Buku Baru Desember 2011

Rasanya saya bener - bener kurang produktif bulan ini. Kerjaan 10 jam sehari, ditambah saya jadi gampang capek dan langsung tepar abis sampai kos, bikin saya jarang update blog. Walaupun sudah baca 4 buku (miris) di bulan ini, saya cuma bikin review 1 judul aja (miris lagi). Dan ternyata hari ini adalah hari terakhir tahun 2011.

Well, daripada saya meratapi nasib (apalagi kemaren tanggal 30, saya bener-bener ketimpa sial, udah jatuh kejedot palang pula => beneran), posting terakhir di bulan ini dan tahun ini adalah buku - buku yang saya beli maupun menang kuis sebelumnya. Tanpa basa - basi lagi, cekidot penampilannya [army]

P.S : Maaf kalau agak burem, karena kameranya hape biasa aja sih hohohoho...


Buku yang menang kuis/giveaway




Untuk seri Hold dari Stephanie Tyler dan juga SEALs of My Dreams, bisa dibilang saya menang besar, karena baru kali ini saya menang 1 seri langsung plus bonusnya, hehehe. Seri ini saya menangkan dari As The Page Turn Blog. Dan covernya pun ada Paul Marrons, dijamin walau ceritanya biasa saja, setidaknya covernya luar biasa.

Angels of Darkness, anthology yang memuat karya Nalini Singh, author favorit saya. Rasanya kayak mimpi pas menang ini, apalagi saya udah pernah menang sebelumnya di blog Book Lovers. Inc. Covernya bener-bener mewah, dan dari review yang saya baca isinya juga ga mengecewakan. Tapi toh Nalini Singh tidak pernah mengecewakan saya, walau saya kurang yakin dengan author lainnya. Ilona Andrews, saya cuma baca 1 karyanya, dan cukup menyukainya. Untuk Meljean Brooks, terus terang sulit untuk memahami bukunya, jadi mungkin pass saja. Membaca karya Sharon Shinn lah yang akan jadi pengalaman baru untuk saya.


Hadiah dari teman


Kiss of Snow karya pengarang favorit tahun 2011 versi saya, Nalini Singh, akan selalu menempati tempat khusus di hati saya. Karena ini adalah pemberian dari teman Goodreads saya yang berada di Kanada. Walaupun dia mengorder via bookdepository, tetep saja ini pertama kalinya saya dikasih hadiah murni bukan menang kuis dari temen bule, hehehehehe. Ceritanya sendiri cukup panjang, dimulai dari saya menang giveaway, tapi hadiahnya dianulir karena saya bukan warga US, bikin hati saya cukup gondok dan juga marah :( . Saya pun curhat masalah ini di Twitter, dan karena temen saya Annie (iya itu namanya) ini juga aktif di Twitter, dia menanggapinya dengan walau dianulir, seharusnya si penyelenggara tetep memberikan hadiah, apalagi waktu itu si bloggernya tidak mencantumkan apakah kuisnya international atau bukan. Jadi salah siapa ini saudara2?

Ah, daripada pikir panjang, saya memutuskan untuk melupakan masalah itu, walau tetep jengkel. Tak dinyana, Annie malah ngetweet, mau membelikan buku via bookdepository dengan nominal di bawah 10 USD. Saya cuma bisa menganga dan tak bisa berkata-kata. Lalu berpikir betapa baiknya hati gadis ini, padahal kami ga pernah ketemu, hanya lewat Twitter dan Goodreads, tapi seolah udah kenal sejak lama saja :'). Akhirnya saya memilih Kiss of Snow, dan bulan ini bukunya datang. Terimakasih banyak Annie Tegelan! ^_^

Buku yang dibeli

Untuk buku yang dibeli, bulan ini saya cuma beli sebanyak 8 buku. Jumlah yang sedikit, maklum gajian ga full paid (cuma separuh karena November saya masuk kerja tengah bulan) dan saya masih berusaha settle di Jakarta. Untuk buku yang dibeli saya bagi jadi dua, karena belinya emang ga barengan (ralat : fotonya ga barengan)


Untuk seri Flynn Trilogy, jujur membeli karena cover, wkwkwkwk. yah, saat ini GPU sukses memasang jebakan betmen buat saya, karena walaupun covernya sedap dipandang, sayang isi ceritanya biasa saja. FYI, saya udah baca Deadly Night, dan bagi saya biasa - biasa saja (review menyusul) yang tidak biasa mungkin covernya dengan cowo keren yang sebenarnya sama sekali ga sesuai ma penampilan Aidan Flynn, si hero (nah, lho). Semoga aja buku- buku tentang adiknya Aidan, Jeremy dan Zach cukup menarik perhatian saya (apalagi cover Zach, Deadly Gift yang menurut saya modelnya mirip Mas Nununya The Matrix itu, walau kata temen saya lebih mirip si cowo no 1 terseksi versi People, Bradley Cooper =)) ).

Saya beli Touch of Darkness, karena emang punya seri pertamanya, Scent of Darkness. Masih belum baca, tapi doakan saja segera ya. Untuk One Foot in The Grave, saya tau sudah diterbitkan terjemahannya disini, tapi saya sendiri sudah baca ebooknya dari dulu. Pas tau ada yang jual sekennya, pucuk di ulam pun tiba, karena edisi seken buku no 2 seri Night Huntress ini udah langka. Dan yang jelas akang Bones mah wajib dibeli hukumnya :)).

A Discovery of Witches dibeli di Periplus Juanda, saat saya mau balik ke Jakarta paska mudik ke Malang kemaren liburan Natal. Kebetulan Peri sedang diskon 50%, tapi sungguh judulnya ga ada yang menarik perhatian. Saya ga tertarik beli buku hisrom, YA ataupun Sherrilyn Kenyon maupun Christine Feehan yang bertebaran di rak 50%, dan new releasenya juga ga bikin hati pengen beli. Sampai akhirnya saya melihat buku ini, dan mengingat kalau buku karya pertama Deborah Harkness ini dipuji-puji banyak pihak bahkan oleh Oprah Winfrey sendiri, serta lemahnya saya sama buku overhype, a Discovery of Witches sukses meluncur ke tas saya. Yah, itung -itung harganya yang cukup murah (hanya 80ribu) untuk buku setebal hampir 700 halaman, dan juga sekalian bikin kartu member sementara Periplus.



Untuk dua buku yang dibeli diatas, saya sadar kalo koleksi terjemahan saya dikit banget dibandingkan dengan buku English, so masuklah 2 buku ini ke tas saya. Saya beli My Stupid Boss : Impossible We Do, Miracle We Try!, karena tertarik dengan premisnya. Apalagi saya saat ini sudah jadi karyawan, lumayan lah buku ini nantinya untuk bikin senam muka gratis nan menyehatkan. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane sendiri sudah menarik perhatian saya sejak awal diterbitkan, hanya ga punya waktu buat beli, baru kepikiran sekarang. Romance dengan cerita ala Dan Brown? Saya langsung ngiler dan ga butuh waktu lama buat beli.

Jadi, buku bulan Desember ini tidak begitu banyak. Saya sendiri sempat membaca hanya Deadly Night karya Heather Graham dan juga Kiss of Snow yang saya baca sekarang. Not bad untuk akhir tahun, tapi saya berjanji mulai tahun depan akan lebih bijak dalam membeli buku dan banyak baca buku terjemahan. Can I do that? We will see.

Apa buku barumu di bulan Desember ini?

Purple

Purple is made by mixing red and blue together, the warmest and coolest colours. It is thought to be the ideal colour because of that.


They say if one surrounds oneself with purple one will have peace of mind...go figure!


Purple is the colour I keep making and painting with these days. The panels below are details of my latest work..still in progress.


two kinds of purple

I want to have lots of stitching on these.

POETRY FRIDAY- A FEW FOUND POEMS




This week, I am unpacking a few of the boxes of books, that have been in the corner of my bedroom for about three months. Unfortunately, unpacking books, for me, often involves more reading than unpacking, and that is pretty much what has happened this time. Ran across Anne LaMott's PLAN B: FURTHER THOUGHTS ON FAITH, which I loved the first time. LaMott's brand of Christianity is about as shiny, and pious, and squeaky clean as mine, which is to say it's none of those things, at all. Anyway, I decided to make found poems…



"Through this Craziness"

"How are we
going to get through
this craziness?"
I asked Father Tom.

There was
silence.

For a moment.

Left foot,
right foot,
left foot,
breathe.

I don't know
who can lead us away
from the craziness
and barbarity.

But I know
that in the desert

you stay out

of the blistering sun.

You go out
during the early morning
and in the cool
of the evening.

You seek
oasis
shade
safety
refreshment.

In the desert
you stay out
of the blistering sun.
************

"Saying Goodbye"

After the loss of her dog, Sadie:
It still hurts
sometimes,
to have lost Sadie.

She was like
the floating garlands
sculptor Andy Goldsworthy
made in the documentary
Rivers and Tides:
yellow and red and green leaves,
connected to one another with thorns,
floating away
in the current

swirling
drifting back
toward the shore
getting cornered
in eddies,
drifting free again.

All along
you know
that they will disperse
once they are out
of your vision,

but they will never be gone entirely

because you saw them.
****************

"Bulbs"
Planting bulbs
always sounds
like a romantic and fun thing to do

but it never is.

The earth is rocky
and full of roots,
it's clay.
It seems doomed
and polluted

yet you dig little holes

for ugly
shrivelled bulbs,
throw in a handful of poppy seeds,
and cover everything over,
and you know
you'll never see them again--

it's death
and clay
and shrivel.

Your hands
are nicked
from the rocks

your nails
are black
with the soil.

December and January
are so grim…

Yet in spring

daffodils
and poppies

are waiting
in the wings.


POETRY FRIDAY is at Julie Larios' THE DRIFT RECORD.

Here it is


Well, folks, here is another big piece of the puzzle.

Like I wrote in my last post, I was walking through a nice area of Leiden with Rune early September when I noticed the house next to the chapel by the cemetary was vacant. You can see the cemetary and the chapel at the top of the photo. The house is right next to the chapel but it's hidden by the trees. I walked to the cemetary office and asked spontaneously if they were looking for a new caretaker, for the cemetary but also for the house.

The answer was short but sweet: "Yes"

I never even blinked and asked where I could apply... Well, to cut a very long story short, my friends, as of March 1st, 2012 I will be the new caretaker of the cemetary for 20 hours per week. The churchcouncil is going to renovate the house, as a matter of fact, they will start next week.

Our old sweet little house is up for sale already, and I have good hopes it will be sold soon.

I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to get more family time and have an income at the same time! I realise I am very lucky, and it is what I wish for all my friends. Happy 2012!

A JOURNEY THROUGH MUSIC CAKE

This was quite a cake!  Designed for a very special birthday celebration.  Our client said she was "speechless".  That is our goal!









HIS AND HERS BRIDAL SHOWER CAKE











A year in review blog hop

Karin over at an 'I' for paper has started of a blog hop. the idea is to upload your fave 12 projects from 2011, then pop back and link up your post, then share the love by commenting on fellow blog hoppers blogs as well,
i thought this sounded like a great idea and alot of fun so here are my fave projects of 2011, i do hope you like them too.

In no particular order here are my faves.....................
My fave maggi card using MME papers
                                      My very fave edwin card using the dovecraft bascis papers
 A fab twisted easel and one of my first goes at these
 And a fast approaching fave stamp brand of mine...the greeting farm and madelyns one of my faves
                                                       And another greeting farm stamps
 Here is my fave image from cardmadfairy's creations she is only 99p (click on my sidebar link if you wanna see more of her
                                                             A confirmation easel card
                                                                simple wedding card
                                                         Craftwork cards christmas card
                                                and last but nto least a piece of my jewellery
I do hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my fave things of 2011, why not join in and enter HERE.

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Ms Emma still designs

My friend, Sofia Verna, was in Toronto recently. She is the owner of Ms Emma Designs but more importantly she is the designer, painter, the artist behind the clothes.

Ms Emma Designs, 543 College Street, Toronto

While she was in town, she was busy sewing up a storm!


Her fabrics are as beautiful as ever! She paints and dyes them in her studio in Italy. She has a great colour sense!



She also makes wonderful jackets out of the wool from her sheep!

crocheted jackets

photo taken several years ago at Sofia's farm/residence

In September, 2013, I will be taking a group of quilters/textile artists to Umbria, Italy, for 10 days.

our destination for September 2013

The itinerary for this trip will include a day at Sofia's gorgeous home and property. We will be having a class with her in her studio!

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BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX by Laurel Snyder

Times are hard. And because they are hard for adults, they are also hard for kids. Now, more than I ever, I need to be able to hand kids books that say, "You are not alone." I have found a new one this week.

Twelve-year-old Rebecca, in Laurel Snyder's BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX, will be a friend, I am sure, for many of my students. Her mom and dad are having a hard time, and finally, one day after school, her mom puts Rebecca and her three-year-old brother, Lew, in the car and leaves Baltimore, headed for her mother's house in Atlanta.

Rebecca, who has always been called Rebecca, misses her dad horribly. And she is a new kid, missing her niche and friends in her old school, trying to be the "Becky" that the popular kids at her new school want her to be. And her mom, drowning in adult issues, is not really there to help.

Rebecca/Becky's life is further complicated by a magical bread box that she finds in the attic at her grandmother's house. She can wish for anything she wants- an iPod, her favorite Baltimore treats, cash, cute clothes-- and as long as it is small enough to fit into a bread box, her wish will be granted. Rebecca uses the bread box a lot, until she discovers the source of all of its riches…

BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX is one of those books that screams to be shared with kids. It's about family, and fitting in, and growing up, and right and wrong. But mostly, it's just about saying to kids, "You are not alone."

And I know a lot of kids that need to hear that message…

P.S. Karen, over at Literate Lives review Bread Box here, then has a recap of a skyping session between her class and Laurel Snyder here.

A couple of christmas piccies

 Hi folks i thought id share a few pics with you....
This first one is after we had tidies up the presents....yep that is what tidy looked like on christmas afternoon lol and there is mama trying to help bless her lol

 here is hubby in his santa hat, we wore one all morning till 4pm into the afternoon, doesnt he look dashing lol
 Here is my massive table for christmas dinner, i had to get in an extra table as i had 12 to cook for lol, we had a three bird and a large lamb roast with all the trimmings, as you can see my colour theme was burgundy/gold and cream.
We said we didnt want any more tracks for the boys or large items as we literally dont have the space, and we bought our alex a hot wheels wall track, but look who didnt listen....
its flippin massive, where on earth are we putting that i dont know.
It was completely bonkers all day long, and the last of our guests went by 7pm, then me an hubby could relax, although i had to be up at 4,30 boxing day morning for the next sale so not much sleep.
Anyone else sharing thier pics id love to see,
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THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL by Kirby Larson

Our Christmas vacation has been relatively quiet. I've read and reread and reread the CYBILS poetry nominees, and finally picked my five. We went to Colorado Springs and spent Christmas day with my family. I've spent time with my book club buddies and seen a couple of movies. I've done a little cleaning… What I haven't done, at least as much as I usually do, is read, at least not in the voluminous way I usually do during vacations.

Yesterday, I did pick up THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, a historical fiction novel by Kirby Larson. THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL follows Miss Tanagawa, one of 58 "ambassador dolls" sent to the United States by Japanese schoolchildren (this actually happened), in 1927. The historical fiction/fantasy line is blurred occasionally, as Miss Tanagawa interjects her voice into the lives of five different characters in five short, novella-like episodes. The first four episodes are set against the backdrop of the Great Depression era, and there is a lot of history embedded.

When Miss Tanagawa arrives in New York, she is greeted by a group of children, including Bunny, a wealthy, high society child, who is disappointed that a Roosevelt heir has been chosen over her to give the speech welcoming the dolls to the United States. Next, Miss Tanagawa travels to Chicago, where we meet Lois, a child who has dreams of flying like Amelia Earhart. After that, Miss Tanagawa is sold at an auction and ends up in the closet of a crochety old lady, whose heart is finally awakened by Willie Mae, a poor young girl whose father has been killed in a coal mining accident in the Appalachian mountains. From there, Miss Tanagawa travels to a museum in Oregon, where she encounters Lucille, who is traveling cross country with her widowed father, following the crops during the Great Depression. Miss Tanagawa plays the role of conscience or comforter.

I really enjoyed how Kirby Larson structured this novel to capture the lives of several characters during the era from 1927-1941. I was fascinated by how she used Miss Tanagawa as the common thread tying the stories together. I can't wait to share this book with some of my girls next week…

My Artist Self

Although I was away from my studio and sewing machine for a few days, my artist spirit was still with me. Everywhere I looked was something inspirational-

a shadow,


a pattern,



a shape,


colour.

oops..I'm in the corner there!

I had some quiet moments while the kids and husband slept-in. I worked out some new art ideas.

I am back at home now without the rest of the family.

The girls are still in Paris.

The boys are at the Reford farm.

A bit more tranquility at the end of a busy, busy year.