Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Another Lace Journal

I made this for a friend - she received it today, so now I can show it :)

Latest Art

I made these the day before my craft sale.


5x7 canvas

8.5x11 canvas

 8.5x11 canvas
 5x7 canvas

Book Review - The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

Publisher's Blurb:
Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith... until her twin brother joined the Colonial cause and ended up in jail. She longs to bring some measure of comfort to him in the squalid prison, but her faith forbids it. The Friends believe that they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. She is not allowed to visit him, even if she were able to secure a pass.
Jeremiah Jones, a Colonial spy, needs access to the jail to help rescue men important to the cause. Upon meeting Hannah, a plan begins to develop. Who would suspect a pious Quaker visiting a loved one?
But Jeremiah is unprepared for Hannah, for her determination to do right, to not lie. How can one be a spy and not lie? Hannah, in turn, is surprised by Jeremiah... for the way he forces her to confront her own beliefs, for the sensitivity and concern that he shows her despite the wounds he still carries.
In a time of war, can two unlikely heroes find the courage to act?

My Review: I found this book a little slow going in the beginning, but then it picked up for awhile. However, it seemed to get slow again and then completely fizzled out. I was disappointed because I liked this author's other books. This book just didn't seem to have a solid storyline. I found it wishy-washy (yes that is a technical term :)) I don't think I would recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Monday, 26 March 2012

Book Review - Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato

Publisher's blurb:
Massachusetts, 1815.
Will His Love Endure Once He Learns Her Secret?
Three years ago, Captain Brogan Talvis's late wife abandoned their son, leaving no clue as to the boy's whereabouts. After searching relentlessly, Brogan discovers his son was adopted by a New England shipbuilder. And the man's daughter, Lorena Huntley, acts as loving guardian to the child.
Lorena, who hides a dark truth, finds herself falling for the handsome captain and ex-privateer who's come to secure ownership of one of her father's ships. She's unaware of Brogan's own secret when another's deceit has her sailing toward Europe against her will.
Haunted by thoughts of Lorena in peril, Brogan is compelled to choose between the boy he longs for and the woman who has captured his heart.

My Review: I actually liked this book, wasn't sure I was going to because I had read another review that wasn't raving, so expected to be underwhelmed. It had its plot twists and was interesting enough to keep me reading - always a good sign. I liked the fact that given the era a father would go to so much trouble to find his child. Men we not paticularly hands-on parents back then.

I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Oh well 1st craft sale was a bust!

I sold 1 canvas (and that was to another vendor!)

The sale was not at a great location and not at all advertised.

There were barely more than a dozen people that came through, and many of them were MY friends & family :)

My sis H drove almost 2 hours to come spend the day & night with me.

My friend K drove about an hour to come visit.

My friend L and her husband come to visit and check out the show.

My brother G and sister inlaw L drove about an hour to come visit.

My nephew's girlfriend C came to check out the show & visit.

And my friend's daughter C came to help out (not that we were busy or anything) :)

It was more of a family reunion that a sale.

Although I have known my friend K for almost 8 yrs through a work from home contract we did together, and we speak on the phone often, I had only met her once in person - yesterday was the 2nd time. :)

I also hadn't seen my sis H for a few years and she has never been to our new (almost 5 yrs now) house.

All in all, it was a fun day with friends & family and I did make a few connections for possible future shows, so all is not lost.

I did not however, recoup my $25 table fee, oh well.

 Me in turquiose, friend L on scooter, sis H next to me, friend C next to her

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Removable/Reusable Lace Journal Covers

Two lace journal covers I have made for the sale on Saturday. I hope to make at least one more.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Some More Cards for Craft Sale

I have been making more cards for the craft sale next Saturday.

Here is what I have. They are simple cards & blank inside.

Monday, 12 March 2012

And Still More Art for Craft Sale

Less than 2 weeks to go till the craft sale.

I made myself some business cards for the sale.

Here are some more stuff I have made to sell.

Cute canvas for the bathroom

 Zentangle card & envelope

 Another zentangle card & envelope

 Cut up zentangle card
 Note cards w/handmade envelopes - set of 4

 Note cards tied up
 Faux metal box - this is created with metal tape 
for ductwork, die cut gears, mesh drywall tape 
and black & brown craft paints

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Book Review - Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

Publisher's Blurb:
He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai's father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if she makes a promise in return--to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai's womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain, lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram's patience last?

Combining in-depth research and vivid storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai in this remarkable story of love, jealousy, and undaunted faith.

My review: Well this book seems to be based on the one Bible story I know - I haven't read much of the Bible but am familiar with this story. And I must say, the author hasn't added much to it by creating a novel from it.

I found it very slow reading and not at all engaging. And then of course there is the believability factor - not that that is the author's fault, I found it hard to believe when I read it in the Bible too.

Not my cup of tea - I wouldn't recommend it - and for those that are devout, you probably already know the story, this book doesn't make it better.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Friday, 2 March 2012

More Art for Craft Sale

 Click on image for latrger view.

So I've made 4 more dictionary flower prints. I have to buy matts for these.

4 tea cup pin cushions

I have also worked on a couple more canvases.


Also, another victorian lace journal, but this one is a removable/reusable cover on a dollarstore spiral journal.

I also have some works in progress.

Wooden boxes
 This metal look one is inspired by RachO113 on Youtube

 Old book pages
 Distress ink & stencil

Inspirational canvas