Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

This was a long project. I started at the end of May but with moving to a new city and summer I didn't finish until October. I found this flower square on Dada’s Place and when I looked through the projects on Ravelry I came across bedcrafter’s daisy square ( I loved bedcrafter's colours and I really appreciate the breakdown she gives on the differences between the original flower square and Dada’s daisy square.

I used Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly which is a DK weight yarn. Loops & Threads (Michaels store brand) is my go to acrylic yarn. I find it holds up well and has a nicer feel than a lot of other cheap acrylics. 

I have never felt very confident about my granny square layouts, and this time I used this very useful granny squares pattern randomizer for my layout:

The border I used is from the crochet "I love you" blanket by Repeat Crafter Me.

This is the only picture I have of the entire blanket - it's hard to get a good one!

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

Initially I was disappointed with the length of the blanket. I had planned to make it a row or two longer, but once I finished the border it was the perfect size for a cozy couch blanket. 

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

Cheery Crochet Spring Daisy Blanket by @papertapepins with link to free pattern!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

Book review of A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck (Zondervan) by papertapepins

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?
College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.
Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.
When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.
Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?
In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.
A Royal Christmas Wedding is the last book in the Royal Weddings series. The series starts off with a bang with the dreamy modern fairytale of Once Upon A Prince, where Susanna meets her prince, and comes around to finish with Susanna's younger sister.
Those kingdom of Brighton traditions and customs just keep cropping up to cause trouble for the royal family and certain fair American maidens. I tell you, it's a real problem. There is yet another centuries old tradition at the center of this book, along with Madeleine and Hyacinth, who are such a fun addition to the stories.
In this case you should start with the first book in the series and read them in order, and although they certainly could be enjoyed on their own, you may find yourself somewhat lost and wondering what was being referenced in regards to Avery's family or other characters. The problem with starting at the beginning is that book one is definitely my favourite and although I enjoyed the other 3 they never completely recapture the magic. I had high hopes for this one and it very nearly lived up to the first. I wasn't totally convinced on the delivery of a couple of events, although the cupcake scene was well done, and I felt that the wrap up of a couple problems was rather sudden and contrived. Overall though, it's a lovely modern day fairytale to curl up with a cup of hot tea and dream away.
I received this book from Zondervan. 
About the Author
Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

Book review of Without Warning by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.
Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

I loved this book! I am a long time fan of Lynette Eason and but I really didn't enjoy the first book in this series. I never could get into it. I was nervous to start reading this one because I wasn't sure I'd like it but this book is nothing like the first one. It's fantastic! Christian romantic suspense at it's best. Love the characters, the storyline, everything about it is true to Lynette Eason's style. 

From the very beginning you are pulled into the middle of the action. This could be the storyline of a popular investigation tv series, except that they would likely make it gory, and it would of course be lacking the element of faith. That part of the story flows very well, it's there and it's strong especially through the character of Daniel's niece, but it's not preachy or like an afterthought of I'd better throw some of this in. The romance develops naturally (as naturally as it ever does in a book, ha!) and is part of the story but doesn't take over the story or bog down the action. 

Love the cover, love the story beginning to end!

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


  1. Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching and Without Warning in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol...
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