Saturday, October 10, 2015

Handmade Gift Ideas - Many Under $20 - Unique - Trendy - and diffinitely Original, Retro, and ICKY CHIC

Have you been wondering what to give your child's teacher, your co-workers, your carpool partner, your secretary, your favorite daycare person, etc.? 

There are so many people in our lives that we want to remember with a small gift of appreciation. But where can we find something unique and affordable?

Check out these three Etsy Shops. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Need something for a quilter - Shop Bee Cottage Creations.

Want something RETRO - Shop Debbie Sews Retro.

Want to see a random selection of unique handmade gifts - Shop ICKY CHIC.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Spotlight - BLUE OCEAN BOB, A Challenging Job by Brooks Olbrys

Join Blue Ocean Bob on his journey to protect all life in the Sea of Kerchoo
Blue Ocean Bob loves the sea and wants to dedicate his life to protecting it. He begins a new job as assistant to Mary Marine, the Island of Roses's leading marine biologist, and with his hummingbird guardian, Xena, by his side, works hard to carry out his duties to the sea creatures both on and off the shore.
When the challenges mount, Bob seeks advice from Doc the turtle, Earl the clam, and Wallace the walrus, who each help him to develop the positive attitude he needs to succeed.
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Challenging Job is the second installment in this colorful and inspiring early chapter book series that provides young readers with an introduction to timeless principles of achievement.

Breeze, @TexasMomToThreeis a mother of three girls and endeavors to find great books to read to them. I thank her for sharing her thoughts on these stories here at BETWEEN THE PAGES.

Breeze: Things I liked About This Book:  

This 5 Chapter children's book is certainly one to add to your collection. The illustrations were truly remarkable. I felt as though I could reach through the pages and actually touch the things I read about. You will read about Bob and each of the new tasks that Mary Marine sends him on, he will get help and advice from many of his friends. The best part of this book is that through each one of Bob's adventures he learns very important lessons; the same type of lessons that I try hard to teach my children. It was nice to use this book as a way to open up conversations and encourage my girls to think about what they learned from the story.

This would make a great gift for any child!  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Spotlight on FLY GUYS MONDAY MADNESS by Bobby Thandi

About The Book:

A new young children's book, ‘Fly Guys: Monday Madness’ tells the fun story of two unlikely best friends, a fly called Fuzz and 5-year-old Alice. Their mop-based adventure to the moon is brought crashing back to earth when Alice’s dad attempts to swat Fuzz. When Fuzz asks Alice why her dad hates flies, the story takes a thoughtful turn and raises questions about difference, diversity and friendship.

Breeze @TexasMomToThree

Breeze is a mother of three girls who love 'Storytime'. She enjoys finding and reading great books to them. I thank her for sharing her thoughts on these stories here at BETWEEN THE PAGES.

Breeze: Things I liked About This Book  

After reading this book I will never be able to look at a fly the same way. It was a cute story about Alice and her best bug friend Fuzz. Alice's dad is not a fan of Fuzz's Buzzy-Bug-Flapping so this presents a problem and you will enjoying reading how they work it out. The illustrations are unique and help to tell the story all on their own. This book also encourages kids to use their imagination much like Alice and Fuzz do. It teaches a good lesson in how to handle differences when they arise and the importance of friendship. This is the first book in what is sure to be a family favorite series! 

Dirk Savage never fails to acquire what he wants until he encounters Stormee Waters and a backwash of trouble

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shabby Chic Shoulder Bag - Music Festival Accessory - Bohemian Bling

Mermaid's Delight - One-of-a-kind Floral Design
Do you love Shabby Chic as much as I do? Anything Bohemian, Victorian, Shabby Chic, Music Festival, or Fantasy Fun, are all designs that have drawn my interest for ages. So I've decided to take my fabric designs in that direction and see what I can do. I don't know if I have any talent, but I sure am having fun trying! Hope you'll follow my progress as I add these creations to my Etsy shop at ICKY CHIC.

Mermaid's Delight - Front

Mermaid's Delight - Back

Leave me a comment and tell me what you like about Shabby Chic, Bohemian, or Music Festival Wear style.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Book Spotlight - Red Devil 4 by Eric C. Leuthardt

Some Positive Tidbits About This Book:
  • Has a sense of reality since a lot of data is based on research.
  • A Sci-Fi plot based on technology that will allow altering the human brain and nervous system
  • Is a true techno-thriller
  • A virus that turns ordinary citizens into murderers.
  • A realism that is scary
  • Computer interfaces to our brains? *Interesting indeed!
  • A look at artificial intelligence of the future


Back To School Gifts for your College/HS Students and Teachers.

 ICKY CHIC at Etsy

What do you get a student or teacher who seems to already have everything for this year's school adventure. Well, take a look at these unique Composition Notebook Covers. You can be sure that these trendy covers will be the HIT of the new year. At ICKY CHIC we are adding new covers weekly and just to make it a pleasant experience, here is a 15% discount code for all my bloggy friends. BTP801

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Interview with Author Misty Simon

Let me introduce my guest today, Author Misty Simon. Misty, I so enjoyed your interview; and I'd die for a pair of those comfy looking slippers. Misty, please tell us a little about your writing career.

Hi everyone! Misty Simon here. So glad to be on Lynda’s blog! I write romance and mystery and mystery with romance. I’ve been writing for almost fifteen years and love it more today than I did when I started. I’ve just returned from Romance Writers of America National Conference where I had a blast and am super jazzed to get writing again.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I have any critters that keep me company while writing?

(Misty) I have three dogs – the one in the picture is Princess in her bowl chair. It’s supposed to be our furniture but she took it over and loves to snuggle on what she probably thinks is a huge dog bed. I also have Zavy and Shaggy.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, If I took a drive in the area I live, what might I see?

(Misty) Well, depending on what time of year it is, the Renaissance Faire might be going and you could catch tons of men in kilts!

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I have a favorite writing spot inside/outside my home, such as a chair, corner, desk, patio area, etc?

(Misty) I love to write in my chair in my office.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I write for myself or my readers?

(Misty) A little of both really, I write a story I would want to read and hope my readers like it, too!

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, How would I be dressed while writing? 

(Misty) With my favorite characters and in super comfort.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I get excited over seeing my book cover for the first time?

(Misty) Every single time! The eighteenth book was and is as exciting as the first.

(Lynda Asks:) IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would my writing lean more toward stimulating imagination and thought, or taking-one's-breath-away and pulling heartstrings? 

(Misty) Definitely pulling heart strings. I love to write about ordinary people falling in love, people you might want to go grab a cup of coffee with and hear the struggles they went through to get their happily ever after.

Thanks so much, Lynda for having me!

You can find me at

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Spotlight/Review - THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS by Kevin J. Anderson

About The Book:

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. 

In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.

My Rating:

Things I liked About This Book:

  • Returning to the world created in THE SAGA OF THE SEVEN SUNS.
  • A whole new set of hurdles and challenges for humanity.
  • Lots and lots of new characters. At first I thought there might be too many, but each plays a roll, be it small or large, and I can't imagine leaving any of them out.
  • Can be enjoyed by readers who haven't read THE SAGA OF THE SEVEN SUNS first.
  • Loved the connected Tree Forest World.
  • Complex story that isn't too hard to follow.
  • Good Sci-Fi

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book Spotlight: WORDS THAT BIND by Ash Krafton

About The Book:

Social worker Tam Kerish can’t keep her cool professionalism when steamy client Mr. Burns kindles a desire for more than a client-therapist relationship—so she drops him. However, they discover she’s the talisman to which Burns, an immortal djinn, has been bound since the days of King Solomon…and that makes it difficult.

Ethical guidelines are unequivocal when it comes to personal relationships with clients. However, the djinn has a thawing effect on the usually non-emotive Tam, who begins to feel true emotion whenever he is near. Tam has to make a difficult choice: to stay on the outside, forever looking in…or to turn her back on her entire world, just for the chance to finally experience what it means to fall in love.

My Rating:

Things I liked About This Book:
  • My first time to read about genies.
  • I found it humorous and intriguing.
  • Main Characters had unique personalities that gave a fresh feel to this story.
  • The plot was unusual
  • The ending fit the plot and gave satisfying closure.