Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WIP Wednesday-- Still Plugging Away

I'm still plugging away on getting things worked on.

I am pleased with how the locker hook rug is coming along:

I got out the doll rugs to work on.  These go with the bedding sets that I am working on.   I am happy to be working on them again and hope to have some bedding sets made and up for sale in my etsy shop in the next few weeks.
While I was working though, the idea hit me to make a larger rug with the actual selvage strips.  There is a category at the state fair for creative uses of selvage.  I am thinking of making a full size rug to enter in next years fair.  I have divided up the selvage strips from the regular thin strips.

I started putting the Christmas yo-yo's together for the table topper.  That is moving along nicely working on them while I am out and about waiting on others.

 Last, but certainly not least, I put together 5 string quilt blocks using the rose with a touch of gold colors from the soscrappy blog scrap color challenge for September.  I love the way they came out.  I look forward to seeing what October's color will be.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
? sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt
Christmas yo-yo table topper/runner
St. Patricks yo-yo table topper/runner

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

nCrave SWAGO Starts Monday. September 26th!


What I love about Swagbucks is they offer tons of easy ways to earn SB, which are points that can be redeemed for free gift cards! SWAGO is their version of Bingo, and is a fun way to earn easy SB by completing tasks on their site.  This week they're running nCrave Swago which is just like regular Swago except all of the squares are nCrave activities to complete. Like regular Swago, complete as many nCrave Swago squares as you can to get the biggest SB Bonus possible. You’ll get a new nCrave Swago Board each day so come back each day to complete your nCrave Swago Board and claim your SB Bonus.You’ll want to read the following because nCrave Swago will work slightly different than regular Swago.
  • Starting Monday, September 26th at 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT through Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT head to your nCrave Swago Board and hit “Join”.
  • Each square on your nCrave Swago Board will contain an nCrave activity to complete.
  • Once you complete the nCrave activity in a particular square the square will change color signifying the nCrave activity is complete.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your nCrave Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and SB Bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern each day so choose wisely.
  • Each day you will have a NEW nCrave Swago Board which will appear at 12:01am PDT/3:00am EDT. This means that you must submit your nCrave Swago Board before 12:00am PDT/3:00am EDT each day to claim your SB Bonus. Yes, that means you will be able to submit your nCrave Swago Board 4 times, once each day.
  • The game ends Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT so make sure to come back to your nCrave Swago Board EACH DAY to complete nCrave activities and claim your SB Bonus.
If you aren't a member os Swagbucks yet, what are you waiting for?  You can join right HERE.




Friday, September 23, 2016

The Devil In Butterfly Wings by Mr. Wes Bundy



The Devil in Butterfly Wings is the 3rd book that I have read by Wes Bundy.

Quite the interesting read!  It's one of those books that you start to read and you don't want to put it down.  You have to know just what is going to happen next.  In fact, I do my reading in bed at night, and a couple of nights I stayed up way too late reading.  Finishing it, I was up most of the night!

Kathy and Steve are a well to do couple living in the burbs.  Their life seems pretty routine, and they haven't done anything but try to get along for many years.  Steve off work due to an accident so home all day, and Kathy off to work each day as the owner of her own company.

The sexy Tracy moves in across the street which piques Steve's interest because she loves to come out to get her newspaper early in the morning, most mornings completely nude.  Steve finds himself just watching her every morning.  She finally comes across the street and invites Steve and Kathy over for a get to know us BBQ.

Well, before the BBQ night Steve gets a call.  He finds that his wife has been brutally attacked and left in a liquor store parking lot.  She dies shortly after getting to the hospital.
The investigation of her homicide begins.  Things are found out about Kathy and her secret life that she's led for years.

This is a good mystery.  I normally do not read books, however, that are this sexually explicit along the way.  Tracy comes on to Steve, but also the life that Kathy had been leading.  Interesting, very interesting.

I don't want to give away the whole book!  I will say that I found myself disappointed by the way Mr. Bundy chose to end the book.  So much so that I laid awake in bed at least another hour asking myself why??  That's all I will say about it though, as I still sit and wonder as I write this.

If you enjoy an edge of your seat book, I highly recommend that you read this one.  I know several of my readers who do enjoy books just like this one.



I have reviewed Mr Bundy's other 2 books as well if you missed them:

Twice Betrayed by Wes Bundy -- A Review



Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday 9/21/16

I've mostly been working on and off when I had time on the Christmas yo-yo's.  Here is a picture of them laid out, but not in the pattern that I will put them together.

I managed a day to work on the string quilt blocks in the rose with a touch of gold colors for the soscrappy blog challenge.  Did get 5 made, but didn't get time yet to trim them.

Doesn't look like much, but at least it's something!  This next week shouldn't be near as busy as this past week for sure, so I am hoping for more to show you next week.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
? sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt
Christmas yo-yo table topper/runner
St. Patricks yo-yo table topper/runner

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

WIP Wednesday on Thursday

Ooops!  Hubby and  I spent yesterday at the Kansas State Fair.  It wasn't until late last night that I realized I hadn't done my WIP Wednesday post.

I didn't get a chance to work on the rose with a touch of gold string blocks for the soscrappy blog color challenge.  I hope to get out my sewing machine before next Wednesday and get some of those done.  I did get as far as getting through my scraps and getting the strips, batting, and backings cut.


I did get quite a few more of the Christmas yo-yo's made this past week.  They became my major project.  I hope by next Wednesday to have all of them made and started on making the runner with them.

I got out fabrics and cut and sewed together more strips for the lockerhook rug.  I still need more colors!

Friday evening was sit n' sew at the quilt shop.  I finally pulled out the Arkansas Crossroads quilt that I made my sit n' sew project again.  I now have 2 of the 10 rows done on it.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
? sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt
Christmas yo-yo table topper/runner
St. Patricks yo-yo table topper/runner

A day late I've probably missed my chance to link up, but here are the blogs that I link to:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WIP Wednesday -- Yo-yo's and a Rug

This past week I worked more on making the Christmas print yo-yo's.  I'm anxious now to finish making all that I can with the fabrics and seeing what size table topper or table runner I end up with.



I worked more on the rainbow colored locker hook rug.  Sorry that my picture is blurry.


This week's goal is to get more of the yo-yo's made.  Today's immediate goal is to get into my sewing/craft room and find more colors for the rug.  Also, this month's color with the soscrappy blog challenge is rose and gold.

How many of these things on my UFO list can I move to the finished list before the end of the year?

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
? sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt
Christmas yo-yo table topper/runner
St. Patricks yo-yo table topper/runner

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner
T-shirt toothbrush rug
7 sets of coasters
16 microwave hotpads
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WIP Wednesday--Some New Projects

Yes, you read that right, with all the UFO's that I already have, I started some new projects.
I've been wanting to get started making yo-yo's with the holiday fabric pieces in my stash.
We went on a camping trip, so I packed up those to work on while there.
I started with St. Patrick's Day, but soon realized that Christmas is what will come up next so switched to working on those fabrics.


I also worked more on the colored locker hook rug.  I am having a good time working on the rug again.  I think it's moving along nicely.  I do still have to find the other 8 colors of fabrics I need.

My plans this next week are to continue to work on just these 2 projects.  Of  course, you know me, my plans change often.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
? sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt
Christmas yo-yo table topper/runner
St. Patricks yo-yo table topper/runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIP Wednesday -- Still Working!

I feel like I have kept a good clip going with my sewing, quilting, and crafts.
This week I made 3 new sets of coasters as a completed project.

I took the strips from the left right center game at our guild's retreat and decided to use them to put together a tutorial on how to make a jelly roll type quilt and posted it on blogbourne.
You can check out the entire post if you would like:  http://www.blogbourne.com/how-to-make-a-jelly-roll-type-quilt/
I really planned on finishing it before guild on the 29th, but that is highly doubtful.

I put together what I could of purple string blocks.  Purple is the color this month with the soscrappy blog challenge.  Unfortunately I didn't have enough strips that were long enough for the size of blocks I am making.  I ended up sewing some strips together to get these 3 made.  Looking forward to next month and the next color to move on with these.

The blue and brown yo-yo project has turned into a work-on-the-go project.  Out and about a couple places this past week I did put on some more yo-yo's.  Only 10 more to put on to finish it.  I should make it priority this week to have a finish.  Sorry for the picture being blurry.

Finally, this week I pulled out the locker hook rug that I started some time ago.  Looks like I still need 8 more colors of fabrics to find, but there is more than enough to keep me busy working on it until then.

People wonder why I don't just work on one thing until it's done.  I wonder that myself, but I just have trouble sticking to just one thing.  It's like I get bored.  At least if I do keep working as I have been for the past month, things will eventually get done.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
? sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner
T-shirt toothbrush rug
7 sets of coasters
16 microwave hotpads
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Here's some things for you just for fun:
   

Friday, August 19, 2016

Swago Olympic Rings Game Starts Monday! Register Now!



Have the summer games ignited a competitive fire within you? Take that inspired feeling and channel it towards completing your Olympic Rings Swago board next week!

Swago is a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in Swago is a great introduction to the site because you can get extra bonuses for trying out all the activities as you complete your board.

If you didn’t participate in the last round of Swago, here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:

  • Starting Friday, August 19th head to your Swago Board and hit “Join” to pre-register. If you don’t hit “Join” you won’t get credit for completing the action items.

  • Swago will begin on Monday, August 22nd at 12:01am PDT/3:01am EDT, so sit tight and get ready.

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, earning SB in Surveys, or earning SB in nCrave.

  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.

  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.

  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.

  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

  • The game ends Monday, August 29th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.


If you are not a member of swagbucks yet, you will want to click HERE to join first!

If you are already a member of swagbucks simply click HERE to join the SWAGO game.


Twice Betrayed by Wes Bundy -- A Review



You may recall that some months back I reviewed the newest book by Wes Bundy, The Bus Bench.  If you missed it and would like to take a look you can find it HERE.
Mr. Bundy graciously sent me his other 2 books, of which one was Twice Betrayed.

In Twice Betrayed we meet Kathryn Northcutt.  She is the daughter of one of America's wealthiest families.  She has led a very sheltered life due to being kidnapped as a child.
Eric Ryan, a college student studying to be a pharmacist has a chance meeting with Kathryn when their Limo had a flat.

From that day forward he could think of nothing but her.  A few years pass and Eric is now a pharmacist.  It so happens that medicines need to be delivered to the Northcutt's mansion.  Eric is excited to be able to deliver the medicines.  He includes a note to Kathryn in hopes that she will see it.  He reminded her of their chance meeting with the flat tire.

Kathryn did indeed receive the note, which ensued to quite a long time of them emailing each other back and forth.  Finally they get to meet in person.  Her mother, who she hated, disapproved but daddy liked Eric quite well.

Eventually they marry despite her mother's protests, but by doing so, her mother kicks her out of the family.  She has to go from spoiled rotten rich and having servants do everything to being poor and having to do everything for herself.

There is a whole myriad of things that happen throughout the book, including the death of both of her parents and some very revealing things in her mothers journals.
So much is going on that it makes this one of those books that you hate to put down as you want to know just what is going to happen next.

I admit to not liking the ending much.  The ending itself is nice, but it left me with questions....who was N?  Just what did they find in daddy's safe?   I wonder if Mr. Bundy will enlighten me?

I look forward to also reading and reviewing his other novel, The Devil in Butterfly Wings, next.

I am highlighting all 3 of his books on amazon here:



Disclaimer:  I rec'd a copy of this book to review but was no compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.  Post does include affiliate links.
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