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Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

7937843Sometimes I go into the library knowing exactly what book I’m going to pick up.  Other times I just browse the shelves and select the books that have the most interesting book bindings cover art- I know pretty vain, huh? I usually pick up 4 or 5 books knowing that I’ll probably only read one or two all the way through, but I’m good with that.  This was the book that I chose from my stack of four.

This book was heartbreaking and gripping.  I got about 20 pages in and put it down for awhile thinking I needed to stop because the content was just really difficult to think about.  I had to come back to it though to find out what was going to happen to the 5-year-old boy and his mother that were being held captive in a kidnapper’s shed. It is told from the perspective of the little boy so at times it is a little difficult to read, yet I think the storytelling is done so much more effectively by having it told from his point of view. As I mentioned, this story is heartbreaking at times but I also found many of the moments to be uplifting and empowering.  It definitely made me feel incredibly blessed to live my life as a free person.  Totally a recommended book.

Currently on my nightstand:

Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments

Before Happiness


DIY Wedding: Wooden Cake Topper Couple

ImageThese wooden cake toppers were so much fun to make . . . and much easier than I thought.  In fact, they took only a couple of hours to complete! These toppers were the perfect fit for our delicious 3 tiered (yet modest) cake ;-)  Plus, it was a great way to save some money on a personalized topper, because these toppers can be a little pricey if you commission out the job!

I looked at just about every craft store for the little wooden people, but was not able to find any (at least, not in the right size).  The only reasonably priced ones I could find were on Etsy.  I also picked up a cheap set of acrylic paints and THIN paint brushes at Hobby Lobby. 

ImageThe key to making these toppers is to lightly stencil in your drawing on the wood before putting down the paint (unless you really want to just wing it!).  I took it an extra step and made a quick 2-D sketch beforehand because I’m lousy at drawing and I didn’t want to do much erasing on the wood.  Then, I used very thin brushes and layer on the paint.  If you make small mistakes you can just take a little piece of sandpaper to “erase” the errors, but if it’s a BIG error, you might have to start again, so my advice would be to add the paint little by little.  Oh, and if you’re impatient like me then you’ll be happy to know that the paint dries pretty quick :-)


Currently . . .


Time: 4:01 pm

Weather: Rainy and cold (for the first time in a long time . . .)

Feeling- More than okay with the fact that things don’t always work out the way that we are envision . . . there is a plan . . . we just need to keep our heads up and move forward.

Needing: To brace the cold and go out to pick up a birthday present for my hubby :-)

Loving: Rainy afternoons that I can sit with O on the couch and just chat away while drinking coffee and listening to the rain- those moments are truly perfect.

Loathing: The pains of migraines . . . they suck away so many could-be-wonderful hours in my days.

Anticipating: A mountain of snow tomorrow for a great day of snowboarding.

Happy Saturday!