Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Review: Song of My Heart

Since I love to read, a few months ago I decided to look into the idea of getting involved with reviewing books. I specifically contacted a few Christian publishers that had programs in place and this is my first review for one of them.

Title: Song of My Heart
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

I've read some of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books before, so this title immediately caught my attention. Set in the mid-1890's, the main character, Sadie Wagner leaves home to work as a clerk in a mercantile in Kansas. Sadie needs to work to help support her younger siblings, mother, and stepfather as her stepfather is injured and unable to work. In addition to her work in the mercantile, Sadie is also being offered an opportunity to sing at the town's new opera house.

My favorite part of this book was the characters. I thought the author did a wonderful job of developing the characters. There are several charming, interesting, and quirky characters in the novel such as Melva and Shelva, the twins who run the mercantile. There are also less savory characters like Asa Baxter who runs the unique opera house as well as other "underground" businesses.

The book had a nice mix of romance, suspense, and action. The plot moves quickly and is quite intriguing. I also thought the book had some great food for thought for all of us about how we view money and how willing we are to trust God with our daily lives.

I did receive a free copy of this book to review through the Bethany House Book Reviewers program. All opinions are my own.

The book title link is my affiliate link.

What book are you reading? I'm always looking for new titles!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Charm Square and Fat Quarter Mini Tote

A few months ago, I picked up a charm pack of Kate Spain's Terrain fabric from a local quilt show. I made a few mug rugs from the charms, but I saved myself enough charms to make a project for myself - the colors are so gorgeous!

Recently, I decided to make myself a mini tote using 18 charms (9 on each side) and 2 charms for a pocket on the inside. I also used 2 fat quarters of Amy Butler's Martini dot fabric (in two colors) to piece together the inside and the strap. I think it turned out really pretty. I need to take the time to switch my things into this tote and start carrying it!

What do you think? Is this something I should try making for the shop?

I'm linking up to the Sew Lux Stitch and Share Challenge: Charm Squares.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Teacher Tam's Educational Adventures: Kindergarten Common Core Based Summer Skills Revie...

If you have a Kindergarten student, this looks like a great review packet for summer! It would also be great for homeschoolers. This packet addresses Common Core math and literacy standards.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Giveaway Winner!!

I didn't forget! Here are the giveaway winners for the March blog hop giveaway! I was thrilled to get so many fun comments - I enjoyed reading them all!

The winner of the charm pack is:
Jo said...

I would be so happy to win that charm pack! Thanks for the chance to enter.

The winner of the pink jacks fabric is:

Pamela Nees said...

Love the pink and tan jacks! Thanks for offering this! :) :) :)

I've emailed the winners! Congrats to both of you!

Did any of you win a prize in the Blog Hop? I didn't this time, but it was still really fun. :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

March Blog Hop Giveaway!

I just found out tonight about a fun opportunity to enter lots of giveaways! It's the Quilter's Blog Hop Party! Check it out for different chances to win!

We are giving away your choice of the following:

First up is a charm pack of Mary Engelbreit's The Caroler from Moda.

The second prize is a yard of pink and tan jacks cotton quilting fabric.

(Please excuse the poorly lit photos!)

I probably will tuck in some extra goodies with each package, too.

To enter: leave me a comment with what you'd like to win. That's it! The giveaway is open to U.S. shipping addresses. It will be open until 10 p.m. EST Friday, March 23. Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win and one entry per person.

Thanks for stopping and good luck!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's March!

It's been awhile since I've posted here, but not for lack of projects, ideas, or posts. We've been doing tons of decluttering, reorganizing, selling on eBay, and house projects. We are finally working on redoing our bedroom including painting, some new furniture, and hopefully some cute DIY projects. I am hoping to do a before and after post complete with our budget breakdown.

I finished a quilted blanket for a raffle at our church. My mom pieced the top and I finished it. My mother in law won it, which was kind of fun. :) We've been adding lots of cute stuff to the shop including some spring and Easter items.

We also managed to sneak in a quick overnight to visit family - and two of us have had yucky coughs/colds.

I also have to share and say thank you for a couple of neat things I received last week. First up is a beautiful Bible cover from Anita. It fits my Bible perfectly, thank you! I also received my PIF from Hollie at the Undercover Crafter. I don't have a photo yet, but it is a beautiful infinity scarf made from Amy Butler's Martini Dot fabric in aqua and robin's egg blue. I love scarves, so thank you! If you would like me to make you a pay it forward gift, please leave me a comment or send an email. :)

We are in the middle of our fabric buying hiatus for Lent. I haven't been getting a chance to sew and work through my stash as much as I'd like, but I have patterns purchased to make my daughter an Easter dress and a skirt for me, so hopefully I'll have progress to show soon.

Finally, I have a winner for our Feb. giveaway of Lisette patterns. Our winner is SpiffyScents! Congrats!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Yard Sale Saturday

We were out of town all day, so I didn't get a chance to put up a Yard Sale post until now.

Prices below include domestic shipping (please contact us if you are international and we'll get you info about shipping) and I accept PayPal for payment. Leave me a comment here on the post with what you're interested in or send me a an email - it's listed in my profile and I will send you a PayPal invoice. :) Also, I am glad to combine shipping!

Pink Ribbon Fabrics - yellow is approx. 29"x27" and the pink is approx. 27"x35" - $6

Assorted Cat Fabric Scraps - Will go in a Priority Flat Rate Envelope - $12

68" Snoopy Flannel - $7

Mary Engelbreit "Bloom" fabric - 2 pieces, 1 full yard and a 36"x26" piece - $8

Religious Themed Cotton Patchwork Print fabric, 3 yards, unwashed (we think) - $10

Black and white cotton music fabric, unwashed (we think), 35" - $5

Jungle Babies by Patty Reed Giraffe flannel, unwashed (we think), 25" - $4

Pumpkin and Indian Corn fabric, 1 yard - $5

Colorful Music Note fabric on black, 34" x 27" - $4

We also have some sale fabrics in our Etsy shop! Check them out!

Maisy End of Bolt - $5 including shipping
Smiles and Sunshine Remnant - $5 including shipping
Two Yard Bundle - $12 including shipping
One Yard Small Brown Floral - $6.25 including shipping

Thanks for looking!

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