Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Spicy History

                                                Saffron, the world's most expensive spice.
Did you know that this beautiful flower no longer exists in nature? Find out that and more about many well-loved spices from around the world at Neatorama.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tongue Twister and Nursery Rhymes

We all know that Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, but who the heck is Peter and why should we care if he’s got pickled or fresh peppers? As it turns out, this story is far more interesting than the simple tongue twister we’re all familiar with. Continue reading at neatorama.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


A camera sent through the postal service inviting workers to take pictures before sending it onward. Check it out here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Pathfinder is the first book in the new Serpent World series by Orson Scott Card. It is centers around Rigg a young man who has the ability to see paths of people's past. It is a secret only shared with his father. When his father dies he sends him out into the world to find a family he has never met.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Polymer Clay Paperclip Bookmark

1 glass flat bottom marble
Polymer clay
Image of your choice sized to fit under glass marble
Large paperclip

Print out image.
Spread a drop of Elmer’s Glue on image and place flat glass marble on top. Firmly press down marble so that there are no unglued spots.

While that is drying, condition your polymer clay. I used one quarter of a 2oz package of polymer clay. To condition the clay you roll it into balls, twist it, pull it apart and knead it until it is soft and pliable.
Take half of the condition clay and roll it into 2 balls one slightly larger than the other and set aside.
Cut the excess paper away from the marble.
Using your thumb press the smaller ball of clay flat, then place the paperclip into the clay.

Take the larger ball of clay and set on top of paperclip and press down.

Add the paper backed marble and press it firmly into the polymer clay.

Bake according to polymer clay instructions. This was baked at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

This is the first book in the Lightbringer series by New York Times Bestselling author Brent weeks. At 640 pages it may seem a little daunting until you open it up and start reading. I easily got caught up in the story and quickly finished the book. The characters are lively and engaging and are put in tough and strange situations. It's definitely a crazy ride with lots of bumps, turns, tears and laughter.

Read it.

Read the first three chapters here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

The Lost Gate is the first book in the new Mither Mages series from New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card. This book centers on Danny North, a young boy descended from the old gods, Loki, Odin, etc. but seems to be ungifted in magic. He soon discovers that he is a gatemage, the one time of mage that must be killed on spot.
Danny takes off from the family compound determined to learn gatemagery. Anyway possible.