Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pretty in Pink


It feels good to create again. I am off this week and am relaxing after a full year of stressful work. There is nothing more relaxing than to create.  Stamp is called Chatty Cathy by Chichiboulie Fairies, available at Stamping Bellas.

I entered this card in the following Challenges:


  • Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
  • Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
  • Crafty Bloggers Network -  Girly
  • Love to Create - Anything Goes
  • Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
  • My Craft Creations - Always Anything Goes
  • Stamp and Create - Anything Goes

  • Monday, December 16, 2013

    Dog Gone Birthday Card


    This card is for the December 10 Outlawz Color Challenge. Here's the inspiration photo:
    This week the participants get to choose two colors of their choice with the yellow and they get to choose their twist... how fun!!!

    Two masculine cards

    My male birthday card stash was very low. I made two cards today to remedy the situation. :)



    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Staying On by Paul Scott

    Staying OnStaying On by Paul Scott
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I laughed; I cried; I was moved and learned a few things along the way. What a fabulous book! Absolutely loved it! I read this book for my book club and I have to thank Celia for suggesting it. This was such a delight to read. I loved the characters, the places and the story. I recommend this book to everyone. What a gem!!!

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    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Another beautiful classic! I am so happy I got acquainted with such an awesome piece of literature and thoughtful writings. Pride and Prejudice is a delight and I could barely put it down. I saw some movie versions of the book and I was glad that they did not cause prejudice (no pun intended) on my discovery of this master piece. Jane Austin made me wish that I lived in such an area when people mastered the English language and spoke it so poetically. This book was a joy to read and I would recommend it to those who have not yet read it.

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    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    Jane EyreJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    A friend send me a recent article by CBC (Canada) which listed the top 10 books people claim to have read, but haven't. I looked at the list and soon discovered that I hadn't read any of the books listed. How sad or how challenging!! I decided that I should start right away on tackling that list and be sure never to say that I have read any of these books when that would not be the truth.

    I fancied reading Jane Eyre for a while and since the book was on the list, I decided to start with that one. No regrets!!! I looooved it!! Charlotte Brontë provided such literature richness and it was a treat to read this beautiful classic. It transported me to a time so different than today and yet so appealing to me. I loved the language, the customs and the variety of characters and behaviours. Wonderful read!!!


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    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Anthill by Edward O. Wilson

    AnthillAnthill by Edward O. Wilson
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Wow! This is my favorite book I read in 2013 so far. I love a great book which mixes science, biography, action and advocacy... All in one book! Who can ask for more? I was enthralled by the story. I loved the characters and their causes. Each one was well developed and brought their own flavour to this wonderful story. The full description of the ant colony and the Super colony was so educational. Loved it! The storyline is strong and offers so much to the imagination. My mind and my heart were treated equally. I recommend this book. You won't regret reading it. :)

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    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

    The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    It is bitter sweet to be done with this trilogy. I enjoyed Rae Carson's stories. The paste was fast and the books were filled with so many adventures. There were many happy moments and many sad ones too. I felt the frustration and victories of the characters. It was a light reading and it kept me interested and wanting to see the end. I am looking forward to read more of Rae's books in the future.

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    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    NW by Zadie Smith

    NWNW by Zadie Smith
    My rating: 1 of 5 stars

    Not my thing. The writing style was difficult to read and I am still trying to figure out what the author tried to say. The message was very unclear... maybe there was no message.

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    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    Brave New WorldBrave New World by Aldous Huxley
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I read a French translation of this book when I was in High School. It was a very disturbing reading at the time. I remember how I felt uneasy with the lifestyle of the civilized people. I was quite inexperienced with life at that time and had be sheltered by a simple life on a ranch. The book was challenging some of my deep beliefs and funny enough, it remained imprinted in my mind over all these years as the book I enjoyed reading the most in High School. Many moons later, I felt the desire to read this book again, but this time in its original language. This allowed me to appreciate the author's vision so much more. I read somewhere that Aldous Huxley said that if he was writing this book now days, he would not put the story 600 years in the future, but only 200. I say 100 years would be more my guess.

    Brave New World is a must read book. It contains a vision of the future that is not so far fetch. It also challenges morality and religious principles. What if Brave New World would come true? I would be the least surprised.

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    Sunday, September 22, 2013

    Another good mojo day

    My mojo seems to have taken a liking to my craftroom and appears to want to stay. That's a good thing! No complaints here! It feels good to sit at my desk and create again. It has been way too long and my stack of cards was practically gone!! I have so many stamps that I never had a chance to use and here's my opportunity to do so.

    I created three cards today:




    Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

    Saturday, September 21, 2013

    My mojo paid me a visit

    I am not sure what happened, but I had lost all desires to create. I think my mojo went on vacation and forgot to tell me. When I was starting to think to sell all my craft supplies, it showed its face. I hope it will stick around for a while. :)


    I made these four cards today:





    Thanks for stopping by and take a look!

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

    Cutting for StoneCutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    Cutting for Stone was nothing what I had imagined at first. The first few chapters reminded me of The Cider House Rules by John Irving, but I soon discovered that the books had nothing in common. The story of Marion and Shiva was hard and tender at the same time. All the characters had flaws and excuses for them. Hema, Ghosh, Matron, Genet, Thomas Stone and even Sister Mary Joseph Praise colored this book with their imperfect lives. We are all humans after all.

    The journey was long and the author took many twists and turns to bring it back to closure. All is well... nothing is missing. I enjoyed reading this book!

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    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

    Frances and BernardFrances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Absolutely loved this book!!! So clever and well written. Frances' internal battle with her faith was so well depicted in this passage:
    "Some of us have a talent for suffering -- but I guess I don't. What is the point of believing in something all-powerful if he cannot give you the strength to go on at this very moment? What is the point of other people if you cannot keep your hands on them? I refuse to think, as my aunts might suggest, that these are God-given lessons. That just makes God a scold, and I refuse to believe that he is."

    And Bernard's need to be loved is also well explained in this passage:
    "But love is another law, too, and it will judge you if you do not bend to it when it asks."

    I loved the way the author used correspondence between several people to make you journey thought the story. The characters are well formed and mature. I am so happy I got to read this book. Even if the story did not turned the way I thought it would, it left me with a good feeling in the end. I recommend this book as a wonderful summer reading.

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    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

    SnowdropsSnowdrops by A.D. Miller
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    Surprisingly a quick read. This is a book I had to read for my bookclub and was not sure I would like it, but i did. The one person narrative leaves you wondering what the other characters think and feel, but I guess that is the point of this book. I am going to St. Petersburg this summer and the main character's visit to that town was particularly interesting to me. The book also painted a very good picture of the illegal activities in Russia and the collective struggle of a nation in the process to be reborn.

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    Monday, April 29, 2013

    April Antics Challenge at the Outlaw - Week 5


    This week, Margaret is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Lime Green, Lemon Yellow and Strawberry Pink. This week the April Antics Twist is "Add buttons".



    Our sponsor this month is Digi My World. Our monthly winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate from their online store. Please take a moment and visit Digi My World to see all her awesome digis.


    So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff! You could be our winner for this month! :)

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    April Antics Challenge at the Outlaw - Week 4


    This week, Roxann is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Robbin's Egg Blue, Bark and Glimmer Gold. This week the April Antics Twist is "Make it Spring".


    Our sponsor this month is Digi My World. Our monthly winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate from their online store. Please take a moment and visit Digi My World to see all her awesome digis.



    So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff! You could be our winner for this month! :)

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    April Antics Challenge at the Outlaw - Week 3


    This week, Penny is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Fuchsia Pink, Summer Blue and Lush Green. This week the April Antics Twist is "Use Patterned Paper".



    Our sponsor this month is Digi My World. Our monthly winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate from their online store. Please take a moment and visit Digi My World to see all her awesome digis.


    So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff! You could be our winner for this month! :)

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    April Antics Challenge at the Outlaw - Week 2


    This week, Laurian will be our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Red, Golden and Grey. This week the April Antics Twist is "Make it Masculine".

    It was very timely that Laurian challenged us to make a masculine card. My stash of masculine cards is totally depleted!!! It was also nice that Auntie Mojo came for a visit on Saturday. It felt good to make a card that I actually like. I wish I knew who draw that cute digi, though.



    Our sponsor this month is Digi My World. Our monthly winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate from their online store. Please take a moment and visit Digi My World to see all her awesome digis.

    So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff! You could be our winner for this month! :)

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    April Antics Challenge at the Outlaw - Week 1


    This week, Ursula will be our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Purple Night, Dreamy Mauve and Cloud White. This week the April Antics Twist is "Add Embossing".

    Our sponsor this month is Digi My World. Our monthly winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate from their online store. Please take a moment and visit Digi My World to see all her awesome digis.

    So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and participate! You could be our winner for this month! :)

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Mad, Mad March Challenge at the Outlaw - Week 4


    This week, I will be your host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. I am challenging you to use the following color combo: Commodore Blue, Lime Green and Crescent Moon. This week the Mad Mad Mad March Twist is "Make it Fruity".


    Our sponsor this month is 2 Cute Ink. Our monthly winner will get 3 digistamps from their online store. Please take a moment and visit 2 Cute Ink to see all her awesome digis.


    So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and participate! You could be our winner for this month! :)

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

    The Sisters BrothersThe Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    I read this book for my bookclub. I had many many LOL moments and enjoyed the character of Eli very much. I sympathised with him and understood that circumstances made him what he became. The writing style was good and I enjoyed reading the book as small vignette stories of these two notorious brothers.

    I thought as I read the book that it was written to be a movie and found out yesterday that someone already picked up the rights to make it into one. No surprise there!

    Although I enjoyed it, I thought that my male reader friends would probably enjoy it more.

    Still a good read... the cover is totally amazing and if you were to judge the book by it, you would not be disappointed.

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    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry

    When the Siren CallsWhen the Siren Calls by Tom Barry
    My rating: 1 of 5 stars

    If Jay was Adam and Isobel was Eve... humanity would have been totally screwed over. I am sad to say that I did not like this book and could not wait to be done with it. Such a beautiful cover and yet, as they say, never judge a book by its cover... I should have known. I feel sad that I did not like t his book since the author himself sent it to me to read. I gave it a fair shot, but just could not find a way to like the story and even less the characters. They were all detestable and so selfish. I really hope that this book was not based on real people because if there are real people like this in this world; it would be a real shame.

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    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    B I N G O Challenge


    I can't believe I never try a Bingo challenge before. This was so much fun!! Kim is our host at Guylou's this week and she is challenging us to make a project using a row, any row from this wonderful Bingo Card:


    I used the left up and down row for my card.
    Bling on the cape
    Starts w/a G: Green and Guy
    Buttons

    I used Super Rick with Cape for this project.



    The challenge starts today and ends on February 28th at 10pm. Remember to use one of my images, you will get two entries in the challenge f you do. A random winner will be selected and will win a $10 gift certificate from Guylou's Online Store and will have the opportunity to be a Guest Designer on one of our upcoming challenges.

    Please take a moment to go see what my fellow DT members did for this challenge at Guylou's Inimitability.