Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Recycled Bookmarks

I was looking for a simple little craft to do today while my husband and son played video games.

I like to read, but I have a BAD habit of dog-earring the corners of book pages.  I do have a few bookmarks, even some wonderful ones made by friends, but there never seems to be ENOUGH bookmarks.

Also, most of the books I read are library books, and I have a slight phobia that I'll leave my precious bookmarks in a book when I return it.  I start off with a torn bit of paper in a library book, but it ends up fluttering away, and then I fold those corners too!

A craft book I read recently called  The Crafty Diva's DIY Stylebook had a craft in there that was making your own bookmark, and its a simple process.  I didn't follow their pattern exactly, but I did use it to inspire me to make some bookmarks.  And for these it won't matter if they get left in a library book!  In fact I might leave them in there on purpose!

SUPPLIES

thin cardboard (think cereal box)
ruler
old magazines or comic books
glue sticks
scissors
packing tape or clear contact paper
standard hole punch
thin ribbon
beads or charms (optional)

STEP 1

Cut some rectangles out of old cereal boxes. 
A size of 1.5 inches by 6 inches is a good size that will fit well in most any book.  (my bookmarks for this project are 2 inches by 5.5 inches because of the size of the box I started with.  They turned out just a smidge too wide for my packing tape.)

STEP 2

Find an image from an old magazine, or comic book, that you really like.  Cut it to the same size, or slightly larger, than your cardboard.

I used a full page ad for Shadow of Mordor to make my bookmark.

STEP 3

Glue the WRONG side of the paper of your choice to one side of your cardboard rectangle.  Let the glue dry, then trim off any paper that might be hanging over the edge.

You want to glue the cardboard to the BACK of the image you want to see.
You can also glue a coordinating image to the back, or leave the back blank if you'd prefer.

STEP 4

Sandwich your bookmark between two layers of packing tape or clear contact paper.  This will make your bookmark more durable and long lasting.  Do this carefully, if you have to tear the tape back off it will probably tear your paper.

Trim around the bookmark cutting the tape close, but not right against the cardboard.

STEP 5

Use your hole punch to punch a hole at the top of your bookmark

Run a short length of ribbon through the hole.  Add a bead or charm to the top of this ribbon if you'd like.

VIOLA.....You've made a cute (well, mine is not eactly "cute" but you get the idea) bookmark mostly from re-purposed materials.  That means no more bending the corners of books anymore, but I still won't have to worry about losing the bookmarks.

Here is the FRONT of my bookmark.  The main image from the magazine ad.


And here is the BACK of my bookmark, taken from a different section of the same ad.  I even cut one word off of the title to glue on, it shows what the image is from AND serves double duty to hide some text in that corner that didn't look good when it was showing.


If you make one of these bookmarks I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see it.  You can link to an image in my comments, or join my facebook group I MADE A THING.

Or do both!  I love seeing the crafts other people make.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thirty Scary Tales by Rayne Hall - A Book Review

I am a fan of horror fiction.  So, when I saw a chance to read and review a collection of short stories called "Thirty Scary Tales" by Rayne Hall then I had to give it a try.

Now, while the title of the book is Thirty Scary Tales, they are not scary in the way that you might think.

There are not a lot of horrible monsters or an abundance of gore in these stories, which the writer warns you of in her introduction.  In fact, a lot of the fear is subliminal, playing on the phobias that people might have.  If you're afraid of birds, dogs, drowning, being stuck in tight places, or even plain old fashioned racism, then there is probably a story in here for you.  (But there's no clowns, so if you have coulrophobia you're safe to read it too)

The lack of gore and sex makes "Thirty Scary Tales" by Rayne Hall a suitable read for adults, but also for (mature) young teens who might like a good scare.

One of my favorite tales in this collection was "Greywalker."  When I first saw the title I thought, "This one has GOT to be about zombies," and I was not disappointed.  I was also not disappointed that it was not your traditional zombie tale.

My ABSOLUTE favorite story in this collection was "By Your Own Free Will."  In it a very brilliant young woman very much wants the man of her dreams to fall in love with her.  She is will to give ANYTHING to become the beauty queen she thinks he wants, even if that means giving away some of her brilliance.  While not exactly scary to me, it did strike a chord.  The theme of being less of yourself to please someone else, and the lengths women will go to to be "beautiful" is all around us in the world today.  Maybe we should be MORE frighted of it.

"Burning" was another tale that is scary simply because it hits VERY close to home.  It is a stark reminder that times where people are in danger just for being different (different skin, different religion) are not behind us.

Something else I loved about Thirty Scary Tales was that at the end of each story, Ms. Hall shares a personal tidbit about how that story came to be, what inspired her to write it.  As someone who enjoys writing myself I love it when other authors share where their ideas come from.

Now that I've raved about what I loved I feel like I have to mention the couple of things that I didn't like.

Most of the stories had very predictable endings. It might just be because I'm such a fan of the horror genre, but nothing came as a surprise to me at the end of the stories.  Most of the twists I saw coming from the beginning.

Also some of the stories seemed a little repetitive.  Not in content but in theme.  The stories "The Painted Staircase," "I Dived the Pandora," and "Terre Verte And Payne's Grey" are three that felt VERY similar to me in feel by the end of them.

However, those two cons are not enough to keep me from recommending this book who might want a light thrill read.  Out of Thirty Scary Tales, at least one of them is SURE to send a shiver down your spine.

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A copy of this review is also being shared on Amazon.com.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall is in the Air

Fall is a cleansing time of year for me.
I can feel it.  A small bit of chill where heat and humidity were just yesterday.

I LOVE fall.  I always have.  I love cooler weather in general, but there is something in the Atmosphere of Autumn.  An electricity that charges and re-charges me when I set foot into it.

Right now this Autumn Energy is speaking to me about my sense of creativity.

When my second son was born it was an amazing experience and a perfect addition to my family. 

It also brought with it a sense of quiet defeat.

See, he needed a room, and the only room we had to spare was my office/craft room.  A room I had only recently been able to claim.

So my craft supplies were scattered throughout the house, and with it went most of my desire to create.  Not just artist creativity, but my writing too.

Sometimes the desire would strike, but with a lack of views and even bigger lack of comments, it seemed easier to just...

Not.  Not write.  Not create.  Not share.  Why bother?

But NO MORE OF THAT!

Its time for a makeover!

For THIS blog I'm trying to decide to either delete it and start fresh, or just give it a new look/feel.  I don't have many readers, but I do have a few and I'd hate to leave ya'll in the dark, so I'm looking mostly at a reboot.

I have other blogs as well though!
I do Random Animals, which is all about...well, random animals.
I write for DailyTwoCents as well.
AND I'm giving serious thought to resurrecting my writing blog which has been inactive for many many years, but NaNoWriMo is right around the corner!

I have other blogs I've started over the years, but I'm not sure if I want to absorb them into my main blog here, or should I keep lots of little blog offshoots, to have more "niche" blogs instead of one all inclusive one.

You, as my reader, what would you like for me to do?

(image credit for this entry: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/927269)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Share a Link Sunday - 10/12/14


Happy Sunday friends.  How wonderful to see you all again!

It was another quiet week this past week, with nobody sharing anything at the linky.

I was a little quiet myself last week, only posting a couple of things, like a Wordless Wednesday celebrating my newest family member.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone shares this week, I'm in need of something new and interesting to read.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Red Fish, Blue Fish - Wordless Wednesday


Learn more about Red Fish Blue Fish in my previous post: 


Noner's Got a Grumpy Fish

Today I got a new friend.

Yep, I have another betta fish.  I took him in from a friend who had to move suddenly.

She wanted to take her betta with her, but decided to ask me if I could take care of him instead of taking him to another state with her.

He's an older fish.  She said he's about 3 years old.  His name is Red Fish Blue Fish.  She said her children gave him that name because when they first got him they were not sure what color he is.

Now he is predominately purple.  But his name is still fitting because red and blue together make Purple after all.


I've been calling him Grumpy Fish all day, because he doesn't seem to like me much.  Every time I go near his tank he flares his gills at me.

He's not very active, liking to lounge near his plant or beside his moss rock.

But that's okay.  He's an older gentleman after all.  

Here, to celebrate the second betta fish in my house, is a coloring page of two betta fish swimming with each other.  (Which is something we all know that betta fish shouldn't do in real life.  They call them Siamese FIGHTING fish for a reason.)

I found this fish image at http://www.tattooparadise.info/page30_1.html

If you like this coloring Page you can find more on my Clip Art and Coloring Pages board on Pinterest.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Too Much Monday, Not Enough Coffee

I've never really been an "I HATE MONDAYS!"  kind of person.

In reality, the day of the week I hate most is Tuesday...

However, I'm not feeling like getting up and facing the world today.

Noner has a UTI and PMS all at the same time.  Noner wants nothing more than to curl up with a heating pad a hot cup of coffee and a good book.

What I get to do instead is put on my big girl panties and go to work.

Sadly, work means no coffee because the coffee pot at work is broken.

This really is a sad and tragic world we live in.

Now....I wish all my loyal readers a VERY VERY VERY HAPPY MONDAY....enjoy it while it lasts.  Tuesday will be here before you know it.  -shudder-