Monday, March 23, 2015

Silver Scrapbook Page

Since I adopted Silver a year ago I've been wanting to do a Scrapbook page with a photo of him, so I'm happy that finally I got to make it. Don't let the sweet tones fool you, tho, he's a little monster! 




Saturday, March 7, 2015

Book Review: Wild

Title: Wild                    
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Genre: Memoir
Publication: 2012
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

The Cover

There is also a movie edition cover featuring Reese Witherspoon who played Cheryl in the movie version and while she did a great job and the cover is pretty, I'm always more a fan of the original covers of books. The Cover of Wild is a simple one but I really like it. It features a hiking boot and not much fancy text on a white background. I feel like the simpleness of it speaks volumes, and considering the fact that good boots are needed for a hike and that Cheryl's boots basically are a minor character in the book, it's a really good choice. I also like that they kept the fonts rather simple, only using black and the red from the shoe laces, everything puts the boot up and front.

The Story

Cheryl Strayed feels like she has lost everything when she's only in her early twenties, her mother died, her marriage is soon to be over and her family has fallen apart as well. She lives her life rather lost for four years until she makes a big decision, she will hike the Pacific Crest Trail starting at the Mojave Desert all the way up to Washington State, a hike that is more than thousand miles long and she will do it all by herself. To make her decision even more daunting she decides this while not having any experience or training except for having read a guide book about the trail. She's hoping to reinvent and find herself during this difficult and lonely experience.

My Toughts

I had seen Wild around before but it never really appealed to me I guess and I only decided to read it because Reese Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar. I like to watch all the movies that get nominations and considering that I like to have read the book before the movie and that this is a bestseller I decided to give it a go. I'm really glad I did! Because from a book that I never seemed all too appealing to me and a book I went into not really thinking I would like it, I went to loving it. I love when books do that to me and it goes to show that we should sometimes branch out and read stuff we wouldn't normally read, especially when a book gets the great reviews Wild has been getting.

After a bit of a slow start, the first part of the book describes Cheryl's childhood and her mother's illness and dying process in great detail and while it's important to have this background and her mother's death was one of the biggest catalysts in making her decision, I felt like it drags on a little bit. It is well-written and very touching and emotional but I guess I was waiting for the real story to begin. Once it did, I couldn't put the book away, I read whenever I could and I even read on my phone when I took the dog for a walk. It's the kind of book that draws you in and keeps you longing for more. Part of it is Strayed writing style which is really great and easy to get into, she has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat and works in humor so be prepared to have some laughs here and there.

Her journey is a remarkable one and you feel like you're right there with her on the trail, experiencing her emotions, feelings and fears. I really liked all the people she met on her journey, everybody brought something special to the story and her journey. There are some that make a reappearance now and then and some she and we as readers never encounter again but I guess that is part of a journey like that, and part of life really. The story goes back and forth between Cheryl's hike and her previous life which she thinks about during her hike and it basically reads like a novel. It's not so much a book about the Pacific Crest Trail but more the story of one woman's experiences during her life and while hiking the trail coming to terms with the first 26 years of her life.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Treasury: Southwestern blues

Something I'm loving these days are native and southwestern inspired patterns. It doesn't matter if they're in a piece jewelry or on the fabric of a bag, I just want to have them all!



Round Southwestern/Aztec Design Tin with Cactus Picture
$5.00
Vintage Vernon Ware Metlox Mesa Southwestern Tea Pot with 2 Cups, Hand Painted Coffee Pot, California
$33.99
Turquoise Chevron Necklace ... Southwestern Tribal Indie Geometric Gemstone
£14.00
Aztec bag, Aztec print, Tribal print, Small handbag ,Clutch Purse, Pastel, Geometric print
$33.00
Feather Watercolor Art Printable | Tribal Feather | Tribal Art | Feather Print | Pink Feather | Blue Feather, INSTANT DOWNLOAD
$5.00
SOUTHWESTERN KITCHEN CONTAINERS Vintage Ceramic Pueblo Mexico  Brought To You By TheHeartTheHome on Etsy!
$149.99
Vintage Mexican Skirt / Guatemalan skirt / embroidered skirt / Frida Kahlo / hand stitched skirt / ethnic skirt /
$98.00
Southwestern seed beaded cuff bracelet// cuff//Navajo bracelet//Navajo loom cuff//cross cuff bracelet//leather cuff//suede cuff bracelet
$150.00
Concrete Planter "MALIBU" with Turquoise Triangles. Perfect for succulents.
€20.00
Vintage Retro Pastel Colored Tribal Southwest Aztec Rug
$89.00
Mens Skinny Leather Southwestern Ethnic Belt Size 32
$19.00
DECORATIVE THROW PILLOW Kilim Pillow Cover Turkish Pillow Case Kilim Cushion Cover decor pattern pastel coral red boho aztec shabby chic old
$13.50
Southwestern Style Pottery Cactus Pot Small Ceramic Cactus or Succulent Planter Excellent Vintage Condition
$16.00
S A L E Ombre Aztec Mens Tee
$22.00
Aztec Tribal Geometric Genuine Leather Earrings/ Light Blue And Gray Earrings
$14.00
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Scrapbook page: waiting for better weather - part II



Last week I posted the first page of the "Waiting for better weather" scrapbook page (page on the left). This morning I finished the second part of it.








Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Treasury: Foxes!

The challenge this week was to find only 15 items to include in the list, they were all adorable! What's not to love about foxes?



FOX · Wood necklace · Simple and beautiful · Pendant of square wooden with embroidered FOX · Cross-stitch
$20.00
Baby Fox Thank You Cards - Folded Thank You Cards - Baby Shower Thank You Card
$12.00
VALENTINE'S GIFT, Fox Gloves, Brown Gloves, Animal Lovers, Special Gift, Valentines Day Gift, Fun Gloves, Unique, Cool Gift, Unisex, For Her
$38.00
Wooden sleeping fox face earrings - fox jewellery Sterling Silver posts available
£5.50
Fox temporary tattoo
$4.05
Felicity Fox Mug - Woodland Animals
£10.00
Fox Wallet - simple leather cardholder
$45.00
Fox Face Batwing Top -  bone jersey
$40.00
Fantastic Mr Fox, 8x10 watercolor painting print
$12.00
Fox iPhone Case, Chalkboard iPhone Case, iPhone 4 Case, iPhone 5 Case with Flower Wreath
$16.00
red fox scarf
€79.00
Woodland Nursery Bedding - Fox Reads A Book - Fox Nursery Decor Pillowcase - 18 x 18 - Fox Nursery
$56.25
Fox Print, Woodland Nursery Art Print in Tan, Fox Art Print 8x10 Inches
$18.00
Fox Sleeping Mask, Cat Sleeping Mask, Natural Linen & Chambray Eye Mask, Woodland Fox or Kitty Sleep Mask
$16.00
Red Fox Necklace, Fox Pendant, Fox Jewelry, Fox Animal Necklace, Animal Art, Animal Jewelry, Kids Jewelry Children - Little Fox In The Woods
$15.00
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scrapbook page: waiting for better weather

It was a while since the last time I created anything. I blame the winter blues for that, I prefer daylight for scrapbooking and the past two months didn't provide much of that. Waiting for better weather (more sunlight!) here's a page I finished this morning. I'll continue it on the other page next to it, but for now I'm sharing this part. I hope you like it! 









Monday, January 26, 2015

10 practical uses for the Ikea Variera box


On a recent trip to Ikea I discovered the wonders of the Variera Box. At the beginning I was really skeptical about it (I don't really like boxes with no cover because I feel like dust gets inside easily), but because it looked functional and pretty (it has the simple kind of prettiness to it) I decided to give it a try and bring one home with me. After using it to store oil/salt and vinegar bottles in one of the kitchen cabinets, I decided that I needed more of them, so I took another trip to Ikea and ended up going back home with two more of them (one for baking products, the other for spices). 

I love how easy it is to fit them in the kitchen cabinets and just pull them out when you need something, without dealing with all the products scatered around. That made me think about all the uses that the Variera box might have outside the kitchen, and how practical it could be to store different stuff all over the apartment. That's when I decided to come up with this post, which I have to clarify that is not sponsored or anything like that, just based on my personal experience (and let's face it, for my love for this product). By the way, did I mention that the come in assorted glossy colors for the inside?



10 PRACTICAL USES FOR THE IKEA VARIERA BOX



1. To store bathroom products, like they show at The Budget Decorator.


(Photo by The Budget Decorator)


2. To store crayons, or other coloring pencils

3. As a mail station organizer (using more than one to sort the mail immediately just when you receive it). 

4. To organize your pantry, like Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! did


(Photo by Hi Sugarplum!)

5. To keep in the same place all the loose small pieces of scrapbooking paper that you had left from your craft projects.

6. In the storage room, to keep bulbs, batteries, wires, and all kind of stuff separated.

7. To keep tupperware lids all at the same place

9. On the counter of your kitchen, to place pots of aromatic plants without having to worry about making a mess when you water them.

10. To keep your cleaning products classified, so you can carry the right ones depending on what you're going to clean.