Book Giveaway: “Crockett’s Victory Garden”

Gardening has been in my blood for many years.  Probably more than 50 years if I think hard enough about it. My grandfather taught me everything he knew – from soil preparation to harvest.

And all the sweat-filled, mosquito-swatting tasks in between.


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Your Public Library–Still a Great Place to Belong


Ahhh, the Smell of a Good Book

We’ve become so electronically-minded that we often forget about our public library system.  That’s a shame.

I have a library card and use it almost EVERY week.

A lot of times, I’ll be surfing the web and come across a new book or an author that I want to check out.  Most of the time, I click over to and see what’s up.

I usually do the “look inside” and read a few chapters of the book that I’m investigating.  I also check the ratings and reviews.  If it’s something I want to pursue, then I log into my local public library and reserve the book.

Easy, huh?

The local branch of my library is just two minutes from home.  It’s close to our favorite grocery store, so it’s really a no-brainer to stop there on the way home.

Reading is Fundamental.  Yes:  I’m a Bookworm.

Truth be told, I’m a bookworm.  I’ve been one for a long, long time.

Books have been my BFF since I learned to read.  Most kids are so sick of school when it ends in the Spring, they want to get as far away from it as possible.

Crazy me:  I signed up for a summer reading program right after school ended between third and fourth grade.

The Daniel Boone series and Wide Horizons were two of my very favorite books.


Book Give Away Coming Soon!

Speaking of books, I’ll be giving away a copy of this one in just a few days.  Moms and dads need all the help we can get.  This book offers some good advice.  I will be shipping off the freebie to a lucky winner during the first week of March.

Stay tuned.

Now…get friendly with your local library.  You’ll become good friends too!

Your turn:  Do you have a library card?  Do you use it? Leave a comment below!

At the lake

Although I don’t always have time to make something, I seem to have time to surf the web to find things to make.  Anyone else have that problem pleasure?  One of my favorite places to shop is Etsy.  You’re no doubt familiar with it.  I have a (almost empty) shop on Etsy.  [Note to self:  MAKE SOME THINGS TO SELL!!]

I came across this shop and have ordered a few things.  They have a great selection of Japanese fabric and pattern books.  Yes, the books are written in Japanese, but if you know anything about sewing, you can pretty much figure out how to make the items in the book.  Just use some common sense and a ruler that has centimeters on it.  :-)  The books that I have are loaded with great illustrations which really come in handy.  And the photography is first class. 

Nate finished his first week of Band Camp and we’re ready for a weekend at the lake.  It was really hot this week.  And we are behind on so many things.  Getting ready to go on vacation is a major deal.  And getting back from vacation is tough too.  We are very thankful for neighbors who kept the flowers watered and the grass cut.

School starts in just a few weeks.  The boys go back on August 17th.  I hate it.   Summers are just to short and it makes me sad to look at then calendar and see that July is pretty much over.  Seems like when I was a kid, the summer lasted forever.  I guess it’s true: the older you get, the faster time goes.  Okay, enough of the sadness. It’s Friday and I’m going to make the most of it.

Hope you have a great weekend.

P.S.  Sorry for the rambling….

Great Online Video Resource

Hey Bloggers….if you have a blog and you include video (or you’re thinking of including video) on your blog, they I HIGHLY recommend you grab a copy of Steve Garfield’s book Get Seen — Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business..  It is chock-full of great tips and resources. 

The book, published in 2010, is 323 pages and comes in hardback.  You really owe it to yourself to check this out.  I got my copy in the mail today and have been reading devouring it all evening.

Garfield talks about several different types of cameras (you don’t have to have a fancy-schmancy to create videos, by the way).  He also gives great tips on accessories you might want to add to your video arsenal:  tripods, lighting, microphones, etc.

There are tons of interesting interviews and photos and screen captures to make this book a page-turner.  It’s certainly going to be a book I pull off the shelf time and time again to refer to.  Lots of good stuff.

Use the link to go see for yourself.  It’s a great resource!

Two Perfect Books

Yep, they really are PERFECT!

The Perfect Pajama by Kristina Nilsson and Jennifer Pirtle.  [Publisher:  CICO BOOKS; ISBN:  978-1-906525-96-5; List Price:  $19.95].  This keeper is 96 pages long and full of great photos and instructions. AND.. has 21 full-size patterns and templates!  There are patterns for kids, women and men too!  You really need to check this one out.  In addition to the pajama patterns, there’s a pattern for a hot-water bottle cover , an eye mask, a cute laundry bag and a pair of “Kasbah Slippers”.  The book also includes a techniques section.

Here are some shots of the inside of the book:

The other “perfect” book is by Clare Youngs and is titled The Perfect Handmade Bag — Recycle and reuse to make 35 beautiful totes, purses and more.  [Publisher:  CICO BOOKS; ISBN:  978-1-906525-81-1; List Price:  $19.95] The book contains 128 pages of great photos, instructions and templates.   Perfect Handmade Bag also has a sewing techniques section.

Here are some of the projects from the book:

I bought my books from Crafter’s Choice (the craft book club).  I’m sure you can find these online by doing a bit of searching.

Have fun!

Freebie Friday Winner Announced

Hey Bloggers!

Are you on the edge of your seat?  Waiting and wondering?  Who won the free book?

It’s official.  The Freebie Friday book goes to:

Secret Cake
Secret Cake added her name to the mailing list and left a comment on the blog post to make her eligible. Her name was picked out of the hat over the weekend and voila, she’s the winner.
I’ll be in touch with her to get her mailing address and the book will be on its way.
Keep checking back…there will be another giveaway in January 2010.  Wow…2010.  That sounds different, doesn’t it?  Time flies.  Make the most of it!

Freebie Friday! – and – New Tissue Holder in the Shop

Hey bloggers!

HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s such a good feeling to know we’ve made it through another week. However….I guess that means that we’re getting closer to the big day. Christmas is just a few days away. Are you ready? Is the tree trimmed? Do you have all your presents bought and wrapped? The Crafty Dad house is abuzz with activity these days. My wife (bless her heart) is the official gift-buyer and wrapper. Although I did help accompany her on a gift-buying trip a few weeks ago. It was a lot of fun. Always good to have some ‘alone’ time…even if it’s spent at the mall.

We made a trip to Shipshewana a couple weekends ago and I found some really great fabric for tissue holders. I finally had a minute (after making a dozen bumble bee tissue holders — thank you Kimberly for the great order!) to whip up a new design. I think it’s going to be a big hit. Here’s a sneak peek:

Let me know what you think. You can get a better view by visiting my shop.

Hey…it’s Friday. And not just ANY Friday. It’s Freebie Friday. It’s the last day to sign up for the book giveaway I blogged about here.

Don’t waste another minute: sign up now.

Best of luck to you.

December’s "Freebie Friday" Announcement

Freebie Friday Coming Up!

The December “Freebie Friday” will be another book (yes…I like books…and I hope you do too). This is a brand new copy of Eduardo Xol’s Home Sense — simple solutions to enhance where and how you live. Photography by Doug Myers. The ISBN is 978-0-06-124976-1 for those of you that might be interested. Eduardo is the designer from ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Some photos of the inside of this beautifully-photographed book.
[Click on the image to get a better view.]
So…how do you enter? It’s easy:
STEP 1. Make sure you’re signed up by using the form over on the right-hand sidebar of my blog. I just need your name and your email address. That keeps you in the running for the Freebie Friday giveaways;
STEP 2. Leave a comment on this post.
The fine print:
The deadline for the drawing is midnight EST on Friday, December 18, 2009.
The winner will be drawn over the weekend of December 19 and 20.
The winner will be announced on Monday, December 21st.
Since it’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ everyone is invited to join in the fun. Whether you live in the US, Canada or anywhere else in the world. Sign up. And Good Luck!

Speaking of books. What are you reading these days. I recently re-joined the Good Cook Club and got four books for $1.00 each. And..I bit the bullet and bought a fifth book for 1/2 price. (‘Cuz I’m a sucker for a good deal.) Here’s what has my attention:

Currently on my night stand.
  • Alton Brown’s Good Eats [ISBN: 978-1-58479-795-1]
  • Diane Phillips: Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever [ISBN: 978-0-8118-6657-6]
  • The Deen Brothers: Ya’ll Come Eat [ISBN: 978-0-696-23397-5]
  • Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten): Back to Basics Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients [ISBN: 978-1-4000-5435-0]
  • Elizabeth Yarnell: Glorious One-Pot Meals [ISBN: 978-1-60751-581-4]
  • The Ellie Krieger book, The Food You Crave [ISBN: 978-1-60085-021-9] was a gift from my wife. (Thanks Honey..I love it!) She bought it at the Cleveland Clinic when she was there a few weeks ago for a follow-up visit with the neurologist (for the horrible headaches and sharp pains in the right side of her head.)
In between the One-Pot Meal book and the Food Network magazine is Bon Appetit.
I also subscribe to Food Networks magazine. Mmm, mmm, good.
I guess you might say that food is on my mind these days (every day people, EVERY day!). But… honestly…my wife will be going back to her five-days-a-week work schedule after the Holidays. So…one of my New Year’s resolutions is to help with dinner. It’s tough for us to figure out what we’re going to have for dinner some nights. I thought some fresh ideas might get me in the mood for helping out. We’ll see how it goes.
Hope you have a good week. Remember: do something crafty!
P.S. Sorry about all the different photo formats. I was having fun with Picnik today.

Book Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the book giveaway is (drum-roll please…..)


Number three (3) was picked out of the hat. And number three (3) belongs to Harbor Hon.

Seasons at Seven Gates Farm

I’ll be sending her an email message asking for her mailing address so I can get this great book on its way.

Thanks for playing.

There will be more giveaways in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

Book Giveaway

I’ll be drawing the winning name for the book giveaway later this weekend.

Was planning on doing it yesterday, but had to take my wife to the eye doctor to have a cyst removed.  Ouch!

She’s doing okay, but the pirate eye patch makes it tough to do things.

I will keep you posted.

Have a good day.

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