Author Archives: ksharonk

cough. it’s been a while. can anyone else hear the crickets?

Somehow I found myself taking a break from blogging. After almost ten years of fairly regularly blogging, one day I just stopped. It wasn’t planned, you understand. A couple of days passed, and then a couple more, and before I knew it, several weeks had gone by, and spider webs were starting to pop up […]

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sharing audio books – the outlander series, by diana gabaldon …

Perhaps, gentle reader, you watched the recent tv series, Outlander, based on the first book of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? This series ‘follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where […]

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tutorial – lantern terrarium, by persia lou …

[lantern terrarium, by persia lou] Aren’t these lanterns lovely, filled with (faux) succulents that even I could ‘grow’ … I have a fondness for lanterns, and can see one of these in scandi white, filled with succulents, turning a corner of my home into an interesting space. You can find instructions and photos at persia […]

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sharing technology – bookbook travel journal, by twelvesouth …

[twelvesouth] Oh my, this makes my little librarian’s heart beat just that little bit faster!!! Technology plus books equals love!!! From the twelvesouth website … BookBook Travel Journal looks like a vintage book, but it’s really a dapper, hardback leather case designed to hold your iPad and the essential accessories that go with it. Inside you’ll […]

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quilting plans for 2015 …

After dealing with December’s quilting progress, I thought I would work on a creativity plan for 2015. Last year, I worked on a little challenge called #simplyretrochallenge that I set up for myself. It involved making the 11 quilts in ‘Simply Retro’ by Camille Roskelley. Other quilters who wandered along and expressed an interest were […]

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quilting wips, december 2014 …

Hello fellow quilters and/or gentle blog readers … it’s time to wrap up the quilting happenings of the last month of last year! It was pretty much a December like everyone else’s, I am guessing, with lots of rushing about and doing important last-minute stuff, with not all that much time for quilting and the […]

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tutorial – woven cane baskets, by design*sponge …

[design*sponge] You can never have enough storage … can you? I love these little baskets I found on design*sponge. Of course, I have no great expectation that my attempts would end up looking this beautiful, but oh my, I think I’d like to try. You can find a tutorial plus more lovely images at design*sponge.

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following @crystalmoody …

[crystal moody] Isn’t this a gorgeous collection of creativity? I discovered the Instagram feed of @crystalmoody this morning and was blown away. I clicked back to her website and read about her work … I used to spend way too much time admiring others and not doing anything creative myself. I often found myself looking at cool stuff […]

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sharing podcasts – serial …

Have you listened to the Serial podcast? This is from the Serial podcast website … Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and is hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season. Each season, we’ll follow a plot and […]

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chucklefarm – origami bird planter accent …

[ChuckleFarm] It’s the little things that make a difference when you are making a house a home, don’t you think? I like this little porcelain bird accent, neatly perched on the side of a pot. This is from the Etsy shop’s About Page … Horticulture, meet interior design. Our hand-crafted planters and planter accents combine […]

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tutorial – advent calendar, by sarah & bendrix …

[sarah & bendrix] I’m loving this minimalist, easy-to-make, and elegant advent calendar, assembled by sarah & bendrix … I found this on Houzz. What makes is special is the touch of pink, don’t you think? You could tuck little cards into the envelopes or tiny, flat chocolates … I would glue the envelopes to white […]

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tutorial – a little sugar, by craftberry bush …

[craftberry bush] I’m all about the white Christmas decorations this year!!! Of course we don’t have a cold, white winter Christmas in our part of the world … it is a full-on, hot hot HOT summer for us on Christmas Day. That said, I’m loving this little christmas tree decoration … you can find more […]

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two sad donkeys – nester, the long-eared christmas donkey …

[two sad donkeys]  Oh my goodness, here’s some Etsy cuteness for you … a shop called Two Sad Donkeys! Olga, the shop owner says … I love making felt toys that are enjoyable to look at and fun. They are handmade and therefore unique and made for the child in all of us! All my […]

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quilting wips, november 2014 …

Three finished quilts this month … a mini quilt, and two lap-sized quilts. I set to and put together my second Sea Breeze quilt this month. It had been cut out and waiting patiently for some weeks now, so a couple of weekends back, I bit the bullet and sewed it up. It went together quickly […]

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made by claire louise – felt food …

[made by claire louise] This week’s Etsy find is made by claire louise. If you have a little person living at your house, you might like to check out made by claire louise … here are some details from the shop’s description … I make a range of things from children’s educational and pretend play […]

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tutorial – hexie case pattern, by During Quiet Time …

[During Quiet Time] Just in case you have a bunch of hexagons lying around waiting to be made into something fun, I thought I would share a link to this hexie pattern for a little zippered bag. You can find the pattern for sale at During Quiet Time here … Here is a description of […]

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scrappy quilts …

One of my favourite quilts to make is a scrappy quilt … you get to use all those lovely little scraps left over from quilting fun which means no piece of loveliness is wasted, I love the surprise patterns that can suddenly appear when you lay out a quilt design, they are relatively quick and […]

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clara and macy – make your own kits …

[clara and macy] Loving these ‘whimsical goodies’ which you can find at the Etsy shop, Clara and Macy … you can purchase kits to make these little characters. I really loved reading the background to this little shop, which you can find on a blog called Cupcakes for Clara …  ‘I am the lovely lovely Clara. […]

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tutorial – geometric heart, by my sister’s suitcase …

[My Sister’s Suitcase] Need to add a pop of color to your wall? Check out this tutorial for a colorful Geometric Heart guaranteed to brighten up any room! Visit My Sister’s Suitcase for instructions and more beautiful photos that illustrate the process of creating this piece of wall art. LOVE it!!!

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tutorial – *smiles*, a hexagon quilt …

I have mentioned how addictive making a hexagon quilt is, haven’t I? I get about 4/5’s of the way through a quilt, and the next one pops into my head!!! My latest finished hexagon adventure is called *smiles* … because it makes me smile when I look at it. Here are the ‘vital statistics’ of […]

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