Here is a message from our Sweet Katie:
Most of you know how much I enjoy reading. Not just your blogs, but books too. Every month I post a new book list. I started thinking last night ( while reading a book) about how much I used to enjoy Oprah’s book club. I miss her show. I do watch several programs on her OWN network though….. So, today I am announcing Katherines Corner Book Club!
I realize a good book club takes time to build. But it can evolve into something wonderful.
A good book club needs : Members- You,
A good book- We’ll choose one together ( choices are listed below),
A meeting place- Here
A meeting time- Just once a month we’ll choose the book and you can leave comments on the book club page throughout the month.
It’s basically a no obligation book club. It’s sharing your thoughts through comments on the book club page throughout the month. What do you think?
We already have a common connection through Katherines Corner through our bloggy friendship so we’re off to a good start.
Leave your book choice ( from the selection below) in the comments section on this post and then just Join the book club members list on the book club page.
The book with the most votes is the book we will use for our first book club book. Starting next week! You can purchase your book through my book shop Click HERE Or just go to the book list page here at Katherines Corner or from your local book seller when all the votes are in.
Terminally ill Jack is determined to get his fractured family back together.
Three generations of women explore the complicated and often contradictory aspects of friendship.
A daughter's “smart” doll knows to much. The world technology has evolved in this science fiction novel.
Lets Take The Long Way Home By Gail Caldwell -
A celebration of life and friendship.
Lets keep inviting people. You can post the book club button on your sidebar, or blog about it, etc. This is the button code
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Hopefully we will always have a core group, and together we will make the Katherines Corner book club a fun and interesting experience.
Creative Challenge from Vintage Image Craft
Paper Doll Party
Can you create a PAPER DOLL inspired craft?? Bring your paper doll idea to life using vintage images from VIC. Submit your craft photo, and you may win a new copy of "Artful Paper Dolls" by the renowned designer and author, Terry Taylor! FREE Victorian vintage images are posted on VIC's Facebook for you to download between June 14 and July 5. Or you can purchase ready-to-print Image Books from our VIC Store. Cut up those images and craft something cute, kitchy or expressive.
Through July 22, you can submit your paper doll vintage-inspired craft photo to Vintage Image Craft -- and the Challenge is On!! The top three winners will share adulation, international acclaim, and PRIZES!
Your project can be a card, ornament, decoration, tag, ATC, altered book, scrapbook page, jewelry, box or any other craft. Use a VIC vintage image, free on Facebook or purchased from Vintage Image Craft for your "paper doll" parts. Incorporate any techniques, including collage, assemblage, altered art, stamping and/or distressing. Digital artwork is welcome.
Submit your entry by July 22, 2011 by sending photos or scans of your artwork (up to four) a full description of the techniques, materials and products you used. Winners will be announced by July 29, 2011.
JUDGING: Entries will be judged on creative use of vintage images, design, color, materials and textures, embellishment, techniques, and pure whimsy. The judges are Scott Henderson and Martin Bray.
PRIZES: First Prize is a copy of Terry Taylor's remarkable book, artful paper dolls from Lark Books. Terry takes paper dolls in a dozen new directions. Here are paper dolls re-interpreted through imaginative materials, craft technologies, and mixed-media. They include paper dolls as symbols, social commentary, fashion decoration, and yes, even toys. But as the book cover states, "These are not the paper dolls of your childhood!" The book is a $14.95 value (donated by Lark Books!).
And a prize beyond value: The winning craft and artist will be displayed on the VintageImageCraft Home Page! Second Prize is ONE download of a VintageImageCraft Card Book of your choice, an $8.99 value. Third Prize is ONE download of a VintageImageCraft Image Book of your choice, a $4.99 value. VintageImageCraft invites you to submit your "Paper Doll Craft" by July 22, 2011! Submit Your Entry Photo and Description Dress Up Your Paper Doll - and you could win a prize and fame!
The past couple of days have been so hot and humid that it has been difficult to accomplish much of anything outside in our yard and garden. We really have fun puttering around in our yard, and this year we planted a very small garden, as well. The girls are really excited about watching the strawberry and tomato plants grow and they can hardly wait to eat that first tiny strawberry (even though it is still green!). Yesterday it was really hot in the afternoon, so we got out the hose and washed down the deck. Great fun! We scrubbed the deck chairs and cleaned off the picnic table, and then washed off the patio blocks that our Daddy has been working on for the past few weeks. It is going to be beautiful when it is finished!
So this morning when we awoke to the sound of raindrops on the roof and some distant rumbles of thunder, it was so delightful to anticipate a day of clouds and rain. It is still rather hot, and of course, very humid, but somehow the clouds create a sense of peaceful, calm, and restful respite from the heat. A rainy day always offers the opportunity to catch up on some housekeeping tasks . . . so, now that the laundry is finished, and the house is cleaned, I am looking forward to working on the budget for a bit to make sure we are still on track with some of our financial goals for the year. Since I've been keeping up with that fairly regularly, it shouldn't take long to figure it out, and then I'm going to get my sewing machine set up. I haven't had time to sew in quite a while, between writing and teaching, and of course, kids and a husband ;o) but today is the day, and I can hardly wait to get going on some of my other creative projects!
Here are a few pictures of our little yard and garden projects in the rain this morning . . . . there will be many more opportunities to capture the moments of summer, but for today, I am just grateful for a rainy June day. Hope you are enjoying your day, wherever you are!
Looking for ideas to bring more color to your house and yard, but the budget has limited your dreams? We had always lived in an old, Victorian house that was remodeled over a period of about 20 years. It wasn’t a fancy house at all,just a regular ol’ house that we painted a vintage blue with white trim and black shutters. But with window boxes filled to overflowing with bright red impatiens, trailing ivy vines, and tiny blue lobelia, our house was a riot of color every summer!
We now live in a smaller house, a lake cottage that had not received much TLC by the previous owners. So, one of our goals over the next few summers is to make it our very own by planting gardens and flower beds, building a bigger deck / patio area, fixing the driveway, and improving the lawn. But, that little obstacle called a “budget” means that we can only do a little bit at a time. One of the first projects on our list is to build three window boxes and fill them with bright red and white flowers! I’ve tried other colors over the years, but I am still partial to red for some reason. Perhaps because a cluster of red impatiens on my picnic table or in a hanging basket (and especially in my window boxes!) just seems to shout, “Hooray! It’s summer!”
So, if you are wondering how you can bring a bit of cheer and color to your home and garden, you might want to consider starting with a couple of window boxes. They are quite easy, actually, if you just want to start with window boxes that you can purchase from your local hardware store. They are available in a variety of sizes and colors, with holes in the bottom for drainage. Then, the only other hardware you will need is the brackets for attaching them to your house.
To keep them from becoming too heavy from the dirt, you will need for planting the flowers, you can fill the bottom half of the window boxes with packing peanuts (which are also good for drainage, but also will retain moisture enough to keep your flowers happy), and then fill the top of the window boxes with good potting soil. You should be able to fill two window boxes with one flat of your favorite flowers, but you might also want to include a few trailing vines and just a couple smaller flowers of an accent color.
This is a relatively small project that will get you moving in the direction of bringing a bright splash of color to your home and garden, even if you can’t do everything you might want to do out there this summer! Remember, a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step,so get moving! Take that first, small step and you will be delighted with the results. Have a great summer, and enjoy the beauty of the season.