Books & Resources

Sneak Peak at Never Far From Home

February Book Review Blitz #6 Ready for some more “bonnet” fiction? I’m waiting for my complimentary review copy of Never Far From Home to arrive, but in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the book on the day the book promotional tour begins.Here is a link to the book trailer on You Tube: Would you like to know more about how an author researches a book such as this Amish fiction? Author Mary Ellis shared some of her secrets on her blog. She said, “Since Never Far from Home—Emma’s story—involves sheep, one morning I drove the […]

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Urban Amish? Debut of Plain & Simple Series

Ever Heard of “Urban Amish”?  February Book Review Blitz #5 ABOUT THE STORY  Jayne Tate is an investigative reporter for a major daily. When her editor demands she take time off to grieve the death of her father and get her writing back up to par, Jayne instead follows her instincts. She’s certain there’s a story to uncover about the Amish, but where to start? An initial interview with the intriguing owner of an Amish furniture store opens the door for Jayne to live with the Amish family he left behind. What she doesn’t yet know is that her journalistic […]

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Painted Laminate Counter Top

The Tale of An Ugly Kitchen When I moved into my house, I inherited a pretty ugly lovely kitchen. There were mismatched counter tops on both sides and the older part was stained and warped.It was really blah. That was easy enough to fix, so I ordered new counter tops and my prince husband installed them for me. I took the doors off the ugly mismatched cabinet and made it my cooking area. But the room wasn’t finished yet. There was this other counter top that was part of a built in china cabinet /peek-through to the dining room. Replacing […]

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The Country House Courtship

February Book Review Blitz #4 Have you ever been so sure of the direction you wanted your life to go, but then unexpectedly, your desires change? I remember when I planned to be a career nurse, I’d send my children to the hospital daycare, and my husband and I would make loads of money. Then mid-pregnancy with my first son, my desires totally changed. I became a stay-at-home mom and eventually a freelance writer and speaker. Who knew?   I just finished reading The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard and elements of the plot reminded me of my major […]

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Thin Places of My Own

This week, I hosted Mary DeMuth’s Thin Places on the blog. I’ve been thinking more about those times when heaven is so real in the mundane of life. My first writers conference was a thin place for me. I went there, unsure of what God wanted me to do with my life. Unsure of whether I ought to call myself a writer. I attended expecting to learn the craft of writing. What I learned was something much more valuable. I arrived as an insecure stay-at-home mom but by the end of the first day, I sobbed in my room as […]

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Never Say Never

February Book Review Blitz #3 Another Grand Prize Chance!- See below I’m having so much fun with all this reading! It’s winter—the perfect time to snuggle in and read. This week, I read Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate. About the Author: Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Drenched in Light, A Thousand Voices, and A Month of Summer. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family […]

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Thin Places

February Book Review Blitz #2 Have you ever been in the midst of a terribly difficult situation, yet you could see God at work? You’ve experienced a thin place. In her book, Thin Places,  Mary DeMuth describes a thin place as a place where heaven and the physical world collide, a place where everyday life meets eternity. It’s about finding a glimpse of eternity amid the messiness of life and feeling God draw near.  In this moving memoir, Mary presents a story that would seem devoid of God’s presence, of an existence where He has abandoned and turned His face. […]

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Third Time’s A Charm

Have you ever experienced something that was painful to go through, but you discovered healing and liberation in the process? I read a book last week that displayed this so well. In the first of my February Book Review Blitz, Third Time’s a Charm Author Virginia Smith walks the reader through the process of letting go and finding healing. Let me tell you a little about the author and the book. Be sure to check below for how you might eligible to be entered into a drawing for a very nice gift of ten books from the author. Virginia’s publicist […]

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Inspiration From Other Bloggers

I just have to share some of the cool projects that I saw this week on the “I Did it Without My Hubby” blog tour at Shanty 2 Chic. Check out the blogs to see full descriptions and tutorials of these great trash to treasure projects. Gail at My Repurposed Life turned old windows into these awesome cabinets. Photo belongs to Gail Traci at Beneath My Heart made a clever towel rack for her bathroom from an old headboard. Photo belongs to Traci Over on Junk Fest, they’ve turned an old radiator into a classy beverage bar. Who knew? Check […]

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Light Bulb Snowmen

I’m back! I’ve recovered a good portion of my data from the hard drive crash and I’m getting things back on track. Thanks for your patience during my week off. Today, I want to introduce you to some chilly little recycled friends.  Light Bulb Snowmen Level of Difficulty: Complicated steps and materials Time: Not a short project because of dry time and detailed steps I taught a class on these cute little snowmen recently. I had found the idea on About.com and then modified it to fit my supplies. Well I modified it because I never follow directions. And, for […]

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