book reviews

A Good Read: Winter in Madrid

By on January 6, 2009

imagedbI promised months and months ago to start keeping a book log on here and it totally didn’t happen. Maybe I’ll have better luck this year! I’ve been taking a bit of an embroidery hiatus and started trying to do some reading again. I picked up this book at the library just based on the cover and title really. I read a bit of the inside flap and being a historical fiction buff, I thought I would give it a try.

It honestly took me about the first 40-50 pages to really get into it, but after that I seriously could not put it down. It is set in Spain during the early years of World War II and after the Spanish Civil War. It is basically the story of how 4 lives are just intertwined, irregardless of their political beliefs. A little bit suspense, little history and little love story all in one. It is a pretty big book though at 300 some pages. I really loved it. It was smart and really refreshing and I truly learned a lot about Spain too!

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Saving Handmade

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I can’t say that I’m really on the up and up with this yet, but I’ve been reading it on the blogs for a while now.  Amy Karol at Angry Chicken has a great explanation of what’s going on with all the toy regs and also some links to help sign petitions and send letters to congressmen and senators. I’ve never actually done anything like that until today.

Something about putting regulations on the whole handmade generation that is coming up just hits me totally the wrong way. There are so many awesome crafters out there, moms and dads who are contributing to the rise of better, quality toys, that it seems so incredibly wrong to punish them because of all the crap that comes from China.

Check it out and do your part if you feel so inclined!

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My First Tutorial: A Leapster Bag

By on January 4, 2009

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My little Rooster got a Leapster for Christmas and my first project this new year was to create a bag for him to carry it in, along with all the games. I got the crazy idea I would make a tutorial to go along with it. I think I got in a bit over my head and honestly don’t know if this will make sense to anyone, but here goes!

Here is the link to my flickr set with directions.

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Tutorial Links

By on January 1, 2009

Happy New Year and I’ve already marked one big project off my resolutions list…the tutorial links page.

My bookmarks for tutorials was getting a bit out of hand, so I decided to just post them all as a seperate page on my blog in lists. Hopefully this will be a better reminder of things that I would love to make and also, in some way, hold me accountable to making them.

If there was one sewing resolution that I would make for myself this year, it would be to learn how to quilt. Obviously the main reason is to learn how to make Little Chick’s quilt!

Enjoy!

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Loving the Child Who is Most Like Me

By on December 31, 2008

It has been nearly two years to the date that I had my second child and quit my full time job. While transition for my little Chick was easy, the transition for my first child was a little harder. He had been in some form of full time care (at least during the school year) since he was 8 weeks old and while we had summers off together, it was a limited time and usually really full (our first summer together we ended up moving states!)

It’s been a rather tumultuous time. We’ve had some really, really special times together since I’ve been home full time, but there have also been some of the hardest times with him I’ve ever had. I have blamed this trouble on so many things: his age, the mere change of being home all the time, his preschool etc. And while those surely played a role, a wise friend revealed to me one day that the struggle is because he is exactly like me.

We butt heads and struggle with each other so much because he is me in personality. We are both very independent, focused (don’t disturb us!), strong willed and sensitive (dealing with criticism is something I’ve had to learn to respect) kind of people. While this was brought to my attention many months ago, it’s been so heavy on my heart the last few weeks.

So as I’ve struggled with him and with loving him well, it’s just been so hard. It is like loving unconditionally and dealing with all the parts of me that are so sinful. The pride, the selfishness, the strong will, the need to be “right.” When he is sassing off to me, it is hard because he is slamming my sinful nature right back in my face! And so it is hard to find that restraint, that mercy, with my immediate defensiveness.

If there was one major resolution for this new year, it would be that the Lord would show me how to love this child, so like me, well.

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