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Friday, December 6, 2013

Memory Wire Bracelet - 2 Shades of Pink



This is a memory wire bracelet. What is really nice about these types of bracelets is that they fit a range of wrist sizes (7-9+) comfortably.

This open ended bracelet pairs 2 shades of pink glass pearls on Silver Plated memory wire that has been curled at the ends. It is easy to put on and remove, but will stay in place for normal activities. (Not intended for intense physical activity, such as sporting events.) All jewelry contains small parts. Parental discretion is advised.

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Pink Octagon Earrings






I found these cool shaped sparkly beads & thought about making a simple bracelet out of them but once I got home I really liked the idea of earrings. They are pink with a sparkle to them & are attached to a silver plated earring hook. These would be great for any occasion.

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Lanyard - Shades of Pink

My husband recently started working for a company that needs to have a key card to enter into every location. My sister-in-law has what she calls a key FOB to do the same. So I started thinking about the fact that some of the people with this security would want something pretty or specialized for their KEY. I have come to realize that many different people use this system from hospital employees to librarians to security personnel.

Lanyard is made with glass pearls in White, dark pink & light pink with clear Swarovski crystals. Will also include plastic ID holder.


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Wall Hangings

New Orleans Fun



"New Orleans Fun" wall hanging measures 17 X 19 inches.

Multi-colored velvets (Burgundy, yellow, gold, green, & blues) are used to create this design of the comedy/tragedy masks along with feathers, sequin ribbon, and 100% silk ivory & gold fabric.


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All That Jazz



"All That Jazz" wall hanging measures 21 x 27 1/2 inches.

Gold Ultra Suede background with black Ultra Suede dancers & musician silhouettes. Sheer netting was used to create a spotlight look on the center dancer. Border & center circle is made with 100% cotton fabric.

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Ballerina

 


Wall hanging is 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

Made with Black ultra suede silhouette, (background) pale pink sequin netting, with turquoise netting skirt in a cathedral window square. Inside square is 8 1/2 x 9 inches.

Today's Kindle Freebies - Dec 6, 2013


Please always remember to double check the purchase price as prices change from hour to hour.
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The Game by Shane Scollins



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Driving Me To You by Julie Farrell



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Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy) by Karice Bolton




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Sophie's Secret (Whispers) by Tara West





















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Dying to Forget (The Station book #1)
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Bracelet - Heralyke Magnetic


It is said that magnet therapy can be a very effective holistic approach to relieving certain types of pain. Whether you believe that or not, magnetic jewelry has become very popular. This beautiful magnetic bracelet was made with a specific friend in mind because she is having some problems with arthritis.

This bracelet is 8 1/2 inches made with 4mm & 6mm magnetic heralyke rounds paired with 12mm heralyke circles, finished with a Silver Plated Lobster Claw Clasp.

WARNING: Magnets, even small ones, can have a detrimental effect on unshielded electrical devices, including computers, watches and other handheld devices. Individuals with certain medical devices, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, should consult with a physician before using any magnetic accessory. Quilty Pleasures Plus makes no assertions regarding the effectiveness of magnet therapy.


Earrings - Blue & Blueberry Puffs




I made a lanyard for a friend using these cool blue puff beads. It came out really well and thought they would make some interesting earrings. I used the wire wrapping method to make the loop for attaching to the silver plated ear hook & paired the blue puff bead with a blueberry fire polished bead to give it a little character.

Bracelet - Black & Yellow Flowers


Bracelet is 8 inches and has a silver plated lobster clasp. All beads used are glass beads - black rounds with a yellow & white flower 4mm, jet black bicone 3mm, & sparkling yellow rondelles 6mm.

Quilt - Blackjack & Craps




"Blackjack & Craps" quilt measures 72 x 85 inches made in a traditional (card trick) design.

100% Cotton fabric used throughout quilt. Features cards & dice fabric on a white cotton background. Color pallet is mostly black, white, & red. 100 % Natural Cotton batting used inside. Back of quilt is white cotton. --Machine quilted--

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Book Review: Connected by Kim Karr

Connected (Connections - Book #1)
by Kim Karr
Kindle edition, 364 pages
Published: May 7, 2013
ASIN: B00COAFVBC
Source: Ebook - Own

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What if a “Once in a Lifetime” could happen twice?


In Dahlia London’s world, happily ever after is a far cry from reality. Her soul has been left completely shattered by tragedy. But a surprising reunion with someone from her past is about to give her a reason to love again…

When rock star River Wilde comes back into Dahlia’s life, their super-charged connection runs deeper than either of them ever expected. The more time they spend together, the more intense their relationship becomes, and Dahlia believes at last she has found her soul mate.

But as old bonds fade and Dahlia’s grief begins to lift, her guilt and confusion remain. River desperately wants to be the one who mends what’s been broken—but with a past that refuses to stay buried, is it possible for their future to begin?

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This is the 1st book I have read by Kim Kerr.  I really liked the book but I did not find myself super eager or antsy to get back to it once I put it down.  Usually when a book sticks with me it is playing over and over in my head of what could happen next until I get back to it.  Like a movie I had to stop in the middle of and have not finished.  This book did not do that for me. 

It was a decent story about a young couple who have been together since high school.  They were each others first loves & first everything really.  They go to the same college and one Halloween night the girl Dahlia meets a guy in a bar when she is hanging out with her friend Aerie.  Dahlia is drawn to River and she can't explain the connection.  She knows it is wrong to want this man because she has Ben whom she has known her whole life, is her best friend, her lover & she loves very much but she still wants River.  So Dahlia does what she knows she has to.  She leaves and runs from those feelings she has for River. Poor River does not even know her name because she never told him.

Dahlia & Ben have a good life.  Ben is a reporter and Dahlia works with her friend Aerie.

Ben is being given an award and as they are in route to attend the award ceremony but Ben is suddenly ripped from her life.  Dahlia is devastated.  It takes her 2 years to get her life back together and on track and now she has a new assignment from Aerie who wants her to get out into the real world again.  This 1st assignment is to interview River Wilde.  Dahlia is nervous and excited at the same time to see River again.  She is not sure what to expect from this meeting.  Dahlia is not even sure that River will remember her.  I mean really he has a million fans waiting to fall at his feet, why would he remember her.

The one day interview turns into a weekend getaway, then a week and more.  River and Dahlia do not want to be apart ever.  Their love & connection for each other was sudden but it seems like it has been there since there meeting at the bar 5 years ago. 

Everything seems to be moving right along for the couple.  They are completely happy and in love.  Then something unexpected happens & Dahlia ends up in the hospital.
Then the book flashes to Ben's journal.  Ben always keeps one, he writes down everything.  This is where the story gets confusing and it is about 95% into the story.  This cliffhanger will lead into the next book in the series "Torn" which I will be reading and reviewing next for you.
I am hoping that the 2nd book will grab me a bit more & keep my attention.

Happy Reading.

The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers – Book #1)
by G.P. Ching
Kindle edition, 312 pages
Published: June 24th 2011
ISBN: 1460995457
Source: Ebook – Own

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When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, a beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a gifted warrior charged with protecting human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions Dr. Silva's motives for helping him.

Don't miss these other books in The Soulkeepers Series:


Weaving Destiny (Book 2) -Available now

Return to Eden (Book 3) - Available now
Soul Catcher (Book 4) - Coming Soon

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Jacob has lost his father (Charlie) to the war & now his mother Lily has disappeared. Jacob is sent to live with his Uncle John (Charlie's brother) while they still try to find Lily. Jacob meets Malini & they become best friends. Malini is of Indian decent & Jacob is half Chinese. With these differences being in Paris is difficult. The people of Paris are very prejudice about anything & anyone different. Jacob also meets Dr. Silva which is the start of a new understanding of the world.

Through this journey you see Malini & Jacob's relationship reach a different level of understanding & love for one another. You see Jacob's insecurities with Dr. Silva. You also see Jacob become who he always was a Soulkeeper. 

This book was very interesting concept. I liked the story & the characters. I feel that for myself not being from a religious background I was not able to follow everything that was going on in the story. There is a lot of talk of the stories in the bible & what happened between God & Lucifer as well as the Fallen Angels/Watchers. I think that someone who is more educated in the Bible & religion would enjoy & follow this story with no problems.

I will be reading the next book in the series.  I did fall for Jacob.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quilt - Falafel















"Falafel" quilt measures 77 X 88 inches. (Can fit bed size from twin to double) Cathedral Window design made with a twist. Cathedral window squares are sewn through to the back creating a quilting design on the back of the quilt giving more stability to the quilt.

Fabrics chosen include Burnt Sienna Eyelet, Forest Green, Taupe, & Ivory solids with a paisley print. Approximately 20 yards of 100% cotton.






Custom Baby Quilt for Krystal

Soon to be Mom loves her new baby quilt from QuiltyPleasuresPlus. 

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This quilt was given to one of my co-workers at work.  I happen to adore Krystal and knew she would love a one-of-a-kind quilt. 

Krystal was very happy with all of her baby stuff.  But baby quilts are something to cherish and hold onto.  Once your little boy or girl is grown you look back at that quilt and have fond memories of your little one.

This quilt has bright colors and fun shapes.


Today's Kindle Freebies - Dec 5, 2013

Shakedown: The Church Street District

by Shawn Lytie

**Book 1 of the SHAKEDOWN Trilogy**                                                                                                 



After surviving the floods of Hurricane Katrina, Tony's move to Orlando, Florida appeared to be heaven sent. He was able to open up one of the hottest night clubs in the downtown's Church Street District. 
Club Metropolis became the talk of the town and the success it garnered put Tony in the spotlight. Tony reveled in his new found success but his happiness was short lived when he was approached by Patrick, a notorious gangster in the area, who gave him an ultimatum. Patrick told Tony he could either pay him so his club could continue to conduct business in The Church Street District or he could refuse and come up missing. Tony refused Patrick's offer without giving it a second thought. The next night, one of his club's bouncers was brutally murdered in an abandoned warehouse. The murder was a clear attempt to intimidate and force an agreement but Tony did not bulge. Instead of backing down, he recruited his cousin Stephanie and prepared for war.




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Moving Forward by Heather Little


Moving Forward is a collection of poetry by author Heather V. Little. Ranging from the inspirational "Moving Forward" to the sci-fi inspired "Robotic Hands" this collection of electic poetry can be enjoyed by any poetry lover.






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Sex, Secrets and Sensible Shoes by Mona French


Sexual tensions, dark secrets and nice shoes make for a book bursting with humour and good times. Julia has a husband who wants her dead. Her friend Natalie has a sad secret and Annie wants a baby. She goes to amazing, sexually charged lengths to get her wish. Lynn has the darkest secret you could imagine and writes best sellers in between bulemia and a dangerous love of chocolate! Other characters flit into their lives, bring hope, love, fear and mistrust. Is the vicar kosher? Has the retired Engand International got a heart? Is Kathryn a slut? Why does Bruno stalk Julia? Is Venice really that beautiful? How did Gil learn to do the waltz? Just how much damage can one half brick do to an expensive sports car? All of life is crammed into these few, hedonistic pages from the annals of The Comfortable Shoe Club'. This book should be read in a semi recumbent position, preferably with a tall drink at hand. You'll laugh ... you'll cry ... and maybe you'll do both at once. This one is worth putting your knitting down for, girls. Mona French can read souls!
The Biggest Lie by Lisbeth Foye

The Hague, Holland 1976
After a procession of hapless relationships, 23 year-old Lana Milton finds herself recklessly falling for a man who should be out of bounds, but despite fighting with her emotions the affair begins, an affair which can only cause pain and heartache; not only to Lana but - more importantly - to the innocent party.
Coming face to face with the one person she is hurting the most, Lana has to make a decision which breaks her heart. She knows that she is the only one to make the choice, something she can only do by lying, a lie which betrays the truth. Lana’s distortion of the truth closes the door on the only real love she has known.
In life’s ups and downs even her best friend Tess, is not what she seems. Tess turns on her, leaving her and their friendship in tatters.
From Holland, Lana moves on to a new start in London where she meets rich, tormented Howard Marshall. Howard is frustratingly aware that his love for Lana is not reciprocated. Slowly, over-time his attempts to control her with his furtive mind-games and calculated derisory tactics only serve to curtail the chance of her ever loving him back in return.
After nearly 20 years of manipulation, Howard’s desperate struggle to break the woman he loves finally backfires when Lana, now middle-aged and fuelled with the still-burning embers of her long-ago love, confronts Howard. She stands up to his bullying and devious malicious ways, her anger fills her with a renewed strength in which she finds the courage to leave him to start her life yet again.
Now in her late fifties and living in a calm, non-disruptive world close to her family, Lana is content and yearns for nothing more in life.
But fate has other ideas as it smashes through the door to bring her life around, full circle, lifting her up in a whirlwind to drop her on the Pacific coast in Southern California.
The Biggest Lie – a tale of love, friendship, hope and strength is set in the era of glitter-ball discos which grows to maturity in the 21st century. Proof, that it’s never too late for anything...

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Herbs And Essential Oils For Fatigue And Energy (Natural Home Remedies)
by Elizabeth Summers


Fatigue and energy is a pandemic health issue all across Western society, especially in the US. 65% of our adults will have trouble sleeping tonight, with an even higher percentage among those who are reading this right now. There are millions depending on morning coffee or energy drinks (which are usually repeated throughout the entire day), caffeinated sodas, and other stimulants just to stay awake, and then a similar plethora of sleep medications to come down for sleep each night. These are all very destructive to our ability to get sleep, let alone quality sleep, and keep regular, but our go-go-go culture pushes people into a cycle of stress and exhaustion, even if they are sleeping well. For these situations I have always suggested sticking to more natural means while trying to fix the problem, instead of chronically relying on medications, foods, and substances that are known to be dangerously bad for us. In this text I will go over some of the highly effective classic herbs and essential oils for helping get rest, improvements in energy, and increasing your body’s’ ability to deal with stress when it does happen.

Elizabeth Summers has been working with herbs and natural medicine for over twenty years, starting by working with friends and family and eventually branching out into the community and the world of medicine out of a profound need to help people. We live in a sick world, and her written work is one way to try to spread the simple but profound health inherent in nature to those who need it. Elizabeth has written on dozens of natural and homeopathic topics, from acute injuries and disease, to diet, pregnancy, and simply trying to thrive in a world of plenty that unfortunately usually leads to dysfunction instead of health. Look for her many other natural remedies pieces here on Amazon!
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Surrender (The Ferryman + The Flame) by Rhiannon Paille

 How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
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The Tycoon's Revenge (Baby for the Billionaire - Book One)
by Melody Anne
Jasmine Freeman’s world is about to tumble down around her and the one responsible for it is none other than her first love, Derek Titan. She hasn't seen him in ten years, and they are both going to learn the truth of what happened back then.

Jasmine grew up wealthy and oblivious to the destruction her father caused all around him. Derek was from the wrong side of the tracks. In ten years their lives will be reversed. He is now a multi-billionaire tycoon and she works hard, but barely gets by due to her father’s unethical business practices.

Derek comes seeking revenge and instead finds out he has a half grown son and the woman he's been angry with for so many years is not who he thought she was. They both fight against the passion they still feel for each other, but in the end it is irresistible.

Come take the journey with Derek and Jasmine as they rediscover a passion that never died and the lies that kept them apart.
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Seasons of the Moon Series, Books 1-4 by SM Reine
Six Moon Summer
All Hallows' Moon
Long Night Moon
Gray Moon Rising 
When Rylie went to summer camp, she didn't expect to get bitten by a werewolf and turn into a monster. She also didn't expect to fall in love--especially not with a werewolf hunter.
  
Between ravenous werewolf packs, a bloodthirsty family of hunters, and Rylie's battle with her inner wolf, all the odds are stacked against Rylie's love for Seth. But Seth will do anything to be with her... even if it means turning against his family and sacrificing everything.

Tree Skirts

Red & Green Prints

Tree Skirt measures 50 inches. Consists of Red & Green Christmas print 100% cotton fabric.

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Table Top Tree Skirt - Patch Work Red & Green



Patch Work Red & Green table top tree skirt measures 30 inches. Made with 100% cotton. Consists of Christmas print fabric.

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Table Top Tree Skirt - Red & White



Red & White table top tree skirt measures 30 inches. Is made with 100% cotton fabric consisting of White with ivy & Red with snowflakes Back fabric is Green.
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Table Top Tree Skirt - Red, White & Blue
Red, White & Blue table top tree skirt measures 30 inches. Is made with red lace & 100% cotton fabric.
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Table Top Tree Skirt - Gold Lame

30 inch table top tree skirt is made of gold lame fabric with white cotton backing.