The Book Lover’s Tag

Hello, dear ones! As you’ve learned from previous posts, I love reading. It’s an activity that has brought my life joy since I was able to string words together on a page.

After reading a delightful post written by Sílvia of The Happiest Pixel introducing and tagging all readers in The Book Lover’s Tag, (FYI, you need to follow her blog, it’s as lovely as it is creative and fun!) I decided that I too wanted to take part because WHO DOESN’T LOVE READING?!

General rules:

Thank and tag the blogger who nominated you.

Answer the 10 questions below.

Tag all the bloggers you know who love to read!

The questions are as follows:

Do you have a specific place where you like to read?

I prefer reading at home in my replica molded Eames chair with my feet propped up on the coffee table. But, I’m happy to ready anywhere, just so long as it’s quiet!

Do you prefer using a bookmark or random pieces of paper?

I check out most of my books from the library these days, so I usually use the paper receipt they print with the “return by” date. If I don’t have the receipt, I’ll use a bookmark. If I don’t have a bookmark, I will make one because I refuse to dog-ear pages; the people who do are monsters!

Can you pause reading in a book anywhere on the page or is best for you to do so at the end of the chapter?

When I was in junior high I was adamant about not pausing before finishing a chapter, but now I’m fine with pausing after I’ve read through the odd-numbered page, that way I know I’m starting on the even-numbered page. I won’t stop in the the middle though.

Do you eat or dink while you read?

I’ll usually have something to drink while I read, be it an iced chai or hot coffee.

Do you listen to music or have the TV on while you read?

I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch and read, but I will listen to orchestral music when I read, but only if I’m in the mood.

Do you read one or several books at a time?

One. I think it’s disrespectful to the authors to read multiple books at once. I also don’t want to confuse storylines or character arcs.

Do you prefer reading at home or elsewhere?

I prefer reading at home, but I ALWAYS have a book tucked under my arm or nestled in my bag so that I have the option to read at lunch or the coffee shop–even while I’m waiting for the train.

Do you read the words on the page out loud or silently to yourself?

I read the words silently to myself. To be quite honest though, I miss reading out loud, it was one of my favorite things to do in school, haha!

Do you break the spine?

NO! I’m not a monster! How can anyone feel good about breaking a defenseless book’s spine? Sigh, I used to repair books when I worked at a library in college. I shuddered every time one was returned with a broken spine. I take special care not open the book too harshly. Yep, I’m a psycho.

Do you write in your books?

That depends on the book. If it’s about a particular subject I’m trying to familiarize myself with, yes, but I only do so in the books I personally own.

And the nominees are…

Every reader of this post! Let’s keep the tag going!

Fourth of July (Summer) Playlist

Yep, I’m doing it again. I am making ANOTHER playlist! Why I am doing it? That’s easy: they’re fun to make!

Given that it’s July Fourth, I’ve decided to give this playlist a general summer theme, that way you can listen to it anytime for the rest of this summer. There’s only so many times you can listen to the Star Spangled Banner, right? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song, but at least for me, it’s not something I can listen to on repeat.

Brown Eyed Girl—Van Morrison

Sweet Thing—Van Morrison

I’m A Believer—The Monkees

Rebel Rouser—Duane Eddy

Bad Moon Rising—Creedence Clearwater

Dream A Little Dream of Me—The Mamas & The Papas

San Francisco—Scott McKenzie

Bang A Gong (Get It On)—T. Rex

20th Century Boy—T. Rex

My Generation—The Who

Golden Years—David Bowie

Heroes—David Bowie

Walk On the Wild Side—Lou Reed

Billy Joel—Vienna

I think I’ll add more to this as the summer goes on, but here’s 14 to start!

Word of the Day: MUSIC

What is today’s word of the day (I type as I realize it’s clearly in the title) MUSIC!

Ah, yes, music; it has a way of lifting us up, doesn’t it? Like apparition, music can remove us from the place we’re physically present; it’s magical what music can do.

I’ve been playing with the idea of making weekly playlists and posting them on the blog. I mean, in their own way, playlists are projects, no? I’m not much (okay, not at all!) of a music connoisseur, but I do like a good beat.

But if you’re looking for pop or anything that’s by the likes of Taylor Swift, know that that’s not a genre I generally listen to, so appearances by artists like Taylor Swift or Mariah Carey will be rare. Nothing against them, I just don’t gravitate towards their music.

Let’s get started! Here’s this week’s (and maybe the last ever, you tell me!) playlist:

El Condor Pasa (If I Could)—Simon & Garfunkel

Black Water—Reuben And The Dark

Demon Host—Timbre Timbre

He Was a Friend of Mine—The Byrds

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye—Roberta Flack

Waiting (PAL Remix)—Alice Boman

Sound & Color—Alabama Shakes

I realize the list is a bit short, and I’m certainly happy to add to it and to give each list a theme. Just let me know your thoughts in the comments!

DIY Embroidery

Ah, yeah! It’s finally here: a new DIY project post! I know, it’s being posted late in the evening and is a little on the shorter side, but it’s here!

Now, I’m not all that familiar with embroidery terms, and I don’t know the basic stitches. I’ve been practicing my French knot, and like working with the chain stitch, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

Alrighty, let’s get to it!

Materials Used:

Embroidery Fabric

Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery Needle

DMC Embroidery Transfer Pen

Embroidery Floss, colors assorted

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Felt

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Not Pictured:

Hot Glue Gun

Felt

How To:

Step 1: Take apart the embroidery hoop and unravel the embroidery fabric. Place the outer ring of the embroidery hoop on a flat work surface, set aside.

Place the smaller ring on the work flat surface. Take the embroidery fabric and place it over the small ring. Take the large ring and fit over the smaller, fabric covered ring. Tighten the outer ring until snug as you pull the fabric taught. Cut away some of the excess fabric, but make sure there’s still enough to fold over the hoop; you’re going to glue it down later.

Step 2: Take the transfer pen and draw a design. I drew three cacti in a pot with leaves at the border.

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Side Note: The cool thing about the transfer pen is you can erase the markings with a damp warm cloth. But a warning: when it dries, there might be a bloom of pale blue. All you have to do is apply the damp cloth a few more times.

 Step 3: Thread the needle. Tie a knot at the bottom of the thread. Insert the needle through the underside of the fabric and pull through the top. Stitch along your design!

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Step 4: Trace a circle the size of the embroidery hoop on the thread. Cut out the circle. Hot glue the felt to the back of the embroidery fabric. Glue down the excess sides of the fabric.

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And just like that, you have first finished piece of embroidery hoop art!

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to embroidery? Please share in the comments below!

…There’s No Excuse…

Hello, All!

Wow..it has been a little while since I’ve posted a blog post. Okay, longer than a little while; it’s really been closer to a month. I’m sorry.

The last few weeks have been a little crazy, but that’s not an excuse. I’ve been busy, but that’s not an excuse. I can’t quite nail down a project, but that’s not an excuse either.

I keep meaning to sit down and work through a writing prompt, write a book review and share a new project; I’ve just been too lazy. But, I have been working on projects, three embroidery projects in fact!

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I have found a new passion in embroidery, and have been trying to think up a new theme for my next one.

I am going to make a promise to you now, to the wonderful bloggers who are so kind to follow my humble little blog:

I promise to have a new one-word writing prompt posted before the end of today, 6/25.

I promise to have a new DIY tutorial posted by Wednesday, 6/28.

I’m much better about keeping my Instagram account current, so if you’re at all curious as to what I’m up to, please follow @diyamateurhour!

Okay, it’s time for me to get started on that writing prompt!