Tuesday – triumphant finishing! {quilt}

Creative Springs Bright Owls Quilt

I know I should wait for a Friday Finished post. But I’m too excited I have to share. My mom found a panel and fabric coordinates and I added borders and made it giant babbie (aka blankie) or small quilt for my friend Jen’s baby. I hope she’ll like it. I’m not jealous after spending all this time with the softness of the fabrics! If you’re curious. Something on sidelines that I do from time to time is personalized baby gifts, or just any gifts (embroidery, sewing and the like). I can also make winter scouting vests… and I have … Continue reading

Brambly Hedge – The Complete Brambly Hedge


The mice of Brambly Hedge have been delighting adults and children alike for more than thirty years. All eight of the classic picture books are brought together in this exquisite volume.

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Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters is in stores now!


Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy, Shannon Hale returns to Miri’s enchanting world.

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Rebel Queen: The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran


From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.

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Princess Academy: Palace of Stone is in stores now!


Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy with its best-selling sequel—freshly repackaged in paperback!

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The washing machine died. Laundry is not quite finished. Oh and did I mention tomorrow is diaper laundry day? Like this:Like Loading…

The Berenstain Bears Please & Thank You Book

Please & Thank You Book

In The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The shorter story length and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines. Ages 2 to 5.

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Princess Academy re-released with a fresh cover!

princess academy

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestselling book—now with a gorgeous new cover!

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Janam Kundlis {Michelle Moran Guest Post} for Rebel Queen

Janam Kundl CMMi

With every book I write, I discover something about the culture I’m researching which completely blows me away, often because it’s so unusual and something I’ve never encountered before. In the case of my book, Rebel Queen, set in India during the British invasion, the concept of Janam Kundlis struck a chord with me, particularly since Janam Kundlis very nearly played a role in my own life and my marriage to my husband, who is Indian. Also known as an astrological chart, a Janam Kundli is made by a priest for each child in India. No one is sure when … Continue reading


Peter Spier books as ebooks

What do you think?


So OrangeBlossom is okay. She stopped by about 11:15, slept and woke ravenous at 1:35. She kept down crackers and cereal and drank a whole water bottle over the next few hours. AppleBlossom spent the afternoon glossy-eyed and I was wary but she never got sick in the same way. Today both girls claimed to be sick but had fits of hyperactivity and no one was activity I’ll. Almond is still working on his top right front tooth and now I see evidence of the bottom two front teeth as well. And he’s acting like it. Oh and at 10:30 … Continue reading


Sick three year old

We’ve been snowed and iced in on our hill. The Enginerd has braved driving on the snow so he’s gone to work for a few hours at a time. But I think he brought home a bug. OrangeBlossom was not awake when I went in and woke up (odd). She is extremely pale (rare) and now repeatedly vomiting and hasn’t even eaten or drank yet today. Help. Like this:Like Loading…

The Crimson Cord (Rahab’s Story) is In Stores Now!


Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

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Hiatus maybe?

Snow. Ice. Internet down. Hi from my phone. Like this:Like Loading…


Caps for Sal – shorter {video}

Here is an alternate 3+ minute video storytelling than I shared last week. Interesting to compare how this reader emphasizes things versus the other reader with the 6+ minute video.