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Spotted Owl Baby Quilt

Spotted Owl Baby Quilt

I finished this baby quilt today – and I think it is my favorite quilt so far! This one measures 40″ X 49″ and uses Alexander Henry’s Spotted Owl fabric in three colorways, along with some dotty fabric which coordinated perfectly. I did a pieced back to make it reversible, and added a cute hand-made […]

Tomorrow River – Book Review

Tomorrow River – Book Review

But as much as I’m tempted to kitten out, and believe me, I sorely, sorely am, there are the facts to face. My darling Woody is turned completely inside out and my poor papa has unraveled as much that he’s threatening to send her away. That doesn’t leave anybody else but me. I need to […]

75 Years of Penguin…and a Book ...

75 Years of Penguin…and a Book Giveaway!

Today marks the official 75th anniversary date for the launch of Penguin Books, and it is a huge celebration for the well-known publisher. Check out their official celebration site where you can learn all about the history, the original ten books, and of course, the Penguin mobile (which is perhaps the most fun element of […]

WINNER – By Fire, By Water

WINNER – By Fire, By Water

By Fire, By Water, by Mitchell James Kaplan ISBN 978-159051352-1 277 pages Other Press LLC (May 2010) Thank you to all who threw their name into the hat to win a copy of this amazing historical fiction. I’ve chosen ONE winner using Random. Org… Congratulations to CAROL WONG who wrote: I would love to read […]

Spotlight Series Tour: Graywolf Press

Spotlight Series Tour: Graywolf Press

Today I am happy to join other readers in celebrating Graywolf Press through The Spotlight Series which focuses on the small, independent presses. You can learn more about the Spotlight Series here; they also have a page of FAQs if you are interested in participating in a tour. To read reviews for the Graywolf Press […]

I Curse the River of Time – Boo...

I Curse the River of Time – Book Review

The picture of Mao I had was the well-known retouched photograph where he sits hunched over his desk writing with one of those Chinese brush pens, and I always thought, or hoped, that it was not one of  his political or philosophical articles he was writing, but one of his poems, perhaps the one which […]

Shasta County Lavender Festival

Shasta County Lavender Festival

You might remember that Kip and I spent a day in June enjoying a Lavender Festival at Tuscan Heights Lavender Center. I took a ton of photos and thought I’d share a few with you. The center has a terrific shop which sells everything lavender. I picked up some spices (which I’ve tried on chicken […]

Chocolate Lollipop Zig-Zag Quilt

Chocolate Lollipop Zig-Zag Quilt

Bold, wild, not-to-be-ignored…this quilt took me a whole year to finally finish. I got inspired to make a zig zag quilt when I joined this group on Flickr and found out how easy it was to do when I read Amy’s great instructions on how to piece it the non-triangle way. Of course, I fell […]

TLC Book Tour: 31 Bond Street

TLC Book Tour: 31 Bond Street

31 Bond Street, by Ellen Horan ISBN: 978-0061773969 368 Pages Harper; 1st edition (March 30, 2010) I was delighted to be included in the TLC Book Tour for 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan (read my review). This crime fiction novel is based on an actual nineteenth century murder case in New York City and […]

31 Bond Street – Book Review

31 Bond Street – Book Review

A man had been killed and a woman who had an uncertain relationship to the dead man was accused of the crime. But tangled up in Emma Cunningham’s case was an eleven-year-old houseboy and a Negro groom, both as fragile as loose pieces of straw, blown into the path of a murder that was reaching […]

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