Mar 28, 2017

Book Review: For Whome the Bread Rolls

From the author of The Crêpes of Wrath comes another decadent cozy mystery. This time, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.

Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.

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There are times when nothing will suit as well as a mystery and thanks for Ms Fox, I have discovered that I especially enjoy the cozy mystery genre and especially this series.

This book has a lot going for it.  First of all, the characters are all so well developed and well...real.  They remind me a lot of some of my friends especially as they are animal lovers also.And the setting itself is one that is local to me which adds just another touch to love.  And let's not forget Ivan's recipes that are in the back of the book.  Yummy! 

I do highly recommend this book and this series to any of my readers who enjoy cozy mysteries.  They are just perfect to read while sipping a mug of tea.   

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 
Mar 27, 2017

Art Bead Scene March Challenge

Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Bush, Chile
Marianne North
Oil On Paper

I have been keeping up with my goal of participating in all of the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenges even though I seem to be squeaking in just under the deadline each time.  Oh well, not going to stress that as long as I am getting them done.

I just loved this painting even though it contains my dreaded yellow.  It reminds me that spring is actually coming.  In fact, it had already arrived by the time I finished my necklace.

I knew almost immediately what I was going to do for a focal as I had recently received one of HumbleBeads little birds.  I wanted to pair it with some of the wood style polymer sticks from Rosebuds Lampworks and an antiqued brass wire bead. 

The fun part was deciding where to go from there.  I finally settled on knotting some waxed linen together since birds like to pick up strings to line their nests.  I also added some blue crystals, some Czech pressed glass and some lampwork from Art By Lisi

This is a lightweight, long necklace that is perfect to wear this spring.  I will be adding to my Alchemy Designs store as soon as I get a free minute.  
Mar 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarders Edition

I can either thank (or blame) one person for my love of blog hops.  When I was first discovering Art beads, I also discovered Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  She is one of the warmest, strongest person that I know and just happened to be hosting this wonderful event called the Bead Soup Blog Party.  She actually hosted quite a few and through them, I have met some friends that I keep in touch with even today.

Lori has had to take some time off to deal with issues but she is back!  And better then before!  This time around, BSBP has a new twist.  We were to pick out one bead or strand of beads that you have been hoarding.  And we were to do so before we even knew who our partner was!

My partner was Renetha Stanziano of Lamplight Crafts and boy did she spoil me!  In fact, I feel kind of bad that I didn't get a chance to design one more piece but with all of Boo's health issues...

This first necklace is all about me.  I tend to dress in tunics and I adore long necklaces because I tend to fiddle with them.  And the gorgeous lampwork focal has ridges!  It reminds me of a worry stone. and I can see it becoming one of my favorite necklaces.

And tassels!  Must have tassels. 

I have tendency with clasps to hide them.  On this necklace, I wanted the clasp to be able to demand attention.  Yet it is adjustable so you could easily slide the flash of red to the front.

This necklace took a bit of work.  I find making beaded chains very relaxing yet my hands tend to get fussy with me especially during the winter.

I wanted to really highlight the lovely focal from Blueberri Beads.  And since I am on a tassel kick...

Now that you have looked through my designs be sure to warm up your cup of tea and check out what all these wonderful designers have come up with.  There is sure to be lots of eye candy!