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

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today, we are reading a book in a series:


Adventure According to Humphrey

by Betty G. Birney

Our Falafel loves animal books. And this one is written from the perspective of a hamster. The stories are actually quite fun and interesting. I love them too!

What are YOU reading today?

Sew Many Books: and a Giveaway!

If you are hopping over from Nap-Time Creations, WELCOME!

Today is my turn to share my creation for:

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Sew many books is a series where you sew kids clothing inspired by books!

When I was thinking of books we love, my mind wandered to the early years when our children were small. There were so very many beautiful picture books that we treasured and read over and over and over. And even though our girls are 8 and 14, and we read many many wonderful books now, I couldn’t shake the nostalgia I was feeling for all of those books that came before. The ones that reeled us in to reading in the first place. Our foundation books.


Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone is one of those books. It is happy and colorful. Everything I have always thought childhood should be.


I was a little hesitant to put my 8 year old in this vibrant outfit, but she LOVES it. It seems to fit her personality rather well. She insists on wearing the pants and tunic together, but she could mix it up (and tone down the circus vibe) by wearing them separately if she wanted. I don’t think that will happen though.


Details: I did a lot of embellishing with this one. The front was made with basic shapes (just like the book). I thought the red outline with the two-triangle collar looked like a little house. The neckline is squared (get it? bear in a SQUARE). I used the Noelle Party Dress as a base (by Peek-a-boo pattern shop) and made my changes.


I added snaps to the back and stripey pieces to the shoulders.


And cut out shapes on the pockets. I used the same method I did for this pouch and this bag. One circle…


and one square.


This past year, I actually made this chair. As you can see, it is embedded in me. Subconsciously, this combination of colors came bubbling to the surface.


I have to tell you, this whole outfit was made using Riley Blake Fabrics (even the polka dotted lining!) that they generously supplied me with. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??!!


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Thanks so much, Emily, for including me in this series!!

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On-our-shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel is reading this to me:


The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

The Bee read this one years ago, but I never have. She has always zoomed through books much faster than I could keep up. When Falafel told me that she chose this to read for homework, I asked if she could read it to me too! I am glad she is. So far, so good.

What have YOU read this week?

On -Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have an inspirational book on our shelves:


The Best that I Can Be

American Girls Books

This book has inspirational¬† words along with quotes from the different American Girl stories to encourage young readers. And who doesn’t need some encouragement every now and then?

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week:


Geronimo Stilton

by Elisabetta Dami translated by Scholastic

First, The Bee read these and loved this series. Now Falafel is enjoying them. I love when that happens.

The Geronimo Stilton books are all funny and punny and so much fun to read.

What series are you reading?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel is reading this to me:



by Sally Gardner

This book has two stories. One on one side of the book, and then you flip it over for the other! So far, she is reading The Strongest Girl in the World and loving it. It is a fast easy read, but so much fun. Basically, a girl wakes up to find she has super strength one day. Who wouldn’t love that?

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have one in a series that Falafel and her Dad love to read together:


Jenny Goes to Sea

by Esther Averill

This is one of the Jenny and the Cat Club books and they both have read them over and over.

That says something!

What books have YOU read over and over again?


On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Remember yesterday’s cute little mushroom?



by Nelly Pailloux

Both girls were drawn to this book the other day. But it was Falafel that really took to hand sewing! And more so, embroidery. This book breaks it down in easy step-by-step diagrams, which made it very user friendly for our 8 year old first-time sewer. And even better, she did it all by herself! She was super proud of her little mushroom girl.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: It’s my birthday!

It is my Birthday today! To celebrate, I pulled an oldie but goodie off our shelves to share with you:


Toot & Puddle: A present for Toot

by Holly Hobbie

Because no matter how old my kids get, (or I get, for that matter), some books I will always love.

This whole series is dear to my heart. I love the stories and the illustrations equally. There are few books that I would love to jump inside and look around in, and her books are definitely on that list.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today, we have a new one (to us):


Shoebox Sam

by Mary Brigid Barrett

This is one of those books that just makes you smile from beginning to end. We enjoyed it very much in all it’s good simplicity.

What areYOU reading this week?