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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Express Yourself: Secondary Characters

Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by Entertaining Interests and Bouquet of Books.

Basically at the beginning of every month the hosts, Dani and Jackie, post a list of what that month's subjects/questions will be.

Then sometime during each week you post about that subject. To sign up/for more information click here.

This week's subject: Name a secondary character who you think deserves their own series/stand-alone.

Micah Callahan from the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Micah seems to always be off doing something separate from everyone else... and I think I'd like to know more about what he gets up to on his travels.

Joe Reacher from the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

***SPOILER ALERT!***

Joe was Jack's brother however in the first book - Killing Floor - Jack discovers that his brother has been killed. But he does come up in the books and I think it would have been interesting to see how Joe's life turned out, up to the point he was killed, in comparison to Jack's life.

***SPOILER END!***


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Creatively Speaking: Same Old... With A Little New

Well this week has mainly consisted of cross stitch and more planning for costumes.

The reason I am creating the Alice Steamdress is because there is a steampunk event I'm going to. However it is in July and although in the UK we aren't guaranteed hot weather it might be bit much to roll up in full length gloves.

So I've decided to make the entire outfit but then make it more summer friendly and accessorise it to make it a little more steampunk and a little less madness returns.

Which brings me on to the other creative thing that I did this week other than cross stitch, costume to do lists and looking at fabric samples.

I made myself a paper top hat. I do intend to make it in cardboard but I thought I'd try it out in paper first to make sure it fit and looked right. Where I got my methods/ideas from came from several sources which I will list when I have made the finished hat.

What have you been creating this week?


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Express Yourself: Apocalypse


Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by Entertaining Interests and Bouquet of Books.

Basically at the beginning of every month the hosts, Dani and Jackie, post a list of what that month's subjects/questions will be.

Then sometime during each week you post about that subject. To sign up/for more information click here.

This week's question: What is your favourite kind of apocalyptic scenario (natural disaster, zombie, alien invasion etc.)?

I do like reading zombie books, although I haven't read so many recently. And I do like the sort of man-made disaster type scenarios, of which zombies can fall under - nuclear, disease etc.

So my answer, book wise would be manmade/zombie apocalypse.

However if we were talking about real life... well I'm not sure. I have type 1 diabetes so whatever the apocalypse (unless it is some sort of disease/radiation that whilst causing chaos also cures diabetes) the only way I can survive is if insulin can still be produced. So maybe the lab that would be trying to cure whatever disease is out there could hook me up?

Maybe they ought to start building a self sufficient underground lab just in case...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Creatively Speaking: Revisiting Old Skills

This week I have mainly been revisiting an old skill of mine - cross stitch.

From Tuesday until Friday I worked on a cross stitch that I have been 'working on' for years... literally.

I say 'working on' because I started it years ago and then fell out with cross stitch for a bit... then revisited it... fell out with it... you get the picture.

But this week I finished it and yesterday started a new one - one which I've also had for years but was waiting until I'd finished the first one before I started it.

And on Monday and today I transformed another two single duvet covers in to one double duvet cover.

So I know what you're thinking - that that was a quick post as I've very quickly just listed the creative things I did this week - duvet cover transformation and cross stitch - all the days have been covered.

But no I'm not finished for this week, on Friday and Saturday I did more than one creative thing...

Dun, dun, duuuuunnnnnn!

On Friday as well as doing some cross stitch I also created this rather random doodle:

And yes the spider does have rainbow coloured legs :)

And then yesterday as well as starting a new cross stitch I also made a card for my Aunty's birthday which is this week:


Have you revisited any old skills recently?

Til next week...


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Express Yourself: Chemistry





Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by Entertaining Interests and Bouquet of Books.

Basically at the beginning of every month the hosts, Dani and Jackie, post a list of what that month's subjects/questions will be.

Then sometime during each week you post about that subject. To sign up/for more information click here.


This week's subject: List your favourite book pairs who have amazing chemistry. They can be BFF's, love interests, kindreds, or even nemesis's. Two people who work well together.


The first pair to leap to mind were Chrysabelle and Mal from Kristen Painter's House of Comarré series. Their relationship certainly has some ups and downs.


Then, rather randomly I thought of another couple whose relationship has ups and downs but who I think have great chemistry are Jane and Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre.

And then finally this is technically not a pair however I do think they have great chemistry. It's Anita, Micah and Nathaniel from Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I just think they have a great relationship and they always seem to be fine even when all hell is breaking loose around them (sometimes literally).

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Creatively Speaking: Possible Cosplay & An Expedition

This week has been a mixed week creatively speaking.

Monday, Thursday and Friday I doodled. I have now declared my mandala to be complete.

This is what it looked like about a month ago:
















And this is what it looks like now it is complete:










I did another doodle on Friday. To be honest I had no idea what it was going to be when I started but it ended up looking kind of tree like:

So on Wednesday I had another go at some crochet. I still don't think I'm getting it right when it comes to turning round after the second row. And it would probably help if I counted the stitches and then I'd know if I was getting it right - wouldn't it?

So on Tuesday I did a bit of research in to two cosplay costumes I'm thinking of making. One of which I do have an event later in the year I could wear it to - the other I kind of just want to make it for the sheer hell of it. One is Alice's steamdress from the game Alice: Madness Returns who I have cosplayed as before.
The other is Grell Sutcliffe from the anime Black Butler. I've listed parts if the costumes I will have to make or buy, or in the case of Alice, bits I already have due to my previous cosplay.

So that leades us (clearly not in chronological order) up to yesterday and today. Today I tried my hand at some more manga with the help of Mark Crilley's book Mastering Manga.

And yesterday I didn't really create anything but I did go to the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft Show/Cake International Show in Manchester.

Now I'm not really a big cake maker/decorator so I just drooled over those. However I did come back from the hobbycraft show with two lots of card blanks/envelopes (not that I needed them but the guy was selling them off cheap), two sets of clear stamps (I needed some new Happy Birthday stamps... and the Christmas greeting stamps were on sale), two lots of ribbon (I do like my ribbon) and some paper butterfly die cut shape things (what can I say I like butterflies).

It was a good day out but tiring.

Have you been to any crafting events?

Til next week...

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Creatively Speaking: Trying New Things

So last week I mentioned I'd started making a birthday card for my brother. Well I finished it this week:

It's not the most complicated of cards. I made the background with a stencil, my first attempt at which when wrong when I decided to water down my paint... which resulted in it becoming very splodgy where it inevitably bled under the stencils - duh!

So what have I done for the rest of the week (cos I finished the card on Monday)?

*consults list*

(yes I do list the creative things I did during the week so I remember to tell you about them)

Well on Tuesday and Thursday I coloured a bit more of my mandala doodle - I keep thinking that at any second I'm going to ruin it but I just can't stop adding to it!

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday I turned 2 single duvet covers in to 1 double duvet cover, which is more complicated than you might think... or it might just be the way I was going about it. But hopefully I'll have learnt some lessons when I turn the other 2 single duvet covers I have in to another double duvet cover.

So that brings us round to today. Today I started reading Mastering Manga by Mark Crilley. I even had a go at drawing some manga style eyes.

Something I've noticed with this New Year promise to do something creative everyday is that it is forcing me to try things that I've been meaning to try for a while.

I've had that Mastering Manga book for a few months now and today was the first time I actually did anything.

I bought my wool and crochet hook in October or November. And I've probably had the How To Crochet book on my Kindle for about as long. But it was only a couple of weeks ago that I actually had a go at crocheting.

So without this New Year promise who knows how long it would have taken me to try out these new skills.

Have you tried out a new skill lately?

Til next week...

NaNoWriMo Countdown

Whoa - January went by quickly didn't it? And now there are only
272 Days
to go until the start of NaNoWriMo 2015!