Bookish Thursday: A Giveaway!!!

I just finished listening to  the most wonderful book I have had in a while. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  is as interesting and delightful as it’s title leads one to believe! I loved every minute.. even when I realized my iPod was on shuffle it didn’t really matter. I was able to follow the story, as it is all in the form of letters, and other correspondence between the characters!

Set just after the end of WWII in London England, the story tells the tale of an unlikely group of people who form a literary society amidst the war. Juliette, an author who lives in London, receives a letter from Darby, on the Island of Guernsey. He had found her name inside a book he had bought after the war,and a simple letter of inquiry about the book and it’s author quickly  turns into a flurry of correspondence from himself and others of the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Juliette. After all who wouldn’t want to know more about such an oddly named group?


I liked it so much I want to give you a chance to have a listen too! So please leave a comment letting me know what great books on tape or regular books you have read lately if you would like to win the audio CD set of this book. I will draw a name on Sunday afternoon! Please be sure to leave an email where I can get in touch with you if you should win!


Disclaimer: A copy of the CD set was provided by the publisher.

Bookish Thursday: The Lampshade Lady’s Guide

I don’t know how they do it, but my kids always manage to mash, or otherwise ding dent and mangle our lampshades. I was quite glad when I was sent a copy of   The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life: 50 Custom Lampshades and Lamps by Judy Lake.


With this easy to follow and incredibly beautiful illustrated guide, I can give them a completely new style or at least work on replacing them!!

I just wish I had more time to make more of these funky and stylish lampshades Judy describes in her book.  With all the fabric pieces that I have collected lately I would finally give them a purpose!

Judy Lake has written  a craft book in the real original sense, a book about a craft that she has perfected to an art. The love for her art shows in every detail and on every page.

The book is easy to follow, features terrific photos, and best of all, it provides a treasure trove of fresh ideas. So if you are like me and in need of some new lampshades, or just want to restyle your current ones, which is a really easy way to update the look of a room, then this book is for you!


Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Bookish Thursday: Stashbusting with One Ball Knits: Gifts

No matter how hard I try, I always seem to have one ball of yarn left over when a project is finished. So I have this modge podge collection of odd balls just waiting for either someone on Ravelry who is one ball short, or a book like One Ball Knits Gifts


This book is filled with 20 great little projects to take care of those odd skeins you have laying around.

The projects are quite inventive, like this bowl:


A little knitting, a little fabric stiffener and voila!

or this hat… LOVE IT!


And now I also know what I can do with that whack of I-cord I cranked out a while ago..

 imageNapkin rings!!!

Over all I didn’t see a project in this book that I wouldn’t knit! It’s definitely a keeper!!

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher

Bookish Thursday: The Sock Knitter’s Workshop!

So, I the not-a-sock-knitter am planning to start a pair of socks just for knitting while in lines at Disney.  I love knitting socks in line, it just looks so cool and people are always intrigued. Also they are a nice small project that is portable.

When today’s book was offered to me I thought ok, I’ll take a look.. well.. I did and I am in LOVE!!!!   The Sock Knitter’s Workshop by Ewa Jostes and Stephanie van der Linden is terrific! It’s like a buffet of techniques that you can mix and match to make socks!!!


Anyone who knows me as a knitter, knows I love interesting construction in knitting. So this book is right up my ally! There are like 13 different heels, 7 different toes, 5 cast on methods, toe up cuff down if it is a sock knitting technique that has been invented… it’s in here!

Of course there are also some really nice patterns..

Like this…

 image  and this….









and this..

image  oooh those are crazy fun looking..

So many sock options so little time. hehe or well in my case I might have time in those lines!!


Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher