Thursday, 25 June 2009

...Books Books Books...

An update on how my reading is going, well I've finished Scoop by Evelyn Waugh now, and in the mean time I have also read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I'm so happy that I've read TKAM. I've wanted to read it for ages, ever since I saw and fell in love with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the famed motion picture several years ago. About a year ago, I found the book going cheap in an Oxfam shop and decided to purchase it, but for some reason or another it took me a while to get round to reading it, and I loved it. I'm so glad I've read it, it's a beautiful book, and I find it hard to fully grasp the concept of people being so unbelievably prejudice towards people of a differing race. It really is disturbing to think we were ever like that. I suppose really I'm a youngen', born in the blooming time of 1989, and so by that time many major social revolutions had passed into the norm, for the most part, when i was a wee nipper. But I still find it fascinating, and I'm really glad I finally read this beautiful book.

I enjoyed Scoop too, though not as much as I thought I would. Decline And Fall will always be my favourite Waugh novel I feel, but that being said, Scoop was good. And the ending was hysterical. I would definitely recommend reading it, especially if you're a fan of satirical novels.

At the moment I'm reading Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. I know it's a novel for teens, but I like to think of myself as twenteen :P. Really, it's just a nice little break for the mind, in between classics and future reading that will probably consist of serious, and possibly educational, material. I also aim to read it very quickly. I started reading it last night and am currently on page 102. It reminds me of the days when I was about 13 and I used to read all the time. And I mean ALL the time. During this period of obsessive compulsive reading I got through most of the young adults section in my local bookshop. And they had a lot of books. I used to read about 8-10 books on a 2 week holiday, and they were all books of a considerable size. I mean, I read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone when I was in primary school, and I was about 8 or 9, way before the books became a worldwide phenomenon (which was really about the time the second book came out). Basically I used to be a major nerd. Now I think I'm just a nerd, or a geek (without the grades).

Anyways, basically the reading has slowed down for a while, but is picking back up again.

29. Scoop - Evelyn Waugh
30. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
31. Suite Scarlett - Maureen Johnson

Totaling to 9 novels thus far.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

I Shall Start Soon!

Today I whipped up a little pillow/cushion because I was bored. It's not the most professional piece, so I would say it has a... rustic quality? :P


The letters spell Matpewka - comes from the Russian name for "mother"...the dolls are a symbol of fertility and motherhood.

Even Peter Rabbit decided to have a little sleepie:

So yeah... will be using this book to help me... because I'm not very clever at crafting.. I need as much guidance as possible! So hopefully I can start this quilting project soon :)

Anyone used this book before? Is it helpful? I hope so!

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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Arrrrgh Bleugh

Getting ready for Ireland... going into town to get Euros [Dailybooth]

WOOOOAH. Back from uni - no more exams! Back from Ireland - no more money! Yay :)

Seriously though, Ireland was awesome. It was great seeing Kym, Hayley and Bambi :)

Myself and Hannah on a beach in Ireland

I got very sun burnt that day, all on my legs and feet.... because I was a ditz and forgot to put suncream there... Who would have thought you could have got sunburn in Southern Ireland?!

Some of my sun burn... I don't know if you can see it well here...

And me looking scary at the BBQ we had:

Oh well... I'm back now... I gave blood the other day, and at the moment I look like crap:

.. and am setting up my Nan's old sewing machine:

It's a beautiful machine, and I'm kinda scared on modern sewing machines at the moment. You see I have very little control over the pressure I put on my foot which is on the acceleratory thing... it scares me... when I did Textiles at school I always used to bring my stuff home and do it on this fine piece of hand-motioned equipment...

Tykhe was helping me set up:

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