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The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yo...

The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual – Review
Are you someone who likes to take on DIY projects around the house? Or maybe you don’t like it, but you find yourself faced with fixing things like leaky pipes. Or maybe you want to revamp your landscaping or remodel the living room. If your answer to any of these is “Yes” than you need to go out and buy yourself a copy of t [...]


care. nourish. develop. cultivate. consider. minister. treasure. foster.sustain. value. Have you seen all the posts lately about choosing a word for the New Year? I’ve been thinking about the word I’d like to live by in 2015. N.U.R.T.U.R.E. I’m a physical therapist, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt. I nurture others all [...]

A Doll Quilt for Holly

A Doll Quilt for Holly
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view My great niece, Holly, just turned four years old. She has American Girl Doll Emily who did not have her own bed. So for Christmas, I ordered a cute white bed with roses on the headboard and footboard, then used Camille Roskelley’s mini dwell pattern to make a quilt for the bed usi [...]

Sweet Sixteen – A Traditional Q...

Sweet Sixteen – A Traditional Quilt for Mom
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger viewMy mom has long desired a quilt for her bed and so my sister, Paula, and I decided to make her one for Christmas. My mother is a bit of a traditionalist and loves the colors of china blue and rose/raspberry. This quilt used a Jelly roll and a Charm pack of LeBouquet Francais by French Gen [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a N...

Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a New Sew Along for 2015
The Pillow Pop 2014 Sew Along wrapped up in December. This was such a fun group which produced a huge amount of gorgeous pillows. The administrators of the group (me, Valerie and Margaret) had so much fun that we decided to do another Sew Along in 2015. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more! We’ll be keeping the Pillow Pop gro [...]

The Narrow Road to the Deep North ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Book Review
In this way, thought Nakamura, the Japanese spirit is now itself the railway, and the railway the Japanese spirit, our narrow road to the deep north, helping to take the beauty and wisdom of Basho to the larger world. – from The Narrow Road to the Deep North, page 94 – It is August of 1943 along the Thai-Burma Death Railway. Austr [...]

All The Light We Cannot See – B...

All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review
Open your eyes, concludes the man, and see what you can with them before they close forever, and then a piano comes on, playing a lonely song that sounds to Werner like a golden boat traveling a dark river, a progression of harmonies that transfigures Zollverein: the houses turned to mist, the mines filled in, the smokestacks fallen, an ancie [...]

Garden Pillows for My Sister

Garden Pillows for My Sister
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view My sister, Donna, wanted pillows for her home and I decided to make her two for Christmas. One is 20″ square, the other is 16″ and they are made to coordinate with each other. The larger pillow uses the Photogenic pattern in Pillow Pop: I used a variety of coordinating fabri [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: November

Pillow Pop Round-Up: November
The Pillow Pop group is a really fun sew along over on Threadbias. We’re making pillows from the fabulous book Pillow Pop all year long. To learn more about the group, visit this post. We have one more month of making pillows and would  love to have you join us. If you’re not already a member at Threadbias, why not join – it’s free, and it is [...]

Station Eleven – Book Review

Station Eleven – Book Review
What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. Twilight in the altered world, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a parking lot in the mysteriously named town of St. Deborah by the Water, Lake Michigan shining a half mile away. – from Station Eleven – It is winter [...]
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