Posts Tagged 'Books'

March’s Object of Desire

This month I am yearning and lusting after a Kindle. Oh how I would love to get my grubby little hands on one. This obsession has only recently taken hold. It goes back to last week, when it was one of those lazy, grey weekends where we were absolutely wiped and fed up of the daily drag and had resolved to spend the weekend just vegging out and hanging around the flat. That was when the urge to read took over. I’ve been meaning to get back in the habit again. I LOVE reading books and getting lost in the stories. When I was younger we would go out to live in the countryside for the summer. We would live in a little house, without a TV (gasp!), mobile phone signal (no landline phone even) and just one radio station. I would plow through the books (I swear I read every sweet valley twins/high book going). I miss that.

So last week, while browsing on Amazon, I decided to try and give the Kindle App a try. Do you know how many free books there are out there? And not just the classics – you can get all sorts of modern writing for free too. Amazon keeps a bestsellers list of both paid for and free books which you can look at broken down into each genre. Even if you do feel like splashing the cash, you can get some great books for bargain prices (like under £1). Awesome! You can read these books on your smart phone, or tablet. I’ve been using my iPhone and occasionally the iPad.

Between last Sunday and today I’d gotten through 9 books (& currently reading ‘One Day‘)! I’m addicted. I read during my lunch break, on the journey home, while waiting in line, while I have 5 minutes in the morning, in the bath, before bed – just as often as I can. And you know, it has actually really improved my mood. It is proving to be a real Spring pick-me-up.

So what I now really want – a Kindle

My Weekend

This weekend I was in much need of some slobbing around time. Between kitchen organising and the fast approaching Christmas holidays I am stressed. So this weekend I kicked back and put my feet up for a few hours. I made gallons of warm tea in my new ‘E’ mug (I love it! and it is nice and big), ate one or two shortbread biscuits (well this is Scotland afterall) and tucked in to my ever growing stack of books and magazines. Bliss! Just to torment myself while my oven is still out of commission I brought myself a copy of the  Primrose Bakery Book. I can’t wait to have everything back to normal here and I can celebrate by trying out their yummy cupcakes, like these marshmallow & chocolate cupcakes or these mini carrot cupcakes. Oh if only things would hurry up!

Meanwhile I’m also ploughing on with my Christmas Knitting. I’ve cast on this Plain Vest from Pickles for my niece. I can’t wait to finish it, by the way if you’re looking for an easy-peasy children’s knit, this is it. There is no making up at all (Hooray!) I hope you did the same this weekend and took a little ‘me’ time 🙂

My Birthday Wishlist

Ah, it’s my birthday soon! Yippee. I always think I’m an easy person to buy a gift for (should I be so lucky), but these last few days there have been moans about not knowing what to get (an also a sneaky suspicion that one or two misguided individuals may be following the wrong present path). So to help, I’ve put together a top 10 wish list. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t expect anything for my birthday, but at the same time I know there will be people who want to buy me something. So in order to prevent them spending ridiculous money on something I’m not at all interested in (although I’d fake it for their sake), here is my (somewhat) affordable wishlist.

1. KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (£439, I can’t decide on the colour but it has to have the clear pyrex mixing bowl with it). Ok, this is my one big gift. I am under no illusion that I am likely to get this, but a girl has to dream…

2. Scrabble Dictionary (£1.18) Mr. A. bought me an early birthday present of scrabble for the IPad. It’s amazing! But I don’t agree with its dictionary, so in order to settle arguments properly I think we could do with this

3. Bungee Cords for My Bike (£5.13) much needed. Black please!

4. Red Wellington Boots (£49) & Welly Socks. I have been dropping that fact that I want these so much in the last few months. Has to be in red too. Perfect for cheering up my rainy/snowy days to come

5. Sugar Thermometer (£4.06) I want to make marshmallows and so I need this. Am I mad?

6. A New Camera Bag (£26.09) OK, so this one is cheating since I’ve already bought this for myself in order to have in delivered in time for my birthday. I’m off to a few weddings this year and carrying around those traditional camera bags with formal wear looks terrible. This works much better or so I hope

7. Benefit Posie tint (£24.50) I’ve wanted this forever, but every time I think I should treat myself and see the price and the teenie tiny size of the bottle and I feel faint

8. Tashen Julius Shulman Book (£10.13) I have fallen in love with the late Julius Schulman and his photography. He was this amazing mid – late century guy who fell into photography and became friends with amazing architects working in America around that time. Basically all the iconic photographs of the case study houses and other ground breaking works in California and the surrounds are most likely Julius Schulman’s. Check him out

9. Pallette Knife for Icing (£4.95) I order to carry out task 6 of Project 2011

10. Basket for the Rear of My Bike (£9.05) Perfect for toting all my things about.

New Goodies

I let myself go a little this week and ended up with these two beauties. Sophie Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights Cookbook and the new British craft magazine Making. Awesome. I have been so good lately, not buying new clothes, or crafty supplies, or even wool. And I’ve got the biggest weakness for all those things. But alas, my resolve crumbled and ended up with these two.

For starters, Sophie Dahl’s new cookbook. Amazing. I think I have a little girl crush on her and want her to be my best friend so badly. The book, as well as having delicious recipes, is a great read. Between each section are lovely written passages about Sophie, her life and relationship with food. I haven’t been able to put it down. As soon as I get round to stopping reading and actually cooking something I’ll let you know. A much recommended read. I got mine for the bargain price of £5 in Fopp incase anyone is tempted.

From highs to lows, the first issue of Making magazine. I was so excited for this magazine to come out, a friend had given me a preview and I was super excited. Although after paying £4.99 for it (ouch, the same price as my Sophie Dalh), I was left pretty let down. Although it is a nice magazine, I don’t think it has fully established its style yet. Alot of the projects was baby-ish. Yes, crafts are handmade, it doesn’t mean they can’t have a professional look and be stylish. For example, the dress of on the cover. They don’t tell you how to make it. They suggest buying it. The part they explain is how to sew those hideous flowers on it. Shame. Also, they are a little behind on trends. I guess we are all so spoilt by the abundance of craft and design blogs and we get constant updates on what’s new that a monthly magazine has no chance in keeping up. All in all, it was a bit of a let down. There are far more useful and amazing tutorials and crafts to be found online and even better, for free. Although, fingers crossed they find their voice and up the ante. I’ll keep an eye out.

Bejeweled and Bedazzled

I’ve been at it again. Beading that is. I tend to go months without making a thing and now all of a sudden I can’t get enough of it. There is a reason for it though. I got up this morning with the hope or brewing a pot of tea and doing a little bit of morning knitting in my PJ’s (such a guilty pleasure!), only to get down to it and find I’m not going to have enough yarn to finish it. This has to be a knitters worst nightmare. Its happened to me before and you’d think I’d learn. So that just put me in the worst mood ever. Thankfully I sat in front of my bead boxes and hoped for a distraction from my knitting faux pas. And this is what I finished up with!

A suede cord, knotted necklace using the beads I picked up from the bead fair last weekend. I really like it, it’s really light and just a little bit trashy thanks to those leopard print beads! And after I made it, I stumbled on an (almost) replica in fat face!

And secondly, a beaded bookmark. I’m going to Portugal in a few weeks and this is going to come in handy for the reading I’m planning on bringing. It uses a special bead to me, the little bear. I bought it when I was in Berlin last October with friends. I stumbled across a really funky (there is no other kind of shop in Berlin) bead shop, Tukadu, and ended up spending 3 euro on this one little bear (it was one of those moments when the idiot tourist blindly hands over a note, only to cough and splutter at the severe lack of change that is returned). But it’s sweet and reminds me of good times. Also included in it are some odd beads. The large green one, and the small, oval, pinky beads are ones I came across on a walk in town with my boyfriend. They were strewn across the pavement, and much to my boyfriend’s embarrassment, I scavenged them! I think I put them to good use.

There are four different strands each connected to every second link of a piece of chain which it then attached to the bookmark itself. These can be picked up at your local bead shop for about £0.75. I have a bookworm friend and I think one will have to be made to send to her, especially since it is so quick, and easy to assemble and the results look awesome.


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