On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Singer Curtain book review

On our shelves this week, is a book for me!

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review


sewing custom curtains, shades, and top treatments

by Susan Woodcock

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I was sent a copy of this book to review (as always my opinions are mine, mine, mine), and I just had to give a project a try! Our kitchen window has been naked for years now, because I just couldn’t decide what to put on it. True story. I really love lots of light, especially being out here in the PNW where light is a hot commodity. I also like privacy. So what to do?

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

I had purchased this fabric a while ago, with no purpose in mind. When I saw the curtain design in the book, I thought it would be perfect. I had the white piping in my stash (as I always try to have, because you never know when you will need white piping- amIright?).

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

I never would have thought to add the curve at the bottom, and I love it. It lets in the perfect amount of light. This book has oh so many more designs and ideas in it that can help a beginner to an advanced sewist make some beautiful window treatments. It is a great resource to have in my sewing library.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: an old favorite

I know I have recommended this book before because it is one of my all time favorite picture books, ever. The Bee put it on hold from the library because she was thinking about it, and I have to say that I love that my 16 year old thinks about picture books…especially this old favorite.

An old favorite: The Quilt Maker's Gift book review

The Quilt Maker’s Gift

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by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcken

Not only do I adore this story of a generous quilt maker who only makes them for the poor and homeless, and when asked to make one by a greedy king,  gives him a condition that ends up being the greatest gift of all, BUT I LOVE the illustrations. Seriously LOVE. I remember when I first read this book to my girls, years ago, it inspired me to actually try to quilt. I made a few, always with this amazing book in the back of my head, cheering me on, and influencing my daydreams in brilliant colors of the rainbow. What’s more is it also inspried generosity, and in those years, I ended up donating quite a few of my quilts to charity.

I call that a pretty powerful children’s story.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Graphic Novel

This week, we have a graphic novel that first The Bee read a few years ago, and now Falafel is hooked:

Graphic Novel: Rapunzel's Revenge review

Rapunzel’s Revenge

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by Shannon and Dean Hale

In this book, Rapunzel (THE Rapunzel) frees herself, teams up with Jack (of the famed Beanstalk) to free her birth mother from the evil witch who imprisoned her all those years. Using her braids as her weapon, they do as much good as they can and help any people in need, as they go. The illustrations are fun-filled and action packed, with a Wild West theme.

My girl is loving this story with such a strong, spunky, female lead.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

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On our shelves this week is:


The House of Hades

by Rick Riordan

This is book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series. Our Falafel read all of the original Percy Jackson series, and now is devouring this one. Rick Riordan combines Roman and Greek Mythology for these books. It adds a little educational component to these action packed fantasy adventure books.

In this installment, the two camps combine and enter the underworld to defeat Gaea’s army.

How exciting!

I am even reading this series (although I am only on the first book so far, and cannot keep up with my fast reading daughter).

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I am shaking it up a little by sharing what my 16 year old is reading. The Bee tends to gravitate toward Young Adult dramas/lovestories/tragedies. This one is more of a love story:


The Season of You & Me

by Robin Constantine

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Essentially, a teen and her boyfriend have a non-amicable breakup, and she goes to work for her Dad. There she meets someone wheelchair bound, and they fall in love. That is a simplified version. Not my genre, clearly, but my girl loves it.

She also highly recommends this book.

What is your favorite type of reading?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: PSAT review

This week, the book on our shelves is one that The Bee is reading:


PSAT strategies, Practice, & Review


My girl has been reading this book since the beginning of August. We took it out from the library, so she could prepare for taking the PSAT soon. There are practice tests, and questions. Next to the questions were explanations along with answers, which she found incredibly helpful. Not only could she see if she was correct or not, but she could also see why she got it right or wrong.

We just had to return it to the library, but she had me place it on hold again because she liked it that much.

Not fun reading this week, but informative.

Have your kids taken the PSAT?

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Percy Jackson

On our shelves today is a series that my daughter just finished, but I now picked up:


Percy Jackson

The Sea of Monsters

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Rick Riordan

I must say that I am enjoying these more than I thought I would! This is the second book in the series, and although I have seen both movies, the books are radically different (and in my opinion, better). When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the movie Clash of the Titans, and anything to do with Greek mythology. I think maybe part of the reason I am enjoying these books so much is my inner child longing for stories of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades and the heroes of Greek myths. That AND they are fun stories.

My favorite part about reading these, though, is being able to talk about them with my Falafel. She whipped through the entire series so fast, and didn’t have anyone to share them with. Now she does!

What books are on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: The Lost Hero

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This week, since my 10 year old (Falafel) has finished the entire Percy Jackson Series, she has started:


Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

by Rick Riordan

This series is not a continuation of the same stories as the first series. It is a whole new series about different half-bloods. I am thrilled that my picky girl has more books to read. With the Summer ending (all too soon, in my opinion), I am glad she is squeezing in a little more fun reading!

What are YOU reading this week?

On- Our-Shelves Sunday: Fourth book in a series

Today, on our shelves, is the fourth book in a series that I absolutely love:


Keeper of the Lost Cities


by Shannon Messenger

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I started this series a few years ago, and was instantly hooked. After finishing the mermaid books I was reading (see here), I was looking for something else to read, and discovered there was a fourth book in this fabulous series!! I didn’t even know. I devoured it, instantly, and now am waiting impatiently for Shannon Messenger to release her 5th book in the series, which will be out in November!

Basically, there are Elves and Goblins and Alicorns, and magic. I love it.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Henna Sourcebook

On our shelves this week is a super fun book :


Henna Sourcebook

by Mary Packard

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If you are interested in doing any body painting (like with Henna), this book is a wonderful resource for designs! Not only do they have designs from India, they also include symbols from different parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Egypt. It starts with the history, moves on to Henna basics, and then goes on to show you how to transfer a design. Finally there are pages and pages of designs to thumb through. Great if you are say, hosting a Bollywood themed party and want guests to have choices for body art. Hmmmm, I wonder who would be doing that?

You will have to come back tomorrow to find out.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?