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Favorites | A Happy Calendar

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Sometimes, all it takes are the little things to make my day brighter. Like this free Hallmark Datebook, for instance. I picked one up last year and fell in love with it. For me, it’s the epitome of the perfect pocket calendar. I was so disappointed not to find one for the new year when I was at Hallmark in January. I figured that they must not be giving them away anymore. So, I just may have squealed inside when my sister brought this home for me. It may be nearly five months late, but I’m not going to complain.

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A Search for the Perfect Baby Blanket Pattern

Last month I realized that I have yarn, Yarn, & YARN. It’s not like I’ve never realized it before, nor do I even have a TON, but it’s too much for my minimalistic mind to deal with. So, I went on a search for the perfect baby blanket pattern in order to use up two huge skeins of yarn that have been sitting around. Of course, if you know me, you know the first place I go to look for yarn patterns is LionBrand.com. They have the best patterns! If you ever find your hands itching to knit or crochet, head on over there and check out their fabulous collection.

I was so thrilled when I saw this pattern. It just seemed to call my name. And even better, it looks like a really impressive knit, but is actually super easy to make. Perfect.

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I’ve been hard at work knitting this month in an effort to finish it before May rolls around. I’m really bad about starting projects and then never finishing them. But this one … I . will . finish . it . this . month . period. I am rather motivated thinking about the two large skeins of yarn that will no longer be taking up space in my yarn storage box. Oh, and speaking of that, I’m using this yarn in the color Clay. I bought it on sale several years back for $3.85 a skein. For you non-yarn buyers, that is a deal! It was originally $10.99.

I can’t wait to share pictures with you all. Keep your eyes peeled for them early next month!

books · good reads

Good Reads | March ’15

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  • Operation Mincemeat: This was a great historical account of the behind-the-scenes espionage and spy activity that led to the victorious D-Day on the beaches of Sicily. Well written and very detailed (a little much unnecessary detail for me), but an excellent read overall.
  • Boston Jane: An Adventure: & Boston Jane: The Claim: I loved these books and series (though I was disappointed to not be able to read the second book as my library doesn’t have it). It reminded me so much of Gloria Whelan’s Island trilogy, which are some of my very favorite historical fiction books. This series is set in the mid 1800’s in first Philadephia and then Oregon and chronicles the adventures of tomboyish-turned-lady Jane Peck.