Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cross Stitch

So I have re-entered the world of cross stitching, my first serious crafting hobby. I haven't stitched in a long time and I wanted a creative hobby other than reading.  Here's some projects I completed/works in progress:

1. Sutter's Fort Bookmark
Completed project (not finished): https://www.instagram.com/p/Bevo2SxBgSD/?taken-by=tearainbook

This was a kit from The Posy Collection; I picked the kit up from the gift shop at Sutter's Fort (located in Sacramento, California) and then I packed up and moved to England and never got around to actually making the thing. So it was the first project I did in January to get me to remember how to cross stitch. One of the color floss was missing from the kit; luckily, my local art and crafts store on base had the color in stock. After finishing this project, the last thing I want to get is ink on my hard work. Rather than a bookmark, I will be mounting it in a frame to hang.

2. Just Cross Stitch Magazine Year of Mini-Bunnies SAL
In progress picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhOjghWBO33/?taken-by=tearainbook)

This has been a really fun project so far. I have used different shades of the color than the ones called for in the project instructions for three out of the four blocks. Looking at mounting this in a frame to hang, but I have 8 more months/blocks to go. The hard part of this project is keeping track of where in the pattern I finished and where to pick up - I am using a pen to cross out lines that I have already stitched, so I won't be using the pattern again.

I definitely recommend the Just Cross Stitch magazine. It has a variety of projects at variety of stitching levels (Beginner, Confident Beginner, Moderate/Intermediate, Advanced) plus they put out two special edition collections: Halloween and Christmas Ornaments.

3. "Nevertheless, She Persisted" 
In progress picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgCLbl7jBqv/?taken-by=tearainbook

This was my first kit or pattern from Subversive Cross Stitch.com and it was so easy that it is my quickest completed project to date. Nice balance of decoration and message.

I listen to podcasts while I cross stitch. I can't do audiobooks while I stitch because I end up screwing up my stitch count or I miss huge parts of the book. Audiobooks work better when I am playing on the PlayStation or coloring. In May, I am participating in the #30for30 crafting challenge (30 minutes per day for 30 days), hosted by The Crafting Geek.com.

Until next time, happy reading and happy stitching!

March 2018 Reading Wrap Up

The last one of my updates to this blog, here is my March 2018 reading wrap up (originally published on BookLikes).


1. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood - 4 stars

2. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle - 3 stars

3. Danger in High Heels (High Heels #7) by Gemma Halliday - 4 stars

4. Deadly in High Heels (High Heels #9) by Gemma Halliday - 4 stars

5. The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias - 2.5 stars

6. Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur - 2.5 stars

February 2018 Reading Wrap Up

Continuing my updates to this blog, here is my February 2018 reading wrap up (originally published on BookLikes).


1. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - 4 stars

2. AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service - and How It Hurts Our Country by Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer - 3.5 stars

3. The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson - 4 stars

4. Dark in Death (In Death #46) by JD Robb - 4 stars


5. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson

January 2018 Reading Wrap Up

Hey everybody! I am updating my blog to make it current and to get me into blogging here more. Here is my post (originally posted to BookLikes) about what I read in January 2018

Pretty average month, mostly in the 2.5-3 stars range; however it was productive, thanks to COYER, BoB Cycle 21, and 24 in 48 challenges.

1. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - 3 stars

2. Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flatts by Kristen Iverson - 3 stars

3. The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich - 3 stars

4. Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo - 4 stars

5. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking - 2 stars

6. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David von Drehle - 2.5 stars

7. A Right Honorable Gentleman by Courtney Milan - 1 star

8. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson - 4 stars

9. Love is Love by Various Authors - 3.5 stars

10. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole - 4.5 stars

11. The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li Mystery #1) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars

12. The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mystery #2) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars

13. Agnes Moore's Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars

Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters at 18% because I only liked one MC and the side characters were extremely annoying or stereotyped.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#thankfullyreading weekend

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 Over at Jenn's Bookshelves blog, there is a mini-read-a-thon going called Thankfully Reading Weekend (November 22-26, 2017). I decided at the last minute to join in since we are staying put for the holiday weekend. I DO NOT DO BLACK FRIDAY - I still have nightmares about working 3 BFs when I was employed at Wal-Mart (this was before I joined the military and one of the major reasons why I joined the military, lol). On the challenge kick-off post, Jenn listed a few questions for participants to answer in our opening post. Here are my answers:

Q1. How will/did you celebrate Thanksgiving?
A1. We are getting together with other military families at a friend's house and doing Turkey Day potluck style. The hosts are deep frying a turkey, which is my favorite kind! I am supplying dessert, so I baked 3 pumpkin pies and one apple crisp (complete with ice cream and whipped cream), plus I am defrosting a pecan pie courtesy of my friend Marie Callendar, as this pie was requested by the host's husband and man in charge of deep fryer.

Q2. What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend?
A2. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin (historical inspirational romance), The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (non-fiction women's history), The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen (historical romance), and Bloom by Kelle Hampton (memoir on motherhood and raising a child with Down Syndrome).

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Q3. How much time do you think you’ll have for reading?
A3. Due to work restrictions and duties, my husband has to be in the very local area and needs access to the car to get to work if called in. So pretty much all the time for reading this weekend minus the time socializing with friends over Thanksgiving dinner.

Q4. What book are you starting out with?
A4. Through Waters Deep - looking forward to reading a WWII romance between an American woman and British naval officer.

Q5. Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Maybe a bit each?
A5. All reading will be from e-books on my NOOK. Audio doesn't work with the kids home.

Q6. What books will you be talking about during Thanksgiving dinner? Be sure to keep track of any recommendations you receive and share when you have the time.
A6. I don't read the same type of (genre) books my friends' or my husband reads, so I sit out on the recommendations. I do talk to everyone about reading habits or other bookish things, though.

Follow along or join in on Twitter (#thankfullyreading) or Instagram (#thankfullyreading)!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Taking on the Switch


Welp, it's been a while since I posted anything here. One day I will get into regular blogging. I'll post my post summer challenge summaries and my fall challenge summaries in future posts. This post is dedicated to announce my participation in another edition of COYER! This is my first winter edition, but I am excited to beat the winter blues (and ward off a possible reading slump) by participating socially and reading.

After reading the rules and the descriptions of each type, I decided to take on the Switch version (kind of Go Big or Go Home kick in the pants). So today I made my list of 30 books that I would like to get through. Some of the books are doing double-duty - in addition to being on the COYER list, these books will help me to finish the Pop Sugar Challenge and/or the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season (a game I'm participating in on BookLikes).

Here's my list! I choose all fiction books because I just read fiction books faster than non-fiction. I also decided not to add any books to the list after reading 5 books because I want to be kept accountable to this TBR and not get distracted by shiny new books.

Friday, July 21, 2017

24 in 48/2nd COYER Summer Read-a-thon Reading List

I think I am in the beginning of a summer cold, just in time for back to back read-a-thons. I am sipping some herbal tea (Twinings Lemon and Ginger and Twinings African Rooibos with Vanilla) in the hopes I can nip this cold in the bud.

So what am I reading for 24 in 48 (July22 -23) and the second COYER Summer (July 23 - 30) read-a-thons? Here's the list:

1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
2. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens
3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
4. The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan (adapted by Robert Venditti)
5. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander
6. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings
7. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings
8. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
9. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow
10. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

The first four titles are prompt fillers for the Pop Sugar Challenge. The other six are category length romances, four of those I got at RT in Atlanta. The rules for the second COYER read-a-thon is that you have to read physical books from your list only (I added the other four books to my reading list), so I just made that my rule for 24 in 48 too - that way if I was in the middle of a book read for 24 in 48 I wouldn't have to put it aside for a week to finish it.

Until next time, happy reading!