Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A HAPPY Snowman

Hello Hello
I'm back and have a little some'em some'em for you today. During the holiday season I found a
tutorial on Pinterest well several actually on how to make sock snowmen and fell head-over-heels for it so I tried a few of my own versions.
This one here was my first attempt and although the others that I made and then gave as gifts turned out super cute this one is probably still my favorite.
At the time I started making this cutie I didn't have any extra socks, so I created a muslin tube sewing the bottom end shut and then filled it with rice and then tied off the top with a rubber band. To create the rest of her outfit -lace shirt, hat, and scarf- I used some left over fabric that I seem to collect randomly.
To separate her three body parts I first used two of those clear hair rubber bands then once I got her shirt in place I over lapped the bands with two pieces of jute string and tied each one into a bow. For the buttons on her shirt I just used a couple of gold sequins that I had had out on my craft table at the time and adhered them with a glue dot for the time being. Her nose is a toothpick that I stuck down inside of the muslin tube and just barely pushed out, I didn't secure it in this snowman but I would recommend it if you adventure this, and then finally for her eyes I sewed on two black buttons. To doll her up a bit more I added an ivory trim around her hat and then topped it off with a couple of holly berries and red tinsel.
All in all I love her, she is elegant yet fun! 
I haven't named her yet but I have no doubt in the years to come she will certainly help us celebrate our holiday season.
I think in total I made 6 more of these 'sock snowmen' but I did those in sets and actually used socks for them. I paired them off as couples so the set had one guy and one girl. They actually did look super cute but unfortunately because of time restraints I didn't get any photos so if I get a chance next time I see them, being as they all have found good homes within our family, I'll try to snap a few pictures and do a follow-up post.
So there you have it, my version of the 'sock snowman' and I sure hope you like her, if you have any questions please feel free to comment me and thanks for takin' a peek! Hope you all have a great rest of the week and keep safe!
just B

Monday, January 26, 2015

Reading Binge

Hello Hello
What's Up?


Did you all think I forgot about you, I didn't I promise. I have just been taking a much, much needed break...away from my scrap room, away from my blog, even away from all my 'to-do's'...yes and I'll tell ya - it's been nice.
So you ask, "what have you been doing then just B?"
Well...I've been a book worm for the last month, truth be told I haven't even finished my December Daily yet because I got caught up in all the 'finishing touches' that a momma has to do and well you know the rest...

So this is where I've been... 

Holy hell, what a freakin' ride.
I just finished the Divergent series and I am still trying to process everything that happened.
Veronica Roth has spun a series so fascinating and ultimately addictive that I couldn't put it down and I just want more...
So now I'm currently reading Four and seeing life from his eyes and I am just as intrigued.

***spoiler alert***

I have read a lot of negative feed back for this last installment {Allegiant} particularly and well...although I can't disagree that I am upset by the ending I also have to admit that while I didn't care for it at first doesn't mean that that's not what really should have happened. 
I've read things such as - 'this book is so far fetched and nothing is plausible' to 'why bother putting so much into a character just to end her' to 'nothing about this book is realistic' 
so my response to those who have dubbed the book a complete fail let me remind you that first of all, it's not your story it belongs to Veronica Roth and second of all if you want something based in reality read The Fault in Our Stars or better yet read something NON-FICTION then you'll have a basis for your compliant when things don't add up. The whole reason for this story is to Entertain hence it being filed under Fiction but it also allows us the opportunity to expand our thinking about this type of situation. I don't know about you but I personally don't put anything past our government and something even a sacred as genetics -in their mind- is fair game so even though this thought scares the shit out of me I also think that it is a real possibility in the very near future and something that we should avoid at all costs. 
Whether you believe in Creation or Evolution I don't think that interfering with our genetic code is something we should ever attempt or even take lightly and I don't believe that was Veronica's motive. I believe she feels similar to many of us which was probably one of her many reasons for writing this book, although entertaining it was also a way for her to hash out her own fears and doubts about genetic testing/coding and the dangers therein, and what with this series being so popular now maybe someone, somewhere, will take the dangers seriously. Am I saying that Veronica is predicting the future of science? Of course not, no doubt this is an area already being researched but that doesn't mean that she can't have her say that helps fight against the many others who think this kind of science experimenting is good, but this is just my own personal opinion.

***stepping down off my soap box now***

Ultimately I am glad that I did in fact read the entire series and that I did not listen to all the negative feedback about this series and the final installment. Granted my view for sure would have been altered a bit if Allegiant had ended differently -the romantic in me would have been much happier- but I believe I would have sorely missed the most important message that Veronica was ultimately teaching, and that is: to hold the ones you love close, cherish them and respect them  because you just never know when it'll be the last time.
This is all that I have for today, maybe I'll have more tomorrow or the next day but being that I haven't done any creating in 
I'm not sure I'll have something of significance for at least a week or two but I may rant-and-rave again if I read some more so stay tuned for that if you so!
Thanks for stoppin' in I do appreciate it - and I promise I will get back into the groove of crafting in the very near future I'm sure of it,  but until then...
keep calm and read on.

just B

Check out this book on Goodreads: Allegiant (Divergent, #3)