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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quilt Eye-Candy

Q is for Quilt!  Oh man there are such talented people out there in the world of quilting!  I'm plugging away at it, trying to finish 2 this year.  

Here are some of my favorite quilts from my Pinterest board (none of these are my personal creations.  Please don't mistake me for someone with actual talent).

This yellow and gray.  *swoon*
advanced quilting, yellow quilt, gray quilt, chevron quilt backing
I have a thing for yellow:
Jelly Roll Quilt, strip quilt, beginner quilt
This pink and tulip quilt is the sweetest thing:
Helen Philipps: Petunias, Bluebells and a Tulip Quilt, pink quilt, baby girl quilt
Finally, this bright quilt made from scraps is a cheerful one!
scrap quilt, scrappy quilt, 16 patch
If you are a quilt lover too, follow along on my Pinterest Board!

Follow TheBargainBabe's board quilts on Pinterest.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pet Peeves

Slow traffic.  Pockets full of change.  Cluttered cabinets.  Visible nose-hairs.

We all have them.  Pet peeves that is.

None of the above are hugely bothersome to me.  But do you know what is?

Twisted socks.  You know the little seam around your toes?  If that thing gets twisted it will drive me batty!  Even worse is when you put on your shoe and the sock gets twisted INSIDE.  Then you have to take the whole shoe off and try again.

Other things that annoy:
Squeaky shopping cart wheel.  Like get it together Cart. I don't need to announce myself each time I try to turn down an aisle.

Unflushed public toilets.  I don't want to look at my own crap, much less YOURS.

Teenage talk.  "Presh" needs to go away.

Your turn. . .what are YOUR biggest pet peeves?

Monday, April 21, 2014

On the importance of reading aloud to children

Have you read Jim Trelease's "The Read Aloud Handbook"? 
Or Mem Fox's "Reading Magic"?
If your answer is no-- go get one and read it as soon as possible.  My small town library has a copy of both so there's a good chance that your library would have them as well.

These are both fabulous books that go in-depth about the value of reading aloud to children...of ALL ages.  

Reading aloud:
  • is a bonding time
  • is screen-free
  • builds vocabulary
  • enhances listening skill
  • develops background knowledge for future learning
  • breeds familiarity with written structure
  • fosters imagination 
  • gives parents and children a common interest, something to talk about
  • lets kids hear what reading fluency sounds like (using character voices, pauses, etc)
Here are some of my favorite picture book read alouds:

   The Three Billy Goats Gruff 

And finally, a Pinnable image so you don't have to try to remember all of the titles!