• Introducing Essentials 2nd edition

Gem by Holly Hobbie

Holly Hobbie’s GEM truly lives up to its title. After a long winter, a toad emerges to greet the blossoming spring, though he soon meets a little girl who’d like to keep him as a pet. In a nearly wordless treatment, Hobbie’s masterful watercolors depict the delicacy of Gem’s environment in this celebration of survival and renewal.

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Charming Opal (Toot and Puddle Series) by Holly Hobbie

It’s summertime, and Toot and Puddle’s little cousin, Opal, is visiting Woodcock Pocket when she discovers that she has a loose tooth. Opal carefully places it under her pillow and hopes the tooth fairy will bring her a shiny quarter. Worried that the tooth fairy might get lost on the way, Puddle puts on a special costume so that Opal won’t be disappointed. But will the real tooth fairy show up after all?

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Work-in-Progress (WIP) Wednesday

Have you noticed the background of my blog? Do you know what that is? It’s a quilt block. When was the last time you saw something quilt-like on my blog? 🙁 This blog started as a way to share my current quilt projects with my mom and sisters. (I know one sister reads daily, and my mom has started reading more and more…) But there are hardly any quilt projects here. *sigh* Frankly I’m unhappy with my blog. With blogging in general. I feel like I keep getting disappointed about lack of interaction and this that and the other. (Woah, that was a different blog post that has merged into this one, sorry.. more on that later.) I need more sewing, quilting and cross stitching in my life in addition to in my blog. In case you missed it, www.MadebyMardi.com is up and running and I’ve been busy filling some. . .

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Cross Stitch

Last year was the last time I finished a cross stitch project (well there are these bibs that are complete except for some outlines, but AppleBlossom is too far beyond using them – wouldn’t use them for food so much as for a drooling baby). The quilt was for my niece, SisterL’s #5. Now I am making a Baby Hugs Bunny & Bear matching sampler for my new nephew, SisterL’s #6. I’m also going to start a different one soon for my brother’s son (four months younger that AppleBlossom). And just started today, I’m going to make a birth sampler for my AppleBlossom. (I’ll come back to the boys…) this one just arrived in the mail. It could not be more appropriate or perfect. So how about it do you want to keep track of my journey with status photos?

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Fanny & Annabelle by Holly Hobbie — Review

Fanny & Annabelle by Holly Hobbie Holly Hobbie, the bestselling author of the Toot & Puddle series, brings us FANNY & ANNABELLE, a new story about creative Fanny with a do-it-yourself theme. In the second Fannyadventure,Fanny writes her first picture book. Since Annabelle, her doll, was Fanny’s first creation, it’s fitting she should star in the story. Annabelle’s adventure ends up mirroring Fanny’s own life as they both manage to give the perfect birthday gift to a loved one. With Hobbie’s heartwarming art mixed with Fanny’s own delightfully naïve drawings, this sweet talewill inspire fans and new readers alike to get creative. My rating: 5 of 5 stars*These are my thoughts on an ARC version.*Does it make me silly if a children’s book brings a slight twinge of tears to my eyes? That is just how sweet this little story is. Holly Hobbie always provides entertainment with her stories. Within. . .

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Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas: a review

Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is the cutest Children’s Christmas book that I have ever read! Having family and friends together is important to everyone, especially friends Toot & Puddle. With one visiting a great-great-aunt in Edinburgh and the other home in Boston, only a miracle can bring them together in time for Christmas. This is the perfect snuggle read for anytime. The pictures and story will make you smile and be full of delight. I highly recommend it! View all my reviews.

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