December 2013 archive

Happy New Year – and a Book Giveaway

Can you believe it is 2014? The time just flies by these days. I love New Year’s day as it always feels like a new start. I love to purge and organize and plan. I got a head start on my purging this year and found a couple of books which were duplicates in my …

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The Creative Life

What brings you joy? Fulfillment? A sense of well being? A feeling of satisfaction? For me – it is the simple act of creating. Creativity comes from deep within ourselves and has roots in our dreams, desires, the way we see ourselves in the world, our connection to others. Do you write? Or quilt? Or …

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The Best Books I Read in 2013

In 2013 my reading took me to a nineteenth century farm in England, South Africa, the slums of Mumbai, a village under the searing Afghanistan sun, and a small village in Chechnya. I was stunned by a tale of a serial killer during the Great Depression, and haunted by a brutal attack on a North Dakota …

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2014 Creative Goals

I started quilting in 2009 – it will be five years in the Spring – and I have come a long way since my first quilt. I don’t make the same mistakes anymore, I make new ones! It used to be challenging just to sew a scant quarter inch seam or cut a square accurately. …

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Some Christmas Sewing…That I can Now Share!

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view With just under a month before Christmas, I decided to sew some Christmas gifts. It was a little insane to start so late (and I am vowing to sew gifts ALL year in 2014 rather than wait until the last minute – we’ll …

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Merry Christmas!

It is sunny and cold here in Northern California! I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather on this wonderful Christmas day. Merry Christmas to all of you!   Please follow and like the blue thistle

Mailbox Monday – December 23, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Because I am making changes on my blog for 2014, this will be my last Mailbox Monday post. I may still post …

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Ch-ch-ch-changes….

Where the heck did 2013 go? Here we are on the cusp of 2014…another new year. And with a new year, comes a time for reflection. I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately. It has grown stale for me. I lack the energy for it I once had. Recently I made the decision to …

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Holy Orders – Book Review

Perhaps he did not want to be happy. He had little talent for it, that was certain. Besides, happiness was another of those words, like love, the meaning of which he could never quite grasp. He wanted to tell her about his vision of the canal bank in the dark, how all evening since she …

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Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays – Book Review

Back at the beginning of the year I decided to join the Pretty in Patchwork Holiday Sew A Long over on Threadbias. I wanted to have some fun sewing with others while learning new techniques. The Sew A Long required the purchase of the book and then certain projects were pre-selected by the hosts for …

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