Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Movie Monday...errr..Movie Wednesday?

I realize I'm posting a Movie Monday on a Wednesday morning and I apologize, but it's just been one of those weeks....

Last week's movie answer is....

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

I'll be contacting the winner shortly!


For this week, here are the rules

As for this week's contest, here are the rules!
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop, but there will only be one winner every week.

etsy seller: Atomicfireball


etsy seller: nakeddecor
etsy seller: AngelasArtShop

etsy seller: greenbeantoys

etsy seller: 1oddgent



Falling Behind

I know it's now TUESDAY and there's still been no Movie Monday.
I apologize!
Stay tuned....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Habitat for Insanity

I think that wall decals are a renters dream! I have been trying to figure out what to do about a few large patches of giant white wall in our apartment. I have plenty of photos and tchatchkes and other things that could fill up the space, but being a rentor is usually a huge NO GO fro doing anything that requires paint or power tools. I was wandering through the Blick art store the other day when I discovered these freaking sweet wall decals


Originally I wanted them for the fake picture frames. I had this idea that I could hang the fake frames and then change out different pictures and notes to tape up inside of them. I ended up really liking the fake shelves and hanging those first in our bedroom on a wall that desperately needed SOMETHING. 



I don't think these photos do it justice because the lighting on our apartment is just awful and nothing photographs well inside of it. However I think its a huge improvement for the room overall.  The best part is when its time to move in a few years, we can just pull them off without any damage to the walls!



It gives you all the pieces seperately so you can put whatever items on the shelves you like. I tried to stick with the things that would actually own. I'm kinda excited about the plants only because I have tried and failed so many times to keep anything alive in our apartment because he get no sunlight.


 Ari isn't home right now, but I hope he likes them when he gets back. It typical guy fashion, his response will probably be something like "mehh..."

The funny thing is I still haven't figured out where to put the fake frames when that's why I was so drawn to them in the first place! For now I just have them saved after I have time to think it over. You can purchase a set for yourself by clicking here to see them on Modcloth.

Banned Books Week

For anyone who doesn't know, it's Banned Books Week! September 24th to October 1st is a week to reflect and draw attention to the issue of censorship. Some of my favorite books of all time have made it this list at one point or another. I can't imagine my childhood and educational years without some of these literary greats such as:

What books would you have missed if they were banned from your classroom?


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

International Day of Peace

Today is World Peace Day as dubbed by the United Nations. A day that always sneaks up on me and I'm always sad I never had a chance to do anything significant to make the day special. I've been a volunteer for UNICEF for several years and their Trick or Treat for UNICEF fundraising season is here with Halloween only about 6 weeks away.

What I've decided to do this year is donate 15% of every sale to Trick or Treat for UNICEF starting today September 21st until October 31st. 

I regularly donate to UNICEF, but I hope this will be my way of making the extra effort this year and I hope that even you don't purchase anything from my shop that you will join in me in donating!

Mushaboom

I made these Super Mario Bros inspired mini bowls the other day at work. I haven't quite decided what to do with them yet and I think I'm definitely going to make some more of the mushrooms from the game. At the very least I think I need to make the Golden Mushrooms. 



I think I'm going sell them in my Etsy shop, but I can't decide if I should offer them for sale individually or as a set. What do you guys think?




Monday, September 19, 2011

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday answer was....
Sylvia

Someone guessed the correct answer, but left no contact info! If it was you, please contact me so I can coordinate your prize with you!

As for this week's contest, here are the rules!
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop, but there will only be one winner every week.

etsy seller: knithabit

etsy seller: sweetperversion

etsy seller: littlesaplingtoys

etsy seller: eastwitching

etsy seller: EnchantingStamps


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Internet Inspiration

One of my co-workers showed me Better Book Titles and, if you've never heard of it, it's hilariously awesome. Its a website where people can submit funny new titles that explain what the book is about. Some of my favorites are:








You can check them all out here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Edible Crafts

Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower "Ricotta"

This recipe was pretty darn good. I'm usually against vegan lasagnas because they can be just fancy pastas. You take out the cheese in lasagna and you pretty much just have spaghetti, but this was different because of the roasted cauliflower and tofu mash. 




Mashing up the tofu, nutritional yeast and a few spices.


Jazzing up tomato sauce with some spices and garlic.



Mashing in the roasted cauliflower into the tofu mash.


Layering up sauce, then lasagna noodles, then mash, then spinach, then do it at all over again! I layered up the very top with breadcrumbs. 


It was enough food for about 4 or 5 lunches and overall pretty yummy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday answer was..

Natural Born Killers

This week we had no guesses and no winner. Better luck next time everyone.

For this week here are the rules:
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop, but there will only be one winner every week.

etsy seller: hopskipjumppaper

etsy seller: LostApostle

etsy seller: justbedesigns


etsy seller: KelliWorthDesigns







Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wayward Bookworm

Hi Guys!
I apologize for the lack in posts this week, but it was final week of Roller Derby for the 2011 season and I had a quite a bit going on. I'm also shifting jobs so I have a lot of life rearrangement going on. Oh AND its my first week of classes. Yeah... I hope you can understand?

I wanted to catch up on a series of posts that I haven't done since May! Blah! I swore I would do Wayward Bookworm once a month and I just fail at life. I have actually done quite a bit of reading, but just haven't been keeping up with doing reviews! I guess I prove why I stick with the title "Wayward Bookworm," eh?

So the bulk of my summer was consumed with reading Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.



The book is over one thousand pages, so, even though I was reading for at least 15 minutes everyday, it still took me a few weeks to get through.

I will say that without Ari's constant badgering, this a series I never would have picked up on my own. This is book two of the Kingkiller Chronicles (as I believe the trilogy is being titled). The third has yet to be released. Basically, fantasy isn't really my genre. I've always been more of a library nerd than a sci-fi nerd so I would never usually go to the fantasy/sci-fi book section in stores or libraries. Other thank= Harry Potter, my level of reading on books regarding magic, dragons, or anything of the like is pretty much at zero.

With all of that said, I have been really enjoying these books.

The books are written in a frame narrative with the bulk of the story being told in first person reminiscing from the protagonist named Kvothe. I have seen several nasty criticism for the book online,  and I will agree with some of it in that YES there is a serious lack of humility throughout the book. Of course as a fantasy novels, many situations are unrealistic just by the very nature of their context, but I find that, while some of the text can seem arrogantly grating, I think many of us look back on our teenage years and find the moments we found significant as something more profound than they really were. In reality we were all obnoxious little shits who were in over our heads in whatever we were doing at age 16. I find that to be the most interesting quality about the book. I think ultimately that's what makes this book so great. You can clearly see this arrogant young boy taking on crazy obstacles and, the best part, not always succeeding.

Other than 100 pages that totally drag in the middle, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone willing to dive into quite a long read.

TMB Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stings