Author: Karen Gates

The Art of Hand Stitching

November 30, 2017 |
Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the  fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin,  is an American fashion designer from Florence, Alabama.  She is part of the “zero-waste” fashion movement. Her design company uses 100% organic cotton jersey fabric and recycled material in Keep Reading »

Everyday Watercolor

October 19, 2017 |
“Ah, watercolor.  Its beautiful luminous quality is pure delight.  Watercolor is wildly uncontrollable and at the same time containable. ”  ~  Jenna Rainey This beautifully illustrated watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists and Keep Reading »

Fermented veggies, anyone?

May 9, 2017 |
Fermented vegetables are “superfoods!”  Fermenting preserves vegetables raw and without heat.  Natural fermentation of foods has been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along Keep Reading »

Sweden Meets Small-Town Iowa

March 30, 2017 |
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a delight.  Sara, a booklover from Sweden, comes to the tiny – almost dead – town of Broken Wheel, Iowa to meet her pen pal, only to find circumstances Keep Reading »

Things are Not Always What They Seem

March 18, 2017 |
When Martin Pistorius was 12 years old, he came home from school with a sore throat. Over the next two years, his mind and body shut down, until he was left a quadriplegic who could Keep Reading »

Think Beaches and Sunshine…

February 26, 2017 |
If you’re like me, in the middle of winter you dream of walking on a beach in the warm sunshine. Maybe the next best thing is looking for books at the library about exciting beach treasures. Keep Reading »

Knits for Babies and Toddlers

December 14, 2016 |
Here’s a book full of patterns using the easy garter stitch.  Many knitters like this stitch (knitting each row) for making scarves, but, alas, it has a reputation for being boring. It can also be Keep Reading »

Paint Yourself Calm

November 16, 2016 |
“…..when I paint, I feel different.  ….I can change my mood or feel calm simply by moving a brush. Over the years I have learnt that painting is therapeutic.  It calms the soul.”  ~ Jean Keep Reading »


August 22, 2016 |
Lottery has stayed with me long after reading the book.  Perry L. Crandall is a dedicated employee of a marine supply store.  He might be “challenged” but wonderfully reminds us of what is really important in Keep Reading »