Bookish Hodgepodge πŸ“š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Wanna talk books? I’m here for ya! 😊

I’m having reading time aplenty, and would love to share my findings and thoughts with you. And I would love to hear what you have to say!

1. Do you know the ‘Royal Spyness’ series by Rhys Bowen?
The narrative is Lady Georgiana, 35th in line to the throne of England. That’s quite far removed, so her life in the late 1920s/early 1930s isn’t always easy. But she manages quite well. These books are very entertaining, while giving us a glimpse into the past.

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One of my, if not the favorite comeback line, is from the book ‘Love and Death Among the Cheetahs’. It tells the story of Georgiana and Darcy’s honeymoon in Kenia. After stumbling across a murder victim, they are being interrogated by the police, and the following exchange occurs…

ba4a1bc2-8efd-4545-b40a-453b3274faf8Isn’t it fabulous? πŸ˜‚ I so wish we all had a comeback like this handy whenever someone comes at us sideways! πŸ˜‰

2. If you’re following me on Instagram you already know that I’m alphabetizing my library. In the process, I’m showing off some read-worthy books (alphabetized by author). I’m only on Day 4 – but this is what I have so far…

A is for Atherton (Nancy) – Author of the ‘Aunt Dimity Series’

B is for Bowen (Rhys) – You read about her above

C is for Cannell (Dorothy) – Author of the ‘Ellie Haskell Mysteries’, and numerous other      bestsellers

is for Davis (Fiona) – Author of  ‘The Masterpiece’, ‘The Dollhouse’, ‘The Chelsea Girls’, to name just a few. All these books are historicalnovels, set in iconic New York City buildings. Fiona Davis melds real life NY with fictional characters in a masterful way.

3. Show-and-Tell

Back in the good old days, aka the shopping days  πŸ˜, I came across this magnificent copy of ‘Grimm’s FairyTales’. Printed in 1945, with wonderful illustrations it’s the latest addition to my antique book collection.

 4. Coloring Page ~ Title: So many books, so little time πŸ€“

I’ve also been drawing again…here is my latest piece.
I plan to fill in the ‘spines’ with the names of my favorite books.

 Here it is all plain, waiting for you and your pencils! πŸ˜ƒ

 

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for reading!

Take good care of yourself  πŸ’• Be safe & stay healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some More Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

The weekend is right around the corner, and we are entering uncharted grounds, aren’t we? 😎 Can’t go anywhere (or at least we’re not supposed to!), the weather is not cooperating, so outside time is out 😐, ergo, artsy-fartsy indoor stuff it is! 😍

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You can plan a trip around the coffee table πŸ˜‚

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You will find a plethora of activities & worksheets for the littles right here

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The people behind ‘open culture.com’ offer everything you could ever desire when it comes to entertainment and activities…or so they say. I have not tried to get a movie, an ebook, an online course. But if you’re willing to try – here’s the Link 😊

If you find that it is as awesome as it looks, please let me know. I’d appreciate it! 😍

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I was surprised to get some sweet compliments on my drawings.

You might remember the ‘ Flower Queen’

I recently finished ‘Let’s read’ 😊

Then I thought you might wanna invite these girls into your home, and stay busy while being artsy. So here they are as coloring pages. Just print and get colorful! πŸ˜ƒ

They’re a bit wonky in places…but, aren’t we all? πŸ˜‰

I hope you have oodles of fun with these ideas!

Be safe & stay healthy! πŸ’•

More Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Since it looks like we’re all gonna have to stay inside a while longer, and school’s out for the summer 😳 (at least in Kansas it is) the call for activities is getting louder!

I found a few more for ya 😊 so this here won’t happen to you! πŸ˜…

–1. If you like to color check out these fabulous coloring pages of museum art. Just click here and be amazed 😍

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Apparently the “Roll a….” drawing activity is very popular.

I found this ‘Roll a monster’ activity sheet on Pinterest.

P.S. There’s nothing wrong with your eyes. The picture on the original post was so small, that it got a bit blurry when I enlarged it. 😁

For a variety of Monsters…here are some more ideas πŸ™‚

I’m off to hunt for more activities for us all! 😍

Take good care of yourself! Wash your hands! 😊 I hope you get to stay inside! πŸ’•

Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŒ·

Crazy times we’re living in, huh? I’m currently practicing this ‘social distancing’ thing. It’s going good – Books and Art definitely help! πŸ™‚

And speaking of Art…today I wanna share some fabulous art-ideas for all of you that are stuck in the house. πŸ₯΄ These are great activities to share with the young ones, but also fun for the ‘young-at-heart’ 😁

1. Roll A Picasso

I already created my ‘ Masterpiece’ πŸ˜…

Now some color in his cheeks, and he’ll be ready for the weekend! πŸ₯³

2. Watercolor/Yarn Art

I have not tried this, but it looks like a lot of fun!

All you need is:

-Yarn

-PVA Glue (Elmer’s for example)

-Watercolor paper

-Watercolors

-Paintbrush

-Craft Stick

-Scissors

Water

For ‘step-by-step’ instructions please click here

3. Spin-Art

Now that is nice and messy πŸ˜…

Here’s what you need:

A recycled CD

β€’ Sticky tape or masking tape

β€’ Rubber bands, the more the better! (We used 15)

β€’ A pen that will fit through the hole in the disk 

β€’ 4 coins of the same size 

β€’ Acrylic paint, poster paint or inks 

β€’ Water

β€’ A pot, tray or egg carton to mix the paint colours

β€’ Brushes and an old spoon to mix and drop the paint 

β€’ A large piece of paper (A3 or A2) 

β€’ An apron to cover your clothes 

β€’ A work area where you can get messy

β€’ Newspaper to cover your work area

For instructions and inspiration please click here

I hope these ideas keep you all busy for a while! I keep digging, and will be back with more soon!

Until then…be safe & stay healthy! πŸ’•

Trying New Things πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I may have mentioned my creative slump here lately.

I did come across this gem a few days ago…

Well, that sounds easy enough! πŸ˜…

But since I’ve pretty much tried everything out there, I had to figure out what it is I wouldn’t mind ‘sucking at’ πŸ˜‰

During my ‘Journal-making-days’ I did some collages. And did enjoy it.

So, that’s what I did…in big 😁

I don’t hate it πŸ˜‰

While drawing the ‘Yoga Lady’ as a finishing touch, I thought I’m gonna try my hand at drawing. I know I’m not very good at it, but I do love it. And practice makes perfect, right? πŸ˜‚

Clicking around on Pinterest I found the art of Sandra Silberzweig. She draws abstract faces. I was drawn to it because of the abundance of color, and – let’s be honest here – because I thought I might be able to draw something like it. πŸ™ƒ

Here’s my first try…

That led to another ‘portrait’…

She’s not the most beautiful creature on the planet, but I do like how she turned out. Okay… I might be a bit prejudiced 😎

So I will keep on drawing πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Let’s see where this will take us!

The next project I’m working on is this blog. I would love to turn it into a ‘mostly books’ blog. Not exclusively…but definitely book oriented. 😍

I do hope you’re all good with that, and will stick with me on this journey. ☺️

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week! Stay healthy my friends! πŸ’•

A Story About A Tale ~ Cinderella

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

A few days ago I came across a picture taken from a beautiful, antique edition of ‘Cinderella’, published by George D. Hurst in 1896. 

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I know this fairytale by the name of ‘Aschenputtel’, by the Brothers Grimm, always assuming (should never do that! 😏) that Cinderella was just the translated version of the old german tale. Shows you what I know πŸ˜„

The Brothers Grimm actually ‘borrowed’ the story of Cinderella from a french author by the name of Charles Perrault, born in 1628, died in 1703.
He wrote down all of the stories he told his own children, and collected them in a book called Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals: Tales of Mother Goose.
This very first fairy tale book contained the stories of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Tale of Mother Goose – of course, and more. img_6848

So basically a middle-aged, former lawyer is the father of our beloved fairy tales. 😊 Who knew? And a dapper gentleman he is…img_6849Thanks for reading! πŸ₯° Now, please tell me – what’s your favorite fairy tale? I can’t wait to find out.

Until next time πŸ’•

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An Update…and A Booktalk

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Well, this feels a bit awkward. It seems like it’s been ages since I sat down to share things with you. Mostly because I didn’t have anything to share. And just my daily routine would make for one boring read. 😏

The new year welcomed me into it’s fold with a nasty cold that lasted (seemingly) forever. When I finally came up for air – breathing without coughing is so underrated    – I was full of energy, planning a day out…and on the way fell down some steps and twisted my ankle. πŸ™ˆ So, back to the couch. I didn’t even give that thing time to miss me! πŸ˜‰ When I was finally able to limp around without too much pain, I managed to start on a new path – I snatched up a booth at the local Antique Mall. Yay me! πŸ˜ƒ More on that later.
Then another cold virus found me. Ugh! I haven’t been sick in ages…now this year I am the chosen host for quite a few nasty things. 🀧 It was a milder episode, so I’m not gonna complain (too much).

But, one good thing came out of all this couch-time. I had time to read! So much time for so many wonderful books.

Today I want to tell you about two books that really stood out from the masses.

Temple Secrets 

and

Gullah Secrets 

both by Susan Gabriel.*

They’re both fascinating  stories, taking place in Savannah, Georgio and southern South Carolina.

The Temple family has been collecting secrets of the ‘upper crust’ of Savannah for decades. Every tidbit recorded in diaries. Now these secrets are coming to light, they’re being published, one by one, in a daily paper.
This is the basis for the first book Temple Secrets. But there is so much more to this tale. The characters are fascinating, the family’s own secrets nothing to be proud of.
The story is woven so intricately that it’s hard to describe why it’s so wonderful without giving anything away.
All I can say is that these two books are some of the best I’ve ever read (definitely in the Top 5), and I’m jealous of everyone who hasn’t read them yet.

The second book in the two-part story is Gullah Secrets.

In this sequel the lovely women of the Temple family take us to their roots on a small island at the coast of South Carolina. Here the breathtaking ride continues, and….
well, I’m not gonna give away the ending.    You will have to see/read for yourself.

If you would like to learn more about the author, just click here
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I usually read cozy murder mysteries. So these books were a big step away from my TBR list.
I’m now so glad I read them, but at first I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t know what to expect, what to wait for.
See, with a murder mystery it’s easy. You meet the characters, them someone – hopefully someone nasty and unlikeable- gets murdered, and you try to figure out who dunnit.
Well, that was, obviously, not going to happen here.
But the story pulls you in so fast that all you care about is how they cope with the obstacles life throws at them. You don’t wait for anything, you just go along for the ride.

*I honestly have no affiliation with the writer or any bookseller. I’m just so enchanted that I can’t stop gushing! 😍

Okay, I’m done! 😁 All I wanna say now is ‘Thanks for reading’. It’s good to be back.

I hope to see you again soon! πŸ’•

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