Friday, July 1, 2011

miscellany

  • Happy 235th birthday, land that I love. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Preach on, Thomas. Here's a link to an earlier Independence Day post. If you are a US citizen and you've never read the Declaration, why, this is a great time to fix that. 
  • Speaking of the British Empire (no hard feelings), what would you do if you were a clueless colonist in London for five days this coming September? I need some tips.
  • My swoopy plate wall was mentioned on Apartment Therapy (brief flourish of celestial harp music). Wow. Love that site. Thanks, Abby, for the tipoff.
  • I think I may have a little problem with Netflix streaming. I'm kind of obsessed with it. I've completely lost interest in 'real' TV. I've watched all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica in an embarrassingly short amount of time. Now I'm on MI-5. All this good TV that I didn't know existed. Evil, evil Netflix.
  • I've never had such a terrible dry spell at the library. Every likely book I check out is so lame. I've taken to just grabbing books off the shelf at random and crossing my fingers. You guys reading anything good?
  • On the homestretch with the Gramma Wolfie doll. Yeah, yeah, you've heard that one before. I have made several prototypes that will be going in the shop soon, because I don't really need six Gramma Wolfie dolls in my studio.
  • My hair is getting really long. I'm at that critical juncture where I'm thinking, 'is this too long for a 40ish woman to get away with?' What is the standard with that? Is there a standard? I could always just keep it up in a granny twist. Which I do 90% of the time anyway. I have a permanent sore spot on the top of my head from the clips.
  • Stay tuned toward the end of this month for a Kids' Crafternoon blog tour and giveaway!

23 comments:

  1. If you haven't read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" you should pick that one up. So good! Also, I have heard that "The Help" is a good read. I haven't read that one yet myself, but hope to soon!

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  2. Definitely recommend "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. Loved it & it's coming out in the theaters mid August! :)

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  3. I'm currently readings the "Anita Blake" series. 18 books total and I can't stop reading, they're too good! By Laurell K. Hamilton. Also, heard the Hunger Games is pretty good, that's next on my reading list!

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  4. This is a completely unhelpful comment, but I LOVE School House Rock :)! No one I've mentioned it to has ever heard of it. I'd love to share a good book recommendation but I don't have time to read these days.

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  5. I just read a great book, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. And the great thing is that it is the beginning of a series. So, if you like it, there are more.

    Two more books to consider - Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin and any of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books.

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  6. The Hunger Games trilogy, if you haven't read it. I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Like it a lot.

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  7. Well, if you are going to London, and like Netflix, then start watching Dr. Who and you will see lots of things that you will then want to visit! But of course, the tower of london, tower bridge, the london eye . . .
    And if you are looking for a good long summer read, have you read "And Ladies of the Club"?

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  8. I love Netflix streaming too. We just got finished watching the first two seasons of Parks and Rec -- it didn't look good when we saw snippets, but it is so funny!

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  9. I'm reading "Caleb's Crossing", what I call a "slow and sure" book. I'm going to finish it, but I'm not rushing through it. Also, "The Butterfly's Daughter", a lighter read. When I can't find anything that sounds good to me, I usually go back to a favorite author or reread favorite books, always a good way to spend the summer. London? Go to the museums. The Victoria and Albert is a good source of inspiration.

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  10. I agree the Victoria and Albert is THE museum for a maker and crafter.
    Likewise Liberty is THE department store for a maker and crafter. It's lovely.
    Borough Market (Fri & Sat only) is a celebration of food and produce with things to taste and great photo ops.
    Tate Modern is massive, free and packed with modern art.
    Go to the South Bank Centre for atmosphere and culture. Lots of restaurants as well as cinema, street theatre and music.

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  11. I dont seem to have much time to read anymore either....if you are after something a little different, give this one a try "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" by Susannah Clarke. It's a fantasy/magic yarn told in the style of Jane Austens writing in that period. I'm slowly getting there...maybe it will be finished by Xmas...

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  12. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is FANTASTIC. So is The Historian. I'm reading The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff, and it's pretty good too. And if you've never had time for Memoirs of a Geisha or East of Eden, those two are my all time favorites.

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  13. We do the Nerflix by mail, do not think I would get anything done if we had streaming...as far as books, I am not sure what you like...but James Patterson, JD Robb(Nora Roberts) are both good reads...

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  14. The British Museum is amazing - sections of the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, artifacts from people and places mentioned in the Bible. The Elizabeth, near Hyde Park, came highly recommended to us -- it was a clean, comfortable, and reasonable little hotel - simple but with lots of charm. Westminster Abbey is also worth seeing if only for a few minutes on the outside :).

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  15. I recently read Caleb's Crossing and really enjoyed it. It was slow getting into, but once into it, I couldn't put it down. It's about the first native Americans to attend Harvard back in the 1600s. Much of the book is set on Martha's Vinyard, and the rest on Boston. It is just excellent. About women, education, the hardness of the times in the 1600s, the pull between "settling" the country and leaving things wild, etc. Very good. Reading Ann Patchet's new book now. Not into it far enough to say whether it's good or bad, but I sure loved Bel Canto, if you haven't read that one. Awesome book!

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  16. Lots of brilliant suggestions for your London visit, I'd also recommend Greenwich Market which I think you'd love. Rather than taking the underground go for the river bus, which is a far more pleasant way to travel (you can catch it from Westminster just past the London Eye if you're in that area, and go to Greenwich from there).
    I just wanted to say, as a first time visitor to your blog, I've spent the last two hours looking through it and you are truly inspirational - thank you for sharing!

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  17. Wow, y'all! Thanks so much for all the book recommendations! I was on the verge of reading David Copperfield yet again. I'm taking your list the library next visit. Sounds like I might have to get on the waiting list for The Help.

    Thanks also very much for the London sights to see! Lisa, sounds like you are in the know! And welcome to the blog, I'm so glad I could lure you in. :-)

    Katie, what in the world? I grew up with School House Rock, but I guess you young whippersnappers didn't get a steady diet of it on Saturday morning. I know, it's wonderful, right? It's the only reason I can still recite the preamble.

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  18. London is great - have always loved to go there and walk (yes, you can walk very much of it) through it... some hundered years ago it seems. Ulla has lived there I think, so she might know as well some great spots.

    I always loved the markets there: Covent Garden is a must see and Camden Lock has a great variety of things to look at. Go and see the Parks, they are worth it and enjoy a Cuppa Tea ; )

    Haircut, are you kidding? You look great and you have a great taste, so don't worry about the "get away thinking".

    Books, well I think I read more German Books these days, I am not sure they are translated - nope, I just looked it up. Have to look deeper in my shelves for that ; )

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  19. One of my favorite series is the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde... start with The Eyre Affair. If you like mysteries, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is fun as it the Mrs. Pollifax series (it's older). I don't read much new fiction, but if you haven't read The Mapp and Lucia books by EF Beson, they're a lot of fun. (I would suggest starting with the book, Mapp and Lucia, and then go back and begin the series.) Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons, though their titles sound odd, are actually some of the funniest books I've ever read. They're by Shirley Jackson. If you like to get lost in huge, long sagas, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, is one of my favorites.

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  20. Have you watched Doc Martin yet or Downton Abbey? Those are must see and available instantly on netflix... which is sort of the opposite of what you asked for, sorry.

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  21. sbsterling, yes, actually, I have already devoured both of those series and thought they were excellent! I'm always on the lookout for quality Netflix, so do share.

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  22. Exciting that you will be going to London! I've moved to England recently... you will have NO PROBLEM wasting time in London. A few tips.. bring warm clothing. I'm a Canadian who has moved to England and it can get cold here. Prepare to spend three times as much on food (not exaggerating, sadly). You'll have to check out Oxford street Regent street and the area around Picadilly, Westminster Abbey, and basically wander the city, it's beautiful. You could easily spend a few days just shopping at Harrods, which is a HUGE department store that is very iconically London; and is a lot of fun to wander in. Anyway it's really very easy to be occupied, I'm sure you won't get bored. Love your blog! Very inspiring :).

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  23. katherina3, wow, thanks for the insider tips! I'm gathering them all together. I know I will end up wishing I had way longer than 5 days, for sure!

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