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Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween everyone! As usual I had a lot of fun creating this year's themed DIYs and other posts so I hope you've enjoyed them too. As for this evening's actual plans I'll be staying home and having a Scream marathon as I recently picked up the original trilogy (from Sainsbury's for just £5!). I'm also a big fan of Scream 4 - a good example of a sequel done well, I think - so I've decided to dig that out of my DVD cupboard too!

What will you be watching this Halloween?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

September & October Reads & Reviews

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The Lying Game Series, Books 1-4, Sara Shepard (2010-2012)
This mysterious series follows foster teen Emma Paxton who discovers she has a long lost twin sister named Sutton and sets off for a reunion. Sadly when Emma arrives she is mistaken for her twin and everything falls into place when she finds out that Sutton has been murdered. When Emma receives threatening notes telling her to play along or she will be next she takes on the challenge pretending to be Sutton in public but secretly conducting her own murder investigation behind the scenes in order to get justice for the twin she never knew.
The Lying Game series is twisty and addictive and so far I've been really enjoying it! Since my library doesn't have the final two books in the series I'll have to wait a little while to find out whether my suspicions about who the murderer is are right or not but I'm looking forward to finding out how Emma's story will conclude. ✯✯✯-✯✯✯✯

Diary Of A Teenage Superhero, Darrell Pitt (2012)
Waking up in a hotel room Axel can't remember who he is or why he's there but soon discovers he has the power to control air. The book follows Axel on his new journey, discovering the extent of his super powers and meeting other teen superheroes along the way.
Diary Of A Teenage Superhero is both a fast-paced and fun read packed with action and a few twists and turns along the way. Overall I really enjoyed it and will most likely pick up the sequels at some point. If you like superhero stories and are looking for a short read I’d recommend this one! ✯✯✯

The Infinite Sea, Rick Yancey (2014)
As the second instalment in The 5th Wave series, The Infinite Sea follows up with Cassie and co as they try to survive in a world where aliens have exterminated the majority of the human race.
Although I wasn't as crazy about The 5th Wave as most of the book blogging community seemed to be I did enjoy it so I'm glad I can say that the sequel was just as intriguing. At first I wasn't so sure about the addition of new narrator Ringer and found that I couldn't remember much about the events of the previous book, however as the story progressed things became very interesting. It doesn't seem to have gone down as well as the first book with most people but personally I enjoyed it! ✯✯✯

Also read in September & October...
  • Solitaire, Alice Oseman (2014) ✯✯✯
  • The One, Kiera Cass (2014) ✯✯✯
  • Four: A Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth (2014) ✯✯
  • The Hunt, Andrew Fukuda (2012) ✯✯
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (2012) ✯✯1/2
  • Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver (2010) ✯✯

Reviews posted in September & October...

Books marked with a * c/o Netgalley or PR, cover images via Goodreads

What have you been reading lately?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Eight & Sixteen Projects... October

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With the run up to Halloween October is always a fun month for DIY projects and this year I've been able to share ideas not only here but over on Eight & Sixteen too! Here's a roundup of my month in E&S posts...

- DIY Quilted Cobweb Coasters
- Christmas Events Calendar
- PinTest: Wire Skull Decorations
- DIY Upcycled Candy Corn Earrings
- Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Challenge
- DIY Spider Garland

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cover Colour Inspiration - Shattered, Teri Terry

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Once again pastels are on trend for the winter season and the light hues featured on the cover of Shattered, the final book in Teri Terry's Slated trilogy, are the perfect inspiration to compliment this trend.

The series follows teenager Kyla who's memory has been erased in a process called Slating due to the fact the government claims that she is a terrorist. Set in the UK the dystopian trilogy takes the reader along on Kyla's journey as she discovers the truth about Slating and who she really is.

Here are my top winter coat picks inspired by the pastels of Shattered...


Liska Pea Coat, Toast £165 (on sale)
Tall Pink Double Pocket Mohair Textured Longline Coat, New Look £22 (on sale)
Light Grey Boucle Oversized Coat, River Island £90

Sunday, 26 October 2014

DIY Potato Print Halloween Vest

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For my last Halloween project of 2014 (unless of course you'd like me to do these all year round...!) I've put together a quick tutorial using a classic method, potato printing! If you're in need of a last-minute outfit or printed accessory this could be the answer. Here's how to make your own...

To create your own last-minute Halloween vest you'll need: a plain vest, a potato, a sharp knife, fabric or acrylic paint, thick cardboard

1. First up you'll need to carve your potato stamp. Find a template to print out and use, draw your own design or simply make it up as you go along! Carefully carve the design out of your potato using a sharp knife

2. Once you have your stamp ready place a piece of cardboard inside the vest to ensure the paint doesn't bleed through to the other side

3. Use your paint to print onto the front of the vest, leave to dry then repeat this process on the reverse side of the vest and again leave to dry

4. Set the paint if necessary (you may need to do this if you use a fabric paint) and your Halloween vest is ready to wear!


As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

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Happy DIY-ing!