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Pretty Little Bookmarks

There's a lot to think about when writing a novel. Main characters. Secondary characters. Setting. Plot. Theme. Structure. For children's literature, which has been my focus, readership age—and how that affects everything else. And, of course, the climax and conclusion. When drafting, I usually have a few of these elements in place, but not all… Continue reading Pretty Little Bookmarks

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By Annie, For Mom

Hi there! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter, and all the happiness hearts can hold. Our Christmas was extra special this year, in part because the preceding weeks were unexpectedly tough. Sadly, earlier this month we had to say goodbye to Murphy, my sweet little sewing sidekick, who'd… Continue reading By Annie, For Mom

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Gift Card Mini Stockings

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day with family, friends, yummy food, and lots of gratitude. I know I did! I also hope you've had a successful start to the holiday gifting season! I'm not a big stand-in-line-to-shop-at-midnight kind of girl, but I do appreciate a good sale—so took advantage of a… Continue reading Gift Card Mini Stockings

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Bundle-Up Blanket Scarf

I'm just going to cut to the chase: blanket scarves are the best fashion invention ever. Hats, gloves, ear muffs, boots, heels, ballet flats, belts, watches, jewelry, etc.—they can all dress up an outfit, and some even serve functional purposes. But nothing compares to blanket scarves. I mean, they're literally portable blankets disguised as attire.… Continue reading Bundle-Up Blanket Scarf

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Fall Scrappy Happy Patchwork Tote

As mentioned in my post about Anna Graham's Double-Zip Wallet a few weeks ago, when I love something—like, really love it—I usually want more of it. This applies to shoes, sweaters, jeans, books, food, post-workout adrenaline highs, and, of course, sewing projects!   The Scrappy Happy Patchwork Tote was my very first Thread and Pen… Continue reading Fall Scrappy Happy Patchwork Tote

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Turkey Day Delights

And just like that, the holiday season's upon us! Trick-or-treaters have come and gone, seasonal shopping promotions have started, and, as I discovered yesterday, Christmas carolers are crooning away on SiriusXM. (And yes, despite the calendar and thermometer—it was 73 degrees!—I may have sung along to a few merry tunes. Because who can resist "It's… Continue reading Turkey Day Delights