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May 15, 2021
Birthday Books from Quilt Paint Create

I had a birthday last month and treated myself to a bag of books from the library. They haven’t had a book sale in almost two years and decided to permanently set up tables with books for sale in lieu of the larger weekend sales. I picked up a few quilting books in the bag.

The next day was girls day out and I bought a book off the clearance shelf at Hobby Lobby. Learning to crochet socks has been on my list for several years.

I picked up the yarn at the thrift store later that day.

This ...

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May 12, 2021
{I've Been Reading} Hush Little Baby from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 


Hush Little Baby by R. H. Herron 

How many times have I told you that I love domestic thrillers? This one is fantastic. It opens with obstetrician Jillian Marsh delivering a baby and, in that first chapter, I really wished I'd had a doctor like her when I was expecting. It's quickly revealed that Jillian has problems. She's a recovering alcoholic who, years earlier, showed up for a shift drunk, with disastrous results. A decade after she successfully turned her life around, her  wife, Rochelle,  is leaving her for another woman, while Jillian is heavily pregnant with ...

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May 9, 2021
Mystery Solved, Tiny Stitching, Sawtooth Stars, Christmas Gift in May from Canadian Needle Nana

 Can you spy her?

She froze and I moved close enough to get this photo; I really didn't want to disturb her foraging.
That's a little snow on the ground on Monday early morning. I took this photo of the marsh frozen over.
The Canada Geese have moved in and several always settle in on the little pond for a short while. 
I got my Christmas gift from Hubby recently. This book, The Bedside Book of Birds by Graeme Gibson. that I wanted had been out of print and it took this long to get a reprint copy ...

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May 5, 2021
{I've Been Reading} Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 

 


Unless I'm knitting socks or a particular style of lace shawl, I tend to knit with synthetic fibers. That knitterly love of wool, for the most part, escapes me. Despite that, Vanishing Fleece sounded like something I'd enjoy reading. I might not knit exclusively with wool, but I can vicariously enjoy it by reading about knitters who do. 

The author purchases a bale of fleece, splits it into four parts, and follows it through the production process by working with four different mills. It was easy to get caught ...

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May 3, 2021
Beauty Product, Apple Crumble, Basket Applique, Amazing Bird Sighting from Canadian Needle Nana

All this week down at the pond I've been serenaded by several cardinals singing their beautiful songs. I had to think how blessed I am to not only live where this is a morning greeting but also to have my hearing to hear them. With hubby being hard of hearing, I'm conscious of that too. 

I had a marvelous treat last week when the barred owl suddenly alighted on a tree in the marshy area as I was sitting on the skating shack steps. I was using binoculars and caught the movement of something quite chunky looking. Because ...

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April 29, 2021
“Interlibrary Loan” for Brewster from Nina Paley

Hundred Dollar Drawing.

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April 25, 2021
book work from Karen Ann Ruane

book work, embroidered books

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Book Review: She’s Found Her Mind by François Tremblay from Nina Paley

Very few novels, let alone romance novels, are written for misanthropes like me. So when François Tremblay, author of the obscure and hilarious 2016 short Extract of the Spy Who Came In From Tumblr, announced his new satirical romance She’s Found Her Mind, I begged for a review copy.

Sometimes even misathropes like me want to relax with an entertaining “beach read,” and She’s Found Her Mind fits the bill perfectly. It’s light and readable, with clearly-drawn characters and a not-too-complicated plot. Any narrative inconsistencies are congruent with the Romance genre it sends up. Most romance novels ...

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April 21, 2021
{I've Been Reading} Until I Find You from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Until I Find You by Rea Frey 

What would happen if a mother reached down into her three-month-old son's crib and discovered that the baby lying there was not her own? What if none of her friends noticed the subtle differences that made it so obvious to her? What if no  one believed the blind widow at all? I absolutely loved this domestic thriller. Rebecca is such a likeable character and the author did such a  great job of pulling me into her world. The ending fell a bit flat, but the journey to get there had me holding ...

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April 14, 2021
You Love Me - NetGalley review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for my honest review.*Joe Goldberg, what are you doing to me? You left your son behind and moved to the Pacific Northwest and fell in love. Again. Are you up to your old tricks? You are, but you are trying so hard to be good.I have waited so long for the third novel. I have only watched the first season of You

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Farm to Trouble; The Bodies in the Library; and A Glimmer of Death from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Three quick reviews on cozy mysteries.Solid story for a new series!! Shiloh Bellamy is being called back from LA to her Michigan farm home to help her ailing father out. But the farm is in shambles and she has a lot of work ahead of her. And her father is against the investor that Shiloh found to help with some expenses. Luckily for her, the investor is found dead the next day.There are a lot of

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April 10, 2021
{I've Been Reading} You Love Me from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes 

There's a third book in the You series by Caroline Kepnes and I couldn't wait to start reading it. Joe has left New York and California behind for a small town in the Pacific Northwest where he's fallen for a very nice librarian. They'll be perfect together and he's planning their future as a couple and for a brief moment it's easy to almost forget who and what he is. I felt like the book got off to a slow start, but once things started to get complicated ...

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April 8, 2021
Do No Harm and The Wife Upstairs from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I'm not sure why I can't stop reading long enough to write reviews. I have some from NetGalley that I need to review. Trying to get back to everything.Emma, a doctor in a local clinic, and Nate, a detective in the local police department, have a son, Josh, who has leukemia and needs a life saving treatment not covered by insurance. And with a local opioid ring causing havoc with overdoses, Nate's

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April 6, 2021
Books, Books and More Books from From My Carolina Home

It’s been another month of eclectic reading, some more culling, and new finds in the quilting/sewing genre. Another load of books went to the library bookstore, and I made my decision on the cookbook series. The Cooking Light series was donated, mainly due to its lack of photography, even though the recipes are lighter and healthier. I just don’t get inspired from mostly printed words. When you are cooking, those pictures really do make a difference. I still need to cull just a bit more from the cookbook shelves, and donate the rest of the novels I ...

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March 31, 2021
{I've Been Reading} Bodies and Bows from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 

 

 Bodies and Bows by Elizabeth Penny

Apron Shop owner Iris Buckley is as busy as ever, interviewing potential new employees for the shop and helping her grandmother on a committee to convert a local lighthouse into a museum...and trying to clear her best friend's name after a local hero is run over and killed on his morning run. 

I adore the Apron Shop mysteries and, while I didn't get as emotionally attached to the newly introduced characters as I did to the ones in the second book, the mystery in this one had me coming up with ...

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March 24, 2021
{I've Been Reading} The Lost Village from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 The Lost Village by Camilla Sten 

One day in 1959, the residents of an isolated mining town vanished, taking nothing with them and leaving no trace of where they might have gone. Only a newborn baby and a battered body, tied to a wooden post in the town square and surrounded by stones, remained. Alice Lindstet has spent her entire life hearing her grandmother's stories about the tragedy and is raising funds for a documentary project that she hopes will solve the mystery. She and her film crew have only a few days to explore the village and put ...

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March 21, 2021
Take a Trip Among the Stars, Again! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Come along for a new journey visiting some old familiar friends! It’s Sew Emma’s Among the Stars Again Book combines old blocks from their original Among the Stars quilt book with fresh new stars in a brand new setting. With two zesty new colorways to sample, you will fall in love with this bright spin on a beloved classic!

Reserve your book today to receive 5% off. The book is due out in late April/early May.

The Among the Stars Again quilt is inspired by Kimberly’s deep love of star quilts. Of all the countless quilts ...

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March 15, 2021
6 Satisfying Things on a Thursday from Canadian Needle Nana

 I think we all know what we like and need to make our days feel productive and enjoyable. Here are six of the many things that make me feel satisfied and content with my life even in a continuing lockdown state.

1...Good Food

I love how my appetite is still strong for good food. I love finding a new way of cooking something that I've been eating all my life.  Take eggs for instance.  Lately I've been making scrambled eggs alongside rice and veggies with a little sauce of balsamic vinegar, dash of soya sauce and honey ...

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March 14, 2021
Stitching on Multiple Projects from The Cozy Quilter

The rainbow scrap challenge colour for February was yellow so I made lots of yellow and gray 16 patches which I used this week to make my version of the Colour Block March quilt Pattern.  I may or may not add borders to this quilt...it is currently about 45" square.  I will pick out some backing fabric soon and quilt this one myself.  I have several quilts in line to be quilted on my DSM.  Sometimes, the quilting mood hits and I get a bunch done all at once.  I am hoping this happens soon!


There are some leftover ...

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March 10, 2021
{I've Been Reading} What my Husband Did from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 


What My Husband Did by Kerry Wilkinson


A neighbor comes to Maddy's door, asking her to call the police because he's just found the body of twelve-year-old Alice lying in a stream. As the little girl clings to life in her hospital bed, more and more questions are being asked -- most importantly, where is Maddie's husband and why was Alice seen getting into his car that night?  

This domestic thriller gets off to a slow start, mixing in chapters about an incident from Maddy's childhood. Once the plot actually started to twist, it held my interest ...

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