The pelican realisation

A trip to the bookshop can end up with a giant realisation. Among the many new books on the crime mystery table was a new novel by John Grisham. That author was among many others, like Elizabeth George and Arthur Conan Doyle, on my teenage bookshelf. Which means, I have been reading fictional crimes, murders, gore details from autopsies and detectives dilemmas for the last 20 years of my life.

The books that I borrowed from the library as a child included a lots of different comics, a few world history books and, I guess, youth mystery books. The ones where young people try to find a treasure or who stole something. I don’t really know why I switched to “who killed who and why” so quickly after that.

Of course, it didn’t help that the shows with murders, detectives and police officers, were all over the TV. Colombo, Jessica Fletcher and the team from CSI: Las Vegas were popular then.

Here are the books that I have read in the last few weeks, that I will give to the charity store soon:

The Black House by Peter MayA Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Roseanna by Sjöwall & Wahlöö

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Black House by Peter May
  2. A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
  3. Roseanna by Sjöwall & Wahlöö

I will continue to read other fine mystery books and try to broaden my crime solving horizon too.

Happy reading !

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Back from yonder

Hello readers,

I hope you are well.

The last few months have been full of stuff in my life which is why my blog became like one of those abandoned online spaces that are full of wild flowers and whimsical silence.

May the next few blog posts reach you wherever you are.

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The little things

They hide in the corner of your craft cupboard or, in my case, plastic container. They are cheerful, colorful and so practical.

Washi tapes, it’s not something I was familiar with before but they became trendy a few years back and now are a staple of many crafters. I own just a few of them. I recently began a sketch/ideas-book and use them to attach inspirational pictures. It’s very useful to add ephemera or just something to adorn the page.

Ribbons. The ones that I have can be either glued on a card or stitched on a knitted or crocheted item.

washi

My minimalist crafting style still includes looking at all the pretty washi tapes and ribbons on Pinterest. And going to the stores (craft stores, dollar store types, art shop) to see what is new. Also, watching Youtube and all the crafty community out there is great to find ideas and themes for future projects.

 

Writing update

I am re-writing my NaNoWriMo story. It will be a second draft with the same story but with a more character driven approach. And I am writing it by hand on a little book. Because at this point, I don’t know if I am better at writing on a computer or by hand.

In the last few days I went to Edinburgh. I decided to go to the Elephant House which is where J.K. Rowling had written the first few Harry Potter books. It was around 1pm and it was crowded. I wrote a few pages while drinking a delicious peppermint tea.

elephant cafe

Keep writing !

Watercolor Postcard #3

For the third postcard, I went with something abstract.

universe

It is supposed to be glimpse of the universe. I then added circles and connected them all around. Added some white dots for the stars.

Nothing fancy. I hope to try watercolor on another kind of paper, maybe with less texture. I am still having fun and discovering how the color mix with each others.

Keep painting !

 

Winter Scene

I have finished to stitch this little winter scene. It was a freebie from the magazine CrossStitcher, issue 325, and is designed by Susan Penny. It will be perfect on a Christmas card.

Even though the piece is small, I learned a few things from it.

winterscene1

I did the sky and the snow in two strand instead of one and ran out of the provided material. I bought more, from Anchor, and realised that they both were a shade lighter than what I’ve already used. In the picture below, the sky on the left of the snowflake that is in the middle over the roof, is darker than the sky on the right. Not by much though. That didn’t stop me from finishing the piece. It adds a little something to it.

winterscene2

I made my first isolated stitches. Well, a version of it, I came across how to do one on Pinterest from the blog Samplers, Silks and Linens.

I  miscounted my stitches once and just worked around the mistake. Nobody will ever know.

Keep stitching !

Crochet and squares

It has been cold these last few days.

I had one ball of yarn left in my wee stash after finishing the scarves and didn’t really know what to do with it. So I bought a crochet and made a granny square. I have done a lot of blanket in my life, but mainly for others. Maybe I’ll keep this one for me…

grannysquare

Since this picture, I have bought two more skein. I don’t know how many square I will end up with. I randomly chose 11 as the rounds I was making, no reason really.

The instruction/pattern I used is from Purl Soho.