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Business Meeting

Yesterday Annette and I had our first business meeting for Sewing Corner Creations! I'm so excited for her. We talked about sizes, how many she can make a week, her goals for the year, month, week, ahead.

One day she would love it if Sewing Corner Creations can pay for lunch! We had lunch at our favorite tea room. 

This is one of the centerpieces. My picture doesn't do it justice. It really looks so much prettier.

I love the pretty pinks in the flowers. Here is one that was on our table.

It was nice and we were thankful not to be out in the hot sun. It was 105* yesterday. We were out-and-about all day but thankfully much of the time we were able to be inside where it was cool, like at JoAnne's. Love air-conditioned places.

Currently, Annette is making book sleeves. 

Annette even bought me a mug!!! How special is that?!?!


I love these photos she took of her latest book sleeve.

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God's Glory Monthly Subscription Box for July

God's Glory the July Box (Review)~ every box shipped provides five meals (over 400,000 so far) to American families. Double blessings for you and others, actually that's triple blessings as each box includes goodies for you, something to share, and donates FIVE meals, wow! That's a lot of encouragement and reminders of God's Glory.


Here's what was in the July Box!!!

What I love about the t-shirts from God's Glory is the quality. I really do appreciate that the shirts are nice and thick. Not scratchy or thin. They will last for a while. I love the message on my mystery shirt; Faith, Hope, Love! And the color is one of my favorites, is it Burgandy? That was one of my wedding colors!

The solid lotion has a Bible verse on it and I love the name of the lotion- Amazing Grace! The ingredients are Shea Butter, Beeswax, coconut oil, and Fragrance oil. 

I'm not sure if the fragrance oil is the combination of Bergamot, Lemon, Citron, and Neroli but that is what it shows under the name Amazing Grace.


From the site:

Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon that is sweetened with freshly picked citron and neroli. A white floral jasmine, orange blossom, and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood.

I didn't particularly care for the scent but I checked out the website and there are many, many, scents to choose from. I would have preferred the Alomd scent or the Butter Cream and Snickerdoodle, now that sounds yummy!

Even though the scent was not my favorite I love that the lotion doesn't have harmful chemicals. You can feel good about giving it as a gift to someone knowing it doesn't have a zillion ingredients.

The Cd ~ Southern Girls is really nice. In fact, I am listening to it as I write this blog post! Tiona's has a relaxing. For me, it's great to listen to after a busy day. When you need to unwind. 

You can listen to some clips on her website at Tiona Cambell.

The Scripture card is going on my fridge, although I probably should buy a nice black frame for it or a shadow box! On the other side of the Scripture card is a coupon for Beautiful Lettering. I'm tempted to get this book.

Faith Over Fear stickers ~I'll probably put one in a card to a friend and the other I plan to stick on my collapsible storage bin or maybe on a notebook.

Use coupon codes below to get a discount!


Visit God's Glory Box website to take a peek at August goodies!!!

Unboxing video coming soon!

Annette's Making Book Sleeves

My daughter Annette opened an Esty shop and she is currently selling book sleeves! I'm so excited for her. The name of her Etsy Store is Sewing Corner Creations.

#sewing #booksleeves #bookishitems

We have lots of questions to ask you all but today's question is Pockets or no Pockets? She will most likely sell some with and without pockets but we wanted your input as well.

#booksleeve #bookishitem

Here we have to small book sleeves one without a pocket and one with. We are also wondering if the pocket on the sunflower on should be higher. And just in case you are wondering the sunflower one is in her Etsy Shop already. The beautiful black and white one hasn't been put up yet.

Here is a view from the top. The black and white has a thinner smaller book: No Fear Shakespeare and the sunflower book sleeve has a larger thicker book: J.R.R Tolkien. Both fit.

#bookishitem #booksleeves

Here the books are lying on the book sleeve so you can get an idea of the size. The dimensions are 9x7. I think they came out so pretty.

So what do you think, pockets or no? 

Coffee and a Classic Book Box for June

I love this book box because it has everything bookish I love! Coffee, mug, bookmark, and of course a book + a snack and some bookish items AND you get a photo box too!!!


I think my most favorite thing in this box is the mug. Totally love mugs. As much as I try NOT to buy them. There is just something about a mug. 

This month I chose the genre of Classic Literature. You can choose from Children's Classic or Classic Non-Fiction as well. Coffee and a Classic will always let you know what book you will be getting so if it's not for you, you can switch the genre or skip that month.

In this box I received:
  • *Don Quixote book ~beautiful flex "leather" edition
  • *Car coasters, I never thought to have coasters for the car but love the idea. These ones are made from a clay I believe and will be useful with absorbing the condensation from our drinks!
  • A beautiful Coffee and a Classic bookmark.
  • The COFFEE!!!  
  •  A Journal which I'm using to annotate my books or basically write down the characters and such.
  •  Munchies ~Don Quixote Mix a blend of fruit and nuts!
  •  Black Photo Box, what a great idea. 

*items are not the same as what I received

I love that everything in this subscription box is not junk but useable or eatable (wink) items. Ashlee has done a great job putting these boxes together.

#coffeeandaclasic #bookishitems #coffeeandaclassicjunebox

I love the detail that is put into all the bookish goodies. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous!


Of course, we can't forget the book! It's a flex bound book.

#coffeeandaclassic #coffeeandaclassicsubscription

Watch my unboxing!!!

Next month I have decided to go with Classic Non-fiction. The book: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. I have a few of her books that I haven't read (I know, I know). I don't think I have this one. My books by Rachel are packed.

Hopefully, by me getting Silent Spring through Coffee and a Classic I'll add it to my August TBR list.

πŸ¦‰ My First OwlCrate Book Box πŸ¦‰

I got my first OwlCrate Book Box a few weeks ago. My sister MaryEllen from Portraits of M.E. gets their box sometimes and there is always fun bookish stuff, so I finally decided to get a few boxes. 

#owlcrate #subscriptionaddiction #bookboxsubcription

What is OwlCrate? It's a monthly young adult subscription box. Here is what you can expect:
  • A Young Adult (YA) new release book signed by the author!
  • The covers of the books are OwlCrate exclusives meaning you can't buy that cover on Amazon or anywhere else. It's exclusive to OwlCrate (how neat is that!!!).
  • 3-5 bookish items ~ *many are useable items
  • Some of the items are an OwlCrate exclusive
  • The box has a creative theme, meaning everything ties together.
  • Also in the box is a little booklet that shows the OwlCrate exclusive cover and the regular cover, along with an interview of the author and one with a creator of an item.
*Some items are useable but not, what I mean is like the high-quality vinyl sticker. It's useable, you can put it on your laptop or desk. It is a lot nicer than a paper sticker but I'm not sure if I'll use it. I actually might put it on my mobile desk now that I suggested it! 


What sucked me into purchasing the June theme: Libraries of Wonder!!! I love libraries and the theme was inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia, Strange the Dreamer, and Beauty and the Beast.

Scorcery of Thrones is about a girl who grew up in a library. She is accused or set-up of for killing the Director so she is taken from the only home she knows (the library) to go on "trial". She finds out that she has a power she didn't know she had. Amazon has a much better description but I tried.

I don't know much about Strange the Dreamer but Narnia and Beauty and the Beast I do. 


There were lots of fun bookish goodies like Narnia bookends!!! The bookends have been in the making for 10 months, can you imagine how hard that was for OwlCrate to keep a "secret"!

Even the bottom of the bookends has beautiful detail.

The monthly enamel pin is another *useable/unusable item, all depends on how you look at it. BookTubers LOVE this kind of stuff (I'm becoming a bookTuber!!!) ~I'm not sure what to do with the enamel pin(s) just yet. 

#owlcrateexclusivepin #bookish

I wanted to share a little bit about the pin and how much detail went into it. The purple background is the same color as the exclusive OwlCrate book cover, there is a person in the book that can turn into a cat, the green books represent the green cover that is on the non-exclusive OwlCrate book, (meaning if you didn't buy yours from OwlCrate you got the green cover), and lastly the "Child of the Library" is because Elisabeth the main character is referred to the child of the library because she grew up in the library.

I love the bag and now know that the quote from Laini Taylor is the Strange Dreamer part of the theme, oh yeah, I'm learning the authors. The only thing about the bag is the handle wasn't sewn correctly, thankfully Annette, can fix that for me.

#owlcrate #owlcratebookbag #owlcratesubscriptionbox

There were also coasters in the box. It was packed!

I'm editing because I forgot to mention the coffee! How can I forget the coffee!!! Yes, lots of exclamation marks because I LOVE COFFEE (happy dance). I will edit this post again to add a picture. I would add it today but the lighting is not good.

Next months theme: Tournaments and Trials

#owlcrate #julybookboxtheme

I'm familiar with The Hunger Games and The Selection but not the A Gathering of Shadows. What about you all? Are you familiar with the inspired items book titles?

July TBR List ~ Final Picks


It's been a long time since I picked books to read that are just for me. Usually, I pick "homeschooling" type book, things for history, science, etc. Not this time. In my list below I have genres I never thought I'd be reading like fantasy, magic, and sorcery, oh my!

I let my book boxes pick my list. I have a bit of a subscription addiction here. Yeah, I need to scale back. 

So I may be a little too ambitious with my TBR List. BUT I don't want my books piling up. I really shouldn't be buying more books. My plan is to read the books and get rid of them. Although it will be hard with some because they look so beautiful. Like this one from OwlCrate.

Sorcery of Thorns, now this is a new genre for me ~classic fantasy. OwlCrate is a Young Adult (YA) monthly book box. Each month a new release book (mostly fantasy) with some bookish goodies. OwlCrate is one of the most popular Young Adult subscription boxes out there. When they had their theme Libraries of Wonder, well, I had to order! 

Next month theme will have a gorgeous mug too so I'm excited about that. Maybe I should start sharing some of the book boxes on my blog. You can see my unboxing on YouTube.

This cover is beautiful in a  mysterious sort of way. I got this book from my Beacon Book Box subscription! Another YA subscription box. Like OwlCrate this box has a new release book and some bookish goodies. This founder of this company just turned 16!

The Beholder sounds really good. I really need to practice my summarizing skills. Here is a "clip" from Amazon,

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic to visit a series of potential suitors—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
This one involves an evil stepmother.

Rebekah Women of Genesis is a book from the July Delilah Box, now this is more of what you all are probably used to seeing me read, hehe.


The Delilah Box is also a monthly subscription but it doesn't actually come in a box anymore. Taylor the owner now sends her books and bookish items in a reusable homemade bag. You can see one of my unboxings on Youtube as well (the June box).

Imagine Me Gone is a more Lindaish book as well,
When Margaret's fiancΓ©, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings -- the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec -- struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.
EDITED 7/7: I cannot recommend this book, not only was it boring but there are "scenes" of intimate relations between couples. I don't need to know what these people did in bed. 


Imagine Me Gone came with a dot-to-dot and a coloring book! This book box is Coloring and a Classic ~although Color Me Gone doesn't look like a classic to me. It is a four-star and did win lots of awards and finalist list. I can't wait to read it!

My last two books are from My Coffee and a Book Club. Yup, coffee, and books my happy place! With this subscription, I got two hardback books, two e-books, and a 12oz bag of coffee!


Both the Dark at the Crossing and Days Without End look pretty good. I can't wait to dive into reading these books. 

The two E-books:

All the books have great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so I'm looking forward to some good reads this month. I don't think I'll get to the two e-books just yet, although I'm almost done reading An Orphan in the Snow, which is also set in the same orphan's home as The Orphan's Wish but a few years before. 

Whew! That's a lot of books, at least for me. Will I get through them all, not sure but I'm going to try!

What books are you reading right now or plan to read for the month of July?

#mytbrlist #bookboxsubscriptions #bookaddiction #bookworms

My Mobile Desk

I know this isn't the nicest picture but I'm so excited about my new desk! Well, it's really a medical adjustable, tilt, over the bedside table on wheels, wow, now that's a mouthful!


It works out so perfect. I was using the lap desk which worked out great for years. The one shown in the picture was given to Joshua by his cousin (what a great gift!!!). I took it over, hehe. Before that my sister Cynce had given me a lap desk but it eventually fell apart.

I have been wanting a medical desk for a few weeks now because I usually blog in the morning and balancing my coffee and computer on my lap desk was not easy. I'd have to put my coffee on my nightstand bending my wrist to get it. Unfortunately, I have wrist problems from a receptionist job in my earlier working years. 

It may not be pretty (I'd actually have preferred a lighter color) but it is functional and perfect for blogging, paying the bills, and such.

At the end of the day I just slide it at the end of the bed, lift the desk part up as high as it will go and wal-lah it's out of the way. I have a place for my computer now too, wahoo!

Do you all have a mobile desk (like that name better, haha)?

God's Glory Box Review

God's Glory Box a monthly reminder of God's Glory subscription. I couldn't wait for this box of goodies to arrive. This is a pretty amazing little box because each box sent God's Glory Box will donate five meals, yes, five!!! That's a lot of meals donated for a box that cost $31.00 a month and that includes shipping.

Every month you will receive three to four products. The products are handpicked and most items are supporting a small business like Etsy. Usually, there will be at least two items that are shareable.

Some of the items included in boxes are:

  • Shirts! God's Glory Boxes include a shirt at least 6-8 times a year and I must say they are of good quality, nice and thick.
  • Books! I love books and they are included about 6-9 times per year, wahoo!
  • Jewelry! I do need some jewelry. This is an area in my wardrobe that I don't include enough and God's Glory Boxes adds jewelry at least 4-6 times per year. 
  • Other items like soaps, bookmarks, etc.  

Here is what I received in the May box!

  • The Gratitude Journal by Shelley Hitz ~ Embark on this 21-day gratitude challenge! Each day includes personal stories, struggles, and reflections, read one scripture and one quote about gratitude, appley personal application steps, and get accountability and encouragement!
  • A high-quality shirt that says, "To God be the Glory" Gal. 1:5
  • A pretty bookmark from The PorterBox
  • Two beautiful note cards to share, they have a verse Psalms 92:4 and otherwise blank.
  • Two Downloadable Hymn Prints! These are gorgeous!

I loved the high-quality items you get for the price and that each box = five meals donated so not only do you get some goodies but you are also helping families.

Just the T-shirt and bookmark alone is a $36.00 value!

For those of you who don't like surprises can get a sneak peek at what the July box will have!

Email us at admin@godsglorybox.com with Linda5 for a $5 off the first box of a 1-month coupon and Linda10 for a $10 off the 3, 6, 12-month plan.
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πŸ“š My TBR List πŸ“š

I still need to add a few more books to my July TBR list but this is what I have so far. I think it might be a bit much but we'll see.

I will write a more detailed blog post but today I just wanted to give you all a peek of what I'll be reading in June. 

Not my usual reads but again, I'll go into more detail later. I am not sure if I'll be able to read them all but that is the goal.

I actually have a few more to add to the list. They will be arriving later today but since I usually blog in the morning they are not shown in this picture.

So, for those of you who have followed my blog for years, I'm sure some of these books are a bit different from what I've normally read in the past. New genres here.

What are you reading?

🍞 Homemade Bread Using the Zojirushi 🍞

My homemade bread 🍞 I love it! A little too much though because I've gained some weight since I've been making it. I use mostly sprouted whole wheat but still, it's causing weight gain. I haven't stepped on a scale but notice my jeans are a bit tighter! Eeeks!

It tastes soooo good though fresh out of the oven or lately the bread machine


The Zo Machine makes such nice nooks and crannies where the butter just falls in and taste so good!