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Well, last week's Friday Faves Favorite Things Party didn't have the overwhelming response I had hoped for. If you forgot about it or just didn't have time to comment, you still can and I will love you for it!
One wonderful thing did come out of that party though. A fellow grandmother blogger, Nana Kelly at What's Nana Making, introduced me to a great fabric resource! The website is called Connecting Threads and I have fallen so in love with it that I have applied to be in their affiliate program. (I am not an affiliate yet, but Nana Kelly is, so that is her link to the site!)
Connecting Threads is a site made for quilters, but of course you can use their fabrics for whatever projects you would like. Their prices are wonderful. If you are like me, I always head straight to the clearance section to shop first. Did you see those fabric samples in the collage above? They are all from the 30 PAGES of clearance fabric that are on Connecting Threads. The prices start at $ 2.79 per yard! Then, when you go to the regular fabric page, there are about 50 something collections of fabric. That means, in each collection there are groupings of fabric that coordinate with one another. This makes sense when you are selling to quilters and crafters. The regular prices start at a reasonable $4.19 per yard. All of the fabric I have looked at is 100% cotton and 44 inches wide. They also have flannel and Luxe fabrics. When you first sign onto the page, you get a 15% discount off of your first order!
Besides fabric, Connecting Threads also has (obviously) thread at a great price and kits for a myriad of items. Here are some of my favorites. Click on the gallery to get a good view of them:
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Welcome to the party everyone! Have you ever been to or even heard of a Favorite Things Party? I have only read about them, (check out those 2 links), but the idea sounds pretty appealing to me. I mean, we all have things in our lives that we absolutely love to use, the shirt that is the most comfortable, the appliance we use everyday, the cosmetic that makes us feel beautiful, the book that spoke to us. Things like that. And, when I have something like that, I love to tell people about it so that they can enjoy that awesome thing as well. That is the idea behind a Favorite Things Party.
Most Favorite Things Parties are celebrated in person, where guests come together and share the things that are their favorites with the other guests and everyone gets to take home either one of each of everyone else's favorite thing, or at least one of the favorite things. The Host can provide a gift bag to hold everything and specify a price limit so that guests can bring enough gifts for each of the 4-5 people invited, or the party can be a little larger and run like a white elephant exchange where you don't know exactly what you will be getting because everyone just brings one item. But, it will be something that someone highly recommends. Then, there are refreshments and chatting and just a lot of fun together with a small group of friends.
Well, since today marks Friday Faves #90 we thought it would be fun to have an online Favorite Things Party with all of you! Every Friday we tell you some of our favorite things that fall under various categories. This week we are turning it into a party! We would like you to tell us 1 or 2 of YOUR favorite things, in any family friendly category that you would like and think that we would love also. Give us a link to it! If it is an affiliate link for you, that is great! We will be pinning this party for everyone to see and definitely checking out your links to see if we want to make some of your favorite things become our favorites as well. As a matter of fact, next week I will feature some of the things that you share that catch my eye. So, leave pictures and I will use them and link them to you if you are a blogger. (By participating, you are giving me permission to use your photos on my blog to promote you and your favorite thing!)
I thought about doing this party as a linky party, but I want my readers who aren't bloggers to have an easy time participating, so we are using the comments section for your links. So, go ahead, what are a couple of your favorite things right now? I know! It is hard to chose just 2 things, but if this party turns out to be a success, we will do it again when we hit the Friday Faves 100 mark!
Helen's Favorite Things
This was a hard decision! Well, #1 was easy, but #2, I was torn between a few things. But, I won't break my own rule. I am only sharing 2 things... this time! Just click the image to go to the link.
Two years ago, my family got together and bought me my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer! I love this thing. It has changed my life when it comes to baking. Things seem to mix up so much more quickly. It is so powerful. It is beautiful and looks great on my counter where it resides constantly! I always wanted one, but I was unprepared for how wonderful it really is to have it!
The next favorite thing is less expensive and I think it was either Maddy or Alicia who recommended it to me. It is Full and Soft Mascara by Maybelline. I have tried other mascaras in between using this one, but I always end up going back to Full and Soft. I love the wand size, the way it covers and the look of my eyes when I use it.
Now, go ahead! Head on down to the comments and add YOUR favorite thing! The party will be open all weekend! I can't wait to see what you love!
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Since Alicia just introduced our new Wednesday feature, What to Read Wednesday this week, and because we have a podcast called Cover to Reel, and because the Newbery Awards for 2019 were just announced about 4 days ago, it seemed appropriate to talk about some of our favorite Newbery Award winning books on today's Friday Faves.
The Newbery Award is given annually to the children's book author who has made the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. It has been awarded each year since 1922. There is generally one author that receives the top award and then a few other books that are given a Newbery Honor award as well. Throughout your school life or your children's school life, you have probably been exposed to many of the Newbery Award Winners. I haven't read any of this year's winners yet, but this year, the top award went to (insert drum roll)......
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina- It is the story of a 6th grade girl who has to deal with the problems of changes in school and in family. It deals with subjects of jealousy and alzheimers with wisdom and humor and comes highly recommended.
The 2 honor winners for this year are:
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani - This story takes place in India in 1947, writtten in diary form by a young girl to her mother.
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock-This is the story of a boy with a lump on his back who goes on a mysterious pilgrimage in 1350, hoping to see if he can be healed.
I am always amazed at the deep subjects that are dealt with in some of the children's literature today, especially among these award winning books. But, the subjects are usually dealt with in beautiful, understandable ways.
You can go on the website of the Association For Library Service for Children (alsc) to find the complete lists of Newbery Winners, as well as Caldecott and other awards listed to find excellent books to read. We thought that today we would share a few of our favorites with you that we have enjoyed over the years. We may have already covered them with their movie counterparts on Cover to Reel, or they may be in the works for later! I am going to start from the oldest and work my way to the most recent.
There were some books that I've read that I just didn't feel I had the room to include, but it was hard to leave any out! That is why this list is so long! But, If you have some favorite Newbery Award Winners that I didn't include, please be sure to drop the titles in the comments section. Even though these are supposed to children's books, I have enjoyed so many of them as an adult.
We will let you know if we include any of the Cover to Reel versions on the podcast! But, this week, be sure to tune in to hear Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, just produced yesterday!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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