Books/Reading


Having only moved house in the last couple of weeks, I’m still adjusting to my new digs, and having my own (albeit tiny) crafting space which is kind of still under construction. So there’s not been a huge amount of making lately. I’m going to blame my stash.

Yep, I’m blaming my lack of creativity on the very items I am supposed to be creating with.

It’s like this. My stash has been in storage for the best part of the last 6 months. So as I have been unpacking it over the last few weeks, I’ve become a bit overwhelmed with it all. So many things to make! So many plans and patterns! Where do I start??

Well, I’m not going to start with a picture of a perfect frilly floral crafting space. I’m sure you’ve seen them all over Pinterest, and they are very pretty and sweet, but I just don’t work that way. Instead I’m going to share a cute story of 80’s retro serendipity.

A while back, my Auntie made muumuu’s for me and my sisters. Check out this mad 80’s print:

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I love it! I admit I have a bit of a thing for crazy prints – remember this shirt? I’d wear this as a beach cover-up any day. Can’t get enough of that print? Here’s a closeup.

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So, last weekend all three of the makebakesisters happened to spend the weekend together in celebration of my mumble-mumblieth birthday. Allison brought some cool stuff down for me from home, including an old suitcase of Kylie’s:

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It has potential.

And a stack of retro craft magazines:

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Leafing through one of the magazines – Handmade September/October 1987, in fact – that one on the right – I came across a picture that had me leaping to my feet yelling ‘No way!!!’

I raced in to my closet and dug out the muumuu so I could compare it to this picture:

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Do You See What I See?  Yep, it’s the same print! I just love serendipity like this.

I think some 80’s music might be appropriate right now.

 

I got a Tablet for Christmas. It’s cool. After many hours and a large helping of stubborn (supplied by me), I even managed to convince Android Market that I actually was accessing their games with an android tablet, and they let me download some games which will hopefully keep my kids occupied at appropriate times. Not me, of course, because I don’t care about trapping a mouse with towers. Well, not much anyway. At least not after I’ve proven it possible. A few times.

Ahem.

So, I made this cover to keep my tablet in good condition while bouncing around the back seat of my car.

It was easy to make. Here’s the main ingredients… check the full post for further instructions.

Hardcover book, fabric and glue... forgot to show a piece of felt.

 

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Lately I have developed a bit of an obsession with vintage patterns and magazines. After being outbid on eBay for a set of four of 60’s BurdaStyle magazines, I was determined not to let the next one get away! So I did then get my hands on this one, which is all in German, even the pattern instruction book.

I’m pretty sure that if decided to make any of these great dresses (and I’m pretty sure I will!) that it won’t be too hard to figure out the construction. The pattern sheets are only in ‘rot’ and ‘grin’ (I didn’t need google translate to tell me that was red and green!) so tracing out the patterns would be a cinch!

This one cost me $10 including postage. Bargain!

Then I got this set of four from the late 70’s.

The magazines are also in German but these ones have two instruction books, one in German and one in English. I paid about $20 for the lot, including postage. How gorgeous are those formal gowns? Hmm, maybe a new maxi dress for summer is on the cards…

Then when I was out at the op shop (no! really? me? at the op shop?) I picked up one Burda and one Anna, $1 each.

And at yet another op shop, I found these awesome ‘Womancraft’ magazines from 1975. Full of fabulous articles about how to plaster, fix plumbing, build bookshelves and choose a lighting scheme – not to mention the gorgeous fashion!

I could totally see some of these outfits strolling around Newtown today.

Hello all! I thought I would have a go at a book review, just for something different.

After reading, and enjoying immensely, The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks,  I decided to to woman up and have a go at the supersized The Black Prism. Not bad, really.

I like the way Mr Weeks introduced us to the concept of drafting and how the magic worked in that world. Rather than an initial blast of technobabble (should that be magibabble?) which some fantasy novels suffer from, it was a natural progression of situations which allowed the reader to gather the threads and follow young Kip as he, too, found out about drafting. The language of the magic and the local slang seems natural and unforced, which I always find to be a bonus.

Our peerless leader, Gavin (Gavin? Really? the most important man in the world – “Gavin”? Sure he’s not from Penrith? No?) has a massive secret which creates some fantastic plot twists. Oh sure, I hear you say, Shakespeare uses that one all the time. Well, that’s as may be, but Shakespeare didn’t have mad colour wights and kings with delusions of granduer – oh wait, no, he did have deluded kings. Anyway, I shan’t give any plot details away. Even though this secret was a little confusing at first (Gavin? or…. Gavin?) you just need to pay attention.

Gavin Guile is irreverent and a little bit like a geek in Prism’s clothing, but he’s likable and I find myself looking forward to the next in the Lightbringer series. Oh yes, one thing I really liked about The Black Prism – no prophecies! I was over prophecies after I read The Belgariad all those years ago (those were fun, don’t get me wrong!) but it’s refreshing to have a solid fantasy novel with new magic rules, intricate plotlines and best of all, plain old good writing.

The Black Prism gets three and a half brownies out of five.

Oh, and I’m a green drafter. Wild. (Although I wanted to be a green-yellow bichrome, dammit!) Go find out your colour at www.brentweeks.com