On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On Falafel’s shelves, this week, is a book she chose all by herself to read for school:


I am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

*affiliate link*

I am still blinking at my youngest and the way her head works. I thought she might be too young for this, but she was adamant, and persistent, and she assured me she could handle it. And you know what? She actually did it. It was an adult non-fiction book (there is also a younger-person’s version that she also read), and she got through it, and even more, really was passionate about it.

 What a really wonderful learning experience for us both. I walked away with knowing I can trust her judgement about what she is prepared to handle. I love that she has read about such a brave, intelligent, and driven woman. A survivor. And a brilliant role model. I already see those traits in my own daughters and will do everything I can to encourage it.

What has surprised you today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

There is a new book in an older series out and I am super excited about it!


Zen Socks

by Jon Muth

*affiliate link*

It is a well-know fact around here that I am in love with the Zen books, by Jon Muth.  It began with Zen Shorts (affiliate link). Stillwater the panda always has such wonderful stories to share and always manages to teach us a little something. Life lessons. He has helped me find calm at times in my life and I love sharing these with my girls.

In this new one, there is a story demonstrating the importance of patience, and two other lessons learned by the kids in the book. The same beautiful illustrations are in this one as are in the other “Zen” stories.

In my opinion, you are never too old for Stillwater…or to learn.

What is on your shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

In light of recent global events, not only France but all of the increased violence lately, my girl chose a little humor from our local library book sale. I think we need a smile where we can get it:


Politically Correct bedtime Stories

by James Finn Garner

It gave her a chuckle, and when our hearts are heavy, humor lightens the load.

I wish you all a peaceful, loving, and humorous Sunday.

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

I hope you all had enough candy and fun yesterday. This week, I finished this book on our shelf:


Shadow Scale

by Rachel Hartman

 This is the second book, following Seraphina  *affiliate link*(which I absolutely loved). Shadow Scale was just as adventurous, but I must admit that I wanted a little more from the ending. That aside, definitely worth the read. I just love a good YA adventure/fantasy series!

What is on YOUR shelves?

Birthday Husband

On-Our-Shelves Sunday is interrupted today due to a very special person being born 46 years ago.


Happy Birthday to my fantastic husband.



*last year’s birthday photos*


We will celebrate you with a new Birthday Crown, handmade underwear, English Toffee, and a new photo session where you pick up both of our girls together in your big strong arms.

I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

We love you.

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Seraphina

This week we have a book that I am reading on our shelves:



by Rachel Hartman

This is a YA fiction/fantasy story (my favorite) with dragons that can take human form and a mysterious female main character. I am only 5 chapters in, but I am enjoying it. At first, I really wasn’t sure what to think of it. A little confusing with only fragments of stories. But I hung in there and it is all starting to make sense now. I really am excited to see where it goes!

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, we have a book on our shelf that was written after the play/movies were made:



by Thomas Meehan

Oh goodness I LOVED that play! My parents and grandparents took us to see it on Broadway and I still remember how very badly I wanted to BE Annie! Then the movie came out in 1982 (you know, the one with Carol Burnett and Tim Curry) and I loved it EVEN MORE. I even had the soundtrack. I can still sing along with every single song.

Now both my girls love it too. So when I came across this book at the library, I snatched it up. Hopefully it will enchant us as the live action productions have.

 What books are YOU reading?

How many of you were hooked on Annie??!

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a brand new book (to us):


Darien and the lost paints of Telinoria

by Jeanna Kunce

 Falafel and I are reading this one together. We haven’t done that in a while, but since the weather is starting to change, I find myself wanting to cozy up with her and a good book.

We have only read the first two chapters, so far, but I am hooked!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-our-shelves Sunday: Book Review

This week, I have the privilege of reviewing this book:


The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction

by Christine Haynes

This book is a fantastic resource for all levels of sewists! With really clear photographs (which my visual mind needs) and a well-written narrative, it walks you through everything from installing zippers to sewing pintucks and darts.

The book is broken up into different sections: Tools of the trade, Working with patterns, Construction, Shaping a garment, and Finishing touches. Each section is chock-full of information pertaining to the title.

I am thrilled to have this in my sewing library. I know it will be referenced a lot!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are mine mine mine.