Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan

I recently received and ARC for Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan.  I am a huge fan of Ms. Feehan's novels and have been looking forward to this release.

Now, one thing that I hadn't realized before starting this book was that she had written a short story entitled Dark Crime in the anthology Edge of Darkness that came out sometime earlier this Spring.  Apparently, in Dark Crime we get introduced to a Carpathian couple, I'm assuming the four children in this novel and the main male character, Tariq, in that story.  It was a little confusing because I didn't know this beforehand.  But even without having read Dark Crime yet, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Charlotte is a wonderful, strong female lead that has been dealing with vampires (although she doesn't know they're vampires) for quite some time now.  And Tariq is unique amongst the majority of the Carpathian males in most of the previous novels because he has been living out in the human world for many centuries.  That made their understanding of each over way less frustrating for a modern female reader.  The safe-haven they've created in California was clever and modern and the continuing attack by the Malinov vampire brothers was fun to read and both exciting and nerve-racking.  A wonderful addition to the Dark Series!  And since there are around thirty books now, that's saying a lot.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Raised Food Bowl Tray for your Pet

I have a dog that I love a lot, but she is the slobbery-est eater ever!  If you're like me and don't always have the time to clean the floor after every meal, than that slobbery drys into the grossest goo.  After dealing with this for many years, I decided to use some of the scrap wood at my house to try my hand at making a raised food try for her, maybe it would cut down on the amount of slobber and water all over my floors. 

What you need:
  • piece of plywood or whatever slightly larger than the dimensions of your food mat
  • Stair balusters or spindles
  • decorative trim of your choice
  • stain or paint of your choice
  • screws
  • Tools: power drill, saw, hammer
I found 4 balusters in my storage shed when I bought the place and finally found something to do with them, since I live in a single story house!  I used my hand saw to cut the decorative lathed portion of the baluster to use as the legs of my tray.  Once I cut them to size (which I measured against my dog) I drilled a hole for the screws.  The top piece of wood was also left over from another project, which I just had to cut down to the correct width.  I drilled holes in the corners and attached the legs to my top with screws.   I purchased a piece of decorative trim that would give me a slight lip when attached in an effort to keep spilled food on the tray and used finishing nails to attach it. 

With wood putty, I filled in the nail and screw holes.  I also found a bunch of water shield stain when I bought my house, I used a combination of 2 of the stain colors to finish off my creation.  I think it turned out pretty good, and since I had everything but the trim I spent a grand total of about $6 (with trim left over for my next project)!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Citronella Bottle Lanterns

I got these really lovely bottles for free from someone in my area that had posted them online.  They have beautiful lids that were easy to drill a hole into for the brass fitting.  I used gorilla glue to attach the lid and the fitting together and cut my length of wick.  Using the marbling with nail polish technique that I showed in a previous blog, I added decorative color to my clear bottles.  All that's left is filling the bottle with citronella oil and we're good to go!  I fun, beautiful citronella lantern for your outdoor seating areas.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Marbling Glass with Nail Polish

I have recently discovered that it is fairly simple and fun to add color to your glass projects using nail polish.  Here's what you need to do.

What you need:
  • Nail polish colors of your choice
  • Basin for warm water that you don't mind getting nail polish all over
  • tooth picks
  • a place to set out to dry
  • sealant of your choice: nail polish clear coat, spray paint clear seal, etc.
  • Optional: gloves, so you don't get nail polish all over your hands
Fill your bin with warm water (too hot water makes the nail polish clump really bad and doesn't work).  Poor your nail polish into the warm water in a swirl pattern of your choice, possibly use the tooth pick to create a swirl pattern.  Lower your container into the nail polish pattern, rolling if necessary and set out to dry.  When it's all dry, spray with your sealant (or apply by hand if you choose to use clear nail polish).

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

As a librarian I sometimes receive advanced readers copies of books, to write reviews on and with the hope that I'll purchase copies for my library.  One of the more recent books I received was A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet.  Since I get a lot of ARCs, I don't also approach reading them with the best attitude.  They're often short, simple and not much to dwell on, this one COMPLETELY surprised me!  I loved it so much!

Cat is a mysterious figure that is protecting herself, her secret and everyone else that she lets into her life.  She is discovered by Griffin, the strong and powerful leader that has recently overthrown the royal family that's been in power for ever.  In a world were those with magic and power have ruled for as long as can be remembered, Griffin thinks he's discovered in Cat the secret to keeping his family in power during this time of turmoil.  But there's a lot more than meets the eye with her.  Kidnapping her may prove to help the realm but also may bring war to them all.

I loved reading this book and seriously hope that there will be more to the series.  I believe that there has to be at this point because although some things were resolved and there was a happy ending, there's still so much more that has to be dealt with.  Looking forward to them all, but dreading what will probably be a long wait for them to be published.  A Promise of Fire will be available in August 2016.