November 21, 2014

A Pocketful of Pretty Vocabulary

I like to collect words. Sometimes I find a gem tucked away in the pages of a book, and I stuff in my pocket for later reference. Here are a few that I am particularly fond of...

Lacuna - an unfilled space; a gap.

Inglenook - a cozy nook by the hearth.

Menagerie - a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition. / a strange or diverse collection of people or things.

Aesthetic - having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.

Myriad - a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things.

Fernweh - wanderlust, a desire to travel, a longing for far-off places.

November 13, 2014

Paper House Lantern // DIY

The wonderful chilly weather lately has got me eagerly anticipating Christmas. And snow. Oh, snow! Autumn and winter are by far my favorite seasons.

One splendid aspect of these seasons is decorating; lately my mind has been overflowing with ideas for Christmas. I am particularly fond of warm lights, and the other day I had the idea to make this paper house lantern. It is fairly basic, and oh so cosy. Here is how to make your own...

note: you actually won't need washi tape - you will need clear tape alone.

Step One //
Cut out one 4 x 11 inch strip of paper.

Step Two //
Measure a square that is 4 x 4 inches at the bottom of the strip, and draw a line indicating where it begins.

Step Three //
Fold the strip along the line, creating a letter L shape.

Step Four //
Cut out three strips of paper, all measuring 4 x 7 inches.

Step Five //
Draw lines on a strip of paper, divided into a 4 x 4 grid.

Step Six //
Using the grid as an outline, cut four windows with a utility knife.

Step Seven //
Repeat steps 5-6 on each strip of paper, including the L shaped piece.

Step Eight //
Use clear  tape to attach strips of wax paper to the backs of each piece of paper (the sides with grids).

Step Nine //
Connect each part with clear tape, and begin to tape the walls to the base of the L shaped strip.

Step Ten //
Continue to tape the walls down until you have a house without a roof.

Step Eleven //
Cut out two 4 x 4 strips and one 4 x 8 strip of paper.

Step Twelve //
Snip one of the squares into two halves.

Step Thirteen //
Cut a circle-shaped window on one of the triangles, and tape a square of wax paper to the back.

Step Fourteen //
Tape the triangles to each side of the square.

Step Fifteen //
Fold the triangles up and tape the 4 x 8 strip to the top, creating a roof.

Final Step //
Place a handful of LED lights (not  real tea lights, that is a fire hazard) inside the house, and place the roof on top.

Ta-da! Your little house lantern will bring much holiday warmth to any room, and will definitely increase the anticipation of Christmas.

Have a wonderful day!

October 23, 2014


Listening to - The Fantastic Mr. Fox soundtrack, "For Emma" and "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver, and "San Francisco" by Foxygen 

Enjoying - Writing again! I have been meaning to get back to writing for a number of years, but have been so uninspired. I have a difficult time conjuring up ideas, but I recently went to a writing workshop at a library and was so inspired. There were plenty of gems and secrets about writing to learn; I can't stop referring back to the notes I took. As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming up in November. I wanted to do it last year, but never did, so I'm hoping that this year I will be more successful. Hopefully I will decided on an idea by next week. Have any of you ever done NaNoWriMo? What was the hardest part? I'm worried about juggling school and writing, but I can always do with a good time-management test.

Reading - The Book Thief, just finishing The Maze Runner series, and about to start the Harry Potter series

Loving - Early mornings. I woke up to the sound of pouring rain and a soft glow on my wall of a porch light across the street. It was six o' clock, and perfectly dark and silent (aside from the rain). I usually wake up at seven, but I loved the early morning so much that here I am again, writing a blog post at six am. Mornings are very wonderful things.

What have all of my wonderful readers been up to while I've taken an unplanned blog break? I moved houses and have been doing piles of homework. I forgot how exciting moving is - and how difficult unpacking can be. Can I confide in you to keep a secret? I'm still not completely unpacked...shh!

Halloween is coming up very soon - if you dress up, what are you planning for your costume? I had originally planned to be Felicity Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I couldn't find a dress anywhere or the right color of fur for a mask. So I am currently deciding between Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service and Suzy's raven costume from Moonrise Kingdom.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and enjoy this most splendid season!