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Showing posts from March, 2021

What I'm Reading/Watching/Playing March

 Whoohoo! Look at me getting this up at the end of the month instead of several months late!  Reading  Morning Star (Red Rising Book #3) by Pierce Brown This was everything I could have wanted for the ending of this trilogy. Honestly, this series is one of the best things I have read in years. It continued to surprise me and I absolutely couldn't put it down. I thought about it all the time when I wasn't reading it, and I texted John my reactions repeatedly throughout my reading of the entire series. The world-building, the technology, the plot, the characters both good and bad, the was all incredible. If you like sci-fi even a little bit, you should read this series NEXT. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin This was a puzzling book, kind of slow and not what I was expecting. It reminds me of some of the Ender books, and the characters are not very sympathetic--in fact, it kinda seems like they're all bad guys.. It was interesting, but I didn't particularly

Doll Sleeping Bag and Duffel

 Sometimes when I get stressed--like when there was a winter storm hitting Central Texas and the roads were impassible, electricity and water are on the fritz, and we were worried that our pipes could burst at any time even though we are doing every possible thing to prevent that--I like to make quick, simple, pointless projects. Like doll clothes and accessories! Fortunately, we never actually lost power or heat, and our pipes were okay, but it it was iffy there for a while. Gunnar did have to drive some on the icy roads (He is an essential worker) which was scary, but thankfully he was fine.  Such was it that I made these:  A doll-sized sleeping bag and matching duffel! These were made from a free nylon rucksack style bag that I threw in my fabric stash with the idea of making a doll raincoat or tent or something. (And I still have an orange one to mess around with as well.) It is quilted with two layers of scrap batting and leftover cotton from masks, and has a very nice zipper alon

What I'm Reading/Watching/Playing (Jan&Feb!)

Reading  So I read the rest of the Cradle Books! (The ones that are out so far, anyway) Cradle #2  Soulsmith by Will Wight Linden gets thrown into the deep end (locked in a pit with a bunch of monsters, anyway) and has to level up to get out! He starts down the path as a ninja artificer! Fun!  Cradle #3 Blackflame by Will Wight The two heroes are being manipulated it the nicest possible way and there is nothing that they can do about it. The benefits are worth the risk, obviously, and there are secrets being kept from them, obviously, but watching them navigate their new family is still fun. (Seriously, I thought the turtle was going to kill Linden!) Cradle #4 Skysworn by Will Wight A big duel, and a lot of zooming out and realizing just how small and puny our heroes really are. Also, magical prosthetic limbs!   Cradle #5  Ghostwater by Will Wight This was like an underwater D&D dungeon crawl featuring Wheatley from Portal 2, in the best possible way. Wonderful!  Cradle #6 Underlor

Stargazer Friendship Quilt

I finished the last of my three Stargazer Quilts that I had planned! This one is for my dear friend Collen, and I use a bunch of batiks, mostly from Lunn Fabrics on etsy, in shades of dark green, dark blue, and golden yellow. After doing two of these, you would think that I'd be a pro at these by now, but somehow I still managed to mess up a few things! Luckily they were easily fixed with some piecing, but still frustrating! Overall, it went together pretty smoothly and I love how it turned out! And more importantly, so did Colleen! <3   The back is dark green cuddle minky, which I used on my purple Stargazer as well (and I wish I had used minky on Alli's too) to make it extra cozy. the quilting is free-motion in the stars and wavy lines from end to end on the rest. I did it all, as usual, on my Singer CG 550 home sewing machine. Toddler for scale My kids were all sad that I was giving it away!