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The Empty Nesters | Carolyn Brown
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I‘m dropping my youngest off for his first year of college. I have a few minutes before the next event starts, so I pulled out my kindle and this is the ad that popped up when I opened it. Targeted advertising or coincidence?

LibrarianRyan I'd say targeted advertising. I put nothing past Amazon. 2d
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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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I‘m 1/4 through this book and saw the author tweet yesterday that she would be at a library close to my job tonight. Perfect timing! I love her moon dress and kick ass red boots! Here she‘s reading a passage about the Challenger explosion. I was about the same age as the main character and remember watching with horror in school as it happened live.

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My 11 year old niece just joined Goodreads and her book reviews are my new favorite thing ever! Her review of this book made me immediately place a library hold for it.

Jas16 That is a great review! 3w
MelissaSue81 What a great review! I was considering having my 10 year old join goodreads just today! Maybe I will! 3w
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 3w
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One of my favorite movies. I‘m hoping I love the book just as much!

Blueberry You will ♡ 3w
wanderinglynn Love this book! I hope you enjoy it! ❤ 3w
Valink @Blueberry @wanderinglynn - I haven‘t even finished the intro and I already love it! 3w
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AsYouWish I for one, highly recommend it!!! A bit different from the movie, but still really good!! 3w
Chelsea.Poole I love it 😊 3w
brit91 One of my all time favorites!!😍📚 3w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I signed up for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited so I could read the Harry Potter books on vacation without having to wait for my library loan to come through (there are still wait lists all these years later!!). Are there any other good books available through this platform? I haven‘t come across any that were really on my radar yet.

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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I forgot I even requested this from the library, but the timing is perfect since I finished Marlena last night. #booksonboats

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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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Scout wants me to move my books off my lap so SHE can lay there. I‘m staying strong. For now. It‘s just so hard to read with a puppy on my lap!

TheSpineView My 2 always want to touch when I am sitting or laying down. I think we're their security blankets! 4w
Valink @TheSpineView she will push my books off my lap so she can sit on me! And will look at me and cry until I move if I‘m not in a position that‘s comfy for her. She is clearly in charge here! 4w
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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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I did this as an audiobook. The narration was very well done, and the plot was very timely. This is a story not just about sexual harassment, but about working moms and female friendships. I would be very surprised if this isn‘t a movie or series soon.

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How did my library know that my summer reading theme is books set by the sea?

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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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I‘ve been carrying around 3 books trying to decide what to read next, I decided to go with Marlena. #booksonboats

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I‘m about to start a re-read of my VERY worn copy of The Chamber of Secrets. I wonder how many times and by how many people this book has been read. I first read it when I was on maternity leave with my now 19 year old and she eventually read it herself. I hope it doesn‘t fall apart as I read!

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Girls Like Us | Cristina Alger
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My view this morning. I finished my summer reading list, so now I‘m reading random books while looking for ones that fit my “summer by the sea” theme. #booksonboats

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Girls Like Us | Cristina Alger
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I picked up Girls Like Us pretty much because it‘s set on Long Island, and I think everyone knows by now that I particularly enjoy books set close to home. So far it‘s set on the south fork, where my in-laws have a house. I enjoy picturing the settings knowing what they actually look like & having inside info on the area. Seems like this will be a very quick read.

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A friend of mine has inspired me to do a re-read of the Harry Potter Series. I first started reading the series when I was on maternity leave with my now 19 year old & after that I read them as they came out. We did a family listen of the first two in 2016, but other than that I haven‘t re-read the series. It‘s probably about time!

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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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Ingrid Coleman disappeared 12 years ago, presumed drowned, but her husband Gil just saw her outside a book store. The book is told in chapters alternating between present day and letters Ingrid wrote to her husband all those years ago. Through the letters we see marriage and motherhood through her eyes. While I found the characters choices frustrating as a reader this was definitely a pick for me.

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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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For today‘s version of #Booksonboats I‘m reading my backlist #BOTM in Oyster Bay Harbor. We have no plans for the day other than hanging out and relaxing. Rumor has it that‘s Billy Joel‘s house in the background. Also, I LOVE this cover.

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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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Does anyone else miss when #BOTM sent a bookmark specific to your monthly pick? And when there were little surprise gifts every so often?

guinsgirlreads 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Lovesbooks87 Yes!!! 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻 2mo
Megabooks Yes!!!! @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi It was almost the best part!! 2mo
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Reviewsbylola They certainly were all about those personalized treats back in the day! 2mo
emilyhaldi The good ole days 🙃 2mo
BookwormAHN Yes 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2mo
nomadreader 🙋‍♀️ 2mo
tjwill Yes, I loved that! 2mo
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I‘m starting this #BOTM pick while having my morning coffee this morning. I decided to pick a theme for my summer books, summer on the water, and this fit perfectly so I couldn‘t pass it up!

Reviewsbylola I‘m hopefully starting this one soon! 2mo
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The Summer Wives: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Between a pick and a so-so for me. By the end of the book I was bored and ready for it to end, but I did enjoy the story. The fictional Winthrop Island that‘s the setting for this book is based on Fisher‘s Island, which is a location my husband and I have sailed to. I enjoy connections like that so that part was a bonus for me.

Crazeedi Her books were so good at the beginning , but the last one I read before this was meh... I had hoped this one would be good. Still going to check it out 2mo
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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There were a bunch of #BOTM picks that I liked this month! My sisters and I share books, so since my one sister ordered two that I liked and owns another one I selected these. Summer of ‘69 was my top pick anyway.

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The Summer Wives: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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It‘s that time of year when I lounge out in the harbor reading on a boat. My favorite time of year!

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First off, I related to every one of these characters. Second, the Brené Brown references had me dying.

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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The Cuckoo‘s Calling is one of the many books I‘ve started & not finished. I‘m trying to get back to some of those books and finish them up before starting something new.

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I love when I go to conferences and the keynote is an author. I‘ve seen a Charlie Appelstein speak before and would highly recommend him for anyone working in or interested in children‘s mental health, or struggling with their own child‘s behavior.

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Still trying to figure out how to become Brené Brown‘s Bestie, but for now I‘ll settle for watching her Netflix special.

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Magic Misfits | Neil Patrick Harris
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My niece decided to start a family book club. Our first book is The Magic Misfits, and she gave everyone gifts to open when we get to designated pages, like Once Upon a Book Club. I‘m so in to this! I‘m hoping to get to my first two gifts before I have to be a grown up and start prepping dinner. Thankfully we aren‘t having company today, so my house can remain a mess!

thereadingunicorn Love this! 4mo
Zelma That‘s awesome. I love your niece. 4mo
LibrarianRyan Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's so sweet. 🤗💕 4mo
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The discussion on the “culture of scarcity” in the book and the feeling of “never being ______ enough” (skinny, rich, smart, etc....) inspired me to stitch up this quick little piece and send it off to my daughter in college. It will be going in the mail today. I‘m thinking I should make one for my office as well.

dariazeoli Love this! 4mo
Crazeedi Very lovely! And true!💞 4mo
Trashcanman That's lovely 4mo
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Megabooks Beautiful! 👍🏻😍 4mo
Jas16 I love that! 4mo
Valink @dariazeoli thank you! 4mo
Valink @Crazeedi thank you. This point has really been resonating with me. 4mo
Valink @Trashcanman thanks! 4mo
Valink @Megabooks thank you I‘m trying to embrace the imperfection of the curl above the “you” and feel like it‘s “good enough”! 4mo
Valink @Jas16 thank you. I‘m also a Social Worker and I decided I‘m definitely making one for myself! 4mo
Megabooks Honestly, I didn‘t notice until you pointed it out. I wouldn‘t worry about it. Very beautiful! 4mo
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I‘m almost finished with this audiobook. I would like Brené Brown to be my new BFF. Does anyone know how I can make this happen?

lahousewyfe I don't know, but I'm right there with you! 4mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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She was too cute not to share. I am loving this book! I kind of want to check out the audio as well.

BookNAround So sweet! 5mo
Erofan 🐕💕 5mo
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I‘m celebrating Valentines Day by starting a new book ❤️❤️

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What does this say about me that this was my pick for a quick “fun” audiobook?

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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I didn‘t even remember recommending this! The next email says the loan came in, so I guess I know what I‘m reading next!

GloVerdino The library never buys the books I recommend! 7mo
Valink @GloVerdino they have always purchased every book I recommended! Are you making the request through your local library or the NYC public library? 7mo
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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When I follow up happy hour with the book store I try to stick to the remnants section! I have officially run out of space on my bookshelf, so I need to read some things quick and pass them on so I have room for these and my #BOTM books that should be coming soon!

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To read or to craft- always a difficult decision!

Nessavamusic That is why audiobooks are awesome, craft and read! 7mo
Valink @Nessavamusic very true! I was listening to an audiobook while making dinner tonight. 7mo
wanderinglynn Love your embroidery! The colors are fantastic! 7mo
Valink @wanderinglynn thank you! Some are the colors the pattern called for, and some aren‘t. I didn‘t have all of them, but I have so much embroidery floss that I didn‘t want to go buy more! 7mo
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I wish I had the kind of job where I could listen to an audiobook while working!

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I went looking in my 18 year old daughter‘s room for a YA novel to read because I wanted something quick. I was hoping for something cute and lighthearted. This is what I emerged with. I‘m not sure if the tagged book fits exactly what I was looking for, but it‘s a re-read for me & it‘s what stood out.

TrishB My 17 y/o doesn‘t do light hearted books, so looking in her room wouldn‘t get me anywhere! But they‘re good ones! 7mo
Valink @TrishB these are both books I purchase for her as gifts. Everything else was pretty serious. I also grabbed The Fire Next Time and Evicted, which I‘ll read eventually but I want something fun first! 7mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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This was just ok for me. It didn‘t really pull me in and most definitely didn‘t get me out of my reading slump. Three weeks in and this is the first book I finished in the new year. I think I need to check my shelves for something lighthearted and engaging.

Butterflyamore Do you like Once Upon a Book Club? 7mo
Valink @Butterflyamore yes, it‘s a fun spin on a book subscription. I usually pass the boxes on to my sisters once I‘ve read them though and have only kept a few of the gift items, so it‘s a bit expensive to do every month. 7mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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I‘ve been in a reading slump lately, so I busted out this #onceuponabookclub box that I haven‘t read yet. Maybe the treats along the way will keep me going!

Slajaunie That looks amazing!! 7mo
Valink @Slajaunie they are a lot of fun to read! 7mo
Karkar That looks fun! 7mo
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phatsallylee I love their concept of pairing items with parts of the book and then getting to open the items when you get to those pages. 7mo
CouronneDhiver I‘ve heard of this service before... looks fun! 7mo
tracey38 I haven't tried this box but I have always loved the concept of it, too. 7mo
Valink @Karkar @phatsallylee @CouronneDhiver @tracey38 It‘s a little expensive for me for a subscription, but a nice treat every so often. I got my niece books for Christmas and she said she is going to set up some treats to go with the books then send it on to her aunts (me!!!) to read in this style. I can‘t wait to see what she puts together for us! 7mo
tracey38 @Valink that's so sweet of her! How old is your niece? 7mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I finished the audiobook on the way home from my sister in laws today, then watched the movie on Netflix when I got home. As is the case almost all the time- the book was better!

CoffeeNBooks I finished reading this the other day. My husband was watching the movie today, and I was half-watching while reading In a Dark Dark Wood, which I couldn't put down! 😂 8mo
Bookladylinda I watched the movie yesterday at my sister‘s, now I want to reread the book. I read the book 3 or 4 years ago. (edited) 8mo
Valink @CoffeeNBooks I have In a Dark Dark Wood too, and I heard it‘s also being made in to a movie! 8mo
Valink @Bookladylinda I really try not to watch a movie if I know it‘s based on a book, but I don‘t usually watch the movie the same day I finish the book. Sometimes it‘s good to put a little distance between the two otherwise I‘m like “they left this out! That‘s not how that happened!” and I can‘t just enjoy the movie. 8mo
Bookladylinda @Valink I totally agree!!! 😂😂 8mo
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Ornaments from @aroc for the #XmasXstitchExchange. So cute!

Avanders Oh my gosh, *so* cute!! 8mo
Ingerella Oh my goodness those ornaments!! 8mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️💚❤️💚 8mo
Kdgordon88 Adorable ornaments! 8mo
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Thank you so much @aroc for the awesome #XmasXstitchExchange package! I love the ornaments and they are already on my tree. Take a look at the package I sent @vkois88 when she posts it and you will see some similarities! The book has stories by Kelly Link and Rainbow Rowell. My last name is Link and maiden name is Rowehl (pronounced the same way) so I thought that was extra cool!

aroc @Valink You're welcome. Merry Christmas! 8mo
Valink @aroc Merry Christmas to you as well! Everything was packaged so pretty, I couldn‘t fit those two gift boxes in the picture, but they were so pretty. The towel is adorable and of course I‘ll have to explain to my kids that they can‘t actually USE it! 8mo
vkois88 Wow! That's awesome and gorgeous! 8mo
vkois88 And I'll put up pics later when LO can't grab everything 😊😊 8mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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We‘ll be doing a fair bit of@driving over the next few days, so I picked out Bird Box as our road trip book so I can watch the show when we get back home.

sprainedbrain I really liked this one on audio! 8mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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I‘m wrapping Christmas gifts.... a few books will be gifted this year! And this doesn‘t include the ones for my kids that have already been wrapped. Strange the Dreamer is getting gifted to two teenagers & I hope they love it as much as I did!

kgriffith Sold! 8mo
Valink @kgriffith I hope you like it! It starts a little slow, but once it gets going..... 8mo
kgriffith @Valink listening to the audiobook now and really enjoying it! 5mo
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Art Matters | Neil Gaiman
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Thank you so much @teebe for this above and beyond #makerswap package! The portrait of my sweet Cola is perfect and incredibly thoughtful. The bookmarks are so beautiful, I particularly like the nautical one! The books look great, I‘ve always been curious about folded book art, so now I get a chance to try it out. I love everything. Thank you, thank you! @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 8mo
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Christmas Ornaments | Meredith Corporation
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It arrived! Thank you @aroc !! I wish my tree was decorated so I could take a pretty picture, but I haven‘t quite gotten to that! @vkois88 #XmasXstitchExchange

aroc Enjoy! Merry Christmas! 8mo
vkois88 Hooray!!!! 🎄🎁🎄🎁🎄 8mo
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I went to Town Hall for an event tonight and found a Little Free Library! My husband yelled at me for rummaging around in it, but I needed to check it out!

BookishMarginalia Your husband must not be a reader. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
AmyG One always needs to see what‘s in the LFL! 8mo
Valink @BookishMarginalia definitely not a reader! He used to read a bit- he would do some of the big series- Harry Potter, LOtR, Dark tower, Game of Thrones, but developed a vision problem a few years ago and hasn‘t read a book since. I find it much sadder than he does actually! 8mo
Valink @AmyG that‘s what I‘m saying! 8mo
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My knitting group knows me so well! Last week on member texted me to say she has a copy of the Michelle Obama audiobook if I want to borrow it (I already downloaded it) and last night someone else handed me this saying she thought I would want to read it. I glad I‘m part of such a great thoughtful group of women! #KnittersofLitsy

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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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Apparently embroidery hoops are a thing. I made one for my daughter when she graduated HS & she has it hanging in her dorm room. She asked me for a few more for Christmas & picked this Pippi Longstocking quote out. I‘ve always related to free spirited Pippi with her red hair and love of the sea and adventure!

AmyG They are a thing. My son‘s fiance made tiny ones for his sisters. This one is lovely. 8mo
Reviewsbylola This is adorable! 8mo
Valink @AmyG I just started embroidering last year. I was surprised to see my daughter‘s suite mate with a few embroidery hoops hanging on her wall too. My daughter likes the floral ones best, but this was my favorite of the patterns she picked. 8mo
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Valink @Reviewsbylola thank you! 8mo
Craftylikefox That is gorgeous! I do a little bit of embroidery and this is inspiring for me to practice more. That is also the perfect quote! 8mo
Valink @Craftylikefox thank you! I‘ve really been enjoying embroidery lately, but knitting is still my main craft. We have a sailboat and my daughter was a sailing instructor at a sleep away camp, so it‘s perfect for her. (edited) 8mo
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Maker Space | K.B. Spangler
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As I stepped out my front door to leave for work I found this on my front porch. Thank you @teebe I‘m super excited for opening day!! #makerswap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhhh 9mo
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All packed up and ready to go! Tomorrow I‘ll be mailing out the #MakerSwap package to @DoonTheGoon and the #XmasXstitchExchange package to @vkois88 Of course as soon as I finished taping the box up I saw the card for Tori sitting there on my table. Oops! I‘ll mail it separately. @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 9mo
vkois88 Hahaha it's all good! Super exciting 🤗🤗🤗 I can't wait to see what you made. This is one of my favorite swaps, aside from the Maker Swap 😊 9mo
Valink @vkois88 I wound up slipping the card inside the address label- which is just a folded piece of paper taped to the box. So slit the tape around the label and your card is inside the folded paper. I love the swaps where people make things, it‘s so fun to see everyone‘s creativity! 9mo
vkois88 Will do! Thanks for letting me know ❤❤❤ I'll probably do it as soon as it gets here and set it on top so I don't forget!! 9mo
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