My Valentine’s Mantel on the cheap…

Here is my Valentine’s Mantel decorations, and how I created this look using only stuff I had on hand.

You can click on each picture to get a ‘bigger’ picture of the action.

The branch display came from Sarah’s post at Alderberry Hill about her Valentine’s Tree.  The branches are going to be a permanent part of my mantle for the time being {everything is always subject to change, LOL} as you can see in the mantel shot in my post here.

I am really pleased with how classy the buttons and fabric combo look in the living room.  I am a huge fan of using felt for decorating for holidays on the cheap, but the buttons {a find at Tuesday Morning} just seem more grown up.

See where I am linking up…

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

The Alarmists {Book Review}

Want to hear another theory on Dec. 21st, 2012?

Then pick up this fast paced thriller for a ride that doesn’t stop twisting and turning to the end.

Published by Bethany House Publishers, this is the first book by Dan Hoesel I have read, The Alarmists is a great suspense novel set around the ending of the Mayan calender.


The characters were great. Looking back on the book I feel like everything could have been fleshed out a little better, but at 309 pages I am not sure that was an option. Some of the team members investigating the phenomenons were just thrown in there if they weren’t part of the main story with the main characters.


My favorite character was Maddy, Captain Amy Madigan. A very smart chic with a great attitude. Can handle a gun, and be at home in a science lab. What’s not to love about her? Plus… she has a strong faith and the right comebacks when that faith is questioned. I am definitely in love with her.
It was interesting to see how all the puzzle pieces fit together as the book winds to an end. The puzzle pieces come from all over the world and in a variety of ‘issues’. How they came together to ‘fulfill’ a set end day was an intriguing theory on how one person could use a globally watched date to create panic and profit from it in the process.


There weren’t any shockers that really surprised me, but it was a great read and I definitely recommend it to you.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
From the Publisher ~


This is the Way the World Ends…


Sociologist Brent Michaels’ specialty is seeing order in the chaos of human interaction and he’s just been given the most important assignment of his life. Joining a special Pentagon unit headed by Colonel Jameson Richards, they have one goal: Uncover why the world is rushing toward doomsday.

It’s December 2012 and the world is approaching the brink of panic–the timing of which eerily coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar. But, beneath the despair of fanatics and oomsayers, and amid a rising tide of both man-made and natural disasters, something far more dangerous emerges–someone is manipulating events, pulling strings, and only Michaels and
the team have a chance at stopping the end of the world.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Pulishers to review. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Finished It Friday ~ Week 4 of 52

Sorry about being a little late getting this party started today. Something about teething, growing, grump attachments have made this week a little hectic.

Plus… we got rain!!!! Not just any rain, but 4 to 6 inches!!!!!

Which was very, very, very welcome… even though it did cause the Internet to go out.

Even with the ‘lovely’ children and the rain I had a very productive project week.  Check it out for this week I…

… made pillow cases out of a spare top sheet.

… redid my T.V. mantle.

… added Valentine’s decor to the kitchen.

… sewed up Ms. E’s hooded towel that has been sitting in the to-do pile for over six months {ouch}.

… used the left over hand towel to create a doll sleeping bag.

And… I made pillow covers that were part of Mr. SD’s Christmas present.

Wow!  I am impressed with myself.  Now watch as I don’t get near my sewing cabinet all week, LOL!

At this point I have certainly gotten my 4 projects for the first 4 weeks of 2012 completed.  Where are you at on your project list?

- – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

RULES:

1) You can link-up multiple projects you finished or made progress on each week, but… please link to the specific post.  The goal of this link-up is to encourage you to finish your UFOs {Unfinished Objects}.  So link-up your progress reports as well as finished project posts.

2) Visit and leave comments on other projects linked-up.  We all l-o-v-e comments.  Share the Love!

3) Please post the Finished it Friday button on your blog {somewhere, anywhere is fine!} and share a link back to this link party in your post {again somewhere, anywhere is fine!}.

4) Last rule… Have fun, be inspired, and get sewing!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

 

Lonestar Angel {Book Review}

This is a must read in my book!


I am soooooooooooo in love with Colleen Coble. She is probably my current favorite. And I have already found LoneStar Homecoming and LoneStar Secrets to read next. It seems that these ‘Lonestar’ books are all set in West Texas, but are not a series. I will report back on that in the next review.


Lonestar Angel was set in a small town, BlueBird, near the Mexico/Texas border in the Big Bend area {a place I definitely want visit}. In this story, Colleen Coble, shows how hard it can be to deal with the loss of a child. That losing the child is just the beginning of the damage it can cause. Another ‘issue’ addressed is how knowing Christ can change people and relationships. The central figures of the story, Clay and Eden, have a long journey to take to reconnect with each other, and that journey just wraps around you and tugs at your heart strings.


Add to the love story the intrigue and suspense incorporated and you have an amazing page turner in LoneStar Angel. Colleen Coble thought up some amazing twists and turns when weaving her plot for this story.


This was probably the quickest I have read a book since Ms. V was born, LOL. Hopefully I get to read the next two as quickly… child cooperation will need to continue though.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from the publisher to review. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

From the Publisher ~ Book Description
Eden’s hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their baby girl has been found.


Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson’s baby was stolen. When they went to pay the ransom, what happened changed their lives forever—the kidnapper’s car with Baby Brianna inside sunk deep into the river. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.


Now Eden’s moved to a new town. She’s found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She’s even dating again—a sweet guy named Kent who plans to marry her. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: he never signed their divorce papers, so they’re still married. What’s more, Clay has been searching for Brianna all this time. And he believes he’s found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age—he’s just not sure which one is Brianna. Or how she survived.


To uncover the truth, Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. Working ogether, they rediscover their love for each other. But danger is closing in—Eden, Clay, and all their young charges are in jeopardy. As they fight to save their family, Eden realizes that God has been
fighting for them all along. And His plans are for a more abundant life than they’d ever hoped.

Finished It Friday ~ 2012

So here is where Finished It Friday {FiF} is headed for the year of 2012…

This year FiF will be hosted each week here at The Spunky Diva.  Angie {Stitching by Starlight} is going to be focusing on getting more sewing done in 2012, and so has decided at this point to hand over the reins of FiF for the year.

One of my goals for 2012 is to finish a sewing project each week.

I know that sounds like a lot of projects… 52 to be exact… but… I have a really long list of to-do’s that I really, really, really need to get done.  Plus, I am determined that I will get my 2012 Christmas projects done before Christmas this year.  So, by hosting the link-up each week I will be working towards two of my goals for 2012.  You can’t beat that!

On a personal blogging note…  I love linking up to other link parties.  Especially WIP at Freshly Pieced, but I have decided for 2012 I will only post one update post a month.  That post will have my list of projects that are in progress, and what I have been able to cross off.

I hope that you find that Finished It Friday is a fun place to link-up your projects and to find inspiration to finished your sewing to-do’s this coming year.  To make finding past week’s easier, and to keep everyone on track Finished It Friday {FiF} will have it’s own page here at The Spunky Diva.  As each week comes to an end that week’s FiF Party Link will come alive on Friday at 3 a.m. {I had to pick a time so why not pick insanely early, LOL}, and you can post your projects.

Now onto Projects No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 of 2012 ~

No. 1 ~ The first finish is a spring dress for Ms. E:

This was quite a big deal for me since this is the fabric I have been holding onto for a couple years now.  Ever since I won an awesome giveaway over at Ellie Inspired.  I am ‘sew’ happy to have done something with that lovely fabric.

No. 2 ~ a non-sewing project:

No photo either… though you can see it up in the first photo… I stained a magazine holder to hold Mr. SD’s magazines in on the sewing table.  It doesn’t really match the table, but it blends much better than the unstained look.

We have several more of these Ikea magazine containers that need some TLC, but most of them will be out of sight in a bookcase.  Maybe those could be a little more ‘spunky’?

No. 3 ~ a coaster for flowers in Mom’s Guest Bathroom:

This was Grandpa’s bathroom, and now it is mostly my brother’s room and bath, but… it still needed a coaster for under the yellow roses {Grandpa’s favorite}.

I used scraps from the bedskirt and pillows to make a fun, woven, circular coaster that is about the size of a dessert plate.  Forgot to take a picture before I gave it to Ms. E to take over to Grandma.  But since it isn’t anything fancy, I am sure you guys know what a coaster looks like, LOL!

Check out where I am linking up at…

RULES:

1) You can link-up multiple projects you finished or made progress on each week, but… please link to the specific post.  The goal of this link-up is to encourage you to finish your UFOs {Unfinished Objects}.  So link-up your progress reports as well as finished project posts.

2) Visit and leave comments on other projects linked-up.  We all l-o-v-e comments.  Share the Love!

3) Please post the Finished it Friday button on your blog {somewhere, anywhere is fine!} and share a link back to this link party in your post {again somewhere, anywhere is fine!}.

4) Last rule… Have fun, be inspired, and get sewing!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Winner of Dreaming of Books Giveaway is…

Comment Number 43:

(43) Katie W. says:

January 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I’d like:
Now I Walk on Death Row, by Dale S. Recinella
Behind the Veils of Yemen, by Audra Grace Shelby

Thanks to everyone that took the time to enter!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Down 3 Pounds from last week!

Weigh-In Wednesday

Isn’t it funny how your weight can go up and down due to your monthly cycle?

Without doing anything different… if anything I got less workouts in… I lost 3 pounds from last week.  Somehow I don’t think I did ‘that’ much better with my eating.  Especially since we had b-day cake for Ms. V going around.

Yes, my littlest baby girl is a year old now!  {Here is the scrabook page from her birth} Today she goes in for her 1 year check-up.  Do they get shots with this one?  I can’t remember.

Either way, I need to get my duff off this chair and get in my workout before we have to leave.  We are having a day with the grandma’s after the doctor.

Workouts last week:

No running – it was to cold to take the kiddos out in the stroller.

Rode Galaxy four times, and Mr. SD’s project pony once.

Ripped in 30: 3 x Week 2 and 1 x Week 3 workouts.

Weight Stats:

Last Week: 170 pds

This Week: 167 pds

Pounds To Go: 32 pds to 135 Goal Weight

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

If you haven’t entered The Spunky Diva’s stop on the Dreaming Of Books Giveaway Tour entries close today.  Just leave a comment on the giveaway post as to which two books from the list you would like to be entered.  The winner will be announced tomorrow {Jan. 19th}.

Spunky Sponsors


Fat Quarter Shop

Sew Snazzy Etsy Shop Independant Scentsy Constultant - Ginger

~ About Me ~


I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

~Kimberlee

Follow Along

GFC is going away. Here is the 'new' way to follow blogs! Follow me, and I will follow you. ~Kimberlee


Follow by E-mail:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Digi Scrapbook Pages

22 Free Patterns - Download Now
Official AccuQuilt Blogger

Quilting Bloggers Logo