Monday, August 27, 2012

Recipe Roundup: Coffee Cake, Mac and Cheese, and a Slush

Looking for the giveaway post? Check here. :)

We have been enjoying a couple of delicious recipes that can be made in a mug.

One is this super simple macaroni and cheese.

The other is this yummy coffee cake in a mug.

Both are so very good...have you ever tried any recipes in a mug before?

We also enjoyed this easy slush recipe a couple of times over the weekend.

Any good recipes you've made lately?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Celebrate Back to School with a Giveaway!

Today's the day! We are excited to participate in the Quilting Gallery Quilter's Blog Hop Giveaway!

Hop Party with Give-Aways 

Here is our giveaway:


We are giving away a copy of the October 2012 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, a copy of the September/October 2012 Quiltmaker magazine, and a Fabric Central fat quarter bundle which includes 6 fat quarters!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will be open through 12:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 3. Please make sure we have a way to contact you if you win!

To enter, leave me a comment about your favorite gift to make for people. I am behind on my Christmas crafting and need some suggestions for this year!

I would love it if you followed this blog, checked out CJ's Craft Corner on Etsy (we have some great fabric and scraps!), or liked CJ's Craft Corner on Facebook - but none of these are required or count for extra entries. 

Have fun entering and good luck!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What I Wore: Casual

Just a couple of casual non-work outfits glad the weather is getting a bit cooler and I can start adding scarves again!

Shirt: White House Black Market (Garage Sale)
Skinny Jeans: DKNY Jeans (GW)
Sandals: Payless
Scarf: Elder-Beerman

Top: Kohls Ikat T-Shirt here
Capris: Elder Beerman
Sandals: Target

I'm linking up to the Pleated Poppy!

pleated poppy

Monday, August 20, 2012

Coming Saturday!

Hop Party with Give-Aways

Giveaway fun from the Quilting Gallery starts Saturday! There is still time for you to join in!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book Review - Faithful to Laura by Kathleen Fuller

Faithful to Laura is the second Middlefield Family Novel, the follow up to the book Treasuring Emma. Faithful to Laura begins with many of the same characters from the first book, while introducing some new ones as well. Laura Stutzman is not originally from Middlefield, but is staying in the area while she tries to earn money and to resolve a tragic incident with a former beau that left her face scarred and her spirit defeated. Her anger and discouragement make her hard to get to know, but that doesn't stop Sawyer Thompson, a young man who did not grow up Amish, from trying. The pair strike up an unlikely friendship that soon turns into something more. Their relationship is threatened by Laura's focus on righting the wrongs done to her and new revelations about Sawyer's past.

This book started where the book Treasuring Emma left off. Since I read both books, it was easy for me to follow the storyline in this book. I do think that it is mostly a stand alone book, but reading the first novel will help to clarify what happened to Laura and how she ended up in Middlefield as well as provide information that will help as the reader learns about some of the secondary characters in the book such as Emma and Adam.

I enjoyed this book very much. The main themes in the book are grace, truth, and redemption - and trusting  God to work through difficult times on our behalf instead of trying to do everything on our own. The book deals with tough issues that we all face and emphasizes the importance of facing them head on and telling the truth even when it is difficult.

Without spoiling the ending, I did feel that some of the issues in the book were resolved a little too quickly and neatly at the end, but I expect that we may see some of these characters back again in a future novel.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Shop Mark Downs

We're making room in the shop and getting ready for fall and winter! We marked down a new selection of items including some great fabrics - like the Alexander Henry one pictured above.

Check out our sale section for more!

I'll be back soon with a book review, a giveaway, and some more posts in the thrifting series - I still want to cover shopping for trends, special sales, and reselling thrifted finds.

Happy Friday! What are you up to today?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway for the book Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker from Colletta's Kitchen Sink. I like personal finance books and books about frugality, so I was pretty excited to read this book. I didn't have to review the book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit and wanted to share about it here.

In general, nothing in the book is new advice, but I definitely got a new perspective on frugality and have a renewed interest in some areas. One of my favorite chapters was the one about secondhand shopping. I liked the idea of secondhand shopping for home items and even gifts. It gave me a new perspective on thrifting and makes me excited to look for some new items when I go out to stores.

The chapter on gifts was interesting as well. I try to be creative about gift giving and keep our budget to a reasonable amount each year, but there were some new ideas for gifts that I picked up from this chapter. Another key concept this book emphasized is to reuse items and make do with what we have in our homes instead of always buying new. I saved a butter container this morning in the hopes that I will think of a way to use it for a craft or for storage. :) I usually don't save these things, but recycle them instead, but I will give this a try.

I would definitely recommend this book. It was a fast, enjoyable read with some great, practical ideas.

Do you have a favorite frugal gift? How about something fun I can do with the margarine tub?

Friday, August 3, 2012


Fabric baskets coming to the shop this weekend! Custom orders welcome! :)

We hit 800 sales this week!! Thank you to everyone that has read this blog and supported our little shop in any way. To celebrate, enter code CELEBRATE at check out to save 15%. Good at CJ's Craft Corner through Saturday, Aug. 4. :)

Have a great weekend!

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