Category: Books

Lanys Library: What I Read May 2013

by Lany

I know, it’s SO LATE! I know!! I’ve been so busy at work, have hardly any time to update here, and it’s something I really regret, but lets let bygones be bygones and I’ll start catching up with my “Lanys Library” series!

Without further ado these are (very few) books I read in May…
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The Night Circus– Erin Morgenstern
I really liked this book! I’ve had it on my bookshelf for the past year or so, I bought it when it came out and it was just sitting sadly in my bookcase, until one evening I just picked it up…and didn’t put it down until the wee hours! I was entranced in the colourful world and the fabulous characters that Morgenstern has created. I don’t really know what else to say with a deep fear of spoiling this glorious world for you, so I’ll just say if you enjoy a little bit of fantasy, magic and love then you will probably like this book!

Gears of War: Aspho Fields – Karen Traviss
This was a re-read for me, (it’s also been read by my partner and a lot of our friends as you can see from the state of the spine…), it’s based off the video game Gears of War (no-one could have guessed!) but it goes so much deeper than the storyline within the game goes, the backstories are absolutely heartbreakingly lovely and very true to life, and make the characters very endearing, Karen Traviss has given the characters a depth that can’t be gotten from the game. I really love what she has done to the series (if you couldn’t tell) she is a fabulous writer! If you love a good sob story/war story/brothers in arms story/are a fan of the game then this is a must read.

The Noteable Brain of Maximilian Ponder – J.W. Ironmonger
This was a very quirky book that I picked up in a 3 for 2 offer in my local Waterstones, and I’m kinda glad I did pick it up! Basically the book starts with the death of the main character in a way…its pretty much both a fictional memoir of sorts and also raises interesting questions about what is memory and how does our brain work the way it does? I really liked this novel anyway, I reckon anyone who likes odd and very slightly morbid but utterly engaging stories would have some fun reading this too!

I’m super sorry for the very delayed update, expect to see my June and July updates fairly soon! And we should get back to regular updates from Sophie and I when September comes round and both of our work schedules calm down a bit.

All the best,
Bookmarks and baked goods for all!
Lany
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P.S. More crafty posts later! ❤

Lanys Library: What I read April 2013

by Lany

I read very few books in April, and from the photo two are ones that were left over from February and March that I had forgotten in my last post, and so without further ado let’s get down to the books!Lanys Library April 2013 GlitterNotGold

Bossypants by Tina Fey
I love Tina Fey, and her book certainly didn’t let her down, she writes exactly as she speaks, sorta like she’s your best friend and you’re settling down for a cosy chat over some chai tea and chocolates! Powered through this book on the bus journey to Sophies, a three and a bit hour journey (damn rush hour traffic), and some of that journey was spent feeling utterly dismal and dizzy and wondering what had I done to deserve travel sickness! It cheered me up and was like a breeze of fresh air, which I liked very much, it distracted me from feeling crap too which is always a good thing. I’d recommend this if you like/love her comedy style and delivery and if you’re a fan of biographies, it’s a very quick enjoyable read.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I actually read this one a while back in February (I remembered commenting on Misfortune of Knowings blog post on the same book), as I said in my comment there, I felt this novel to be a bit forced in places, but overall it was a nice read. An unusual book to come across and one I am glad that I read. It reminded me of “We Need To Talk About Kevin” a wee bit, but that’s not a bad thing, I loved that book and its stuck with me for several years now. Would recommend Harold Fry if you like fictional books with journeys of self discovery, of mental anguish, relationships and redemption.

The Heart Of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
Written in 1925 by a Russian doctor who also wrote satirical pieces for newspapers (before he was stopped…ok this won’t spiral into a history lesson, read up about this guy, he’s an interesting character who even wrote a book about overcoming morphine addiction -he was injured in one of the many war zones he worked in)…back to the boo in hand! You can look at this book two ways as a whimsical yet sci-fi-ish (sssh it’s a word now) story about a doctor with a strange and terrible hobby, or as a parable for the Russian revolution, whichever way you chose to read this, it is superbly written and very unputdownable (also a word now)! Thoroughly recommend, especially if you have an interest in Russian history and literature or odd and offbeat stories.

Winter Games by Rachel Johnson
This book, I’ll be honest, it’s so-so. I liked it but it wasn’t compelling. The story moves in alternating chapters between a grandmothers experiences in Germany just on the cusp of WWII and the granddaughters experiences set in modern day. I’ll be honest with you guys, I would have preferred a straight story about the grandmother, her character is much more relatable, better written and more enjoyable to read. The granddaughter seems very…slick? All gloss and no substance sort of character. I mean I liked the way the two stories overlapped and the final chapter was a good tying together of loose ends and whatnot, but something about the main character seemed ‘off’ to me. I’d recommend this book for a holiday or a bus journey read, nothing too serious and still a nice story, it just seemed to me to fall a little flat.

The Moving Toyshop (A Gervase Fen Mystery) by Edmund Crispin
LOVED this book. I am a big fan of ‘old fashioned’ murder mystery stories, and this one delivers, enjoyable characters, great story, fast paced has action, romance, danger everything you could ask for! The characters are warm and engaging, the story is light and bubbly almost, it fizzes along taking you on a most exciting journey. A ‘classic’ murder mystery with a locked room, a disappearing toyshop, bashes to the head, tied up heroes and a cunning villain. I would read this again in a heartbeat! Must try and find some more in the Gervase Fen series!

One Day by David Nicholls
This is the other book I read in March but had forgotten to include in my last round up. It’s sorta written for a female audience (I’m trying to avoid the patronising term chick-lit), with two characters Emma and Dexter who get together on the night of their graduation. What follows is a story of friendship and love with the story spanning twenty years. Each year, on the same date we visit both characters, this way we can appreciate the changes or the constants in their lives and how they include or exclude each other, it’s quite cleverly done. I went along for the journey, it’s a good will-they won’t they tale, with a really fabulous ending (I can’t ruin it for you, but it is a great and atypical of books in this ‘genre’). So overall a thumbs up, would recommend to anyone who likes an interesting relationship (and beyond!!) story.

Vegan With A Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
It’s not a novel per se, but I can’t be the only person who reads cooking books for fun?
Right….?
I bought Veganomicon back in January, and I decided on a whim to get this vegan recipe book by the same author. I love flicking though this for recipe ideas and interesting flavours to pair together, and it has some fabulous muffin and cookie recipes that I plan to try in the near future! It’s a great recipe resource for vegans and for anybody who has an interest in fresh new ways to jazz up fruit veg and grains!

I am so sorry for the super late update, I was going to post this ages ago but I hurt my back while spring cleaning and I have been in serious pain with a herniated disc (it’s as much fun as it sounds) so much so that I couldn’t walk, sit comfortably, sleep, crochet, anything! Went to a super nice physio and we’ve a series of more appointments to ease the pain. Thanks to Aurora La Petite for the physiotherapist recommendation and for being really thoughtful, I appreciated it very much.

Hope you guys are keeping well!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Stay safe,
Lany
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Lanys Library: What I read March 2013

by Lany

Heya!

Sorry I haven’t posted in aaaages, I’ve been quite sick so have been basically been doing nothing but sleeping and taking medicine the past while!

Anyways here’s my round up of the books I read in March.

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Lets start at the beginning of March and work our way through!
(I am not going to do a review in the proper sense of the word, just give you my opinion on the book and whether I think it’s worth having a read or not)

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
A Victorian crime revisited and revaluated with some third person narrative thrown in for good measure. This book was a quick read, only taking four hours, it bustled along in its odd manner that totally captured my attention and remained enjoyable to the end. Obviously with the subject matter being murder it’s not exactly everyones cup of tea, but if you like true crime dramas and historically accurate (it’s a very well researched novel) stories then this book is for you.

The Hundred Year old Man Who Walked Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Now this book isn’t exactly historically accurate but it really is enjoyable. Ploughed through this book in about six hours as the plot is very quick moving, and very very fun! This book has a great pace, it makes you really want to know what happens/happened next, with chapters moving between the current adventure and adventures past (I found these scenes really funny at any rate, but I have an odd sense of humour so who knows!) I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone!

The Vatican Pimpernel by Brian Fleming
The sub title of this book is “The wartime exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty”, and that is what this book is about, an account of an Irish priest who was stationed as a Monsignor in the Vatican during World War II. He (and his amazingly varied team) helped thousands of people escape with little to no regard for his/their own personal safety. Monsignor O’Flatherty was watched by the Gestapo and wore many disguises to help him freely walk about the city, earning him the nickname, and title of this book, the Vatican Pimpernel.
I  really liked this  study, an amazing story that was done justice by Mr. Fleming would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history and Irish historical figures.

HHhH by Laurent Binet
A study into both the authors world and how he became interested in the Czech and Slovak men that tried to murder Heydrich in that famed assassination attempt in Prague in 1942. The book has an odd rhythm, the author interspaces historical fictional narrative with his own greek chorus like paragraphs about his struggles to write the book you’re reading. These interruptions make both compelling reading and also made me hate the author just a bit. Even though I didn’t really like his self-congratulatory attitude, I did find his asides interesting and appreciate how much work went into the creation of the book. That minor complaint aside, I really did like the novel/historical study/historical fiction (I’m not sure what to classify it as!) it was a highly entertaining read at any rate!

The Emperor Of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
This was a book I was was both looking forward to and yet was dreading reading. The book deals with the “biography of cancer”, the author is a doctor who wrote this book as a kind of answer to a patients question “what exactly am I fighting?”. I thought it would be very depressing and full of technical jargon,but i was wrong; this book was surprisingly easy to read. It was very compelling, very interesting and above all uplifting. He covers the definition of cancer, the historical evidence of cancer, treatments, cures, preventions, group studies, individual patients stories and many many many other parts of cancers “story”. It’s hard to look back at this book without just wanting to shove a copy into your hands and telling you to read it for yourself, it’s just a brilliant eye opening, super fascinating and poignant read. Just do yourself a favour and go get this book, it’s well worth it.

Not a dud amongst them, all in all great entertainment value from March!
Have you read these books, what did you think of them? Have you any recommendations?

Hope you all stay well, and have a great April!
Lany
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Lanys Linkage: Mothers Day Ideas 2013

by Lany

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Mothers day is around the corner (10th March 2013 FYI) I decided I’d do a round up of some great gift ideas!

  • Get together with some siblings, friends etc, and create a craft gift basket for you mum(/aunt/grandmum etc!) you could get her more supplies (a stash boost is ALWAYS appreciated!). Or increase her library of patterns? You could get together some patterns you’d think she’d love on Ravelry (you have to join to view, but a lot of patterns are free, and those that are there to be bought are at very reasonable prices!) and print them off and present them in a pretty folder! 🙂
  • Charitable donation to a cause close to your mothers heart, some great suggestions include Cancer Research Society, Bernardos, ISCPA, Trocaire, Irish guide Dog Association…the list is as endless as the causes these charities help.
  • You could get the book loving lady in your life a set of new books, an ereader or even a voucher (for when you’re unsure of what books she has bought recently!) to further her bookophile ways! Historical, biographies, fiction, thriller, crime, travel books, craft books, the list is endless!
  • Tickets to a play or concert! Always a nice gift idea, just make sure to subtly hint before hand to see if she’s busy that date!
  • A playlist! Making her a playlist of your/her favourite songs or even just a mix of music that reminds you of her is a great idea and would make a lovely thoughtful present!
  • Doing something for her, if its something small like doing the chore she hates doing the most, or helping with the weekly shopping, just doing something to show that you know how much she does and how much you appreciate it will mean a lot.
  • Make a card! Store bought cards are all well and good, but the effort of making a card will not go unnoticed 🙂 (this applies for all occasions!)

Besides all the presents you can buy or make, I really think the most important thing you can do on Mothers Day is spend some time with your mum, it could be a video call if you’re living abroad (and many are in these days of emigration), a long phone conversation if you’re unable to take time off work, or just calling round for a cup of tea and a chat!

I hope you all have a good mothers day, if that’s visiting or remembering your mum/aunt/grandmother/whomever you want to honour, til the next post, stay safe and take care.
Lany
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Inspiring Blogger Award!

by Lany

Hello! Apologies for the prolonged absence, we’ve all been super busy at work with hardly any time to ourselves!

We do have some posts planned though for the coming weeks anyways! 🙂 Stay tuned for those; recipes, sewing projects and viewpoints are promised!

Wanted to start blogging again with a mention of a blog to blog award called “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” that we were nominated for by the lovely and awe-inspiring blogger Avis over on her blog Oh Sew Tempting! You should definitely check out two of my favourites (of her most recent posts) here and here!

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Since the award is blog-along I’ll copy the rules here:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blog.
Hmm well 1, 2, 5 and 6 are already done! 😀

Seven Things About Us

(i) Well Sophie and myself are both science graduates who have a passion for arts and crafts.
(ii) I like to talk… A LOT. I mean a serious amount beyond what most people consider chatty.
(iii) We love food, it’s the best thing ever, in particular baked goods….and delicious meals….actually any food
at all ever, except avacados, Dana loves avacados though!
(iv) Prints are my biggest weakness when it comes to fabric choices, cannot resist a cute print, which means I
always have problems when I go lookng for a matching block colour…
(v) I didn’t like dark chocolate until Sophie and myself tried out “vegan January” now I love the stuff!
(vi) I can’t knit very well (like not at all really), but I plan on rectifying this situation in the coming months!
(vii) We both eat icing from the bowl when decorating cakes….. ;-; it’s just too tempting!!
Extra Special bonus number (viii) Sophie has two adorable cats, Gin and Tonic whom I looove!! 😀

Our nominees for this award in no particular order!!

KandraYoung
I love her quilt here in particular, although her blog covers many topics! I may not be religious but I do enjoy seeing how spiritual she is in her everyday life, and the amazing art (and food) she creates!

Magatha May
Amazing taste in shoes, clothes, quotes and images, cannot get enough of this blog! In total agrement with this post and am lusting over many of the items mentioned in this one!

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She has a beautiful family and a pretty home which she posts the most envy inspiring pictures of! I like this “tutorial” she posted on how to make a giant chalkboard at an affordable price!

Random Descent
An up and coming Irish journalist/editor and a great writer to boot! I am looking forward to amazing things from this blogger, whom is penning her first book at the moment! Here is a review she wrote recently that makes me desperate to get stuck into that particular tome! Oh and did I mention she also has her own radio show called Reverb? She uploads the playlists onto MixCloud too for your listening pleasure!

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While I sometimes think the intelligent lady behind this blog can over read into some situations I do enjoy this feminist blog, I also like her taste in music!

The Misfortune of Knowing
I like this womans reviews of books, her take on life and her stance on childrens literature! Almost all of her good reviews make me want to go out and buy the book immediately, and one of the more recent posts like that is this one about Richard III.

Scientific Femanomaly
This blog is by a fellow scientist (I’m a physicist! >.<), she’s got an amazing blog, and she tackles what I think are interesting issues with a strong voice and solid opinions she also posts interesting posts about recent scientific studies etc, I like her anyways!

Aurora La Petite
A truly inspiring blog, with to-die-for photos and great book reviews, recipes and interesting content! I am loving these photos and this recipe at the moment 🙂

Doodle Mum
Sophie showed me this blog about a year ago, and now the author has just released a book! So excited! Her relatable stories and engaging artwork make this blog just so endearing to me, it really brightens up my day when I see it in my reader!

Irish Election Literature
Various election literature spanning many different years, political viewpoints and topics, truly fascinating slices of Irish history (past and present!)! I may like it because I have a very strong interest in politics and in Irish history, just look at this post, it even casts a light on socio-economic conditions at the time!

I hope you find a new blog to follow, if not two or three!
Let me know of other blogs you think are worthy of an inspirational blogging award! 😀

Have fun and take care,
Lany
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Lanys Linkage: Three of the Best Nonfiction Books

by Lany

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I am an avid reader and I enjoy books from most genres. My main love used to be fiction, in particular fantasy novels, but I have really gotten into non-fiction the past few years.

Three in particular stand out in my mind as my top nonfiction reads of 2012.
This may be because they were more in the style of “narrative nonfiction”, they were a joy to read and I recommend these with a heart and a half.

The Man Who Invented The Computer – The Biography of John Atanasoff Digital Pioneer
Jane Smiley is a wonderful author, her gift of weaving a compelling narrative while being factual makes this story so fascinating. This book focuses on John Astansoff a man who was a professor of physics at Iowa State University and who developed a computer, along with a Phd student Clifford Berry, to calculate time consuming mathematical problems. This book gives a formidable background to the history of computing and includes accounts of computing efforts by Turing, Flowers and Zuse to name but a few major players in the field.
I thoroughly recommend this for any lover of technology and/or computing and indeed fans of modern history.

Dublin Nazi No.1 – The Life of Adolf Maher
Gerry Mullins spent seven years putting together this book, and it was worth it. He writes in a prose-like style and includes references throughout. Adolf Maher was appointed the Keeper of National Antiquities at the Nation Museum of Ireland in 1927 and was a hugely successful archaeologist who transformed the national museum of Ireland. He also became a Nazi and was head of the Nazi party in Ireland for several years, he was also a man whom tried to help several Jewish friends escape Europe during the build up to WWII. A really fascinating read for any person interested in Irish history, Nazi history and even just the history of an intriguing individual.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot has created an absorbing and utterly engrossing read. The main figure of this book is Henreitta Lacks the poor cancer-suffering African-American woman from whom the cell line HeLa was created without her consent or knowledge. This tale not only explains complicated biological technologies and the evolution of the law surrounding human tissue and medical trials it also explores the effect of this womans death and subsequent “immortality” upon her family. Completely “unputdownable”, a must read for everyone, no exceptions.

I really really enjoyed those books, they were all thought provoking and thoroughly unforgettable.
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Any suggestions for future reading? I’d love to get some more books on my “to-read” list!
Lany
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Lanys Linkage: Cookbook and Cooking Blog Love!

by Lany


I love cookbooks, really love looking at the fabulous pictures and reading the mouthwatering descriptions….

I’m lucky that I have kept home economics books from school and have been given and inherited  quite a few cookbooks from my family….but you really can’t have TOO MANY cookbooks……

Recently been lusting after these fabulous additions to any cookbook library!

  • Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook ~ Really have been lusting after this one, as I am a vegetarian (I’ve tried kicking cheese and eggs and butter but they’re just SO DELICIOUS) and I have heard really great things about this book! Would love to try out the recipes in this!
  • Fifty Shade of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook ~ I don’t eat meat but my other half more than makes up for me in that regard, he really loves chicken, so being the sort of vegetarian that doesn’t mind cooking meat for others, I think this book would be a great addition to our collection (also, the title and the pun titles of some of the recipes- I am so easily amused).
  • River Cottage Veg Every Day! ~ I really like the River Cottage series and the fact that the recipes focus around vegetables in season is a big plus for me.
  • Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant ~ This isn’t really a recipe book more a collection of essays with some recipes strewn in amongst the prose. I love these sorts of books, a favourite cookbook of mine was given to me by my friend over on AuroraLaPetite it’s called The Flavour Thesaurus and is a strange mix of recipe book, food pairing directory/reference and anecdotal knowledge of food…I recommend it most heartily!
  • Pastry ~ The title says it all really, pastry to me is perfection, and this book is apparently the holy grail of pastry…
  • Gratins and Bakes ~ A womans weekly mini series book, it captured me with my fondness for comforting mammy food and all  of the safety, warmth and happiness that comes with well loved recipes!
  • The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook ~ Baking is a passion of mine and I already own many baking books, but this one has scrumptious photography and promises many amazing recipes….nom nom nom….
  • New Larousse Gastronomique ~ This book has haunted me for a long time, I saw it in a small bookshop years ago, started reading the first page and realised it was the best guide to cooking I would be able to find….now I don’t know if it’s the best, but after reading up on it it does come highly lauded as one of the best out there, and the basis of many a cooks (or wannabe cooks) library!
  • The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet! ~ I love veggie burgers, they’re great to make ahead when you have company over as they don’t take you away from your guests for long and the food is still nutritious and delicious..anyway in my opinion you can never have too many options for veggie burgers!
  • Laurels Kitchen Bread Book ~ I am a sucker for fresh delicious bread, and am currently debating with myself about splashing out on a bread machine next year sometime! This book is meant to be a handy collection of great recipes that work, and taste amazing!
  • Ace of Cakes ~ Sophie got me hooked on the television series when I had a tv, and this book looks like a part biography of the owner of Ace of Cakes part inspirational cake art book….

Recently I have also found myself reading some really inspiring and great food blogs, some I have followed for years and other have been more recent acquisitions to my blog roll! I’m going to make this a short list of the top ten I have been visiting recently because if I made a record of all the food related blogs I follow I think I would both shame and shock myself….

  • Cooking Comically ~ Definitely one of my favourite recipe blogs, adore the comic style, the delivery and the recipes are great too! Check out the blog post Sexy Pancakes if you need to be convinced further! Cannot wait for the cookbook that’s scheduled for release in autumn of next year!!
  • Seasalt with Food ~ This is a blog filled with amazing photos of delicious looking food, and the recipe list is a really great addition/resource, one recipe I can recommend without hesitation is the Hasselback Potato recipe- so goooood.
  • Oh She Glows ~ Vegan blog, but her recipes allow for plenty of experimentation and she talks her readers through her trials and errors as well as alternatives that she has tried! Big fan in particular of Strawberry Cheesecake Bites!
  • The Girl Who Ate Everything ~ Really enjoy her conversational style of writing and her recipes are really great! The recipe index is great too, and has all sorts of food to tempt you! Particular mention to Broccoli Cheese Soup and Spinach Lasagna Rolls!
  • Healthy Happy Life ~ Vegan blog again, has fabulous recipes, a lot of smoothie ones too, and advice along with little stories about how the blog post came into being etc, especially recommend the sweet potato burgers  (without avacado- ick! I really reaaaaaallly dislike avacado!) and her recent addition of apple citrus cinnamon salad– so good!
  • {farmette} ~ This is the most recent blog I have started following, I cannot believe it took me so long to find it! PAcked with amazing recipes and an engaging attitude, she’s won me over! Cannot wait to try Bramley Apple Dumplins’!
  • Vegan Yum Yum ~ This blog is back after a two year hiatus, and the recipe that caught my eye had some of my favourite ingredients in it, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, sourdough bread and basil….Blackened Tomato Canapes. I’ve had variation on this theme but the photos and the instructions on this are so straight forward that it’s a relief and a joy to read.
  • Nessas Family Kitchen  ~ Only started following this blog earlier this year but I cannot wait for her book Apron Strings to be released in April of 2013! One recipe that I have ear marked for simply ages now is the Lemon Curd Raspberry Meringue Roulade, it looks divine…….
  • Veggie Belly ~ Great vegetarian blog, however a lot of the ingredients are unavailable in Ireland so I usually substitute with something more widely available or omit the ingredient and make up the mass with other stuff in the recipe! Standout recipe is her falafel, just so delicious. 
  • Baking Obsession ~ Beautifully photographed food, and makes me absolutely  supremely jealous of her cake decorating skills! Seriously look at this and this!! Cannot wait to try the recent update of carrot orange muffins!

Sorry for the super link heavy post today, it’s a cliche but ~I really enjoy being in the kitchen and messing about with ingredients and tastes! 😀

Happy cooking!
Lany
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Humble E-Book Bundle

by Lany

Seriously you guys, go purchase this!!



Good reads for a good cause! You choose how the money gets divided between the charity (Childs Play Charity) the humble bundle website and the authors.

It’s available here….seriously what are you waiting around reading this for?
Go forth and read!

Lany
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Lanys Linkage: Craft Books

by Lany


I came across some amazing looking craft books recently…no hints or anything now!

  • Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden: This book looks scrumptious!
  • Everything Oz by Hannah Read-Baldrey: We’re off to see the wizaaaard….I really want to see what this book is like…anyone read it?
  • Made in France Cross Stitch Samplers by Majorie Massey: This book has really pretty projects!
  • Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg: Amazing quilts, want to be able to lust over them in the privacy of my own home!! 😀
  • Push Print by Jamie Berger: Looks like a really gorgeous collection of some contemporary printmakers work.
  • Learn to Knit, Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson: Sophie made me want to knit when I saw how her cardigan is coming along…..
  • Sewing by Alison Smith: I own this book, thoroughly recommend it!
  • How to Build a Robot With Your Dad by Aubery Smith: Looks like a fun book to get stuck into with a kid (or not-so-little-kid)
  • Quilts from the Home of Tula Pink by Tula Pink: I love this womans work!
  • Cute Creatures to Knit and Crochet: I have some other books by this publisher, really big fan of the photography…
  • Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman Hale: looks super interesting!
  • You Can Crochet Socks by Kim Kotary: Want Need crochet socks right now….
  • Carry Me by Yuka Koshizen: Fabulous bags, be on my shoulder….
  • Doodle Stitching Motif Collection by Aimee Ray: I have her other book “Doodle Stitching” which I LOVE to look at, this is definitely on my wish list!
  • The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon: A  collection of artists work ranging from ceramics, glasswork, jewellery etc. Really want to  have this book on my bookcase to browse through of an evening!
  • Cross Stitch Art Nouveau by Barbara Hammet: Love Art Nouveau and cross stitch…LOVE this mix of the two.
  • Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver: I really need to learn how to knit! I have to make at least all of these patterns!
  • Sew What! Skirts by Francesca Denhartog: This book makes me want to make and wear skirts in every colour!
  • Zentagle Basics by Suzanne McNeill: Zentangles are really cool doodles, dunno if you need a book to figure out how to draw them, but the pictures are so pretty…

Has anybody gotten any of these books? Any recommendations for good craft books?

Apologies for the irregular updates, I have no internet at home yet!

Sparkles and sewing kits,
Lany
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Book Burning ~ now there’s something I can get behind~ Reverse Psychology

by Lany

Really really clever campaign, really great video, just watch, you have to just watch this.

Thanks to my friend Colm for linking this earlier today 🙂