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These are books from our “On Our Shelves Sunday” Posts

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a Christmas-sy book because as I was told this morning by a very excited 9 year old “THERE’S ONLY 4 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS”:


Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

by Tomie dePaola

I absolutely adore all the Strega Nona books. And since I have been reminded that Christmas is really soon (oh goodness I am so not  ready), we are breaking out all of our favorite seasonal books.

What are you reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today:


Bite-Sized Magic

A Bliss Novel

by Kathryn Littlewood

This is the third book in the Bliss series. The Bee enjoyed the first book and urged me to read it. Which I did. And when I told her there were more, she was super excited to read them (even though they are not really geared for her age at all). Some books hook you with their own special magic. This series is one of those.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Today I am sharing a sentimental book with you, since we are celebrating Falafel’s Birthday with friends today:


Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot

by Holly Hobbie

I just adore all of Holly Hobbie’s Toot and Puddle books. The illustrations are so incredibly sweet and beautiful. Every year on their Birthdays, I take this one off our shelves and give it a read.

Falafel’s Birthday is coming up on Tuesday (even though we are celebrating her today), and then The Bee is a few days after that!

It is our season of Birthdays!

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week I am sharing what Falafel is reading on her own:



Into the Wild

By Erin Hunter

Yup. She’s hooked. This is a series that our older daughter (The Bee) never got into, but our Falafel has entirely different interests. I love that.

So I don’t know much about these books, except for what she tells me. Apparently. there are several anthropomorphic “Cat Clans” and some are good and some, not so much.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have a picture book on our shelves because I just couldn’t help myself:


Now & Ben: The Modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin

by Gene Barretta

I love how this book breaks down what Benjamin Franklin originally invented and what we use it for today. It is a simple and brilliant way to present it to kids (and some adults). I love the colorful illustrations too.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelf this week is a new book (to us) by one of our favorite Authors:


Smells Like Dog

by Suzanne Selfors

I have to say, Falafel is my picky reader. A book really has to pique her interests or she tends not to read them. Suzanne Selfors has the gift of hooking her (and me for that matter) into her stories. We love her descriptive and colorful writing. So far, we are enjoying this book about a treasure hunting boy and the dog he inherited that lost his ability to smell.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel chose a book to read to me!



by Roald Dahl

 A classic about a Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl (and you know who he is). What is amazing, is that I never read this one! The Bee read it long ago, but I never did. I love that Falafel is sharing new to us, old stories with me.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today is a book that Falafel chose to read:


Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

She seems to be enjoying it. It is funny, but I am not a fan of animal books. At all. Black Beauty. Benji. Even Charlotte’s Web. Falafel seems to be all about it. I love that she is sharing these with me. Maybe I’ll learn something.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

Storybook inspired sewing: Once Upon a Thread

That seems to be the theme, as of late, of several series around blogland.

I did sew this (in time for KCW), but it has been dark and pouring here for days. I managed to take these photos in two photo sessions (hence the different hairstyles), just not post them in time.

I also had in mind when I sewed this up, No Big Dill’s Once Upon a Thread series!

 I love love love when Katy does this. I have sewn along every year {check out here, here, here, here, and here}.


This time I chose another Elsa Beskow book. Her old fashioned books translate so well into fabric. At least I think so.

::Princess Sylvie::


::You can see the raindrops on her dress in this one!::


My children are such good sports about posing in the rain. I think maybe it is because they were born out here in rain country. It is very natural for them.


Anyhow, onto the outfit details. I used one of my favorite patterns from Mouse House Creations: The Caroline Party dress {affiliate link}. I have used this pattern quite a few times before (here, here, here, and here), and they all look unique. I wanted this design to reflect the essence of the illustrations and story.


Princess Sophie is about a little girl in a blue dress. While out in the woods she befriends a bear. A lot of Elsa Beskow’s books include children in the woods making unlikely friends.


When we went out for the second time to photograph this outfit we saw a beautiful Buck in our yard, just sitting there. He sat there when we approached him, and didn’t get alarmed until I raised my camera to catch a photo of him. It was then we noticed that he was hurt. He limped away into the forest, but my own little princess was so saddened that she thought about him the entire time we were out there. It actually felt like we stepped into on of these books.


I made this dress from a scrap of blue cotton fabric I had in my stash, along with a strip of left over lace that I had dyed blue, and a bed sheet that was given to me by a friend. She said that it was her Grandmother’s and about 35 year old. I think that is close enough to vintage for this dress.


It is fully lined, and has a blue zip in the back (I didn’t have an invisible one, but like it just fine).


There is so much inspiration to be found in books. The hardest part is narrowing down which one to run with!

What book would you sew a garment from?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, in honor of my husband’s Birthday (yesterday), we have a book that was Jim’s favorite when he was a child:


Mouse and Tim

by Faith McNulty

This is such a sweet story about a boy finding a tiny mouse to care for after his Father swept out the barn. But what is even better is that it is written from the boy’s perspective, and then the mouse’s on every page. Brilliance.

What is on YOUR shelves today?