Saturday, June 25, 2016

Message in a Bottle Oil Lanterns

I had some fun with these.  Message in a Bottle Oil Lanterns.  The one in the middle does have lantern oil in it already, you can't tell can you?  Sand in the bottom, a 'message' made out of parchment paper and tied with twine, topped with a brass 'couplet'/ring thing, and wick.  I used electrical tape to give it a snug fit on the wine bottle.  On the other two shown, these are bottles that had screw on lids.  I drilled holes into them the size of my 'couplet' and gorilla glued them to it.  They screw on and off the bottles beautifully.  Check out my Etsy page to request a custom order if it's not something you want to try out yourself!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Secret Pleasure by Lora Leigh

The next book in the Bound Hearts series is finally out!  I don't know about you, but it has been quite some time since I've seen a book from this series.  I almost didn't remember where we left it, or with who would be a better way to put it.  Alyssa Hampstead is a character that we've seen in other books as a side character, the same with Sebastian (I'm not sure about Shane).  

With this story, we get the background story that lead both of these characters into the previous situations.  On top of that we get the hot and action packed, page turning goodness, that is usually a Lora Leigh novel. I really loved Alyssa's strength and the triplets chemistry is off the charts.  Sebastian and Shane balance each others personalities wonderfully and have that perfect balance of protective instinct and dominant personality. 

A wonderful read, four years in the making!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pedestral Earring Holder

I have been looking for a better way to hang/store my stud earrings for a while now.  They've been in a small container up until now and I was getting sick of having to dump out the entire thing to find what I'm looking for.  I remember from when I was a kid having earring holders that you could thread any kind of earring into, but all I could find at stores were things for dangle earrings.  So I decided there had to be something that I could make that would work better.

Here's what I did:
  • Purchase a plastic pedestal frame (mine was from Michael's) for $2.00.
  • Choose the acrylic paint color that I wanted it to be (paint is anywhere from $1.50 to $4.00 a bottle), with a foam brush paint the white frame.  Foam brushes work better for this so you don't get brush marks.
  • Seal your paint with a clear coat of some kind. 
  • Cut a piece of screen to the correct size, paint it a color of your choice (optional).
  • Use an exact-o knife to cut out the inside of the clear, plastic pieces that came with the holder to protect the photo.
  • Staple the 'frames' you've created with the exact-o knife to either side of the screen.  This will support the screen so that the weight of the earrings doesn't make the screen sag in the frame.
  • Put year screen into the frame and put your earrings on it.
You're done, and all that doesn't take that long.  Waiting for the paint to dry takes the most time.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June Re-Readathon

book cover of 

Saving Grace 

I'm starting a regular post that I'm calling the Re-Readathon to honor some of the good books that I've read, still own and re-read regularly because they were just that good. This time it's author Julie Garwood and a number of her historical romances set in the highlands.  There are a couple of books and series that are all set in the highlands and each is just as good as the last.  Saving Grace was the first one that I read and is still my favorite of her books.  A widow of an abusive f*-wad is getting a second chance by marrying a highland Laird.  She must first learn not to be afraid and second learn to live in a highland clan that is also recovering from war and turmoil caused by her late husband.  

There is also the Highland Laird series, which consists of The Secret, Ransom, and Shadow Music, and the Laird's Fiance series, which is The Bride and The Wedding.  The books set in the highlands are not the only good ones though, The Prize is also pretty phenomenal. There are more stand alone novels and a few other series which are good, but not my favorites.  Give them a try sometime if you're in the mood for historical romance, it's well worth it!
book cover of 

The Secret
book cover of 

The Prize