Books I got this week
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (ARCycling)
- Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott (library)
- Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Kindle pre-order)
Posts on the blog:
- [23 Feb] Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop ★★★★½
- [24 Feb] Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending (was a disappointment)
- [25 Feb] Plagiarism and Instagram
- [26 Feb] Life of a Blogger: Routines
- [27 Feb] A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab ★★★★
- [1 Mar] Heartbeat Weekly (55): I Revamped My TBR Jar!
What I’ve been up to this week:
1) Photography and Instagram! I have been obsessed lately about pictures for Instagram. I’ve been trying to get more creative and interesting pictures, and I find that I’m addicted to it! I’ve asked my fiancé to teach me how to use his fancy $900 camera and his lights so that I can do photo shoots with my books :D (Which means I’m that much closer to the bookshelf tour!!)
Also, I’m kind of humbled because I went from 400 followers to over 700 literally overnight. Nikki (tumblr.books) reposted the picture of my rearranged bookshelves, and my Instagram blew up! My average # of likes per picture used to be 30-40 max, and that picture got a whopping 250 likes. Um, what?! It’s totally a weird feeling for me because it happened so fast. But now that I have more people, I want to try harder to have better pictures!
2) Kitten in heat. Oh dear lord. She woke me up at 3 am last week making her little chirruping noise, but I didn’t think anything of it. Then, when I got home from work, she did it for more than an hour straight. I started watching her, and she was flopping around all over the floor and rubbing against everything. When I said her name, she would cower close to the ground and slit her eyes – it was really weird! She was acting very submissive and that’s not like her (AT ALL). At first I was like, WTF is wrong with my cat? and after a minute of watching her I was like, …..oh, SHIT. You have got to be kidding me….
I don’t know anything about the heat cycle because I’ve never had to deal with it before. I’ve always had my cats spayed (and neutered, not that that matters lol) by 6 months of age. But since I left the vet I haven’t found another place to go yet (and also don’t have the money), so I put it out of my mind. She’s now 10 months old. I didn’t realize the heat cycle started that early! Despite working at a vet for 7 years, I never bothered to learn about it because it never mattered to me. I never expected to leave female whole past 6 months old.
I found a site online that says they’ll be in heat for 1-7 days (yowling and all), and that they go “out of heat” for 1-3 weeks. From January to fall. (Can anyone add to that information? Does anyone have expertise in this area?!) So you’re telling me I have to deal with this every 3 weeks for months?! Oh good heavens, she’s getting spayed as soon as I get my tax return. O__O
I made a new TBR jar!
I’ve been wanting to re-do my TBR jar for a while, because let’s face it: My old one was boring as hell.
On the left you can see the old, ugly one. I threw something together real fast for the label, took the jar from whatever my parents had available at the time, and used cut up notecards, folded and taped, to put the book names on (in plain handwriting). I’ve been unhappy with it for some time now, and wanting to do something different. So I took a field trip to Hobby Lobby! I was looking for a book charm to put on the twine originally, but I had trouble finding a small silver one. All of the books were bigger and kind of gaudy. I was about to give up when I saw the “Once Upon a Time…” banner, and I was like HARK! It’s perfect!! I spent about $16 – the jar was $5.99 but was 50% off, the paper was $0.44 a sheet and I bought 5 sheets of each color, the pack of labels was $2.99, the charm was $3.99, and the twine was $2.99 for a big roll.
I used this tutorial for the origami stars. It was trial and error, because the first few I made were awful! I eventually learned that when you pinch the edges, you have to use your nail in the center of each edge to make a crease so that the edges are more crisp. And, instead of boring ole handwriting, I wrote the book names in calligraphy!
In this picture I only have the blue, pink, and purple stars. That’s because the black ones were an afterthought. On the black zebra stars, I wrote themes instead of book names – i.e. “A book with a red cover” or “A book with mermaids” or “A fairytale retelling.”
All in all I had a lot of fun making this jar (I’ve been feeling super crafty lately!) and I’m really happy with how it turned out!