Wednesday, April 8, 2015

crafty: embroidery hoop pin cushion


I had a recent idea for an Xmas gift for my mum. It involves embroidery, which I haven't done in awhile. 

To get back into the swing of it, I started with a simple project for a new pincushion. I added a magnetic needle minder on top, which is great for keeping multiple needles threaded and on standby. Some foil inside helps sharpen needles. This project was also a great way to use some upcycled materials. 






Tuesday, March 31, 2015

reads: march 2015




one | Panic (Panic #1) by Lauren Oliver


three | Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson

breakdown

1 non-fic

ya: 2
   1 thriller
   1 science fiction 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

month.in.review: march 2015

3 memories

  • updating my home office: my workspace was in dire need of updating. (not to mention cleaning!)
  • buying girl scout cookies: the spousebot likes samoas. i'm all about the tag-a-longs!
  • visit to the garden center: my home office update included a couple of new plant friends. here's hoping they thrive!
2 obsessions
  • my word processor: i've been hemming & hawing over getting one for ages. i'm so glad i did! it's ideal if, like me, you lose focus and find yourself caving to perfectionism. mine is an alphasmart neo which i found via eBay (tip: search for one that comes with a cord for easy porting)
  • tycho: i love lyricless music for writing, especially ambient electronica. 
1 looking forward to


Friday, March 27, 2015

this.month: camp nanowrimo


via campnanowrimo.org

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Participants work toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word draft during the month of November. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. 
Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!

And unlike real camping, no bug spray required!

Goals for April

  • Edit & polish LUCK
  • Begin outlining & drafting FLIGHT

Happy writing!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

reads: feb 2015




two | Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer


four | The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


six | More Than Comics (Chasing the Dream #2) by Elizabeth Briggs

breakdown

na: 1 contemporary romance

ya: 5
   3 contemporary fantasy
   1 fantasy
   1 science fiction 

Friday, February 27, 2015

month.in.review: feb 2015

3 memories

  • chinese new year: i got ambitious and attempted a recipe for rice cake soup (korean traditional dish for new year's). it came out great!
  • birthdays: the spousebot + both our moms all have birthdays in february!
  • watching the game: football's a big deal in my family. and that half-time show! 

2 obsessions


1 looking forward to

  • i recently purchased new writing tools (reference books + an alphasmart). can't wait to try them.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

reads: jan 2015



one | Memories of the Future - Volume 1 by Wil Wheaton

two | Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

three | Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

four | Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal [Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #1] by G. Willow Wilson (Author), Adrian Alphona (Artist)

five | Valour and Vanity (Glamourist Histories #4) by Mary Robinette Kowal 

sixMortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

breakdown

adult: 2
   1 nonfiction (humor)
   1 historical fantasy

ya: 4
   1 contemporary/paranormal
   2 historical fantasy
   1 comic book/graphic novel

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