Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

100 Books in a Year

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Challenge Info
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014
  • Rules: Read 100 books in 2014 (any genre)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join at anytime. All books read in 2014 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
  • Audiobooks are accepted.
  • Only fiction, no non-fiction.
  • This challenge can crossover with other challenges.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books. If you don’t have a URL at all then choose a name you would like to use and then copy and paste the following link: http://wp.me/p2wdqf-6ZI
  • At the beginning of each month I will be posting an open thread so you can discuss the books you’ve read and/or link up your reviews.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Birthday Balloon Mice

My card for the November Stamp of the Month at From the Heart Stamps.

Finished 2013 Autumn Reading Challenge

I finished the Semi-Charmed 2013 Autumn Book Challenge.


The challenge categories! 
5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title.  Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle (10/01/13 – 10/02/13) 262 pages

10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club.  Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, 258 pages (10/22/13 - 10/25/13).

10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. 
 (Arizona)   Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains by Susan Elderkin, 306 pgs (10/18/13 - 10/21/13).

15: Read an 
epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents.   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, 322 pages (10/11/13 -10/13/13 )

15: Read a book first published in 2013.    
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (10/07/13 -10/09/13)
335 pages

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title.  The Blackhouse by Peter May (I think a blackhouse sounds spooky, the cover looks rather spooky!) (10/02/13 – 10/04/13) 357 pages

20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title.  
Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz,  305 pages (10/13/13 - 10/14/13).

20: Read a book on which a television series has been based.
  Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (Longmire TV series) 288 pages; (11/23/13 - 11/25/13

25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title.   
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (10/09/13 -10/11/13) 320 pages

30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book).  
By Deborah Crombie 1. Kissed a Sad Goodbye (369 pages)10/15/13 - 10/18/13 ; 2. A Finer End (370 pages) (10/25/13 - 10/27/13

35: Read a fiction and nonfiction book about the same topic. Japanese American Internment:  
 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (fiction) 460 pages (10/28/13 - 10/31/13) and Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston (non-fiction) 203  pages (11/2/13 - 11/3/13

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Backyard Visitors

In the past few days we've had a couple of visitors to our back yard.
I had to take the picture from inside and through the window, so it's a little dark.  Love the owls!!
Then a few days later, I looked out and saw this one..
Not sure what it is..but thinking it's a juvenile Cooper's Hawk.

I Love Library Books Challenge 2014

I Love Library Books Reading 




I Love Library Books
Reading Challenge
2014


Requirements:
  • choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
  • check books out of the library
  • books may overlap with other challenges
  • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
  • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming)
  • a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in.

Levels:
  • board book - 3
  • picture book - 6
  • early reader - 9
  • chapter book - 12
  • middle grades - 18
  • Young adult - 24
  • adult - 36
  • just insert IV - 50 

I'm signing up for "just insert IV"...that's 50 books.  Should be no problem, since I'm on book #104 for this year and the year isn't over!  I have also challenged myself to read as many books off my Pinterest "To Read" board during 2014.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mount TBR 2014

 "MY READER'S BLOCK"  is hosting a great challenge for 2014 Jan.1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014. It is called 2014 Mount TBR Challenge. If this challenge doesn't spur one on to read your books that are stacked up on your shelves, tables, floor... I don't know what will.  I know I'm looking forward to getting to my neglected books (I fell in love with the library this year).
I'm choosing to climb Mount Blanc.
That's 24 books off my shelves.  For the rules please see the challenge link.

I will read the following books in no particular order;
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (my daughter's book, she's probably wondering where it went)
Sarah's Quilt by Nancy E. Turner
The Star Garden by Nancy E. Turner
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant
The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
Crossing Places by Ellie Griffiths
River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
A Gathering Storm by Rachel Hore
A Time to Kill by John Grisham (will start all his books in 2014)
Til Morning Light by Ann Moore (third in her series)
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy series)
Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connolly
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore
The Spirit of Sweetgrass by Nicole Seitz
The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Cole (first in a series)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Cashelmara by Susan Howatch
Dressed For Death by Donna Leon
Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg

Then of the 230 books sitting on my Kindle (yeah I'd rather hold a real book!)
In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan, Flying Changes by Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants), Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed.  Whew!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Card

I made this card..I know not one of my better ones...I used the stamp of the month from "from the heart stamps".  I just haven't been into card making at all, it is really difficult to be creative when your heart isn't in it, of course the photo is not good either.   Any hooo, hears my card.


  I joined a reading challenge and that's been my main focus.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autumn 2013 Reading Challenge


The challenge categories!

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title.  Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle (10/01/13 – 10/02/13) 262 pages

10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club.  Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, 258 pages (10/22/13 - 10/25/13).

10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live.
 (Arizona)   Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains by Susan Elderkin, 306 pgs (10/18/13 - 10/21/13).

15: Read an 
epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents.   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, 322 pages (10/11/13 -10/13/13 )

15: Read a book first published in 2013.    
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (10/07/13 -10/09/13)
335 pages

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title.  The Blackhouse by Peter May (I think a blackhouse sounds spooky, the cover looks rather spooky!) (10/02/13 – 10/04/13) 357 pages

20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title. 
Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz,  305 pages (10/13/13 - 10/14/13).

20: Read a book on which a television series has been based.
  Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (Longmire TV series) 288 pages; (11/23/13 - 11/25/13

25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title.   
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (10/09/13 -10/11/13) 320 pages

30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book). 
By Deborah Crombie 1. Kissed a Sad Goodbye (369 pages)10/15/13 - 10/18/13 ; 2. A Finer End (370 pages) (10/25/13 - 10/27/13

35: Read a fiction and nonfiction book about the same topic. Japanese American Internment:  
 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (fiction) 460 pages (10/28/13 - 10/31/13) and Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston (non-fiction) 203  pages (11/2/13 - 11/3/13

Here's four of the books that I've read. I really liked The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Harold was on my "to read" list but TGL&PPPS was not, so it was a great find (read) for the epistolary novel.


As of today, October 31, 2013 I have two books left to read in the challenge, I'm on hold at the library for the Craig Johnson book..TV show Longmire(have no clue when it will become available) and I have to go to the library to pick up the Farewell to Manzanar.


Red = Read

Blue = Plan to Read


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Reading Books!

My first post about the books I read.  I have joined a reading challenge and will be posting on that in the next day or two.  I've been working out the books I will read for the challenge...The challenge is "The Semi-Charmed Book Challenge, Autumn 2013.  So as soon as I get time to sit for a bit at the computer, I will post the challenge and books I will be reading.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Card

Back from a three week visit with my son and daughter-in-law in Nor. Cal.  Weather was lovely..nice and cool! Now back in HOT Arizona, as much as I love the Sonoran Desert, after several months of the heat, I think all Zonies look forward to a cooling trend.

I made a card..I'm rusty.  I made this card using the image from From the Heart Stamps, September image of the month.
I also used Sketch ##34
Here's the sketch......

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cactus Flowers

Welllllll.....okay, here's a picture I like.  I took this last week when the very large cactus in my cactus garden bloomed.  The first year it bloomed I think there were two flowers, last year there were seven and this year when it's finished it will have produced twenty-nine gorgeous flowers.

Cute Cat

Oh, I'm in such a slump...I think this will be the last post for a very long time.  I'll see how I feel when I get back from California next month.  I was planning on posting books and card doodles but I find I dislike the process of photographing the card or book, correcting the picture in  photo editing, saving it to my pictures and then writing the post.....I even thought about killing my blog, but now they are more difficult to design. So will keep it for now.

So here's my card using the free image for August from Designed2Delight.  I love the images they are just so cute.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sketch & Stamp

Sketch #026 and Lady Bug Paints for Iheartsketchs and stamp of the month at D2D.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Turtle Love

Card for Designed2Delight, I{Heart} Sketches #21  and same place "June free stamp of the month".

Digital paper from Andrea Victoria, Breeze collection at Designer Digitals.
The Sketch...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Heart Sketch 16

My second card for today was made for I {heart} Sketches #16. Here's the sketch......
 Here's my card..
The DP is from  My Mind's Eye, A Mother's Love collection.

One for Two

I made this card for two different Bugaboo challenges...I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch 136...

Cute sketch!  Then I used the colors for Bugaboo challenge, April Color Challenge....The colors are
Thought they were a tad difficult. I find color challenges to the MOST challenging!  Anyway, here's my card.......

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wish You Were Here

My card for Designed2Delight, I {heart} Sketches, sketch 15.....
Image is from Delightful Inspiration aka From the Heart Stamps.  DP from Basic Grey.

Bugaboo Bingo

My card for Catch the Bug, Bugaboo April Bingo Challenge.

Here's the challenge....I use Bugaboo image, Pearl and Border.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bird Vase

I made this card for Designed2Delight, Sketch #14 challenge..realized I used the same digi stamp from last time...oh well, guess I LOVE it!
Here's the sketch...
The paper is one of the three packs from My Mind's Eye..."A Mother's Love" collection.

A Bug`s Life

This is my take on "A Bug's Life" theme challenge this week at Bugaboo.
My DP is digital paper from Karen Lewis.

Stella Says Sketch

I made this here card using the current "Stella Says Sketch" #135 at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Challenge. Here's the sketch......
Here's the card....
The image is from Bugaboo.  The paper is some new stuff I picked up this past weekend up in Phoenix at the scrapbook convention..Thanks Sue!!  The paper is from My Mind's Eye and is from the "So Sophie" collection.. three 6x6 pads for ten bucks!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bird Vase

Here's my take on Sketch #13 at Designed 2 Delight,  I{Heart} Sketches.
Oops, I realized too late that the green "word" paper is going in the wrong direction.

Hummingbird

I created this card for Bugaboo, April Anything Goes Challenge.
Again, the DP is from Authentique, Hope collection.  I just love the colors in this paper.  Since I don't get to have new paper very often....  The sketch is #280 from Mojo Monday.  I think I will be sending this card into Just Cards!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Peek A Boo Birdie

I made this cute card for, I {Heart} Sketches, sketch #12 and Delightful Inspirations from the Heart, Free Stamp of the Month Challenge.
I love this digi paper, it's Sweet Strawberries from Shery K at Mygraphico.
Here's the sketch...

Birthday Lamb

I made this card for Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch March Bonus #134.
 Image is from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, I think this birthday lamb is so cute!  It could be used for a "Ooops" forgot your birthday.  DP is digi from Shery K Designs.  Here's the sketch.....

A Bunny

Here's a card for Bugaboo's "Catch the Bug" challenge using a "recipe".  The recipe is, cardstock and bling.
The image is from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  The DP is from Authentique, Hope collection.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rainbow Bear

This card....Catch the Bug, Photo Inspiration Challenge at Bugaboo. The photo is of a rainbow, clouds and a partially blue sky.
Okay, so not one of my favorite cards.  I really thought I wasn't going to be able to do this challenge because  for some reason I was shut out of this by Blogger.  So today when I saw I could get to it, this card quickly made.

A Can of Flowers

A little something using the sketch at Catch the Bug, Stella Says Sketch challenge 133....
Image is from Bugaboo.  DP is digital bits and pieces from my scrap bin.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Two Owls

I just adore this owl image from From the Heart digital art stamps.....so cute! I have a friend that loves owls and has a huge collection..think she will love this card.
I used Sketch #11 from I {Heart} Card Sketches:
Here's the sketch:
The DP is from Authentique, Hope collection...so pretty, browns, blues, rusts.