January 21, 2016

Another baby album

Most of my fall craft time was spent on a baby album for my second nephew, similar to the one I made for his brother. These are fun to make, but time-consuming. And a bit of a challenge without having the photos for inspiration and color-coordination.
Simple Stories 8x6 album; October Afternoon paper and rub-ons; Sassafras alphabet stickers; Mod Podge.
K&Co. tag, American Crafts Thickers, Cosmo Cricket banner sticker, Crafter's Companion stencil, Ranger Texture paste.
American Crafts paper and stickers; Sassafras alphabet stickers; Doodlebug Design sunflower stickers, October Afternoon paper; Cuttlebug animal dies.
Pebbles stickers; Jillibean Soup paper and tags; unknown ribbon and stars.
Echo Park papers; American Crafts stickers; K&Co. stickers; unknown ribbon.
Cosmo Cricket papers and stickers; American Crafts ribbon.
Fancy Pants papers; October Afternoon papers; Pebbles stickers; unknown tag.
October Afternoon papers; Jillibean Soup tag; Stampin' Up! stamp; American Crafts sticker
Echo Park papers and stickers.
Echo Park papers and stickers; American Crafts transparency; Pebbles sticker.
Echo Park papers and stickers.
October Afternoon paper; American Crafts stickers; Pebbles stickers; Echo Park alphabet stickers.
American Crafts papers and stickers.
October Afternoon tag; American Crafts transparencies and stickers; Recollections paper; Cosmo Cricket paper.
October Afternoon paper; American Crafts paper and stickers; Fancy Pants paper.

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January 19, 2016

Forgotten cards

Happy New Year!

I didn't post any of the cards and scrapbook pages I made last fall, so I'm trying to sort my pictures and post them before I accumulate new projects. These are some of the cards (and unfortunately I didn't take photos of half the ones I made):
Bella Blvd. One Fall Day papers, Little B. word die, unknown cardstock.

Jillibean frame and Atomic Soup papers and sticker; Simon Says Stamp sequins;  Little B. word die.

The background paper here is so old, I can't remember the company. Maybe My Mind's Eye? The science papers and stickers are Jillibean Atomic Soup. Simon Says Stamp word die; DCWV glitter paper.

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October 28, 2015

Immersed in series

I can't believe it's October... that Halloween is this weekend is even scarier. I never posted the books I read/listened to this summer, and fall is halfway gone... I'll start with my favorites, but I haven't read/listened to anything I wouldn't recommend.

I can't remember how I found Reluctant Concubine by Dana Marton, only that I read the first chapter and had to buy it. I was expecting a romance, but this turned out to be a wonderful, engaging fantasy. Plus, the narration by Elizabeth Evans is phenomenal. I bought the second novel, Accidental Sorceress, as soon as I finished the first, and it was even better. I can't wait for the next of the Hardstorm Saga to be published.

The Hattie Davish Mysteries by Anna Loan-Wilsey are one of my favorite historical fiction series, and A Deceptive Homecoming did not disappoint. I'm hoping there will be another book soon.

Another fantasy series I enjoyed was The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I fell in love with the characters and couldn't put it down. This was the kind of book I wish I had read in middle school. The next book, A World Without Princes, was good, and so was The Last Ever After, but neither had me up past midnight like the first. Maybe I'd have enjoyed them more if I were younger.

I bought Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol because I fell in love with the cover and the price plus audio was inexpensive, but the story and characters captivated me enough to buy the second, Sea of Stars. This series is more science fantasy, than science fiction, with quite a bit of romance. The grammarian I've been nurturing since I started writing seriously was a bit jostled by the preference for participial phrases, but Kate Rudd's narration made up for that and the excessive violence in the novel. I don't think I would have gotten halfway through book 1 if I was reading instead of listening. I was going to give up at the end of book 2, but the reviews for book 3, Darken the Stars, convinced me the story changed directions dramatically, and I'm glad I took a chance on the last book--it was well worth it.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is another novel I don't think I would have enjoyed so much if I had read it instead of listening to John Lee's narration. I hope to get to the rest of this series at some point, but now I'm reading Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (I love her Gaslight Mysteries series) and listening to Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (narrated by Bianca Amato).

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June 29, 2015

At the Museum

Here is another scrapbook page of out trip to NYC in 2011. Every time I feel I'm falling further behind, I tell myself I'll have lots to keep me busy when I retire.

Pebbles Lakeside paper; October Afternoon rub-ons; American Crafts card stock; unknown flowers, brads and tickets.

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June 27, 2015

Summer wreath

Summer has been here longer than the official week, but I finally finished the wreath I've been wanting to make since last year.
Most of the embellishments I used were from the American Crafts Mayberry collection. Other: Pebbles layered felt; Prima paper flowers; Jillibean Soup butterfly pins; My Little Bit of Whimsy ice cream pin, K&Co. chipboard stickers, Eyelet Outlet brads; unknown tulle and foam circle.

I also made seasonal wreaths for spring and fall to go with the store-bought winter one. Now my set is complete.

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June 17, 2015

Spring reading

Last year I gushed about how much I loved Charlie N. Holmberg's Magician series. I was so excited Master Magician came out this month that I read it as soon as it arrived. This third book was everything I wanted it to be and more. I already pre-ordered her new novel, Followed by Frost, and I can't wait to discover another of her magical worlds.

I don't usually read contemporary YA, but Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein kept the promise made by the book's description, which I read as a query letter long ago. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl was cute and enjoyable, although I didn't find the narrative voice as historical as I would have liked. Another cute story I enjoyed earlier this year was Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Jenniffer Wardell, which I forgot to mention in my previous post.

Not sure why it took me so long to pick up Mary Robinette Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey, but I'm glad I listened to it narrated by the author. It's no secret that I love novels inspired by Jane Austen's work, but I had never read any with magic in it. To immerse myself in a Regency world with glamour was delightful. I also listened to the next two books in the Kowal's Glamourist Histories, Glamour in Glass and Without a Summer. Jane is such a layered character, and I loved the dash of espionage and intrigue in these later books. Without a doubt, I found another series to love, but I forced myself to take a break before reading the last two books--just to stretch my enjoyment.

I'm currently reading Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein, which I started enjoying after I got over the main character's childhood trauma. The paranoia of motherhood attacks when I least expect. On my long commute, I'm listening to Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which is an amazing production performed by David Baker and the full cast family.

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May 6, 2015

NY with Dindo

These pages are from a quick weekend with my brother, while he was living in New York.
Pebbles From Me to You papers; American Crafts Thickers; Jillibean Soup word sticker; Basic Grey alphas; Simon Says Stamp jewels; Bela Blvd designer tape; Stampin' Up! washi tape and velum; unknown tag and ribbon.

October Afternoon Sidewalk papers, journal cards, buttons, rubber embellishments, twine, alphabet stickers and mini-alphas. Other: Sassafras large letter stickers and unknown card stock.

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May 4, 2015

Perks of visiting grandparents

Lots of pages to post, which I hoped to do for National Scrapbook Day last Saturday but the weather was too nice to stay indoors.
Authentique Genuine paper, K&Co. metal art flowers, October Afternoon rub-ons, Core'dinations card stock, and Jillibean Soup alphabet stickers.

American Crafts Shoreline papers, stickers, and card stock;  Eyelet Outlet sailboat brads; October Afternoon large alphas; Lilybee ABC stickers; Bela Blvd designer tape; Stampin' Up! washi tape; unknown sequins.

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April 22, 2015

Books to read and listen

Now that my nine-year-old needs to read 50 minutes every day, I find myself reading aloud with him more than reading by myself. Not that I have any problems rereading Harry Potter, especially now that he is on my favorite of the series, The Half-Blood Prince. But I'm not making much progress on The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, which I'm enjoying whenever I'm not too tired to read.

The major dent on my to-read pile is being made during my new hour-long commutes. I fell in love with narrated books, great company on the boring highway drives. I started with Marking Time by April White, which I already gushed about on my last book post. I've waded my way through classics like The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by James Knowles (which I wouldn't have managed to read) and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (which I'm glad I didn't read until I was old enough to appreciate it). Interestingly, my desire to try Dickens was because I loved Artful by Peter Davis, a vampire-infested sequel to Oliver Twist.

The Sleeping Beauty by C.S. Evans was cute, but I still prefer the Disney version where the prince gets to earn his bride. I had heard so much about The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer that I was eager to read Cinder. It was fun and ingenious in its fairy tale adaptation, but I didn't feel compelled to devour the series in a single gulp. I might get back to it in the future. Today I started listening to Soulless by Gail Carriger, another book I've been meaning to read for years.

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April 12, 2015

Summer fun

I've been scrapbooking to get my mind off other things, but I feel I'm not making much of a cut on the backlog. But these pages do make me happy...

For this layout I used October Afternoon Boarding Pass papers and embellishments from OA Farmhouse flower stack and Sassafras Via Air Mail paper whimsies. I diecut the title with Stampin' Up! Little Letters thinlets. Other: WRMK floss, Bic Marker, and unknown buttons.

Papers for this second layout was from the Little Yellow Bicycle Splash collection. Letter stickers was from Echo Park Playground. Other: Ranger Glossy Accents; unknown buttons and embellishments.

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