Archives for April 2015

Belinda’s Book Nook Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


Title: The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Copyright: January 7, 2014
Genre: historical fiction
Format: paperback

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.

Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …

A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

My thoughts:

I have had this book on my TBR for quite some time and jumped at the chance to recommend it for the book club I am in because I felt like I would keep putting it off for something else. So I was very happy when it was chosen as our April read. I went into it not sure what to expect. I had searched far and wide to find this UK edition because I loved the cover. I don’t know why some publishers make such ugly covers for the American version and stunning one’s abroad.

The Characters: I thought the author did an amazing job of character development. The main characters were Sarah, the wealthy white girl who’s family owned slaves in the deep south (Charleston to be exact) and Hetty the daughter of a slave that Sarah’s family owned. I really felt myself drawn to the two of them very quickly and the book was written so well that you were plagued with emotions throughout the book. There was enough depth to allow me to understand and empathize with both characters. They later introduced us to Angelina, Sarah’s younger sister and she developed into quite a good character as well. The supporting characters, Sarah’s family members were rich as well even if not always taking center stage.  I could almost visualize a movie made of this book. Not sure who I would cast for the characters but definitely see that it would make for a great movie.

I usually have a hard time with slavery stories and this one had it’s moments that I had to take a long pause to gather myself but then I would be drawn back to the story to find out what would happen next. The book explored the complexity of slavery in the south as well as the plight of women and women’s rights during this time. It included information about the Quakers and the abolitionists during this time.

I was also fascinated with the talk of Story Quilts in this book. I have heard of them and found it great how the author weaved them into the story. This book had so many topics that I find interesting and would love to read further on. The author even included a great list of references to further explore many of the topics in the book. What a treat!

I love historical fictions because they can bring you there just as well as a non-fiction if written well and this one was written well. I never heard of Sarah and Angelina Grimke.  They were real people that rejected their wealthy lifestyles and moved to the north to fight for the end of slavery and for women’s equality. They eventually retired in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

What is a shame is that history books have neglected to include them and their contributions. Please take time to explore more about these women. I have included a link here to read a bit more about these women here.

Favorite quote:

“I have one mind for the master to see. I have another for what I know is me.” (Mr. Vessey p. 172)


“History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another’s pain in the heart our own.” (Julius Lester) (p. 370)

My rating:

I went in not knowing but hoping for a great book and I found it. I gave this five butterflies and highly recommend it.

Happy reading!!!



Project Life: Week eleven


This week was filled with a lot of everyday happenings and I even had to add an insert to preserve some important memories.

week11gI was feeling blue about something and I stopped in for my weekly shopping at Trader Joes and I saw this little beauty in the flower section. She is my new orchid called Little lady. As if the beautiful flowers aren’t enough they had to name it that. Little Lady orchids are a true miniature of the typical Phalaenopsis orchid plant. They grow to no more than 7.87 inches high. Which is about a third of a regular orchid. Another bonus is that this Little Lady will bloom up to 12 weeks. I fell for orchids many years ago when I went with my mother to an Orchid show on Cape Cod. We both bought a few plants and so began my love affair. I add new ones to my collection when the feeling is right. On this day, the feeling was right. I have her in the pot she came in but will transfer her to something prettier soon. She is so small I have her on my desk so I can see her everyday while I work.

week11fI was a little down because Apollo had found out that he failed his eye exam and he would need glasses. I knew the chances of him getting glasses was inevitable but was hoping not so soon. But the picture above shows him the day we walked out of the eye doctor’s office with his first pair of glasses on. He was so happy and that eased my concerns for him.

I included a picture of the latest card I colored up and me reading at pick up. The last picture is so great seeing Apollo siting in a Hero Yoga seated pose. Of course he is just sitting playing and I walked by and told Leao to look and explained the flexibility required to sit that way and he just did it unknowing.  Love it.

week11cI added an 8×11 insert to hold Nicholas’ recent award from school for Integrity. I am so proud. These awards hold a special place in my heart even more so than the report cards. I love that he received this award. I am one proud momma.

week11b Breakfast with two of my favorite friends always makes my day.  My food was so yummy and filled me through lunch! A week of doctor’s appointments (dentist and orthadontist) filled the beginning of the week. Apollo took a picture of me sorting for mailing out the ATC happy mail. Busy week.


I like the vibrant colors of our breakfast place so I played off of that for my color selections.

See you next Monday with week 12.

Happy crafting!


Silhouette Sunday #17: Strawberry Basket


A few months ago I was walking around Michael’s and I saw they were selling strawberry baskets.  The first thing I thought of is my Silhouette. I think, can I find the file? When I got home I did a quick search on the internet and found this great file at Stamped in His Own Image.


It’s a great size and I thought it would look great on my desk with my color combination cards for my Copics. I used a heavy weight double sided patterned paper. I definitely want to make more since it’s really fast to but and easy to assemble.


I love that it comes with dividers and labels. I liked this file best because it cut out the extra strips which I attached with foam tape to give the true illusion of the rim of a basket.  I think I will add scallops to the strips on the next one I make.

siilhouettesundayApril19dNow I have a smile on my face every time I reach for a color combo from this cute little basket. And the best part was it was free!!

Happy crafting!


Gallery of March ATC swap


Here are the lovely ATCs from my monthly ATC swap. They are so pretty. Apollo has now joined in the fun and he made one for the swap as well.

MarchATCs1He is really enjoying seeing all the cards and how lucky is he to be able to participate in a swap at such a young age.

MarchATCs2Pure talent in this group. I can’t wait to see what the group creates for April!

Happy crafting friends!



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