Beth Beck

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Choosing Fabric for a Quilt

Today I’m sharing a few tips about choosing fabric for a quilt as part of the Sweet Stars Sewalong hosted by Peta of She Quilt’s A Lot. Choosing …

Quilting

Machine Quilting With Style: Ripples Re-imagined

Ripples is the first quilt presented in my book Machine Quilting with Style. The technique is what I call “structured improv.” The basic block shape …

Quilting

Best Libraries That Give Your Unforgettable Reading Experiences

Libraries collect the vast stores of human knowledge and imagination.<p>1. Admont Abbey Library, Austria<p>Although this astonishingly beautiful library …

Genealogy

Why I Wrote a Novel About Sex Trafficking

The first time I heard about sex trafficking was in 1968. I was a a babyish eighteen-year-old hippie, hitchhiking overland from Europe to India.<p>Traveling the way we were was not like going on a vacation. It was mostly all reconnaissance, like hunter-gatherers and other nomadic peoples operated. The …

25 Museums You Need to Visit in Your Lifetime

The breathtaking art collections (and striking architecture) are certainly worth the trip.<p>TripAdvisor recently released its list of the world's top 25 museums, a comprehensive ranking includes places from all corners of the world.

49 Incredible DIY Pumpkins You've Got to Try This Year

With Halloween around the corner, there are all sorts of ways to decorate your home, but nothing beats cute and colorful pumpkins. And of all the ideas out there, these 49 pumpkin designs and decorations are the best - sure to impress your neighbors, thrill your guests, and absolutely win at</b> …

Decorations

3 Hobbies That Pump Up Your Resume

Time spent away from work on hobbies is immensely valuable — it connects us with friends and family, gives us a sense of purpose and meaning, and …

Employment

Pete Kalu’s top tips for writing non-cliched multicultural characters

Who does the washing up? How many kisses on greeting? Why avoid writing about Indian weddings? The award-winning playwright, poet and novelist Pete Kalu shares how to create multicultural characters that are well rounded but not cliched<p>Multicultural writing often focuses on celebrating difference: …

The Perfect Anatomy of a Modern Web Writer [Infographic] - Copyblogger

High school was an era of my life I never really want to repeat. Not because it was a nightmare. Yes, there was a little turbulence, but mostly …

So many very hungry writers

In the acknowledgements of <i>Foreign Soil</i>, I credit Francesca Rendle-Short, Sam Twyford-Moore and Paddy O’Reilly, the judges of the Victorian Premiers …

Writing

5 + 20 Female Short Story Writers You Should Be Reading RIGHT NOW

<b>(Not All At Once Though, Because That’s Not Realistic, But One after the Other, Or at the Most Two at a Time, But No More Than That)</b><p>They say, if you …

Everything you need to know about visiting Stonehenge

Cremation ground? Sun worship site? Alien landing pad? The sight of Stonehenge with its broken circle of stones and mighty central trilithons standing in apparent isolation on Salisbury Plain has been mesmerising travellers for centuries.<p>In recent years, however, it has been enjoying a renaissance, …

How to Transform Your Writing Into Easy Reading

Writing that reads effortlessly takes great pain to create. Here are a few principles for making each word count.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, writer at Help Scout.</i><p>"As for how to write well," writes Paul Graham, "here's the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut …

William Boyd: my advice for budding authors

At a Guardian Live event to discuss his new novel, William Boyd gave an insight into what it takes to be a novelist - so would you make the grade?<p>With 17 novels, a James Bond reboot, short stories and multiple screenplays under his writerly belt, is it an odd question to ask why William Boyd …

Does an Author Really Need a Blog? 10 Reasons a Blog May Help Your Career

by Anne R. Allen<br>"Blogging doesn't sell books."<br>"Don't waste your time blogging."<br>"Make book trailers! Email those newsletters! Spend more time on …

7 Tips for Organizing Your Most Clutter-Prone Spots

Clutter happens. Maybe you’ve been crazy busy at work and don’t have time to clean when you get home. Or perhaps you’re traveling every weekend and feel like you’re living out of a suitcase. Or maybe you’re just kind of a messy person. It’s ok. We’re here to help. We’ve gathered the seven most …

The major difference between organic and non-organic foods shows up in your pee

While peer-reviewed studies can tell you what compounds you can avoid by going organic, they might not explain what the bottom line is in terms of your health. They certainly cannot tell you whether it's worth a price premium to buy organic foods.<p>Here's what we do know: if you eat non-organic …

Organic Food

15 cultural faux pas you should avoid making in London

A Quora thread outlines universally condemned customs in London.<p>Here are 15 faux pas you should avoid making in London during your next visit.<p>Don't be lazy and omit the "street" or "road" part of an address. Omitting those signifiers can be very confusing to Londoners, especially when there are …

England

Garden Plant Stand

Tessellated Wooden Art<p>How to Increase Humidity for Houseplants<p>How to Choose the Right Pot or Planter for a Plant<p>Starting a Handmade Business<p>This …

Gardening advice: How to grow sunflowers at home

Reinhold Leitner/Shutterstock.com<p>Sunflowers are happy, summery flowers and so easy to grow. This is a great garden project for children and adults …

Gardening

5 clever planting ideas for striking container garden displays

Neirfy/Shutterstock.com<p>Nothing says spring like bulbs. This is an incredible display of brightly coloured flowers that heralds the start of the …

Are You Making One of These 7 Landscaping Mistakes?

You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented blooms.<p>You need some color, stat.<p>That …

Sugar Substitutes - Which are approved?

Lately a frequent question that has been showing up for me is the use of sugar substitutes for low sugar or diabetics. I think that this is a very …

Why is my canned fruit floating?

Floating Apricots<p>I recently posted a picture of my apricots floating in my jars. Here is why this happens!<p>Home canned fruit sometimes has a tendency …

What is the best type of cucumber for making brined pickles?

I have had a ton of comments on pickles on my Facebook page and one of the questions is why are my pickles mushy. I want to repost this since one of …

TOMATO PRESERVES

How to Can Green Beans | Healthy Ideas for Kids

I have been growing green beans in my garden for a few years now. The first time I grew them I grew the bush variety. We got a TON and they were …

Canning pumpkin cut in cubes gives you the most options for later!

Canning pumpkin in cubes instead of puree gives you many more options on using it later for pies, muffins, and soups. It’s also the safest method! …

Muffins

Facts About Pectin Used in Canning

Most people just add pectin to their jams without giving it much thought. While we all know that this powder or liquid thickens our jams how many …

Urban Agriculture