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  • blueribbonfair 5:42 pm on June 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ocean, owl, , sea shore, , thank you to blog followers,   

    On the Road Again: Vacation 

    Hey to all my followers. Thank you for sticking with me, reading and subscribing to my blog. You are some of the best people on earth. I am leaving for vacation for the rest of June; WE have a heavy schedule and so much to do, I most likely will be away for awhile. I am looking forward to starting up again next month.

    beach frame

    Cute little owl asleep on the beach.




  • blueribbonfair 1:05 am on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: card crafting Father's Day, Dad Cards, Dad's Day Ideas, Easy Diy Father's Day Cards, , Father's Day Cards, Guys Cards, Handmade Father's Day, make cards with kids   

    Father’s Day Easy DIY Cards 

    Found these ideas on the sites I usually look for handmade ideas, Pinterest. Here they are linked to their original posts: 



    Below are the links from left to right top line then bottom:

    1. Easy Fishing Father’s Day Card
    2. Wallet Card for Dad
    3. Tractor Card for Dad
    4. Popsicle Card for Dad
    5. Shirt and Tie Card for Dad
    6. Ideas For Dad Cards Mug tools superhero
    7. Grilling Barbecue Dad Card Hand-print







  • blueribbonfair 2:00 am on May 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Odd Ball Lemon Bright Display 

    Have not done and Cee’s Photo Challenges for awhile so I thought I would slip in quickly here to have post for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge . Beautiful Sunny Lemon Display in a store where you need a huge house and a lot of money to buy all the stuff you like. This is only some of the yellow items.

  • blueribbonfair 1:31 am on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Perry, book reviews, , , Debbie Howells, , Gothic Classics, Jane Harper, Jean Claude Murder of family, mysteries, , mystery genre books, , Shirley Jackson 1960's, Stuart McBride, suspense books review, Tiffany King, true crime   

    Too Many on My TBR Pile 

    Confession Moment:

    Confession Time: “Shh, I have over 1000 books on my Good Reads “Too Read” pile……..

    Not enough time and too many books…

    I could go on Good Reads and spend the whole day adding books because it seems and especially with self publishing now there are piles of books in the genre I like added daily.

    I used to read many genres. ( I never liked Sci Fi though.) These days , though I do read some others, I have found myself reading fictional mysteries and suspense centered book 95% of the time. I do read a “true crime” volume also about every 3 months or so. I wish I could read books like “The Thorn Birds which I read way back. Or Family series sagas. I try to stay clear of reads like the latter since I get so deep into some characters if the book is like a 10 star read for me, I grieve and get depressed if something devastating happens at the end of the book. Takes me time to recover since I can so identify with people even if fictional; I am so prone to depression unlike I was not a long way back. I have also had so much Drama in my life dealing with family, I do not read about other dysfunctional lives like I could when I had not had so much experience with the same.


      1. book cover blog Broken Skin Stuart McBride

        If you like police procedural and single investigators you may like this series set in Glasgow Scotland. I love the protagonist. The books in this series are dark, but light hearted at moments. I also like the “stand alones” of this author. This is # 3 in the Logan McCrae series.  It includes a story line you do not read much in many stories: “A knife wielding 8 year old. The main story is Logan racing to catch a serial rapist before he strikes again amidst all the discord at the office.


      2. book cover blog An Echo of Murder Anne Perry

        I have read more books by this author than probably any other. She has been doing this series and others for years. This is #23 in her “William Monk Series.” This is an historical mystery series set during Victorian times. This one is about someone murdering Hungarian immigrants and as usual his wife, Hester helps out. Interesting fact about her is she worked as a battlefield nurse before meeting him.


      3. book cover blog The Adversary Emmanuel Carrere

        For “True Crime” I have this on my shelf. Synopsis:   On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting…
        With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense Emmanuel Carrère begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, 18 years of lies, five murders and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.


        Book cover blog We have always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson

        I had never heard of this classic Gothic mystery from 1962, but the Gothic story line and cover sound and look creepy. This one centers around poison which is an interest subject to me. As a friend stated in her view which really sums up what my feelings may be if I ever read it:      “WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is a Gothic fiction classic by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1962. Something I love about Jackson’s writing is that I’m never sure if there are paranormal forces at work or not. You get an eerie feeling that something unnatural must be going on – things are just too weird – or maybe not?” Intriguing… Here is the link to the person behind the review:    Book of Secrets Good Reads Review  


        book cover blog want to read Losing Leah Tiffinay King

        One of my favorite sub genres  of fiction is psychological twisted mystery/suspense. Here we have another eerie cover. This is actually a Young Adult book, but some of them are good enough to read as an adult, Synopsis:  Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.
        Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.
        As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized. 




        book cover blog The Bones of You Debbie Howells

        Mixed reviews from my friends on Good Reads, but “Bones” in the title and a house like this on the cover grabs my attention. Another psychological mind bender thriller. What is it about:    Children who don’t die before their parents.      When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
        Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.    



        book cover blog The Dry Jane Harper

        I think this was at the top or close to that for 2017 last years Good Reads Choice awards in the mystery category. For a debut novel it is and was a big deal in 2017 and still is. Somewhat like the popularity for the author: Paula Hawkins and her first book: “The Girl on the Train.” This book is so popular that after I put it on hold with our library to go in the state I checked the line for it to become available and unless some return it early or some do not actually check it out, you are looking at a year or more even with 4 copies to get it.

        Read about the summary of this book here:   Book “The Dry” on Good Reads


    • Charlotte Hoather 8:13 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I know what you mean by a book pile, I’m spending so much time learning music I haven’t had time for books, reading on trains makes me feel travel sick, but I’ve discovered audio books and enjoyed listening to Mansfield Park on a recent long journey. Happy reading.

      • blueribbonfair 1:02 am on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Audio books are great. I am sure it is hard to fit a lot of extras in. Riding on trains would be fun but I imagine it get tedious and long if you do it a lot.

        • Charlotte Hoather 4:18 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          The first two hours are fine and pass quickly but the next three hours it seems longer and longer without a film to watch on my iPad or music studying and listening or an audio book if I need brain rest 😂

        • blueribbonfair 11:25 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          That is a rather long time for sure.

    • veronicahaunanifitzhugh 10:37 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      i know what you mean about falling in love with the people in our pages. 🙂

    • Shauna 1:18 am on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t really looked at my tbr list on Goodreads….I’m more concerned about all the books I have in my home that still need to be read! I keep adding things onto Goodreads so I don’t run out and buy more! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 2:17 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Hope you can get to some of them. You really have a lot on your plate.

        • Shauna 1:40 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you. Good luck with your books as well! 🙂

  • blueribbonfair 11:47 pm on April 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: appreciation, , , busy, drama of life, readers, thank you, , , time restraints,   

    I cannot believe it has been over a month and a 1/2 since I posted. Thank you to all my followers and readers who have been patient. I have had so much going on, helping kids move, illnesses, a house inspection and such.I have missed reading your blog posts also. I appreciate all of you.

  • blueribbonfair 8:41 pm on March 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: americana, carnival, , Fair ribbons, fair rides, , , ferris wheels, ,   

    Love Carnivals 

    If you love carnival rides like me. I would go every week for a while if I could.  The amusement parks here are pretty far away.


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    • Shauna 4:41 am on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a historic carousel here, but honestly not a whole lot else (except when the yearly Canadian Lakehead Exhibition shows up, but those rides aren’t the greatest either).

      • blueribbonfair 10:27 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Spokane Washington has an old carousel leftover from the world fair way back in history like that. I miss the Washington State Fairs where I am from.

    • Miss A 9:51 am on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes! Love a good carnival. And cotton candy!

      • blueribbonfair 10:22 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Oh my yes cotton candy. I have slowed down on that with age compared to the whole time eating it as a kid at the fair. Still so good and special.

    • America On Coffee 10:57 pm on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Much has changed with amusement parks.

      • blueribbonfair 11:18 pm on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Everything changes some for the good others mess with us.

        • America On Coffee 11:32 pm on March 20, 2018 Permalink

          Agree. We still have lots of battles with dangerous rides and ever-changing vending methods. Nice post.

    • kutukamus 5:34 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      These are indeed oh-so-fun rides that kids and adults share happily 🙂

    • dunelight 6:20 pm on April 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE shooting amusement parks. They make for the best people watching.

    • Cory Melancon 2:38 am on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oooooh those are so very beautiful i love tge carnival

  • blueribbonfair 6:04 pm on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Oh and now it has a black thing in the way when I try to do tags! I was able to get 2 in and then it was blocking me. Maybe it is changed and you can only do 2 with short posts.

  • blueribbonfair 6:02 pm on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , WP stuff not working again   

    Tried to upload a new banner and WP is not working correctly with customizing the banner? Notice the add on ribbons from another header I used way back. I guess I should have known it might be screwed because when I downloaded it from my picture library the picture the whole new header was covered by this older banner. Proof you can see the older banner attached on about a half inch at the bottom. Am wondering if I can even do a post?(which I planned to do.) Sigh. And it will be a while to find the time again to do this!

  • blueribbonfair 7:02 pm on February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BluKatDesign, , , , fashion accesories, , jewelry on Etsy, knob necklaces, layer necklaces, necklaces, tassel necklaces, upcycled jewelry, wearable art   

    Must Have Jewelry for 2018: Long Tassel Necklace 

    via Must Have Jewelry for 2018: Long Tassel Necklace

    I never have enough Jewelry it seems. And these are extra special and glorious. Colorful, unique and elegant. I love this ladies designs. She sells on Etsy.

  • blueribbonfair 12:30 am on January 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , holiday decorations, , inexpensive christmas crafts, kid crafts winter, kids crafts christmas, ,   

    Those Christmas Leftovers 

    I bet you were thinking, if anyone still has leftovers from Christmas, they are slightly Nutty. We are not talking though about food here today.

    You see the last few weeks of the Holiday season went by in such a rush, I was not able to post the actual handmade stuff I did this year. The items were included in my Christmas Decor in my home from a previous post. but I wanted to share them on their own. I did not even get any photos taken that were any good until this past week. I had taken some before Christmas, but somehow they were deleted? ( I still do not do well with my phone camera.) So at least before we leave January, here are the few items I made and had a joy making:






    • Timelesslady 2:21 pm on January 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great ideas…all of them. I especially like the snowman and I think I must try the Christmas trees next year. A little late, but Happy 2018.

      • blueribbonfair 8:56 pm on February 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I ran out of time. Hopefully next year, but Pinterest gives you so many ideas.

        • Timelesslady 1:10 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink

          I know…it’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. I need a gift certificate for more time!!!

        • blueribbonfair 11:46 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink

          Where can we get one? Sounds good.

    • da-AL 9:48 pm on February 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      you read my mind exactly LOL — wishing you a wonderful & lighthearted 2018 dear 🙂

    • lisadorenfest 11:23 am on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What delicious left overs they were. Great eye-candy 🎅🏼☃️💙

    • Russel Ray Photos 7:50 am on February 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still eating leftover Halloween candy. Fortunately, I always buy chocolate candies so I don’t mind eating them.

    • Christy B 11:20 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great re-use 😀

    • indianeskitchen 1:21 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Cute crafts! I work with disabled adults that love to don crafts!

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