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Showing posts from March, 2014

White and Gold

I'm dreaming of sun bleached scenes at the moment so heres a white and gold themed Etsy treasury

The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments series is good teenage fantasy fun so far (even with the weird messed up fake family stuff). I'm only on book two mind but they are quick reads with a few twists and turns in them.

I watched the film recently and maybe I didn't read the descriptions right but the dad looks nothing like I thought he would! I was imagining a Daniel Craig type rather than Jonathan Rhys Meyers in gypsy mode. The rest were good though. YAY for the Irish one from Misfits! Why would anyone like Jamie Campbell Bower more?

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It's the first day of Spring AND International Happiness Day so I hope you are all having a lovely day.
This weeks Etsy treasury is all about feathers - I'm going to have to knit some cushions with feathers on them soon...

The Somnambulist

Meh. This one wasn't so good. I couldn't help but feel that a lot of the male need for possession and the sex bits were unnecessary to the plot. The lead character is torn between her evangelical mother and stage performer aunt when she finds herself drawn to three men.

I think because of the cover, I thought it would be more like The Snow Child so I was a bit disappointed. Yes, yes I know what they say - never judge a book by a cover. While that's true I think the exception is for actual books because there is a reason books look similar - so that you know what they are like quickly.

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Brown paper packages

I'll never get tired of brown paper - it goes with pretty much everything.

Instructions for a Heatwave

I am fairly sure this is my first Maggie O'Farrell book which is ridiculous really.

Three grown up siblings help their mother track down their missing father after he walks out one day. Under the heat of 1976 the family starts to unravel - can airing out their secrets bring them back together?

It took me a while to get into but once I did i loved it. I think it helps that I have a bit of an Irish family myself (the parents are Irish). When they cover the prejudice against Irish in England, I've heard similar accounts from my own family and going to a Catholic school I know all about the sprawling networks.

'Consolidates her reputation as a writer who depicts relationships with piercing acuity in haunting, intense prose. O'Farrell is a deliciously insightful writer, observing the dynamics of relationships and astutely filleting them to the bone. Her sharp but humane eye dissects every form of human interaction' Independent on Sunday

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Dan Croll - Sweet Disarray

'...he's even made a pretty good album.' - The Guardian
Dan Croll's album is out now, it's really good and you should listen to it. It's also on Spotify so it would be rude not to.

'Drawing on a broad range of influences - from the world music of Paul Simon and the experimental orchestral work of African choirs through to 1960's psychedelia - and mining from the same rich seam as acts such as The Mars Volta, Beirut and Bon Iver, Dan Croll's eclectic sound has been compared to that of the likes of Vampire Weekend, Alt-J and Beck, to name a few.' - from
Previous blog post about Dan Croll Photo also via The Guardian

Embroidered flowers

March is Spring right? Surely that means I can start to think about Summer and wearing lots of flowers... These embroidered flower creations are fantastic!

I wish I could sew like these guys.

The Painted Girls

This historical novel looks back at one of the ballet girls that Degas painted. It sticks to facts he really did paint Marie van Goethem and create a statue of her, her younger sister really was in the ballet too and Emile Abadie really was on trail. It just links the two together to show some of the trails faced by young women at the time - especially the poor ones!

It's uncomfortable reading at times and I don't know enough about the period to account for its accuracy completely but it's a great read posing questions about art, social climbing, responsibility and fate.

'Cathy Marie Buchanan paints the girls who spring from the page as vibrantly as a dancer's leap across a stage . . . The Painted Girls is a captivating story of fate, tarnished ambition and the ultimate triumph of sister-love' The Washington Post

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