I must say, I have neglected this blog quite vigorously.  I have been extremely busy dealing with some medical issues (my left hand has developed some lovely neuropathy, etc) and making soap for the spring craft fairs, so I haven’t taken the time to write.  All of my reading has been about soap and bath products, and I don’t figure anyone wants to read my reviews of those. :)

However, I thought it was likely time for an update.  My son is going through the process of being evaluated for ADHD, which is interesting.  My daughter is thriving, mostly – she’s doing well in school, and has a core group of friends who don’t do the drama thing which seems to become a part of life starting at this age (sixth grade).  The husband is doing the husband thing, I am doing the soap thing, and in general, things aren’t going too terribly.

Just a quick update

My father passed away on September 4. I am still dealing with this. It was unexpected, and the whole family is still devastated. But we are strong people, and we are coping.

In other news, I restarted my soap-making company I had been working on back in 2007/8. I closed down for a while, because we moved across the state and I sold/donated all my supplies. But I missed it. And since I have completely lost all interest in digital scrapbooking design (selling at MyMemories seems to do that to a lot of designers, but my Etsy shop is still open), I have time now to devote to soaping again!

So, I’ll be at Oakville High School, for their Oakville Band Parents Association Craft Fair, this Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7. It starts at 9 on Saturday, 10 on Sunday, and runs through 4 each day.

Come see us!

Book Review: Crash & Burn by Michael Hassan

Crash and Burn Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another of those books that has kept me thinking, even after finishing it. The main thing I am thinking, though, is that I never knew this sort of high school life. I wouldn’t have known where to get weed if I had wanted it, and I honestly don’t know who used and who didn’t. I never got invited to any parties like the ones Crash talks about. So I didn’t really relate to the characters, other than that I knew a few people like Roxanne. Despite that, I did enjoy the book. I wish there had been more insight into Burn’s mind. There just wasn’t enough. Granted, in the framework of Crash writing the book, there wasn’t any way to work that in. Still, all in all, I enjoyed this book and found it well-written.

One major drawback for me is that this is considered YA/Teen. The sex talk is a little explicit, there is copious use of the F-word, and the drug use is never-ending. Given that my 11-year-old reads from the YA section, that’s a little bothersome (yes, I do monitor what she’s checking out from the library).

Book Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I’ve got an image and link above but Ad-Block thinks it’s an ad, so if you can’t see it, I apologize. This is an absolutely terrible cover for this book. I’ve read that the UK version has a much better cover, but I can’t be bothered to track it down right now.

I’m still thinking about this story 24 hours later, and that’s always a sign to me that it was a good book. I must admit, I don’t even like the characters – they live in a world I have no familiarity with whatsoever and don’t really WANT to know. Rich kids, private schools, partying – not my thing. At all. Even a little bit.

But, I’m going to re-read it. Because the ending made me yell. Out loud. In a good way. I may be really dense, but I really, really did NOT see that coming. I LOVE it when a book surprises me. So few do anymore. This one shouldn’t have, I suppose, but it did, and I like it. Now, I need to re-read for the nuances and foreshadowing that I missed. It’ll be worth it.

More Plastic Canvas!

I made another plastic canvas purse, and this one I’m actually going to use!  I know these pictures are a little blurry. I’m still trying to get the hang of taking pictures with my cell phone camera!

Purple Plastic Purse

Of course, it has little spots for my danglies.  The right side is holding my wallet-on-a-chain.  Here’s the inside:

It’s actually quite hard to see.  There is a center pocket area where the planner goes – the planner you can see holding it up at an angle, lol!  It has room inside for my Nook, my planner, a pocket for my keys and glasses, one for my wallet, and one for my phone.  I’ll be fixing the bit of loose yarn on the left, of course.

This is my awesome planner.  I actually cobbled it together from about 3 other planners I’ve had in the past. hehe… I used the cover from one, and inside it has a normal planner refill for the months, notebook paper that came with the original planner, and tabs and folders from a completely different one.  And it’s held together with book-binder rings I got at Hobby Lobby.

I know these things aren’t digiscrap related, but they’re still crafty, so that counts, right? :)