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Paper artist by Gail Green

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In a nutshell:   

 

Short synopsis: Paper projects for children of all ages

Did I like it? Yes, it is inspirational and gives tons of ideas and instructions

For people who: like paper and crafting


My thoughts:   

 

The projects in this book cover a wide range of topics and levels of difficulty. Every (future) paper crafter can find something here that appeals to him/her. The book is divided into several chapters, from “Adorable Accessories” (definitely for girls), “Pretty Presents”, “Classy Keepsakes” to “Dazzling Decorations”.

Some of the projects are intricate and fragile; as the mother of two boys I would predict that they won’t stay intact for very long, but maybe girls are a bit more careful with paper art. If you are a beginner or you have clumsy and impatient kids, you should start with some of the easier, more sturdy items, but as you get more experienced you can try your skills with more advanced projects. And there is plenty to choose from. Tubular frames, quilled name plates, cards, photo cubes, book ends, owls, boxes, ornaments, time capsules, you name it. The techniques vary, from scrapbooking to quilling, to weaving to mosaic. Some of them easy, some of them rather sophisticated and with a lot of supplies. The instructions are always clear and easy to follow.

If you are a paper crafter and would like to introduce your child to it, or if you want to explore paper crafting together with your child, this book is something you should definitely have a look out for.


Product info and buy link :

Title Paper artist: Creations kids can fold, wear, tear or share
Author Gail Green
Publisher Capstone Press
ISBN 9781623700041
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy Paper artist (publishing date March 01, 2013)

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NEW52 foodie project. week 3

I saw this recipe for Garlicky tortellini with shrimps and arugula on a weekend cooking post by Caite in March last year and entered it into my Plan to Eat recipes (see my blog post about Plan To Eat here) for later.  It sounded really nice, but for some reason I never got around to buying arugula. No idea why. With my new project, however, I gave myself a kick and went to an organic market to get some.

I should have done this much sooner because this meal immediately became a family favourite. I have made it twice already and will definitely make it very soon again. Surprisingly the kids love it, even though normally they would not touch arugula with a ten foot pole. It is uber-yummy – a little garlicky (you might think the garlic is way too much, but it is not), lemony, pasta, shrimps – absolutely delicious!
Alterations: Vegetable broth instead of chicken broth that the original recipe called for. Also I changed the measurements to ml and adjusted them to the amount of pasta we have in our packs. For original amounts see Caite’s post. As I am using frozen shrimps, I just took them out of the freezer, seasoned and stir fried them before adding them to the pasta.

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Book beginnings on Friday

Boog beginnings on Friday

Cover Started early, took my dog by Kate Atkinson

 

I haven’t done a book beginning post in a long time. But I started reading an interesting book by an author that is new to me and in a genre that I am not very accustomed to. So good reasons to share its beginning.

The book is “Started early, took my dog” by Kate Atkinson, a writer who was recommended to me by Elena from Books and Reviews. I am not 100% certain I like the style which is evident already in the first few lines.

1975: 9 April

Leeds: “Motorway City of the Seventies”. A proud slogan. No irony intended. Gaslight still flickering on some streets. Life in a northern town.

What is YOUR book beginning today? To see more book beginnings go to Rose City Reader!

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Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith

Very short synopsis:

The second instalment in the 44 Scotland Street series with news of all the inhabitants.

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I read it in: English

I liked it:    Yes, it was a great continuation of the series.

Again we are left behind with a few loose threads that I can#t wait to find out more about. What is going to happen to Bertie? Whose baby is Irene having? Is Janis a gold-digger or not? That one thought of hers in the restaurant indicates as much, but the latest conversation between Matthew and his father says different. Bruce is gone – good riddance! Is Pat’s father buying the flat for her? Is she going to be available for Matthew now because of his financial prospects? “Love over Scotland” is already waiting for me.

Product info and buy link :

Title Espresso Tales
Author Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher Abacus
ISBN 9780349119700
I got this book from I bought it
More info The 44 Scotland Street series
Buy link Buy Espresso Tales

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Movie: Jules et Jim

Jules et Jim

Reasons I watched this movie: All I ever knew about it was this one scene with the two guys and the woman running over the bridge and I wanted to know more. I like Oskar Werner. I liked Jeanne Moreau in “Les amants”. I like the ménage à trois theme.

When I started watching this I had no idea what to expect except for a love triangle. I was immediately drawn in by the voice of the narrator who started telling the story of how Jules and Jim met in this detached and very fast way. As I had decided to watch the film in French with German subtitles it was very hard to take it all in at first, my French being somewhat rusty. After a while, however, I got used to it, especially thanks to Oskar Werner who spoke rather slowly and precisely, a fact that made Truffaut cast Werner in the first place. At least that is what I read somewhere on the net and it makes sense; after all Jules is no native speaker, but a German. Then again, Werner is an Austrian which made we wonder whether Germans and Austrians are interchangeable to most people?

Anyway, once the introductions are made we get quickly to the moment where Catherine is entering the two friends’ lives and the ball gets rolling. Both men are instantly infatuated with Catherine who is most ambiguous and completely selfish. She takes what she wants and when she wants it. Emotional matureness seems to be completely foreign to her. I don’t know whether I am happy with either her character or how she is depicted. It is not that Catherine is playing with men – it’s rather that she can’t help herself –, but her constant “I love you” – “You disgust me”  routine gets very tedious. But at least she breaks out of the traditional female role that society would love to impose on women. Her counterpart is Gilberte who patiently waits in the background and provides Jim with a back up plan. Very considerate of her! I don’t know whether the book by Henri-Pierre Roché the film is based on ends the same way, but I definitely disliked the price that Catherine had to pay for her lifestyle in Truffaut’s version. Is it supposed to be the rightful punishment for being so unconventional?

But no matter how much I disliked the character of Catherine and her fate, I loved the film. The time just flew by and I loved the experience. If you have the chance, watch the original version /with subtitles.

Watch a trailer

Jules et Jim on imdb.

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NEW52 foodie project. week 2

This week the new recipe was “Spanish Bagels”, which is a great in between snack or quick lunch (or dinner). I have had this Bagels Book for ages – it is one of those books sold cheap from grab tables in book shops – but I never made anything from it. When I saw bagels at a local bakery, I picked them up without any specific plan and then at home remembered this cook book. Convenient!

Bagels

I changed the recipe slightly and added the cheese to the egg-veggie-mixture instead of garnishing the bagel at the end.

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Sorry for the inconvenience

I am sorry for this – and Birgit will love me for it, I know –, but I will have to change my blog theme again. This theme is driving me insane. I love its looks but it behaves erratically when it comes to font size, line breaks and and and. I am using Live Writer and never know exactly what my post will look like before I upload it and, frankly, I am not uploading a scheduled post just to go into WP to change its looks (especially since I hate the WP interface). So a new theme it is. But I am planning to keep the color scheme and header, so maybe you won’t even notice the difference, Smiley.

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In my mailbox

 

This week is exciting because I finally got a book that was recommended to me by a fellow blogger whose taste in mysteries is QUITE different from mine. Plus, I am planning to– hoping for – dreaming about getting back into crochet.

I swapped

Started early, took my dog by Kate Atkinson
Elena will be so pleased (with herself) that I got this. I love the cover and the title, we will see how the rest goes. 

For review

Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World by Judith Durant. One skein is do-able, right?

Cover Started early, took my dog by Kate AtkinsonCover Crochet One-skein Wonders by Judith Durant

What was in YOUR mailbox recently? 

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NEW52 foodie project. week 1

My week 1 of my NEW52 foodie project went well. I made a recipe I found in this cookbook that I got for Christmas last year. It is a German cookbook called “Vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine”, just my kind of thing. Look at the garlic bulb!

Vegetarische Mittelmeerküche

The recipe is called “Vegetable gratin with Feta” and it was delicious, just not a big hit with the kids. They only looked at it and then asked for bread instead.

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Another Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is coming

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Once more Judith from Leeswammes’ Blog will be hosting the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop in February. It is already the seventh time she is doing that and I think I participated in each single one (yes, I checked and I did). Needless to say I will participate in this one as well. It is always fun to hop around, pick and choose which books you might want to win and get to know new blogs.

Want to join in on the fun? Hop over to Judith and sign up!

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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

Cover 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

Tales of the city in Edinburgh.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Short instalments about the life of the inhabitants of a house in Edinburgh and the people they meet.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, absolutely.

For people who:  love a cozy atmosphere, great locations, interesting people, short chapters that leave you wanting more.


My thoughts: 

I want to move to Edinburgh. Not because it is a lovely place (it is, but that is not the reason), but because I want to be able to enjoy Alexander McCall Smith’s books set in Edinburgh more than I already do. If you live there I am sure the reading experience will be exceptional. The way he moves his characters around, through streets, around quarters and inside shops is so enjoyable, even if you have no idea about the places; it must be absolute bliss to be able to picture the real locations that you know from experience while reading his stories.

When I started reading I wasn’t aware that this was previously published as a serialised novel in a newspaper, but I was pleasantly surprised. The chapters are very short, but always with an ending that made you want to read on. If I had read that in the paper I would have waited eagerly every morning for the new instalment.

Pat moves into a room in a flat at 44 Scotland Street. From now on we follow her life and that of her flatmate Bruce, an extraordinarily vain surveyor, of their neighbours Domenica (I want her to live next door to me), Irene, an extraordinarily pushy mother, and her son Bertie and of the people they know. As this series has the same setting as the Isabel Dalhousie books I almost expected her or Jamie to come around the corner any minute, but unfortunately this did not happen. I could have imagined Isabel turning up at the lecture at the Portrait Gallery, for example.

The whole book is a delight to read. The little incidents and goings on are sometimes common, sometimes annoying, sometimes completely absurd, sometimes exciting even, but never to the point where your heart rate starts to go up.

One of my many favourite passages:

“Why did you set fire to Daddy’s copy of The Guardian, Bertie? Did you do that because guardian is another word for parent? Was The Guardian your Daddy because Daddy is your guardian?”
Bertie thought for a moment. Dr Fairbairn was clearly mad, but he would have to keep talking to him; otherwise the psychotherapist might suddenly kill both him and his mother.
”No,” he said. “I like Daddy. I don’t want to set fire to Daddy.”
”And do you like The Guardian?” pressed Dr Fairbairn.
”No,” said Bertie. “I don’t like The Guardian."       
“Why?” asked Dr Fairbairn.
“Because it’s always telling you what you should think,” said Bertie. “Just like Mummy.”

I am glad I have the next book in the series already sitting on my shelves.


Product info and buy link :

Title 44 Scotland Street
Author Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher Random House
ISBN 9781400079445
I got this book from I bought it
Buy link Buy 44 Scotland Street

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Fix-it and Forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides by Phyllis Pellman Good

Cover Fix-it and forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides by Phyllis Pellman

Cookbook for the crockpot lover


My thoughts: 

Meat and crockpot lovers will like this book. Being a vegetarian I didn’t get too much out of it, as all main dishes, except two (Arroz con queso and Minestra di Ceci), are with meat or seafood.

From what I understood Phyllis Pellman Good collected those recipes from other people and edited them for this book. Every recipe has a name and town at the top, so I assume that is the person who contributed the recipe. A good sign, as those meals tend to be more “real life” as some you can find in the cookbooks from professional cook book authors. All ingredients are common and easy to find, no recipe has an impossible amount of ingredients and all you do is put them in the crockpot and let it do its magic.

Some recipes come with a photo and those also look like real life pictures taken in a real environment – not the kind where the food stylist has created a “dish” that nobody will ever be able to produce.

If I were a meat eater I’d cook several of the recipes. Here are some that would have appealed to me in my previous life.

  • Barbecued Ribs
  • Ham with sweet potatoes and oranges
  • Garlic with lime chicken
  • Turkey Fajitas

The veggie factor

Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg) 40/60. Almost all main dishes are non veggie, the sides are without meat.
Worth it? No


Product info and buy link :

Title Fix-it and Forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides
Author Phyllis Pellman Good
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 9781453276969
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy Fix-it and Forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides for Kindle

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Movie: George and the dragon

George and the dragon

The reason I watched this movie:
I absolutely ADORE James Purefoy ever since I saw him as Mark Antony in “Rome”. When I saw him again in a small part in “A Knight’s Tale” I checked what other films he had done and came across this one. Knights, dragons, what’s not to like?

The movie:
I loved all the actors in it. I have never been a big fan of Patrick Swayze, but I really liked him here. Normally, in a film with this plot, he would be the super evil fiancé, looking for HIS woman, in the manner of Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride. Here, even though a bit insistent – the kidnapping was not the best idea- , he is a really nice fellow. Just like all the villains; they are sort of mean, but in a way you can’t be too mad at them. Val Kilmer makes a short appearance as one of them, which also made my day.
Piper Perabo of whom I had never heard before is incredibly good looking and a great heroine. Gentle lamb, my butt! She kicks ass like the best of them and stands her ground.
Somehow you get the feeling everybody in the movie has a great time, and so has the audience.

The dragon legend is turned upside down here; if you expect slaughtered dragons and the like, go elsewhere! It is great family entertainment.
Little bonus: During the end credits they show out-takes which are fun to watch as well.

George and the dragon on imdb.