Thursday, 18 September 2014

International Read and ebook day

Today is International Read an ebook Day. 

I am using the Kindle app on my Blackberry Z10 to read Little Deadly Things by Harry Steinman.  I'm not far enough in yet to tell you whats really going on, but I've met the three main characters and found out a little about their background and how they were brought together.  Brilliant people brought together through science.  But will they use their skills and knowledge for good or for evil....


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Needlework Tuesday - Almost scarf time

Last week I showed you the fabrics i was working with, and now I can show you the finished project, a roomy tote bag.  It sure is yummy.  The pattern is by Linda Turner Griepentrog and was designed for Timeless Treasures Fabrics for the Sew a Season Fabric line by Debra Gabel.   This was the fabric selected for this past summer's Row by Row Experience.  Click here for a free copy oft he pattern.

This is destined to join daughter at school. I think it will make and excellent book bag.

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week.  I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs.  You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post.  Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

The weather here has been chilling down lately even though we still have a few more official days of summer.  With that in mind, I wanted to get back to my temperature scarves.  We didn't have many days over 30C, so I only used my top colour once. Oh well, not to worry, the yarn won't go bad waiting for the next project.  This first photo depicts the temperatures from May.  The Waterloo scarf if on the left and the mystery location is on the right.

Temperatures for June, Waterloo scarf on the leftr.

July, August and September yet to go.  This sure is one heck of a long scarf.

Do you have plans for any new projects as the season turns? Me, I have several existing ones that need finishing before I can start a new one.  Leave me a comment and i'll be sure to drop by for a visit.  Mister Linky is waiting below fora  link to your current needlework post.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tangled Thursday - getting back on track

 It's been a few weeks since I picked up my pens and tangled.  Thanks to Marie of Daisy's Book Journal, we have a fun challenge this week.  This is what she had to say:

Since I haven’t been drawing all summer and don’t even know when my zentangle-ing gear is,  the challenge is just pick up your supplies and create a zentangle related drawing.  That’s it!  Any size, any patterns.  Fun shape or square.  On paper or on anything you want.  Totally open.   No rules, other than you have to use zentangle patterns in some way. 

No time to draw??  Create a quick post pointing to your favourite zentangle related blog or website.  If you have time, you can tell us a little about it.  
Don’t like that idea??  How about posting a previous drawing that you did?  One that you haven’t shared before.  

I guess the main idea is to post something zentangle related...for everyone to get back into this.  
I needed a challenge like this to get me moving.  I have been buying small wooden shapes and objects from Michaels and it was time to put them to use.  The first is a wooden tag, measures about 2 x 3 inches.  I coated it with a silver metallic paint and drew one tangle.
Welcome to Tangled Thursday.  A few of my local and online friends have joined me in an occasional Zentangle challenge.  We'll take turns choosing a theme  and them post our drawings in about 2 weeks time.  All are welcome to join in the fun.  If you are new to Zentangles, then visit the website for a complete explanation and all sorts of online resources.  I'm also a big fan of
 I was shopping with daughter, and she has a continuing fascination with all things Halloween.  She keeps it pretty much in check, but it gets the better of her at time and led her to select this little coffin.  It's about 5 inches long and 1 1/2 tall.  I painted it with a bone white acrylic paint. I knew I wanted to border the lid so it would be clearly defined, and the rest I went with the moment.  i still have a bit more work to do on the top.

Marie also asked up to talk about a site we really enjoy.  Ornation Creation is the brain child of Ben Kwok.  He has made the most wonderful outline drawings which he freely posts on the Facebook Group.  You can then print them out as a very pale 'string' and then tangle till your hearts content.  I have printed out several of the files onto all purpose art paper and am looking forward to filling them in.  You must go visit this site and check out the amazing work.

Are you tangling this week?  Mister Linky is waiting below.  Leave a comment and I'll be sure to drop by for a virtual visit.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Needlework Tuesday - a wee bit late

 I'm a wee bit late getting my Needlework Tuesday post ready.  Yesterday I spent the day on a visit to my grandmother.  At the beginning of the month she turned 98, definitely worth a celebration and a visit. (she sure has had lots of visitors over the past two weeks).  My son and my mother joined me for the outing.  Since son is a photographer by profession, I asked him to bring along his camera and shoot my grandmother's portrait. He also did a portrait of a family friend who lives at the same retirement apartment.   Looking forward to seeing the edited photos.

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week.  I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs.  You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post.  Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

I have finally made it back to my sewing machine.  I have a small project on the go.  The first photo above and the one beside, are the fabrics I have chosen. Just a tease though, you'll have to wait till next week to see what I am making.

 My mom has been here for the past week, and she's been stitching on my other machine.  Scrappy projects can be very portable and easy to fit in when you don't want to carry along a complex project.  She's been working on these blocks.  Untrimmed and below are some trimmed ones.

I'm hoping with the change of season, and with daughter getting settled at university, that I'll have more time to complete some of my projects that have been pushed to the back for far too long.  First, I have to finished the one shown above and then, well, I'm not sure which will be next, but I know I'll enjoy it.  Do you have a specific project that you are working on this month?

Mister Linky is waiting below for a link to your current needlework project.  Leave a comment and I'll be sure to drop by for a virtual visit with you.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Blindsight by Peter Watts

 The Theseus Consortium

Blindsight is the first book of The Theseus Consortium.  It follows the ordeal of Siri Keeton as he travels beyond the reaches of our universe to determine the nature of the earlier appearance of alien technology around the earth.  He is accompanied by a crew lead by a long dead and resurrected vampire, a group of four linquists/first contact specialists in one body, a medical scientist and a military strategist.  Siri is a synthesist, whose job it is to observe and send home reports.

This is first and foremost a story of first contact. The tough part was to identify the alien(s) and distinguish between smart technology and sentience.  While the reader is following the story of the aliens, we are also learning about Siri, his life and how he fits in with the rest of the crew.  It's a very different world than the one we live in now.  People can be moded with all sorts of implants though I am left wondering whether that makes them more or makes them less human in the end.

I enjoyed the path of this story, but will admit, that at times I couldn't follow whatever philosophy Mr. Watts was discussing.  Several time, Sarasti, the vampire, had to lead Siri to understand something.  This something was never stated, I imagine that I was supposed to be able to follow the logic and figure it out myself, I never did.

Echopraxia - follow up to Blindsight due out August 26, 2014.

about Author Peter Watts

Monday, 1 September 2014

SINCERELY LOUISE: Faux Taxidermy Knits

An awesome new knitting book is available from Louise Walker with the coolest patterns you'd never expect to be knit including a tiger rug, bear skin and moose head to mount on the wall.  There is also a blog hop to celebrate it's launch.

SINCERELY LOUISE: Faux Taxidermy Knits: It’s here! Well almost here... my debut book ‘Faux Taxidermy Knits’ is due for release on the 26 th of September - hurrah! Faux Ta...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Plague - A Medical Thriller by Victor Methos

What if something new creeped out of the jungle, or hitch hiked along with an eco-tourist, and the world had no idea what it was or how to handle it.

Dr. Samantha Bower of the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, received such a call. She was sent to Oahu, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, to identify and contain an outbreak of a previously unidentified pathogen.  Also on site is Duncan Adams of USAMRID, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infection Diseases.  He is used to working with the most dangerous diseases, those categorised as Level 4, and this one is worse, far worse.

While Sam and Duncan are fighting to identify this pathogen, there is another on the island who seems to have another agenda.  Agent William (Billy) Donner aka Robert, appears to be helpful, but has an entirely different history than one might expect from an FBI agent.  What else don't we know about this agent.

As the medical crisis unfolds, we also become aware of the politics of disease control.  Are the people of Hawaii being best served during this outbreak.  As the human toll mounts the risk of the disease spreading beyond the island becomes very real.

I was captivated by this story from the opening pages.  I have been a fan of plague type stories since I read my first books about the black death in Europe.  Whether they be fact or fiction, I can't get enough of this genre.

Over the past decade, there have been many news stories about outbreaks, SARS, Swine Flu and currently, Ebola.  With each ailment, the public has heard stories of victims, the old, the young, the healthy and those with chronic illnesses.  This fictional account is no different.  We read the stories of many people around the globe and are left to wonder whether their illness is related to the deadly one in Hawaii.  If I didn't remind myself that this is fiction, I could have got carried away and linked it with the current Ebola outbreak.

Website for Author Victor Methos

At the time of posting, this ebook is currently free at some online retailers.

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