All Summer Long, by Melody Carlson

Hi, Susan here, with another book review ~~ this time Melody Carlson’s latest fiction: All Summer Long. Gentle, romantic, interesting — need I say more? Carlson’s trademark (IMO) is her smooth plotting. Not a lot of suspense, but a lot of good content and relaxing escape. In All Summer Long, you’ll be going along with a […]

The Red Door Inn, by Liz Johnson

RDI – the letters which appear on some monogrammed, embroidered linens in an antique shop near the inn. The inn which featuers mightily in the setting of this novel. The inn which almost feels like character until itself. The inn is ultimately named Rose’s Red Door Inn — after a tumultuous time of preparation. The […]

My Latest Baby Quilt & the Story Behind It

I love to quilt, and have made and given away dozens of quilts over the years since I started about 25-30 years ago. Most of the quilts I have made are baby quilts. I have also made quite a few bed quilts (which I have kept for my family), and some lap quilts for the […]

Party Decorations ~ home made

From our recent graduation party ~~ thought you might enjoy some inspiration from some simple decor we came up with. Here are the table decorations: Candle is in a holder, but any pedestal dish should work.  Tissue paper (Purchased for the occasion), gold tinselly stuff (around $2/bag, 1 bag for 8 tables, color- coordinated candy […]

17 Years to Embroider Tablecloth, 31 Years of Hospitality: My friend Debbie

THE EMBROIDERY: Photo was taken at a post-worship Easter spread this past Easter Sunday (Messiah Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN).  Debbie just finished the tablecloth in the picture in January after 18 years of embroidery!  It is a cloth entitled “Celebration” originally purchased from Herrschners in WI.  She could not wash it until it was […]