Here is the biggest project that I started and completed, except for the quilting, at the retreat. This is a belated Christmas gift for my husband from last year. We are both fans of plaid and I think the red background fabric really went well with the colors. I need to iron it and finish it, hopefully will get to that in the next few months.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
This is the second year that I have went on a quilter's retreat. I worked on a few quilt blocks, that I needed to complete for a block exchange. I also worked on a bigger project which I will post about later. I hope to be on here more frequently. Enjoy the pictures!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
I haven't been able to do any crafts lately, although this isn't all do to not having time, but mostly because of being sick. I am hoping that I will be able to return to crafts and writing letters soon. I hope to send out postcards this week, just to let those know who I have been corresponding with that I have not forgotten them. They will be very short though, and perhaps later on I will be able to write letters. Crafting will be a bigger issue though, and I really hope that I am much improved this month because I will be going on a Quilters Retreat. Perhaps, on my next post I will be able to write more.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This is my sixth review now for the Classics Club. I had never read A Little Princess before, but of course seen the movie as a child. I vaguely remembered certain scenes, but couldn't remember the exact ending. The book takes place during the 1800's and the main character Sara is a very imaginative child. She was born in India, her father is a British Captain, her mother is deceased, and she is sent to a seminary school in London for her education. Her father has money and spends lavishly on her, and Sara not really having any friends before in India, pretends that she is a Princess (this continues after making friends with others). Certain events happen and she has to end up being the help at the school instead of a prized pupil. I liked Sara's character, although at sometimes thought she was a little too 'perfect', at being the ideal child. Even though the book was very short, it seemed to me that it could have been quite a bit shorter. It was disappointing that at around the middle of the book you find out certain information, that none of the characters are aware of, this would be ok but for the fact it gives away the ending, thus the end of the excitement of the book for me. Probably if I had read this as a child, it might not have been the case, and thus I would have still been anxious and excited to see what would happen to Sara.
Rating: I liked this book but can't see myself rereading it, so it will be given a 3 out of 5.
Once I watch this movie, I will also review it as well.
Next book: Heart of Darkness & Other Short Stories by Joseph Conrad
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This is the second book I will be reviewing for blogging for books through Waterbrook Multnomah publishing. I received a free e-book for my review and am not obligated to give a positive one.
The book I chose to read was Be Still My Soul by Joanne Biscof, which is a Christian fiction romance book. I have never read anything by her and this book is the first one in a series. The main character is Lonnie who lives in the Blue Ridge mountains in the 1800's with her family. I loved the setting in the book, it reminded me sometimes, although not all of the time, of being in the rural Midwest. The good and the bad that go with it, that is not to say that there are only issues with rural areas, as I don't think any certain place is perfect, whether it be a major city or very small rural area.
She has hopes for her future but they are changed, and instead she finds herself having to marry Gideon. They barely know each other at all, even though Lonnie did find Gideon handsome, which Gideon was well aware that most females found him so. He seemed to take advantage of this. I found Gideon wasn't very likeable to say the least; highly selfish, immature, and only cared about getting girls or more moonshine.
Lonnie and Gideon end up moving to another area outside of their community, this was done more so at the urging of Gideon. They eventually meet a nice couple, and face heartache and sorrow along the way.
I never thought I would end up liking Gideon's character, but by the end I had warmed up too him. They both did not have the best of families to show them love, so perhaps in some cases they went about showing it the wrong way (although Gideon at the beginning of the book didn't care about anyone else). It makes you think about how we should express our love, but that not everyone knows how or does it the same way.
Besides making you think about love, the book throughout brought up more subjects that still make me reflect on a few things. If someone has changed how do we know to trust them? Even if they make some changes and fall along the way, does that mean we no longer are they for them or forgive them? Even in our own lives it is hard to come to these answers, and I felt the book did a good job in describing all of the different type of emotions that will come up in trying to figure those answers out.
There was a few things that I didn't care for or at least wanted more of. At the beginning of the book I kept on having to remind myself that Lonnie was a girl, because of the name, I have only known men to have it. Even though we learn Lonnie gets a few letters from her family after she leaves, we are never informed of how they are doing or what she writes to them. I thought this was disappointing, especially since she was so close to her aunt. Gideon did seem to change somewhat fast I thought in maturing and finding faith, but perhaps that was all due to the recent things he can been facing.
The sequel to this book will be out in a few days, and I can't wait to read it.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
This will be my, I believe fifth, book to review for the outdo yourself challenge. I read this for the book club I belong too. Even though this book has autobiography in the title, it is actually a novel, written in "first" person. It is about the life of Mrs. Tom Thumb (otherwise known as Vinnie Warren) in the mid to late 1800's. She was born like any other child, but at some point stopped growing very early so she was very petite in stature. She ended up meeting President's, Queens and performed for P.T. Barnum. According to the author Melanie Benjamin, Mrs. Tom Thumb own journal didn't go into too much detail about her experiences, I think this adds to the reason for sometimes the lack of detail on certain events. I wanted more information about her meeting the famous people during her lifetime and sadly it wasn't there. I just felt in the middle of the book she wasn't fair to others, came off as being uncaring, and more into her own ego. She definitely comes off as having complicated relationships, perhaps not knowing how to interact with others, at least with her husband (another famous person). There is no doubt that Mrs. Tom Thumb changed throughout the book, but at the end I didn't know how to feel about her. As the author said at the end of her book, that Mrs. Tom Thumb didn't go into detail of her own feelings, it is hard for us to really know for sure what she really thought or felt.
I enjoyed this story more in the beginning, but overall it was a good book.
Rank: 3 out of 5
Friday, March 15, 2013
Ever since I saw the Dear Jane (Jane A. Stickley) quilt over a year ago I have been a fan. I have known one person in my guild to make the quilt by hand, and watched them working on it. Some of the pieces were extremely tiny. Even though I loved the quilt, I knew right then and there I would never attempt to make one. However, I happened to see a sampler version of it in cross stitch. I was so happy! The designer is Linda Myers. There are several other patterns of her's that I want to make. I don't think I have ever seen anything by her before or if I have, I was unaware of it at the time. I can't wait to start this pattern, but know I have to complete several others first.