Saturday, February 28, 2015

Books On Film | Dead Stars

Author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner's novel Dead Stars is based on the screenplay he wrote for the film Map to the Stars after plans to make the film fell through. Well, now the film is back on and will be released this weekend. Dead Stars chronicles a slew of characters chasing the ever elusive fifteen minutes of fame.
Traces the experiences of very young breast cancer survivor Telma, who crosses paths with actor Michael Douglas during the latter's efforts to achieve his professional dream against a backdrop of riotous Hollywood culture.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learning | The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

How many of you have enjoyed flipping through Roget's Thesaurus, looking for random groups of synonyms?  I think most of us used it for schoolwork, when looking for the right word to describe something, or trying not to use the same word over and over again in an essay. But I loved picking up the book and learning more about words and their relationships to other words. 

A 2015 Caldecott Honor book presents a similar pleasure, in the form of a children's picture book about the life of Peter Mark Roget.  

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet is a visual treasure trove of lists, synonyms, and facts.  It tells the tale of a shy young boy who loved to make lists.  Some of those lists turned into a book that most of us remember from our school days, Roget's Thesaurus

The The Right Word's pages are illustrated with watercolor, collage, and mixed media. They effectively draw the reader in, to explore, discover, and become inspired. This is clearly a book that holds interest, even after repeated readings. I saw one review that compared reading The Right Word to looking through an old curio cabinet!

The publisher of this book, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, has a delightful video trailer for The Right Word on its YouTube Channel.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

She's Crafty | Finding Time to Craft

Creating things makes me happy but I'm finding it harder and harder to find the time to craft. Or, perhaps, I'm not making time to craft? Either way, it might be best if I locate some projects that will fit in with my hectic weekdays. Some options include:
  • Zentangle, which I talked about in this post, would be a great option during breaks at work.
  • A crochet project, like opera-length fingerless gloves, can be worked on while vegging out with the family at night.
  • Instead of checking Facebook for the zillionth time, I could go outside and snap some photos to use as layers in a digital collage.
Really, the possibilities are endless. I just need to make that commitment. And for me, it's worth my time and effort.

It's true.

Quick, simple projects might make it easier to inject some craftiness into my daily life. The more I think about it, doing some repetitive needlework while decompressing after work sounds like an excellent idea. Maybe these books have just the project I'm looking for...
I even found a few blog posts by other craft bloggers who ave graciously offered their ideas on finding time to craft.

Have you found ways to be crafty even when you're busy?


Monday, February 23, 2015

Just Life| An Armadillo in Paris

I just came across this cute new picture book called "An Armadillo in Paris" by Julie Kraulis. That is a great picture book to introduce children to Paris.

Arlo is an adventurous Armadillo from Brazil. He loves travelling like his grandpa Augustin. Grandpa Augustine has left Arlo his travel journal and in the journal, he encourages Arlo to go to Paris to meet the Iron Lady.

Who is this Iron Lady?

" Follow the path I've laid out ... and you will get to meet her. " His grandpa wrote.

Arlo is intrigued and heads to Paris.

First stop was the Arc de Triomphe. There he ate a flaky croissant in CafĂ© Gustave and later, made a stop at Champs-Elysees, the most famous street in Paris.

Arlo visits Arc de Triomphe
He visits Louvre to admire beautiful art work. In the museum, he also visits the World Fair Exhibit. He walks along the Seine River and admires its many bridges.

He heads to Jardin du Luxembourg and plays with wooden boats in the pond.

Ari visits Jardin du Luxembourg
Arlo visits Jardin du Luxembourg

He keeps walking and walking until he comes face to face with the Iron Lady.

Bonjour Tour Eiffel.

Signing off until next Monday-Panteha

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Books On Film | The DUFF

This weekend an adaptation of teen novel The DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) will be released in theaters. The novel is about a non-nonsense girl who's enemies-with-benefits relationship turns up being more than she expected.
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, a notorious womanizer who disgusts her, in order to distract her from her personal problems, and to her surprise, the two of them find they have a lot in common and are able to help each other find more productive ways to deal with their difficulties.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

She's Crafty | Bright and Fearless Decorating

Are you craving an immediate change to your interior decor? Do you feel as though a few spaces in your life need a mega dose of color and a touch of whimsy? Are you stumped as to how to pull a colorful room together? Well, my answer is yes to all three so I pulled two books off the shelf in hopes of getting some inspiration for home and office decor.

Feast your eyes on these book covers:

Beautiful, right?!

Bold too. Both of these books have style ideas that reach way beyond the average or typical.

If you want to get some pattern mixing inspiration I suggest checking out Decorate Fearlessly. As you can plainly see on the cover, a space can exist that mixes over a dozen different patterns and it will still work. Also, your pug will most likely approve the combination. Although my brain can't handle that much pattern mixing, I did enjoy the creative texture and color combinations featured in the book. Almost every single one I would have never thought of before.

Kitchen decor from Decorate Fearlessly.

The next book, Bright Bazaar, is bold and whimsical. The focus of the book is on learning to use colors and textures effectively for a style that is one-of-a-kind. Will Taylor packs Bright Bazaar with inspirational case studies, tons of tips, and plenty of ideas.

Looking at bright colors and white walls in Bright Bazaar.

Many of the spaces Taylor features in his book contain decorative objects that are obviously DIY and not something you can find at the store. Taylor doesn't give step-by-step instructions for the pieces but if you're the crafty sort you can probably figure out how to replicate what you see. Like the wall string art below.

Be forewarned, walls, I realllly like this idea!

Geometric Gems from Sea Lemon DIY
Now for some DIY. Sea Lemon is one of my favorite craft gurus. She uploads video tutorials to YouTube and I discovered her while researching how to make bound books. She uploaded a video recently showing viewers how to construct 3D geometric gems to display on the wall or set on a table, which is perfect for me since I can't get enough geometric designs in my life and I have a thing for simple line representations of gems.

I see a great many of these gems in my future. if you're interested in finding out how to make these wall gems, click here for the youtube tutorial. All you need is some wooden dowels, hot glue, and some paint. I was able to find all the stuff I need to make all four designs at my local craft store.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Just Life | Unexpected question

Sometimes we get the most unexpected questions at the reference desk.  

A few months ago, I was working at the reference desk and a patron approached the desk and asked me point blank:

Do you have horns?


To tell the truth, I was a bit shocked by that question.

So, if out of the blue, a person walked up to you and asked you this question, what would be the first thing that would come to your mind? 

I posed this question to my family over dinner, and here were their answers:

Do you have horns? ....answer    How did you know?

Do you have horns?.... answer    Yes, a Trombone and a Tuba.

Do you have horns?.... answer    Yes, but I left them at home. 

Do you have horns?.... answer    No, but I have a tail.

Of course after my initial shock wore off, I asked the patron " What do you mean?" and the patron explained that she was looking for a book by that title. 

And yes, our library carries "Horns" by Joe Hill. By the way, did you know that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. 

I tell you, working at the Reference desk is anything but ordinary.

Signing off until next Monday- Pantreha