Sunday, July 31, 2011

GONE!! Freebie Friday (on a Sunday)

Freebie Friday is GONE. Today I am giving away this cute zipper pouch. As you can see it has a swivel clip to attach to your keys, purse, or beltloop (which is what I do so I can be hands free). It also has a front pocket with a snap closure. Constructed using Amy Butler Daisy Chain fabrics.

Be the first person to leave a comment on this post letting me know you would like the item, then email your mailing address to me at (Freebies are open to U.S. and Canada only.)

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm going on Vacation!!

For my Etsy Customers:
VACATION NOTICE - I will be on vacation from July 22 through July 26.
Orders placed from July 21 to July 26 will ship on July 27.
I am at 1099 sales, so if someone wants to be sale 1100, that would be wonderful. :)

We are going to Memphis. Can you believe we've never been? I see lots of touristy things in our future, including:

Graceland is a must see.

Maybe Beale Street. I'm thinking the kids won't like this. LOL

Gotta at least try the trolley.

Mud Island River Park.

My daughter wants to cruise on the river.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Sooooo many books I want to read!! I currently have 95 books in my To Read section on Goodreads. I've listed a few below that are coming soon that are definite must reads. See anything on there that you like?

Forever which I received today. The 3rd book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. First, Sam was a wolf and Grace was a girl. Then Sam became a boy and Grace became a wolf. Will Sam be able to save Grace before the wolves are hunted and killed?

Love Story on July 19. I've read a few of Jennifer Echols books. I loved Going Too Far. Major Crush was cute. Forget You was silly. I hope I like Love Story. There is also going to be an ebook released on Dec. 20 titled Double Date.

Nocturne on August 23. 2nd book in the Claire de Lune series. Female werewolves. 'Nuff said.

Chain Reaction on August 16. 3rd book in the Perfect Chemistry series. The youngest of the Fuentes boys falls for a bad girl.

Bargains and Betrayals on August 16. 3rd book in the 13 to Life series. I was looking forward to the end of this series so I could find out if Pietr and Jessie would just be with each other already, but there is to be a 4th book coming in Jan. 2012.

Eternal on August 2. 3rd book in the Immortal series. This book seems to be more of a companion book to the first and second books. I only want to read it to find out if Sebastian is really gone forever or if there is some hope of him coming back. This is a definite library loaner - I'm already on the reserve list. There's no way I would buy it - especially with no Sebastian.

Juliet Immortal on August 9. I love Romeo & Juliet so I thought I would give this a try.

Lola and the Boy Next Door on Sept. 29. Companion to Anna and the French Kiss (which I adored.)

Silence on October 4. 3rd book in the Hush, Hush series. Patch. People either love him or hate him. I'm somewhere in the middle.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gathered (Puffy) Pouches

Here is something new I came up with. How cute are these zipper pouches? I gathered the fabric about 3 inches along the curvy bottom, so the pouches have a slight puffy look. The interiors are not gathered, so you won't lose small items in the fabric.

I originally wanted to make a smaller size purse with this shape. But I thought I would draw up a smaller version first to see how it looks and to make sure it would work. I've enlarged my 'pattern' and I'm sewing it together now. If it turns out cute I'll share it here (and put it on Etsy). If it's horrible you'll never see it!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

I have been reading a lot this summer. Actually, I have been reading a lot for the past few years, but I guess I've just noticed recently how many books I am getting a chance to read. And there are still so many books that I want to read. I keep getting caught up in series. I tell myself not to read the first book in a new series because I hate waiting a year for the next book to find out what happens. There are plenty of books out there that are stand alone or series that are farther along that I can get caught up in. And I have been. Good thing the library is right around the corner. I send my husband there - he is in and out in a hurry. I would end up coming home with more books than I could read in a reasonable time frame.

Tons of new books are coming out this summer and fall that I can't wait to read. Today the third Wolves of Mercy Falls book, Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater comes out. I have to wait a couple days to get my copy, but that's what I get for pre-ordering it.

Maggie is also heading out on a book tour and is coming to St. Louis, so I should be able to wrangle my husband into taking me. I want some of the cool swag she has going on.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Freebie Friday is GONE

Thank you to everyone who voted for my entry in the Selvedge Challenge over at Venezie Designs Blog. If you haven't voted yet, would you please consider voting for my entry, the cute mini zipper pouch that is #5. Thank you!!

Freebie Friday is GONE - Thank you - is this cute little bitty zipper pouch. It measures 4.5" x 3.75".
Be the first person to leave a comment on this post letting me know you would like the item, then email your mailing address to me at (Freebies are open to U.S. and Canada only.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vote For Me!!

Seriously. Go vote for me. Maybe if I say Please?

I entered a small zippered pouch in the Selvedge Challenge at Venezie Designs Blog. I didn't have time to make anything new, so I entered something that I already had.

No way am I beating that quilt!! LOL. But it would be nice if I had at least a few pity votes. My item is #5.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)Hereafter by Tara Hudson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I enjoyed reading Hereafter, it was a little lacking. The writing didn't have enough depth, at least as far as the characters go. I would have loved to learn more of what Amelia and Joshua were thinking and feeling. Especially after Joshua saw Amelia for the first time. While I think their need for each other was a little quick, I can understand why they would be attracted to each other (even if this attraction and 'love' was never explained by the author). I am grateful that they didn't profess their love for each other over and over. It was just there, through looks and touches and actions, but not over the top excessive.

Then there were times when the story got too 'wordy' for me. How many times and how many paragraphs do you need to describe a sunset? How many times do you need to describe the tingles when Joshua touches Amelia? Or describe Amelia's 'nightmare'?

Overall, the story flowed nicely. There was enough happening that it kept my interest and kept me reading to find out what was going on. Throw in a Grandma who can also see spirits, a bad spirit named Eli, and a little sister who needs saving, and you have an entertaining read. And it turns out a lot of things were never explained, so that leaves me wanting to read the next book to find out what happens.

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Free Shipping and a Treasury

Free Shipping this weekend in my Etsy Shop. Use Coupon Code FREESHIP during checkout.

One of my bags is in a Treasury on Etsy: Juicy Raspberries

Friday, July 1, 2011

Freebie Friday is GONE and Free U.S. Shipping

Free U.S. Domestic Shipping this weekend in my Etsy Shop! Just use the coupon code FREESHIP during checkout.

Freebie Friday is GONE (Congratulations Pat) - I don't think these photos show how cute this little pouch is. I used a 4" flex frame instead of a zipper. (No zipper? Shocking, I know.) Just give it a little squeeze to open. Perfect to use as a change purse or for your cell phone. Be the first person to leave a comment on this post letting me know you would like the item, then email your mailing address to me at (Freebies are open to U.S. and Canada only.)