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

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?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I checked out a book that I had forgotten about:



by Goscinny and Sempe

I was looking around our local library, and spotted this one and instantly remembered how much The Bee loved this series. I brought it home so that Falafel could enjoy it as well.

It was originally a French book written in 1959 (by the same author that wrote the Asterix series), and has been translated to English. In a nutshell, this is the story about a little boy and his classmates and all the mischief they cause.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week Falafel and Jim are reading a book together:


Tucker’s Countryside

by George Selden

They read (and loved) Cricket in Times Square together. This is by the same author with some of the same characters.


What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a book from a series that The Bee read when she was younger…


Hank Zipzer

By Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Yup. Fonzie wrote a book series. I have been revisiting old favorites of The Bee’s for Falafel to read. I love that they can have that common link, even though they are 6 years apart. The Bee is always up for a literary discussion!

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I found this book at the library and had to check it out:


The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math

by Sean Connolly

Mwwhahahaha. A math book that is disguised as fun games.

Actually, I got it because Falafel loves math, and loves games. It seems like the perfect fit. I have only had time to thumb through it, and I think it looks great, so far. I can’t wait to try it out. Ahem. I mean I can’t wait for her to try it out!

What is on YOUR shelves?