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"If they do not write the kind of books we want to read, we shall have to write them ourselves." -C.S. Lewis


May 2016

Crafting Books


If you’re like me, you love books. You love reading and some of you enjoy writing as well. The thought of ripping a book apart probably breaks your heart. You couldn’t do it could you? Cutting the spine from the innards of the books. Tearing the spine apart. Cutting pages from a book??? It’s a truly horrifying thought.

Let me put it to you this way. You have boxes of old and used books at work. There is not space left for them so your boss tells you to tear the spine and covers off, then recycle the interior. What?? Surely you’re not going to lose your job over books. The next best thing you can do, is salvage what you can of these books. Save the spines, save the covers, clip out images and passages from the interior, and repurpose them. This is exactly what I did.

Using Pinterest and other creative sources of inspiration, I created a line of upcycled crafts that I sell on my Etsy shop and I invite you to take a look¬†here. I offer eReader cases for Kindle and Nook (7″, 8″, and 9″ sizes are available). I also upcycle bottle caps and have created fun collections of bottle cap magnets. I also make floral wreaths and some other crafts. I offer custom designs so if you see anything you like and would like is personalized, feel free to message me.

Thanks for having a look and happy shopping!

Book Review: This House is Haunted by John Boyne


The full synopsis for this book can be found¬†here, but the gist of the story is a woman, after losing her father and last remaining family member, moves to the country become governess at the mysterious Gaudlin Hall where a “presence” resides. This book was written by the same author who wrote The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

This was a fun book. I love creepy and “things that go bump in the night”-type stories. This was a classic ghost story if ever I read one. I love the setting (1867 England) which just adds to the aura of gloom to the story; Charles Dickens at the height of his writing career, the prelude years of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. This story reminded me a great deal of the movie “The Others” starring Nicole Kidman. You remember it? The mother and children living in a wealthy estate in post-war England, the haunted mansion and the creepy caretakers? Yeah, this was very reminiscent of that and I loved it! I think the narrator occasionally slipped into modern terminology and that was disorienting at times, but for the most part this writing was right on queue for an edge-of-your-seat ghost story. I recommend it for anyone who liked the Dickens’ ghost stories, or for that matter “The Others” and that type of story.

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