Cowgirl Critique: Somebody Like You by Beth K Vogt

HB SomebodyLikeYou_4.inddI am so excited to share my thoughts on this book with you. From the very first chapter, I knew it was going to be a keeper.

YES, it is!

What a heart-wrenching, heart-warming story!

Haley’s three year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening –and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relationship, they are inexplorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together–and whose ghost could drive them apart?

From the back cover (written in italics above), I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. It sounded almost too painful to read. A lost husband, widowed army wife, and an estranged brother-in-law. All I could think was the emotional turmoil. I was wrong. Beth Vogt did a fantastic job dealing with the grief, but also giving hope. I felt as though I made new friends. I journeyed with Hayley and Stephen as they faced the past and the future.

The characters were so likable that I found myself cheering each of them in their walk with God and daily struggles. Unlike many of today’s Christian fiction romances, the ending wasn’t rushed. I was happy with the pacing all the way to the end.

I laughed, cried and sighed. Tender, beautiful, captivating, Just a few of the words that come to mind for explaining this book. From the first paragraph to the last sentence on the page, a wonderfully written, well-done story.

Beth Vogt.

If you haven’t read any of her books, don’t forget her name. She’s an author you’ll want to follow!

A huge thank you to Casey Herringshaw and Beth Vogt for my reviewers copy of this book. In exchange for my honest opinion, I received my book for free.  All thoughts written here are mine.

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy, check it out here.

If you do end up reading this book, I would love to know your thoughts on it. I hope you’ll come back and share! :)

Happy Monday!

 

Vintage Quilt by Simply Retro

After completing the Star Light Star Bright Quilt Along, I must admit that I am pretty tired of Half Square Triangles. I’m also ready for something without a deadline.

The Vintage Quilt found in Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro fits the bill.

Simple, sweet and no half square triangles. It is only 12 blocks and very easy sewing.

Here’s where I am so far.




Vintage Jane Dress

Several weeks ago, I purchased a pattern from Pink Fig called Vintage Jane Dress and Top.

Vintage Jane by Pink FigAt the time, the pattern was on sale for $2. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be something I could do or not, but at that price, “why not?”.

The first dress I made from the pattern was Lauryn’s Easter Dress.

We went to our local quilt store and picked out the most adorable fabrics.

These are Little Red Riding Hood, designed by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Fabrics.

photo 4I followed the pattern directions exactly. (except for the serger part, I didn’t have one)

photo 2

photo 1photo 5photo 3The next dress I made with this pattern, I altered. It almost doesn’t even resemble the original pattern. No waist, no ruffles, no double fabrics at the hem.



I made 2 dresses similar to this one. The other one is blue. These are more casual and my little girl refuses to wear anything but skirts and dresses, so much needed in this house. :)

And the last dress, I finished yesterday. This one is for one of my best friend’s daugthers. She is a Minnie Mouse enthusiast, so I just knew that I needed to find a way to make it “all things Minnie”.

What better shouts Minnie Mouse than red and white Polka Dots?

I got this Riley Blake Polka Dot fabric from an Etsy Shop. The trim and threads are from my stash.

Again, I altered the pattern once more, creating my own version of the sleeves and ruffles. And came up with this:

Minnie Mouse Dress by Sheri SalatinThe birthday party is on Saturday and I can’t wait to give it to her! :)

I must admit, I was pretty excited to wake up to the heavy rain yesterday. A day of sewing for me! :) Yippee!

What is your favorite rainy day project?

Blessings

Star Light Star Bright | Finished Top

Wow, it has been a while since I’ve posted here.

I stayed up until midnight on April, but I’m excited to be able to tell you that

I DID IT!

My Queen/King Quilt top is complete.

Here are some pictures to catch you up to speed.

Here’s where I last left off:

photo1The next step was the block sides

Then came the corners

And finally putting all of the blocks together

With the sashing, came the completed quilt top.

My quilt measures 102″ x 102″.

I’m very happy to have completed it in time for this beautiful spring weather. My quilt is now at the quilters getting finished. When it gets back, I have the binding to put on, but for the most part. It’s done! :)

What a fun adventure this quilt has been. I’ve loved it all and I’m so happy to have it finished.

Have you been working on any winter projects? Anything that you have finished? I would love to see pictures – post a link if you can!

Blessings

Star Light Star Bright | Stars

A trip to Australia later, it’s time for the Center Stars!

I love how these turned out. I almost never iron my seams open on quilts, but I followed Melissa’s advice and found that it really helped to keep the centers lined up and everything flat and even.

Here they are all pinned and ready to sew:

Sheri Salatin Star Light Star Bright - Center Stars

And here’s the first two I made just to see how they would look with the seams open:

Sheri Salatin - Star Light Star Bright Star Centers

And finally ALL of them done!!

Sheri Salatin - Star Light Star Bright Stars

16 stars in all. Every single one of them is different. :)

I’m way behind because of our trip to Australia – Read more on my other blog, Polyface Hen House.

It was purely a business trip, but that did not stop me from loving every minute of the new places, sights, sounds and food!!

Here’s a picture of my hubby and I in front of the famous Sydney Opera House. You can see all of my pictures of our trip here.

Star Light Star Bright ButtonHere’s the schedule from Melissa’s blog:

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