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Book Review: The Origin of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

Synopsis from Goodreads: This book tells the fascinating story of the origin of our ideas about wizards, witches and fairies. We all have a clear mental image of the pointed hats worn by such individuals, which are based upon actual headgear dating back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. Carefully sifting through old legends, archaeological… Continue reading Book Review: The Origin of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

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Book Review: Spilt Milk

Genre: Contemporary FictionStar Rating: 2 out of 5Synopsis from Goodreads: Centenarian Eulalio Assumpcao has reached the end of his long life. From his modest bed in a Rio public hospital, as his mind falters, he grandly recounts his past to passing nurses, his visiting daughter and the whitewashed ceiling. His eccentric stories are seemingly nothing… Continue reading Book Review: Spilt Milk

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Book Review: The Last Mona Lisa

Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, art-history thriller.Star Rating: 4-1/4 out of 5Plot Summary from Goodreads: August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now… Continue reading Book Review: The Last Mona Lisa

cross stitch · Knitting · Spinning · Year of Projects 2022

Year of Projects: Week 4

This week, I'm working on a new spinning project. I have a lot of handcarded batts in stash and I decided that I would tackle a set of those next. These are from KCKnits on Etsy (although I think her store is permanently closed) and the colorway, Princezna Hyacinta, is inspired by an Alphonse Mucha… Continue reading Year of Projects: Week 4

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Book Review: All of Us Villians

Genre: YA/FantasyStar Rating: 4 out of 5Plot Summary from Goodreads: The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over… Continue reading Book Review: All of Us Villians

Knitting · Year of Projects 2022

FO Friday – Sonoran

Project Details: * Pattern: Sonoran shawl design by Makenzie Alvarez (Ravelry link)* Yarn: Knit using 4 skeins of sockweight yarn: A Homespun House Stellina in Pinky Promise (pink multi), Less Travelled Yarn 757 Sock in Toadstool Problems (light green), The Unique Sheep Luxe in Sinful (brown) and Cascade Heritage Handpaints in 9824 (dark green). Total… Continue reading FO Friday – Sonoran

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Book Review: The Forgotten Sister

Synopsis from Goodreads: In the tradition of the spellbinding historical novels of Philippa Gregory and Kate Morton comes a stunning story based on a real-life Tudor mystery, and of a curse that echoes through the centuries and shapes two women’s destinies…1560: Amy Robsart is trapped in a loveless marriage to Robert Dudley, a member of the… Continue reading Book Review: The Forgotten Sister

cross stitch · Knitting · Spinning · Year of Projects 2022

Year of Projects: Week 3

A long and really busy work and life week here, but I did get a fair amount done on some YOP pieces: I finished up the pair of Desert Vista Dyeworks self-striping socks. The yarn is DVD's Viso sock yarn base in the color Halley's Comet. I added in a pale pink mini-skein from stash… Continue reading Year of Projects: Week 3

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood

Synopsis from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns… Continue reading Book Review: The Hazel Wood