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Book Contests-Reading it Forward & Goodreads

Being an avid reader, I have lots of books and belong to one book club with some friends at Virginia Tech.  We are currently reading “The Color Purple”  and “The Language of Flowers” and hopefully we’ll meet again very soon.  I finished the latter night before last and started the first one last night.  I love books and my collection is constantly growing with paperbacks, hardcover, audio and now my Kindle.

I also belong to two internet sites where I look for new books and review books that I read.  One link is GoodReads which I have listed on my blog and anyone can see the books I’ve read, become friends on the site, compare reviews and much more.  The other link is “Read It Forward” which has a weekly giveaway and all I have to do is enter which only takes about two minutes.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I've put together for the last 15 years.  I really need to go through them and clean out.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I’ve put together for the last 15 years. I really need to go through them and clean out.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

 

I get lots of free books from entering contests on the sites I mentioned.  I usually receive at least once a week notices from these two sites about free book contest I can enter.  So far over the last year I’ve won ten books and I can’t remember how many from the year before.  These are new books and all have been hardcover books.  Here’s a few I’ve won this year:

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What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

Books by Pamela Clare. I can't wait to get started on them!

Books by Pamela Clare. I can’t wait to get started on them!

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John Grisham is always a hit!

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A new author for me but one I will definitely look for in the future.

These books would have probably cost me around $200 – $250 if I had bought them new at a bookstore.  That’s a lot of money at my house!!

I also have friends that bring me books by the bag full after they have read them.  When I was working at Virginia Tech I listened to audiobooks to and from work and now I listen to them when I travel to and from Covington to visit my brother.  I also read a lot while I’m in my deerstand waiting on that big buck and Eddie says it may be the reason I haven’t killed the “big one”!!  😉

Anyway, reading it great entertainment and it keeps the old brain busy!  I have plenty of books to keep me busy and lots of books with pretty pictures and ideas.

Family room is complete

Not a lot of words. Just a few pics of the final results of the my family room remake. The first pictures are of the bedroom it used to be. I had so much fun cleaning and re-decorating it. I love to sit in here and read or watch chick flicks in the quiet.

First, as a bedroom:

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

Exterior door that's not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

Exterior door that’s not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

It's a long narrow room with lots of light.

It’s a long narrow room with lots of light.

 

Now the makeover into a family room:

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Chairs reupholstered by me and my best friend.

Chairs re-upholstered by me and my best friend.

Peaches, parakeet, lives in family room.

Peaches, parakeet, lives in family room.

Comfortable recliner

Comfortable recliner

Entertainment center

Entertainment center

books and antiques

books and antiques

The family

The family

Eddie and I

Eddie and I

The kids then and now

The kids then and now

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I think it’s a wonderful place to relax, watch movies, read a book, or just chill!!

 

Using Doilies to Decorate

I love all things country, romantic and simple.  Though they take a lot of ingenuity, time and patience to make, doilies are just the ticket for decorating country.  I look for them in every antique store, craft store and auction I go to.  They’re delicate, simple-looking, romantic and easy to work with.  Here’s a few ways I use them in my decor:

Use them in the shelves of the entertainment center.

Use them in the shelves of the entertainment center.

Another design.

Another design.

Different designs and shapes make it fun.

Different designs and shapes make it fun.

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Place under your antiques.

Place under your antiques.

Cover your shelves.

Cover your shelves.

Dress up a simple lamp.

Dress up a simple lamp.

Gently lay over the outside of your lamps and hang a simple ornament in the center.

Gently lay over the outside of your lamps and hang a simple ornament in the center.

Prissy but country style.

Prissy but country style.

Dress up an ordinary table and under a lamp.

Dress up an ordinary table and under a lamp.

Two layers on the back of the recliner.

Two layers on the back of the recliner.

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I’m working on some ideas to incorporate them in some wall art and in my framed items.  Aren’t they delicate, fancy and still country???