Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

YBC Book Review - Counting On A Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Y'all know I love to read, and I enjoy most every genre.  Even fictional romance.  And Debra Clopton's latest book in her Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series did not totally disappoint.

"Counting on a Cowboy" is sort of a continuation of the first book "Betting on Hope".  (You can read my review on that book here.)  

Counting on a Cowboy is about Bo Monahan, the middle brother on the Four of Hearts Ranch family.  Abby Knightly moves to the small town of Wishing Springs to hopefully start a new life after a great tragedy almost destroys her life.  In this book, you'll once again meet all the interesting characters that make up the town of Wishing Springs, and this time Debra has expanded on their lives also, so there is more to keep your attention.  I don't want to spoil the story so I'll leave it for you to discover yourself.  But I can tell you it follows the normal romance novel script...
girl is in crisis,
boy meets girl,
boy chases girl,
girl fall for boy,
then they both ride off into the sunset.

I do have to say that I will probably not read the 3rd book of this series, but mostly because I find romance novels too light reading.  It took me longer than normal to read this book, not because it wasn't good, but because it was predictable.  No cliff hangers.  No big drama.  Nothing that kept me up at night wondering what was coming next.  
With that being said, I still give this 4 stars, because while I may not read it again, doesn't mean that you won't like it.  My sister loved Harlequin Romance novels....she devoured them.  And I know that she would have totally enjoyed this book.

Until next time, pick up a book and run away to another world.

Be blessed,

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, September 21, 2015

This Is Me...All Over The Place

I love doing arts and craft shows.
Cramming everything in my van.
Setting up all my displays.
Discovering what I forgot.
Sitting in the southern heat.
Needing a "break", and finding my daughter has decided to take a walk and scope out the competition.

But my most favorite part?
Visiting with old friends (fellow vendors).
And making new friends (customers).
Lots of them. 

So here is where you can find me locally for the next few months.

The Evening Farmers Market in historic downtown Statesville, North Carolina.
We open every Thursday from 4 to about 6 from April through October.
This is such a great group of people, the farmers, the live entertainment, our balloon guy, and of course, our customers. 

Next up, on October 3rd, I'll be at the October Fall Vendor Expo at the Statesville Rec Center.  This is a charity event for a local teen who is battling cancer.

On October 17th, I will (hopefully) be at the Taylorsville Apple Festival.
I say hopefully because I haven't received my vendor packet yet.  But this is a very large festival.  I did it about 15 years ago, and I would love to get back into it.

And lastly,
This is my second year with this show, and my third show with this promoter.
Now I know that you can't have a show without crafters and artists, but I also firmly believe that it's the promoter that can make or break a show.  And Melissa Friend is an amazing promoter.  Concerned about her vendors, and works tirelessly to spread the word.  I just love her. :0)

So, there you have it.
And here you can find me.

How about you?  
What are some your your favorite shows, to participate or just visit?

Be blessed,

Friday, September 18, 2015

The CraftStar Catalog

The CraftStar has started something new a few months ago - 
And this week, I am a part of it with my 

This is a lightweight scarf that measures a full 58" long, so you can wear in long, or double it for a fuller look.  It's created with a soft metallic yarn that shimmers when you move, so it would look amazing paired with a black dress for your festive holiday office party.  Plus, I am almost finished with a matching clutch (just need to sew in the lining) to complete your look.

Here are two of my favorite items from this weeks catalog...

I love the Southwest look, especially any turquoise.  So when I saw these beads, I was ready to snatch them up.  But guess what?
I love it!  Little rock shaped pieces of soap created to look like real turquoise, right down to the gold veins.
You'll find this at Rock Hound Soap.

Speaking of beads, all creatives need supplies.  And I have to admit that beads are a weakness of mine. (Along with paint and yarn, lol)
So I have to share these incredible glow-nouveau mirage beads.  (Think mood beads of the 70's).
These change color as they get warm - or cold.  So much fun!  Find them at Poppie's Beads N More.

There is more to be seen in The CraftStar Catalog...and even more on The CraftStar site.
So go get your shopping on!!!

Be blessed,

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

YBC Book Review - The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

I finished reading "The Gracekeepers" by Kirsty Logan, but I have to tell you, this story is never really  finished for me.  I enjoyed it so much, the story just wrapped itself around my heart.  It is one of those stories that just lives inside you, evoking emotions and making it hard to put down.

The story is captivating and inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairy tales, but it could also be about our world. In Gracekeepers, there are two worlds, two peoples, those who live on land, and those who live on the oceans, with hints of those who may live in the oceans. Callendish lives on a small island, alone, overseeing funerals, when she meets North who works on a circus boat. And once their lives meet, their worlds change. You feel that their paths were destined to cross from even before their birth.  I don't want to spill the beans, but I do highly highly recommend this book for all those who love fantasy.

Kirsty Logan's writing style is ethereal, and misty, perfect for this story. You don't just read this book, you feel it. And when you're done...the story stays with you.  I was amazed when I discovered that this is her debut novel, she is truly a talented storyteller.  She has definitely become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to her next novel.  
I so enjoyed this book, I know I will be reading it again. And again.

I give this book 5+++ stars.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.*

Be blessed,