Friday, August 1, 2014

7 Quick Takes {Take 48} How is it August already?! edition...

-1- Record low July temperatures = A very happy Catholic Librarian #freak

This has been an absolutely *beautiful* summer here, and your Catholic Librarian is basking in it. :) We have had zero 90 degree days, and only 3-4 humid days in the 80's making sleeping uncomfortable without air conditioning all summer. It has been *spectacular*. As many of you know, I don't enjoy really hot weather. Luckily, I live in an area of the country that often sees record snowfall in the wintertime :0 so I'm golden. We have a lovely climate up here, but sometimes the summer can get humid. Not this year, my friends! Just watch. Now that I've said that, a heatwave will roll through that will singe my hair off, but hope springs eternal, no?


-2- Copper metalskin? Is that name of a heavy metal band?!

Speaking of warm weather, although I had an absolutely fantastic time dancing at the arts festival last weekend, I'm rather glad to not be forcing a heavily beaded costume onto my body in a stuffy dressing room while sweating tomorrow and Sunday. Fun danciness still abounds, however, and we have a show coming up August 10th to rehearse for. In the spirit of summer festival season, I ordered a shiny new skirt to coordinate with some of my other costume pieces. I like to mix and match and maximize the investment I've already made into dance costumes and conserve money as best I can. I absolutely *love* L Rose Designs custom skirts and gauntlets, so I ordered a set in a color called "copper metalskin." Sounds like it will be very LOUD and sparkly and may hurt your eyes to look at it, right? PERFECT. I can't wait for it to arrive. :0

-3- Big girl beds for everyone!

Anne is outgrowing her crib, and so we've made the painful choice to buy her a bed. I always hate this transition. :-\ Suddenly, the child is *loose* in their room when they're supposed to be falling asleep. This seems very dangerous, indeed. But it's time, and she's excited about it. So, we've been doing lots of comparison shopping. I'll keep you posted on how this goes.


-4- Are babies ever really this small?!

In celebration of the birth of Baby Gift Universe coming up later this month, we have...da da DAAAA! The Baby Surprise Jacket. It goes from this:

A knitted blob
to this:

An adorable baby cardigan
...with just 2 small seams! All it needs is some adorable buttons (and I am a total button FREAK, so trust me, spectacular handmade buttons are on their way. :0) and it'll be a go. Oh, and a matching hat, because all newborn babies NEED a hand knit hat. If you have a newborn head that is in need of one, just let me know. :)

-5- Just in case you missed it...

My review of I Am Margaret by Corinna Turner has gotten quite a nice bit of traffic and positive feedback. If you haven't read the two free chapters that are available (check out my post for the link!) definitely do that to see if you'd like to read this book. Intense. Exciting. Excellent weekend reading. :)

When I wrote to Corinna to let her know that the post is up, she thanked me and let me know that she was working on editing book 2. I told her unceremoniously to EDIT.FASTER.GIRLFRIEND. :0 Can't wait to keep reading this series!

-6- Currently on my Kindle...

I have moved onto the third of three Catholic YA novels that I was asked to review, which is Laura Pearl's Finding Grace.

This is another bargain on Kindle ($4.99) so if you'd like to download and read along with me, have at it! I'm hoping to post my review this coming Wednesday or the week following, depending on how much reading I get in this weekend.

-7- *sniffs* Is that a cool nip I feel in the air?

August, to me, means that cooler evenings are on the way, and this is always exciting for me. Because it means that FALL is coming, and you all know how utterly *insane* I am about the fall. It is my absolute favorite season, and I look forward to it each and every year. I plan leaf-filled outings. I knit orange sweaters. I take my children to visit alpaca farms. We drink spiced cider. I buy anything labelled "pumpkin" that I can get my hands on, from food to yarn. I bake things with apples. I LOVE FALL. And it's coming. :0 Very excited over here.

All right everyone, I have to get back to work. Have a wonderful weekend! I'll check back with you on Monday. Don't forget to head to Conversion Diary for more 7 Quick Takes!


  1. Replies
    1. So glad. :) As soon as the buttons are sewn on, I'm winging it off to you!

  2. Just as soon as I learn how to knit, I'm thinking I'll need to make one of those blob-cardigan things :)

    1. You should! it's all garter stitch, so it's a good beginner project. :)


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