Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sharing Books for the Homemaking Party

Thanks so much to my Mom for letting me feature her pretty cup and saucer set.  The saucer is marked, "Marco" and the cup is English Bone China in the "Rosina" pattern.  Though they weren't made to match, I think they fit very well together!
A few days ago, as I was thinking about what I'd like to write about today, I realized that there's a big part of my life that I've never shared here: BookCrossing.

About seven years ago, I was introduced to an excellent, world-wide community of book-lovers who love a great game of hide and seek.  You can visit BookCrossing.com for all of the details, but here's the basic idea:

Here is a book I "released" in my neighborhood.
After you've registered (for free!) on the site, you find a book that you want to "release".  You can use books that you own that you're done with, or grab a stack from a thrift shop to rescue. After obtaining (from the site) a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), you place that in the book and then leave it somewhere for someone else to find.  When you've released your book, you come back to the site and make a journal entry, telling all future "finders" where you left the book.

After someone else finds it, they can leave an anonymous entry in your online journal, or they can also register and leave a journal entry as a member.  The idea is that you can track your books and see where they've been and what other readers thought of them.  I currently have 7,975 books, all over the world, in which I have left a journal entry.  Over 6,000 of those are ones I have personally released.

You can even go hunting for BookCrossed books in your own neighborhood, using the site's "Go Hunting" feature.  Once you make some friends on the site, you might want to swap books as well---or participate in a travelling book box.  

Are you interested in knowing more?  Visit BookCrossing.com or shoot me an email and I'll help you out.  My username on BookCrossing is: Elizardbreath.  Want to know why?  Check out my profile page to find out!

I love to feature some of the neat posts that are linked up---Please make sure and put my button or a text link on each blog post you link up. The reason that I (and many other party hosts) ask for a link in each post that you link up is because it acts as sort of a trade off.  I host your specific link every week on my post and, in turn, you host my specific link every week on your post.  If you only share my party on your one "linky party page", then you are only hosting my link one time forever---and it's only visible if someone clicks onto that page.  I try to only choose to feature those who have actually put my link within the featured post, but I have a hard time keeping my own rules and checking to make sure the link is included.  So, I'm not making this a mandatory thing to be featured---just asking that you'd consider it!

Here are a couple of my favorites from last week's party:

My oldest daughter, Lynzie, blogs at Thoughts From a Young Writer.  This week, she linked up her recipe for Challah Bread.  She's been writing her blog for a couple years now, and has put up many of her stories, poems, and other thoughts.  Please take a minute to visit and encourage her!  (She is BookCrosser, IonaofKells, by the way.)

Lori at Life, Love and Laughter in a Large Family shared her tutorial for making a cute skirt from a pair of jeans.  I love this idea and her tutorial was very easy to follow.  Thanks, Lori!

Carol from Health & Home & Heritage posted photos of the beautiful things she saw on a recent trip to Michigan.  Aren't these Lupines gorgeous?

Thanks to everyone for the great posts!

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Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Thriving Thursday @ Serving Joyfully
Homeacre Hop 
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable  
Think Tank Thursday @ Saving4Six 
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home 
Open House @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspiration Friday @ Dear Creatives
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Beverly's Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound
Family Fun Friday @ Happy and Blessed Home
Farm Girl Friday @ Let This Mind Be In You
Fit & Frugal Family Friday
Wisdom Wednesdays @Simply Helping Him
Winsome Wednesday @ My Daily Walk in His Grace
Whole-Hearted Home Wednesdays 
Encourage One Another @ Deep Roots at Home
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Homemaking Link Up @ Raising Homemakers
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage  
Inspire Me Wednesday @ MamaBuzz
What's Working Wednesday @ NextGen Homeschool 
Watcha Work-Up Wednesday 
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants 
Simple Living Wednesdays @ Our Simple Farm
Wednesday Link up at Adorned from Above
Shoe Lace Linkup @ Living In the Shoe
Home Link Up at Raising Arrows


  1. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for hosting!!

    Have a great July 4th!!


  2. You have a lovely daughter! I have never heard of Book Crossing! Sounds fascinating! I have heard of letter boxing though.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Fourth!

  3. Thank you for hosting Sarah. Have a great 4th!

  4. The bookcrossing sounds so fun. It seems like geocaching with a twist. How fun! I feel like less and less people are reading these days in favor for electronics. I don't have much room to talk though, since I'm currently reading through all the old Wizard of Oz books on my kindle fire :)

    Heather @ www.craftcravings.com

  5. I love the bookcrossing concept. I can't wait to explore that some. Thanks so much for sharing that and the party with us. Happy 4th!

  6. Thanks for hosting. I linked up two posts on how to make your own raw liver capsules #39 and info on natural sweeteners #41. Hope you have a long and enjoyable weekend.


  7. I really should sign up for BookCrossing! Love the photo of Lynzie. :)

  8. Hi Sarah! Bookcrossing sounds like a blast!! I'll have to check it out :) Thanks for the party!!

  9. I love this idea of bookcrossing. I am a reading specialist and my brain is burning overtime with ways I can utilize this to spread literacy globally! Hope to try it out soon for myself!

    Love your blog! My favorite color combinations turquoise and pinks!

    Have a happy PS!


  10. Thanks for hosting and for linking up to the Friday Follow Along. I love the bookcrossing idea and am definitely headed to check it out! Have a great weekend.

  11. Thanks so much for hosting. I've not hear of this program, but it sounds great.

  12. I've been joined up on BookCrossing for a few years now. My name on there is HippyGardener if anyone wants to be friends.

    Question: How did you get a link entered into your "extended profile" box?

  13. Sarah! that book exchanging idea is sooooo amazing and what FuN! I luv that and am now heading over to FHC to find some bookish post to add to this week's linky before it ends =))

  14. WOW!!! I have never heard of bookcrossing. That is so cool! Thank you for sharing the information. Hugs, Beverly

    PS You have a beautiful blog!!!

  15. This sounds so interesting and I also just wanted to thank you for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week. Hope to see you again this coming week.


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