzir
Broken Birds is a book that shows the effects Nazi war camps had on people. Not just those who were at the camps, but future generations as well. Jeannette Katzir makes us think about our own relationships as she brings out the worst of sibling rivalry, how much is due to normal happenings, how much is due to her parent's survival of the Holocaust? Sometimes those who are broken can never be repaired, read this book and find out the consequences.
I had a hard time with this book, the beginning was very interesting and thought provoking as well as the ending. The middle felt as though it went on a little too long with the sibling problems which made the book lose it's feeling of a Holocaust survival story. The book left me wanting to learn more about the Germans and their refusal to acknowledge what happened to the Jews, and less about siblings who hate one another. I'm not sure that I would recommend this book to others just because of the drawn out middle.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
By: Jan Goldstein
Released June 16, 2009
A love story with a plot, a bride with an agenda, in The Bride Will Keep Her Name, Jan Goldstein keeps you on your toes with twists and turns that you would not ordinarily expect in a romance novel. This isn't just any old love story, but a story that will have you gripping the book a little tighter, it will have you laughing and sometimes crying as you follow Madison's quest to the alter. The lesson in this book, as Madison's mom likes to say, is, "be careful what you wish for."
This was a fun, refreshing read. So many times a romance novel is just like every other romance novel on the shelves, not this one. I would definately recommend this book if you are looking for a fun, lighthearted read.