-a tiny hand sewn/quilted piece that will eventually be a pocket on a fidget quilt
-an old button, covered with a piece of batting and muslin and embroidered
-quilted fabric beads. I saw these on Silly Boo Dilly's blog a long time ago and fell in love with them. I finally ordered her instructions from her Etsy Shop and have another way to use scraps and keep my hands busy. These little beads become a bit of an obsessive/compulsive habit. I've made many more since taking the above picture.
Michael J. McCann's new book Sorrow Lake. I enjoyed his previous series featuring Hank Donaghue and Karen Stainer and hope he hasn't abandoned them, but I enjoyed this first novel in his new series as well. It introduces Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police and Detective Constable Kevin Walker. An excellent police procedural with no emphasis on the gory or bizarre.
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea is the story of a young girl who, after seeing The Magnificent Seven, leads her three friends on a journey to the United States to find seven Mexican men to smuggle back into Mexico to defeat and rout the banditos who have invaded their village.
A fascinating look at both Mexico and the United States with great characters!
Delano Ames' She Shall Have Murder, written in 1948, is the first in the Dagobert and Jane Brown series. It takes place in postwar Britain and is full of humor as the amateur duo attempt to solve a murder. I will definitely be reading more of this series. Delano Ames himself was quite a character and worked for British Intelligence during WWII.