Tag Archives: Books

Fifty Shades of Chicken Book Trailer

Words fail me so I’m going to let this speak for it’s self…

A young, free-range chicken. A dominating, ravenous chef. A naughty tale of fowl play.

If Fifty Shades of Grey left you hungry and lusting for more (more, more!), satisfy your culinary kink with Fifty Shades of Chicken, a titillating collection of tied-and-true recipes bound to make every meal a turn-on:

Dripping Thighs, Learning to Truss You, Erect Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Happy Ending Chicken

For more titillating content from Fifty Shades of Chicken, including free recipes, @50shadeschicken Twitter feed, and a playlist of “Music to Cluck to,” visit www.fiftyshadesofchicken.com.

diy-paper-flowers-1

Paper Roses Made From Book Pages How To

diy paper flowers

I’m of two minds on these roses, on the one hand they look awesome, on the other I’m not sure I agree with destroying books to make them… I’m not sure what it is about books that makes them sacred, but there is something about them that makes defiling them a cardinal sin. That said destroying a mass produced art work to create a unique one is okay isn’t it?

If you are Lazy you can just buy them on Etsy but I’ve copied the instructions here just in case the source link goes down for whatever reason.

diy paper flowers

Craft Supplies:
Paper
Grosgrain Ribbon, ½ Width cut to 4 inch lengths
16 Gauge Wire cut to 15 inch lengths
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (low temp)
Scissors
Wire Cutters

Step 1: Gather materials. If you are using vintage books or sheet music as your paper source make sure it is still flexible enough to curl with your fingers. The wire can be found at the hardware store, and is sometimes called “black wire” or “annealed coil wire.” Be sure you are using low temp hot glue because you’ll be able to feel it right through the paper petals as you work.

diy paper flowers

Step 2: Cutting. You will need to stockpile at least 5 different sizes of petals ranging from about ¾ inch wide to 3 inches wide. I cut freehand, and avoid templates, so that each petal is a unique and organic shape. Think of the shapes as little church windows or arches. Some can be pointy, and some can be rounded. For each flower you will need at least 4 of each size. Make more than you need.

Step 3: Shaping. I really feel that this is the most important step to create natural and soft looking flowers. Roll the edges of each petal, and pinch the base slightly. Each one can be done a little differently to give the petals character and roundness. I shape all of my petals before I even begin gluing anything.

diy paper flowers

Step 4: Rolling the center. You need to cut out one more shape for each flower, and this is for the coiled center of the rose. This shape should be about 2 ½ inches long with a rounded tip. Roll it up into a tube to create its shape. Unroll it and run a bead of hot glue along the inside and re-roll it around the end of your wire. Another dot of glue will hold it in place.

Step 5: Attaching petals. Begin with your smallest petals. Use a single dot of glue, about ¼ inch from the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem. Your next petal should overlap the first. Continue adding small petals, rotating the stem as you go, always slightly overlapping the last petal you attached. This is where your artistry will come in as you continue to rotate and build. As you begin adding larger petals pinch the bases, as they are much wider. By pinching at the bases you will be rounding out the rose, and creating space between layers.

Step 6: Finishing. The sepals will be made of ribbon, which will also cover your final seams and create a nice polished look. Each rose needs two – 4 inch lengths of ribbon. Wrap them around the stem and secure to the undersides of the petals. Cut a ‘V’ into each end of the ribbons to finish.

diy paper flowers

Via 100 Layer Cake

Game Of Thrones Valentines Cards

I’ve said before that I don’t post enough song of Ice and Fire stuff so when I saw these cards by Chris Bishop I figured I’d seize the opportunity to post them then I saw these:

 

 

 

 

Via The Young Wolf and these on Reddit:

 

Book Tableware

Like books? Like food, this collection of tableware looks so good you could eat off it… No wait that’s what one normally does with tableware… Um there is nothing written on them but they look good enough to read? I’m apparently having a rubbish day with my metaphors today…

Just as smart and original as any good read, this unique fun-spirited design makes a distinctive statement. Whether stacked or used alone, this pattern sets just the right tone for a wide variety of cuisines.

It looks like you can only buy them by the case (which ranges from 1 to 3 dozen depending on size) I assume that the site is for retailers and not for personal consumption… Still cool tableware…

via American Discount Tableware via Kittling Books

Book Tub!

teachingliteracy:</p><br />
<p>book tub.<br /><br />

I like reading in the bathtub as much as the next literate person, but lets be realistic here, you are going to have one leaky bath tub if you make it out of books… I have no source for this image, and I guess if you lined the inside with a clear layer of plastic it could be pretty cool, but I’m going to assume that this is some kind of art project and not a functioning bath tub, which is a shame I really would like a bathtub made out of books…

Via 1001 books to read before you die

Books For Geeky Babies…

While I object to the use of the word “nerd” I love the concept of this Nerd Baby Colouring  in Book (Yes I spelt  ”colouring”  correctly). If/when I have kids they will be getting a copy of this book by Tiffan Yard it seems to me that there is a whole industry based on selling stuff like this to relatively geeky parents as a couple of days ago I spotted another book entitled Introductory Calculus For Infants by Omi M. Inouye which is available at ThinkGeek:

calculus

I reckon there is a huge market for this and I’m going to start work on “The Very Hungry Paramecium” and the ”Amoeba Who Was Wfraid Of The Dark” immediately…

Nerd Baby Coloring in book via Boing Boing Introductory Calculus For Infants via Laughing Squid.

More images from the colouring in book… Continue reading

Procrastination

This video about the psychology of procrastination is a good watch to you know… Procrastinate…

It’s also a trailer for a book called “You Are Not So Smart” which looks interesting and is based on the blog of the same name.

via Brain Pickings.

Smell Of Books Aerosol

 

I can’t tell if this Smell of Books aerosol is a joke or not… I like the smell of old and new books, but why would you want an aerosol that smells like cat pee?

I’m going to assume it’s a joke, but it’s still mildly amusing.

Via The Presurfer: Smell Of Books.

White Wash

There has recently been some controversy over the replacement of the word “Nigger” with “Slave” in a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. What I don’t get is how people think that “Slave” is any less offensive than “Nigger” sure the word has many negative connotations but those connotations stem from the time of slavery. The word “Nigger” was used as a catch all name for all people of Afro-Caribbean origin, regardless of the status of their freedom, replacing it wholesale with the word “Slave” implies that you are assuming that they are equivalent , which they aren’t.

Not to mention the fact that when Twain wrote Huck Finn he chose his words very carefully, it’s a satire of the way people thought at the time, yada yada yada. Anyway where does it go from here? Well the comic above shows how other works could possibly be re-edited by the ultra politically correct brigade.

Via  Bors Blog.

Bloomsbury Give-away



Bloomsbury GIvaway, originally uploaded by Ohmzar.

I won a book from Bloomsbury books on twitter I had no idea what the book was about. Only that I cold wini t by quickly emailing their marketting department.

The note says “Congratulations, Keep following uson twitter.” I think I’ll use it as a book mark for when I read the book.

From glancign at the cover and my memory of a quick review of the book on Amazon that I read two weeks ago, the book is about Catherine Hubbard, a woman who’s life is falling apart who inherits her grandmother Georgia’s house in Vermont.

When gets there she finds her grandmothers diaries while cleaning the attic, revealing the true story of Georgia (Her grandmothers life).

Reading the life of somone who is separated from her by a generation, apparently the things that are seen as Taboo by her grandmother but are completely normal to Catherine make it a surreal journey, or some such.

Whe I get round to reading this I’ll post an actual review based on more than the back cover.