Friday, May 28, 2010

Train Case

When I was young (a long, long time ago...) I had a train case that I played with and kept stuff in that looked sort of like THIS. I have no idea when I stopped using it or where it went to.

A few years ago my sister-in-law's mother was moving and I nabbed a blue train case from her that looks like THIS. Mine is nice and clean, and I use it to store my embroidery notions.

I've been looking at train cases on Etsy, and my favorites are these pink ones!!!

Pink Train Case 1

Pink Train Case 2

Pink Train Case 3

Pink Train Case 4

This last one is a completely different style, but look how stinking cute it is!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Made it into a Treasury!!

Check it out. My wavy zippered pouch made it into a Treasury!!!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sing Me To Sleep...

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

In Sing Me To Sleep we meet Beth, who is nicknamed the Beast at school since she is very tall and not attractive. Even her own father called her "damn ugly" when she was born. Beth has a childhood friend, Scott, who you can tell right away really likes her, unattractive or not. Beth's one bright spot in her life is singing. Not just in the school choir, but in a competitive girls choir. And Beth can really SING.

The girls choir gets invited to a competition in Switzerland, where Beth meets handsome and mysterious Derek, who is part of the famous Amabile Choir.

Derek is elusive - he is with Beth for a day or two, and then disappears for days or weeks at a time, and gives no explanation to Beth. This makes Beth wonder if he loves her as much as she loves him. Derek insists he does love Beth, but is still not willing to divulge his secrets. This made me want to keep reading and find out what this gorgeous, confidant boy was hiding.

Portions of the storyline take place in the form of song lyrics. Beth wrote lyrics to help her get through life. Sometimes she wrote down the lyrics, but sometimes they were just in her head. This was a really interesting way to show what Beth was thinking and feeling throughout the book.

Overall, this was a good read for me. It was entertaining and a little mysterious and kept my interest until the very end. Yes, there are things that bothered me. Derek's actions made him appear selfish and manipulative, but by the end of the book I understood why he did what he did. The character of Beth came off as a little too needy and clingy - and always wanting to kiss Derek to show her love - no matter the circumstance (which were sometimes weird). I don't think the author intended Beth to come over this way, that's just how I interpreted her actions.

On a side note, this is a completely beautiful cover. I think it captures the innocence of first love.

Be sure to check out the Sing Me To Sleep page to watch the trailer for the book and to hear the Amabile choir sing "Beth's Song". If you watch the trailer you also learn how to pronounce 'Amabile', which I totally screwed up for most of the book.

Then, AFTER you have read Sing Me To Sleep, be sure to read The Epilogue.

Waiting at my library for me to pick up are
Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More Earrings...

I've become obsessed with looking at earrings lately. I don't know why. Maybe just because they are so pretty. I certainly don't wear earrings much. Well, truthfully, I really don't wear earrings at all. It's never really been my thing.

It's been about 10 years or so since I had my hair really short - over my ears. At the time I thought it would be cute to get another piercing, so I got a little stud at the top of my left ear. HURT LIKE HELL. For a year. Every day it hurt. I finally had enough pain and removed it. Best decision I could have made. But while I had it it was so darn cute. I received a lot of compliments on the cuteness. But pain eventually won out over cute.

I think I need to get back into regular earrings and the cuteness they offer.

I've had my eye on these Pink Amethyst earrings.

Although, I actually need to wear gold like these Pink Quartz earrings.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Robert Pattinson's Birthday...

Today is Robert Pattinson's birthday. However, our federal government has, for some unknown reason, failed to declare it a national holiday. I'm up for celebrating, even though Robert is not American.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

John Keats

You may remember these 'Bright Star' zippered pouches that I made. I used the original manuscripts that are in John Keats' own handwriting. At the time I worried that no one else would like them, but they sold fairly quickly. I am thinking of making another set of pouches using the manuscript for 'Ode to A Nightingale' or one of the letters that John wrote to his fiancee, Fanny Brawne.

Below is a photo of the Engagement Ring that John Keats gave to Fanny Brawne.

I found this ring on Etsy. It's silver, not gold, but it is similar to the original ring up above.

There aren't too many John Keats related items on Etsy, but I did find these John Keats Buttons that are pretty cool.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Anniversary TO ME!!!!

Today is our 16th Wedding Anniversary. We're not really much into exchanging gifts. Spending money to show love? I prefer smaller, daily doses of showing affection. Like when he cleans up the dog poop, changes the cat litter, or cleans the toilet. LOL. Or when he comes by my work to drop off a single red rose - because who wants to watch a whole bouquet of roses wither and die? And I extremely dislike mushy, sentimental greeting cards. Just tell me you love me and I'm good to go another year.

But, if I had to pick out a gift for myself, I would love these earrings:

Or one of these skirts:

Last week, I decided to continue my fruitless search for Amy Butler's Duck Egg French Wallpaper and Pink Coriander fabrics. I haven't had any luck with the Pink Coriander, so if you know where I can get some, or you have some you are willing to share, please contact me. Please!! BUT, I did come across a website for a fabric store, not an online store, but a real brick and mortar store. On their front page they have a photo and "Amy Butler fabrics" as part of what they have to offer. There in the photo is the Duck Egg French Wallpaper. So I shoot off an email asking if they have any available. I received a really nice reply, and ended up buying the 3 yards that they had!!!! That, along with my Dirty Dancing DVD, and I had a wonderful mother's day.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hush, Hush Review


I received Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick for Christmas. I was really looking forward to reading it. I had read some reviews that were favorable, so I thought I would give it a chance. I have to say that the cover just blew me away. It's very intriguing. So imagine my surprise when I finally started reading it and was less than enthused.

The prologue introduces the concept of the Nephilim, which is the offspring of a normal human and a fallen angel. Other than that brief mention, Nephilim isn't mentioned again until 2/3rds of the way through the book. Hush, Hush starts with Nora being thrown together with a new Biology partner, Patch. Nora then blunders around trying to find information on Patch and his past. Why? Does she like him? Is she attracted to him? Who knows. He's a jerk, he's rude and uncooperative, but Nora is just determined to find out about him, so she attempts to dig up whatever she can on him. We get to read along while she is clueless. Weird things happen. Nora is afraid Patch means to harm her, but she attempts to spend time with him anyway.

Nora happens to get of glimpse of Patch's back, where he has a V shaped scar. Of course this sets her on the path to discovering what the scar means. She puts the scar together with the carnival ride called The Archangel that she and Patch rode together. Nora types 'angel wing scars' into Google and is rewarded with the answer - Fallen Angel. Wow. How lame.

Hush, Hush really picks up the pace and action towards the end. I wish the entire book had been this good. Nora's life IS in danger - and not just from Patch. There's a twist at the end, and Patch ends up giving her life back - literally. Happy ending.

Since Twilight, every supernatural YA book is compared to it. However, there are too many similarities in Hush, Hush to write off as coincidental.

The sequel, Crescendo, comes out in November 2010. Nora digs into her own past, her father's disappearance, and her own relation to the Nephilim. Let's hope Becca Fitzpatrick has learned how to write a more compelling story from beginning to end.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!

This is what (or rather who) I really want for Mother's Day...

I'm quite sure this is what I am actually getting for Mother's Day...

Yes, I'm a dork. My husband and children support (and encourage) my dorky self, so it really can't be helped.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Meadowsweet 2

Ooooh, look what I found. Meadowsweet 2!!! I really like this colorway. I think I may need to get some of this. Maybe I'll even do a pre-order if I can find it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Item and a Blog Sale

Check out how cute this is : Duck Egg French Wallpaper Zippered Wristlet. I finally cut into my only yard of this fabric. It was really hard to do, but I can't keep it forever.

Special Sale Alert!!

I am having a sale for my blog readers. All of my Zippered Pouches and Zippered Pouches With Clips can be purchased at half price for a limited time. That's right - 50% off regular prices!! I can either issue a refund after your purchase, or you can contact me about any items you wish to purchase and I will mark down the prices for you.

I still have these available also. Regularly $9.00, now just $4.50 each!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fabric Flair

I have posted about this before, but a really great place that I have been getting fabrics from lately is Fabric Flair. Christie has an anniversary sale going on in her Etsy shop right now!! Head on over and check out the gorgeous fabrics. And be sure to check out the great giveaway she has going on also.

Here is a set of zippered pouches that I just completed and listed using Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet fabrics that I purchased from Fabric Flair:

And this is some of Laura Gunn's new Poppy fabric (also from Fabric Flair):