Aug 31, 2016

Ramblings




  • I swear that I am going insane.  Sitting quietly in my office working and I keep hearing a bird hooting.  It sounds like an owl but it's 12:30 in the afternoon.  I went out and looked around on my break but I didn't see any owls.  Very strange.
  • There are times that I can just truck along and my fibro doesn't really effect me other then all over body pain and lack of energy.  There are other times when it targets certain areas of my body.  Usually it's my legs which since I don't work on my feet, I can deal with.  Right now it is attacking my forearms which makes typing difficult if not impossible.  After about eight hours at work, it's enough to bring tears to my eyes.  I am so done with this crap.  Please find a cure.  I need one. 

  • I think that I am addicted to artisan head pins.  They are so great for necklaces and almost ready made earrings.  The only problem is that I tend to hoard them rather then use them.  Perhaps I have a dragon in my background.

Aug 30, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements Head Pin Blog Hop





I have a weakness for artisan head pins so I was all in when Art Jewelry Elements announced that they were going to have a blog hop featuring them.  What I didn't count on was the fact that my fibro was going to attack my hands and forearms.  So while I did get some combos put together, I wasn't actually able to make the jewelry for this hop :(

There are headpins from Sophia Tory, JKD Studio and a wonderful orphan who lost her tag so I am not sure where I got her from.



I will be sure to share these once they are completed and I did want to share the earrings above that I made a few months ago from some head pins from Firefly Design Studio.



And here is one of my favorite necklaces also made a few months ago using a ceramic headpin from Latirus who is a wonderful artist in Russia.

I know that quite a few designers are joining on this hop so if you would like to some some beautiful completed jewelry using artisan head pins.   Be sure to check out all the delicious eye candy!




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Aug 27, 2016

Book Review: Doubt





When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top Los Angeles law firm, she’s excited for the challenge—and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as a computer hacker behind her. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to fall ill. Caroline is only supposed to dig in the trenches and report up the ladder, but her tech background and intuition take her further than planned. When she suspects a link between the death of a prominent scientist and the shadowy biotech giant, she cries foul and soon finds herself in the crosshairs. The clock is ticking and thousands of lives are on the line…including her own.

Now this rookie lawyer with a troubled past and a penchant for hacking must prove a billion-dollar company is responsible for thousands of deaths…before they come after her.

Aug 24, 2016

Ramblings




  • It's been a fairly quiet week except for our potluck.  We didn't end up with the usual group as one of my best friends and her husband were rear-ended on Friday.  Everyone's okay but they didn't feel like going out.  Makes perfect sense.
  •  I just love fresh flowers and if I had my way, I would also have a few bouquets around the house.  Too bad they are so expensive.  Ah well.  I indulge myself on our potluck days though.

  • I also have found that I really enjoy the Prisma app.  It's great for modifying my pics.
  • Arg. I think that it's time that I start investigating a dentist. I have another tooth in trouble & apparently this one has a root because it hurts. Just hoping to put it off until September because that is when my sick leave bank is refilled. Oh and because of my fear of dentists. 
  • I have always wondered why someone would choose to become a dentist. I know that I wouldn't want to part of one of the most feared professions and always be working in troubled mouths. 
Aug 23, 2016

Book Review: The Love Killings





For the past six weeks, LAPD detective Matt Jones has been recovering from the wrong end of a hit man’s bullet. Before he can look for payback, Jones finds himself enlisted in the manhunt for an old foe. Dr. George Baylor, the serial killer who escaped after murdering three coeds in LA, resurfaces on the East Coast. This time, an entire family has been slaughtered in their home outside Philadelphia, and the doctor’s fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

With panic rising, the FBI seeks Jones’s help, and the hunt for this brutal mass killer is on. But so is the hunt for the man who paid to have Jones shot. When a second family is found murdered, the search for the killer becomes frantic, and Jones’s shocking personal history explodes before his eyes. With his two missions welded together as one, Jones enters the madman’s world—a place of unimaginable terror—and hopes that if he survives, he can find his way out.

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One of my favorite things about reviewing books is how I am able to stumble into great series.  THE LOVE KILLINGS is one of those.  It's actually the second book in a series but it does such a wonderful job of standing on its own that I feel confident enough to go onto book three when it comes out without worrying about feeling lost.  Mr. Ellis deserves huge kudos for that as all too often when I jump in the middle of a series I feel like I need a cane to find my way around.

Matt Jones is one heck of a detective who although he is a rookie still, knows enough to trust his instincts when he is involved in an investigation.  And those instincts are telling him that the FBI are looking for the wrong killer. 

This is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mr. Ellis but I can tell you that it won't be the last.  I do recommend THE LOVE KILLINGS to any of my readers who enjoy police procedurals or thrillers.    To check out other books by this author, just click here.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Aug 22, 2016

Art Bead Scene's August Monthly Challenge


"Park Near Lu"
By Paul Klee, 1938
Oil and coloured paste on paper on jute; original frame strips
100 x 70 cm


I really enjoy challenges especially the ones put on by Art Bead Scene as they force me out of my comfort zone so that I work with new colors or techniques.  Some of the inspiration art work that they put up really resounds with me and others not to so much.  This painting by Paul Klee really rang my bells.  I loved all the black lines surrounded by color so that is what I decided to play with.



I found this gorgeous lampwork focal Patricia O'Brien.  I don't see where she sells online except on Facebook.  This focal as the black lines I was looking for which I then highlighted by hanging it from a bail with black waxed linen.



The necklace itself consists of two strands of onyx beads and Indonesian lampwork beads made of recycled glass for those pops of color.  I had a lot of fun designing this necklace and I want to thank Art Bead Scene for hosting these monthly challenges.


Aug 20, 2016

ZnetShows New Arrivals Blog Hop





What goes better with summer then cultural sea glass?  And my favorite place to replenish my stock is ZNetShows. They have recently come out with some new shapes that I have had the opportunity to work with.  I mean just look at those beauties above!



I especially love the buttons and just regret that I don't knit or sew as I think that they would be so cute with a lightweight cardigan or a sun dress.



But instead I made a bracelet.  Lightweight and sturdy, perfect for day on the water.   Would also make a cool bracelet or earrings using jump rings but I wanted to go metal-less.  And isn't that color the bomb?  It's Light Aqua 'Coke' bottle Seafoam but  they also comes in several different colors.  You can click here or just go to ZNetShows and type PMX12 in the search bar.

Next up is a set featuring ZNetShows' new Stack sets.  These are center-drilled nuggets in graduating sizes.  Perfect for whipping up a quick necklace and earrings.



I used the Stacking Mix in Turquoise Bay and for contrast, I also used some square spacer beads in a Royal Blue also from ZNetShows.  If you would like a closer look at the wonderful cultured sea glass, just click on the links.  



For more inspiration using the new shapes of cultured sea glass beads from ZnetShows be sure to check out these other designers.  I know that I can't wait to see what everyone came up with.



Karla Morgan (revealing on 8/22/16)
Aug 19, 2016

Book Review: Salvation Lake




At the end of an especially raucous day at his neighborhood bar, private eye Leo Waterman is surprised to see his old flame, Rebecca Duval, walk in the door. But King County’s medical examiner is here on business, not pleasure. Two dead bodies, covered by an old coat that once belonged to Leo’s father, have turned up in the trunk of a car. The only thing that seems to connect the men is a controversial local church and its charismatic pastor.

With help from Rebecca and surveillance expert Carl Cradduck, Leo begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. While a pair of goons do their best to chase him off the case, Leo painstakingly retraces the victims’ final days, charting their unusual search for redemption—from a downtown homeless encampment to suburban McMansions to the shores of Salvation Lake. There Leo must confront an opponent hell-bent on retribution in order to get to the twisted truth about the killings.


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I have been on a kick lately where I have been enjoying PI books.  Even so when I first started reading this book, I wasn't too sure how well I would like it.  It starts out in a bar, no let me correct that, in a dive so I assumed that this was going to go along the lines of all the hard nosed PI novels from the 50s and 60s.  You know the ones I mean where the PI is despicable but still manages to get all the girls. The hero that everyone loves to hate.

Thankfully it didn't take very long for me to find out how wrong I was.  Even though Leo was in the dirty business of investigation in the past, he is an all around nice guy.  He's one that I could easily cheer on who just happens to be rather curious and unable to rest until he finds the answers.  It's just a good thing that his father left him wealthy as some of those answers are pretty pricey to discover.

And together with a likeable main character, there are a cast of secondary characters that keep the story hopping.  And there are those pesky questions, some of which don't get answered until the very end.  Some of the plot points I was able to figure out in advance, some of them threw me for a loop.  

All in all, SALVATION LAKE is a very satisfying read and one that I would recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery or who enjoys the PI genre.  As a bonus  (at least to me), this story is based locally in Seattle which I love as I can recognize the locations that the story takes place in.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.