mojo monday challenge

Hello all! Today I have another card from a challenge I participated in, the Mojo Monday challenge.  I needed a thank you card, so this was the perfect challenge to get that card made! This card came together pretty quickly as I just sorted through my pile of scraps to find all the pieces to layer up.

- Jessica


January 2016 Book Report

Last year I set what seemed like an attainable goal, to read 50 books in a year. And I failed. But it was a very busy year for me. This year I've set the same goal for myself and I am more confident that I can achieve it.

So here is a list and review of what I read in January.

One thought I had...would you like to have a review of what content is included that some might find objectionable due to morals? I try to read mostly Christian fiction, but I do also read a lot of other fiction as well. I was thinking something minimal but kind of in the style of PluggedIn does for movies...yes, no or doesn't matter to you?

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A Taste For Murder - Hemlock Falls Mysteries
by: Claudia Bishop

The original overview I read for this story described it as two sisters who run the Hemlock Falls Inn and who solve murder mysteries. It sounded intriguing. And while that description is accurate, it ended up being very different that I imagined. The mystery part of the story was pretty good actually, but it was the characters who I just didn't connect with.

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by: Jane Johnson

This was a very quick read. I printed the digital version and had lots of passages that I highlighted. While I loved what Jane had to say, I just wish there was a bit more to this book, especially for the price.

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by: Lauren Willig

This is the 3rd book I've ready by Lauren Willig. The story follows the lives of two cousins who grew up together in the early 1900s as well as a relative in modern times who learns about the stories of the cousin's lives. This is another book that had potential but ended up being my least favorite book by the author. The biggest plot twist was easy to figure out from the beginning. Beware this is a book that switches between time every chapter or so.

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The Inheritance
by: Tamera Alexander

This was my favorite book of the month. It was an easy read with a simple story line but I find those to be favorites to quickly get in. The story is set in the 1800s in Colorado. It follows the story of McKenna Ashford and her brother as they move from Missouri to Colorado to get a fresh start. Unfortunately troubles fall into McKenna's way at almost every turn. From beginning to end it had a good moral base. 

- Jessica


Studio Calico Sunday Sketch

It's been a while since I've pushed my creativity in crafting. Lately I've just been in a rush and falling back into the basic templates I know and love. And while that works, I find that the more I push myself, the more the creativity starts flowing. So I've been looking at challenges to help me find that spark of creative juices.

This past weekend I chose the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch to quickly make a card. I didn't want to overthink it, just get to work. While the card didn't stray far from my usual style, it was a great jumping point for me and I think it took maybe 5 minutes for this card to come to life.

What's your favorite way to find creativity?

What are your favorite creative challenges?

- Jessica