Tuesday Tutorial

The Handbag Workshop:  Design and Sew the Perfect Bag by Anna M. Mazur is a great book for anyone wanting to create a special look or to design a distinctive style of their own.

The book breaks down all aspects of creating your own handbag, from anatomy of the handbag to techniques and supplies. Some chapters are devoted to each level of expertise-beginner, intermediate and advanced.  There are also patterns for leather and suede; these could be adapted to fashion cloth bags. The author even includes patterns, resources and metric conversions. Handbag Workshop has many illustrations, along with projects to assist the seamstress.

Handbag Workshop is a skillfully crafted book, one you will frequently refer to when fashioning your own handbag.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.




Saturday Silly

I found some cute kids sayings having to do with parents, dating, marriage and just life in general. Today’s silly is about Mom and Dad meeting.

How Did Your Mom and Dad Meet?

“My father was doing some strange chores for my mother. They won’t tell me what kind.” -Jeremy, eight years old

“They were at a dance party at a friend’s house. Then they went for a drive, but their car broke down…It was a good thing, because it gave them a chance to find out about their values.” -Lottie, nine years old

Cleaning guy


dancingCar broken



Wednesday’s Wonderful Win

I was greeted with the greatest surprise this week. I won a wonderful gift basket from Story Cartel.

Story Cartel is one of the sites where I get books free in exchange for a review. I was automatically entered just for having reviewed for them, so you can imagine my astonishment when I was notified I won.

The basket was full of goodies, as befit its name: Reader’s Retreat in a Box.  Included in the lovely box was a bag of coffee (Yum),  tea (G’daughter said Yum), chocolate (we all said Yum!), a book (Oh, boy-more to read!), 3 journals (I really should start one!), a cute little faux book for hiding treasures (I really need this), a darling little teapot shaped tea bag holder (also needed), a gift certificate for Kindle books (YAY and YAY again-I can never have too many books-contrary to what my daughter believes!), more candy and a few more things. I am so thrilled.

If you are interested in learning more about Story Cartel, I have included two links below.



Basket story cartel           P.S. I know the sentence is long and not quite correct, but it accurately describes the event!

Monday Meanderings

The weather here is starting to feel a little fall like, at least in the mornings. Our temperatures are in the 50’s in the A.M. and the high 80’s in the P.M. and it’s not too unusual to hit the low 90’s.

When the weather starts to get cooler, I start wanting to hibernate. I also want to feel crisp autumn mornings and enjoy a fire roaring in the fireplace (alas, I don’t have one!), the smell of leaves burning and drink apple cider.

I will settle for sitting on the porch in the mornings with coffee, preferably flavored; that is if my hibernation instinct isn’t too strong!

Fall leaves

fireplace scene

Mellow Monday

Proverbs 3:5-18 King James Version (KJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Headphone girl

Friday Fiction

Sealed with a Kiss is a compilation of four Christian novellas from four different authors, Janet Tronstad, Margaret Daley, Camy Tang and Lacy Williams.

Janet Tronstad’s story is Mail Order Sunshine Bride. Eleanor “Nellie” O’Reilly and her four-year-old son, Danny, left Boston for the Montana Territory of Miles City. Nellie had responded to an ad for a mail order bride, writing that she had a disposition as warm as sunshine.

Elias Henderson was supposed to meet her and Danny when they arrived, however, the sheriff, Patrick MacDonald, met them at the train station. Without explaining anything, Patrick takes her and Danny to the jailhouse to live!

Where was Elias? What can she and Danny do? They have no money and no home, here or in Boston.  Can Nellie keep her “sunshine” disposition or will she need to give up in defeat?

Deadly Intent, by Margaret Daley, is the second novella. Sarah Osborn is a Texas Ranger and was the high school sweetheart of Ian O’Leary, an ex-FBI agent. Sarah had managed to avoid Ian for many years after he broke her heart. But now, she has to investigate the loss of Ian’s stallion while in the middle of a cattle rustling investigation.

Can Sarah stay focused on her dual investigations without letting past hurts bushwhack her? Is someone trying to kill him? Can Sarah save them both?

Camy Tang authors Unshakeable Pursuit, the third novella. Dr. Geoffrey Whelan and Nurse Maylin Kinley are working at their clinic one day when a mysterious woman tells them their lives are in danger. Both are unable to fathom a reason and are caught off guard when hit men attack them at the clinic.

How are they both involved? Who is targeting them and why? Can they save themselves along with others caught in the cross hairs of the nightmare?

With Love, Cowboy is the final novella, authored by Lacy Williams. Ashley Reynolds has been in the military for ten years and returns home as an injured veteran. Ryan Michaels is a cowboy who has loved Ashley, but never really let her know.

Can Ryan help Ashley overcome the obstacles she feels are limiting her? Will Ashley see Ryan for the person he is and not the “cowboy” she thinks he is? Can she forgive him for what she feels were sins of omission, even though he sent her numerous letters explaining?

Each novella was different and unique, providing enjoyable, light and fast-paced reading.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.




Wednesday’s Wondering

The last few days have  been just a little strange. I have been feeling fear and grief for our country.

As I struggle with these feelings and I pray, I wonder:

Is it because the anniversary of 9/11 is just around the corner and I fear a new, similar attack?

Is it because my PTSD and anxiety are over reacting to the anniversary?

Is it because of so many “deadlines” looming?

I’m not really sure, but I know the feelings are very real.  I keep praying.