Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our Thankful Jar

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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The first day of November is this Saturday which is so hard to believe!
This year has literally flown by :)
Since this coming month we celebrate Thanksgiving
my family and I made a 'Thankful Jar'
which will be used every day in the month of November.
Let me explain. . .

I had my family write out things that they are thankful for on strips of paper
and then we placed them in the jar.
There are 30 strips of paper in the jar since there are 30 days in November.

Beginning this Saturday, my family and I will pick out a sheet of paper
and read it aloud during our supper time.
Since we don't know what the other wrote down
it will be a joyful surprise to hear what everyone is thankful for.

This will take place at every supper for the whole month of November :)
What are you thankful for, sweet friends?

The list is endless for all that we can give thanks for:
I am thankful for all of you!
You bless my life and heart.
Hugs to you!

Notice the lace flower. . .
yep, it's one of the flowers that I shared on Tuesday- 
it's the one I used to clip onto my shoes.
I added it to the tag for extra prettiness.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Princess Spy - Book Review

A new suitor.
A shocking discovery.

Margaretha has always been a romantic and hopes her newest suitor,
Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love.
But then an injured man is brought to the castle,
claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook's men.
She convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger,
until Colin retrieves an heirloom so lost in a well
and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment.
Margaretha knows she could never be a spy - not only does she tend to talk too much,
she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed.
But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgement
about not only Colin but Claybrook as well.
She soon finds herself running for her life - and it may be up to her to save 
her father and her family from one man's wicked plot.

My Thoughts

A delightful fairytale told from a different view.
Melanie Dickerson weaves a classic and romantic story 
similar to the fairytale The Frog Prince.
Spirituality, romance, intrigue, suspense, courage, and humor. . .
the author brings all that and more to The Princess Spy, 
what more could you ask for in a book?
This book is labeled as teen fiction 
yet it held my complete attention and I am in my late 20's.
I found The Princess Spy to be a most enjoyable book
with characters that were charming and witty.
By the end of the book I was already wanting to read another one
written by the talented Melanie Dickerson.

Margaretha is a beautiful character, inside and out.
She has a generous spirit and kind heart, but talks too much.
She often babbles on and on which causes her to be "untrustworthy"
when it comes to keeping certain things quiet.
After all, she is known to accidentally let things slip out when she is rambling on.
A time comes when she must keep quiet or it might mean death to her family,
but can she do it and who can she trust. . .

Lord Colin thinks Margaretha is just a "flibbertigibbet,"
a young woman with no sense who talks too much.
But the more he gets to know her he realizes there is more than meets the eye.
Colin carries a load of guilt concerning two friends and Lord Claybrook
and he wants only revenge.
Lady Margaretha tries to point out
that there is a difference between justice and vengeance,
 but is Colin willing to open his eyes and heart to the difference
before the hatred consumes him. . .

A well-written book with a few twists that were unexpected and surprising.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice,
a Christy award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award
for Best First Book,
as well as the acclaimed novels The Merchant's Daughter,
The Fairest Beauty, and The Captive Maiden.
Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education
from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary,
She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

3 Uses For Fabric Flower Clips

My sweet little niece asked me a little while ago what my favorite craft to make was
and I told her it would probably be fabric flowers.
There is so much that you can do with them and often you need only a scrap of fabric
or lace to create a lovely flower.
Plus, there are many designs and no flower is the same.
So. . .I made a few hair clips that can be used for other things as well.

First, let me show you how to make these simple but pretty flowers.

Items needed:

lace or scrap fabric
sewing needle
hot glue gun and glue
alligator clips (without the teeth)
buttons, beads, pearls, etc

If using lace, cut two strips that are each 10-inches long.
Sew a gathering stitch along the top.

When you get to the end bring your needle and thread through the other side 
and pull the flower together; sew the two ends together.

Cut out a felt piece to use on the back to secure the clip.
I cut mine into hearts, but you can cut them into circles or whatever shape you like.

Slip the felt into the clip, apply hot glue onto the felt and top side of the clip,
press onto the back of the flower.

For fabric flowers you will need two strips of fabric that are about 1.5-inches wide
and 18-inches or so long.
With those measurements you will need to leave the edges frayed,
but if you want a more finished look than cut a wider strip of fabric, 
fold in half and sew along the edge.

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On the left are the folded flowers, to the right are the frayed,
and on the bottom are the lace.
For the centers I used crocheted flowers, fabric yo-yo's, 
mini felt flowers, and buttons. 

Now here is what you can use them for. . .
The obvious one being for your hair which you will see in the picture below.
But check out the flower on my jean jacket - yes, I used it as a pin.
The clip slipped right on and is actually more secure than a pin.

And the third thing you can use these pretty flowers for is. . . 
shoe clips!

They clip on perfectly to flats and don't they look darling?
I wore them on a walk the other day and they did not move or slide around 
instead they were nice and snug. . .and did I mention cute :)

The possibilities are endless, my friends!
Clip them onto your purse or even a small stack of papers :)
Add a little loveliness to your wardrobe with these simple fabric flowers.

Happy flower making!
Hugs to you.
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