Friday Favorites: Turquoise

April 20, 2012

I’ve been looking around for furniture and little decorations and whatnot for our house lately, and I seem to keep coming back to all things turquoise. It’s no surprise as it is one of my favorite colors, along with orange which it looks amazing with. Here a few turquoise treasures I’ve been drooling over lately.

city print
I love, love LOVE these city prints from birdAve Shoppe on Etsy. They come in an array of colors to choose from and there’s one for just about every city you could think of. I definitely think I need to order one of the Cleveland skyline as a homage to our hometown.

Gotta love this cute turquoise owl mug from Ruche.

Some gorgeous sunglasses from D&G available at Argos.

I would be ecstatic to have any of these beautiful chairs in my home. Chairs 1, 2, and 3 all available at Urban Outfitters.

This turquoise dress from ModCloth looks heavenly. So light and flowy – perfect for summer!

Have a great weekend!

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

April 17, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Review | allonsykimberly.comLast month, for my 2012 reading challenge, I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I had seen a couple of other bloggers talk about this book and I had read good things about it, but I really had no idea what to expect before I read it. I knew it was supposed to be kind of a spooky mystery with creepy vintage photos throughout, but that was about it. Now I know why no one really gave a clear summary – it would be so hard to say what it’s about without giving away too much of the story. But, I’m going to attempt to do that anyway.

The main character, Jacob, grew up hearing all of these fantastic stories about the orphanage that his grandfather grew up in and seeing photos of the other kids he had lived there with, all of whom supposedly had peculiar abilities. The stories always described the home, run by Miss Peregrine [if you couldn’t guess that already], as being this amazing, bright, and happy place full of laughter and excitement, but when Jacob travels to the orphanage he finds that it was destroyed during the war and everyone who used to live there had died… or had they???

That’s really all I can say without ruining the story for you, but it’s not as creepy as it sounds – I promise! It was actually a really interesting, entertaining, and unique story. It progressed quickly and, yes, there were a few kind of scary, gruesome moments [nothing too bad though] but overall, it was a very fun, exciting read. And there was a little bit of a love story thrown in there, which the mushy, gushy girly part of me enjoyed.

The pictures were also spectacular! Riggs did a fantastic job of incorporating the photos into his story without it seeming forced. Although there were a couple of times where I felt like he added things just to be able to use certain photos, he still managed to make those things relevant to the story.

My only complaint is with Jacob’s relationship with his parents. He has a distant, sort of bitter relationship with his mother and father. I guess it’s not that big of a deal, but I feel like a lot of young adult fiction literature portrays parents and other authority figures in a negative way. Teenagers already usually have a warped view of their parents without the influence of books, so it kind of bothers me when authors do that. In this case, though, it is kind of necessary to the story – at least for the ending – but I still don’t like it.

Speaking of the ending, I was a bit disappointed with it as well, but only because I just wasn’t ready for it to be over. I wanted to know more – what was going to happen next. He did seem to leave the story open for a sequel though, so fingers crossed I‘ll get to find out!

The verdict: Great read! If you like young adult fiction, mysteries, and a bit of fantasy then I think you’ll enjoy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Friday Favorites: Floral Print

April 13, 2012

Spring is in the air! Or at least it was – it’s been a bit chilly this week – regardless, the calendar says it’s spring so it’s time to bust out the floral prints.

This floral trench from Spotted Moth would be great during the rainy spring season.

How about adding a pop of color to your ensemble with this cute floral belt from Lace Affair?

orangey floral dress
This dress is proof that you don’t need pastels to pull of a great floral print.

Feeling bold? These tights from UO would bring a funky floral touch to your wardrobe.

You can’t go wrong with a cute pair of floral sunnies like these from ModCloth.

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. This is my 100th post! Yay!

The Amazing Adventures of Hugo

April 12, 2012

Hi! Hugo here. Remember me?
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I wear a bowtie. Bowties are cool.

I like to run around and go on adventures. I’m really good at climbing into things.
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I also love to hide under things and grab people’s feet as they walk by.
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I’m sneaky.

I like watching movies with mom and dad. My favorite so far is The Princess Bride.
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Do you think I would make a good Dread Pirate Roberts? I’m actually pretty good at stealing things. Especially food, like my momma’s cereal and yogurt. I’m pretty good at snatching things off the bookshelf too, see:
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That’s my Jawa now! Mwahahaha.

All this sneaking and stealing gets me pretty exhausted so I spend a good amount of time laying around – usually in weird positions.
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And sometimes I just fall asleep in these awkward positions.
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But, most of the time, I’m just cute.
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My momma says I snore, but I think she’s just hearing things. This is her, btw:
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She’s a pretty nice lady. She feeds me, and cuddles me, and scoops my poop everyday. But even though she gives me fresh water every morning, I still prefer to drink it straight out of the toilet.
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She doesn’t always give me the attention I deserve though. It seems like she’s always working on some sort of project instead of showering me with affection and kitty treats. I have a solution though, I just plop my butt right down on her supplies and look at her like this:
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Or I’ll hop in her lap and give her this look:
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Then she knows it’s time for scratchins!

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my fantastic, adventurous life!

In conclusion: I’m cute.
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Friday Favorites: Easter Crafts

April 06, 2012

Happy Good Friday everyone! Easter is right around the corner and blogland and Pinterest are exploding with super cute Easter craft ideas. Here are five projects I’m loving right now.

Geeky Easter Eggs
Eve & R2 via My Little Norway // TARDIS via The Artsy Nerd on Etsy

There are so many cute and geeky egg painting ideas out there. These are three of my favs.

He is Risen Banner
via CM handmade on Etsy

Such a pretty banner and a great reminder of what we’re celebrating!

Candy Easter BasketsEdible Easter Baskets via Beth-A-Palooza

What a great idea! Then you wont be left with big frilly baskets and tons of plastic grass to store out of sight the other 364 days of the year.

Mason Jar Easter Center Piece
Painted Mason Jars via The CSI Project

So cute and simple to make! You could make ones in different colors and silhouettes for other holidays too.

Easter PrintablesEaster Printable via Silverbox Creative Studio

Love this idea! It would be so sweet to leave a basket full of little goodies with this sign on your neighbor’s or friend’s doorstep.

Keyboard Art Tutorial

April 05, 2012

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The husband and I are both kind of on the computer-nerdy side – okay he’s a computer nerd and I just like to tinker with pictures and blogger templates. Anyhow, we’re nerds. Plain and simple. So we needed some artwork that showcased not only our love for computers, but also our love for each other. It’s very simple and can be completed in 10-20 minutes.

  • keyboard(s) – how many you’ll need will depend on the look you want and the number of each letter you’ll need
  • canvas – or cardboard, wood, whatever you want as your base
  • pretty paper
  • modpodge
  • flathead screwdriver
  • hot glue gun

STEP 1: Get some keyboards [we always have extra/unused/broken computer parts laying around, but you can usually find keyboards for like a buck at Good Will]…
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…then use a flathead screwdriver to pop the keys off.
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You’ll want to keep one hand cupped around the key your prying off because it’ll go flying across the room otherwise… then your cat will run after it and bat it around until it’s lost forever under some piece of furniture…

STEP 2: Once you’ve got all of your keys popped off, it’s time to cover your canvas [or whatever you’re using] with pretty paper.
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I chose a piece of scrapbook paper that was colorful, but wouldn’t be too distracting from the keys. Use modpodge to glue the paper to the canvas and then wrap it around the sides [cutting off the corners] and gluing it onto the back.

STEP 3: Layout your keys how you want them to be and use a pencil [or pen, marker, whatever you want] to mark where the keys will go.
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Keyboard keys have little tube things on the back that attach them to the keyboard. Use your hot glue gun to fill these tubes with glue and then adhere them onto the canvas where you put the little marks.
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Just keep doing that until you’ve got all of your keys on there, then sit back and admire your work!
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