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Danielle
Interests: books, needlework, altered art, walking, travelling, museums
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Thanks, Iliana. I am very much enjoying this. I only have been doing the baskets in a classroom setting as all the materials are ready and you just have to show up. I would need to buy a lot of materials if I wanted to do it on my own. Maybe after I have had more practice and experience I will try it on my own. I like seeing other people's creations, too, even if the craft is not one I might try--always inspiring to see other's artwork!!
I will share shortly. Every time I am planning a post I seem to run out of time and energy. I signed up for one more class this year--it is not until later in November--a 'poinsettia' basket. I think she will be offering classes in the spring as well--really love this new skill/hobby.
I really liked the writing and the characters--I am glad that the author is going to write more. And I didn't quite give away too many details about the main characters--they are a little unusual, but in a really good way. And the atmosphere and details to create setting were great.
I am fudging my prompts at this point. I always start out so excited by them and the choice, but sometimes later one theme will lose its appeal--they are only meant to be jumping off places for me to explore my own bookshelves, so it is fun finding books to fit.
Interesting--I have done no more than read the blurbs and the first page or so--hardly enough to base a decision to pass on a story--especially one that everyone recommends.
Thanks--I am confident now that it will be a good choice--maybe I will start it tonight. I also picked up the John Wyndham for a classic read since I finished Sula. And thanks for not revealing spoilers! :)
I think that is why I am hesitant sometimes with WWII stories. I have this fear of it being emotionally draining and I can't seem to face books like that. More often than not, however, the story will end up being fine--everyone who has read it seems to have really liked it which is encouraging. And I really liked Eve Chase's other book so this one appeals as well!
I try and avoid them but it can be hard when they are staring you in the face from the back book jacket! I have more than once passed on a book (at least for the moment) after a blurb gave me second thoughts. It is mostly a mood thing--it might not quite match my mood. I am glad, however, that this is as good as I was hoping it would be. Can't wait to read it.
I think that is the winner--everyone seems to have really liked it--looking forward to reading it!
Our last farmers market of the season is this weekend and I will not be able to go sadly. I am at least lucky that a local grocery where I stop every week does carry local apples and they have been very tasty. I hope they continue to get them for a while anyway. I need to google Stillmeadow--it is on Cape Cod and I also forget as I am not familiar with the place, but she does often mention it. I imagine it was a really lovely place. Too bad there are not photos in the book--only line drawings. And I am hoping to do some bookish cleaning for the next few months and will try and clear out and catch up!
Come visit me in Omaha--I have my (lighter) winter coat with me today since the temps are dropping and we may get a freeze tonight! ;) I guess I really will need to turn the furnace on tonight. I am also behind in everything--I am not sure if it is general busy-ness or just disorganization and a lack of energy--though we are getting into the crazy time of the semester, so I guess it is a combination of things. I hope you get a break soon, too!
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Yes, the question. Is it time to clean up my reading as the year dwindles down to a few months? Is it worth making any sort of very very loose plans on what I want to try and accomplish or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Work in Progress
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I was thinking it is time to take a close look at where I am with my reading, where I had wanted to be and what I can realistically accomplish in the last few months of the year. I am... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Work in Progress
She was quite prolific it seems. I am not familiar with Rachel Pedder but I will check her out. I think in her day Gladys Tabor was quite popular over here--not sure how many people read her now, but I quite enjoy dipping into this book. I also love escaping into what seems now, like a much simpler way of life. I wish it was not so crazy these days, but maybe it just feels nostalgic? Can you find many of the Tabor books in the UK?
I think you have more artsy things where you live--we have not had a litfest in years so this was great fun. I hope it is not another three years until we have another!
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2019 on September 17: Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
I am sure if I picked up a book by her I would love it as much as I did when I first discovered her. So many authors I have binged on in the past have fallen by the wayside--there are so many new books and new authors to discover, but I always enjoy revisiting old favorites. This new one sounds really good, but yes, very different from her previous books! I could easily reread her, too, now!
Thanks very much Christine! I have done a little weaving as well with fibers and I really like it, too. Basket weaving has been a lot of fun and I am not sure if it is my favorite kind, but I do want to keep at it. It is actually not hard at all, once you have your materials assembled. Getting the base or just starting out it can be challenging to form the basket, but once you have the first weavers locked in place the rest goes pretty smoothly. The ones I have made are using reeds and as long as you have them wet they are quite pliable and not hard on the hands at all. I think other materials can be hard to work with. And they get easier to make as you go. I will have to share all three together so you can see what they look like.
It does sound a little like overkill, doesn't it? The website looks like accurate instructions for basket making, but I will google a bit more and see if I can find other places that show instructions. This one had photos, too. This is funny though--the box of inexpensive tea bags I bought are decaffeinated--haha!
Thank you. I really love these classes and I am looking forward to trying to squeeze one more in this year still. It is really perfect for fall--even if I don't get it tea stained yet, I think I will use it for my postcard mail. I think it is very cool you took a basketry class--now that one sounds really challenging so I would also be extremely proud to have done it all from start to finish. I feel a little like I am cheating as all the materials are ready as in a kit and we just weave and assemble basically. I do like this, though, as I am learning different skills with each new kind of basket and I hope eventually to do one entirely on my own. There is nowhere in Omaha I can buy the supplies, however, so I will have to do that part via the mail. Every time you look at your basket I imagine you have fond memories and a sense of pride--I know I would! :)
Sometimes timing is everything! If a book does not grab me right away, I will often put it aside and try later. I will say, though, that I have been binging a lot lately on Japanese author or books with Japanese settings, so this one came around at a good time for me! I hope it works better for you the next time you decide to dip into it!
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I was hoping last month to tackle two books from my reading stack, but I did at least finish the one I set out to read. As always time gets away from me and my eyes are always always always... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at A Work in Progress
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The right book at the right time, don't you like it when you have a reading experience like that? I sometimes feel a little jaded when it comes to mysteries and crime novels. There is so much to choose from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at A Work in Progress
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Earlier in the summer I took my first basketweaving class and loved it so much I signed up for a couple more. About a week ago I took a Friday off to learn more basketweaving skills and spent a great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at A Work in Progress
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What do you get when you mix one part Harrison Ford's charisma (think Raiders of the Lost Ark) and one part John Hannah's humor (think The Mummy), add a dash of the suspense and intrigue á la Alfred Hitchcock's The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at A Work in Progress
I had a look at The Girls and you're right the setting is a bit later than I was thinking. I do still need to read it--I couldn't wait for it when it first came out. I have not read much (maybe one book?) by Margaret Drabble. I started The Millstone, but I have been trying to catch up on other books, so now I think I will need to go back and reread those first pages....