More Decorating with Books

Here are additional interesting ways to hide your book stash decorate with books. They can be put in lots of places, not just on shelves.  I used this set of Monica Ferris' Needlecraft Mysteries as a display in my sewing room on the mantle over the fireplace. A tiny quilting book is in the lap …

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Decorating with Books

I love to read, and I have a huge To-Be-Read pile.  To keep the ones I have read and want to keep, along with all the ones I want to read under control, I use books to decorate.  They are literally all over the house.  Here are some of the ways I use books as …

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Blue Ridge Drive July 2014

We did a drive with our car club yesterday.  The weather was just perfect, a beautiful sunny day in the 70s.  The recent rains had cleared the air and the views were spectacular off the Blue Ridge Parkway.   We met in a parking lot near the entrance to Pisgah Forest. This was a Progressive Drive, …

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Block of the Month – July 2014

This month's block is Housewife found on Quilt Blocks Galore.  Click HERE for the link to the pattern.  I liked the purples chosen by the quilt store.  I have a secret wish that the whole quilt was in purple, yellow and green.  But, it will be scrappy.  This one has a mistake in the online …

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My Bargain Hibiscus

So I mentioned last month that I had a big bargain to share.  Here it is.  Would you have taken this home from the garden center clearance rack?  Would you if it was only $1.50?  Yep, paid $1.50 for this dry, sad, bedraggled hibiscus. But, a few hours later after a thorough soaking it was …

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Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

Recently I had a pot luck lunch to attend, and I wanted to make something special. I learned how to make chocolate covered Oreo cookies last year through some trial and error. I think I have it down now, and can share it with you.  So here is how to make Chocolate Covered Oreo cookies! …

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Garden Update

Just a quick update, some new things are blooming!  My mother-in-law loves these flower posts, so I have to do them when new things bloom.  Remember the mystery bulb?  Turned out to be a gorgeous white gladiola. The corner is just filling up with those intense blue lobelias, and the verbena is getting big. The …

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Perfect Scissors Winner (and the last of the blog hop)

Well, today is the big day for the Perfect Scissors Giveaway drawing! Thank you to everyone that entered.  I read and really appreciated each and every comment, thank you all so much!!  New readers, I hope you will look around a bit, I have a lot to talk about, LOL!!  There are new tutorials at …

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Spring Basket Wool Applique

You meet the nicest people in the quilting world!  I have recently made a new blogging friend over at Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals and she sent me a darling pattern for a wool work applique that she designed.  Just a gift because she wanted to.  How nice is that!!  I finally finished it, so …

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A New Variation on Disappearing Nine Patch

Did you ever think that there could be another variation on the Disappearing Nine Patch? Neither did I. But, in researching variations, I actually only found three that are repeated all over the internet. I wanted to do one just a bit different, without switching parts of two blocks, and not so orderly as the …

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