Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I've "Moved"

Please visit my new blog at LinMom Crafts.

Why the move?  When I first started this blog, I had planned on having an awesome Etsy Store to sell cards, crochet items, and scrapbook embellishments.  I had a name and everything "Love Fields".  But in the past 7, I didn't do much with that store.

I have transferred the majority of my posts to my new blog, but you will no longer see my book reviews since I want it to be strictly craft related.  I haven't decided if I will set up a new blog for book reviews, but you can find me on GoodReads.

History on my LinMom name.  When my kids were young...6 and 7...they loved playing a RocketPower video game.  I do not have very good hand/eye coordination, so I pretty much suck at video games, but this one I kind of got the hang of.  One day I wanted to save my game and was going to type Linda (my name), but my kids were like no, you have to put Mom, but I had already typed Lin--hence LinMom was born :)

That was about 15 years ago and since I have use LinMom as my "handle" on different sites.  I figured even though I've got an empty nest at home, I will always be LinMom.

But back to the question why change...I wanted to try out for a design team and I figured it was time to match my blog name to my instagram.  So I changed both :)

If you gotten this far into my nothing post...Thank you :)  I hope to see you on my new blog!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Current Favorite Author--Colleen Hoover

I realized I did not share any of the books I read for my 2016 Reading Challenge.  My goal was 52 books...I read 55!!  

(Note--Last January, my daughter went off to college and my son was already off to college, so I think reading was my outlet out of reality...my outlet to not be sad that my kids were gone.)

One of the first books I came across last January was Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and so began my obsession to read all her books and I did--all in 1 year. (16 of my 55 books).  

I've rated her books in order of my favorites.

1. Confess--OMG! Loved the idea of his work!
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2. It Ends with Us--You have to read the end letter/dedication to her mother.

3. Ugly Love--Break out the tissues!
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4. & 5. Hopeless/Losing Hope--These are 2 book but the same story told from different perspectives.  Must read in this order
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6. November 9--Keeps you wanting more.
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7. Maybe Someday--Loved the interesting shock towards the beginning.  I didn't really care for the theme in the book, but it was still good.
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8. 9. & 10. Slammed/Point of Retreat/This Girl--Must be read in this order.  Very cute love story.
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11. Finding Cinderella--This has to be read after the Hopeless series.  It is a cute novella :)
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12. Maybe Not--This has to be read after Maybe Someday.  Again, just a cute novella
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13. 14. & 15. Never Never (3 parts--combined 300 pages)--This one was ok, but a little too much voodoo unrealistic for my taste. 
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16. Too Late--I never hate a book because if an author has taken the time to write a book, I try to love it...but this one was pretty dark and I didn't really like it.

Now, I cannot wait for her next book--unfortunately it won't be out until the end of the year!  Until then, I am rereading Confess...and maybe a few more of her books again since I have not found a book to captivate me yet this year.

My 2017 Reading Challenge is 12 books because I really need to do other stuff than read :)

You can find all the books I read in 2016 on my Goodreads profile.

Thank you for reading :)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Harry Potter books Layout (way way back Flashback Friday)

A few weeks ago, I met up with my good friends, Liz and Jossie, for a Harry Potter themed craft day.

Want to know a secret?  Since we were having too much fun chatting and eating and shopping and getting the room ready for craft day, we didn't craft much ahahahaha!

I had planned on working on a layout of when I recieved the 7th Harry Potter book in the mail...in 2007!  Yeah, I am behind sometimes...

After I came home with all my craft bags still packed, I decided to work on that layout at home.

I had kept the box the book came in all this time ("After all these years? Always..." ok, you have to be a Harry Potter fan to get that--haha) and I finally used parts of it.

Items used...a library card, my typewriter, Kelly Purkey's Harry Potter stamp, and some book washi I had.

Another secret?  I first did this layout totally different, but it was way too busy (I mean even this one has a lot on it)...I hated the first layout, so I started over...I have absolutely no problem redoing layouts that I hate :D  Here is the horrid first try.

Sorry your eyes are burning now!  ha ha ha.  Thank you for reading!