Monday, May 30, 2011

20/50 - The Carrie Diaries

This book made me realize that my love for Sex and the City during my high school/college years truly belongs in the past. Although this isn't considered young adult fiction, it definitely read like one. But, all hope is not lost because now I am half way through a Jeopardy inspired category in the Spring Book Challenge: read 2 books where the last word in the first title is the first word in the second. I started Stephen King's Carrie a couple of nights ago... *shiver*

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

19/50 - Bossypants

If I could listen to a book written & read by Tina Fey every time I have to drive far for work, I'd be a much happier lady! I had to drive to Annapolis & then to South Jersey today & I literally panicked when Bossypants ended & I still had 22 miles left to drive. Tina Fey is genius. I laughed the whole ride. To those asshats who think women aren't funny: Go suck a bag of dicks. (I swear, those are the words of Tina Fey... lol).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Better late than never... Mother's Day Cards

I was feeling a little lazy on the Saturday before Mother's Day so I planned on buying cards at Target instead of making them. Well, that plan quickly changed because A) it was a friggin MAD house and B) the cards I loved were $4.99! I had to buy 3 and I couldn't bring myself to pay $15... yep, I'm cheap, lol. The way I see it, I never even pay $15 for a stack of scrapbooking paper!

So I drove home & whipped these up in 15 minutes.

I love using my color wheel to help choose paper combinations because I always end up mixing colors I wouldn't normally use. Now I can spend the $15 I saved on more gorgeous paper! :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

18/50: Divergent

I guess I have a thing for dystopian YA fiction... Some people have been comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games but there is no way I agree. Yes, this book was well written and entertaining (and written by a 22 year old) but in my opinion, it wasn't as awesome as The Hunger Games. But I will anxiously await the continuation of this series :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

17/50: Shattered

I do not feel inspired enough to write a review... It wasn't a bad book but the ending seemed so abrupt that I don't know what to say about it, lol.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

16/50: The Book Thief

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (May 1st), I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. I had this book on my shelf for a long time and but was never ready for such a heavy read. I had to drive about 2 hours away recently so I downloaded the audiobook & fell in love with the narrator's voice. I don't think anyone should wait to read this book. It is AMAZING. I got sucked into the characters and even though the book is set in Nazi Germany, the story warms your heart. I stayed up until 1:30AM to finish this book & even though I'm a little sleepy this morning, I don't regret it! This is the first book I read this year that deserves 5 stars. READ IT!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sneak peek: Wedding Directional Signs

I can not believe our wedding is only 5 months away! I recently put together a list of DIY projects I need to complete & have started chipping away. I always read that if you are DIYing for your wedding, you should start sooner than later, because the closer you get to your wedding date, the crazier it is. I can only imagine!

One of the items on my list was a directional sign, which our wedding planner Kisha from Pure Ambiance Events had added to our wedding design presentation. I did some searching online (especially Etsy) and came across a store which sold adorable signs like this one:
Cute right?! The price tag though... NOT so cute. $90.50 is not an amount I'm willing to spend on something I knew I could make very easily.
I painted the three pieces of wood with acrylic paint (only 2 coats for a more rustic look), sealed it with a little Mod Podge, then cut the letters out of vinyl with my Cricut & SCAL. I still have to spray paint the wooden stake but I think it's heading in a great direction (Get it? Direction? hehe) Not to mention, my total cost was: $12!