I have completed another one! I do not know what i will do with all of these but i enjoy doing them. Hope you enjoy looking at it. Hopefully, it will soon be hanging in my home.
A Lady Never Lies – Julianna Grey
I really enjoyed this book. Three women and three men set out for a vacation and an escape from their lives. The men are taking a break from the sins of the world especially women. The women are choosing for intellectual pursuits and one to escape a husband. Somehow they both end up in the same residence and Mr. Burke and Alexandra have a connection and a shared interest of horseless carriages. Well written and funny with lovable characters. I am taking a guess but her next two books A Gentleman Never Tells and Duke Never Yields are also about this same event but from the point of two other couples. I am waiting eagerly for A Duke Never Yields as there were some very funny scenes of the duke, one for example covered in chicken feathers that I dearly wish to be explained. A fun read and a wonderful first novel.
Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley -
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story is gripping and pulls at you with its haunting allure. It starts out with an author named Carrie taking a detour road along the coast of Scotland on her way to meet her agent. Something about an old castle by the sea seems familiar, it draws her in and a story begins to form of a young woman who travels to stay with relatives after the death of her family. Carrie rents a cottage nearby so that she can continue to be inspired by the castle and the ocean. She meets a man, the son of the owner of the cottage who in his own right can play the hero. As she writes and checks her facts she begins to notice that nothing is wrong. Dates, times, people’s names it’s all the same almost as if the soul of the young woman is telling her the story. So beautifully written and all the little details all wind together to tell a story of love so hauntingly beautiful it holds you until the very end.
The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court – Michelle Moran
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from http://www.goodreads.com/
A story about Marie-Louise who after Emperor Napoleon divorces Josephine becomes his second wife. This novel follows the time that Marie-Louise is married off to Napoleon until his final exile to Elba. This is a well written story from three separate viewpoints one from Marie- Louise, Pauline (Napoleon’s Sister) and Paul (a favored servant to Pauline). It was a fun and interesting read and I was not able to put it down. It was interesting to see the dynamic portrayed between Napoleon, his sister, and Paul. Though i do prefer her other books to this one not in content but in its smoothness. It was over all a good read and I recommend it to anyone who likes books about Napoleon or Michelle Moran’s other books.
I was in the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon the other day and ran across some adorable fabrics all cut in to 42 5 inch squares. They are perfect for little quilts or using for some fun design. There are only one or two duplicates in the group. They also have pre cut in 10 inch squares with many different themes these were just the two i liked and brought home.
The Papillon Charms from Moda Fabrics
The Rouenneries Deux By Moda Fabrics.
So I thought I would share some of my older projects.
Quilt #1 – My first attempt. I just picked some fabrics out and gave it a go. It was bound with sage green and has a royal blue back which has a slight pattern to it and is actually the darker blue square to Quilt #2.
Then I have some Cross Stitches I have done in the past. The 1st one I did was the Christmas Queen it was more difficult than I had anticipated. There are metallic threads, beads, Fluffy threads, as well as being my first cross stitch in about 13 years (I am 26) So it gives you some idea.
The second, I picked a simple pattern of a mom and baby that I could maybe use as a gift or keep.
The third, the two girls by the tree is another fun one. It was a gift for my mother; she picked it out to be a pillow for her bedroom. It was beads, dyed silk. It was a very fun one to do and not too hard.
A few months ago I made my first quilt. It was a simple block square quilt. SO for #2 I decided to go a bit more complicated and more fun color wise. So I designed these rainbow 9 square blocks with a cream boarder that will be the width of each little square.
This picture shows a small sample of the backing I think I will use. The border will be a chocolate brown I think. Either a rich brown or a dark brown. I have not decided yet. This looks good so far the hard part will be the next which is making sure that I square each block as I attach the cream strips on the sides to make a row.
Well i reread both The Betrayal of the Blood Lily and The Orchid Affair today
The Orchid Affair was a deeper novel of spies as we follow Laura Grey as an undercover spy/governess. It is more involved than the other books where the story is more about the relationships and someone working on their own as a spy. This book is about someone trained at the Selwick Spy School going on a mission, her first mission to be exact. I really enjoyed the fact that she reported to others and was living the spy life rather than the clumsy bumbling of Charlotte or Amy. Not to detract brilliance from them but this book was more intriguing in the spy aspect and well plotted. I enjoyed it thoroughly and the Eloise side of the story was good as it always is. Eloise is in Paris and has an obsession with marzipan pigs. Clever and witty with lots of laugh out loud moments and others where you’re reading as quickly as you can to find out what is happening next.
I received my advanced reading copy of The Orchid Affair today. It is lovely; the back is a perfect color and goes with the wax seal on the front. I will review it with no spoilers when I get a chance. I have a whole pile of new books I am going to be reading soon, and though the arc is at the top of my desire to read list, my OCD will not let me until I finish rereading. At this point I have reread all but the Blood Lilly and am currently catching up on Tasha Alexander’s books as her new novel came out today and it will be here tomorrow. So the order goes
Dangerous to Know – Tasha Alexander
The Orchid Affair – Lauren Willig
Evelina -Frances Burney
The Mischief of the Mistletoe- Lauren Willig
The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
Beauvallet- Georgette Heyer
Silent in the Grave- Deanna Rayburn
I have started working for Blackledge Furniture and I love it. The training is very intense; it will be 6 weeks from the date of starting to the time when I can even think of being on the floor and selling. I am learning about the construction of furniture from the frames, cushions, springs, padding, mattress types, and woods and how to recognize them by sight, and fabrics. It is all very detailed and it’s nice to see that when I walk out on the floor to explore and use what I have learned that I see it and can understand it. I am still having a hard time distinguishing mahogany and cherry woods. I am getting along well with the other employees and have gone from lecture to now a self regulated study. We are still training with an online system and videos but we can choose what we do first.
The next big step will be learning details about the different furniture product lines and I thought it was going to be a horrible task but it is not bad at all. It is more about getting a good idea about what each vendor offers and how to find what you are looking for in catalogs and pricing them out. So far I have gone over Flexsteel, and started one book of Ashley upholstered furniture.
One thing I have learned is that most fabrics though pretty are super easy to damage and the ones that are not are either so rough or not attractive. The company offers a protection which coats the fabric in a protective layer without compromising the fabric and it helps repel stains and keep pet’s kids and life from snagging bits of thread. Thought that was a great idea.
I have also looked at all my furniture and so far I have a polyester twill Flexsteel couch and is a typical Lawson style. It has two basic recliners and wood accents that are not solid pieces and I want to say it is a dark stained oak. Anyways time to do something other than furniture for an hour.
I have been rereading
The Secret History of The Pink Carnation
The Country Gentleman
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
The Deception of the Emerald Ring
Currently: Only to Deceive
Lots of good books coming soon!!