Friday, October 30, 2009

Knitting Projects!

Hello, and happy Friday...I just had to post the scarf I finished yesterday, I love it! I also finished my first mitten, now onto the next hand, that's the problem with hands and feet, when I get the first sock or mitten done I never want to do the second, I would be a great knitter for one-armed or one-legged people, I know that sounds terrible...but that second one just never seems as appealing!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Kitten Update

These cute little kittens are growing like weeds, they are very naughty kittens....well, all kittens tend to be a bit naughty. I can tell that they are feeling better now after we found them, they seem to have gotten their energy back and then some. I have found a home for them, thank you Jen! We will miss them, but our quite large tom does not appreciate the antics of the kittens!

Grosgrain: Shabby Apple 'Dare to Design' Limoncello Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: Shabby Apple 'Dare to Design' Limoncello Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Extraordinary Book Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my very first book contest! The winner is: Plb8156, Congratulations, I hope you enjoy the book!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book Review: A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

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.
This book was provided by Book Divas for me to review.

It's a wonderful day!

Today I woke up to a beautiful day, the sun is finally shining, the grass was sparkling with frost, it was really quite lovely...a breath of fresh air before winter comes blasting through the door, just couldn't help going out to take a few shots!


Thursday, October 22, 2009


Halloween is right around the corner, I've been working on some cards, so far this one is my favorite!

Earlier this week we found two kittens at the end of our driveway, the cutest little things...the momma either abandoned them or they got lost, we're trying to keep them warm and well fed and every day the kids take them out to the clearing hoping the momma cat will find them, if not, guess we just added to our animal family!!!


New additions to the family!

The pooch isn't sure about these guys, doesn't he look a bit jealous?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cakes are done!

New Design

How do you like my new design? My daughter did it for me, I love it. To see her design blog click here!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Great Reading and Knitting Weather!

Well...the weather here is crummy but I'm kind of enjoying it! Great weather to curl up and read a book or finish some of those knitting projects that have been laying around catching dust! They'll have to wait though, I have 3 birthday cakes to bake today.

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!'s entirely possible to knit and/or read while the cakes are baking!

One cake down, can't say I've done any knitting or reading....this is for my sister's bday!

Cindy Woodsmall Book Giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED......Winner to be announced soon!

Thanks to Liz at I have received Cindy Woodsmall's new book, The Sound of Sleigh Bells to review.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells is an excellent book, Cindy writes about the Amish community and a young women who is unable to let go of a tragic accident that has forever changed her life. This book shows that human nature is comparable whether you're a Lutheran, Catholic, Amish, etc. we all face tragedies, love and heartbreak. Can a chance meeting of a gifted carver along with a big secret change Beth's life, or will the secret cause her to harden her heart even more? Read this excellent book to find out.

I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read more of Cindy Woodsmall's books.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

John Bevere Book Tour!

CONTEST CLOSED.....and the winner is: To be announced later today!

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!

Book Review:

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!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Book Review: Come Sunday

Come Sunday by Isla Morley

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.

Quote of the week:

"If Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?" (Erma Bombeck)

I like this because it's a good reminder that we ourselves are responsible for where we are in life and it doesn't have to be in the pits.