Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style

by Tim Gunn

From Good Reads:  If you are a fan of Tim Gunn, crisp grammar, fashion, and excellent vocabulary, then this book is for you.
My thoughts:  I am a fan of Tim's, so this book was definitely for me!  I felt the most useful tips are in the section about what to keep and what to toss from your closet.  Those of you who read my blog already know that I am on a fitness journey that has significantly changed my body.  (Thank you, CrossFit!)  In Tim's chapter titled Diagnosing the Common Closet under Items that Don't Fit he says, "There is no reason to have something taking up space in your closet that does not make you feel good.  These items must go."  Tim also tells us, "Clothes do not exist to humiliate their owners...  please be kind to yourself."

Wise words.  Thanks, Tim!

So, what are you reading?

;-)  -Marci

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last Minute Spooky Banner

October is flying!  'Thought I better get some Halloween crafts done.  This one is completely inspired by Holli from Holli's Hoots and Hollers!  She was so sweet to guest post for me this month.  Did you see Holli's Shopping Trip?   I completely stole one of the ideas and ran with it!

This little banner didn't take much time at all.  It began with a tag punch, leaf punch and some raffia.

After a bit of stenciling letters, the leaves and tags were threaded onto the raffia.

Ta da!  I bet you're afraid to come over now, huh?

My house is spooky!

;-)  -Marci

Link Party Feature!

Being featured has to be one of the biggest compliments!  My recipe for Sweet Tea

is being featured at the Wake Up Wednesday Link Party!  I'd like to send a big

Thank You

to all the lovely hostesses!

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LINK PARTY! Tuesdays with a Twist

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist!

Back to the Basics
We're your co-hosts:
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 Y'all make choosing features so difficult!  There were GOBS of great links last week!  Thank you!  My feature this week is...  (drum roll please)

These super cute Ghostly Pot Heads!

 (Sorry!  I can't get the photo to load!)

from  Crafty Lumberjacks!  I think I have time to whip these out before Halloween!
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Features and Results from The Great Blog Train!

God’s Growing Garden
The 22nd GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO. It was a wonderful trip with 40 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner is: E.A.
(I have contacted the winner by email)

W   A   N   T   E   D  :

The Great Blog Train by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo BlogTrainDestination_zps2925d251.jpg

(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for 2015).

If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Crocheted Cowl Giveaway & Introduction to My Etsy Store by Hope in the Healing

photo 3 (88)
My Flea Market Garden by My Flagstaff Home

Please join us for the NOVEMBER Great Blog Train
on November 5th, 2014!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

We've lost two of our beloved pets this year.  When I posted about them, sweet Linda sent me this lovely poem.  It was very comforting, so I wanted to share it with everyone. 
Hugs to you, Linda!  ((Linda))  Thank you for being so very sweet! 
I don't know if this lovely piece has a title.  Here is how it came to me.
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here." I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me." You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away." You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.
Author ~ Unknown ~♥~
;-)  -Marci