Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bloggy Book Club - Week 5: Have you won the Amazon Voucher?

Hello.. It's week 5 of Bloggy Book Club already!
Where the heck did the time go!? It's been fun though!

It's never too late to get started with the fun! If you are new to joining our book club, that's awesome! We love meeting new people and enjoying the gift of reading with each other! Grab a button and get started out with these posts...
Now for some of the fun... We want you to link up a post answering this question...
"Do you feel the circus was brought to life in the book? Was there enough details to create a visual for you?"
Write a post, make a vlog about it, just have fun with it! It's always fun to read other people's opinions about books! Let's aim to get the whole community to participate this week! :) If you need any help with your posts just simply click on Week 2, Week 3, or Week 4 and look at the link ups that we had there! It's simple and fun, promise!




We also wanted to know when everyone is available the coming week for our Google+ chat! If you have any dates that work or don't work, please comment and let us know so we can try and work around them! :)

Congratulations to Brighton on winning the $10 Amazon Gift Card!
Please email Katlyn within 48 hours to redeem your prize! 

AND

The next featured title is Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Please note that the week of June 10th - June 16th we will be taking a break and getting everything ready for Fifty Shades of Grey! Week 1 will go live on June 19th!

Have fun everyone! :)


Our Community:



Discussion Link Up:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Holiday Photo Challenge

I originally wrote this post for Lauren @ Tippie Canoe to help blog sit for a day while she was on her holidays.  I really wanted to share it again, especially as many of you could be heading to London for the summer Olympics this year!

 I love challenges, quizzes and goals.  I guess I'm quite driven in that sense....but more than that, I never seem to take the easy route in life...like my boyfriend who lives in a different country.  A lot of people can't understand why I can't just date someone in England.

(In Lyon!)

Well, I can't, because he is perfect for me and actually we make it work in our own way. One of the ways we do this is by making sure that when I visit we go to new places and have lots of fun.  I am here today to tell you about one of the activities that we have done together that was really entertaining.
(Taken in Darwin Australia)

Sometimes when you visit places you want to sit on your butt on a beach and chill out (see above).  Other times you want to get lost in the atmosphere and then there are those places where there are lots of 'must see' sights and not a lot of time to do so.  This is where the 'photo challenge' comes in. 

I made a fun photo challenge for my boyfriend (actually as part of his Christmas present) for Mannheim - which is where he was moving too.  I've never been there myself, but I only had to look at the tourist information site to recognise what the main sites were, what the fun activities were we could do together and some of the cultural settings. 


The challenge involves collecting points for snapping certain pictures.  I split mine into categories...some of which had some definite 'in jokes' involved.  One of which was that there was a challenge to take a 'sausage' related picture in each section.  Germans do love their wurst after all, and mine is no different! I also included lots of little romantic ones like 'take a picture of us holding hands in a boat'....or take a picture of us enjoying eating a bratwurst in the park...specific, hey?!

(I do own other clothes...this photo is from Germany! The sausage is a clue...)

The challenge can run for a couple of hours or all day if you want it to. I awarded 10 bonus points for each completed section.  I gave him 4 hours to get 40 points from a possible 72 with the promise of a meal of his choice or massage as a reward.  Needless to say...we now have lots of lovely pictures of Mannheim, a day full of memories and I am down a few euros for a meal. 
 
What I can share with you is the following photo challenge I made especially for you guys,  in case you visit London:

 (Just right click on the image and save!)
I wrote my challenge in a Word document and then laminated it.  This was to make it weather 'proof''. You will DEFINITELY need a plastic cover for the London Edition!
This challenge can be adapted so it's less of a 'date'. It could be a challenge between friends or even keep children occupied while you are travelling. I tested this out with a group of teenagers (I'm a teacher, if that makes that statement less weird) and we didn't lose one and kept their attention while walking around. 
So there we have it: a way to travel, take pictures, and compete at the same time.  Perfect!
I would love to hear your feedback on this idea (I doubt it's completely new, but I hadn't read about it anywhere before it popped into my head).  I'd also love it if you wanted to visit me on my Twitter here or even on Pinterest.

Please do get in contact. I really like having new people to talk to. And if you make one...I'd love to share it on my blog.

Big hugs,  thanks for reading - Rosie xxxx

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bloggy Book Club - Week 4


It's going to be a short link up this week folks...it's nearly midnight and still have a bag to pack for tomorrow. I'm going on an outward bound adventure to prepare for a school trip in June.  Tomorrow brings a near 5 hour journey to the Welsh countryside and some water sports! Whoop! And the best news? It's going to be HOT and SUNNY! (This visit was cancelled in March due to extreme snow, so this is a massive result!)

Anyway, enough of what I should be preparing for and more about the book.  So this was the question this week:

"Who did you, upon reading the prologue, think murdered August? What effect did that opening scene of chaos and murder have on your reception of the story that follows?"

In all honesty, I read the book after seeing the film, so I should have known the answer to this. Luckily for me, my memory was a bit hazy and I genuinely thought Marlena had attacked August.  I was hopeful that there would be a strong heroine and looked forward to finding out what happened. (You can see from last week's post, that I felt a bit disappointed.)

The chaos and violence at the start of the book, however, is visually stunning, bewildering and engaging.  I love the way you are immersed in the circus right from the start; the madness of the situation just made me want to find out how the stampede had happened.  I do love a book that goes right into the action; sometimes I'm a bit of an impatient reader.  It was definitely a big enough hook to make me want to read through until the end, although if I had accidentally flicked to the end, and found the cyclical structure employed, I might have cheated and found out who it was without necessarily reading the whole thing.  Once again, you'll see from last week, I didn't really buy the whole romance thing. 

Well, I'm afraid it's now my bedtime. Promise I'll write more next week!  How are you guys getting on with the book? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Rosie xx




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

'Just in Case' Pouch - A Tutorial Guest Post by Rebecca @ Heron's Crafts

I'm REALLY excited to introduce you to Rebecca; she is one seriously talented girl and has an awesome new blog that you SHOULD be checking out, following and showing some love.  She has done an amazing job with this tutorial. I can't wait to get sewing one of these!

Hello! My name is Rebecca and blog over at Heron's Crafts.
Thank you Rosie for having me today! I am so excited to share with you my tutorial for the 'Just in Case Pouch'. Whilst you're out and about this summer, on holiday, at a festival, a picnic or a BBQ, just pop this pouch in your bag and you will be prepared for the day!


I have designed it to contain the following essentials...


Tissues
Suncream
Hand Sanitiser
Lip Salve
A couple of Plasters
Mints
Hair Ties
Sanitary towels
Emergency Money (and by emergency I mean Ice Cream!)


The pouch has a main inside compartment to store...


And a side zip pocket to store...


A couple of plasters and a selection of hairties

Finally there is an inside zip pocket for your money!

So are you ready for the tutorial? Lets get started!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Week Four Bloggy Book Club Link Up

It's my favorite day friends.. It's Bloggy Book Club Link Up Day! Woo-Hoo!
*Jumping around like a crazy person in excitement"
It is week four, so you know what that means... 
IT'S THE LAST WEEK FOR ENTRIES ON THE $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

It's never too late to get started with the fun! If you are new to joining our book club, that's awesome! We love meeting new people and enjoying the gift of reading with each other! Grab a button and get started out with these posts...
Bloggy Book Club Amazon Giveaway!!
Bloggy Book Club {Week 2}
Bloggy Book Club {Week 3}

* You can still enter and link up on these posts to get all the entries possible for the giveaway, so please go check them out! Make sure to make comments when doing each entry though!

Now for some of the fun... We want you to link up a post answering this question...
"Who did you, upon reading the prologue, think murdered August? What effect did that opening scene of chaos and murder have on your reception of the story that follows?"

Write a post, make a vlog about it, just have fun with it! It's always fun to read other people's opinions about books! Let's aim to get the whole community to participate this week! :) If you need any help with your posts just simply click on Week 2 or Week 3 and look at the link ups that we had there! It's simple and fun, promise!




Giveaway Entry Opportunities: 
These entries go towards a $10 Amazon Giftcard! The winner will be announced on May 29th!

Mandatory Entry: Follow your hosts Katlyn and Rosie on GFC and leave a comment saying you did so{2 entries}
or
Join our Facebook Group {1 entry}
or
Do Both {3 entries}

Link up your homepage or Facebook page to our Community link up and leave a comment saying you did so.
{ 1entry }

Link up your discussion post answering the question and comment telling you did so { 1 entry }
Follow your hosts on Twitter @KatlynLarson and @CraftboticQ and leave a comment saying you did so (include your twitter handle)
{ 2 entries }

Vote on the poll for next months featured title and comment saying you did so { 1 entry }

Grab a button and comment saying it's on your blog! Comment saying you did so adding your blog URL.
 { 1 entry }

Remember that this is the last week for entries so be sure to get as many as you can and COMMENT! We cannot stress this enough. We have 42 votes on the poll and only 1 person has gotten an entry because they commented.

The next featured title and winner will be announced next week Tuesday (May 29th) so stay tuned and remember to reply within 48 hours if you are the winner!

Have fun everyone! :)

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Discussion Link Up:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday's Letters (May 18th) with Adventures of Newlyweds

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Dear amazing boyfriend, thank you for coming to visit me on my birthday. You've just put a present down next to me, while I am writing this post and I really want to know what's inside! You were a legend coming out with me and 7 other women last night and didn't even flinch during the discussions!  Just so you are aware A and L spent the rest of the evening telling us we are perfect for each other and should be together all of the time immediately!. Dear awesome friends, thanks for a great night out and for feeding me.  I know it's a bit embarrassing that I managed to drink two glasses of wine and half a cocktail before I had to start on the water...but I feel great this morning! Dear tutor group from my old school, you looked awesome at your leaving celebrations and I was really excited you invited me back to be a part of it.  It was such a shame that J had to miss out.  (Update: he had an accident with a smashed window which nearly chopped off his thumb...my first aid training was just about useful.). Remember to visit him and catch him up on everything that happened.  I still have his balloon! Dear running I'm sorry I don't like you still. I appreciate you made the charity run on Sunday fairly pleasant, well as pleasant as running can be, but still I really dislike how much my body hurts because of you.  Dear being 31, you also suck! Dear Charity Run, I know I should feel happy I completed you, but all I feel is relief that I didn't let my sponsors down, who showed such faith in me to be successful.  I am going to do a charity craft fair next...hello comfort zone! Dear Mum, thanks for supporting me at the run, taking pictures and then looking at modern art with me.  Tres awesome of you too.

There's so much this week!  Life is FULL!  Yay! 

Take care,

R xxx


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blog Angels - Help make someone's day.


(If you're just interested in what 'blog angels' is all about feel free to skip straight to paragraph 3!)

Since I started Craftbotic, less than three months ago, I have learnt a lot; I've written more than I anticipated...I joined a gazillion social networking sites and met  a lot of seriously talented women along the way.  Craftbotic is a real reflection of 'me'. I'm a bit random, sometimes I craft, sometimes I take pictures, sometimes I write about stuff that pops up in my head.  I break a lot of rules about blogging: having a clear 'identity', posting on regular days and I'm pretty sure I am meant to have various widgets and ways of following me available that I haven't even worked out yet.

Though I've come to realise that when I am happiest blogging, it's when I am interacting with other people: working on new projects, taking part in challenges which open up those pathways to learning about other people, myself and more importantly making new friends. Through making REAL relationships my blog has grown and people check in regularly to say hi.  This means the WORLD to me.  I have been blessed with a group of blog angels who have helped me on my journey so far. They have been people who have offered me guest posts, blog swapped, co-hosted my link party, let me co-host their parties, tweeted about me and generally showed so much support for what I am trying to do that their kindness is almost overwhelming. And what is more, they did/do it out of kindness not just to gain an extra follower. 

One of my blog 'angels', Katlyn @ Dreamy Meadow and I have decided to team up on two projects. One is the book club which you can join in on here


The other is 'blog angels'.  You will have seen link ups where people send each other stuff through the post, either crafts, letters or gifts...I LOVE them and join in all of the time.  This is a link up where you sign up to be paired with someone to become their 'angel'; a secret helper and new friend who will help to make their blogging day....for a whole month. 

You might comment on the blog regularly, offer help with a new project or invite them to take part in something that you are organising. You might make them a new blog button, teach them some html or give them shout outs via social media.  Whatever you do, and the possibilities for blog kindness is endless, it's about giving someone your time and kindness to have an awesome blogging experience.

In return, you will have your own secret, blog angel watching your bloggy back throughout the whole experience, but they won't be the same person that you are caring for!
Interested? Well here's what you have to do?
1. Follow Craftbotic and Dreamy Meadow on GFC
2. Fill in the form below
3. Receive an email giving you the link to your 'blog' buddy.
4. Be a SECRET angel for the month of June (helping them out as often as you are able)
5. Write an update post about your experience of being a blog angel and link up to our 'angel' party on 15th June.
6. Write a reveal post to be published on the 30th June where you introduce who you have been an angel for and how you've tried to help them out! Once again you link this to our party.
(So in summary: follow, form, help, and 2 x posts!)


Blog Angels applications have now closed for June. Check back on July 20th to sign up for the August Blog Angels. Thank you to the 77 who signed up this time!

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Hugs,

Rosie & Katlyn  XO


Hello new friends! I am so happy to be here with Rosie today. I have been loving her blog and  everything that I've been seeing at Craftbotic. My name is Brooke, and I blog over at Covered in Grace. There, I write about life as a mother, student, military wife, photographer wannabe, writer and Jesus lover. One glance over the pages of my blog will reveal just how much I love the outdoors and all things summer. I have a laid back heart and am content to just be in warm breezes and long days with the people I love. You might also notice that I'm a little bit of a hiking nut. 


 Yes, I said it. I'm a freakin' fairy! Ha! 
At least, that's what I feel like when I'm jumping off of rocks and blazing through the woods. Like I said before, I'm a military wife...which means that I have been fortunate to see my fair share of countries and cultures over the course of my hub's career. Right now, we've found ourselves landed on a gorgeous rock right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean... Hawaii!  And let me tell you, the hiking possibilities are endless here! 
You can check out all of the blogs I've written on hiking in Hawaii HERE.
Today, though, I want to show you some shots I took on a hike that I haven't written about yet. 
The Kuliouou Ridge Trail Hike. 

 


My hiking buddy, Michele, and I had attempted this hike a couple of months before, but ended up on the Valley Trail instead. Check out that link to find out how things went wrong! This time, though, we were sure of where we were going and took the families with us. I am so glad that my girls actually love hiking with me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bloggy Book Club Week 2 Discussion Question


I really loved reading the responses to the book club link-up and would really encourage more of you to join in the weekly link -up...I enjoy visiting your pages and learning more about you!

Anyhoo...that's not why we're here today. Today we are discussing Marlena.  Is she the perfect heroine for our story?  My initial reaction to this question and indeed the character was feeling of being underwhelmed.  Is she soooo beautiful that he is prepared to sacrifice everything for her? Is she THAT amazing in the circus that he could be instantly captivated by her?

It appears that Jakob falls in love at first sight (maybe the cynic in me is revealed here), developing a strong infatuation with Marlena, but Romeo and Juliet it isn't...apart from a warming feeling that he loved her way into  his nineties, I am not sure what was so unique about her that caused such an intense reaction. In many ways I am frustrated that her most redeeming qualities seem to be her beauty and that she is the victim of August's mental health issues, needing to be 'rescued' by a more handsome man.

Perhaps he is attracted by her manner with animals. As a reader, it was one of the more likable features of her character and started to set her apart from the stereotype of a victim, particularly when she starts to protect the creatures.  However, I am not sure even this justifies her position as a leading lady.

Maybe I am missing the point, and actually the strength of the character is somewhat irrelevant. Perhaps the focus is and should be that Jakob loved her, and it is not for me to judge why. However, as he risked his life for her, I would have liked to have felt more concern for her welfare than I did his. All of the way through I was much more worried about her threat to Jakob's life than their relationship.

What do you guys think? Is it about Jakob's love or about Marlena herself? Am I being too judgemental when I say she is fairly weak? Am I just in a grumpy mood?

Peace out folks..can't wait to see what you think.

R xx 

Bloggy Book Club Discussion Link Up - Week 2

Holy Cow! Can you believe that it is already week 3 in our bloggy book club! This is just going so quick, but it is oh so much fun!

If you are new to joining our book club, that's awesome! Grab a button and get started out with these posts...
* You can still enter and link up on these posts to get all the entries possible for the giveaway, so please go check them out! Make sure to make comments when doing each entry though!

Now how about we get started with this weeks discussion question.. Drum roll please.... 
"What did you think of Marlena? Was she a like-able character and strong enough to be the central female character?"







Giveaway Entry Opportunities: 
These entries go towards a $10 Amazon Giftcard! The winner will be announced on May 29th!
Mandatory Entry: Follow your hosts Katlyn and Rosie on GFC and leave a comment saying you did so{2 entries} or Join our Facebook Group {1 entry} or do both {3 entries}

Link up your homepage or Facebook page to our Community link up and comment saying you did so
{ 1entry }

Link up your discussion post answering the question and comment telling you did so { 1 entry }

Follow your hosts on Twitter @KatlynLarson and @CraftboticQ and leave a comment saying you did so (include your twitter handle)
{ 2 entries }

Vote on the poll for next months featured title and comment saying you did so { 1 entry }

Grab a button and comment saying it's on your blog! Comment saying you did so adding your blog URL.
 { 1 entry }

Our Community:


Discussion Post:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Festival Fever Week 3


Yes, it's that time again when we can picnic, spend time outside, go camping, enjoy music festivals, carnivals and outdoor sports. It's time to glam up the outside living space and prepare for barbecues and lots of fun. Link up any projects that make the outdoors fun; these could be games, summer fashions, foods, whatever goes!

I am really pleased to have yet more awesome co-hosts this week.  Joining me are:
Jessica @ Vintage Mauve (BLOG/TWITTER)
Kimberley @ A Night Owl (BLOG/TWITTER)

Some rules:

1. Please follow your host and the guest co-hosts for the week (links above).
(If you want to co-host let me know: 12craftsofcrimbo[@]gmail[dot]com)

2. Display the button somewhere on your blog!



3. I'd appreciate a Tweet Out or mention on your blog encouraging people to join in. The more the merrier!
4. Please only link up your projects: no pinterest items, shops or your own parties please.  If you want me to feature your shop or party - just drop me an email and I am sure we can sort something out.

So, let's get the Festival Fever season started.  I am really excited to see what you will be making!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Life in Japan - A Guest Post by Sue @ Hello, Also I love you.

 I am delighted to have swapped blogs with Sue today.  I really enjoy reading her blog because you get to hear about her awesome adventures living in Japan.  I'd love it if you would pop and over and read my post on adjusting to German life too....after you have read this, of course!

Hello to Rosie's lovely readers! I'm Sue and I blog over at Hello. Also, I love you. I live in Japan with my husband and my puppy. I write about the ups and downs of life and everything in between. I try to always be honest with myself and others in my writing. I don't have anything that I consider my "speciality" in blogging. I'm terrible at WIW, recipes, and crafts, although I sometimes attempt each of them. If you have some time come visit my blog and say hello- I love to make new friends!




Rosie and I are swapping blogs to give each other's readers a fun perspective on living in a foreign country. I've always imagined living abroad but I never thought it would be Japan. I thought it would be somewhere like England, Ireland, or Scotland. You know, somewhere they speak English. Or and least France or Spain where I can sound out their words. Here in Japan all the signs look like this. Go ahead, just try and pronounce that.




 Aside from the reading difficulties, living in Japan is amazing. The food is delicious (I ate ox tongue on accident...), the people are friendly, and the country is just beautiful. They have pretty buildings like this hidden at the most random spots. It's worth getting lost just to find one.




I've loved exploring the country with my husband and having all sorts of new adventures that I wouldn't have otherwise. It's amazing to be having a new experience in a foreign country and I feel so blessed to be here with my hubby!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bloggy Book Club - Week 2 Link-Up

Hey ya'll, how's the reading been going? I hope you are enjoying Water for Elephants as much as we are!

If you are new to joining our book club, that's awesome! Grab a button and get started out with these posts...

Link up in our community and nominate some books! Those are just a few ways of gaining entries to the giveaway!

Let's get started out with our first discussion link up! We want to hear all about what you're thinking about and how far along you are in the book! If we agree or disagree on anything. If you want to share your opinions and comments, now is the time to do it! Remember if you link up you post you get an entry in the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Now what's the question of the week? It is... "How did Jacob's experiences of being old in a nursing home affect you?"





Giveaway Entry Opportunities: 
Mandatory Entry: Follow your hosts Katlyn and Rosie on GFC and leave a comment saying you did so{2 entries} or Join our Facebook Group {1 entry} or do both {3 entries}

Link up your homepage or Facebook page to our Community link up { 1entry }

Link up your discussion post { 1 entry }

Answer the question of the week in a comment { 1 entry }
Follow your hosts on Twitter @KatlynLarson and @CraftboticQ and leave a comment saying you did so (include your twitter handle)
{ 2 entries }

Vote on the poll (on one of the host blogs, not both) for next month's featured title and comment saying you did so { 1 entry }

Grab a button and comment saying it's on your blog! { 1 entry }



 Original Sign Up:




 Week One Discussion Link-Up

Bloggy Book Club Week 1 Discussion Question

(Yes, I need a picture with glasses to help convince you all of my intelligence!)

I definitely didn't expect to get as carried away with 'Water for Elephants' as I did. Having seen the film, I thought I would have the plot down and knew what to expect.  Well, I didn't! The novel starts with the experiences and thoughts of elderly Jakob, whose sharp mind contrasts intensely with his failing body.  It reminded me so much of how my late nanna felt about going into a home that I found the opening extremely poignant and quite hard-hitting.

When my nanna finally went into a home, she was 93 and couldn't cope any more - much like Jakob.  It wasn't possible (or her choice) to move in with either my mum or her uncle, so to the home it was.  She was, until the day she died, as sharp as a tack. More than that, she was from a generation closer to Jakob's than maybe I can understand.  She, like him, hated the food, refused to socialise with other residents and could be quite blunt with the nursing staff.  In short, reading about the fictional experience of Jakob, allowed me to understand more what my nan was dealing with. The first person narrative really aided this experience.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bloggy Book Club Week 2


We were so excited to have so many people sign up to reading 'Water for Elephants' with us over the next 6 weeks. If you haven't joined up there is still time as the first discussion link-up goes live tomorrow and will run for a whole week to allow you to join in. The questions are general in order to allow you to join in at any point - there's no requirement for you to have finished more than chapter one!
Reading along can also bring rewards. For following the two hosts Dreamy Meadow and Craftbotic on GFC you can be entered into a prize draw to win a $10 Amazon voucher in Week 5 of the series. You can also earn an extra entry by voting for the next book club book, using the poll on the right sidebar of this blog, or by hopping over to Katlyn and voting their. Please only vote once, and remember to write a comment to say that you have voted. There are many other ways to earn extra prize entries, while interacting with some awesome ladies in the book club. To find out more read here.

I am LOVING the book so far. It is, in my humble opinion, much better than the film!  But more of that next week in the update post.  Save the date on Monday to come back and check out the link-up question, and let's start chatting about the book. I can't wait. Thank you for taking part.





Sunday, May 6, 2012

Festival Fever Co-Host Week 2


Yes, it's that time again when we can picnic, spend time outside, go camping, enjoy music festivals, carnivals and outdoor sports. It's time to glam up the outside living space and prepare for barbecues and lots of fun. Link up any projects that make the outdoors fun; these could be games, summer fashions, foods, whatever goes!

I am really pleased to have some more awesome co-hosts this week.  Joining me are:
Laura @ Our Reflection (BLOG/TWITTER)
Katlyn @Dreamy Meadow (BLOG/TWITTER)

Some rules:

1. Please follow your host and the guest co-hosts for the week (links above).
(If you want to co-host let me know: 12craftsofcrimbo[@]gmail[dot]com)

2. Display the button somewhere on your blog!



3. I'd appreciate a Tweet Out or mention on your blog encouraging people to join in. The more the merrier!
4. Please only link up your projects: no pinterest items, shops or your own parties please.  If you want me to feature your shop or party - just drop me an email and I am sure we can sort something out.

So, let's get the Festival Fever season started.  I am really excited to see what you will be making!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday's Letters with Adventures of Newly Weds (Number 6)

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Dear sleep, I've neglected you a bit this week even though my body and brain has been exhausted. It's rare I struggle to put sentences together, but I swear that blog post last night shouldn't have taken 3 hours to write. Dear readers, the last sentence doesn't mean I've written an epic blog post which you have to wade through, instead I have an awesome project coming really soon that I want YOU, yes YOU to be involved in.  You'll hear more about it as the weeks tick towards June. Dear Katlyn thanks for letting me join your book club as a host...you helped me fulfill a bloggy dream right there. Dear enthusiasm, I love that you make me sign up to all sorts of things before I really know the level of commitment, but you're making me tired - a good kinda tired. Did you fancy a break so I can catch up on what I currently want to do?  Dear whoever is out there to hear this one, please do whatever you can to help anyone who is caring for someone with a major illness. I had never really seen the effects of cancer first hand, and now it seems to be all around me (thankfully not affecting me). There have just been too many recent deaths, too many people with bad news and we, as a community could do so much more.  I am running for a cancer charity in 10, 9 days and will be signing up as a bone marrow doner today.  I should have been helping years ago, rather than waiting until it started to hurt the people I care about.  Please, please consider helping in whatever way you can - even if it's not for cancer, for something which will go someway to ease the lives of those who deal with major illness.  Dear best 'real life' friends, I am super excited to see you in the next couple of weeks. When did we all get so busy and grown up that weeks seem to fly by?  Enthusiasm, yes you again, please leave me enough time in between projects to see my friends more often.  It's been too long and they are more important.

Peace out folks - it got a bit deep and meaningful again didn't it!

R xxx

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Club Giveaway Update! Craftbotic & The Dreamy Meadow

Hello loves! So As you have seen, the bloggy book club has started up for the next 6 weeks with the featured title being 'Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen'. By now though that is kind of old news! If you would like to read more about it and what's going to go on in the next 6 week please read on here.

What I really want to share with you now is all about this giveaway I've been hinting about. I didn't really tell you all the need to know rules about it so that is my bad! Normally there will only be one post a week about the book club with all the rules and a link up. Since I didn't explain the giveaway very well though I thought this post was in order. 

So here's how it's going to work... This month we are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift card to one lucky Bloggy Book Club follower. Here is how you can enter to win:

Mandatory Entry!!! Follow your Hosts via GFC (Katlyn @ The Dreamy Meadow and Rosie @ Craftbotics) {2 entries} or join our Facebook group and comment telling you have done so {1 entry} 
Do both {3 entries}

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Book Club with Katlyn @ The Dreamy Meadow

Ever since I started my blog, I really wanted to start a book club. Reading is an absolute passion of mine and I love the idea of an International/Cross-State book club which can allow me to meet lots more awesome bloggers.  Katlyn at The Dreamy Meadow has made me sooo welcome in the blog community over the last 6 weeks of my blog existence, which has now turned into us co-hosting a monthly book group.  It turned out she was trying to set one up too.  Her readers have voted for this months book and I can't wait to get started!

The polls are closed. Are you ready to hear what the next Bloggy Book Club book is? Get excited, because it is 'Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen'
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Now that that has been announced we would like to share with you the new break down of how this book club is going to work. It is no longer one book per month, since let's face it... it can be a little hard to do. This means that each book that we read will be the title for 6 weeks! This being said we will not be putting out a schedule saying that you have to be done with this chapter by this date. It is going to be a read at your own pace kind of thing. Sounds good right?

We will be doing a weekly question with a link up discussion post. If you link up each week, you will get an entry to win an Amazon gift card for the purchase of the next featured title! Cool right!? Each week there will be a set of rules to follow with the link up in order to get the entry for the giveaway, so be sure to follow them! We will be announcing the winner of the giveaway in the 5th week.

At the end of the 6 weeks we will also be doing a Google+ group chat so we can all discuss the book together and just have fun!

Seersucker Peasant Dress Tutorial: A Guest Post by Jen @ Sunny Vanilla

I don't need to give much of an introduction to Jen from Sunny Vanilla; she has an awesome blog, is a gorgeous person and if you have kids/know kids/aspire to have kids, you are going to want to read this tutorial.  That is all!  Happy reading - R xx



Hi there!  My name is Jen and I blog over at Sunny Vanilla.

 http://sunnyvanilla.blogspot.com/ 

I'm a wife, a mom, and a lover of all things creative.  I taught myself how to sew while staying at home with our daughter and I've been addicted ever since.  Today I'll be sharing a sewing tutorial with you.  It's probably the easiest dress to tackle for newer sewers, so if you're new to sewing or just getting back into it, this is one to practice on.

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