Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

Yes, it is 2014.

Hope your Christmas was good!

Here is an ATC I made using used postage stamps.  Don't know what it is about postage stamps.  I tear all of them off of envelopes and use them in my art.  I really like Christmas postage stamps. 

I just joined Swapbot.  You should check it out. 

I am sending this ATC to my friend Val though Swapbot.  When she receives it, she will rate it and that will boost my ratings. 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is the card I sent out to our family this year

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ATCs (artist trading cards) made completely from a magazine swap. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

Amish Kitchen
Beth Wiseman,
Kelly Long
& Amy Clipston

I was excited to read this book through Booksneeze.  It is three books by the above authors.  Really a great book that connects each story together somehow. 
"A Taste of Faith"
Kelly Long
Fern Zook lives with her grandmother who uses herbs and natural elements to heal people.  Fern is learning this trade from her. 
Abram Fisher is tending to his younger siblings while his parents are away.  They tend to get in quite the predicaments and call upon Fern more than once for help.  Fern is certainly not Abram's type and besides, he is married to the land as a farmer. 
Grandma thinks that Abram would be a good catch for Fern.  Fern is not the slender type that she thinks Abram would fall for. 
"A Spoonful of Love"
Amy Clipston
Hannah King works the bed and breakfast that her family owns.  Her father is ill and her brother has his own family to deal with.  She does most of the work as her mom tends to her dad. 
Stephen Esh and his past arrives at Hannah's door.  He is running from something and wants a fresh start. 
As things start to fall apart at the inn, Stephen lends a hand and helps do some repairs.  Hannah's mom doesn't like the idea of single Stephen staying with Hannah at the inn.  What would the Bishop and local people think? 
Will Stephen's past interfere with his current position at the inn?  Will Hannah despise him? 
"A Recipe for Hope"
Beth Wiseman
I found this book rather different from other Amish books I have read.  Most focus on romance.  This does have some of that in it, but it was not the main part of the story.
Eve Bender and her family move in with her parents.  A storm caused some damage to their house.  Eve is not exactly happy to come home after being gone for so long.  Her mom has not shown Eve real love.  Mamm is getting very forgetful and out of sorts. 
Eve's twins are very hard to tell apart!    Like typical twins, they turn the tables and do the switch.  Will they find out who is who?
The common tie between these books is that all of them go to prayer gatherings at Our Daily Bread. 
Besides common food recipes you usually see in Amish books, this book has natural healing recipes which I thought was neat.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

"A Marriage of the Heart"
Kelly Long
I was excited to request to review this book through Booksneeze.  It turned out that I had already read two of the three books though.  Oh well, how does one keep track of what they have read?

A Perfect Secret

Rose is to be married to Luke Lantz.  She starts to have doubts on if he really cares for her or not.  She meets a stranger in the woods at night and is intrigued by this man of mystery.  Her Luke is acting funny and isn't exactly being truthful with Rose.  Will this man of mystery capture Rose's heart?  Will this secret that Luke is keeping distroy their upcoming marriage plans?

Christmas Cradles

This was the book that I had not yet read.  Single Anna Stolis, 26, helps her aunt who is a midwife.  Asa Lapp is involved in taking Anna to multiple homes where women are about to give birth. With the flu running full force, will the moms, to be, remain healthy and give birth to healthy babies?   With a winter storm brewing will Anna and Asa make it to the homes on time?  Will their relationship grow during all of this. 

A Marriage of the Heart

Abigail Kauffman has grown up without a mom and was raised by her father.  Joseph Lambert shows up in their community and a misunderstanding happens.  Abigail and Joseph end up being married.  How can Abigail be a good wife when she doesn't even know how to cook well at all?  Can she be a perfect housewife and learn to love Joseph?  Will her relationship with her father strengthen after she finds out the truth about her mother? 

Read to find out the above answers.  Overall a good Amish book!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Finally Some Art

ATCs made from a book/newspaper
Long time no art for me my friends!  I am hoping to change that though.  Do you like my ATCs made from a magazine?  They were really fun to make!  I am sending these off in the mail for a Facebook ATC group that I belong to.  This is my first swap in this group.  I hope I am up to snuff with my work.  

What are you working on?

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012


"Need You Now"
Part 2
Beth Wiseman
Have you been hanging on the edge of your seats for part two of this book?  Sorry I am slow in posting this.
We left part one with something bad that happened to Grace.  Brother Chad has agreed to keep her secret.  Skylar really wants to be friends with Grace.  But why?
Special student, Cara,  thinks that Darlene is now her mother. 
Darlene and Brad find out about what Grace has done.  Chad is in hot water for keeping it a secret.
Brad thinks that this wouldn't have happened if Darlene wasn't working.  Darlene quits her job to be where she is needed, home. 
Skylar and Grace have a common issue they both have been through.  Grace agrees to get counseling for her problem. 
Darlene bumps into Cara's dad, Dave at Walmart.  He wonders why she left working with Cara.  They leave together and Darlene fills him in on what happened. 
Friend of Darlene, Layla shows up at church one Sunday.  What a shock!  Layla is back to seeing the light.  They decide they are friends for life. 
Once again Darlene runs into Dave.  She finally allowed herself to admit it.  Dave was hitting on her. 
Darlene hears Brad talking on the phone and thinks he is having an affair.  Why would he do this? 
Dave gets a little too close for comfort with Darlene. 
A bad accident happens to Layla.  She ends up in a coma.  Will she come out of it and be ok? 
Darlene confronts her husband.  Is he guilty as charged?
This book sure isn't your usual Beth Wiseman amish book.  I am happy I got to read her everyday type of family book. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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