Archive | October, 2016

A Book Review-A Lady Unrivaled

18 Oct

A Lady Unrivaled is the third book in the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna M. White.  It takes place in the early 1900s and continues the story of the Fire Eyes-a very rare set of red diamonds.
Lady Ella Myerston has heard stories from her friends and family about the diamonds, and is determined to find out as much as possible about them-where they are, where they came from, and how to protect her family from those that will do anything to steal them.
Lord James Cayton is doing his best to make up for past mistakes and raise his small daughter, but soon he is drawn against his will into an intricate scheme to seize the jewels.
Will Lady Ella be able to protect her family, and can Lord James ever forgive himself for the mistakes of his past?  And will he be able to save those he cares about most without repeating those same mistakes?
My thoughts: I really liked this book.  It is my favorite out of the three books, and I really enjoyed the addition of Kira Belova to the cast of characters.  The Russian culture and influence added a lot of depth to the plot line.  The richness of the character development really left me wondering what the characters were going to do, and added to the suspense of the story.  Definitely a well-written and fun read-especially if you enjoy Downton Abbey-type stories.  This is not a series you can start in the middle however, and I highly recommend starting with book one if you don’t want to get confused!
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy to read-I enjoyed it!

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Card Monday

17 Oct

This week, I am playing along with this Color Throwdown challenge to use lime green, aqua and gray:

Here is my card:
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The stamp is Penny Black, and I used a mix of Sharpies and Spectrum Noir markers to color in the image.  I also added some Wink of Stella to the white sections.  I added Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillsides to the background for interest, and lots of Stickles for the snow.  🙂

Pinterest Thursday-Moon Sand

13 Oct

I found some kinetic sand molds on clearance at Michaels, and it spurred me on to try this moon sand recipe from Pinterest.
It was SO easy-just flour and baby oil.  I gave a bowl to each kid, and sent them outside.  I am so glad I did, as it was SUPER messy.  Like clothes-straight-into-the-wash messy.
I don’t normally like messy things (HELLO playdough!) but I have to admit that even I went out and played with this stuff.  It was fun.  🙂

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Next time I want to try the moon sand 2.0 recipe.  I already bought the sand, and I am hoping it will be less messy than the first one!  🙂

Wednesday Words

12 Oct

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Birthday Card and Bookmark

11 Oct

I have been making quite a few cards lately, so I thought I had better start sharing them before I start posting Christmas cards in November!
Here is the birthday card I made for my daughter:
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The stamps are Mama Elephant (sentiment) and Lawn Fawn (unicorn.)  I used a Lawn Fawn cloud die and some rainbow stickers as well.  The images are colored with Spectrum Noir and Sharpie markers.  It looked a little plain when I finished, so I just edged the sentiment and outside edges with a marker.
I had actually made a different card to start with, but JUST as I was finishing it, I smudged black ink in three places.  Ugh.  SO, rather than waste it completely, I turned the good part into a bookmark:
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At least it wasn’t wasted, right?  🙂

Card Monday

10 Oct

I have been having so much fun making cards the past few days.  World Card Making Day really got me inspired last weekend!  🙂
Here’s a fall circle card for today:
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The stamps, dies and papers are all Lawn Fawn-I am really enjoying the fun goodies I have been getting from them lately!  🙂
I am submitting this card to this Lawnscaping Challenge:

And also this one at the Simon Wednesday Challenge:
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Wednesday Words

5 Oct

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