Monday, March 31, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Book Review

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Book Review
If Tamsen stays, she faces the life her harsh stepfather has chosen for her, along with an arranged marriage. If Tamsen goes, she will be putting her life in the hands of a stranger she just met, Jesse Bird, a frontiersman, who can lead her to safety while crossing a vast mountain wilderness. "Comfortable. It began to seem an abominable word. A comfortable cage was yet a cage".

Tamsen's wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid, along with her equally determined stepfather, Hezekiah Parrish, are determined to find and pursue Tamsen after they are convinced she has been kidnapped.

Tamsen Littlejohn is faced with trials, endurance, adversity, as well as the discovery of who she really is, while having to put her faith and trust in God. Will she endure the challenges of frontier life? Will she trust a man who has risked everything for her?

My Review:

I was so excited to receive and advanced copy of ThePursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn written by Lori Benton in the mail from WaterBrook Press to review. After reading about The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book and start reading it.  

Not very often does a book grab me from the first couple of pages where I lose my in the book until I finish it. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn was this type of book for me. I couldn't get enough of it and I spent many wee hours in the night finishing it. 

I absolutely loved the characters Lori developed in the book. They were real, they were believable, and you could picture them so clearly in your mind while reading the story. Of course my favorite characters were Tamsen and Jesse Bird, although there were other characters in the book like Tamsen's Mother and Cade that really pulled at my heartstrings as well. 
                                                        Photo Copyright Author Lori Benton

Lori Benton's writing style was so poetic and easy to read.  "Taken with those gold-brown eyes, the total effect wasn't so much displeasing as disconcerting. It was a wild face. Maybe a reckless one."

I love reading historical fiction, and along with The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn being a fantastic story to read, I also learned a lot of what life was like on the frontier during the late 1700's. Lori's vast research and love of this time period really shows while reading her book.  The Reader's Guide in the back of the book was helpful and made you think about the book in more detail. 

Another thing I loved about Lori's story is the sweet romance that evolves. I really appreciated that she kept the story clean yet you were completely wrapped up in what was going to happen next. The book was so tastefully written and I loved reading it from the very first page to the last.  

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is full of adventure, love, suspense, and faith promoting moments.
I highly recommend you reading this book. In fact you need to read this book! I think that this book would appeal to many different people because of the story line and the background of when the book takes place. My husband is a big Louis L'Amour fan and I had so much fun telling him about the story because it reminded me a little of the adventures found in Louis L'Amour books. Of course I really enjoy stories that include some type of love story, which The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn definitely has.

I really can't say enough positive things about this book. I can't wait to ready Lori Benton's other book Burning Sky - A Novelof the American Frontier which you can purchase now HERE as well as see what she will write next. I think I have found a new favorite author!

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn will be released on April 15, 2014. Mark your calendars. Can't wait that long? CLICK HERE to read the first two chapters. 

To purchase your own copy of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn  you can CLICK HERE to be taken to Amazon or CLICK HERE to shop at Barnes and Nobles. 

Want to find out more about Lori Benton's books? You can CLICKHERE to go to her Facebook page, CLICK HERE to see her on Pinterest, and CLICKHERE to go to her website.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions expressed in my review are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment and opinion of the book. 

This "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Book Review" first appeared on my blog, Artistically Shauna, on March 31, 2014. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Welcome Spring Etsy Treasury

I love the signs of Spring! The thought of nature coming to life again, warmer weather, getting outside more, being excited about planting flowers and our vegetable garden, all bring a smile to my face.
I also love finding beautiful items on Etsy from fellow Etsy artisans. Since I have had spring on my mind, I decided to search for a few wonderful Etsy items for you. Boy did I find some!

Today I am sharing with you a collection of gorgeous purple and turquoise spring inspired items. Aren't these artists talented? I certainly think they are. These particular items caught my eye. I am sure the fact that turquoise and purple are two of my favorite colors helped.

CLICK HERE to be taken to Etsy to view this "Welcome Spring Treasury" and/or purchase these amazing items.

* I was not endorsed by any of these shops. I simply fell in love with their products and wanted to share them with you!

Want to see what is going on in my Etsy Shops? 
CLICK HERE to be taken to my Learn and Grow Designs Shop (educational and artistic items for children)
CLICK HERE to be taken to my Artistically Shauna Shop (artwork created by me as well as lovely vintage finds)

"Welcome Spring Etsy Treasury" first appeared on my blog, Artistically Shauna, on March 29, 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bloglovin with Artistically Shauna

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Have a great week!

My First Smash Book Inspirational Quotes Page with Printable Quotes

It is good to be back blogging again. After 3 months of being very sick, I am starting to feel a little better. Not great, but I will take every little baby step of progress I can get. I have had this Smash book by K&Company for quiet a while now. A couple of days ago I felt like I needed to be uplifted a little, I had a huge desire to do something creative, however I knew whatever I did needed to be simple and not require very much energy.  Then I remembered my wonderful Smash Book that was sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust in my Art Room.
After grabbing a few supplies I set down to get a little creative. I thought that writing down a few inspirational quotes, along with some little doodles, washi tape, and some stickers would be just what the doctor ordered. I am so excited how my first two pages of my Smash Book turned out. Simple, yet really speaks to me at the moment. All of my quotes I wrote on my pages came from my "Quotes I Love" Pinterest page HERE.
What is a Smash Book? It is a book where you can quickly journal, sketch, scrapbook, make collages, paint, etc. It is is like taking three of my favorite hobbies and putting them all in one place. There are no rules. You can see more examples of Smash Books/Art Journals on my "Paper Crafts, Cardmaking, Journaling, and Scrapbooking" Pinterest page HERE.
I love the quote above by Julia Child, "Find something you're passionate about and stay tremendously interested in it."
The two inspirational quote pages took me less than an hour to do. So great!
Here are the materials I used to make this page:
I thought that I would share the love with you today, so I made a FREE printable for you using some of the quotes I hand wrote in my Smash Book. Simply click on the photo and then click "Save as" to save it to your computer. You can then print the "Inspirational Quotes" page, cut out your favorite quotes, and glue them into your own Smash Book or Art Journal. Please remember that the printable is for personal use only. Enjoy!

Are you into to Art Journaling or using Smash Books? I would love to check out your creations. Just leave a link to your blog/website in the comments section.

"My First Smash Book Inspirational Quotes Page with Printable Quotes" first appeared on my blog, Artistically Shauna, on March 16, 2014.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Handmade Valentine's Day Card Roundup with Occasional Crafting

My youngest sister Lindsey is what I would call  paper artist. The cards, banners, scrapbook pages, 3D paper projects, etc. that she creates are so intricate and absolutely beautiful. My other younger sister, Jyl, is an amazing cake artist which I will be blogging about in a future post.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner I thought that it would be the perfect time to share some of Lindsey's amazing Valentine's Day Card Creations. The thing that I LOVE about Lindsey's handmade cards, is how diverse she is in her style and techniques. Believe me, she really think about each card she makes and puts so much time and effort into them. One of the great things about having Lindsey as my sister, is the fact that we get to be spoiled with receiving her beautiful creations in the mail. Not only is Lindsey extremely creative, she is is also a very thoughtful, smart, and all around genuinely kind person. I am blessed to have two amazing sisters in my life.

Lindsey frequently shares all of her wonderful creations on her blog, Occasional Crafting ( Feel free to pin away, but please pin Lindsey's cards from her blog. I hope you will be as inspired as I am by her creations. Oh, and don't forget to give her some love by leaving her a comment!


 I am absolutely IN LOVE with this card. Seriously, in love! Yes, Lindsey cross-stitched the "LOVE" sentiment on the front. Amazing, I know! To me it has such a fun vintage charm, with a modern update.

Click Here to see this fabulous cross-stitch card up close and personal.
I love the simplicity of this card, yet if you look closely the X and O's are all made from sequins. Brilliant.
You can find this card HERE.
Oh how I LOVE the design on this card. I like the contrast between the black, white, and pink. Click Here for more details. 
 Click Here to see this darling textured Valentine's Card. Look at the stitching detail!
I love this "Heartfelt Thanks" card you can find HERE. Who wouldn't love receiving this in the mail?
What a fun paint splatter technique to add a unexpected detail to your card. Click Here to see this card.

 Here is a fun card that gets even your littlest ones involved in making Valentine's Cards. You can find all of the adorable details HERE. We just happened to receive one of these adorable cards made by my nephew last year.

This Valentine Milk Carton just screams cuteness. Hurry, go check all of the details HERE.

Most of my family and my husbands family live in Virgina, which is too far away from where we live. Boo...Hoo...! My husband and I are both fortunate to have wonderful families that we love dearly. O.K., back to this darling card set. Love the chevron designed card and of course I adore the "Thinkin' of You" card below.
Want to see more of this card? Of course you do! CLICK HERE!

Can cute even be the best word to describe these cards? You can check out these cards HERE.

How about making your own stamp to create your card? Click Here to find out how she made this neat heart stamp.

Now this is just a teaser of all of the other amazing cards my sister designs and creates. Head on over to her blog to see more! While you are there, check out some of Lindsey's used and new stamps and die cuts sets she is selling. They won't last long.

Want to be considered to be a featured artist on my blog? I love art of ALL kinds. Send me an e-mail. You can find my contact information on the top of my blog.

This "Handmade Valentine's Day Card Roundup with Occasional Crafting" first appeared on my blog, Artistically Shauna, on Feb, 10, 2014.