Craft

Endings and beginnings.

Today I have finished one cross stitch project, a birthday card:


and started another, a bookmark kit which will be a gift later in March:


I’ve nearly finished a couple of other projects but they’re for me so they keep getting put to one side while I get on with things that have to be finished by certain dates. It’s still a novelty making things for me so patience is fairly easy to come by. I think March is also going to be filled with stitch-a-longs, I’ve nearly got all of the supplies for the year long Clouds Factory one that I’m signed up for and I’ve signed up for one with Geeky Stitching Club that’s due to arrive soon.

TV Stuff

I’m back home tonight after a wonderful few days in Dorset visiting some of my absolute, most favourite people. I’m entirely worn out now, but very happy and content. Part of being worn out means I don’t have anything particular to blog about tonight so instead a video I saw for the first time (I think) this weekend while watching Sesame Street with my friends’ boys – it made me laugh loads.

Music

Song for Sunday

Thanks to Instagram stories I discovered that Una Healy has released a solo album, The Waiting Game. Since discovering this I’ve listened to quite a few times and I like what I’ve been hearing. It’s definitely my kind of music. This track features Sam Palladio from Nashville, their voices go so well together.

I’m definitely a fan of this musical direction for Una, I think I’m going to be listening to this album a lot.

Life

Spectacles.

Last night we went to see Sue Perkins on her Spectacles tour. She was utterly brilliant, properly funny and entertaining. The format had a first act where she chatted, told stories and read a few snippets of Spectacles and then a second act where she read a little more and then took questions from the audience. 

I’ve been listening to the audio book version of Spectacles for a while. I’m not very good at all at audio books, but thought that as Sue Perkins reads the book herself it would probably work better for me. It is, but as soon as the tickets for the event were booked I stopped listening so that there would be more new stories for me to listen to. I’m looking forward to going back and listening to the rest of it now.

This is the first event like it that I’ve been to in ages. I’d definitely like to go to more – a bit like the way I enjoy reading autobiographies to find out more about people’s lives I also really love listening to people talk about their lives and experiences. I’m sure there are plenty of events on offer, time to get researching!

General

Books to buy or borrow

An occasional feature where I round up some of the books I’ve been reading. Each book gets a sentence to summarise my feelings about it and will either be recommended as one to buy or one to borrow.

This is the first time I’m doing a Books to buy or borrow post – I’m not returning to reviewing books on my blog, but in addition to on the spot mentions for books I’m reading and loving on Twitter and/or Instagram I do want now and again to do some sort of round up. This post is a little bit different in that it’s not necessarily the books I’ve read most recently – it is however all books that I’d received through NetGalley as reviewer copies.

Lost Stars or What Lou Reed Taught Me About Love by Lisa Selin Davis
A very good look at grief and coping built into a coming of age story of family and growing up. Borrow

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
A clever, thoughtful YA read, the story is told through flashbacks as the main characters explain how they came to know each other and be involved in a murder. Borrow

The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell
Loved this contemporary feel good adult novel filled with musicals, romance and friendship at its best. Buy

Desolation and American Monsters by Derek Landy
The second and third books in this excellent YA trilogy, gripping and exciting with Amber – a fantastic lead character at their heart. Buy

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Glorious, warm and thoroughly enjoyable middle grade read about a young dragon who finds herself transformed into a girl and must navigate a whole new world in a whole new body. Buy

Britannia Beach trilogy by D.R. Graham (Put It Out There / What Are The Chances / And Then What)
A fun contemporary YA trilogy with a slightly supernatural twist thanks to the lead character’s visions. Borrow

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
A decent follow up to the excellent Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, but doesn’t quite live up to its brilliance. Borrow

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Not enough YA novels focus on friendship, this one does and does it in impeccable style. Buy

The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts
Fun and frothy, a great take on the woman finds her new life pursuing her creative dream. Borrow

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
San Francisco, Pride, teens exploring first loves and friendships? This book has them all and blends them together perfectly. Buy

The Door That Lead To Where by Sally Gardner
A brilliantly imaginative timeslip story, set in both modern day London and a historical London. Buy

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Genius! The story of Simon and Baz from Fangirl – it’s their final year at Watford School of Magicks and everything’s coming to a head, no wonder Fangirl’s Cath was such a fan. Buy

Travel

Itchy feet

It feels like it’s that time of year when so many people are starting to make travel plans for this year. I know my feet are starting to feel itchy – between hearing of the holidays friends are booking, seeing the photos from friends who are travelling already this year and watching one too many programme set abroad my thoughts are definitely drifting to my own plans for this year.

Last year was brilliant, I managed a fantastic city break in San Francisco in April and then a hugely relaxing resort holiday in Mallorca in October. I enjoyed them both thoroughly, they were both such different trips and were both perfect in their own ways.

I’m not really sure what I want from a holiday this year. We did have plans to try and get our long planned for trip to New York fitted in this year, but I’m not interested in travelling to the USA at the moment so that’s been put on a back burner. There’s plenty of Europe left for me to visit, and while I’m keen to visit Canada, Australia and New Zealand one day they’re all currently out of my reach.

I saw someone sharing video from the Irish coast at the weekend and felt the pull of the sea, I think that might call for a road trip sooner rather than later though! In the short term I’m off to Verwood tomorrow for a few days. I’m pretty sure I’ll see the sea while I’m there, that’ll be a good start.