Oh library how do I love thee?

Let me count the ways…


Prior to Dubai we lived in a very small town in Louisiana. Yes, they had a library but it was really sad and they didn’t participate in any exchange programs. For a long while I participated in the Paperback Swap movement. Once the Kindle became popular and affordable I jump feet first in to this new way of reading books. It was easy to have all of these words inside this tiny portable device. Once we moved to Dubai I carried on with the way of the Kindle. After returning to the U.S. it never crossed my mind to seek out the library. Once we began our Total Money Makeover and I was looking at what we were spending our money on I was quiet shocked at my book purchase total each month. Our babysitter, a collage student, was here at the time and asked me why I had not applied for a library card. I looked at her slightly puzzled and began to rapid fire questions at her. I could not believe that with all of the new technology that there were still highly functioning libraries. The next day I went and got my card. Oh my gosh, our libraries are amazing. I have now put my beloved Kindle inside a drawer. I won’t lie, I did have to relearn how to read a proper book. I once found myself tapping the book to turn the page!

Free books round 2

Now that I have learned all the ins and outs of our library system I am excited about reading again! I don’t have to worry about a “book budget” anymore. I often have to request the books I want to read from other county libraries and so at times I have 6-8 books to pick up at a time. So of course I had to take a free moment and sew up a cute little library tote.

library tote

I used one of my favorite fabric lines by Bonnie & Camille called Happy Go Lucky and a piece of chambray I had left over from another project.  Happy Go Lucky is now out of print but I’ve been hoarding a few mini charm packs that were perfect for this bag.  And because I’m all about English Paper Piecing and hexagons right now (still working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt)  I added a cute little hexie flower applique.  I adapted the pattern from Skip To My Lou’s Tutorial found here. It was super easy and took me about an hour from start to finish. If you were to use solid pieces of fabric it could easily be completed in 20-30 minutes.

Garden 2016

Year two of our urban garden is in full swing.  So far we have harvested salad greens, jalapeños , bell peppers, salsa peppers, yellow squash & zucchini.


Here is a list of what’s in the raised beds this year:

Cucumbers: Ferry Morse Tendergreen Burpless (This is the last time I will try this variety. The yields are very low for us.)

Seed Savers Lettuce Mix

Baker Creek Straight neck Squash (heirloom)

Baker Creek Early Golden Summer Crookneck (heirloom)

Baker Creek Fordhook Zucchini (heirloom)

High Mowing Costata Romanesco Zucchini (heirloom)

Burpee Roma Tomato

Bonnie Mucho Nacho Jalapeno

Bonnie Pimiento

Bonnie Yellow Bell

Bonnie Garden Salsa Pepper

Bonnie Mammoth Jalapeno


Below are the 3 raised beds we installed last year.  I still need to mulch everything around the beds this season. I also want to start sheet mulching another area of the back yard before the real heat sets in. We have 3 weeks of soccer left and then my weekends should free up more to complete a few projects on the list.






cucumbers & tomatoes

peppers & lettuce