"What Happened to Goodbye" - Sarah Dessen - 2011

I've yet to meet a Sarah Dessen novel I didn't like.   This one's a little light on the romance, but heavy on restaurant culture - so, I'll take that trade off.  

With A Little Help From My Friends

I have a confession to make.  I cannot pass up a good deal on a potential craft supply - clearance racks, thrift stores, rummage sales, I don't discriminate - and as every crafter knows, anything can be considered a supply.  So, in an effort to cut down on my overflowing stash and also the amount of misc. stuff that never makes it from my car, I'm declaring a Hoarder's Challenge - both to myself and to others.  

The Challenge:  To take some of my unused supplies and make something.
What you will receive:  a box of random craft supplies, ephemera and tools from my stash.
What you do with it:  is up to you, as long as you follow these guidelines.  

1)  You can make multiple projects, however - you must use all items in box. 
2)  If your box includes a book for collage purposes, you do not need to use every page - but you must use at least parts of the book.
3)  You may use your own additional items/supplies/tools in order to complete the challenge.
4)  You have 3 months from the day you accept a "Hoarder" box to finish.  
5)  You must document (and temporarily return to me) the end results.
6) Finally, just have fun crafting and creating!

If you would like to participate you can email me at Laci_Hess@yahoo.com or we can arrange to meet if you live in the Johnstown area.

Thanks all,

The Hoarder's Challenge! 2011

An old photo...

A fake record cover...

A lazy cat...

Nothing in common. Just putting up pictures.



Bodycon dress
$64 - topshop.com

Chiffon evening dress
£35 - axparis.co.uk

Michael Kors cotton dress
$957 - bergdorfgoodman.com

Heart necklace
$306 - coggles.com

My fashion collage habit goes digital!
Why is it that last week when I was preparing for finally having the internet at home, I was reading the New Yorker and planning to get up to speed on working artists, highlighting (with an actual highlighter!) names of painters to look up - and then I get the internet, and what do I do?

Watch the catch up episode of CYCLE 16 (America's Next Top Model), and discover the winner just now by doing a damn google search... 

Wouldn't have guessed, the non-role model girl - however, Louise Brooks style, still sexy after 80 years.

Still gonna watch the rest of the season, cause I have the house to myself and a six-pack of Miller Light pounders.  

I made a tiny book.

You can find it here. 

"Call Me Irresistible" - Susan Elizabeth Phillips - 2011


 "Call Me Spoiled" (Heroine)
"Call Me an Emotional Robot" (Hero)
"Call Me Out of Touch" (Author)
"Call Me Never Interested Golf, Ever" 
"Call Me Insulting to the Working Class"
"Call Me Chock Full of Insipid Characters I Chose Not To Read About Before"

The heroine learns life lessons while working for minimum wage and tips (how hard for her).  The hero is a multi-millionaire boy genius who cannot show emotions (how hard for him).  There are approx. 8 million cameos.  Golf is boring.  They don't really like each other.  Golf is really boring.  Despite being a romance novel, the hero and heroine don't really like each other.

I understand the value of fantasy and escapism in romance, but you can find that without rich and/or famous characters.  Contemporary millionaire heroes just upset me, however I have a higher tolerance for the rich in historical romance.  If I'm reading about a duke, marquess, earl or even a baron - I'll buy that he's rich, it's 1814, being rich means he's also bathed recently - but if I'm reading about two 30 something's in a small Texas town in 2011, they don't have to be rich, just interesting and likable.