Michelle Mach http://michellemach.com/blog/ Beads and Books: Reading and Writing in an Arts and Crafts World en RSS2 30 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:12:01 GMT Jewelry Designs With Heart (and a Magazine Giveaway) http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/863-Jewelry-Designs-With-Heart-and-a-Magazine-Giveaway.html jewelry magazines http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/863-Jewelry-Designs-With-Heart-and-a-Magazine-Giveaway.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=863 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=863 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p>New jewelry designers often wonder about how to create their own style.&#160; It's a good idea to think about if you plan to sell your handmade work.&#160; The jewelry market is very crowded.&#160; How will you stand out and find your own audience?&#160; </p> </p><p class="break"><p>One easy way to develop a theme or voice for your jewelry is to use a consistent design element.&#160; Hearts are one element that pop up periodically in my designs.&#160; I don't use them in everything, but I do go through phases where they appear quite often.&#160; This year I've found I'm using them more, probably to try to balance all the negative energy in the world with a little more love.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>How to Use Hearts in Your Jewelry</strong></p> </p><p class="break"><p>Occasionally I use heart pendants or charms in a traditional Valentine way such as this necklace I created a couple of years ago. (Don't those beads look like sugared candy?)&#160; I also made <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/672-My-Sweet-Valentine-Necklace.html">matching earrings</a>.<br /><img width="308" vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" height="348" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/sweet-valentine-onblack-sm.jpg" alt="Sweet Valentine Necklace by Michelle Mach" /><br /><br />I've often used hearts as a way to send a message of love to the person wearing the jewelry.&#160; For example, when I was making earrings for the <a href="http://earstoyou.org/">Ears to You</a> charity, I sent <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/576-Ears-to-You-Earring-Donations-for-Teens-Tweens-with-Cancer.html">at least one pair with hearts</a>.<br /><br />Sometimes I look for quotes that I can pair with a heart symbol.&#160; My &quot;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/michellemach/listing/505469753/encouragement-gift-inspiring-do-small">Do Small Things With Great Love</a>&quot; key chain isn't technically jewelry, but it could easily be made into a great pendant for a necklace.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>Both my bracelet (shown below) and necklace projects in the <a href="https://stampington.com/Jewelry-Affaire-Summer-2017">Summer 2017 issue of Jewelry Affaire</a> feature hearts. I've used the hearts to symbolize creativity and love of what you do.&#160; <br /><br /><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Follow Your Heart by Michelle Mach" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/vintage-jubilee.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>More Heartfelt Inspiration</strong><br /><br />It's not just me who enjoys using hearts in jewelry.&#160; Here are two other heart-themed jewelry pieces in this summer issue of <em>Jewelry Affaire</em>:<br /><br /><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Turquoise Heart Bracelet" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/ja-heart-turquoise-bracelet.jpg" /><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>These fun polymer clay bracelets are by <a href="http://artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com/">Brooke Bock</a>. I really like the turquoise and red combination.&#160; Bangles make great gifts since they can fit a range of wrist sizes.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><br /><br /><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Heart Necklace Pendant" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/ja-heart-necklace-pendant.jpg" /> <br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>This recycled necklace by <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/Arey">Sue Orosz</a> caught my eye. She uses a combination of old parts (like the rusty heart) and paper that feel irresistible.&#160; I'm envious of jewelry designers who have such fun vintage pieces to play with!<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>Need more?&#160; Here are a few links to artists who also included jewelry designs with hearts in this issue of the magazine:<br /></p> </p><ul> <li><a href="http://queenebead.com">Susan LeGuyader</a></li> <li><a href="http://studio-perle.com">Toni Pullen</a></li> <li><a href="http://milagroscrivera.blogspot.com">Milagros C. Rivera</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/maxandlucie">Stephanie Gard Buss</a></li> <li><a href="http://indigoearth-indigoearth.blogspot.com">Sherri Welser</a></li> <li><a href="http://lilrubyjewelry.com">Joan Williams</a></li> <li><a href="http://nancyfangles.weebly.com/">Nancy &quot;fangles&quot; Brown</a> <br /></li> </ul><p> </p><p class="break"><p> Note: Links go to a mix of artist shops and blogs.&#160; You might not see their magazine pieces online, but you'll definitely see a lot of fun stuff!</p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Magazine Giveaway </strong><a href="https://stampington.com/Jewelry-Affaire-Summer-2017"><img vspace="10" border="0" align="right" hspace="10" alt="Jewelry Affaire Summer 2017" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/jewelry-affaire-sum2017.jpg" /></a></p> </p><p class="break"><p>Win a copy of this issue of <em>Jewelry Affaire</em>!&#160; <br /><br />If hearts are not your favorite symbol, you'll find lots of others to admire in this magazine:&#160; stars, birds, starfish, butterflies, leaves, crowns, flowers ...</p> </p><ul> <li><strong>To enter, please leave one comment on this blog post by midnight (Mountain Time) August 20, 2017.</strong> If you're not sure what to write, tell me if you use hearts or another symbol in your jewelry designs. I need to approve the comments manually, so there will probably be a little delay before you see your comment appear.</li> </ul><p> </p><p class="break"><p> </p> </p><ul> <li>Giveaway open to <strong>U.S. entrants only</strong>.&#160; (Magazine will be coming from the publisher.)<br /><br /></li> <li>I'll draw a random winner and contact that person during the week of August 20th.&#160; I'll post an update here once the winner has been successfully contacted.<br /><br /></li> <li>Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends.&#160; Think of it as a way to share the love of jewelry making!<br /><br /></li> <li>Good luck!<br /></li> </ul><p> </p><p class="break"><p><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p> </p></p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:11:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/863-guid.html My Turquoise Slab Necklace As (Almost) Seen on TV http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/866-My-Turquoise-Slab-Necklace-As-Almost-Seen-on-TV.html humor jewelry http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/866-My-Turquoise-Slab-Necklace-As-Almost-Seen-on-TV.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=866 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=866 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p>A few nights ago I was watching an episode of <em>NCIS</em> on Netflix and gasped.&#160; No, it wasn't some horrific Navy crime, a thrilling plot twist, or an unexpected guest star appearance.&#160; It was a necklace.</p> </p><p class="break"><p>The episode titled &quot;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6365116/?ref_=ttep_ep14">Nonstop</a>&quot; featured &quot;The Sherlocks,&quot; crime-solving group who had appeared in an earlier episode. One of the members (Judith McKnight played by <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0910055/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t20">Jessica Walter</a>) was wearing a turquoise slab statement necklace.&#160; It's so striking that I would have noticed it no matter what the circumstances, but this was the first time I'd ever had this particular thought about a piece of jewelry I'd seen on a TV show:<br /><br />Was that <em>my</em> necklace?<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Turquoise Slab Necklace on NCIS" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/ncis-necklace-sm.jpg" /> </p> </p><p class="break"><p>I knew that last year I'd made a necklace with turquoise slab beads as a step-by-step tutorial featuring Halcraft's Bead Gallery <a href="http://www.michaels.com/bead-gallery-turquoise-dyed-howlite-flat-beads/10150734.html">dyed turquoise howlite beads</a> from <a href="www.michaels.com/">Michaels</a>.&#160; I remembered the big slab beads and the dark brown leather cord that I used at the back.&#160; Was this necklace on TV the same?&#160; I knew it probably wasn't, but at the same time, I couldn't exactly remember how mine differed. <br /><br />I paused the TV show.&#160; (Who could concentrate on crime solving now?!)<br /><br />After doing a little research on Pinterest, I found out that I actually made <em>two </em>necklaces with these oversized beads.<br /><br />Here's a turquoise slab necklace I made in 2014:</p> </p><p class="break"><p> <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/197595502377259178"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Oasis Necklace by Michelle Mach" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/oasis-ongray.jpg" /></a></p>This first version uses brass chain along with some clear faceted glass beads.&#160; There's a full <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/197595502377259178">step-by-step tutorial</a> of this Oasis Necklace on Pinterest if you'd like to make your own.<br /> </p><p class="break"><p>Here's the necklace I made in 2016:</p> </p><p class="break"><p><a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335518240971210226"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="Howlite Necklace by Michelle Mach" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/howlite-ondenim.jpg" /></a><br /><br />This is the one that had nagged at my memory.&#160; When I saw the photo, it was easy to see the differences.&#160; I do remember adding a second strand of smaller, lighter coin beads because those large slab beads are extremely heavy.&#160; My version is also shorter than the one on TV and uses small beads as spacers in between the slab beads.&#160; The dark brown leather cord may be similar, although it's hard to tell from the TV screen shot.&#160; A <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335518240971210226">step-by-step tutorial</a> of this second Howlite Necklace is available if you're interested in making it.<br /><br />I think the TV necklace might be the <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/panacea-chunky-double-row-howlite-necklace/3868774">Panacea Chunky Double Row Howlite Necklace</a> at Nordstrom.&#160; It's sold out, which is unfortunate because I'd loved to have known how much they were selling it for.&#160; Interestingly, there's a lot of customer comments on the weight of necklace.&#160; <br /><br />So, anyway, it turns out my necklace wasn't <em>that</em> much like the one on TV, but it's the only one of my jewelry designs to ever come remotely close.&#160; It was exciting for the few minutes it lasted!&#160; Who says watching TV is boring?<br /></p></p> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:15:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/866-guid.html August Reading Challenge: Armchair Travel http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/864-August-Reading-Challenge-Armchair-Travel.html book reviews http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/864-August-Reading-Challenge-Armchair-Travel.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=864 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=864 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><strong>August</strong> <strong>Genre Challenge:&#160; Armchair Travel</strong><br /><a href="http://amzn.to/2utnrXf"><img vspace="10" border="0" align="right" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/wild-book-cover.jpg" alt="Wild Book Cover" /></a><br />I enjoy reading about other people's travels, so I was excited about this month's theme for the <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/832-Genre-Reading-Challenge-for-2017-12-Genres-in-12-Months.html">12 genres in 12 months</a> reading challenge.&#160; It does seem a little odd to read this kind of book during the summer; I read more in this category in the winter when I'm snowed in and cannot easily travel in real life.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended Reads</strong></p> </p><p class="break"><p>Here are a few travel books I've read in the last few years: <br /></p> </p><ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2eIyBUn">The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain</a> by Bill Bryson<br />I found the author's curmudgeonly views quite entertaining.&#160; Here's one (when trying to find a hotel online): &quot;As usual I am left staggered by the Internet. How can anything be so useful and stupid at the same time?&quot;<br /><br /></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2utnrXf">Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail</a> by Cheryl Strayed<br />I'm not sure if &quot;enjoyed&quot; is the right word for this book.&#160; I'm glad I read it, but I was nervous the whole time that something horrible would happen to the author while she was hiking.<br /><br /></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2eIq6sp">Eat, Pray, Love</a> by Elizabeth Gilbert<br />A classic in the travel/memoir genre.<br /> </li> </ul><p> </p><p class="break">I'm also a fan of the<em> Best American Travel Writing</em> series that comes out each year.&#160; I haven't read them all, but I read them occasionally when I'm looking for shorter pieces to read.&#160; They're all well-written, but some of the individual articles can be quite dark in tone and theme.<br /> </p><p class="whiteline"><p><strong>What I Might Read</strong><br /> </p>Here are the books that made my short list: </p><p class="break"><p><a href="http://amzn.to/2utDtAt"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/beauty-tips.jpg" alt="Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw" /></a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #1: </strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2utDtAt">Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada</a> by Will Ferguson<strong><br /></strong><br /><strong>Why this interests me: </strong>I know very little about Canada despite its closeness to the U.S., so this book looks like a fun way to learn a little more.&#160; Plus, the fact that Nancy Pearl (probably the most famous librarian in the U.S. and a huge reader) recommended it makes me feel confident in this selection.<br /><br /><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2007/02/12/7108840/books-for-armchair-travel-and-adventure">Books for Armchair Travel and Adventure - Nancy Pearl</a><br /></p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eIrriO"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/geography-bliss.jpg" alt="The Geography of Bliss" /></a><br /> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #2: </strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2eIrriO">The Geography of Bliss</a> by Eric Weiner<br /><br /><strong>Why it interests me: </strong>This struck me as a potentially funny read (it's described in part as a &quot;twisted self-help guide.&quot;).&#160; Plus, I'm always interested in reading books on happiness.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong><a href="https://www.roadaffair.com/best-travel-books/">50 Best Travel Books of All Time</a><br /><strong><br /><a href="http://amzn.to/2uQwuUS"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/good-girl-guide.jpg" alt="A Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost" /></a><br /><br />Possibility #3:</strong> <a href="http://amzn.to/2uQwuUS">A Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost</a> by Rachel Friedman<br /><br /><strong>Why it interests me:</strong> I wanted to add at least one book authored by a female to my list.&#160; This one jumped out at me because on the recommended list (link below), the blogger commented that he liked this book better than <em>Eat Pray Love</em>.<br /><br /><strong>Recommended by:</strong> <a href="https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/best-books-2015/">The 11 Best Travel Books I Read in 2015 - Nomadic Matt</a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>I'll be reading one (or possibly more) of these books this month.<br /><br />For other book ideas, check out my <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/beadsandbooks/book-recommendations/">Book Recommendations</a> board on Pinterest.&#160; I'll be adding book lists throughout the year as I come across intriguing ones.<br /><br /><strong>Next Month (September): </strong>Graphic Novels or Picture Books<br /></p></p> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:03:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/864-guid.html How to Answer the Question: What Do You Do? http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/865-How-to-Answer-the-Question-What-Do-You-Do.html book reviews humor writing http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/865-How-to-Answer-the-Question-What-Do-You-Do.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=865 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=865 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><a href="http://howtobeeverything.com/"><img align="right" vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" alt="How to Be Everything" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/be-everything-cover-250.jpg" /></a>If you decided at age five that you wanted to be a doctor or a teacher and you're doing that now as an adult, this blog post likely won't interest you.&#160; You have a great answer to that common question, <em>What do you do?</em>&#160; Everyone knows (or more accurately, <em>thinks</em> they know) exactly what it means to be a doctor or teacher.<br /><br />If, however, you have zigzagged through your working life (for example, working as both <a href="http://puttylike.com/what-does-a-multipotentialite-look-like-part-ii/">an electronic engineer and an orchestral conductor</a>), then you might enjoy the new book <a href="http://howtobeeverything.com/">How To Be Everything</a> by Emilie Wapnick. The author runs <a href="http://puttylike.com">a popular website</a> for people she calls &quot;multipotentialites&quot; who tend to be good at many things.&#160; She's also given a TED talk, &quot;<a href="http://puttylike.com/tedx/">Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling</a>.&quot; In her own background, she's studied music, law, and film making.&#160; <br /><br />One of my favorite parts of this book helps you answer that &quot;What do you do?&quot; question.&#160; Emilie offers several approaches to this problem in the book and <a href="http://puttylike.com/what-do-you-do-how-to-introduce-yourself-when-youre-a-multipotentialite/">in this blog post</a>. The one I liked involved describing your &quot;why,&quot; tying together an action that you do with an audience.&#160; She suggests, &quot;I help <u>__</u> do <u>___</u>.&quot;&#160; In other words, instead of describing the pottery classes you teach to kids, the volunteer work you do at the children's library, and the talks on creativity you've given to Girl Scout troops, you could just say, &quot;I help kids express their creativity.&quot;<br /><br />In my brainstorming, I took this idea a step further and started thinking about creating fictional characters.&#160; I made a random list of actions and audiences and had fun placing them together.&#160; There's no drawing requirement for this exercise, but I found that some of the combinations were so funny that I couldn't resist. Here's one of my results: <br /><br /><br /><img vspace="10" border="1" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/clown-emelie-web.jpg" alt="I help clowns with mathematics" /><br /><br />So, what do <em>you</em> do?</p> </p><p class="break"><p> </p></p> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:07:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/865-guid.html July Reading Challenge: Mind and Body Fitness http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/862-July-Reading-Challenge-Mind-and-Body-Fitness.html book reviews http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/862-July-Reading-Challenge-Mind-and-Body-Fitness.html#comments http://michellemach.com/blog/wfwcomment.php?cid=862 0 http://michellemach.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=862 (Michelle) <p class="break"><p><strong>July</strong> <strong>Genre Challenge:&#160; Mind and Body Fitness<br /></strong><br />I'll admit that when I looked at the entire <a href="http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/832-Genre-Reading-Challenge-for-2017-12-Genres-in-12-Months.html">12 genres in 12 months</a>, I found the theme for July (mind and body fitness) the least interesting of all. Part of my reluctance is that I'd rather do mind and body fitness than read about it.&#160; Books in those categories can typically be very dull and textbook-like.&#160; In addition, there's an overwhelming number of books in these categories with many of them based on the author's popularity (think movie stars) rather than real science.&#160; I felt I really had to dig and stretch the boundaries of this category to find books I wanted to spend any time reading.<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slim-Design-Mindless-Solutions-Everyday/dp/0062136526"><strong><img vspace="10" border="0" align="right" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/slimbydesign.jpg" alt="Slim by Design book cover" /></strong></a></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended Read</strong></p> </p><p class="break"><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slim-Design-Mindless-Solutions-Everyday/dp/0062136526">Slim by Design</a> by Brian Wansick<br />I found this well-researched book fascinating.&#160; It describes how you can make simple changes such as adding a basket of fruit on your counter to make it easier to eat more healthfully.&#160; If you want tips on how to eat less at a buffet just by sitting in a different place in the restaurant or to understand how the arrangement of a school cafeteria can get kids to make better food choices, you'll probably also enjoy this book. I wrote a longer <a href="http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/707-Slim-By-Design-Book-Review.html">book review</a> back in 2015 if you want to know more. <br /></p> </p><p class="whiteline"><p><strong>What I Might Read</strong><br /> </p>Here are the books that made my short list: </p><p class="break"><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Women-Sports-Fearless-Athletes-Played/dp/1607749785/"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/women-sports-cover.jpg" alt="Women in Sports book cover" /></a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #1: </strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Women-Sports-Fearless-Athletes-Played/dp/1607749785/">Women in Sports</a> by Rachel Ignotofsky<br /><br /><strong>Why this interests me: </strong>I really enjoyed the author's first book, <a href="http://amzn.to/2so0mTw">Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World</a>, which I ended up reading for June's science theme.&#160; It's packed full of interesting facts presented in an engaging way.&#160; It's also heavily illustrated.&#160; (If you're looking for it at your library, you might look in teen section, which is where I found mine.) <br /><br /><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong>I spotted the announcement for this new book (coming out in July) on Twitter.<br /></p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/134003962/Moonwalking-With-Einstein"><img vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10" src="http://michellemach.com/blog/htmlarea/images/content/moonwalking.jpg" alt="Moonwalking with Einstein" /></a><br /> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Possibility #2: </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/134003962/Moonwalking-With-Einstein">Moonwalking with Einstein</a> by Joshua Foer<br /><br /><strong>Why it interests me: </strong>This <em>New York Times</em> bestseller covers the year the author spent trying to improve his memory.&#160; I'm always interested in books where people try to test out skills in real life rather than just trust that whatever they read is true.&#160; I remember hearing <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/134003962/Moonwalking-With-Einstein">an interview with the author</a> when this book came out in 2011.<br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p><strong>Recommended by:&#160; </strong><a href="https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/7-books-to-train-your-brain-to-overachieve.html">Seven Books That Will Train Your Brain to Overachieve</a><br /></p> </p><p class="break"><p>I'll be reading one (or possibly both) of these books this month.<br /><br />For other book ideas, check out my <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/beadsandbooks/book-recommendations/">Book Recommendations</a> board on Pinterest.&#160; I'll be adding book lists throughout the year as I come across intriguing ones.<br /><br /><strong>Next Month (August): </strong>Armchair Travel</p></p> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0600 http://michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/862-guid.html