Monday, December 31, 2012

Pre Challenge Excitement

I went to the library today to get my weekly haul and to collect some more books for my reading challenges that start tomorrow.  I am so excited to begin!

This is what I came home with....

 These are for the Monthly Key Word Challenge.

 These are for the Classics Challenge.

These are my "regular" reading.

I am currently reading a book which I need to finish before I can begin.
I will post on that book in a few days!
Have you read any of these titles?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Back To Classics Challenges

I found another book challenge to try for 2013 called Back to Classics.

Here's what Sarah says:

You asked for it....   so here you go!  I am now formally announcing the Back to the Classics Challenge 2013!!  This is the third year in a row for this challenge, and I hope that you are ready!  
I am making a few small changes this year, including requiring less categories to complete.  Wait, did I say *requiring*?  Yes, I did.  This year will feature 6 required  categories that all participants must complete.  Then, I will have additional categories that those super-motivated participants can choose to complete if they'd like.  All reviews must be linked on the appropriate pages again, and those will be listed on the left hand side of this page.  When you've finished, you will also need to link a wrap-up post.  Everyone who completes the 6 required categories and the wrap up post will be entered to win a $30US gift card or choice of book(s) from The Book Depository.  Any one who completes 3 categories from the optional list will earn one additional entry into the prize drawing.  Any one who completes all 5 categories from the optional list will earn two additional entries into the prize drawing.
  • All books must be read in 2013.  Books started prior to January 1, 2013 are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2013.
  • E-books and audio books are eligible!  Books can count for other challenges you may be working on.
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicly accessible online format.  
  • Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2013. Please link to your sign-up announcement post (if possible/applicable)
  • You do not have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it is more fun that way :)  You can always change your list at any time.  You can read the books in any order (including mixing in the optional categories at any time)
  • You can decide to attempt the optional categories at any point (you can also bow out of the optional categories at any point as well).
  • Please identify the categories you've read in your wrap up post so that I may easily add up your entries for the prize drawing!  

The Required Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic
  2. A 20th Century Classic
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience - This can be an African-American author, or a book relating to slavery, civil rights, or African-American culture.
  5. A Classic Adventure
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal - This can feature animal characters or animals in the title (real or imagined)
Optional Categories:
    A.  Re-read a Classic
   B.  A Russian Classic
   C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title
   D.  A Classic Children's/Young Adult title
   E.  Classic Short Stories - collection must include at least 3 short stories by the same author, or at 
                                              least 3 stories collected together by genre, time period, etc.

As in years past, I just want to take a moment and let you know that especially for the purposes of this challenge, I do not subscribe to any set definition of a Classic. I think that anyone looking to participate in this challenge already has their own personal definition that works best for them.  If you are choosing to include a title that you feel may be questionably described as a Classic, please just explain your position in your review.  
As always, I hope you have fun with this Challenge!  Good Luck!  
Click back to this link if it's the challenge for you!!!
Now I must research each of the categories and find some books!!  Darn it I just read The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Burnett Hodgson!

Christmas Stocking Finished!!

Here's a photo of Sophia with her stocking....she's hiding because she just woke up!!  It was extra dark because of the rain we got on Christmas!!  I think it came out ok.  But if I do one again I will finish it with double bias tape or quilt binding.  It is not stiff at all but Sophia liked it.

Christmas Runner Completed

I finished this runner well before Christmas but my husband had the camera at the shop and I forgot to take a photo when he brought it back.  I am happy about how it turned out. Just the right size for my table!  Hope y'all like it too!

In the background you can see my Christmas Cactus and my Christmas present - a tile lock Scrabble game!!

It had such beautiful blossoms!
My gram always had a Christmas Cactus.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2013

I have decided to participate in a book challenge for 2013. It's called the Monthly Key Word Challenge.  It really sounds interesting.  You only have to read one book whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.
I read over 100 titles in 2013. To look at my choices for the year, click here and you can look at each month's links on #18.


* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word 'snowing' or 'snowflake' even though the key word is 'snow.'

*Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read "Cinder" or "Ashes" for the key word 'Fire' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'family' then your title could include the word 'sister' or 'mother.'If the key word is 'food' then your title could include the word 'cake.'

* Link up here to participate and add additional links any time you post about the challenge or post about a book you read for the challenge.

Monthly Key Words:
months 1months 2

This gives me plenty of time to search for books to read.

My search:

Ashen Winter
A Breath of Snow and Ashes   I have already read this one..
Kiss of Snow
Smoke Screen 
White Satin
Terminal Freeze

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Runner 2

I finally finished embroidering the snowmen.
I cut the snowman fabric and sewed the squares together.
I have 2 rows.

 After I sewed the rows together.

Now I must decided what size to cut the
green fabric to surround this piece.