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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in DIY & Crafts, Home Decor | 3 comments

We have been in our house 17 months and I haven’t hung anything on the walls (except this mirror in the front hall, and this board that is actually no longer on the wall since I’ve been rearranging the room). I know, it’s pathetic. Our house looks so abandoned.

But all that changed the other weekend. I was shopping at Michael’s. Not for anything specific, really just because I was bored and was trying to find something to do. I stumbled across these Gallery Art pads. I’d spotted them before and really liked the idea of them.

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They were 50% off, so what was holding me back? I also found a bunch of frames on clearance, so it was meant to be.

I’ve always envied the pretty gallery walls you see all over Pinterest, and was sure I’d never be able to create one that looks half as good. But you never know unless you try.

They have a few different pads. I went with this one because I liked the LOVE letters. I think I may go back and get another pack to vary things up, cause there’s only so much ‘love’ on my wall I can handle.

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It actually had multiple pages inside with layout suggestions. For the $7 I ended up paying for it, I’m pretty happy.

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I basically just started picking the ones that I liked the most with the size frames I had and the photos that I already had in frames (from when I last put pictures on the wall…. the apartment before our last apartment. I’m so bad). And I just started laying them out on the floor.

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There were several variations after this. I just kept moving things around until I was happy.

Then I took paper and traced each frame and cut them out.

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Side note, this room is a total disaster zone at the moment. The coffee table was pilfered for the basement, there’s an extra couch shoved randomly behind the recliners that was in the basement, and it’s just in general not show-able. So all my photos are me trying to avoid showing this room.

Once I had them all done, I started sticking them up on the wall.

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To hang the actual frames, I took down the piece of paper, lined it up on the back of the frame, and poked a hole in the paper where the hook needed to go. Then I just put the paper back up on the wall and scribbled a circle through the hole so I knew where to nail.

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And continued to do one frame at a time…

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Until done!

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And now it looks like people actually live in our house! Ok, I exaggerate, it’s easy to tell someone lives here if you just step into the giant mess that is my computer/craft room.

Anyways, I’m quite happy with the finished product. It’ll be more fun when I get more of a variety of frames, and it’s easy to add/change out photos. I’m also contemplating painting the F.

What do you think?

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Pride & Prejudice Merch

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Books, Lists | 2 comments

I think all of Kristen’s Pride & Prejudice posts lately have got me in the P&P spirit. So I started looking around at cool P&P stuff you can find on the internet. Here are some of my fav things that I found…

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Quote Scarves

I’ve seen this adorable quote scarf around the interwebs, and you can find it on etsy here for $42. It’s super cute! But I’m not about to spend $42 on a scarf.

They have other book quote scarves on their store Storiarts (that come in some cuter colour combos than the P&P one).

Here’s another P&P quote scarf by ModLux on Etsy. It’s in a nice grey with white script font for $40.

But if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, check out these really cute scarves by Brookish. They’re in some really fun colours, and they’re only $25!

 

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Shirts

I’m sure there are a million shirts out there. But I just love this shirt by Brookish with all the places in the book. And at $24 that’s totally afordable! She has so many cute shirts on her store.

Storiarts also has a couple of really cute shirts with a couple silhouette and the quote leading away from them in a path.

You have to check out this really cute pullover by NeenaCreates! It has the quote on it in a heart shape for $38. I heart it.

 

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Bags & Purses

There are plenty of bags and purses. This one has the old peacock cover on it and for $20 that’s not too shabby.

Here’s a little blue zipper pouch with the same peacock design on it for $17.

NovelCreations on Etsy makes some interesting purses out of book covers for $55. Not my jam, but they’re kinda cool.

This tote bag by Society6 is totes adorb (see how clever I am there?) for only $22. They have the same design on mugs, rugs, phone cases, etc.

And of course there’s the obligatory “I <3 Mr. Darcy" tote bag for $12.99
 

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OMG! I just love these covers that just came out this month! You can buy the P&P copy here on Amazon for $10.75. Not surprisingly it’s out of stock. Will someone buy me the whole set? Now, please?

There’s also a manga version of the book for $16 that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on.

It’s fun to find different covers for the book. That’s why I want the book “Jane Austen Cover to Cover” by Margaret C. Sullivan so badly!! I recently got this one off Ebay. It’s a 1945 edition. A plain cover, but it has colour illustrations!!

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There are a million spin-offs of the book out there. I personally find most to be quite horrible. Anyone have any suggestions for any good ones?

I also found this trivia game on Amazon for $20. Interesting. Although I’d have nobody to play it with.

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Any other awesome Pride & Prejudice merchandise you know of out there?

See my post on film adaptations here.

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3 Years With This Guy

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in My Life, Wedding | 3 comments

3 years ago today I got married!

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I won’t get too sappy. I love this guy, he’s my best friend. It’s amazing how well we fit together. Every night I love coming home to him, even if we just sit in a room together and watch TV. I love going on adventures with him and can’t wait for the even more amazing adventures to come.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been 3 years.

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Top 10 Books on my TBR Pile

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Books, Lists | 7 comments

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Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme over at The Broke and the Bookish where each week you create a bookish top 10 list on a certain topic. This week it is Top Books on your Fall To-Be-Read list. So here’s my list of the books I’m most excited to read in the near future. Some are already purchased and waiting for me on my bookshelf, and some are new releases that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

In no particular order…

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“Blackmoore” by Julianne Donaldson

I read “Edenbrooke” by Julianne Donaldson a few months ago and absolutely LOVED it. Like 5 stars love. You have to read it. The books are in the same “series” but are stand-alones. They feature strong, independent women who have no desire to run off and find rich men, but their families seem to think otherwise, making bargains with them to force them into society. They’re set in the 1800s, and are a great read for Austen fans.

I have this one sitting on my book shelf looking at my all prettily. It will be read very, very soon.

 

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“Cress” by Marissa Meyer”

The first two books in the Lunar series “Cinder” and “Scarlett” are probably my top 2 books I’ve read this year. I debated for the longest time if I should wait for this one to come out in paperback so it matches my other two books… and then I was thinking that if I waited a bit longer to read it, when I’m done it’ll be closer to the 4th book being published. But I decided not to wait anymore. “Fairest” will be out in a few months, and I can always buy the paperback anyway. Cause I like my books matching. Very excited to read this one!

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“The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E Pearson

I like pretty covers. Call me shallow.

I’m not expecting anything ground-breaking from this one, but I think it’ll be a fun read. It’s right up my alley in terms of the type of books I’ve been reading lately (YA fantasy) Kelsey reviewed this one here and I trust her reviews. And I’ve read a few other reviews that were positive.

 

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“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman

And because I trust Kelsey’s opinion on books, I’m excited to read The Magician’s series. If I find that I agree with someone’s book tastes, I totally stalk their read pile for suggestions. Plus, I think this one will be a little different than my recent reads. While I love fantasy, for some reason I don’t like “magic” too much. Does that make any sense? No. But I’m ok with that.

 

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“The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness

I believe this is a dystopian novel, which I love. I think what intrigued me most about this one is that it involves hearing other people’s thoughts. Which I think would be the one superpower I would chose. I’d love to know what other people think. Is everyone else as weird as I am?

It seems to have some pretty good reviews. Will possibly read this one by the new year.

 

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“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve got this one loaded up on my kindle just waiting for my flight to Australia. The biggest appeal to this book is that it’s about a girl who is totally into fandom. That was me a few years ago! I read “Eleanor & Park” a little while ago and thought it was fairly mediocre. I’m quite excited for this one. I think since it’s not set in highschool but in college, it will appeal to me a little more.

I think I have “Attachments” sitting on my kindle too… yay for Kindle deals!

 

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“The Vault of Dreamers” by Caragh M. O’Brien

I posted about this one a little while ago on a Waiting on Wednesday post. I just loved the Birthmarked triology ( a great dystopian series, I highly recommend it!), so I have high hopes for this sci-fi book. So far the reviews aren’t amazing, but I don’t always trust those ;)

I just ordered it online from B&N. Should be arriving any day now!

 

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“The Revenge of Seven” by Pittacus Lore

I don’t actually have a copy of this one, will try to get it from the library. I started reading the Lorien Legacy series (best know by the first book “I Am Number Four”) a year ago when the 4th book had just come out, and it’s a really fun series! I can’t wait to see where things go after the cliffhanger of the last book. They’re full of lots of action, cool super powers, and interesting characters. And way better than the movie.

 

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“Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J Maas

I literally just reviewed the first book “Throne of Glass” and I’m quite excited to read the second book as a lot of people say it’s better than the first. I’m hoping for a little less love triangle and more action. We’ll see how that goes.

The third book just came out in hard cover, so I might delay on reading this one until the third book is closer to a softcover release… I just hate it when they don’t match. Book problems.

 

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“Jane Austen: Cover to Cover” by Margaret C. Sullivan

Words cannot express how much I want a copy of this book. If I don’t win a copy in the various different sites I’ve entered for copies, I will have to buy this book. Because of serious Jane Austen cover love. I recently won a 1945 edition of “Pride & Prejudice” on ebay (less than $20 with shipping!!) and it has colour illustrations. I’m in love.

 

That was fun! How will I ever read enough books?

What’s on your TBR pile??

As always, friend me on Goodreads so that I can stalk your bookshelves.

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“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Books, Reviews | 5 comments

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“Throne of Glass”

By Sarah J. Maas
Published August 7th, 2012 by Bloomsbury

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

This book is no masterpiece. My high rating is based on the fact that this book was a fluffy, fun read. Celaena is a trained, notorious hitman who was betrayed and captured. In the beginning we see the hardened killer with her thoughts of ripping them to shreds, but she quickly turns to a bit of a vain show-off. But the book is filled with a snarky protagonist, cute guys and some supernatural action.

Likes

• Yes, Celeana is a little contradictory. She’s supposed to be a huge badass, yet we don’t really get to see it. Everyone just tells us that she is. But I liked her. She likes books, dresses & fighting and killing. She knows she’s incredibly beautiful, and likes to be seen that way. I loved that she wasn’t a lady. She didn’t care that men were walking into her room when she was half dressed (which happened a lot), and she would throw her feet up on the table with company.

• It wasn’t completely obvious who the “bad guy” was. There were a few candidates as to who was beind the mysterious murders, but it wasn’t obivous who it would be. Its always nice when there’s a bit of a mystery. Plus, the book leaves a few questions for the next book.

Dislikes

• There was a little too much romance in this for my liking. And the love triangle was perhaps a little over the top too. Hoping that doesn’t get worse in the next one. But was quite pleased by how it played out at the end. I’m team Chaol all the way!

• I’m not sure how I felt about the final fight scene. It was a little confusing, and I feel like we were still sort of gypped of seeing Celeana in full form. I plan to read the novellas, I’m guessing they’ll be a little more kick ass.

• The whole reasoning behind the tournament seemed a bit stupid to me. And for it being a main part of the story, a lot of the challenges were sort of glossed over. I was imagining more fight to the death sort of thing.

Basically, you just have to ignore a lot of YA tropes (why are they always inappropriately showing up in her bedroom in the middle of the night?!) and just enjoy a book about a pretty girl in dresses in a castle fighting to earn her freedom with some cute boys who shouldn’t like her but do. Escapeism at its best.

I’ve heard the second book is better. I’m looking forward to it. It’s already sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me.

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