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What We Have

Posted on August 24th, by Amy in review. 35 comments

I have an amazing memoir to share with you  today!  I am honored to be included in the book tour hosted by TLC Book Tours for Amy Boesky.

First, here’s a little bit about the book:

What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival
At thirty-two, Amy felt her life was finally coming together—the right man, the right job. A new baby. She’d been racing to fit everything in fast, knowing her family’s risk of hereditary ovarian cancer was looming ever closer. What she didn’t know was that this risk turned out to be more complex and far-reaching than she or her sisters had understood. Now, as her family learned about BRCA1, the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place. But what choices would she have to make in order to choose life?

This special … Read More »


Review: Write the Right Words

Posted on August 17th, by Amy in review. 61 comments

I spend a good amount of time writing each day, or thinking about what I will be writing next.  I think many of you can relate, right?  However, whenever I’m given the task of actually writing a note in a card – I often draw a blank!

“aaaaahhhmmm – what should I write?”

Not anymore!  I was given a copy of  Write the Right Words: Messages from the Heart for Every Occasion by Sandra Lamb, and I welcome it as a regularly used book on my shelf!

Here’s a little bit more about the book:

Every greeting card needs a personal, handwritten message to make it complete. In this comprehensive, encouraging guide, journalist and lifestyle expert Sandra Lamb offers a wealth of advice, inspiration, and examples for anyone who wants to add the perfect personal touch to their card messages—as well as anyone who … Read More »


AccuQuilt – Go! Cutter Follow Up

Posted on June 7th, by Amy in review. 25 comments

Hi there!Reading the comments from my review I decided that a follow up post was in order.  Like some of you I’ve had a few skeptical thoughts about the Go! Cutter, and it’s efficiency, and so I thought I would share a little more of what I’ve learned using it.

This is how it shipped to me, the blank grey foam.  You can barely see it, but the 5″ squares are not exactly straight with the edge of the green rectangle.  I emailed my contact at AccuQuilt to ask why – they try to position the shapes at a slant, because they go through the roller easier.  My initial thought was that I got a “off” die – I was ready to ship it right back!  But they did it on purpose :)  So then – what is the best way … Read More »


AccuQuilt – Go! Cutter Review

Posted on May 20th, by Amy in review. 33 comments

I was recently contacted by the nice people at accuquilt.  They wanted to see if I would like to use and review their Go! Cutter!  My immediate response was YES!  I’ve seen Jackie talk about her Studio Cutter the last year or so, and admired from afar, knowing that I would probably not be owning anything like it….Now I do!  :)

I’ve never used anything like this, at first I was a bit incredulous.  Really?  That will cut my fabric?  It’s just gray foam…

I went through my scraps, and pulled a bunch to cut. (I only got sidetracked for 30 minutes – organizing!)

 It’s SUPER simple to use, the gray foam goes up, then your fabric on top.

 The cutting mat goes on top, to sandwich everything together – then crank it through the roller.

On the other side you get your shapes - 

 These … Read More »


Get Lucky

Posted on April 19th, by Amy in review. 36 comments

Winner:  Darlene at SewCalGal!  Congratulations :)

I’m happy to have read a book!  Really it shouldn’t be such a monumental occasion, but life has been so busy – I haven’t let myself get caught up in books as much lately.

Get LuckyI set up this review months ago with Lisa at TLC Book Tours, here’s a little from the back cover -

Sarah Harper isn’t sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes are good choices in disguise—or if they’re really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she suddenly finds herself out of a job.
So she goes home to Houston—and her sister, Mackie—for Thanksgiving. But before Sarah can share her troubles with her sister, she learns that Mackie has some woes of her own: After years of trying, Mackie’s given up on having a baby—and plans … Read More »


Keeping the Feast

Posted on January 19th, by Amy in review. 35 comments

I’m excited to be reviewing another book for TLC Book Tours!  Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy, by Paula Butturini, is an incredible journey, that I loved reading!

From TLC Book Tours –

Keeping the Feast is a story of love, trauma, and the personal and marital healing that can come from a beautiful place and its simple traditions. It’s a memoir about what happens when tragedy and its psychological aftershocks strike a previously happy marriage and a couple must stubbornly fight to find its bearings. Most significantly, it is a book about the power of one of the most fundamental rituals – the daily sharing of food around a family table. Food — the growing, shopping, preparing, cooking, eating, talking, sharing and memory of it — becomes the symbol of a family’s innate desire to survive, to accept and even … Read More »


The Quilts of Gee’s Bend Fabrics

Posted on December 3rd, by Amy in review. 13 comments

I almost forgot to tell you –

I have had the privilege of working with Windham’s Gees Bend collection of hand dyed solid fabrics! They are SO pretty, so much more than the color swatches online show. The slight variations in the fabric is really nice and adds depth to my projects!
(image courtesy of Sew, Mama, Sew)

The quality of fabric is great too, nice weight and feel in my hand. Windham highly encourages a pre-washing in cold water and a color catcher in the wash after you have finished your quilt.

After a quick google search I found the following retailers selling the fabrics, or kits -

Sew, Mama, SewFabric.comeQuilter.comIf you are a shop owner and have the fabrics in stock leave a comment letting us know! I will add you to the list :)

If you haven’t entered yet, … Read More »


Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD

Posted on November 17th, by Amy in give away, review. 58 comments

I’m excited to have a chance to review Saving Sammy, by Beth Maloney for TLC Book Tours. While the content is serious, the book is well written and a real page turner!From TLC Book Tours –
“Sammy’s mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors’ prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth’s quest took her to the center of the medical community’s raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who … Read More »


Book Review: Daniel X — Watch the Skies

Posted on August 15th, by Amy in review. 7 comments

Something new for me! A while back I joined the MotherTalk network, and was recently asked to review Daniel X – Watch the Skies by James Patterson & Ned Rust.

I have to say that action/alien adventures are not usually my first pick in leisure reading – but this book is fun! It is geared for teen boys that haven’t found a book to hold their interest – and I imagine it would. Written in the first person you get a sense that you are there with the characters and in on the secret. Who doesn’t love to be in “the know?”

Young Daniel is himself an alien and busy fighting his nemesis, Number 5, in a sleepy US town. Daniel is likable and surrounds himself with his materialized, imaginary friends, to help outsmart Number 5. … Read More »


Quilting Community

Posted on February 6th, by Amy in review. 1 Comment

I love, and am so thankful for this community of crafters in blogland! I have found another community, just for quilters – My Quilt Patch.

They host an interactive quilting website, including forums, and master quilters sharing their knowledge. My Quilt Patch is a members only site, with a small monthly subscription fee, (this keeps advertising on the site to a minimum) but they offer a free trial month – so you can check it out and decide if it’s a good fit for you!

My Quilt Patch has galleries to display your creations, lots of articles to encourage you as you learn new techniques and styles. I found free patterns and project there too!

The quilters forum is a great area to ask questions and share from your experiences, and they seem to have lots of new and fun … Read More »





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