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review 2018-03-18 18:45
Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mystery
Pineapple Lies: Pineapple Port Romantic Comedy / Mystery: Book One (Pineapple Port Mysteries 1) - Amy Vansant

Title: Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mystery
Author: Amy Vansant
Publisher: A.V.
Series: Pineapple Pot Mysteries Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mysteries Book 1" by Amy Vansant

My Thoughts...

This story starts in a retirement community in Florida for 55 and up. What will happen after Charlotte is now living with her grandmother and the grandmother dies? Charlotte who was around twenty will continue living there since he has inherited the home. What will happen when Charlotte decides to have a garden put in the back porch area and a skull is found? Who is this person and just how long has this skull been there? How will this all come together as we have a younger woman living in a older community? Be prepared for quite a mystery where there will be plenty of secrets coming out, romance, also suspense with even some humorous moments. The characters [Charlotte, Mariska, Darla, Bob, Frank, Jackie, Seamus, Henry & Declan] are well developed, portrayed and so very believable giving the readers a good romantic/comedy/murder/ mystery read this will keep you guessing. How will this crew solve this case? Well, you will have to pick up this fun read 'Pineapple Lies' to find out.

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review 2018-03-14 11:17
Amazing Origami Boxes
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

by Tomoko Fuse


Origami has interested me since childhood but these 20 original designs take it to a new level. Tomoko Fuse has achieved recognition for her modular designs and these intricate boxes and dishes show why.


This is not a beginners book. However, the instructions are clear and although I think practicing on cheap paper is a good idea before using the beautiful, decorative origami papers shown in the colorful illustrations, at least most of them should be possible for anyone with patience and prepared to practice.


If you have no experience with origami, I suggest an easier beginner's book would be better to start, but some of the square boxes are reasonably easy and once those are mastered, the harder ones should be doable. As I said, practice with cheap paper first. Common printer paper can be squared by folding it over and removing the excess. When you've got the hang of a design, then the origami papers will make it beautiful.

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text 2018-03-12 02:35
Good news and bad news

The good news is that I got accepted into the art show I applied to last week.


The bad news, of course, is that I got accepted into the art show I applied to last week.


Good news because I need the money.  Bad news because it's at one of the most difficult venues for setting up and tearing down.  And that's made worse by this stubborn tendonitis.


Tomorrow I'll be buying an elbow brace in hopes that will provide some healing between now and 25 March.  I know, I know.  Only two weeks.  And two weeks after that is the spring studio tour.


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review 2018-03-12 01:33
Beading Basics
Beading Basics - Carole Rodgers

I've learned a lot from this book and have really enjoyed the projects in it. There are some I have yet to make that are not my style but I plan to change them up a bit to be more to my liking. I like the illustrations, photos and for the most part the instructions were good. When I learning the wire wrapping part I did have to look up a video on Youtube to get it right but otherwise the instructions were good.

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text 2018-03-08 16:45
The show must go on!


Yesterday eventing I received an application for another art show, to be held 25 March.  Though I had hoped I was done with outdoor events like this until fall, vet bills and other unexpected expenses mean I need to take advantage of this opportunity.  There's no guarantee I'll be accepted, of course, but I filled out the application, assembled the requisite sample photographs, and emailed everything right away this morning. 


Now the tendonitis is telling me I need to go back to bed and cover the elbow with a bag of frozen rice.

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