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Thursday, July 30, 2009

P.S. I quilt

Look. Rachel over at p.s. i quilt is having a give away. Go check her out. Plus she has some awesome pics on her blog to look at.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Not what I was planning

Okay so what I had planned on working on the weekend was using some on these for my Sweet Pea quilt. Which in all actuality I did work on it, just not as much as I wanted. As I was sitting there stitching during a movie. The Boy, who is twelve and half, said he would like to make a quilt and do some stitching. So we looked at my quilt books, to get an idea of what he wanted. He picked out fabric out of my stash. We cut. We sewed. We ironed. He traced. He stitched. Then before I could get a picture, he packed it up to take to his mom's house. So his goal is to have the center done when he comes back in two weeks. I'm extremely tickled that he wants to do this or try this. I'm not sure if his mom and step-dad will take this project of his very well. We will see.

On the way to dropping he off at his mom's, this is what Monkey had to say about boy:

He has two mommies and two daddies and too many sisters.

Think she listens to what her big brother has to say? He's not exactly happy that he has five sisters. He loves them, but I know he was hoping for a brother in this last round of babies.

Weekend book report #3

Well I hoped everyone had a good weekend. Mine was great. We did nothing. It was wonderful. I did do a little crafting. I'll tell you about that later. But right now I thought I share the books that I've read this week.

First off was The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling. This is part of the Chronicles of Faerie series.
It's another young adult fantasy book. The story is about two cousins who take off a trip around Ireland to look for proof of a faerie realm. And well the find it and all the trouble the would follow. I found it to be a great read. I've already picked up the next book in this series. So I would rate it four and half stars.

Next I tried reading Naked in Death by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). This is a mystery book. I'll admit I did not finish this book. In fact I didn't even make it through chapter three. What I did read I got that it was about a futuristic female cop. Just didn't hold any interest for me. No stars. If anyone has read this and really liked I'd like to hear from you. I would like to know if it gets better further into the book. I will always try to read things again if I didn't like them the first time through, sometimes just have to be in the right mind set.

The last book that I finished was The Icebound Land by John Flanagan. This the the 3rd book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. This is another young adult/independent reader fantasy book. This book has two story lines. One in which we hear about Will and Evanlyn's journey as the go from prisoners to slaves and the problems and addictions they encounter. The other part of this story is the Halt and Horace's journey to rescue Will and Evanlyn. Another good, easy read. I'm really liking this series as well.
Four and half stars.

What have you been reading or looking at? Watched any good movies? Read a good book. I'd like to know.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Last weekend

Oh where did this past week go. Here it is Saturday already and I haven't even told you about last weekend. It was a big on the go weekend. I'll have to apologize for the pics. My nephew and niece had control of my camera. So let's see:

We went and saw this on Saturday:

This is a train Disney has tour the country right now. It's for the promotion of their new movie A Christmas Carol. Was pretty neat for something free to see. Lots of production art and pieces from the Dickens's museum in London. I know they will continue tour the US until November when the movie opens.

Then we took the The Boy and our nephew and niece to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I liked, but my hubby did not. As he said it didn't end. But he also hasn't' read the books either so he didn't know what to expect. What did anyone else think that saw the movie.

We went to my hubby's aunts house to celebrate a couple of 50th birthdays. Luckily no pictures.

But on Sunday we Celebrated for the Monkey:

She turned 4. We got to see lots of family, eat lots of food.

So once again another weekend went by and no crafting got done. Well with any luck I'll get some done this weekend. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. The weather here is supposed to be good summer weather here, so we'll see. What does anyone else have planed for the weekend?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weekend Book Report #2

Oh Wow it's Wednesday already. How did that happen. We had a great weekend. Very busy but great. I'll try to to get some pictures up of what we did later this week. Once I find the camera and see if there are any good ones. Not much got done last week for crafting. Was busy getting ready for the weekend.

On the reading front I tried reading The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil . It's about a women trying to make a go of it after the death of her husband. This book was on a popular book list at my library. It was one of the ten day check outs that I picked up. I found that this was an okay book. Nothing great. I was unable to finish because of the check out time, but found that I didn't really mind. Anyone else read this??

Well I hope everyone is having a good week. Anyone able to get in any good reads or fun projects worked on?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Weekend Book Report #1

I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. I know I did. Hubby took all the kids up north for most of last week and I had to stay home and go to work. But on Friday afternoon he had a friend of his stop and pick me up. So I had an unplanned trip up North. The weather was excellent. The kids were excellent. And seeing friends and family. I don't think I could ask for much more in a weekend. Needless to say since I didn't get my alone time in, not a lot a crafting got done again. I did worked on a couple more blocks of the Sweet Pea quilt.

Well I made the weekly trip to the library last week as well. A couple of books that I had requested came in. Both on only a ten day check out. So there was some reading done this past week.

First off I finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a young adult historical fiction. It's about a girl growing up in Germany during WWII. It is narrated by Death. It was very interesting. The story starts out with the death of the girls brother on their way to their foster family. And it talks about her life with her new foster parents and her new neighborhood. I think it was a great story and I love these type of stories, but I don't think it was as great as some of the reviews that it got when it came out. Three stars.

The second book that I finished was Love's Abiding Joy by Janette Oke. This is 4th book in this series. This is an adult christian fiction book. In this book we find Marty and Clark traveling west to go visit their daughter Missy. While they are there an accident befalls Clark. Another good read but again nothing I found that special. Three stars.

And the last book that I finished was Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is the seventeenth book in the Anita Blake series. This is most classified as a Sci-fi/fantasy book, but it has a health dose of romance and a little bit of a mystery. Anita Blake is a vampire hunter for those who haven't heard of this series. She has several paranormal talents??. In this book she's after a serial killer that got away from her before, this time he feels the need to send her a head of a victim. So she's off to Las Vegas to find him. Really this book has no literary meaning BUT is an excellent read. Just a warning to anybody who is thinking of reading this series there smut in most of the books. Four and a half stars.

Did you finish any books this week? I would love hear about them. Read any of these books? Also would love to know what you thought.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My First Quilt

Camille and Carrie are having a My First Quilt parade and I thought that I would join in.

The above picture is the first quilt I made. I started it for the Monkey when I was pregnant with her in 2005 and I finished it in time to give it to her for Christmas 2006. It was my first attempt a quilting, the first I really had ever used a sewing machine. I had not taking any classes or had any instructions nor was I following a pattern. I self stepped my way through it using a how to quilt book from Joann's. There was another border that was planned for it but didn't make the cut. Literally. I cut the piece the wrong size.

This is the last top that I have finished and I'm still working on hand quilting it. Hopefully when the weather cools a little bit I'll feel more like working on it. The pattern is Gypsy Girl by Heather Mulder Peterson from her booklet Fat Quarter Five. This is another one for Monkey. This one will be big enough to fit on her big girl bed.

As you can see my piecing needs work. I just get to impatient and want to hurry through the project. But the one thing I've learned the most in the past couple of years is that it's okay to play with color. And it's okay for my blocks and quilts to be less traditional. And as long as I like them and they get used and loved by someone.. . . it's all okay.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Good Monday to you!

Well I want to say thank you to Carina for listing me on her blogs to visit last week and to all who visited.

Then I'll apologize for not having been around for the last week. We're having bad Internet connection at home. We also went away for a couple of days for an early holiday weekend. We got to see some family and friends and still get home early enough for some down time. Very little crafting has gotten done but I have gotten some reading down.

I finished this book last week before we left. It was a good read. But I found it to be nothing special. I've liked a couple of her other books. But this one just didn't do anything for me. Has anybody else read this? What did you think of it?