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Friday, September 30, 2011

A Handwoven Hand Towel 9/11

Here are some photos from my latest project.  It is not without mistakes unforunately...but I still think it turned out nicely.



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tracy's Hair Salon Logo!

Here are two designs that I created for Tracy's Hair Studio... She picked the black based design... but I love them both!


PLease note that both designs are my original work, please do not copy.  Thank you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos


Night of the Living Dead Christian

Matt Mikalatos



Werewolves, mad scientists, vampires and zombies and Christians… you can find them all in Matt Mikalatos’ new book Night of the Living Dead Christian. The story revolves around Matt, a mad scientist named Dr. Culbetron, his robot assistant Hibbs 3000, and a werewolf named Luther. They team up to help Luther to conquer his werewolf side. They are also running from the werewolf hunter - Borut. So will there find the answer for Luther? Will Luther be rescued from life as a werewolf? You will have to read it to find out.

In this allegory, the monsters represent types of people…and the journey is one we all find ourselves in. Some of us are zombies, some of us are robots, some of us are vampires or another monster, and some of us have been rescued. This story has humor in it, appeals to those of us who love fiction and monsters, and attempts to provide an answer for monsters who want to be changed.

I really enjoyed the chapters in which Luther the werewolf addresses the reader. Mikalatos wrote proficiently and profoundly. I think these few chapters were the most well written of the book. I especially enjoyed the ending which you will have to read for yourself. On the other hand, the rest of the book, I found myself wanting to skip sentences or paragraphs to get to the ‘good’ part, and often times I was lost as to where they were at in a time frame. I would like to have had better transitions. I would also have liked more in depth description and idea development. This book is on the lighter side, which I believe is it’s intent, but I think it could have gone deeper.

I did like the monster guide at the back, and the book was a good read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes monsters… and allegories .


This book was provided by Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman



The Wonder of Your Love

Beth Wiseman

Thomas Nelson Publishers

The Wonder of Your Love is the second book in the “Land of Canaan” series centering around the Amish. Community in Canaan, Colorado. The main character is Katie Ann, a widow at 40 and mother to a new son. She faces life after the abandonment of her husband and his subsequent death. She has the support of an outgoing English woman, Martha, who lives amongst the community without converting. But this story is a romance…. When Eli, a widower with 6 grown children, comes to visit his family in the community, he meets Katie and the story revolves around this storyline along with a few other supporting but lightly developed plots (which I hope she will add to in further books).

This story is a very enjoyable read, with engaging characters and a predictable outcome. I read this book over two evenings, and the author kept me intrigued throughout. I would have read it in one evening, but I ran out of time! I would have loved more development of the side plots the author introduced involving the character of Martha. Overall I would give recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and the Amish…..

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Hardest Thing to Do by Penelope Wilcock


Step back in time and into a medieval monastery, and step into the relationships and challenges that a group of priests and novitiates face within that community. This fourth installment of Ms. Wilcock’s Hawk and Dove series is a wonderfully written novel that again takes you back in time to a Benedictine monastery in medieval England. The book begins with the journey of the newly installed Abbott to St. Alcuin’s and takes you on the journey that the whole community faces when they take in an adversary of Peregrine’s ( the prior Abbott). This is a book filled with relationship and struggle. I found myself smiling to myself at times, struggling with the monks at times, and hoping for certain resolutions….. Was I disappointed? By far not.

I do recommend that a new reader to this series pick up the prior books and read them. They are beneficial to understanding some of the nuances….but this book can stand on its own as well. I really appreciated the Liturgical calendar, the monastery day schedule, and the list of characters.

One thing that I have missed in this book and the previous, is the mother telling her daughter the stories of the monastery. I loved how she integrated the two.

Overall, I think this book and the whole series is a work that I recommend to anyone, especially those who love historical fiction. It is a book that anyone can relate to, which makes it even more appealing.


This book was provided by Crossway for review, and I was not required to give a positive review. The review is my opinion.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NIght Night Blessings by Amy Parker

Simple, colorful and cute. This little book for kids has simple little prayers to read along with beautiful color illustrations. The little girl gives thanks for the little things in her life… like for mommy’s kisses, bubble baths, snuggling into bed, and even doggy licks! The little prayers rhyme and will draw your little one’s attention. It’s not too long , so children’s attention won’t wander. It is a great little book for 6 mo’s through 3+ years old. I even think my 5 year old will like it.

I read this in the eBook format for Kindle, and I would have preferred it as a board book. Fortunately I have a desktop eBook reader and was able to see the illustrations in color. I would love to have had the option in an eBook, to have the writing in the illustration and to read it horizontally. Color isn’t as important as seeing the illustrations. On the reader, the illustrations are too small to catch a child’s attention like they would in a board book. There is one error in the eBook when she snuggles into bed… there is a p in front of into. It doesn’t detract from the story at all.



This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hermie A Common Caterpillar



Hermie a Common Caterpillar

Max Lucado

Tommy Nelson Publishers

Hmmmm….. Are you common? Do you wonder if God has a special plan for you? Max Lucado has created another fabulous book for children. This is the story of Hermie the caterpillar, a common caterpillar, who wonders why God made him common. He sees other creatures of God and compares himself to them. But Hermie, who talks to God and trusts Him, has something special awaiting…. You’ll have to read it to see it!

I read this book as an eBook…I debated between the two formats, but because my bookshelf is getting full, I chose this format. This book captures the struggle we all have with comparing ourselves with others and asking why God? It puts the struggle into a beautiful story and great format for kids to learn that God is not done with them yet, and that we need to trust Him to fulfill His plan in our lives.

Since this is an eBook, I can’t comment on the color! But the illustrations are wonderful and appropriate. The only thing I would comment on this format, is that sometimes there are pages without illustrations, which wouldn’t happen in a print book.

I highly recommend this book, in either format, for you and your children. I think we adults need to read stories like this regardless of the reading level or maybe because of it! My children really enjoyed the story…They love all of Max’s books….and this one is no different.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Surprised by Oxford A Memoir by Carolyn Weber

Surprised by Oxford

A Memoir

Carolyn Weber

Thomas Nelson

This is an excellent memoir that describes the spiritual journey of a young woman who is pursuing her Masters in Literature at Oxford. She takes a spiritual journey from agnosticism to faith, from darkness to enlightenment in the midst of an academic culture against faith in Christ. Her writing is reflective of her major. She writes descriptively and uses a scholar’s vocabulary plus a few non scholarly words in appropriate circumstances. She meets some great Christian academics whose maturity in Christ help her along the way. There is a little romance thrown in to the story as well, but the true romance is in finding the relationship with Jesus.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I debated on whether or not to read it, but I would have missed an excellent book if I had not. There were times I laughed, and there were other times that made me think. I often found myself highlighting things that made me think or see God’s Word and Works in a new light. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I would also recommend it to book group wanting a book to delve into and discuss. I think that it can fill that niche.



This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.