Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review: The Fiddler

I was so excited to see a new Beverly Lewis book become available to review through the Bethany House Book Reviewers Program. Her books are among some of my very favorite titles that I have read over the years.

The Fiddler is Beverly Lewis' most recent title. Amelia Devries, an Englisher, is a talented classical musician. Michael Hostetler is an Amishman who feels constrained by elements of his life, and still has not been baptized into the Amish faith. Both are trying to balance the expectations of their families with their own desires and hopes for their lives. A chance encounter in a rainstorm allows the unlikely pair to meet. They find it easy to talk with each other and realize that even though they come from different backgrounds, their circumstances are actually very similar.

Amelia decides she needs a respite from the weighty decisions she is trying to make and takes Michael up on his offer to visit his Amish community, Hickory Hollow. She feels surprisingly comfortable in Hickory Hollow and her time there sets her on the road to clarifying God's will for her life. Her meeting with Michael is the catalyst for big changes in both of their lives.

I really enjoyed this book. As a musician (vocal instead of instrumental), I like reading about music and feel strongly about the impact that the gift of music can make in the lives of people. I think most readers can appreciate how difficult in can be to balance the expectations of family and our own beliefs about what God wants for our lives. The setting of Hickory Hollow is such a refreshing change of pace from the everyday that I encounter - it almost feels like a vacation. For a charming, enjoyable read, I would recommend this book.

Check out the book trailer on You Tube here.

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


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway Day Winners!

(One of the new fabric bundles coming soon to the shop!)

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to enter the giveaway day post here! We love to participate in this event. It is so fun hearing from lots of new people. I always find some new blogs to read, fabric inspiration, and more. I even won a giveaway this year!

I decided to draw three winners for the giveaway instead of 2. Using random.org, winners were as follows:

#1: Comment 127: Happy Cottage Quilter - she won the ME charm squares
#2: Comment 68: Annette - she won a yard of Lola's Posies Whimsy Leaf
#3: Comment 93: Adele - she won her choice of an item from CJ's Craft Corner, our Etsy shop.

We're adding lots of new fabric to the shop in the next few days, plus patterns, handmade goodies, and more. Stop by and check it out! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's Giveaway Day!


Winners are: Happy Cottage Quilter, Annette, and Adele!

**Giveaway now closed. Winners will be announced soon!**

We are so excited to be participating again in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day! It is so fun to give away some goodies and to look at and enter all the amazing giveaways this week!

For our giveaway, we will have 2 winners!


Prize #1 is a yard of this Lola's Posies fabric from Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. It is called Whimsy Leaf Green.
 

Prize #2 is 44 charm squares from 2 Mary Engelbreit fabric lines - Recipe for Friendship and Baskets of Flowers. Both lines look great together!

This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and will remain open until Friday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. EST. To enter, leave me a comment about your favorite thing about summer!

Thanks for stopping and good luck!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: Where Lilacs Still Bloom

Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical novel set in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It is based on the life of Hulda Klager, a farm wife who had a love of plants which turned into a passion for plant hybridization. Driven by her dream to create colors and types of plants that had never been seen before, Hulda embarks on a life dedicated to this dream. Throughout this process, she struggles to maintain a balance in how she cares for her family and her home. She challenges many expectations of a 20th century housewife even though she is consistently faced with tragedies and challenges.

I loved this book! After reading it, I want to have some of Hulda's lilacs in my own garden and I would love to visit her gardens someday in Washington State. I found Hulda's drive and determination in the face of adversity inspiring. She found something that God had given her a passion for and dedicated her life to it. The support of her family was amazing as well. I felt her struggle to balance her home life and outside interests - it resonated with me as a common struggle for modern mothers as well. I would highly recommend this book.

To read chapter 1, visit this link for a pdf version.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What I Wore: Garage Sale Edition



Garage sales are just starting up in our area. I found this cute skirt at a garage sale on Friday. Old Navy, new with tags! I wore this for a program on Saturday - a mother-daughter spa day at the library. It is so comfy and I love the colors!

Skirt - Old Navy ($5), Shirt - Target ($4), Scarf - Coldwater Creek (Free with coupon from catalog!), Sunglasses - Relic ($3), Shoes - Target

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I'm linking up with What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Yard Sale Saturday



I can't believe it is May and time again for another Yard Sale Saturday. All fabric below is cotton quilting fabric unless otherwise noted. All fabric has been prewashed and is stored in a nonsmoking studio. Prices below include shipping for US addresses; international customers, please send me an email for shipping rates.

Payment via PayPal accepted and I will send you an invoice after I hear from you. I am also happy to combine shipping on multiple listings! Either send me an email or leave me a comment if you are interested!



Heidi Grace Paisley and Stripe in Pink and Tan, 66" of paisley, and 57" of stripe, $10 - SOLD!
 

Novelty Cotton Fabric Set includes: Turtles in pink 27"  x 36"; Debbie Mumm floral 14" w x 41" long; Cat toys of purple 21" x 18"; Maisy Numbers 21" x 13"; Princesses 18" x 27", $9





Fireworks fabric by David Textiles 43" x 28", $4.50 - SOLD!



 
Golf pillow panels by VIP Cranston, 4 panels, 2 each of 2 different scenes, panels measure approx. 14 1/2" not including edging or area between panels, $7.50


 

Shabby rose bundle includes: Rose Paisley 20" x 15"; Roses on Mauve 33" x 19", Roses on Blue 10" x 43" (Legacy Studio); Freespirit Roses Songbird Garden 2 pieces each approx. 19" x 10", $7 - - SOLD!
 


Debbie Mumm blue and green dots and stripes, 2 yards, $7.50 - SOLD!
 


Bright colored paisley, 40" x 42", $4.50
 


Colorful assortment bundle includes: Yellow flowers on cream, 17" x 35"; Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman Hearts 25" x 41", Bright Paisley on Blue 18"x25", Blue Stars, 2 pieces 17"x14" and 30"x13", $10 - SOLD!
 


Moir Forest by Alexander Henry, irregular piece 29"x42" with 7 1/2"x14" piece cut out, $4
 
 

Momo Dot Print, Half Yard, $3.50




32" Starburst Print in Aqua, Rust, and Brown on Cream, $4.25 - - SOLD!





3 Quilting Magazines, $2 each or all 3 for $5: American Patchwork & Quilting December 2011 and April 2012 and Quilts for Kids Summer 2011 - SOLD!

Friday, May 4, 2012

First May Finish

This week I decided to stray from my sewing project list and make something super fun for me. :) My sweet husband gave me a couple of hours sewing on Monday night and I finished this on Tuesday morning.

I used this tutorial for a Kids Messenger Bag. Then, I added 3 pockets, and made the strap longer so it is a mini cross body messenger bag for me. I loved how it turned out and I think I am going to make one as a Mothers' Day present.

Speaking of which: any simple Mothers' Day craft ideas for kids to make? I think we'll do some crafting for the grandmas this week. We might paint terra cotta pots or something, but I am open to ideas! Leave me a comment and Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review: Prize of My Heart

I can't believe it's already May! I am planning some fun posts for the blog for May, including a giveaway! First, I want to review the last book I finished reading in April.

Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato is a historical fiction novel set in Massachusetts in 1815. Captain Brogan Talvis is on a quest to find his son who was taken from him three years ago. His search leads him to a shipbuilder in New England where he finds his son. He also meets the shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena, who acts as the young boy's guardian.

This is a new author for me. I enjoyed the historical setting of this novel. It was full of lots of suspense and adventure as well. In addition to the romance that unfolds during the story, there are themes of forgiveness and redemption woven throughout the text. The characters struggle with a variety of decisions they must make and we see the consequences, both good and bad, of the choices they and others make.

I would definitely recommend this book if you like books with a historical setting and lots of adventure!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

 

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