Thursday, April 17, 2014

Literary Junkies

Pink Heels Pink Truck Found a new Meme to participate in:  Literary Junkies.  Don't read as much as I used to, but still love to talk about it.  Ha!

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
Ug...nothing but bedtime stories to my kids.  I have the 2nd and 3rd book in the Hunger Games Trillogy sitting in a box, but this is a really busy time of year for me, so I'm leaving them there because I can't afford to loose two days (I know I will chain read them and not be able to stop).  After the first one not only was I gone while I was reading it, but I was emotionally distracted afterwards.  So much stuff to think about.

2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? 
Only read Hunger Games.  Intrigued by Divergent, and not interested in Twilight.

3. TV Series Based on Books: they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
The only show I ever watched based on a book I had actually read was the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  I thought it stayed faithful to the idea.  I would love to see the Hobbit turned into a cartoon series, just because that book needs more than a single movie to finish it.  Oh wait, maybe 3 movies will do it.  *Grin*  But honestly, I can't take my kids to see that.  Way to graphically violent.  So I still want a cartoon series.  

4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?

There are so many books I'd like to turn into movies. I would love to see The Ordinary Princess as an animated film, with animation based off the original  artwork by M.M. Kaye.  It's just beautiful.

It would be really cool if it were animated like a mesh of the styles of Snow White and The Secret of Kells (a movie that was just artistically exquisite, though I hated that they managed to take a movie about a bunch of monks copying and illustrating the Bible and make it all about Celtic mythology and not a at all about any of the contents of that book).   

5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I would stay faithful.  I find that movies that are faithful to the books are generally better...though they sometimes need to trim out scenes for time sake, which is understandable.

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
Depends on how much I like it.  If I like it I usually keep it.  If I don't care for it I donate it.  

Friday, March 28, 2014

NEW: Pocket Mirrors!

Zazzle has added several new items, which I'll be sharing soon. One of them is compact mirrors.  I already offered these at my CafePress shops, but these come in a few new shapes (heart and over, in addition to circle and square), and can be customized.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Art With Kids: Coloring Pages

Dover publishing has several wonderful coloring pages from famous artworks in it's recent samplers.  These are a great way to explore art with your kids.  Because they include the original works, you can let your kids compare how they colored them to how the original work was colored.

(Note that the images in the Dover Samplers are not often available for long, so save these to your computer if you plan to use them later)

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Newest Design: Heart of Flowers

Check out my newsest watercolor design...I call it Heart of Flowers.

To make this I cut a heart out of construction paper to be my guildline...then just had fun filling it in with daisies (mostly daisies).  This was loosly using the technique I shared here earlier in my "Where Art Meets Math" post  (it doesn't look very mathmatical, does it...I did say loosely).

 I'm still adding this to products in my Zazzle shop (debating on whether to add it to CafePress...I'm been sort of moving away from there as they've become less shopkeeper friendly)--I'll probably be adding things gradually over the next few weeks so if there's anything you want it on especially, let me know, and I'll make that a top priority.  They have some new products this one (definately a fave):

These aren't new, but I also love how it looks on the tea-pot and cup.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hearts Should Be Free - And a Giveaway

I will be providing items from Scribbleprints for several giveaways for Hearts Should Be Free, an online event to raise awareness of modern slavery.  One of them is going on right now!  Please shop by to win some Valentines and Stickers from me and some cute heart shaped push-pins from The Tiny Bee.