Monday, February 4, 2019

Book Review: The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown

The Magnolia Inn is about Jolene and Tucker. Jolene was given have of the inn when her aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper bought an RV to travel. The other half of the inn was given to Ruben, Jasper’s nephew. Ruben sold his half of the inn to Tucker. Jolene and Tucker have baggage of the past but have agreed to be partners at the inn.

The author descriptions of the character and the places give the reader the feeling of belonging to that community. The personalities of the characters are believable, and the reader can feel the pain and loss of the past and the hope and delight of starting something new.

Jolene’s dad died when she was young, and her mother turned to alcohol and drugs. Jolene had to grow up fast, working to try to pay the bills because her mother was thoughtless. So, Jolene never drinks and don’t want a relationship with anyone who drinks or does drugs.

Tucker’s wife of five years died in a car accident and he blames himself. He was a cop but got fired for drinking. He is a great handyman and when the opportunity to buy half of the inn was offered to him, he was more than happy to make the purchase and hoped the owner of the other half would want to sell their half as well.

Sugar’s best friends, Flossy, Dotty and Lucy vowed to look after Jolene, and they made sure to involve her in everything. They also did some matchmaking between Jolene and Tucker. They had me smiling most of the book because they were so much fun.

My rating for this book is 5 out of 5 stars. I love a book that makes me feel like am watching a movie and this author does that with the exceptional details of the characters and places. If you love a good romance this book will be for you. If you love southern books this book you will love this book. If you are looking for a fifty shades of gray type book this book is far from that.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Giveaway! UPDATE Check out my blog for details.


Would you like to win a pair of earrings?

I created these earrings with:
6/0 medium blue luster Czech glass beads
4mm crystal AB faceted glass beads - clear
4mm jumprings
6mm jumprings
silver flat earwires
silver headpins

These dangle earrings are 2 inches long and .25 inches wide.

You can win these earrings by:
Following my blog
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By leaving one comment below. I will choose the winner with a random name picker, be sure to follow me and favorite my shop!

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Winner will be announced on Jan. 30, 2019!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What Can I Do With These Beads?

Years ago, I wanted to use beads in crochet. I bought some beads, not knowing what I was looking for, I just bought a lot of different sizes, and I created a wire crochet bracelet. I did not find it as interesting as I thought I would but I had all these beads. I wasn't sure what to do with them.

I checked out a few stitch patterns and learned most of them easily enough. The one beading stitch I had trouble with was the cubic right-angle weave. When I finally got it I was obsessed for a while. Here are some of the things I have done using cubic right-angle weave:

Cuff Bracelet

and the matching earrings

These took quite a bit of time to make but I loved it! Do you do beadwork? What was the most difficult stitch for you to learn?

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Crochet Beaded Bangles

Do you love crocheted rope jewelry? I do, and I love making it.

I have a few bangles in my shop, but I intend to work on patterns this year that are different than the spiral ones I have now. I planned to do a give-away for this pattern later this year.

Here are some of my bangles:

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Something for Valentine's Day

Sharing some of my favorite hearts! These hearts are from a group of artisans with big hearts.

Dangle Earrings for Women by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry

Heart Beads Purple Handmade Lampwork Beads by Charlotte of CovergirlBeads

Valentines Hearts Flowers Earrings by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs

Pink Heart Large Pushpins by Julie of Blue Morning Expressions

Heart Earrings by Mary of PrettyGonzo

Copper Filigree Heart Earrings by Connie of Thesingingbeader

Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant and Earring Set Jo of Umeboshi Jewelry Design

Hand Knit Red Cable Scarf by Cathy of CraftingMemories1

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Friday, January 11, 2019

My To Do List 01/11/2019 UPDATE

I didn't get everything done I had hoped to but that is okay. I did get sick and was unable to do a lot this month, but maybe next month.

Here is the start of my "TO DO LIST" for January 2019. It looks a little bit short but I can add things when needed. I will post an update at the end of the month to with marked off items. I hope!

I didn't start with too many tasks so I wouldn't get overwhelmed. I also have more than one thing to do in a few of the tasks listed.

Do you make "To Do List?" I have found that it keeps me a little more organized. Though I may not get everything for that day done, it is still there to remind me the next day.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coming Soon! Free patterns, free earrings, free free free

Hello and welcome to my blog. 

In the next few weeks, I am going to start a giveaway for my followers. I am planning to do giveaways and contests every few weeks.

The winner for each giveaway will be chosen by a "random name picker" from the comments in the giveaway blogs. So, if you like free things click the links below, follow me and comment on the blog posts. Some of the things I plan to give are beads, yarn, jewelry, scarves, patterns and more.

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The more followers I have the bigger the gifts.

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Let me know what you like: beads, yarn, jewelry patterns, jewelry, knit/crochet scarves, or something else. Leave me a comment below.

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