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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't Tell the Wedding Planner by Aimee Carson

The craziest wedding…
Bespoke wedding planner Callie Labeau has a reputation for embracing the crazy. The weirder the concept, the wilder the party, right? And her love of all things OTT is about to be tested—because the cyber-geek wedding Matt Passmore has asked her to organize for his brother sounds insane.

…the wildest time planning it!
E.R. doctor Matt has come to New Orleans to lock down the plans. And working with the gorgeous Callie is just an added bonus! But with the city engulfed in a heat wave, the chemistry between them is getting more scorching by the day…and proving to be one seriously big distraction!

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Callie is a successful wedding planner. When Matt wants to arrange the perfect wedding for his brother he knows who he should ask. That's why he's flying all the way to New Orleans to discuss his plans with her. He's asking her to pull off the impossible. She says yes, but there is a condition and that is that he needs to be there to make some of the bigger decisions. Matt is worried about his brother and his protective nature prevents him from doing the things he wants to do in life. Callie has made one single mistake and is still trying to make up for it many years later. Slowly they're becoming more than just the wedding planner and her client. What is it that they're sharing exactly?
Don't Tell the Wedding Planner is a quick and fun read. There's a lot of chemistry between the two main characters. There are several sexy scenes and they were tastefully described. Even though this is supposed to be a light and easy romance there was some depth in this story. Something I hadn't expected at all. It was a very nice surprise. Nothing is simple and the main characters often have to step out of their comfort zone to keep up with the fast pace their lives have changed into, all because of one event. There's quite a bit of wedding talk in this book and it's all original. The weddings are themed and I liked the way they were described. This book is a great choice when you're looking for a nice read to brighten up a cold winter evening.

Getting to Know Me: Crafts


I've always loved doing things with my hands. Drawing, painting, decorating boxes, making decos, FBs and slams, etcetera. I've done so many different things. I love crafts, but sometimes I long to do something more than just making a single project. I'm seriously thinking about doing something for children. I would love to see my ideas come to life. There are only so many hours in a day and I also want to write. I've decided I'm going to combine both of my passions for a while and see where that will get me. It's fun to find out if I will actually be able to make the things I'm dreaming about. 
I'm messy and chaotic. I function best when the table is filled with scraps of paper, all kinds of different materials and tools. There's barely any room left for me to put my project. That's how I've always worked and even though I don't like that part of myself very much it's great for my creativity. I may not be the best artist or crafter in the world, but as long as I'm having fun I think it's going to be all right.

---Suzanne---

Kawaii Seller of the Month: Beagle Cakes Art! & Giveaway


My first Kawaii Seller of the Month is an Etsy seller who designs her own kawaii items. I think they're gorgeous and am so happy I stumbled upon this shop filled with wonderful, cheerful items. The name of the designer is Maggie and her shop is called BeagleCakes Art & Illustration.


In Maggie's shop you find a selection of the cutest stickers I've ever seen. She's also selling magnets, keychains, postcards, brooches and (personalized) drawings.


My absolute favorite is the customized manga design. I would love to see a version of myself in manga form. I love the idea! 


I asked Maggie two questions to get to know her a little bit better. And because it's such a great description of her and her art I will also show you what she's written on her about page.

About Maggie

'Art has been a passion of mine since I was 3 years-old. My dad would give me all the papers he no longer needed for work and let me draw on the backs of them. Naturally many of those drawings were any child's doodle of circles and lines, but my parents caught on that creative side in me and agreed that there was no harm in letting me explore further in the field of art and let it become a hobby in the future.

As a child I attended different art classes: from drawings, to paintings, as well as ceramics. Eventually this hobby turned to something I want to pursue in the long run. So here I am now, after studied Illustration in university I'm off to explore more and create new things everyday :)

How did I come up with the name of my shop? It's rather strange and random: I have 2 Beagles. And one day I was on my way home from work and stopped by to buy some doggie cake treats for one of their birthday and suddenly the word "BeagleCakes" just sprang into mind. And thus me shop is born.'


1) Where do you find your inspiration?

For my art, it really is a spur of the moment idea 99% of the time, from sitting inside a coffee shop or browsing around stores, sometimes I take in the first thing I see-- coffee and muffin, macaroon displays, etc.


2) Why did you choose Etsy?

I started Etsy after being recommended by a friend. It will help getting my work out there and meet other artists that share and sell similar work that I do.


 As you can see you can find a lot of great sticker packs in Maggie's store. She's generously giving away a sticker pack of your choice. Good luck!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some Veil Did Fall by Kirsty Ferry

What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn’t yours, from a life before …?
When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson’s atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different …
From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn’t her own – some disturbing and filled with fear.
As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question … have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another? 

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Becky is back in her home town Whitby to cover a goth festival. When she's about to take an amazing photo an old friend bumps into her. They haven't seen each other in years. Jon is the brother of Becky's best childhood friend. He's a photographer and to make up for the little accident he invites her into his studio for coffee. Jon has a great selection of clothing for people to dress up for their photos. There's also a special selection that hardly anybody is allowed to wear. When he offers to photograph Becky in a stunning dress she agrees. From that moment on she's starting to see flashbacks of someone else's life. Becky is scared and Jon is doing everything he can to help her. Together they're trying to solve the mystery, why is Becky getting these visions and who is the girl she's seeing? Slowly they are unravelling the truth and in the process they're becoming much closer. Are there similarities between the past and the present and have they maybe known each other before?
Some Veil Did Fall is a romantic story about the past and the presents. I love reading a good ghost story and this one made me very happy. Becky and Jon already know each other, so there's an instant bond between the two of them. They aren't panicking even though they're afraid, but instead they're trying to step by step solve something that doesn't seem very rational at first. I was curious to find out what happened in the past and to see the similarities and maybe also differences with the present. Kirsty Ferry has written a perfect combination of history and present day. Becky and Jon are great main characters. They both have a good heart and that makes them very likeable. I enjoyed reading this story very much and think Kirsty Ferry has told an amazing tale about history and future that ends in an great and very fitting finale.

Dolls for AJ!


The Pendant Emporium

My dear friend AJ loves dolls. She has several Russian dolls and Kokeshi dolls. I've made a selection of cute doll items for my friend and anyone else who will enjoy them!

Modes4u
Weeping Grove

Aliexpress
LaurasJewellery
Arrok
OMG Covers
Dandelion Land
Mymimi
Quinnipeg
Yozocraft
Mintapalinta
Modes4u
Crate and Barrel
Yozocraft
LivingDLife
MyNihonjin

Lavender Loves Knitting Dreams


I love knitting dreams, it's such a great shop and the amigurumi are very pretty. I featured them on my blog before and couldn't wait to write an entire post about these beauties. I've asked the seller some questions, so you can find out more about her and her shop.


1) It would be great if you could tell a little bit about yourself

My name is Aintzi. I’m a 29 year old woman living in northern Spain with my boyfriend. We work in a big old house that we have restored in a rural area that is full of fabrics, yarns and photographic equipment. 


2) How and when did your Etsy adventure start?

I started my Etsy adventure when I was 22 years old. It was a hobby first but I got bored quickly of my office work so I decided to quit and try to make a living from my creations. Almost no one understood this decision but 7 years after it I still don't regret my choice.


3) Where did you learn your craft?

 My grandmothers were seamstresses. Even though I never met them (because unfortunately they died before I was born) since I was a child I was always playing with fabrics and threads and trying to create things. When I was a teenager, my aunt taught me how to crochet and knit but I felt that following patterns was extremely boring, so I decided to crochet and knit “free-style” and started creating my own creations – mixing everything I had learnt from my family and from the internet. 


4) What inspires you?

  I am really inspired by Japanese anime aesthetics and amigurumi hobbyists that I discover on the internet. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting plushies. Although my creations are not properly amigurumi, I use a crocheting technique inspired by this Japanese art to create some of the parts that give my teddy bears a unique look.


I often visit Aintzi's shop, the amigurumi are very cute and the pictures are a joy to look at. They're beautiful. I one hundred percent sure you will enjoy them as much as I do. Who would be able to resist something this adorable? Have fun shopping!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Place for Us Part Three by Harriet Evans

The THIRD of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans and one step closer to the thrilling conclusion ...

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.
So opens A Place for Us by Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans, a book you'll dive into, featuring a family you'll fall in love with ... and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy and have discovered Jojo Moyes, you'll be thrilled to add Harriet Evans to your collection of favourite authors.

The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.
Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.

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Martha misses her husband very much. Her family worries about her, because she seems to have lost it. Cat has returned from Paris to visit her grandmother. The truth about Daisy is out, but there are more secrets waiting to be revealed. Florence has learned a bit more about who she is, only nobody knows about that yet. It explains a lot about the relationship with her mother. She's waiting for the lawsuit to take place and she seems to be a lot more in control. Karen has moved in with Joe. His job is going well since Lucy has helped him. Lucy is unhappy with her job, she would rather write. She remembers the house and how this was her safe place where she could write down her thoughts.
In this third part of the series the reader has the chance to get to know more about David and Florence. It was interesting to read about David's childhood and the history of his career. I couldn't wait to see what happened with Florence. I read as fast as I could, because I wanted to know everything. It was also great to get updates about Cat, Joe and Lucy. They are all a bit stuck and I would love to know if they are able to do something about it. There are only a few days left until the final part will come out. I'm really curious to see how the story will end. I've enjoyed the first three novellas very much and now I'm looking forward to the finale.
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