Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday Tidbits: OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD

MGM [Public domain]

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:27

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion were off to the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz with the hope he would grant them each what they were searching for. Did you ever notice how they all had what they were looking for all the time? Dorothy had the ruby slippers that would send her home. Scarecrow wanted a brain yet he was the thinker of the quartet and came up with all the plans. Tinman wanted a heart but was the first one to cry. And the Cowardly Lion was ready and willing to face evil to rescue a friend.

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Do you remember what the Wizard said to each of them? Others had one thing each of them did not. Then he proceeded to give them each a gift that acknowledged what they already had that they were searching for; a diploma for Scarecrow to prove he was smart, a heart for Tinman to prove he was caring, and a metal for Lion to prove he was brave. Then Glenda told Dorothy that she also had what she needed all along. She had the means to fulfill her heart’s desire . . . to go home.


Then Glenda told Dorothy that she also had what she needed all along. She had the means to fulfill her heart’s desire . . . to go home.

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How much we are like these well-loved characters. We look outside ourselves for what we already have. We search in other people to find worth. We fill our lives with stuff in search of what we already have. We ask others to interpret Bible verses for us and assume because of their religious degree that they are infallible in their interpretation. Our God is a living God and His Word is a living Word. If you only listen to how someone else interprets the Bible, you may miss what God is trying to say to you personally.

Fellowship is good, consulting a counsel of others is good, learning how others interpret a verse is good, but when we accepted Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior, He gave each of us the promised Counselor to guide and direct us through each step of our lives. Don’t get so caught up in other people’s words that you miss what God is trying to say specifically to you.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26

Heavenly Lord Jesus, Help me to remember to turn to You in times of trouble or confusion. Help me learn how to pray to gain Your understanding and perspective on my problems. Amen.

Join me for Mid-Month Madness on February 15th from 11am-1:30pm PST (12pm-2:30pm MST, 1pm-3:30pm CST, 2pm-4:30pm EST).


5 bestselling, award-winning authors will be gathered for this event. One part FaceBook party and one part blog. Both places offer opportunities to win books and more.



Here's were to find the event:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/222211505482950/?active_tab=discussion
HHH Blog: https://www.hhhistory.com/ -- The blog portion won't be live until the 15th.

THIMBLES AND THREADS: 4 Love Stories Are Quilted Into Broken Lives

Love Stitched into Four Women’s Lives
Enjoy four historical romances that celebrate the arts of sewing and quilting. When four women put needle and thread to fabric, will their talents lead to love? #thimblesandthreadscollection
Click HERE to order yours today.
FREE Preview
#thimblesandthreadscollection
“Bygones” by Mary Davis
Texas, 1884
Drawn to the new orphan boy in town, Tilly Rockford soon became the unfortunate victim of a lot of Orion Dunbar’s mischievous deeds in school. Can Tilly figure out how to truly forgive the one who made her childhood unbearable? Now she doesn’t even know she holds his heart. Can this deviant orphan-train boy turned man make up for the misdeeds of his youth and win Tilly’s heart before another man steals her away?

Other stories in this collection:
“The Bridal Shop” by Grace Hitchcock, “Mending Sarah’s Heart” by Suzanne Norquist, and “Binding Up Wounds” by Liz Tolsma


THE DAUGHTER'S PREDICAMENT (Book 2 in the Quilting Circle series)
FREE Preview
Can a patient love win her heart?

As Isabelle Atwood’s romance prospects are turning in her favor, a family scandal derails her dreams. While making a quilt for her own hope chest, Isabelle’s half-sister becomes pregnant out of wedlock and Isabelle--always the unfavored daughter--becomes the family sacrifice to save face. Despite gaining the attention of a handsome rancher, her parents are pressuring her to marry a man of their choosing to rescue her sister’s reputation. A third suitor waits silently in the wings, hoping for his own chance at love. Isabelle ends up with three marriage proposals, but this only further confuses her decision.

A handsome rancher, a stranger, and an unseen suitor are all waiting for an answer.  Isabelle loves her sister, but will she really allow herself to be manipulated into a marriage without love? Will Isabelle capitulate and marry the man her parents wish her to, or will she rebel and marry the man they don’t approve of? Or will the man leaving her secret love poems sweep her off her feet?

HEARTBEATS IN TIME – 5 books of Old West Christian Romance (4 novels and
novellas) by 7 bestselling, award-winning authors, including my book, The Widow’s Plight. You'll love these 8 unique stories of love! Get it here: https://amzn.to/2VzRBoI
#HeartbeatsInTimeSet
FREE Preview
The Widow’s Plight (Book 1 in the Quilting Circle series) by Mary Davis
A single mother steps out of the shadows of abuse and into the sunshine. But will a secret clouding her past cost her the man she loves?
Finding Love In Last Chance, California by Miralee Ferrell
Dreams of My Heart by Barbara Scott
Hills of Nevermore by Janalyn Voigt
Heart of a Cowboy Novella Collection--four Old West romances by Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Yvonne Lehman, and Vickie McDonough

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS s a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. Her 2018 titles include; "Holly and Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides CollectionCourting Her Amish HeartThe Widow’s PlightCourting Her Secret Heart , “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection , and Courting Her Prodigal Heart . 2019 titles include The Daughter's Predicament and "Bygones" in Thimbles and Threads. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.




Coming June 2020! The Damsel's Intent book 3 in the Quilting Circle series. 
A hermit comes down from the mountains to snag a husband.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday Tidbits: Mmm . . . SOMETHING SMELLS HAPPY


Photo by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels 

Have you ever noticed that when most people smell flowers, they have a contented look on their face or smile? Or walked into a bakery, drink in the smell of fresh bread, and immediately felt better? Or smelled candle after candle? I confess, I could probably smell candles all day. It’s like ambrosia for my nose.

Smells have an effect on our mood, emotions, and sense of wellbeing. As well as alert us to danger like smoke, rotting food, or a skunk. They can also conjure up memories associated with certain smells. When I smell raspberries, I’m transported back to my grandparents’ home and the raspberry bushes in the backyard. I can see my tiny, little grandma (Whom I thought was tall when I was a tot.) standing on the back porch in her housedress and apron, telling us to get out of raspberries. We were just playing hide-n-seek. Honest.

Photo by Andrew Wilson from Pixabay

Each of these smells is a type of aromatherapy. Good smells trigger positive emotions and actions, while negative ones trigger the opposite. This is why we like to have good smelling things around us like candles, flowers, and incense. A lot of household products have added scents in them from our cleaning products to our bathing products to our packaged foods to make them more appealing. If something doesn’t smell good, we don’t want it. The perfume industry has made a huge business out of favorable scents.

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Certain aromas can lift your mood and energize you. The connection between smell and emotion are extremely close. Breathing in pleasant smells triggers positive reactions in the brain, resulting in a sense of wellbeing.

Some benefits of aromatherapy are:
  • Reduce stress by decreasing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, therefore making one more content
  • Lavender has been shown to reduce crying in infants and promote sleep in infants and adults
  • Beneficial effects on anxiety and depression
  • Relief from mental fatigue
  • Alter brainwaves and behavior
  • Businesses use this last one to get you to buy more. Certain scents make one more likely to buy products. Realtors will have a pot of spices simmering on the stove or bake cookies when they have an open house. These aromas make people feel relaxed, safe, and at home, and therefore more open to purchasing the house.
The following aromas may help with the following moods.
CAUTION: Before using any aromatherapy, make sure you aren’t allergic to a scent, it won’t cause an asthma attack, or cause any other kind of health or medical issue for you.

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1. Relaxing and Calming: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Frankincense, Grapefruit
2. Invigorating: Peppermint, Sandalwood, Lemon, Orange
3. Balancing: Cinnamon, Basil, Parsley
4. Uplifting, Inner security, & Self-acceptance: Rose, Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Vetiver, Cedarwood.
5. Focus, Alert, & Attentive: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Rosemary
6. Anxiety: Vanilla, Lavender 
7. Control Cravings: Green Apples, Bananas , Vanilla
8. Reduce Pain: Lavender, Peppermint 
9. Depression: May Chang, Frankincense, Lemon, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Orange, Neroli (orange blossom), and Helichrysum.
10. Confidence: Bay laurel, Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Rosemary, Orange.

Some aromas have multiple benefits. I have used lavender for relaxing, anxiety relief, and drifting off to sleep. Vanilla is also a very happy aroma for me, while my one son was repelled by it. Each person needs to find the ones that work for them.

Do you aromatherapy? What are your favorites?

THIMBLES AND THREADS: 4 Love Stories Are Quilted Into Broken Lives

Love Stitched into Four Women’s Lives
Enjoy four historical romances that celebrate the arts of sewing and quilting. When four women put needle and thread to fabric, will their talents lead to love? #thimblesandthreadscollection
Click HERE to order yours today.
FREE Preview
#thimblesandthreadscollection
“Bygones” by Mary Davis
Texas, 1884
Drawn to the new orphan boy in town, Tilly Rockford soon became the unfortunate victim of a lot of Orion Dunbar’s mischievous deeds in school. Can Tilly figure out how to truly forgive the one who made her childhood unbearable? Now she doesn’t even know she holds his heart. Can this deviant orphan-train boy turned man make up for the misdeeds of his youth and win Tilly’s heart before another man steals her away?

Other stories in this collection:
“The Bridal Shop” by Grace Hitchcock, “Mending Sarah’s Heart” by Suzanne Norquist, and “Binding Up Wounds” by Liz Tolsma


THE DAUGHTER'S PREDICAMENT (Book 2 in the Quilting Circle series)
FREE Preview
Can a patient love win her heart?


As Isabelle Atwood’s romance prospects are turning in her favor, a family scandal derails her dreams. While making a quilt for her own hope chest, Isabelle’s half-sister becomes pregnant out of wedlock and Isabelle--always the unfavored daughter--becomes the family sacrifice to save face. Despite gaining the attention of a handsome rancher, her parents are pressuring her to marry a man of their choosing to rescue her sister’s reputation. A third suitor waits silently in the wings, hoping for his own chance at love. Isabelle ends up with three marriage proposals, but this only further confuses her decision.


A handsome rancher, a stranger, and an unseen suitor are all waiting for an answer.  Isabelle loves her sister, but will she really allow herself to be manipulated into a marriage without love? Will Isabelle capitulate and marry the man her parents wish her to, or will she rebel and marry the man they don’t approve of? Or will the man leaving her secret love poems sweep her off her feet?

HEARTBEATS IN TIME – 5 books of Old West Christian Romance (4 novels and
novellas) by 7 bestselling, award-winning authors, including my book, The Widow’s Plight. You'll love these 8 unique stories of love! Get it here: https://amzn.to/2VzRBoI
#HeartbeatsInTimeSet
FREE Preview
The Widow’s Plight (Book 1 in the Quilting Circle series) by Mary Davis
A single mother steps out of the shadows of abuse and into the sunshine. But will a secret clouding her past cost her the man she loves?
Finding Love In Last Chance, California by Miralee Ferrell
Dreams of My Heart by Barbara Scott
Hills of Nevermore by Janalyn Voigt
Heart of a Cowboy Novella Collection--four Old West romances by Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Yvonne Lehman, and Vickie McDonough

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS s a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. Her 2018 titles include; "Holly and Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides CollectionCourting Her Amish HeartThe Widow’s PlightCourting Her Secret Heart , “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection , and Courting Her Prodigal Heart . 2019 titles include The Daughter's Predicament and "Bygones" in Thimbles and Threads. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.





Coming June 2020! The Damsel's Intent book 3 in the Quilting Circle series. 
A hermit comes down from the mountains to snag a husband.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday Tidbits: BOOKBINDING HISTORY

The earliest known books were written on dried, treated leaves and sewn together. Before this, there were scrolls, but since I’m focusing on bookbinding, I’m starting with the invention of pages being held together on one side.

BOOK = a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.

  
For this post, I’ll be focusing on that “glued or sewn together along one side” bit.

Once the written word transitioned from scrolls to flat pages, a binding method was needed to keep the pages together and in order.

Back when monks copied individual books by hand, books were also bound by solely hand, sewing the pages together. This process was very time consuming. So not many books were made, and those that were could only be afforded by the wealthy.

Another method for reproducing books was by using carved wooden blocks. A drawing or page of words was carved into a block of wood—backward of course—inked up then printed onto paper of some sort. The same group of pages could be printed over and over, relatively quickly. As compared to hand copying each page. Carving the blocks took a long time. One slip and the whole block would need to be started over. The larger sheet of paper was cut into pairs of pages and groups of pages were folded together to form a signature.

This is a picture of a small journal, but the signatures are very defined.



This is sewn together with a pamphlet stitch that goes right through the cover spine.



Most often these are straight on the outside, but this one is a little fancier with the outside stitches crossing.


A regular book is sewn differently with a kettle stitch. The signatures are stacked and held together in a long wooden vise. Several grooves are cut into the folded edges of the collection of signatures. These grooves allow a thin cord to sit recessed there from one signature to the next. Then the signatures are sewn to the cord and each other.

Image by Tomas Astobiza from Pixabay
The middle of each signature looks like this.


Here you can see the threads that go between the signatures, linking them together.



Here is the spine edge of the signatures in a regularly bound book.



See how the spine curves.


This is not by accident. The folded edge of a signature is always thicker than the cut edges. Once all the signatures are sewn together, the whole bundle is put into a long vice with only the folded edges sticking out a ¼” or so. Then a mallet is used to beat the folded edges into this kind of curve. Where the first and last signatures fan out beyond the flat part of the pages is nestled into the gap between the thickness of the cover board and spine board. You can see this in the picture above.

Once the spine is sewn and pounded into shape, glue is applied and various layers of fabric and paper are added. Some of the paper, as well as the ends of the thin cords, extends beyond the spine to allow it to be glued to the cover-boards.

Here you can see the fabric and some layers of paper.



At the top of the spine, a cording is created with two or three colors of thread. This helps protect the spine.

On the above book, white and golden colors were used. The one below has green and gold. The layers of paper and fabric that had been glued to this spine are also visible.



With the advent of the printing press in 1439, books could be more quickly produced, so the demand for binding books rose dramatically.

Before the 1820s, most books were sold unbound by the publisher. Instead, they were sold to customers in paper wrappers or to booksellers with a simple binding. Seriously, you would order Romeo and Juliet and a stack of papers would arrive. Then, if you wanted your book bound, you would take it to your local bookbinder to have it stitched together and a cover of your choice put on it. So one person could choose a green leather cover with one kind of ornamentation and their neighbor down the street could have a blue cover with different decorations on it. Same book, different covers. No uniformity.

This video shows the process of bookbinding.

(If the video doesn't work for you, here is the link
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNPJcxT2z0g )

As modernization improved, some of the steps in binding a book that were done completely by hand became semi-automated. Where once the front, top, and bottom edges were shaved down even with a hand tool could now be cut by a machine more quickly. Machines were invented to assist in the sewing and other aspects of the process, making bookmaking faster and cheaper.

This video shows the differences between earlier bookbinding with hand tools and later with some modernization.


(If the video doesn't work for you, here is the link 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr7cp6n3WnI )

As flexible glues improved, book pages could be cut as single sheet, not needing to be folded, and the spine edge be completely glued together with no sewing. With gluing, there wasn’t a need for the spine to be rounded to accommodate the folds that were now eliminated.

Today, most all paperbacks are glued as single sheets, those that don’t have some sort of a ring or coil binding. Hardbacks can be glued or sewn.

Go to your bookshelves and see what you have. Looking at the end of the spine at the top or bottom should allow you to see if the book has signatures or single sheets.


THIMBLES AND THREADS: 4 Love Stories Are Quilted Into Broken Lives

Love Stitched into Four Women’s Lives
Enjoy four historical romances that celebrate the arts of sewing and quilting. When four women put needle and thread to fabric, will their talents lead to love? #thimblesandthreadscollection
Click HERE to order yours today.
FREE Preview
#thimblesandthreadscollection
“Bygones” by Mary Davis
Texas, 1884
Drawn to the new orphan boy in town, Tilly Rockford soon became the unfortunate victim of a lot of Orion Dunbar’s mischievous deeds in school. Can Tilly figure out how to truly forgive the one who made her childhood unbearable? Now she doesn’t even know she holds his heart. Can this deviant orphan-train boy turned man make up for the misdeeds of his youth and win Tilly’s heart before another man steals her away?

Other stories in this collection:
“The Bridal Shop” by Grace Hitchcock, “Mending Sarah’s Heart” by Suzanne Norquist, and “Binding Up Wounds” by Liz Tolsma


THE DAUGHTER'S PREDICAMENT (Book 2 in the Quilting Circle series)
FREE Preview
Can a patient love win her heart?


As Isabelle Atwood’s romance prospects are turning in her favor, a family scandal derails her dreams. While making a quilt for her own hope chest, Isabelle’s half-sister becomes pregnant out of wedlock and Isabelle--always the unfavored daughter--becomes the family sacrifice to save face. Despite gaining the attention of a handsome rancher, her parents are pressuring her to marry a man of their choosing to rescue her sister’s reputation. A third suitor waits silently in the wings, hoping for his own chance at love. Isabelle ends up with three marriage proposals, but this only further confuses her decision.


A handsome rancher, a stranger, and an unseen suitor are all waiting for an answer.  Isabelle loves her sister, but will she really allow herself to be manipulated into a marriage without love? Will Isabelle capitulate and marry the man her parents wish her to, or will she rebel and marry the man they don’t approve of? Or will the man leaving her secret love poems sweep her off her feet?


HEARTBEATS IN TIME – 5 books of Old West 
Christian Romance (4 novels and
novellas) by 7 bestselling, award-winning authors, including my book, The Widow’s Plight.  
You'll love these 8 unique stories of love! Get it here: https://amzn.to/2VzRBoI
#HeartbeatsInTimeSet
FREE Preview
The Widow’s Plight (Book 1 in the Quilting Circle series) by Mary Davis
A single mother steps out of the shadows of abuse and into the sunshine. But will a secret clouding her past cost her the man she loves?
Finding Love In Last Chance, California by Miralee Ferrell
Dreams of My Heart by Barbara Scott
Hills of Nevermore by Janalyn Voigt
Heart of a Cowboy Novella Collection--four Old West romances by Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Yvonne Lehman, and Vickie McDonough


#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. Her 2018 titles include; "Holly and Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides CollectionCourting Her Amish HeartThe Widow’s PlightCourting Her Secret Heart, and “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection. Her 2019 titles are Courting Her Prodigal Heart, The Daughter's Predicament and "Bygones" in Thimbles and Threads. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.



Coming June 2020! The Damsel's Intent book 3 in the Quilting Circle series. 
A hermit comes down from the mountains to snag a husband.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:


Tuesday Tidbits: OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD

MGM [Public domain] As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as h...