Saturday, April 28, 2012

Teapot Quilt Blocks for Swap

Teapot Quilt Blocks for Swap





The pattern for these came from TLC:  How Stuff is Made

It was my first attempt at this so don't think they are so terrible for first ones.    They are for an online quilting club swap---can't wait til it is my month to receive blocks!   what fun!!     

Heart Quilt Blocks

Heart Quilt Blocks machine stitched for a teen's heart quilt where our group will all contribute blocks and quilt will be put together for her gift.  


I love the tie dye material for the heart and hope the young lady does as well!!!   

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Rose Garden Prayer Shawl

My Rose Garden Prayer Shawl 





This 3-D rose square I took and adapted to make into a prayer shawl for a dear friend who is a true prayer warrior!!!     She was most delighted to receive it and I am so happy that she is enjoying it and feels all the prayers that went into the making of it especially for her.   

Angel Wings Prayer Shawl

Angel Wings Prayer Shawl 






I love this pattern and got the idea from http://voices.yahoo.com/crochet-angel-wing-cathedral-pineapple-prayer-shawl-7958414.html?cat=24 and it is a free printable pattern.    I love how the pineapple shapes form angel wing designs!!!    I hope my friend who is very interested in Native American items enjoys this prayer shawl I created for her with many prayers said for her as I worked on it.    

Sarai, My Review

Sarai, by Jill Eileen Smith, My Review


Sarai, by Jill Eileen Smith, is a fictional account of the story of Sarai and Abram, later renamed Sarah and Abraham by Adonai, our God.   Jill follows the scriptural account of the story of Sarai and Abram, half-brother and half-sister, who marry and wait until far into their old age for God to send the promised child, Isaac.    Sarai despairs and gives her Egyptian maid, Hagar, to Abram, and Ishmael is born.   But God honors His promise to them, even though they sin and take matters into their own hands.    God also sends His judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot and Melah taste of the bitter punishment.   The angels told Lot and Melah not to look back, but Melah, who has worshipped other Gods disobeys and becomes a pillar of salt.    Sarai chooses to obey God and believe in Him.    Isaac means "laughter" and his birth did indeed bring laughter and joy to Sarai when she gave birth to him at age 90!!!     what a wondrous God we serve.
I highly recommend this book.    Jill follows the scriptural account but I love how she gives me cause to think anew of Hagar and her position and how sad the story truly was for her.    She was forced to leave Egypt and when she followed her mistress's request to have a baby for her with her husband, Abram, Hagar is then scorned and hated by Sarai.  Sarai loved Abram and did not want to share him with any other.    Doing so to try to fulfill God's promise before it was God's time caused grief and strife for Abram, Sarai, Hagar, and Ishmael.   I was highly impressed with the details of the life of the times in the story.      Hagar and Sarai work together to weave clothing for the new babies to come.    They cook over the open fires and live in tents, unlike Lot and Melah who choose to live in the sinful city to have the luxury of a home.    

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has written other religious fictional works and lives in Michigan with her beloved feline friends.  You can find more information about her and her writing at http://www.jilleileensmith.com.





Sunday, April 22, 2012

Falling to Pieces--My Review

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman 
My Review


I read them backwards.  LOL  I read A Perfect Square first which is the sequel to Falling to Pieces.     But it was all good!!    I love mysteries and Amish fiction and Christian romance and I got all these rolled into one with Falling to Pieces.   Callie comes to Shipshewana, Indiana from her home in Texas to sell her aunt's quilt shop....or so she thinks.    Callie has known great sorrow in losing most of her family and yet, she finds not only a mystery to solve but friends.  True friends who come to help you clean the shop, walk the dog, have lunch or tea together, to quilt a few stitches......Deborah, Esther, and Melinda become friends with Callie quickly and draw her into their Amish homes and hearts.    
Callie has a run-in with the editor of the small town local newspaper and even threatens him in public, so when things take a terrible tragic turn, Callie finds herself being hauled off to the local police station for questioning, but Deborah comes to her aid and provides a lawyer and a shoulder to lean on through it all.   Can Callie overcome the depression and loneliness?  Will she sell the quilt shop or decide to stay in this lovely little town among the horses and buggies, prayer kapps, and quiltings?   How does finding Aunt Daisy's prayer journals help Callie?   


I highly recommend this book and hope that you will check it out too!     It is another one of those which I have found hard to put down.    

About the Author
Vannetta Chapman is a Texas-girl through and through.  My third daughter was born in Fort Worth, Texas, so Texas girls have special appeal for me.    Vannetta has done her homework in studying the Amish and bringing them to life with her stories.  
You can check out more about her at:   http://www.vannettachapman.wordpress.com
Thanks, Vannetta, for another great book!!!    


Friday, April 20, 2012

Brush of An Angel's Wings' Review

Brush of An  Angel's Wings by Ruth Reid Review


What a sweet sweet book this one is!!!     I love Amish fiction and this one is quite unique as Ruth Reid includes angels surrounding the main characters and guiding them.....one a guardian angel and one a fallen angel trying to convict the main characters to doubt God and abandon faith in Him.    Rachel and Joshua have many obstacles in their way.   Rachel is not your typical Amish maiden.  She is not a good cook....her stitches aren't always even in her sewing....she has never been asked to ride home from a singing with one of the local Amish boys.    She is jealous of Joshua and fears he is replacing her father's affections for her and her dear, departed brother, James.  

Joshua was raised by an Amish mother and had an absent father.  He locates his father, who is still working as a long-distance trucker with the help of the rich, pretty young English girl and her cell phone.    He goes on the road with his father but sees things that explain why he never had his father in his life.   He is then able to make the decision he needs to make and I will leave you to read to find out what that decision is!!

  I had a hard time putting this book down!   It really touched my heart!     It was a new twist to have the angels present and to imagine just how they might be acting at this very moment in my own life and the lives of others.     Thank you, Ruth Reid, for a new perspective on the realm of angels.  

About the author:


Ruth Reid is a pharmacist and photographer as well as writer.  She fell in love with the Amish years ago when she skipped a college class to attend a barn raising.  

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishing through the booksneeze.org program in exchange for my honest review.

To read the first chapter of Brush of Angel's Wings, click:
http://www.amazon.com/Brush-Angels-Wings-Heaven-ebook/dp/B005ENBBJM/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Daughter's Walk, My Review

 Review of  The Daughter's Walk
by Jane Kirkpatrick


The Daughter's Walk left me feeling sad at so many times as I read it.    Clara Estby is forced to walk cross-country with her Norwegian mother, Helga, in 1896, in a valiant effort to save the family's farm after the father is unable to work.    They must wear the new "reform dresses" which, shockingly show ankles of the shoes/boots, as they walk.  They are not allowed to take any rides and must raise their own money, in hopes of the prize money of $10,000.    They do in fact walk from Spokane, Washington, to New York, but they are 10 days late and are refused a penny of the prize money.   

Along the way, Clara's mother reveals to her that she is not Ole Estby's true daughter.    Clara is the illegitimate child of the rich young man whom her teenage mother, Helga, worked for the family.    Her mother refuses to reveal to her the name of her father, but later, her stepfather shouts it out in anguish.    Clara is thrown out of her own home and sent away in disgrace.   She and her mother are forbidden to speak of the "shameful walk across the country" by Ole and her sister, Ida.     Clara finds friends in two women who were actually secret investors of the prize money the women were refused any portion of.    Read the story to find how Clara finds peace with her own story and that of her mother.   Read to see the resilience of a young woman and her forgiveness of those who have turned against her.    Read to hear the story of one daughter's walk.   We all have a walk in life to share.....a story.    This is Clara's story.   

I found this book a little bit slow at times but I did feel the urge to read to try to find some peace and contentment for Clara, if for no other reason.     
About the Author:  

Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of more than fifteen historical novels based on the lives of actual women, and several nonfiction titles.   Her books have collectively sold more than 500,000 copies, winning awards and critical acclaim, including Best Books of 2009 by Library Journal.   She lives in Oregon with her husband, Jerry.    
For more information about Jane and her works, visit her website:  http://www.jkbooks.com
I received a free copy of this book from Multonamah WaterBrookPress for my honest review.   

Monday, April 9, 2012

Blown Away by Beth Wiseman's new novel: Need You Now


[[ASIN:1595548874 Need You Now]]
I have read many of Beth Wiseman's novels previously, but they were all works of Amish fiction.   This new novel was far from disappointing and I must admit that I was reluctant to read it at first.  
Darlene and Brad Henderson move from the big city to the small town on Round Top, Texas, when their teenage son gets into some trouble.    The anxiety and adjustment of the move begin to cause some dangerous behaviors to surface in their "perfect" teenage daughter, Grace.   Younger daughter, Ansley, convinces Dad to let her raise chickens if she maintains a C-average which they thought would never happen....but soon the family is indeed raising chickens.  
A new friend comes to Darlene's rescue and turns out to be not only famous but they become the best of friends.    Tensions continue to rise as Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time ever and receives inappropriate attention from one of her special needs' students' dads.      Darlene is witnessing to her new famous friend, Layla, and finds herself in her own crisis of faith.   Can their marriage and family survive?   Darlene and her whole family are in great need of God and his loving grace and forgiveness.    Will they be able to pull it together and make it as a family in a new town?  
Read Beth Wiseman's Need You Now to find out.   You will not be disappointed.    This book is a testament to marriage, commitment and family values.  
I found myself laughing at times and crying tears of sorrow as well.     This book has something for everyone.     A true romance for the romantics at heart and strong Christian values.   I look forward to reading more books like this from Beth, but I still love her Amish fiction.   She even included the teenage daughter, Grace, reading her own Amish fiction in the novel!   How appropriate.
I received this book free from Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest review.    
About the Author:    

Visit BethWiseman.com for more information about the author.  
Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction.   She is a Carol Award winner and author of numerous best sellers including the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series.  She and her family make their home in Texas.

The Taming of a Wild Flower

oh, wow, I didn't possibly imagine that Jane and her brood of her now fatherless children could ever find such happiness again, but they do.   Jane finds her long lost friends, Penelope and Bradley.    lo and behold, Bradley replaces their own doctor in the Amish community.  Penelope and Jane catch up on old news and heal together from the pains of the past.
Bradley quickly falls in love with Jane and her precious children and all the fun begins.     I won't spoil things for you, but I am again touched at the ways that Jane, Penelope, and Jane's brother, Mitchell, deal with their sad memories of abuse from their alcoholic mom.   When Jane told a school counselor many years ago, their father was prompted to move his family to the Amish community once Mam completed rehab and though they never forget, forgiveness and healing take place in the hearts of all.
This book was so engaging that I started it and finished it in three hours tonight.   I was moved to tears of both joy and sadness at times.    There was conflict between Jane and her "former mom-in-law" as well which was handled with care, concern and compassion by Jane and Bradley and hearts were once again healed.    Healing is so vital to those of us who have suffered any abuse and having grown up in an alcoholic home myself, this book really touched some heart strings.  I, too, have come years ago to my own place of forgiveness.   This book series is one I would highly recommend for any one who has childhood abuse issues, alcoholism, grief, or just plain loves Amish fiction!     You will not be disappointed with Samantha Jillian Bayarr's writing on such tender subjects.
                                                                 

 About the Author:
For more information about the author, Samantha Jilliam Bayarr, visit her blog:  Livingston Hall Publishers.


Samantha Jillian Bayarr founded Livingston Hall Publishers in 2002. Named for her great, great grandfather, Edward Livingston Hall, who owned a publishing house in the late 1800's, until his passing; Samantha resurrected this legacy as a way of honoring him for passing onto her his love for the written word.
Working in the production aspect of publishing has provided her with the expertise needed to produce develop and design books from the inside out. When it came time to publish her own work, her experience in the field lent her the ability to produce several genres, specializing in Christian Historical Romance and Amish Romance.