A box (no troll included)

19D00C4B-DBF4-468B-91B4-03100666EA46At the moment I am waiting for some supplies to actually start working on the Christmas presents. I have finished practicing and need to get serious soon in order to finish on time. A big box was delivered on Friday but the second part is still missing – and this contains some essentials without which I just cannot start. So once again I was looking for some in-betweeners – small projects that I can finish fast or can set aside if my mail arrives.

For quite some time I wanted to make a small box for my bathroom to store things nobody should see right away neatly out of sight but still easily accessible. AE08E175-A26A-4A3C-9201-A03144C0E08FPreviously I had made a quick paper box but paper and moist air don’t go together well. Then I read about plastic canvas boxes and I like the look of them very much. I still had some plastic canvas for cross stitching and it was actually enough for the box I had in mind. My bathroom’s main colour is blue – so I picked the left over yarn from Ross Poldark and set to work. The yarn was not the best choice as it is very fluffy but I like the soft finish it creates. I winged the pattern starting from the middle and continued symmetrically. On the sides I copied the pattern but kept it straight. The only problem I had was that the plastic canvas I used was a little bit to thin – the edges started to tilt inwards. So I added some wires inside on the top edge and now it holds it’s shape. I love my new box – even though there’s no box troll included….

Book review: The Library at Mount Char

As I am currently working on things that I am not able to show you just yet, I start a new post series on one of my favourite subjects: books…..

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  • written by:  Scott Hawkins
  • ISBN: 978-0-553-41862-0
  • published by: Broadway Books
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror
  • Rating: 5/5
  • German version: –

Plot:

Carolyn is a little bit odd – but still less odd than the others she is living with in the Invisible Library. They have been living there since they were little after a catastrophy nearly wiped out the whole area. Only a couple of kids were safed by Father and trained by him to become experts in their field. Like Carolyn in languages or Michael in animals as well as fields like war for David or death for Margaret. Hardly anybody would know about the Library and get in contact with them, so social competence has definitely not been on their list of studies. But then Father disappears and they are all locked out of the library by a very destructive barrier. The weird group is on their own now struggling to find out what happened to Father and how to get back inside the library. And there is Steve, a guy with a black spot in his past, who struggles hard to be a good guy – which is not easy when he meets Carolyn. Or Erwin, a war veteran and cop who does not always play to the rules and just knows that something fishy is going on – and Carolyn is involved in it somehow.

My opinion:

First thing you need to know is that I usually don’t do horror – I just don’t because I am such a scardy cat that I can’t sleep for weeks afterwards. I picked this book up in the fantasy section of my favourite book store. I read the plot on the back and found it interesting – definitely not mainstream fantasy. When I started reading – there on the beach in Filitheyo Island – it was like “Hell, what? Really? What have I gotten myself into? How can someone even think of writing that”. It’s hard to understand without having read it but I just could not put this book down: it’s weird – a lot – and gross – in a lot of chapters – but it is written so well and the story evolves in so many unsuspected jumps and leaps that it’s a fascinating read. I just needed to know what happened to Father and how everything fits together. Kudos to the author for coming up with such an unespected gemstone which is definitely not for the feable hearted or for kids.

 

 

 

DIY Gift wrapping paper storage

48207BE2-858F-4EEB-868F-7B3098FDAD27Last week I already outed myself as being early for Christmas this year. Well, thinking about presents always ends in thinking about how to wrap up packages. And the continuous question: do I have enough wrapping paper or do I need to buy some? Of course I could have just gone and bought some – just in case as every year – but this time I wanted to actually check out what I still have at home.  I can tell you that I was not much amused about what I actually found. I had stacked everything just in the corner of my craft room and it was not easy to get a special wrapper paper out. What a mess!

19321AB4-B612-4D91-BEC9-DFF4388A5343So of course I wouldn’t be me if I would not come up with an idea how to clean up this self-made chaos. I remembered a project I had read about on someone else’s blog – sadly I did not save the link so I actually do not know any more where exactly. I would love to give credit where credit is due.

For the storage you need:

  • some round boxes: as I had eaten quite a lot of muesli and had kept the boxes I was set with that easily
  • some wrapping paper: honestly, I was making this storage for wrapping paper so I definitely had enough of that …
  • some glue
  • a ruler and a craft knife for measuring and cutting the wrapping paper to size
  • a glue gun

2DFE253A-07C8-42D6-937E-104202015D31The process is quite simple: take a measure of the size of your box – height and all way round – and cut a piece of wrapping. paper to the same size. It’s best to calculate some overlap going round so that you do not by accident end up too short. Then glue the paper on to the box – you can use the same paper for all boxes or play around with different papers. Be as creative as you like – there’s no right or wrong in this. Next clue the boxes together – with your glue gun put a strip from top to botton on the box you want to add and press both boxes together. In case you have two contact points when adding a box, put a stripe on both – just check without glue where you need to put it. You could actually do some maths to figure it out or just wing it like I did. Keep adding as many boxes as you like – or have. In the end you can store your rolls of wrapping paper easily in your boxes. You can differ between Christmas and birthday papers and whatever else you have in your stash.

Now I definitly know that I really don’t need to buy wrapping paper for Christmas ….

Getting ready for holiday season

497CBF25-1108-4E4E-8D53-00EAAC71028FOutside it’s getting colder and more gray every day. That’s the time of the year when I snuggle up with a blanket and a cup of tea and get ready for hibernation – well this year I am starting to think about Christmas and the holiday season. Each and every year I come up with a new idea for my hubby’s advent calendar. It does not need to contain much – just some chocolate sweets.

I stumbled over this cute little advent calendar pattern from @melly.elly.crochet that was posted at Hobbycraft. It contains 24 little stockings that are large enough for small chocolates like Milka minis or similar. Just perfect and really not difficult at all. It was a quick and easy in-between project. Aren’t those little stockings cute?

BE61EC97-DCC2-4D68-8867-001B5B0AB5B5Now I am actually starting to work on some Christmas presents. Something totally different and new. Sadly they are top secret as I know that the receipients are reading this blog too. So no preview this time…