Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Do You See What I See?

This little book follows a big, but puzzling trend.

If you happen to shop at book stores, department stores, or craft stores, you can't help but notice the huge on trend "thing" that adult colouring books have become. I must admit, I don't really get it!

I have always had plenty of interesting, creative hobbies, and not enough time to enjoy them all, therefor colouring just has no pull for me. Looking through it I do find that some of the pages might work well as inspiration for detailed embroidery. I'm not likely to actually DO that though so off it goes!

My eldest daughter has more time for such things, and finds colouring relaxing, so I'll be passing this book, "Bliss Christmas Coloring Book: Your Passport to Calm", on to her.

This book was provided by Dover Publications Inc. that I might give an honest review. I receive no further compensation. The link is only for your convenience.

Saturday Evening Post-ers

This book delivers 30 ready-to-frame reprints of classic Saturday Evening Post holiday covers spanning the years from 1913 - 1960. Although many of the prints have an endearing Rockwell feel to them only three are actually Norman Rockwell reprints. Six of the reprints are of works by J.C. Leyendecker, while four are by George Hughes, three each by Richard Sargent and Stevan Dohanos as well as eleven others by various artists.

All are easy to pull from the book, ready to be framed. I'm considering having my favourites coil-bound flip chart style so that I can display them during the holiday season, choosing a new print for each day, much like an advent calendar.

The remainder of the book is dedicated to adult colouring book enthusiasts. Each of the 30 Saturday Evening Post reprints is presented as a line drawing, ready to colour. With so many other hobbies consuming my time, and grandchildren too young for so much detailed colouring, I'll likely give these pages away.

Dover Publications provided this book, "The Saturday Evening Post Christmas Treasury" at no charge, that I might give an honest review. I receive no further compensation and the link I have provided here is just for your convenience. 

Not Child's Play!

Well this one certainly hasn't turned out to be "easy-to-make", and I certainly wouldn't classify it as a "holiday activity for the whole family" as stated in the blurb on the back cover of, "Cut & Assemble Santa's Workshop". Nor would I suggest that it "would make a charming keepsake decoration", since a paper model would be difficult to store safely from one year to the next.

But despite the very misleading information in the blurb, I do think this publication, and the resulting 3D paper model of Santa's Workshop, would make a fun holiday activity for a very patient adult or teen that has a lot of time on their hands, good eyesight, and a steady hand, and also happens to love paper craft models. 

I just don't happen to be that person.

This is the first of three Christmas themed books I have received at no charge from Dover Publications Inc. in exchange for my honest review. The link I provided here is solely for my readers convenience as, beyond the free book, I get no further compensation.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Tree's Up

Ben got his tree up yesterday.

I wish mine was as simple to arrange. Maybe I'll get to that one later today.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cleaning Crew of Two

Weekly cleanings and water changes were not keeping the algae at bay so I hired a cleaning crew.

Meet Zig and Zag, the two new Zebra Nerite Snails

They were chosen for their ability to clean efficiently while NOT reproducing. 

The fuzzy green sphere in the background of both pictures is a Marimo ball, named "Moe" by my granddaughter. She felt that the Panda Tetras, Eenie, Meanie, and Miny really needed a Moe to make a complete quartet. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Trixe and Flame are all dressed in their costumes and ready for a fun night of Trick-or-Treating. They are a little concerned that their dedication to collecting donations for the charity food drive might slow them down.

I hope Trixie remembers to bring Benjamin Bowser's leash. When the wagon is full of donations he'll have to get out and walk.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Eenie, Meanie and Hermoine

Meet the hard working Panda Tetras that are here to cycle the tank. I've named them Eeny, Meanie, and Hermoine. Watching the 12 second video you might be able to figure out which one is "Meanie".


Meanie may have to move out when Ben, the Betta, is ready to move in. With Ben's large beautiful fins and prior solitary lifestyle a nipper and chaser might not be a welcome tank mate.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Better Home for Ben

For the past 6 weeks or so I've been caring for my eldest daughter's Betta fish, Ben. That's him hanging out on the leaf near the surface in this 1 gallon vase like tank. Even if the tank's "no-clean" system worked as it was supposed to it still wasn't an ideal home for Ben. It's too small and too cold.

But the no-clean system was clearly not working as it should since even with large daily water changes there was debris building up on the very bottom of the small tank. Even though the water above remained clear looking that build up of waste could not be good for the water quality.  

Initially I only had my daughter's fish so that I could do some much needed tank maintenance for her. But after doing a lot of reading about Betta fish I couldn't shake the feeling that his little tank was too small and too cold for him. I felt bad for the little fish and decided he needed a bigger, warmer, cleaner tank.

Costly decision that!

But after much research and agonizing over various options,

I bought a Fluval Spec 5 gallon tank, a BioOrb 50 watt heater, a few artificial plants, aquarium safe rocks (not as dumb as it sounds apparently), and 10 pounds of gravel. My son will be providing some aquarium treatment and a couple of small hardy fish, possibly ones from his tank, to get the "cycling" started. Once the tank is "stable" Ben will be able to move in.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Better Than Expected

So the random colours I drew from the bag of crayons for the guild's year end challenge are playing together far better than I expected. Yay!

The 3 colours drawn were Spring Green, Goldenrod, and Brown. They must make up at least 60% of the finished article. I've added in a red-orange for zing and there is an occasional small blip of blue happening when it appears as the second ply in a predominately brown yarn.