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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Something Pretty Doll Blanket/Toddler Lap Blanket

Crochet Something Pretty Doll Blanket/Toddler Lap Blanket. Link to free pattern by Mille Makes in post.


Ever since I made this doll blanket for my older daughter, Sweet Pea has been asking what I'm making and if it's for her. This is the Something Pretty pattern by Mille Makes found here on Ravelry for free. 


Crochet Something Pretty Doll Blanket/Toddler Lap Blanket. Link to free pattern by Mille Makes in post.


It was very inexpensive because the pink and grey were yarn I bought on clearance at Michaels. I don't usually buy yarn without a specific project in mind but they really caught my eye. 

Crochet Something Pretty Doll Blanket/Toddler Lap Blanket. Link to free pattern by Mille Makes in post.


This is a doll blanket/toddler lap blanket for my 3 yr old.

Crochet Something Pretty Doll Blanket/Toddler Lap Blanket. Link to free pattern by Mille Makes in post.


I joined the squares using the completely flat zipper method from Look At What I Made.

Crochet Something Pretty Doll Blanket/Toddler Lap Blanket. Link to free pattern by Mille Makes in post.


The edging is the bobble shell edging by Attic24. It made the blanket a bit wavy, but I’m still glad I did it.

I love this pattern! The squares work up quickly and are so pretty and fun. I will do this again for sure! 


Monday, June 29, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Book review of A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House) by papertapepins



A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she villain or victim? 

Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

A Worthy Pursuit is another hilarious western adventure from Karen Witemeyer. When the school for exceptional youths where she is headmistress closes, Charlotte takes off in the dead of night with three students, one of whom is an orphan whose mother left her to Charlotte. The little girl's grandfather will do anything in his power to take her away, but Charlotte is equally determined to keep Lily safely out of his reach.

Stone Hammond, a bounty hunter sent to retrieve Lily, is forced to reconsider what really is the right thing legally and for the little girl once he catches up to Charlotte and her charges. She knows there's not much she can do if he decides to take the girl but he seems to be more than just hired muscle. Maybe there's a glimmer of hope left.

Stone and Charlotte are very different and often at odds with each other which provides much of the comedy in the book. I thought dime novels Lily reads were a particularly nice touch. Ms. Witemeyer's stories are always so much fun, and this one is right up there with some of her best such as A Taylor Made Bride or Head In The Clouds. The romance may be a little much at times but it's squeaky clean and the writing is solid. A wonderful summer escape!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


About the Author
  1. Karen Witemeyer
    Photo courtesy of Amber Gilbert

    Karen Witemeyer

    Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award, and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes in giving the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Abilene,...

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

DVD Player Carrying Case

Carrying case for portable DVD players free tutorial from makeit-loveit


I saw this tutorial for a portable DVD player tote by Make It - Love It a couple years ago but never had either the batting or material to make it. We were using the box the DVD players came in for years until it completely fell apart and then we went to a reuseable grocery bag. We were always very careful with them but it was certainly not ideal. Someone was bound to drop the bag or step on it or such eventually.

Carrying case for portable DVD players free tutorial from makeit-loveit

I think this bag is a major upgrade! I just wish I'd made it a long time ago. It's all lined with quilt batting, and there's room for 2 DVD players inside with a divider in between.

Carrying case for portable DVD players free tutorial from makeit-loveit

I like the nice roomy pleated pocket on the back for cords, etc.

Carrying case for portable DVD players free tutorial from makeit-loveit

The tutorial on Make It - Love It was a little intimidating to me at first because she doesn't give you any measurements, only instructions, but if you measure your DVD players, add seam allowance, plus a little for the quilt batting you'll be fine. It was actually pretty easy to put together. I didn't have enough fabric for a strap so I just got a metre of nylon webbing and attached that.


Carrying case for portable DVD players free tutorial from makeit-loveit






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