July 2012 archive

Bag Mania – Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

A couple of weeks ago my sister, Donna, came for a visit to California and motivated me to try something I have been afraid to try – make a bag! I purchased a pattern called the “Tahiti Tote” by Pink Sand Beach Designs (they have awesome bag designs). It is 15.5″ wide at the top …

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The Absolutist – Book Review

I don’t think I did survive it. I may not be buried in a French field but I linger there. My spirit does, anyway. I think I’m just breathing, that’s all. And there’s a difference between breathing and being alive. – from The Absolutist, page 137 – Tristan Sadler has survived trench warfare and returned …

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Mailbox Monday – July 9, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month at Mrs. Q Book Addict. Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here is what showed up at my house this week: Elianna from Picador sent me Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin …

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Sunday Salon – July 8, 2012

July 8, 2012 Good morning! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It has been very hot here the last few days with humidity at less than 10% which makes the fire danger extreme. I always feel a little nervous this time of year. Before I start talking about my reading, I want to …

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The Shoemaker’s Wife – Book Review

Whenever there was a festival in Vilminore, hundreds of visitors from nearby towns emptied into the village. The revelers were hardworking mountain people who toiled in the mines or on the farm, just like the people who lived in Vilminore. There was no discernible difference in wealth or status. Men worked to provide for the …

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The Emperor of Lies: Chunkster blog Feature and Giveaway

This month over on the Chunkster Challenge blog we are featuring a fabulous historical novel titled THE EMPEROR OF LIES by Steve  Sem-Sandberg (translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death). I’ve started the book and am enthralled (watch for my review by mid-month). Check out the post about the book and author…and then enter to …

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2012 Finish Along – Third Quarter

Hosted by Quilter in the Gap, the 2012 Finish-A-Long provides great motivation to get those quilting projects done! I’ve joined the Flickr group to keep me inspired. Check out my first quarter post (I finished all three projects from January through March). Check out my second quarter post (I’ve provided links to the projects I …

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With My Body – Book Review

You are the good doctor’s wife. All wellies and Range Rovers, school runs and Sunday church and there is a part of you that your husband will never reach that elusiveness used to addle him with desire; what went on, once, in your life. – from With My Body, page 5 – An unnamed woman …

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