It’s Time To Register For February 2018 YHC

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class July 2, 2017

Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.

8 Comments

Reut Barak – Author Of Funny Fairy Tales Talks About Adventure – Humor & More

Guest Authors, Laurie Reads June 21, 2017

I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales. My earliest memories include my mother and my grandmother reading me fairy tales. Later, when I went away to camp at the age of 12 or 13, there was a boy at camp that delighted us with what he called fractured fairy tales. His fractured fairy tales combined elements from several fairy tales into one story…and they were quite funny and quite ingenious. How he ever managed to come up with all the twists and turns that brought together strings from Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Bears to create one story – extemporaneously, I’ll never know. But I must admit, I was impressed. It’s partly because I was impressed and hoping for a similar literary experience that I was excited to host Reut and her Funny Fairy Tales Series. 

23 Comments

Another Baby Blanket Finished With Help From Oz

A Finish!, Crafting, Crochet, Donation Crafting, Items For Pine Ridge June 20, 2017

You might notice a new model in a lot of the pictures of projects coming up. For a long time Patch (the one-eyed, flame point kitty in some of the pictures on the blog) was the predominant kitty model around here. He still models with a lot of projects as he loves fabric of any type and it is hard to take a picture of a quilt or other project without him being in it. But recently Callie Kitten and Ozzie have been giving him a run for his money. There’s a lot of competition for kitty modeling gigs these days.  In any case, this is Ozzie. He’s “helping” me add the fringe to this blanket.

4 Comments

It’s Time To Register For The January 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class June 4, 2017

Yellow Highlighter Classes are different from most other writing classes out there. Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.

10 Comments

Conveying Attraction In Romance Novels

Writing, Writing Tips, Writing Workshop May 30, 2017

In the awareness stage we’re looking for very descriptive language (especially in the opening of a book where the characters are first becoming aware of each other physically.) Though a lot of people don’t think of writing character descriptions as writing an intimate scene, the character description lays the groundwork for all of the intimate scenes that follow it. It is important in establishing basic awareness between the characters.

2 Comments

Another Little Girl’s Top Finished

A Finish!, Clothes Sewing, Crafting, Donation Crafting, Items For Pine Ridge, Sewing May 27, 2017

I actually finished this little top a couple of weeks ago but have been scrambling and hadn’t had a chance to blog about it. It’s made from the same See & Sew (Butterick) pattern (B5442) that I used to make the first little girl’s top that I made with this pattern. The part I found most difficult (and it isn’t that difficult) about this pattern was gathering the ruffle at the bottom. But then I bumped into a video on YouTube (one of my favorite places on the web for learning new things). The video showed a nifty new (to me anyway) product that you can use to quickly create ruffles and gathers.

2 Comments

It’s Time To Register For The November Yellow Highlighter Class

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class May 7, 2017

Yellow Highlighter Classes are different from most other writing classes out there. Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.

6 Comments

What’s Inspiring Me This Week – Quilting A Large Quilt In Sections

Crafting, Quilts In Progress, What's Inspiring Me This Week May 1, 2017

I have about a bajillion of these Frugal Blocks from Quilter’s Cache. The Frugal Block is one of my favorite quilt blocks because it lends itself so well to chain piecing. It’s also a project that lends itself well to small bursts of time. I seem to have more small bursts of time than large expanses of time, so as a consequence, I have a bunch of these blocks…like hundreds of them…enough to make a king sized quilt with a bunch left over. But what really, really, scares me is the idea of quilting a king sized quilt or the expense of having one long arm quilted for me.

No Comments

Book Review – The Touch Of Fire By Linda Howard

Laurie Reads, Western Historical Romance April 26, 2017

This book reminded me a little of the old TV series Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. In the TV series, Dr. Michaela (known as Mike) Quinn moves from the posh world of Boston to a rough and randy frontier town in Colorado to practice medicine. The hero in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Byron Sully (known mostly as Sully on the show), was much softer and much less wounded (figuratively and otherwise) than the hero Rafe McCay in Linda Howard’s The Touch of Fire.

No Comments

The First Little Girl’s Top For Pine Ridge

A Finish!, Clothes Sewing, Crafting, Sewing April 24, 2017

One of the online charity crafting groups that I belong to, Sew For Kids Volunteers, has projects that they work on throughout the year. Members of the group are free to participate in the group projects or to make other things. I tend to skip around and do a lot of my own thing because for the most part I consider myself more of a quilter than seamstress, crocheter, or loom knitter…though since joining Sew For Kids Volunteers I’ve branched out from quilting into all of these other areas and am beginning to see myself more as an all around maker of things.

Anyway, the current project at Sew For Kids Volunteers is to make summer clothes for the children at Pine Ridge. I’m not much of a seamstress, but a while back I did sew some doll clothes that turned out pretty well. I figured if I could make doll clothes, then surely I could make people clothes too….

4 Comments