Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Owl Things Considered

I've come across some really special owls! They are beautiful and otherworldly and I adore them! Christophe from KriSoft makes absolute magic with paper mache. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if his creations came alive at night.

Every owl seems to have it's own personality, adornments and even comes with either a belly button or coat buttons! And there are lots of different colors too. My absolute favorite is the lovely pink one below, with it's cute little star.

The shop isn't limited to owls either, there are lots of other beautiful creations ranging from existing animals to fairies (like the gorgeous one above!) to creatures from Christophe's own imagination. So be sure to check out the shop!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lovely Movies: the Giver

So I was a little sick AND working on a knitting project. What better time for a random movie? Having read and enjoyed a Lois Lowry book early this year, The Giver seemed like a nice movie to watch before starting on the book.

Do I still want to read the book now? Yes! And the rest of the series, because I want to know what happens next. And also because although I quite enjoyed this film, I am aware of the fact that books are usually better.

Here's the trailer, though thankfully the actual movie is a lot calmer and less chaotic:

Have you read the books? Are they in fact better than the movie? Or was it a decent adaptation?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mixed Shelf #20

Still making my way through my library books. I finished two out of five, and am now busy reading the children's books I picked up. So far so good, but I have to admit I have many, many pages left to read before they're finished.

Wanting: Keeper of Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
This is a new series that is bound to get big soon. Lots of people have been raving about it, and it has a ridiculously high rating on Goodreads. Anyway, it's a magical middle grade book about two telepaths that need to work together. You know I love middle grade, and if a book is so well-received by adults as well, I really want to read it!

Reading: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Sticking with middle grade... I just picked up Liesl and Po from the library. I read one Lauren Oliver ("Before I Fall") and though it was an ok read, I did not love it. However, this is off to quite a promising start. And one thing I love about books for younger audiences is that they cut out all the standard teen issues, and just leave the magic.

Waiting: Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud
I bought this at a book signing, and though I was so excited to buy it, I have to admit I haven't started it yet. And I won't have time to read it this year, but I might be able to still squeeze it into this winter. Can't say if it's good yet, but Jonathan Stroud was just wonderful. Really friendly and enthusiastic! So I almost recommend this in advance.

Have you picked up anything from the library recently? Or read any fun middle grade?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Plans & Goals: December

December is here. The last month of the year. The last chance to cross things of your yearly goals! …or a chance to just hibernate and enjoy the holidays. If I'm honest, I hope to do more of the latter. And maybe these things:

  • Cast on something with the yarn from the swatch above.
  • Show you some finished knitting projects I haven't posted yet.
  • Write a Christmas song.
  • Read a graphic novel.
  • Go see Mockingjay. I've come this far, right? Better stick with it!
  • Catch some post-Christmas bargains in shops I otherwise can't afford.
  • Experiment with cooking again.
  • Send out some awesome gifts to some awesome friends.
  • And just enjoy my first Christmas in my own home!

What are your plans for the last bit of 2015? Do you have anything fun planned for the holidays?


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