Hi everyone!


It’s almost the end of the month so I’m posting a recap of what I’ve accomplished.  I hope to keep up with it each month (and if you’re wondering why I’m posting on the 30th instead of the 31st, tomorrow is Friday Faves!)

First up, a quick creation from this morning. I saw a challenge yesterday for Anything But a Card at Stampin Royalty and decided to make a bookmark this morning. I picked out a new book to read so naturally I needed a pretty bookmark to put in it!


I started with a PTI white cardstock base and punched it with the SU scalloped tag topper punch and then punched a piece of the Sweet Sorbet DSP to put on top. I added a saying from my MFT Bookmark Duos stamp set and stamped a Petite Petals flower in Crisp Cantaloupe ink onto Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and punched it out with the Petite Petals punch. To finish it off I added a little rhinestone to the flower center and tied some SU burlap ribbon at the top.

And now we can resume with my accomplishments for the month 🙂


This month I read 5 books:


#1 – Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett (Book #6 of the Booktown Mystery series) – paperback from TBR pile

While it wasn’t a bad read per se, it wasn’t my favorite book in the series.  The who/what/why of the mystery aspect was a bit lame and I couldn’t have cared less for who the killer was or their motive. I already have the next book, Not the Killing Type, on my bookshelf but think I will take a break with this series before reading it.


#2 – Merry Market Murder by Paige Shelton (Book #6 of the Farmers Market Mystery series) – ebook

I always enjoy my visits to Monson, SC with this series and this book was no exception. From the trail of mystery ornaments to the revelation about one of the market vendors, it captured my attention.  I really liked seeing Becca & Sam’s relationship develop further as well. I am hoping there will be a Book #7 later this year. I haven’t been able to find any news on it though.


#3 – Holiday Honeymoons by Merline Lovelace & Carole Buck – paperback from ancient TBR pile

I can’t tell you how or when I acquired this book. I have tons and I mean tons of paperback books that I either bought when I worked at Kmart (1996-1999), through eBay, garage sales and many trips to the bookstore. I suspect this might be a Kmart buy since it’s a romance book. This was WAY before I discovered cozy mysteries LOL!  I started to unpack them over the fall and decided I would start reading them so I can purge them after. I don’t have enough shelf space to keep every single book I own.

Anyways back to the book itself.  Cute and typical romance stories. Once in awhile it’s nice to read fluffy stuff.


#4 – Standup Guy by Stuart Woods (#28 in the Stone Barrington series) – ebook

Oy…I always look forward to new books in this series. Yes, the author puts them out quickly and they aren’t the most “deep” books but they are a fun read for me.  This one however…not so much.  I thought Stone was exceptionally stupid in this book.  So many glaringly obvious things going wrong and he just kept looking the other way. I did enjoy the brief reappearance by Holly Barker (really miss her having her own series!) and the way they left things for the next book (which I think comes out in April).  Since I read them so fast, I’d like to start the series over again but this book I’d skip.


#5 – Let’s Play Dead by Sheila Connolly (#2 in the Museum Mysteries series) – ebook

Another not so favorite book this month. I had high hopes for this series but I am wondering if I should continue it. I think I may take a break for now and catch up on others. I know why Nell wanted to get involved in the mystery but SO many things didn’t make sense in this book. She just took over the Director position of the Society and hired a few people with no background/reference checks. Who does that??  It drove me crazy.  It was a little surprise on who knew who in this book and I didn’t make the connection at first but it still seemed a little far fetched, it’s a small world and all but not that “small”.


Let’s hope next month’s read are better!


On the crafty front, I had these accomplishments:

I made the 3 calendar panels at the beginning of the month and will make February’s tonight and tomorrow so I can share on Saturday.  I also made 15 cards (!!!) and 3 layouts.  I had hoped to get more scrapping done but that obviously didn’t happen…looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday which I’ve renamed “Scrapbook Sunday” and President’s Day weekend.  I’m getting the itch to finally use my Silhouette so hopefully you will be seeing some projects with that soon.


I started the new “Friday Faves” series AND I also blogged 27 times* this month!!  That is the MOST posts in one month in My Paper Life’s history.  I’m hoping to keep up with the almost daily posting. I’m having great fun sharing stuff here!


I hope you all had something to be proud about this month too! Have a great weekend!


*counting tomorrow’s post