Archive for November 12th, 2010

November 12th, 2010

A Bit of Me(Me) ~ Don’t Bogart the Vodka

by Gwen




It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better.

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.



This week’s question- If you could take a class for anything (for free) what would it be?

Я всегда хотел изучать русский язык. Translation- I have always wanted to learn Russian.

Maybe it is because I am grew up in the Reagan Era, you know, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

It might be my love, make that former love of Vodka.

It could definitely be my love-hate relationship with Russian Literature.

It probably has a bit to do with the architecture…


Saint Basil’s in Red Square via Wikipedia

It might just be the cool Cyrillic alphabet.

Whatever the motivation, I have always wanted to learn Russian. The problem is and trust me it never failed, whenever I would transfer to a college that offered classes in Russian….They would stop offering them the semester/quarter that I started.

I swear, there is a vast conspiracy out there. Huge groups of people got together every year and decided to ruin my lifelong dream. It isn’t right. Oh well, someday.



November 12th, 2010

Happy Haul-idays with Chronicle Books

by Gwen


Chronicle Books is having a killer contest and you and I could both win $500 of Chronicle loot! The Happy Haul-idays Contest will have two winners, one chosen from the bloggers that post their wish list and the other chosen from one of their commenters.

$500 is a lot of book moola and Chronicle has TONS of great books. Seriously, there is something for everyone here; even the yahoos in your family that don’t have the love of reading that we do.



1001 moments


I like to think that I am pretty good at living in the moment. However, there are a few loved ones in my family that could use a few tips. I am not going to point fingers, they know who they are. Or… at least they will when they get this in their stocking.






Amy Butler


There is only one thing better than Amy Butler’s fabric and that is her patterns. This baby is staying with me.








Lotta Jansdotter


I am all about handmade, handcrafted, & hand painted in my life. The simplicity of the Scandinavian style in Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living really appeals to me.







Craft Inc Planner


I already have Craft Inc and still need help with my business planning. This will be great and don’t forget,  Creative, INC


I can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen lately, so for Christmas gifts, this will sure come in handy. Get ready to have some snazzy looking jars of jams, jellies, and cookie mixes!

Pretty Pantry Gifts

Lincoln 3d


My friend and I enjoy everything and anything Lincoln. We may have to fight over this one or I could just send her one of her own to Illinois.

Can you imagine seeing real pictures of Lincoln in 3D?!?!?




FLW Fallingwater



SQUEEEE!!! A Frank Lloyd Wright book. My collection is close to bursting, but there is always room for more.









I could go on and on and I am still not up to $500. I can’t forget this one though. Do you like classic movies? I am a Turner Classic Movies junkie. It all started almost 20 years ago when I couldn’t sleep and PBS was playing Meet John Doe in the wee hours.

I fell in love with Gary Cooper that night. Soon after, I fell in love with John Barrymore. Leave it up to me to fall in love with drunk alcoholics. That little issue is something for my therapist to deal with. Nothing to discuss here people, move along.


Like I said, that doesn’t even make much of a dent in the prize of $500. There are a few Moleskines that I have my eye on, books for the kids, the always fun mashups of Jane Austen and I read a great review of Booze Cakes in the San Francisco Book Review What would you get?