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Safe House: A new book by Shannon Symonds

I met Shannon Symonds at the funeral of my friend Stacy who passed away from cancer about two months ago. Stacy was Shannon's sister and a beautiful person taken from us too early. Shannon is just as lovely as her sister, and I was touched by her poise and loving spirit at such a difficult time in her life. Shannon told me that she was on the verge of publishing her first book. That got me...
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Spread Some Back-to-School Love

It's back-to-school time, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. I created these two handouts for the young women in my church group because I wanted them to know I was thinking about them in what can be an exciting and stressful time. We passed these handouts out to their homes the day before school started. I found SOBEs at the store for a dollar a piece. Last year, I bought Koolaid...
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The Chicken Chronicles: Hatching the Beautiful Hen

By Jennifer's sister Allison Sharp Last month, I told you the sad-but-true tale of one cowardly rooster and two deceased chickens. I was particularly saddened by the death of the beautiful hen, a Polish chicken with feathers that looked like one of Phyllis Diller's hats. In the photo below, she is standing next to the cowardly rooster. Love her feathers! My husband decided to try hatching three...
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Finishing Some UFOs

By Allison Sharp In the quilting world, UFO stands for UnFinished Objects, and most quilters have several lying around, just hoping someone will work on them. One of my goals for the summer was to get rid of some of mine. Here’s the first: This is a hand-embroidered Christmas wall-hanging that my daughter made when she was 13, about 15 years ago. I wanted to display it at Christmas, but the...
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The Great Rooster Rescue

Written by Jennifer's sister, Allison Sharp. Yesterday morning, after my husband had left for work, he called me. “Have you been outside yet?” “No.” “Walk out the front door and look in the window well.” As I got out of bed and walked down the hall, I noticed that the rooster seemed especially loud that morning. He lives in the back yard with the four hens, well away from the house,...
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Forgiveness

In Return to Huckleberry Hill, Reuben Helmuth’s best friend, John, steals Reuben’s girlfriend right out from under his nose. Reuben is deeply hurt and flees to Huckleberry Hill to nurse his wounds. Reuben clings tightly to his resentment and vows to never forgive John for what John did to him. But John’s sister Fern is determined to make things right, and she comes to Wisconsin to convince...
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Embroidered and Quilted Patriotic Wall Hanging

Probably one of the most visually stunning quilts I have ever made is this patriotic wall hanging by Anita Goodesign. It is made up of nine embroidered panels which were created by my daughter on her ten-needle embroidery machine. Each panel is embroidered individually with about an inch of seam allowance on all sides so the panels can be sewn together. You can see in the photo above that this...
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A Good Old-Fashioned Barn Raising–Sort Of

(This post was written by Jennifer's sister Alesha, who lives in Portage County, Wisconsin) My husband hosted a good old fashioned barn raising a few weeks ago. The only difference was that it wasn't a barn, but a high tunnel he was constructing. Have you ever heard of a high tunnel? I hadn't either. Essentially it is a very large greenhouse. My husband is a closet farmer who works his day job as...
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Anna and Felty Top Ten

Return to Huckleberry Hill comes out tomorrow, and I am so excited! In celebration of the book release, I am posting Anna and Felty's top ten quotes from the book. Enjoy! And be sure to pick up Return to Huckleberry Hill at most online retailers and many in-store retailers. #10 Anna: “I just throw this and that into the bowl, and it usually turns out well.” #9 Anna: “I’ve invented a...
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