Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Interview

I had a job interview today. I think is went well.

Pros:
  • Perm job
  • Close to home, near hubs' work, so he could drive me to and from.
  • Sounds like a decent job, not boring and not out of the realm of my experience.
  • Room for growth
  • Small start-up, so open to suggestions
Cons: Absolutely CRAP pay - I hope I didn't grimace when she told me the amount.

So we shall see if I am offered the job - I guess crap pay is better than no pay.

I'll be buying LottoMax tickets this Friday - 50 million - oh could I use that! Oh ya, and I'd share :)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Another Art Canvas Completed

Gifts I made This Year For Christmas

While I was short on money this year, time & creativity, I did have.


My mother in-law was supposed to spend Christmas with us but due to circumstances outside our control, her stay had to be postponed. I still had to have some gifts for her as she is difficult to buy for and remember the shortage of cash?

Flower scarf for Mother In-law




TP mini album - Sayings for Mother in-law.

These are called TP mini albums, because they are made from toilet paper (TP) tubes.
For instructions on how to make one, go here.




To see the individual pages and tags of this mini, click here.



TP mini album of great niece for sister D


To see the individual pages and tags of this mini, click here.

TP mini album of great niece for niece Cali's Mom C.
It is very much like my sister's mini, uses the same pics, but in different composition.


To see the individual pages and tags of this mini, click here.

Cowgirl Cali canvas for my sister


Angel Cali canvas for Cali's Mom



Crocheted stroller blanket for Cali

Crocheted flower hat for Cali

And that it :)

Friday, 13 January 2012

Book Review - The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden




Publisher's blurb:
In the small town of Colden, Massachusetts, Libby Sawyer leads a quiet, predictable life. Yet beneath the surface, she is haunted by a secret.

Newly arrived on American shores, Michael Dobrescu is far from predictable, and his arrival in Colden is anything but quiet. Michael's shocking claim to be the rightful owner of Libby's father's house immediately alienates him from the appalled citizens of Colden.

Despite her own outrage, Libby is unwittingly fascinated by this enigmatic man who seems equally intrigued by her. As the court's decision about the house looms and the layers of mystery surrounding Michael's past are unveiled, Libby's loyalties are tested in ways she never imagined.

My review:  This story was a bit odd. The main plot need a fair amount of explaination. It was still a tad confusing and unbelievable. I wasn't sure who I should be rooting for. It was difficult at times to keep reading. I thought there were a few missed opportunities, such as the Professor possibly proving the nuns with new machinery. It was an ok read - not sure I would recomment it though.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
". 

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Watercolour Doodling

Since about July, I have been watching various very clever artists do live art on Ustream.com.

The first one I found, via Youtube, was Paula or the JournalArtista.

Paula introduced me (and many many others) to art journaling.

Well anyhow, last night while watching Paula stream (on her channel ), I did some playing around with some watercolur pencils I have had for several years but never really used. And to be honest, I didn't really use them as they are meant to be used last night either, I wet the brush then brushed the tip of the pencil, instead of laying down marks with the pencil  oh well, old habits die hard.

Here is what I created.








Book Review - The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen



Publisher's blurb:
Regency Romance and Mystery from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen
To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch--both former suitors.

As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?
Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.

My review: While I really enjoyed this story I found is it lacking in a few areas. The characters were well written and thoroughly likable but it would have been nice if some explanation had been given to both Margaret's family as to her whereabouts and to the maids of Fairboure Hall as to who she really was. It seemed like she built true friendships there and real friends would have confided in each other. Still a good book to read and I would recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
". 

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Recent Art

Click on image to enlarge.

Tree goddess done in pencil



This one is made with an old book page, watercolour & ink on a 4x6 canvas.

Book Review - The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer



Publisher's blurb:
The Epic Story of an Amish Community in Peril
Ravaged by disease, preyed upon by ruthless bandits, the Bender family's second year in Mexico has taken a grievous turn. Faced with impossible choices, the expatriate Amish discover, more than ever before, what it means to live by faith and not by sight.

But it's Miriam who must make the hardest choice as her heart takes her on a new and dangerous course. Domingo. "He is gentle," his sister said, "until someone he loves is threatened." Is Miriam that someone?
"Cualnezqui," he often calls her--the Nahuatl word for Beautiful one. The chiseled native has proven himself a man of principle, grace and power, yet is he the pearl of great price for whom Miriam would sacrifice everything, or is he merely a friend? Tormented by conflicting emotions, she's haunted by vivid dreams: Dressed in the coarse cotton pants and shirt of a peasant, she stands on the precipice of a sun-washed ridge searching desperately for Domingo. Domingo the fierce. Domingo the protector.
Domingo the forbidden.

My review: My review may have been different had I read the first book in this series. Then again, it may not have been. This story was very slow going at times and even at the end of the book, I didn't feel a resolution had been found, they was no real closure to the story. I assume this will happen in the next book. I think the mark of a great writer of books in a series is when any of the books can be read alone and fully understood by the reader. A brief summary to catch them up is all that is required. I think this book missed that mark a bit. If I had read the the first and sub-sequent book, I may recommend this book, but not on its' own.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
". 

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Book Review - Emancipation of Robert Sadler By Robert Sadler & Marie Chapian

The, updated ed.: The Powerful True Story of a Twentieth-Century Plantation Slave

 

 

Publishers' blurb:

A Gritty, Raw Real-Life Tale That Will Both Shock and Inspire You

So many thoughts twirl in my head...I want to think back as far as I can remember--think on things I had long ago buried and let stay buried. There were things I never told anyone.  Now is the time to tell it, though. Help me remember it, Lord, so I can tell it just the way it was. 

Over fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Robert Sadler was sold into slavery at the age of five--by his own father. Originally published in 1975, this is the no-holds-barred tale of those dark days, his quest for freedom, and the determination to serve others borne out of his experience. You won't forget this poignant true story of good triumphing over evil, of God's grace, and of an extraordinary life of ministry.

My review: I found this story extremely interesting. It was raw, unbelievable at times, heart-wrenching and that it is true, makes it all the more powerful. I would definitely recommend it to others.

 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
".  


Monday, 9 January 2012

Book Review - The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher



Publisher's blurb:
A family. A farm. A heart. All in need of repair.
Life on Windmill Farm hasn't been the same since Julia Lapp's father has had trouble with his heart. But that doesn't stop Julia from hoping for a bright future. She has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. But when Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding--again--she is determined to change his mind. She knows who is to blame for Paul's sudden reluctance to wed: the Bee Man.

Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. A mysterious man who relishes his nomadic life, Roman especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia seriously at odds with him, Windmill Farm is looking decidedly less appealing.

Can Julia secure the future she's always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

My review:  I liked this book. It seemed a little simplistic at times but still held my attention. It also had some gut wrenchingly sad parts. Overall, a good story and I would recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 

Saturday, 7 January 2012

More recent art

This is done with watercolour and markers.

It doesn't quite look finished to me - what do you think?

Friday, 6 January 2012

Delayed Christmas

Well we didn't actually delay Christmas but due to health issues & treatments, we did postpone our Boxing day get together, which we will finally hold tomorrow.

I made fudge, spiced nuts, candied nuts, and cookies today in preparation. I still have a full box of storebought cookies & chocolates to open tomorrow and tons of finger foods.

Also, instead of our usual full house, because of scheduling conflicts and colds, we will only be having 2 couples over tomorrow.

I also have a post written showing all the gifts I made this year, but again, because I haven't yet seen everyone to give them said gifts, I cannot yet post pictures of them - so that post is coming up in a few weeks probably.

Both Hubs & the boy return to work & school on Monday - it will be nice to once again have the house to myself.

Have a nice weekend all!