Maryland Sheep & Wool Fest 2016








This Mother’s Day Tom surprised me by bringing Kurtis home with him after work on Saturday night. The boys and I went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival on Sunday, and it was such a beautiful day! We have been having so much rain lately, that it was amazing the have a clear day with blue skies and a great breeze.
It only takes us a little over an hour from our house to get to the fairgrounds, but we actually have not been since 2006!
I got some yarn, spinning stuff, and a bag of unprocessed fleece that B seems excited about helping me wash this Summer. I haven’t washed & carded fleece in so many years, but I think I remember the basics.
On the way home from the festival we stopped in to get some takeout from a restaurant I like in Frederick. I never like trying to eat out on Mother’s Day as it seems like restaurants are always so very full!
Once home I had to do a little spinning with some of my new buys. I had such a good weekend since Saturday Molly and I celebrated Free Comic Book Day in York PA. We stopped at an antique mall too and found a few fun things. Mostly its just nice to have such great weather for getting out of the house.

Podcasts, Books, and other fun things

Today I thought I’d share some things I’ve been into lately…books, podcasts, and whatever else I can think of. Personally I am always on the look out for new books & new podcasts. I listen to podcasts while I sew, and I go through reading phases (when I have good books) where I stay up way too late reading in bed. It’s the best!

I read most of my books on the Ipad through a free app called Overdrive. You make a free account and then if your library participates you can sign in with your library info and borrow books from your library that way (e-books, audiobooks, and videos) Now I live in a small town and was a little disappointed with the selection of e-books offered by my library. However I did a little research and found out that because I am a resident of PA I could have a card to the Philly Free Library! From their website A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge. If you end up signing up for an Overdrive account and either your library doesn’t participate or has a very small selection, it may be worth doing a little research to see if any of the larger cities in your state offer free cards to all state residents. The philly free library even allows you to register online and get your card info right away!

The Paper Magician Series – My friend Molly recommended this series and after she talked to me about it a bit while we were driving one day I knew I had to check it out. I had actually signed up for a Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial (I don’t own a Kindle but could read anything from it on the Kindle App for my Ipad) I liked the idea that its unlimited, so you don’t have a set # of books you can borrow each month. Anyhow, Amazon had all 3 of the Paper Magician books for kindle unlimited so that’s how I read them all. I really loved the entire world created in the books. There are a few little things I didn’t care for in the books, but nothing that would make me wish I hadn’t read them. I heard that they are even going to be making a film, and I can’t wait to see little paper Fennel on the big screen :)

The Mermaid’s Sister – This was another book that was on Kindle Unlimited, but Molly had also recommended it. It was such an interesting story, and kept me drawn in.

Challenger Deep – I actually read this book some time back, but I did a search on my blog and can’t believe I have not talked about it. I first read Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series of books and I love those for the great writing & escape into dystopia. I loved Challenger Deep for lots of different reasons. It is still amazing storytelling, just about something that is very real, mental illness. It’s hands down one of the best books I’ve read in some time, and one I find myself still thinking about. Caden Bosch is the main character, and the book is told in first person perspective. You follow along as Caden drifts between the real world and the one his mental illness is creating, his descent into schizophrenia. I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say its both devastating and hopeful.
A quote that really touched me from the book “The fear of not living is a deep, abiding dread of watching your own potential decompose into irredeemable disappointment when ‘should be’ gets crushed by what is. Sometimes I think it would be easier to die than to face that, because ‘what could have been’ is much more highly regarded than ‘what should have been.’ Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug.”
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Now onto Podcasts..
Modern Sewciety– I first started listening to this podcast when my friend Jessee was interested. I loved that there were so many old episodes for me to go back and listen to, I still have not run out. If you like sewing, quilts, interviews will all kinds of makers, fabric designers, pattern designers I think you’ll love this one. Nice long episodes that are casual and laid back like hanging out with a sewing friend.

The Crafty Planner Podcast – This one is new to me (and that means I had about 60 episodes to catch up on, which I always love) Really great interviews with Lizzy House & Tula Pink, and I’m sure so many others! I just need to play catch up.

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and other fun things! Here’s some stuff I have stumbled across recently and wanted to share.

Moomin Product Gallery– though a lot of these products I will never be able to buy because of where they are sold, I love looking through and seeing all the fun moomin things! And related The Official Moomin Blog is filled with so many good things. I particularly enjoy the posts about vintage Moomins like this one featuring wreaths drawn by Tove Jansson, this one featuring ceramics from the 50’s, and this one talking about the Moomin museum reopening in Nov of this year, and all the new treasure they will have on display.

The Circus Museum – An amazing resource to browse! From the website Welcome to circusmuseum.nl, the ultimate image bank with posters, photos and prints from the collection of Jaap Best, the Netherlands’ largest collection of circus memorabilia. For your enjoyment, our online show, now has nearly eight thousand circus posters from 1880 to the present, from the Netherlands to America, from A2 format to several square metres. At the heart of the collection, and dating from 1880-1930, are nearly 3,500 colour lithographs by the Hamburg printer Adolph Friedländer. This year alone we have added 7,000 circus photos and picture postcards. Our sophisticated search engine has hundreds of headwords – not just for acts and artistes, and for owners and individual circuses, but also for fairs, variety shows and the theatre.

Long-Forgotten – A amazing blog all about Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Lots of good history with photos and illustrations. Makes me very excited to visit Disney again!

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April’s Plush Of The Month Club




Plush Of The Month Club boxes for April contained plush rain clouds (April showers bring May flowers) and all that. We’ve actually been getting a ton of rain this May and I am ready for a break!
The boxes came with notepads I had printed, and flower scented gum. I thought the gum would hint at the May flowers. I was really terrible about getting photos of this months, so I made sure to take lots of in progress photos for the May boxes.