Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Latest Hats

With the latest Star Wars movie and the introduction of the new little droid, BB 8, I had to try to design a hat to look like him. I didn't have the right color of orange, so I used what I had (I've gotten a better color now). I'm trying to decide if I need to do some of the "outline" areas.

Reference picture

I had made an infant Hello Kitty hat for a swap and decided to make a bigger one.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Amigurumi R2D2

The other week, I was at my knitting group and planned on working on the color graph for a BB8 hat. I realized that I didn't have enough information to know where the color areas overlapped, so I decided to design a little R2D2 for my sister's birthday instead. I wanted to make his dome (head) jointed, so I used one of the safety eyes I use for the bodies of my clay dolls. It was a really tight squeeze to get the washer to lock on.

R2's pieces. I was going to use the cardboard disks under the "joint" to keep it flat, but it wouldn't lock with the extra thickness

His "decorations" are quite simplistic

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Month in Review: January

How did I do for my very first month in the new year?

  • Backlogged reviews 4
  • Days exercised 29
  • Bible read 30
  • Clay dolls sculpted 1
  • Hats knit 2
  • Words written 783

Book Review: "The Tethered World" by Heather L.L. FitzGerald

At 16, Sadie Larcen is a normal homeschooled teenager until the night the police knock on her door to say they'd found her parents' van abandoned. Sadie is not prepared for the family secret that they are charged with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World and now she and her siblings must venture into this strange land to rescue her parents.

It took me a little bit to get the feel and rhythm of the book, but once I did, I got more and more excited about it. I really liked the characters and felt the tension of the adventure and suspense of what was going to happen. I was intrigued by Heather's conception of the origin of fantasy creatures like gnomes, trolls, dwarves, and etc. This book was unlike any I'd ever read and it was fresh and original. I'm looking forward to reading more about the Larcen family. I don't usually read fantasy books, but this one was great!

"The Tethered World" is available in paperback:
  • Series: The Tethered World Chronicles
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (January 22, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996006893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996006897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 963 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (February 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

I received a free copy of this book in order for me to review it. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book Review: "Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho" by Angela Ruth Strong

Emily Van Arsdale is back in her home state to make her latest movie. She is used to having men adore her, but the one man who intrigues her, rafting guide Tracen Lake, doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with her. 

Tracen Lake is glad to have the money from coordinating the rafting scenes for the movie, but he isn't thrilled with having to deal with the high-maintenance Hollywood people. He's been burned by the allure of Hollywood before and doesn't need to repeat that heartache, but he is surprised that Emily is just a down to earth Idaho girl.  

Can they find love in Sun Valley, or will their separate lives keep them apart?

I enjoyed reading "Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho" by Angela Ruth Strong. I liked the characters in the book (both the main ones and secondary ones) and felt their pain as they struggled to discover how they were going to work things out. It was nice that they were normal people seeking God's direction for their lives. Things happened quickly in the book, but I didn't feel like it was rushed. 

"Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 1318 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (February 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017JMEK5C

and in paperback:
  • Series: Resort to Love
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1943959048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1943959044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

I received a free copy of this book for me to write an honest review. No other compensation was received and a positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: "Best Hair Book Ever"

I have two daughters. One likes to do up her hair and the other is content to just leave it as is. I thought that this book would give them ideas of what they could do with their hair. "Best Hair Book Ever" is from the editors of the Faithgirlz and Girls' Life magazines. I expected it to be just different hairstyles, but it is much more than that. The first chapter gives tips on identifying your hair type and how to best care for it. The second chapter talks about facial shape and the best cut to accent your shape. The rest of the book is divided into sections of types of hairstyles: School Hair, Summer Hair, Sporty Hair, Weekend Hair, Party Hair, and Braids. Each section gives five hairstyles with step by step instructions on how to achieve the look. Each chapter also gives a "Hair Candy" craft that you can make to use in your hair.

The girls have enjoyed looking through the book and trying some of the hairstyles. This is the "braid bar" from page 36:

"Best Hair Book Ever" is available in paperback :
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: Faithgirlz
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Reprint edition (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310746221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310746225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.3 inches

I received a free copy of this book in order for me to review it. A positive review was not required and no other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

We Got a New (to us) Van

My parents were going to get a different van, so we used our van as a trade in and bought their van from them. Our previous van didn't have power anything. I had to use the key to open the front door and reach around to unlock the side slider. We had to use the key to unlock the back lift gate and hand crank the windows. Lately, the rust was taking over and we had quite a few holes all the way through.

This van is a Grand Caravan, so it's a tighter fit in the garage!
But you can still fit behind