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Tiny houses and big barns

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Tiny houses and big barns

 Yesterday was another day mostly taken up by travel. Colin, grandson Kegan, and I left Tomball about eleven-thirty, hoping to make it past Waco before the football game ended and the highways were crowded—make that, more crowded. We sailed along through the rolling countryside between Hempstead and College Station, marveling at how lovely it was. A quick stop in College Station for Chick Fil-A (goes against all my principles, but who can resist a fourteen-year-old?) and we were on our way. It seems to me from that point on, the trip is less scenic, the trees scrubby, the towns older...


2020 Retrospective / My four favourite books

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2020 Retrospective / My four favourite books

  Jo Nesbo 2020 Retrospective – my four favourite books Posted by couchmagpie Matthew Haynes December 14, 2020 This year I read around 40 books – it might have been more if some of them hadn’t been so long! And of course I didn’t get an opportunity to do any reading on holiday, because I had no real holiday this year. Poor me. Anyway, here’s a list of the Top 4 books I’ve read this year with links to longer reviews in some cases (I would’ve done a Top 5 if I’d read fifty – blame Stephen / Owen King and Margaret...


Top 10 Indie Party Dress Sewing Patterns

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Top 10 Indie Party Dress Sewing Patterns

Party season is upon us and we feel it is about time to put on a party frock and celebrate the festive season (and we want an excuse to sew something lovely!). If you are thinking of adding a party dress to your handmade wardrobe, we have a few ideas up our voluminous (and on-trend) sleeves! We’ve rounded up ten beautiful indie party dress patterns that will make you the belle of the ball! Whether you are staying in for an intimate soirée or going out on the town, you’ll find a design that you will want to wear to...


2 LBDs + Nordstrom Cyber Weekend Deals

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2 LBDs + Nordstrom Cyber Weekend Deals

1.State sequin minidress 00 (2 colors), similar pumps, Polene bag c/o I know many of you are shopping for holiday and New Year’s Eve parties, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for festive yet classic options! Today I’m partnering with Nordstrom to share this very petite-friendly sequin dress I recently picked up as well as a cozier winter sweater dress option. Nordstrom is also running a big Cyber Weekend event so I’ve shared a few of picks below, including a couple of great gift ideas! Cyber Sale Finds For Cyber Weekend Nordstrom is offering up to 50% off! 40%...


13 Bra and Underwear Black Friday Deals That You Need To Swipe ASAP

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13 Bra and Underwear Black Friday Deals That You Need To Swipe ASAP

If you’ve ever had trouble finding well-fitted bras and undies, you’re not alone. With so many lingerie options from different retailers, it can take a lot time and effort to score the perfect bra and underwear set. Plus, for so little material, undergarments sure are pricey (yes, I’m giving some side-eye). Which is why we’re restocking our bra and underwear drawer on Black Friday—and creating a curated list for you, since, like we said, it’s weirdly hard finding the good stuff. But that’s what we’re here for. No matter if you prefer something lacy to wear, or want a more...