Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading Fairest by Chanda Hahn.

2. How many books have you read so far?

This is actually only my second.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I have a few more options for me to continue on with but I don’t know for certain which one I will choose next. Regardless I look forward to finishing this up and starting something new.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I have the audiobook versions of both the books I have been reading (via overdrive from my library) so when I need to do something such as chores, meals, basic hygiene ūüėõ I switch to that for a chapter or so.¬†

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I am most surprised as how few books I gotten through even though I have not stopped. I guess I am just not a fast reader!

Dewey’s 24 hour Read A Thon

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I am completely excited to be participating in Dewey’s 24 hour Read a Thon! It was started in 2007 by a blogger who went by the name Dewey and inspired by 24 hour Comics Day. Dewey has since passed away but a few wonderful people who had helped her with the planning of the read-a-thons have taken over so we can all keep with the tradition. You can read more about the history here. They host the read-a-thon¬†every April and October. I wasn’t able to commit to reading for 24 hours for the previous two reading marathons since I had been out of town while both of them were happening. This will be my first and I am stoked!

There are hourly game being played for prizes and as a way to connect with other readers. Most bloggers use their blogs as a platform for those activities but there are other ways to participate as well such as instagram,¬†twitter, and Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon ¬†goodreads¬†group.

I am not sure what my participation level will be and how much time I will take out of my reading time to do those or even where I will post them. I am currently active in another large group challenge on goodreads and I know all of the fantastic people I have been reading with there will be rooting me on, as well the other members who will be participating.

Preparing to have a, hopefully, awesome reading experience has been fun by pre-picking a relatively large selection of books of various size, format, and genre. Reading through the blog posts to get tips or tricks has been interesting. Of course, I had to let my family and some of my friends know I will be a bit MIA for the whole of 10/22.

I can’t wait to jump in! I will see everyone here to check it ūüôā

Learning to Sew

 

Today is the day that I am going to make a commitment to learn to sew! I have been interested in sewing for years but to be honest, I am just not good at it. I aspire to have a beautiful handmade wardrobe hanging in my closet and comfy throw pillows with my love stitched into them resting on the couch in colors and patterns that bring me joy. I plan on hanging custom sewn roman shades in all of my windows.

To accomplish this goal of mine, I will have to start small. Being perfectly honest, this is difficult for me! I’m a jump in feet first kind of gal and often times I get in over my head. I do not want to be so frustrated that I put away my sewing machine once and for all.

I plan on chronicling my sewing adventures and I think it will be fun to look back and see where I started.

It is difficult for me to pick small sewing projects because there are certain criteria that I have: #1 I do not want to make items that I have no use for. Even though I don’t necessarily live a minimalist lifestyle, I do¬†try to keep my¬†stuff¬†down to a minimum. Realistically, I live in a tiny home and for it to have any resemblance of organization everything has to have a home and I just don’t have the space or desire to have items that I don’t have a use for. #2¬†I don’t have kiddos so my pint-sized sewing projects will be at a minimum, I may occasionally make some things for my little nieces or perhaps a few baby shower gifts but in general, most of the sewing I do will be adult oriented. #3 I have to be able to source the required materials online. Living in a nano town has it’s drawbacks, such as, no craft stores.¬†I know.¬†Luckily my one and only favorite USPS employee is awesome and doesn’t mind the excessive amounts of packages she has to process for me.

Let’s get a round up of fun started projects:

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Classic Mitered Corner Dishtowels by Purl Soho

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Quick and Easy Snack Baggie by Sewlicious Home Decor

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Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves by Delia Creates

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DIY Pillow Cases Р3 sizes and 3 different styles by Make it Love it

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Boxer Pajama Shorts by Melly Sews

I can’t wait to start some of these! Can anyone recommend other great beginner sewing projects? If so, please comment below :]

 

 

 

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