13 books for 2013 – Book Club

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Hi there!
Lets read 13 great books in 2013…shall we?

First book (my choice, Katie gets to pick February’s!): “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society“.
So far, I’m in love! It’s compelling! Written in a series of letters which go back and forth from an amazingly unique and refreshing group of very eclectic characters, I literally can’t put it down. Love that!

Have you read it?

Want to pick the next book? You do…

Get in on the (nerdy) fun!

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29 paintings for 29 days for $29.99…

This year to celebrate Leap Year, I am going to undertake a fun little/crazy project and do a small (12″ x 12″) painting a day for 29 days (each costing only $29!) in hopes of getting some of my artwork out there and enjoying the fruits of a little forced creativity.

"Crash" by Megan Elizabeth (12x12)

The details:

1.  Each week in February, I will post the next week’s paintings available on Etsy. *

2.  Tell a friend about this great way to support a “starving” (ok, I am fine, but it wouldn’t hurt to sell a couple of paintings!) artist.

3.  Buy a painting direct from my Etsy page.  Click here to view my Etsy site.
* Advance purchases can be made by contacting me in the Comments section of my site or by sending me a message here and requesting a date or painting!


A sneak preview:

Source: etsy.com via Megan on Pinterest

 

3 Fashion Trends Guys Hate! And the ones they love…

Every now and then its fun to get a glimpse into the secret world of men.  Being that I have a husband and a roommate of the male persuasion, I get this glimpse all too frequently!

So, today I am sharing the Fashion Trends that men hate.  (They feel quite strongly about this, apparently!)

1.  Maxi dresses - “The whole point of a sundress is to see a little leg” (direct quote).  Apparently, there is no reason for all that extra fabric, ladies!

2. Pashmina Scarves – The horror, men don’t like them!  Well boys, tough, I am still wearing one every day.  The reaction that I received was  “Oh, look at me, I am so cool I wear scarves.  If you are cold, wear a turtleneck”.  Honestly, who wears turtlenecks!

3.  Dresses without a shape.  I can kind of understand this idea, men like curves and don’t always want to see a boxy dress over a lovely body.  Ok, point for the men, I concede.

Trends they love:

Jeans with a white t-shirt (wow, so simple!)

Things not pictured: Leggings (haha, so obvious), Short skirts (really?, we had no idea!) and tight dresses (original, thanks guys).

Hope you enjoyed a little enlightenment from the other gender!

M

Fun times on Pinterest – Quotes

It’s official, I’m addicted to Pinterest – it’s just so darn fun to browse while holding a sleeping baby :)

I have found some great wall art / quotes that deserve mentioning.  Enjoy!

Re-reading favorites from childhood…

Something I always think about is re-reading some of the books that really helped me to become the little bookworm that I am today as an adult.  After finishing my M.A. in Spanish Literature and reading more serious books like don Quijote and La Celestina, it might be fun to travel back in time and re-read some of my favorites from the 90s!

Some of the books that come to mind are:

“Harriet the Spy” by Louis Fitzhugh- My first favorite “real book”, about a little rebel spy girl who creates an adventure!  (we shared a passion for crazy imaginations).  Read more about her here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87779452

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – My first “classic” book, which I loooooved!  You cannot beat the intoxicating portrait of the South, coupled with a little social justice and mystery all wrapped into one great book.  And, who can complain about the black and white movie with Gregory Peck, who I convinced myself I was related to due to family with the last name Peck.

Read more about the 50th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird” here:

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2010/07/the-booky-man-revisiting-to-kill-a-mockingbird-on.html

“Ramona Quinby, age 8″ by Beverly Cleary – As soon as I began to read these books, I became obsessed with little Ramona and her adventures as a 3rd grader.  I remember thinking that her life was super cool, and not recalling now as to why! (thus, the need to re-read these little gems!)

“Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parrish – My favorite “comic” book about a maid that takes her instructions very literally and is a mess!  I loved her attitude towards life and making mistakes and found her to be the cutest little maid that ever lived.  These books were a favorite of my elementary school classmates because we always had a copy floating around for “silent reading time” (which, turns out, was only fun for me and like 3 other students in class, not my hubby who was in the same class and wiggling to get outside and play!)

Read more here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1049147.Amelia_Bedelia

There are so many more like “Sarah, plain and tall”, “Little House on the Prairie” and “Little Women”, but I have to control myself here! :)

Which were your favorites?

M

Etsy Daydream

Another fun place to cruise on a snowy Tuesday (if it actually snows!) is Etsy.  I love randomly finding artwork like this one below:

Madrid Mapcut (granted, it is $1,100, but so freakin’ cool!):

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54765002/madrid-mapcut?ref=sr_list_1&ga_search_query=madrid+mapcut&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

It’s like going to a flea market while in your PJs!

Have a great day.

M