Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cleopatra's Moon



I've been on a bit of an ancient Egypt kick lately~



Summary (From Goodreads): Selene grew up in a palace on the Nile under parents Cleopatra and Mark Antony - the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But Roman Emperor takes the country and princess to Rome. She finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies - until she reaches out to claim her own.

Bust of Cleopatra Selene
Review: When I started this book I braced myself for some sort of teeny bopper simplified version of Cleopatra Selene's story. Yes, I'm afraid I judged the book by it's cover. Luckily, although this is from the YA section, this is not a dumbed down version but a lush tale of coming of age and learning to love.

I listened to the audio version of this book and enjoyed the narration. The book starts when Cleopatra Selene is quite young and her mother and father have yet to sail to Actium. There is one scene in particular that I loved, where Cleopatra Selene walks in on her parents in their private chambers, they are seemingly tipsy with wine, and enjoying one another's company in conversation. For probably the first time ever, I saw Cleopatra and Marc Antony as real people instead of just the icons of history that they have become. And that's what they were, real people who just happened to live extraordinary lives.

There were some scenes that I could've done without, and there were some actions that Cleopatra Selene took that I think were probably a little far fetched, but overall I would say that the author didn't make her do anything that would've been entirely out of character.

I have to admit that I have enjoyed other versions of this story better, but I still liked this one too. Even though I knew who she was supposed to end up with, the love triangle was an interesting twist and kept me rooting for the 'right' guy to win Cleopatra Selene's heart.

If you're not ready for a mammoth novel set in historical Egypt (like Colleen McCullough's), this is a very easy read and a nice introduction to era.
Cleopatra Selene's parents...
(Kidding!)

So this is the second book in a row that I accidentally picked up from the Young Adult section.  I maybe need to talk to my library about how they label their audio books if I want to avoid this section of the online library~

Have you ever accidentally picked up a YA novel?  Or maybe that's your preferred genre?  Leave a comment below~

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Cupcake Toppers

I still have loads of Wholeport stickers left, so I'm still making cupcake toppers.


I love this pack of stickers.  They're supposed to be some kind of funny Alice in Wonderland theme.


I didn't use popdots on these ones, I just let the pick inbetween the papers create the dimension.

The go all the way up to 12~


I made some mini flags too, with a bit more of a masculine feel.


Men like cupcakes too!


Only the inner coloured flag is the sticker, the rest I had to come up with through trial and error on my Silhouette machine.

You know...if you're not big on cupcakes, you could use these on foods that are good for you too, like bran muffins and whole wheat bread sandwiches.  I know if I ate that stuff I'd have to do something to liven it up ;)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Linky Party Announcement!!

Big things are happening here at Etcetorize!

Long ago, in a faraway place where blogging with Google used to be easy....I used to run an awesome linky party.  It was such a great way to connect with people....and to easily find loads of great new projects.


Then it started to get popular.  And I started to get burned out.  So I ended things just as they were picking up.



Although I needed to do it, I've sort of regretted it ever since.


So...it's time to bring it back again, this time with 2 of my favourite bloggy buddies: Donna from  Distressed Donna Down Home & Mitzi from Mitzi's Miscellany.

Distressed Donna Down Home, Mitzi's Miscellany

We all do crafty things but we each come from a different perspective and will be sharing our audiences with all of you.  Well, that is to say, you will be sharing your projects with all of our audiences.  Plus we'll each be doing extra promotions of your great ideas through all of our social media networks.


To kick things off we're going to make this a real party, with ballons, streamers, and GIVEAWAYS!  Aha!  I knew that would get your attention.


There will be 6 awesome prizes that I know you'll all love.  Just link up a post (not an Etsy shop), stick our new button on your blog somewhere and you can enter to win!  How fun (and easy) is that?

Party Every Monday Night

Stay tuned and make sure to visit one of our 3 blogs on September 8th to join the party.

Don't worry, I'll make sure to remind you a couple more times before that.  Can't wait to see what you share!

(More BIG THINGS to come this fall~)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bedazzled Paper Napkin Card



OK, these Stampin' Up ladies officially blow my mind!  This project will open up a world of inspiration for you.


Make sure to visit Brandy's channel because she has LOADS of amazing projects.  She also does a lot of "10 Cards in 20 Minutes" videos.  I love her style and all of her ideas, and I'm sure you will too!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Easy Summer Wreath

I've had a lot going on lately (translation: the weather has been amazing so I've been sitting outside in my hammock relaxing A LOT), so I haven't had much time to craft.   But I saw a crafting catalogue recently that inspired me to at least do a quickie craft~



This was the inspiration (from the latest Close to My Heart Catalogue):



I just liked the pretty colours and the flower shapes and decided to make my own version (quickly)

Here's what you need to make your own Super Easy Summer Wreath:


Materials:
-pretty papers
-wire hanger (This is a good way to get rid of those hangers from the dry cleaners)
-hot glue gun or your favourite adhesive
-Optional: craft/spray paint (not shown)

Steps:
1) Give you hanger a nice coat of paint.  I ran out of spray paint halfway through so had to switch to sponging on some regular old craft paint, which did the job just as good.


2) Once your paint is dry (or you could do this step first), bend your hanger into a roundish shape.


3) Cut out some pretty flower shapes from some lovely scrapbooking paper (great way to get rid of scraps!)
I used my Silhouette but you could free hand it or use punches or stencils~


4) Just heat up your hot glue gun and start sticking flowers onto your hanger.  I decided on the hot glue because I knew I wouldn't have to worry about pieces moving around.  It was an instant stick that dried super fast.


5) Lastly, hang it up on your door...and then get back outside.  With your craft fix craving satisfied you can go back to enjoying the sunshine~


I know my door looks crazy.  My house is over 100 years old and I can't bear to do away with all of the character on this door.  I don't think it looks quite so bad in person, or maybe I've just built up a blindness to it~

Anyway, hope you're enjoying the same incredible weather we've finally gotten here.  What do you do when you need a super fast crafting fix?  Leave a comment below~

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