Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg

What an inspiring book! I don’t think I have ever seen such gorgeous paper plants ever. In the past I have tried tissue paper flowers, but have never actually tried to recreate houseplants.


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Handmade Houseplants:
Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper
byCorrie Beth Hogg, Christine Han (Photographs)

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, crafts and hobbies, art, paper crafts, techniques, step-by-step, visual, home decor.
*Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Timber Press

 


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Practical Landscape Painting by David Hollis

Art review time! and as some of you might know, I have been investing a huge part of my time with watercolors so any watercolor book catches my attention. Have you tried watercolors before?


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Practical Landscape Painting:
Materials, Techniques & Projects
by David Hollis

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, arts, painting, illustrated, basic skills, techniques, step-by-step, learn as you go.
*Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Ivy Press

 


 

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The Strong Mind: The Art of Building the Inner Strength to Overcome Life’s Difficulties by Ryuho Okawa

When I saw this title was available for reviewing I just clicked. The title sounded like something I would really want to work on: having a strong mind. I have read about procrastination, anxiety, stress, habit building and such, so I was really into this one, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be.


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The Strong Mind: The Art of Building the Inner Strength to Overcome Life’s Difficulties
by Ryuho Okawa

Keywords: non-fiction, inspirational, self-help, memoir, spiritual, anecdotal, mind and spirit, japanese culture.
*ebook, 224 pages
Published May 25th 2018 by Irh Press


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Thank you to the Awesome Nicole!

Yesterday was my bday I leveled up and Nicole @The BookWorm Drinketh became my uncle for a day and delivered the best drunken uncle speech ever! 😀 I have no uncles, so it was my very first!

 

I had a very nice day! My hubby made burgers ( sorry Nicole, not planning to have another wedding, hahaha! but you are warmly invited to the anniversary 😛 ). I also played Final Fantasy XIV with friends until my eyes couldn’t remain open anymore. A blissful day for an introvert!

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That’s my character in his room posing next to a mini Hien (one of my ffxiv husbandos) I got as bday present. See the wall on the back? I fill my room with books even in games :’D

You can check Nicole’s post on the link below, Cheers!!

Alicia, So, I have promised a drunken uncle speech… And a drunken uncle speech I shall instill in all its glory… (BTW, Alicia, I STILL expect to be invited to the wedding! 😉) So, Alicia. It is your birthday, and I am SO PROUD OF THAT! I’ve known Alicia since Your reviews have been amazing, […]

via A Birthday Wish for Miss Honeybug’s Reads and Crafts/aka Alicia! — The BookWorm Drinketh

Three-day Lyrical Challenge: Day 3

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The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day

This is the last day awww… Thank you Megan @The Cozied Reader for this joyful experience! 😀

 

Day 3: Illusion & Dream

by Poets of the Fall

 

My favorite finnish band, yup! and they sing in english, so rejoice! you can understand and sing along. Their lyrics are poetic and deep, their songs emotional and their vocals just breathtaking…

 

Composer: Poets of the Fall
Lyricist: Marko Saaresto
Music Publisher: Insomniac Oy

Look in my eyes I’ll make you see
We’re drifting aimlessly
Blind in a world of make believe

Hear them sing their songs off key n’ nod like they agree
Buying the needs to be discreet

I’ve got no hand in matters worldly
I hardly care at all
What’s going on fails to concern me
‘Cause I’m locked behind my wall
But you know what drives me out
Out of my mind oh

It’s whatever makes you see
Makes you believe
And forget about the premonition you need to conceive
The images they sell are Illusion and Dream
In other words dishonesty

If I speak ill please, humour me
Won’t rant on endlessly
Just thought I’d try to make you see

It doesn’t solve a thing to dress it, in a pretty gown
A stone will not need you to guess if, you’re still going to drown
So you know what drives me out
Out of my mind, oh

It’s whatever makes you see, makes you believe
And forget about the premonition you need to conceive
The images they sell are Illusion & Dream
In other words dishonesty

So can you name your demon?
Understand it’s scheming
I raise my glass and say “Here’s to you”

Can you chase your demon?
Or will it take your freedom?
I raise my class and say “Here’s to you”

I’ve got no hand in matters worldly
I hardly care at all
What’s going on fails to concern me
‘Cause I’m locked behind my wall
But you know what drives me out
Out of my mind oh

It’s whatever makes you see
Makes you believe
And forget about the premonition you need to conceive
That the images they sell are Illusion and Dream
In other words dishonesty

So whatever makes you see
Makes you believe
And forget about the premonition you need to conceive
The images they sell are Illusion and Dream
In other words dishonesty
With silence comes peace
With peace comes freedom
With freedom comes silence

Day 3: Nominations

 

I nominate Nefalibata! @always a nefalibata

(Everyone who finds this tag interesting, let me know in the comments below and I will nominate you!!)

Three-day Lyrical Challenge: Day 2

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The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day

Thank you Megan @The Cozied Reader! I’m having so much fun with this tag girl! 😀

 

Day 2: Answers

performed by Susan Calloway

 

Some of you might know how much I love Final Fantasy games, specially FFXIV which is a MMORPG with awesome music, game mechanics, art and design.

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This is the main theme of FFXIV 1.0 and A Real Reborn (in other words, main theme of the game before the expansions: Heavensward, which has another beautiful theme song, and Stormblood, with a song of its own as well).

Music: Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics: Yaeko Sato & Michael-Christopher Koji Fox
Vocals: Susan Calloway

I close my eyes, tell us why must we suffer
Release your hands, for your will drags us under
My legs grow tired, tell us where must we wander
How can we carry on if redemption’s beyond us?

To all of my children in whom Life flows abundant
To all of my children to whom Death hath passed his judgement
The soul yearns for honor, and the flesh the hereafter
Look to those who walked before to lead those who walk after

Shining is the Land’s light of justice
Ever flows the Land’s well of purpose
Walk free, walk free, walk free, believe…
The Land is alive, so believe…

Suffer (Feel) Promise (Think) Witness (Teach) Reason
(Hear) Follow (Feel) Wander (Think) Stumble (Teach) Listen
(Speak) Honor (Speak) Value (Tell) Whisper (Tell) Mention
(Hope) Ponder (Hope) Warrant (Wish) Cherish (Wish) Welcome
(Roam) Witness (Roam) Listen (Roam) Suffer (Roam) Sanction
(Sleep) Weather (Sleep) Wander (Sleep) Answer Sleep on

Now open your eyes while our plight is repeated
Still deaf to our cries, lost in hope we lie defeated
Our souls have been torn, and our bodies forsaken
Bearing sins of the past, for our future is taken

War born of strife, these trials persuade us not
(Feel what? Learn what?)
Words without sound, these lies betray our thoughts
(See what? Hear what?)
Mired by a plague of doubt, the Land, she mourns
Judgement binds all we hold to a memory of scorn
Tell us why, given Life, we are meant to die, helpless in our cries?

Witness (Feel) Suffer (Think) Borrow (Teach) Reason
(Hear) Follow (Feel) Stumble (Think) Wander (Teach) Listen
(Blink) Whisper (Blink) Shoulder (Blink) Ponder (Blink) Weather
(Hear) Answer (Look) Answer (Think) Answer together

Thy Life is a riddle, to bear rapture and sorrow
To listen, to suffer, to entrust unto tomorrow
In one fleeting moment, from the Land doth life flow
Yet in one fleeting moment, for anew it doth grow
In the same fleeting moment
Thou must live
Die
And know

Day 2: Nominations

Everyone who finds this tag interesting, let me know in the comments below and I will nominate you!!

Three-day Lyrical Challenge: Day 1

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The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day

 

Thank you Megan @The Cozied Reader! Let’s spread the luv for music! 😀

Day 1: Super Eurobeat

Super Eurobeat is the title for a series of CD compilations of Eurobeat music in Japan (Although Italian eurobeat producers and songs might be involved, yes, even if the singer or lyrics are japanese). “The series itself is one of the longest running in the entire world. It has been running for over twenty five years and currently consists of 249 volumes (not counting the many “Super Eurobeat presents” albums)” –wikipedia . So that is a loooot of Eurobeat music if we consider that each CD has about 10 to 18 songs!

Funfact: Eurobeat is strongly associated with Para Para dancing… but that kids, is another story.

Now, for me, Super Eurobeat is my source for productivity, the energy drink of my ears, what keeps me going every day. Seriously, this is the only thing that keeps moving, I transform into a sloth without it. Btw, don’t listen to it before going to bed!

 

 

Day 1: Nominations

Nesha @#moe404

mmmm… I have no idea who else would like to be nominated? (oh my, and it is just day 1) gasp! so, I will say what is usually said in this situation…

Everyone who finds this tag interesting, let me know in the comments below and I will nominate you!!

 

The Liebster Award!

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Fridaaaayy!! woohooo!  How are you? What are you going to do this weekend? I’m planning to play Final Fantasy XIV, read and relax painting with watercolors.

My friend Angelica from The Geeky Contralto nominated me and I’m so happy! Thank you!!. She has everything I like: book reviews, music content, art content, she loves The Phantom of the Opera and she re-introduced me to the wonderful world of Vocaloid! (I started listening to it many years ago and it didn’t sound as cool as it does now, it was worth giving it a second chance!). Please, check out her blog there is also Kpop and many geeky things! \o/

Rules

1. Link to Global Aussie’s Award blog post. Comment with a link to your Award post. And put the official Liebster Award stamp on your blog.

2. Acknowledge and link to the blogger who nominated you.

3. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

4. Nominate 11 more bloggers and spread the ‘new blogger’ love.

5. Ask them 11 fun questions of your own.

6. Let them know on their blogs that you have nominated them.

 

~Angelica’s questions for me ~

 

How long have you been blogging?

1 year

1 year and like 1 or 2 months!

 

 

What inspired you to start your blog?

I’m a hardcore introvert, but I’m fully aware that socialization is needed. So, a blog sounded like a safe place to practice talking to people. The first months I got quite nervous every time I got a comment, just like in real life, but little by little it got better! \o/ so yep, it does help.

Second reason was that I wanted to promote books. I believe people should read more. Doesn’t matter if it is fiction, non fiction, manga… seriously, I have learned about many serious subjects from mangas. Like Robert Henri mentions in his book The Art Spirit: “Novels are sometimes more historical than histories. We read books. They make us think. It matters very little whether we agree with the books or not.”

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Third reason was to keep myself accountable and motivated to read and create content. I have had my depresso moments, but having a blog sure helps to keep you motivated, productive and away from nasty thoughts 😉

 

What’s your favorite blogging memory?

When Nesha followed me, not so many days after I started blogging, and it made me laugh so much that “senpai” was following me. I even made an impromptu drawing for twitter.

What’s your favorite movie that came out this year?

Haven’t gone to the movies this year, actually last time I went, I watched Episode 1, gasp. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was a hardcore introvert. Oh, I’m also quite cheap, hahaha!!

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Would you rather have your favorite book be turned into a movie or a TV show?

TV shooooowwww!! so that it lasts longer. Actually, I know The Raven Boys will become a Tv show (Netflix I think?) so I’m super excited! but yeah, I better finish reading the series first.

What’s your voice type (soprano, alto, tenor, etc.) if you know what it is?

I have no idea 😦 I would love to know! All I can tell is that this (video) is quite similar to my voice, I don’t know how to sing the ornamentations but oh how I would looove to!. I have had a soft spot for Irish singing since I was a kid.

 

What’s your opinion of electronic music?

I LOVE most of the electronic music styles, except for Trance and House (they make me anxious, like when someone scratches a blackboard with a fingernail). My favorite artist is Robert Miles (RIP).

 

Have you ever left the country you were born in?

Yep, I traveled with my parents as a kid. I was born in Mexico but now live in Finland. I miss some things, while others I’m really happy I don’t have to deal with anymore. Would be awesome to work and travel around the world, like, move to a different country every 2 years. Enough time to get to know the culture at a deeper level but short enough not to grow roots.

What’s your favorite subject in school?

All of them, ha! I bet you weren’t expecting to hear that.  I’ve always loved learning, I just hated being graded. If I must choose only one subject, that would be Theory of Knowledge (from the IB program)

 Is there a hyped book, movie, or TV show you really dislike?

This is probably the hardest question. I can usually find something positive. For example, I disliked the gore in Deadpool, that was a total no no, BUT I admit that the humor was great.

What was your favorite book as a kid?

The Innocence of Father Brown

“Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? He grows a forest to hide it in.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Innocence of Father Brown

~ My 11 Questions ~

 

If you were given the choice to take care of a 6 year old child or 2 Siberian Huskies for 3 months, which option would you choose? Why?

Lets assume you stole a bottle of life elixir (from that world inside your wardrobe or your last trip to Hogwarts) and it will make someone live without any illness or pain until they are 100 years old, when they will die peacefully. Who would you give it to or would you drink it yourself?

Have you had days when you see repetitive numbers everywhere? (like, you notice is 11:11 and then you read a blog post that says 11 questions to 11 people, then you check your email and it says you have 1 new message and 1 spam message and you are like “omg I see 1’s everywheeere”)

What do usually do to de-stress?

Have you ever won a contest?

What is you favorite time of the year?

Handmade gift or gift card?

What was the last book you read?

If I was visiting your country/ city, what kind of food should I try first?

What is your favorite game?

Tell me 3 things that have happened to you this week, that made you happy.



And my nominees will be the my 8 latest followers and 3 bloggers I found recently while traveling around WordPressland!  They deserve to be discovered and read by more people. Some of my nominees share very personal experiences, some others will make you smile or even laugh and of course, many others will make your TBR list grow 🙂 Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

RoughBandit @funpunblog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I review art and craft books but… am I arting and crafting?

The answer is simple, YES!! that is why I don’t post that often! Well, I could post more if you are interested about my creative journey, but are you?. I have started to add moodboards, fanart (my previous post included my first ever gif! wohoo! not that anyone noticed, not even the author, but I’m quite pleased with it, my little baby). This is a project I made on Skillshare, where I have learned about watercolors, design, illustration, fine arts and so on…Right now they have a lot of classes for drawing and painting with Procreate and it almost makes me want to buy an Ipad Pro >-< (btw if you want 2 free months you can get them through my referral link).

If you read to the end of this post, you’ll get free food 😉

Mark Your Memories: Make an Illustrated Milestone Map | A Creative Exercise for Any Level3

and as promised, here it is, painted baked with love by yours truly:

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See you tomorrow!

 

Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner: A comprehensive drawing course by Jim Dowdalls


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Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner:
A comprehensive drawing course
by Jim Dowdalls

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, arts, drawing, illustrated, basic skills, techniques, exercises
*Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Walter Foster Publishing


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