Jan 30, 2011

The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell


The Carrie Diaries is by Candace Bushnell, best known as the columnist who's book became the inspiration for  the TV series  "Sex and the City". For me, who was busy doing I don't know what, it's been a catch up the last couple of years. I hadn't seen the series other than an odd show or two, so I borrowed my daughter's shoe box full of the series (of course it comes in a shoebox ) and watched every episode. Followed by the movies. Then I borrowed her Sex & the City book. Although the book was very different to the series it was edgy and had a special quality that was hard to define.
I was a bit dubious about bothering with the Carrie Diaries, as I expected it to be like the younger generation's version of school, but I was pleasantly surprised. I rather enjoyed reading this book and really enjoyed the characters.

Jan 28, 2011

Thing-a-Day in February 2011

I am finding it really hard to get motivated this year, so I have decided to sign up to thing-a-day which starts in February. Coincidentally that is the day after my birthday - so a good time for fresh starts, I'd say.

Jan 27, 2011

Lewis Carroll's Birthday - 27th January


"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."

Jan 26, 2011

Trash by Andy Mulligan


I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book from Random House Australia.
I had read the first chapter which you can read at their website here,  and I knew I just simply had to find out what happened.

Jan 24, 2011

Crafting with a Disability

For people living with a disability, sometimes everyday things that we take for granted, can be difficult or nearly impossible. Thankfully, many people are out there with their thinking caps on, coming up with ideas to overcome the obstacles that people face.


My mother-in-law is a mad keen crafter and has always had two or three projects going as long as I have known her. Unfortunately due to Macular Degeneration  she is going blind. Although she has overcome some  other disabilities and obstacles, it is this one that has stood in the way the most for her when it comes to crafting.

Meet Me on Monday



Follow the above link for the "Meet Me on Monday" meme at "Never Growing Old". 

Questions: 

1.  What is your favorite kind of fudge?
2.  Is there snow outside your window?
3.  What is your favorite meal of the day?
4.  Do you text on your cell phone?
5.  Waffles or pancakes?
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Jan 23, 2011

Australian Floods



As many people know Australia has been devastated by floods on two sides of the continent. Flooding in Queensland, Victoria and North Western Australia (Gascoyne Region).

The Queensland Premier's Appeal Information can be found here or through Red Cross here.

The Victorian Flood Appeal information can be found through the Red Cross here.

Details of The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund for the Gascoyne & Mid-West can be found here.

Jan 10, 2011

Meet Me on Monday


Follow the above link for the "Meet Me on Monday" meme at "Never Growing Old". 

Questions: 

1.  Have you (only you..not a group) ever won first place in anything?
2.  Are your toes always painted (sorry guys...this question for girls only)?
3.  What color eyes do you have?
4.  Look to your left....what do you see?
5.  Soft cookies or crunchy cookies?

Jan 7, 2011

Killing Richard Dawson by Robin Baker



I wanted to talk about this book because he is a Western Australian author, but also because I couldn't put it down. I have read other reviews that give away too much, so be careful what you read about a novel before you read the actual book.
This book is touted as a black comedy and indeed it is that, but it seems at times to defy a genre. It's almost a mystery, almost a thriller and almost a romance.. but not quite.

Jan 5, 2011

The Friday Night Knitting Club - Kate Jacobs



With the movie version of this book currently "in production" and rumoured to be out in 2013, I thought I would get on with reading this series. It appealed to both the reader and the crafter in me.
Kate Jacobs has written three novels in this series and you can read more about them including sample chapters at her website.
"The Friday Night Knitting Club"   is the first, followed by "Knit Two" and then "Knit the Season".

Jan 4, 2011

Kind Hearted Blogger Campaign

I have wanted to write about this for a while and kept forgetting, So here goes.
When I first started blogging, not too long ago, one of the people who really cheered me on in the beginning was Lillabilly . She was just so nice and encouraging when I didn't really know what I was doing. It looks like she is taking a little hioliday at the moment, but check out her blog anyway as she has lots of cool things to share.
Anyway, one thing I noticed in her sidebar was a button called "Kind Hearted Blogger Pledge". So I checked it out and it led me to Em Jay & Me.

Some of my books.

Back when I only used to do Tumblr, I posted some pictures of my old books. So I thought I would add them to this blog. 
I am hoping to learn some more about book repairs this year and will keep you posted if I learn any cool tips.


 There are some I picked up from Markets & Second hand shops. However, many belonged to my Father or Grandfather. The science and photography books are from  my Dad’s collection. I’m particularly fond of the Asimov.

Jan 3, 2011

Meet Me on Monday




Follow the above link for the "Meet Me on Monday" meme at "Never Growing Old".


Questions:


1. Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
2. What food item are you craving right now?
3. When is your birthday?
4. What were you doing an hour ago?
5. Last thing you cooked?
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Jan 2, 2011

Cool stuff

Unfortunately I had both a bad end to 2010 and a bad beginning to 2011.
But I refuse to let other people's negativity and nitpicking get me down.
So as usual I will only concetrate on the positive things whenever possible.
Here are some cool things in my life right now.

Stylish Blogger Award



Stylish Blogger Award is both an honour from a fellow blogger and a way of networking with other bloggers. Thank you so much to Helen from A Crafty Kind of Truffle for including me in her award recipients. Here is a little explanation of the tasks you need to do should you choose to accept the award. Make sure you check out her blog and keep an eye open for the lovely poem on the side bar about depression.

There are 4 duties to perform to receive this award:
1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!