WIP Wednesday – Episode 40 – Into The Jungle & A New Start

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m taking a little bit of a break from blogging & social media. No particular reason except that I felt I needed to step away from the digital world and focus on a few other things in my life for a while. However, I still want to keep up with my weekly stitching update, for my own purpose as well as sharing with other stitchers, so here is what I’ve been stitching since last Wednesday.

The April block for 2018 Into The Jungle SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery was released on the first of the month and this adorable Tiger is just too cute for words. I was able to finish the block and work some more on the top border, before putting the piece away.

Also, this month I have strayed from my original plans. I did intend to have a new start, but, I’m not starting the piece I had planned. I have been itching this week to work on another Mill Hill kit. So I decided to pull out Moonstuck. This is a larger kit than the magnets I have been doing and I originally, intended to work this piece in September/October, but I just really wanted to start it now. So perhaps it will be fully finished and able to display as part of my fall/Halloween decorations.

Here’s a look at my first few stitches:

Well, that’s my stitching update. Make sure you check back next week to see how everything is going.

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are a random TV show or movie quotes. Basically, the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.

This past weekend, we had a lovely message at church on faith, and I decided to continue to meditate on that throughout the week.

Here’s the roundup for the week of April 9-13, 2018:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board:

WIP Wednesday – Episode 39

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have been slowly working on my Spring cleaning list. Monday I tackled my washing machine, and yesterday it was the fridge. Now, my Spring cleaning is probably not as deep a cleaning as others, because of my back injury and subsequent chronic pain, I have to break my tasks down and keep them as simple as possible. None the less, I still feel the rejuvenation of having a refreshed home going into the warmer weather. As for stitching this week, I made progress on my Sugar Skull Stormtrooper over the weekend. Here is a start/end shot of my progress:

On Monday, I switched to my Into The Jungle SAL. The release for this month is an adorable tiger which is stitching up very quickly.

There are only two more colors left for the tiger and then I can continue to work on the borders until I switch projects next week.

Well, that’s my stitching this week, thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are a random TV show or movie quotes. Basically, the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.
Our daily thoughts this week were originally composed by Billy Graham, who died on February 21st at the age of 99. Billy Graham is the most famous evangelical preachers in world and became known as America’s Pastor. If you’d like to learn more about Billy Graham, you can read a brief biography here.
Here’s the roundup for the week of April 2-6, 2018:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board:
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Bibliophile Confessions – A Review Of The Ghost & Mrs. McClure

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Ghost & Mrs. McClure is a delightful cozy mystery centering on the main character of Penelope Thornton-McClure. A survivor of the harsh publishing world, Penelope makes the life-changing decision to leave New York City with her son Spencer, and, using the life insurance money from her husband’s death, becomes co-owner of her aunt’s independent bookshop in a small town in Rhode Island.

Determined to save the bookshop from closing and create a simpler life for herself and her son, Penelope sinks all her money into renovating the bookshop and preparing for their first major event, a book signing, with a very popular author. Two things occur on this momentous night for the bookshop, first the author drops dead in front of everyone and second, the bookshop’s resident ghost makes himself known to Penelope.

As the story unfolds, it seems the author’s death is the result of foul play with the bookshop suspiciously benefiting from the sensationalized turn of events. Penelope, just as a heroine should, takes the reins and decides to attack each problem head on. Realizing that she is not insane and accepting that she was, in fact, communicating with the ghost of Jack Sheppard, a PI who was murdered in that very bookstore back in 1949, our bookshop sleuth embraces her inner PI and with the help of Jack she unwinds the yarns of lies and deception to uncover the murder and prevent someone, including herself, from being falsely convicted.

This is the first book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series by Alice Kimberly, which is the pen name used by Cleo Coyle to write the series. Furthermore, Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym used by the husband and wife team of Alice Alfonso and Marc Cerasini to write the Coffeehouse Mystery series. This was the main reason I wanted to read this book, as I am a huge fan of the Coffeehouse books.

Now, I am a fan of the Haunted Bookshop series; I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. True of the genre, I think, this book was a quick read as well as a good read. The mystery of the story was intriguing, but not so convoluted that you kept losing track of what was happening. This book introduced us to some wonderful characters, whom I hope make repeated appearances in further installments. Particularly, I love Penelope’s son, Spencer. Although he didn’t have a major role in this first book, his precocious nature leads me to think he might, in fact, have the sleuthing bug like his mom, and maybe even the ghost talking bug, too.

While I could definitely pick up on a few similarities in writing style between the two series, there is definitely a different tone to this Haunted Bookshop story. The plot is advanced at a decent rate and our heroine has the necessary obstacles to overcome in order to resolve the situation, but not so much that we lose faith in her ability. At first, I thought Penelope was going to be a doormat, especially after the interaction with the councilwoman and the history with her in-laws, but it turns out that she is one of the quietly strong ones. A woman who prefers peace and tranquility, but if push comes to shove, she turns into a warrior. All in all this book was a very good read and I would recommend putting it on your TBR pile, especially if you are a fan of the cozy mystery genre.

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WIP Wednesday – Episode 38 – Fully Finished Lucky Day

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life and I hope you had a very blessed Easter weekend for those who celebrated. This week has been a bit hectic transitioning from our week away to the holiday weekend. But I did manage to get some stitchy time here and there.

Here’s a look at Lucky Day from Mill Hill, which I was able to bead and fully finish this past week.

These kits really are so enjoyable, I can’t believe I am just now experiencing the joy of them. Lucky Day makes my third Mill Hill kit finish, all magnets.

There has also been time to work on my Sugar Skull Stormtrooper. This piece is very relaxing, I think because of the monochromatic pattern, but also the geometry of the pattern is pleasing to my eye as it comes together.

I’d like to keep working on my Stormtrooper until I finish this upper right section, then I’ll switch off to Into The Jungle SAL. The tiger that was released this month is adorable.

Well, that’s my stitching this week, and seeing as March is over now, here’s a look at what I stitched in March.

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are a random TV show or movie quotes. Basically, the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.

This week, as we prepare for Easter in our house, I am meditating on what it means to have compassion. It is said that Jesus’ sacrifice was because He had great compassion for us. What does it truly mean to have great compassion for others and to live compassionately, that is what I would like my life to reflect.

Here’s the roundup for the week of March 26-30, 2018:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board: