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One Thimble Tour, Issue 20: Big Ocean appliques

One Thimble Issue 20 is out! Yay! And I’m happy to be back sharing something sewing related!

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As usual the current issue of One Thimble* magazine is jam-packed with patterns, tutorials and articles. I’ve seen a glimpse of the patterns included and they look like fun projects! I had the chance to try out one of the projects, the Big Ocean appliques* from Swoodson Says.

One Thimble Issue 20 Big Ocean Applique sewn by Lulu & Celeste

I’ve been promising Silly Bean a gym bag for two years now, so I decided to use the applique on the bag. Silly Bean was originally not too keen on the applique choices (she’s not a big whale or shark fan) but she loves it now. I’ll have to make something for my nephew with the shark next since Miss V wants a whale on something too. I haven’t decided on what to make her though. 

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Stack the Shelves #3: July 2018

I kind of lost track of time and never posted for May and June, ah well, the book purchases (and reads) of those months will remain a mystery, ha.

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Books added in July


  • How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature* (Amazon*/Book Outlet*) by Scott D. Sampson
  • Americanah* (Amazon*) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Husband’s Secret  (Amazon*) by Liane Moriarty
  • Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy* (Amazon*/Book Outlet*) by Julie Holland (not pictured)
  • Grandmother’s Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing power of Belly Dancing* (Amazon*) by Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi
  • Gone Girl (Amazon*) by Gillian Flynn


None! I haven’t been to the library since sometime in June :/

Books read in July:

(First link is to their Goodreads page, second links are to Amazon and/or Book Outlet)

Books in my Currently Reading Pile

Total books read for Goodreads challenge: 38/45 (you can see my “Read in 2018” shelf on Goodreads here)

It’s pretty much the same ones as back in April… I need to get these done!

Book Reviews Posted

None, unfortunately… I always have grand blog plans for the summer but June and July were so busy for me it didn’t happen. (A family wedding out of town in June, and five family birthdays in July). My last mini IG review was back in May which I’ll link below.

Finished! This was a great read. I remember back when it happened hearing about the end of apartheid in South Africa on the news but as a (pretty sheltered) young teen growing up in Canada I remember not really understanding what all the fuss was about. I would have been 12 when Nelson Mandela was released. I remember everyone being happy but didn’t know why. I’m much more aware of what’s happening in the world nowadays, ha, but even so I still have never read much about the history of South Africa. For that alone, reading a personal perspective of someone living through that time, growing up in that era, made this autobiography so interesting. Always good to read about someone’s life experiences that are different from your own. It’s also a tribute to his amazingly strong mother. A must read for sure. For anyone who’s ears are sensitive to swear words I guess be forewarned there is some swearing though. ⠀ ⠀ #bookphotography #bookstagram #trevornoah #bornacrime #instabooks #instareads #igreads #books #book #bookblogger #booklover #booknerd #bookworm #read #reader #reading #reads #ulasbookshelf #bookaddict #bibliophile #booklover #addictedtoreading #📚 #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookish #readersofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #fiction #librarybook

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Have you heard about Book Outlet?

I have ordered books twice now from Book Outlet and haven’t had any issues so decided it was time to share! If you join through my link here: you will get a 10$ off coupon for your first $25 purchase!!

They are an online Canadian bookseller that sells books that are mainly publisher overstock, most are in brand new condition but sometimes there’s a little wear and tear but it’s mentioned in the listing. They have a storefront in Ste. Catherine’s, Ontario as well. And YES, they do ship to the USA and internationally. Shipping within Canada and to the USA is FREE over $45 (after any discounts or coupons) or a flat rate of $5 under that amount. (Internationally it depends upon weight and destination).

They don’t have as quite an extensive selection as say Amazon or Indigo/Chapters but whenever there’s a book I’m interested in I now check Book Outlet first before buying elsewhere and will generally save anywhere from $5-$15 off the price of the book. They also have a loyalty program where you can earn points for purchases as well as doing things like filling out surveys (and since I’m being honest, for having people sign up through your links!) The points can then be converted to coupons for purchases. If you’re avid reader –or just an avid book purchaser– you should check them out!

Here’s the link again to sign up: 

AND just an FYI if you have an Ebates account you can earn an extra 5% cashback on your purchases! 

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Back to School Outfits #1 with Gymboree

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything sewing related so I thought I’d jump in with some back to school outfit ideas with sewing pattern suggestions to achieve those same looks.

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Dress and sweater outfit from Gymboree
Outfit via Gymboree*

First up is this cute outfit from Gymboree*. The pieces can all purchased separately, so switch it up if you’re not liking certain pieces! This a great outfit for those school days where it’s warm in the sun but gets cool in the shade.

The Dress

Coral Watercolor Dress, Gymboree

What I love about the dress is that it’s so flowy and roomy, great to move around in.

Pattern Suggestions:

A similar sewing pattern I found is the All Spice dress* from Paisley Roots. 

All Spice dress pattern by Paisley Roots*

It’s a super cute dress and fairly easy to sew. I made a version that you can see here. Depending on where your child’s measurements fall in the size range it will look looser (like my version) or more fitted like the photo above, if you prefer a looser fit I would size up in the width. The pattern comes with a long sleeve version that you could modify to look more like the inspiration piece from Gymboree. The other major difference is that this dress buttons up in the front but it could be modified to look to have them in back.

Other similar patterns:

The Sweater

Star Sweater from Gymboree*

I love a chunky sweater, and I love the grandpa-ness of a v-neck sweater! Since the Gymboree sweater is knitted it will be difficult to get an exact match by sewing one but a similar look in thick knit fabric is doable.

Pattern Suggestions:

V-Neck Cardigan pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns*

The V-neck cardigan is super cute and you can always leave off the buttons and buttonholes to make it a closer match (and quicker sew!) to the Gymboree sweater. I would also suggest doing appliques if you really want something as close to the original sweater.

Other similar patterns:

Complete the back to school outfit:

In the photo of the Gymboree outfit the girl has a cute little purse, I couldn’t find it on their website so I thought I would share my favourite little girl’s purse.

Darling Daisy bag sewn by Lulu & Celeste
Darling Daisy bag I sewed, pattern by Molly and Mama*

It doesn’t look anything like the purse in the photo but this is my favourite one I’ve made so far for my girls and I think would make a cute addition to any outfit.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

I’ll be back next week with another outfit and more sewing pattern suggestions. Until then!

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Stacking the Shelves #2: April 2018 Wrap Up

I’m back with another wrap up post for the books I’ve read and purchased in the past month. I went a little crazy with the book purchases so I’m going to be a lot better this month. On the bright side, a few of them were purchased either second hand or from one of those overstock sellers so the books are super cheap, so money wise it wasn’t too bad. I haven’t purchased any fabric this year so far so the money I’ve saved there has gone into books.

My goal this month is to do a lot of decluttering so I will stop myself from buying more than 2 or 3 books. I’m hoping this summer to purchase a couple bookcases so I can finally unpack the rest of the books but I also need to declutter so that I have room for said bookcases.

I decided (like two days ago!) to create a new Instagram profile just for my book and tarot posts. You can find that new one here: luluandceleste.bookish. I was feeling they didn’t quite mesh with my art and photo posts (which didn’t mesh at all with my sewing posts). On the one hand I feel weird about having so many different profiles but on the other hand I’ve noticed a trend where everytime I would share a non-sewing related post on my main IG profile (luluandceleste) that I would lose lots of followers. I get it, sewing people just want to see sewing stuff. Ha, so I decided that I would just post book and tarot related stuff on one profile (they seem to flow together ok), and keep my art and photo challenge posts (luluceleste.artnstuff) on the second profile. They’re still all me, but I do go through phases where I’m really into art or really into photography or really into books, so I’m not feeling overwhelmed at multiple profiles. I’m just more wondering if people will think I’m crazy, lol.

Completely off topic: Does anyone watch Riverdale?? Who do you think is the Black Hood?!? And more importantly, Cheryl better be ok! Argh… I hate having to wait until next week!!

And now back to the wrap up!

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april books purchased


Clearly I went a little book crazy this month! On the bright side I haven’t bought any fabric this year, so there’s that.






(links to Goodreads)

Total books read for Goodreads challenge: 25/45 …I upped my book goal (you can see my “Read in 2018” shelf on Goodreads here)

Book Reviews posted:

Stacking the Shelves #1 (March 2018)

I have been reading so so much lately that it’s only natural that I start sharing what I’ve been reading. I can’t justify having a separate blog right now for just book reviews (designing a new blog would just take away from my reading and sewing time!) so for now they’ll both be on here. Perhaps in the future I’ll separate them but for now this is how it’ll be. I will continue to keep my two Instagram profiles separate though. For mainly sewing and sometimes craft related it’s on @luluandceleste and for everything else (kid’s crafts, art, tarot, books) it’s @luluceleste.artnstuff. I’m aiming for 2-3 book reviews per month with at least one being craft related, and a monthly round up of the books I’ve added to my shelves (ie Stacking the Shelves).

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries (or friends/family), purchased in store or online or downloaded onto their e-reader.

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Books added in March:



For Review:
I joined NetGalley in March and received the following eARC’s for review.

Books read in March:
  • High Dive
  • The Rules of Magic
  • Today I’ll be a Unicorn  (not included in my reading challenge on Goodreads)
  • A Newfoundlander in Canada
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Total books read for Goodreads challenge: 17/35 (you can see my “Read in 2018” shelf on Goodreads here)

I don’t include the books I read to my daughters in my total count for my Goodreads reading challenge.

Books in my currently reading pile:

Seems like a lot but the first is in French (so I can’t read it on the bus since I need to be able to focus more), the second is a book of essays (I’ll read one or two per night), the third is a book of poetry (I’ll read a few per night, I don’t read poetry often and feel this is the best method for me), the fourth is fiction (and will make the trip with me on public transit to and from work) and the fifth is a book I’ve read already and I’ll read a few chapters of it in between books I’ve borrowed from the library (or in place of the one from the library if I don’t like it). The fiction one is the one that gets finished the quickest and switched out. Hope to finish these all by the end of April though.

Book Review: What Alice Forgot

I was planning on making a separate blog for book reviews for novels (I have some reviews of craft books coming up too that would have been on here), but I don’t really want to have to come up with a new theme and all that blog stuff right now. Maybe at a later date. For now, here goes.


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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Lianne MoriartyBook stats:

Format: Paperback
Source: borrowed from my sister
Genre: Fiction
Published by: Berkley
Pub. Date: First published 2009
Pages: 496
Formats Available: Paperback, eBook

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Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.


After finishing the book I went and read some reviews of it on Goodreads. There were many positive reviews but what interested me most was that many readers either didn’t mention the side stories (her sister’s or her grandmother’s) or they didn’t like them. Interesting for me because in a way it was her sister’s story that affected me the most.

In a way I can relate with Alice: she’s married with young children (although her amnesia means she doesn’t know them), has problems in her marriage (what married couple doesn’t fight?) and we’re about the same age (her 2008 age I mean). When she comes to realize that she’s drifted away from longtime friends in the 10 years she’s lost, I can relate. Kids, jobs, marital situation, all have a factor in how often you can get together with a friend (I mean husbands like it if you spend time with them too usually). Her apparent 2008 social life and financial situation I don’t relate to whatsoever, ha. Although I’m more like 1998 Alice than 2008 Alice. I’ve always been more like 1998 Alice, so it’s hard for me to see how she could change so much in just a few years and all because of just one person really. Other than that I really did enjoy her whole storyline and seeing how her week or so of amnesia helps her to rebuild relationships.

Her sister Elisabeth’s storyline is something I can relate to really well. [POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNING] Elisabeth has been having fertility issues with multiple miscarriages. Now that is something I can truly get. I do have to beautiful daughters but I’ve also lost four to miscarriage. I wonder if Elisabeth’s story line is why my sister practically forced me to borrow this book from her. Elisabeth’s story is woven throughout the book in the form of journal entries she writes to her therapist. At one point she describes her second miscarriage (and pregnancy) and how they kept that pregnancy hidden because they didn’t want to jinx it but then when the miscarriage happened she felt the need to tell people about it anyway.

Afterward, I felt it had been wrong not telling the family about the baby, because then I wanted them to know about the miscarriage, so that they knew the baby had existed. […] People weren’t as upset as with the first one, and how could they be, when they’d only just heard it existed in the first place. I felt this ridiculous protective feeling for my January baby, as if nobody loved her[…]

THIS. SO MUCH THIS. This is exactly what I was going through when we didn’t say anything about the last one. I felt like nobody cared except for me. And people made offhand remarks that I’m sure they didn’t mean to be hurtful but still hurt. (Like telling my brother-in-law and his future wife that they were her last hopes of having twin grandchildren just four weeks after my last miscarriage. Ummm.. I didn’t remember talking to her about whether or not I was done trying yet). … Anyway, if you ever you want to know what a person may be feeling after experiencing a miscarriage then I suggest reading this book just to read Elisabeth’s journal entries.

It’s really hard to review this book without giving everything away. I liked how it wrapped up in the end. It’s a good, quick read if you’re into chick-lit and/or Liane Moriarty books.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(I gave an extra star just for Elisabeth’s story and took off a star because I couldn’t believe that someone could go from being quiet and shy to outgoing and domineering in about 8 years, haha).

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