Sunday, February 14, 2016

Another classic for sale on Audible!

My recording of Edith Wharton's Bunner Sisters went on sale on Audible yesterday via Listen 2 a Book.

Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner are two unmarried sisters who own a small notions shop in a shabby section of New York City circa 1900. The older sister, Ann Eliza, buys a small clock for her sister's birthday from a tiny shop and meets the owner, a German immigrant named Herman Ramy. Once Mr. Ramy enters their lives, things begin to change in ways that neither sister could have imagined. What seems like a simple story is one of love, longing, selfishness, self-sacrifice, missed opportunities, and the unfairness of life for poor women, particularly those over 30 during this period.

Love the classics!

To listen to a sample and/or purchase, head to Audible here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

String Art for Valentine's Day

It seems like Christmas was just here but now Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  I always make something to send to my three nieces along with the expected M&Ms.  This year I decided to make something a little different.  After buying a cool string art piece last summer at an indie artist market (see this post here), I purchased a kit complete with instructions and supplies to dip my toe into this craft. 

I had thought that I would work with wood and nails like the piece I purchased but that seemed a bit daunting for the first time so I went with a kit.  It's called "String Art by Klutz" and can be purchased here.  This kit is definitely for most ages (10 and up) so I figured I could handle it. 

Naturally, I wanted to make heart pics for Valentine's Day and there was a nice array of background papers and string colors to choose from.  It was definitely easy and enjoyable.  After this, I feel like I could actually try something with wood that's a bit more ambitious, but these were fun.  I hope the girls like them.

String Art Hearts for hanging