Catching up on Books and Movies with a giveaway

It has been a while since I talked about the books I'm reading and movies to recommend.  For those getting my posts via email, you might not know that I link my Goodreads reviews on the sidebar so you can see my latest reviews.  I like to read a variety of books, lately becoming bored …

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Catching up on Books and a Studio Book Sale

Scoring big again at the library sale, I came home with a stack of books.  I swore I was only going to get what was on my list, but naturally found a bit more.  I've started working my way through these interesting books and want to share some with you.  Amazon affiliate links are provided for …

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Needlecraft Mystery Series

A nice long weekend and it looks like it is going to rain on Sunday all day, and maybe Monday too.  DH and I had planned a hike, but I think it will turn into a couple of days of sewing and reading.  Actually, those are wonderful days in my opinion!  Now is a good …

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Catching up on Book Reviews

In the last two months, I have caught up with several good books from three good authors, and one in the not so much category.  In each case, I picked up new titles, at least new to me, from authors I have enjoyed in the past.  I have already put abbreviated reviews on Goodreads for …

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Shopping Wilmington

Next to last day of vacation, and I had it in mind to visit two really special shopping areas.  I read about these in a review of Wilmington shopping so I had to visit.  The Cotton Exchange is a downtown shopping area of eight restored old buildings connected by walkways and stone paths with a …

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NC Quilt Symposium Gift Baskets

With the NC Quilt Symposium so close by, I thought I'd make up some gift baskets to use as door prizes for the guests.  Naturally, I am hoping they will come visit my blog.  There were a couple of retailers that graciously provided some of the goodies. If you come to Symposium, you might win …

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Book Review – A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

Sometimes I'll pick up a book to read expecting one thing and get an entirely different story. Such was the case with A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff. The book jacket describes this story as centering around a woman, Phoebe, who opens a vintage clothing store. She likes to think about the woman that owned …

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Bread Alone by Judith Hendricks – A Book Review

Is there anything more cozy than the aroma of baking bread? No matter if it is wheat, sourdough, white or whatever your favorite, that wonderful scent of rising yeast and browning crust makes my mouth water.  I really love sneaking the end piece as soon as the bread can be sliced, crusty and crackling. Just …

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Gone Girl, The Hundred Foot Journey, and Mark Lipinski

A book and a movie, not even close to the same genre, but I recommend both for different reasons.  Plus, a neat surprise from Mark Lipinski! Gone Girl is a psychological thriller, one of the better ones I have ever read.  I put on Goodreads that it was one of the most diabolical plots I …

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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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