cozy cowl

My first finished knitting project of the season! Can’t wait until I can actually wear it.  I made it so that the brown section can be exposed, like in the pictures, or turned to the back so it looks all mustard. I used the basic knit stitch – super easy! The thick yarn makes it go quickly as well.

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this week’s favorites

Some inspiration for the week…

A classy look. Source: Pintrest
Creative nightstand. Source: Pintrest
Gorgeous bedroom decor. Source: Pintrest
Baby bird covered in sand. Precious. Source: Pintrest
DIY Gift bows. Source: Pintrest
TOM’s White Crochet Women’s Classics. Source: Pintrest
Peek-a-boo! Source: Pintrest
Unexpected color combo. Source: Pintrest
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Conclusions about Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes. Brilliant mind, well-versed in the powers of deduction. Honestly, my hero. Too bad he’s fictional and lived over 100 years ago. I LOVE Sherlock Holmes (I am one story short of reading the entirety of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock), so naturally I am curious about any movie, TV show, or film that features Sherlock. This blog is about my conclusions regarding the many forms of Sherlock I have encountered over the past year.

Many of you have probably seen the recent Sherlock Holmes movies, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (IMDB summary here). I was skeptical at first, but I did enjoy the movie. I mean, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams? Great chemistry as actors. True to Holmes’ wit. Conclusion: Totally worth it. Go see the 2nd one when it comes out in theaters December 16th.

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The first films about Holmes and Watson that I ever watched featured Basil Rathbone as Holmes. Entertaining, sure. But overall those films are hard to follow, hard to understand the speech (they all talk quite fast, with British accents), and they’re black and white so at times it’s harder to figure out what’s going on. Not to mention that Watson is portrayed as a bumbling idiot, which he’s not. Surely Holmes would not choose a bumbling idiot as his only partner in solving complex mysteries. Conclusion: not worth it.

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Next, I discovered Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes. Released in the 1980s, these films are true to the original tales and each about an hour long (maybe about an hour and 15 minutes each). These films are great, especially if you are a true Sherlock fan. I’ve been checking them out from the local library, which rents them for free for 7 days. Conclusion: Do like I did and find these at the library! Great if you are familiar with Doyle’s stories.

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Last, but absolutely not least, is the “Sherlock” series by BBC. There are only three episodes currently, each 1 1/2 hours long. I find these on Netflix. They depict a modern day Holmes, and the stories relate to Doyle’s stories (for example, episode one is titled, “A Study in Pink,” mimicking “A Study in Scarlet”) but they have a fabulous modern twist. Holmes uses modern technology such as email and texting to solve mysteries. The filming is exceptional. The characters are true to who they should be. I will admit, I was thrown off by Holmes’ appearance – I think it’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s dark hair and light eyes. Conclusion: My favorite film version of Holmes. Cannot wait for season 2 to come out! Find out more about this TV series here.

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coconut chocolate dessert in a cup

Today, I was in a food-y mood. Homemade pizzas are currently baking in the oven (they smell super tasty) and I also made some pudding cups.

Ingredients (by layer):

Crushed graham crackers

Chocolate pudding

Shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips

More chocolate pudding

Shredded coconut and dark chocolate chips for decoration

Basically, super easy to make. And super yummy. At first, I wanted to put mini marshmallows in instead of coconut, but we didn’t have any mini marshmallows at home.

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“attachments” by rainbow rowell

I finished reading a book written for adults! That is truly an accomplishment for me. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book intended for adults, save the classics (Sense and Sensibility, any of the Sherlock Holmes stories, for example). Young adult fiction is usually my favorite – if it’s fantasy or sci fi, then it’s gotta be up my alley (allie?).

Here are my thoughts on Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. With realistic fiction, I always get nervous about content/language making me uncomfortable. You don’t have to worry about that as much when the targeted audience is eleven-year-olds. After a few nights of forcing myself to stick with it, I came to truly enjoy this story.

Summary (quoted from the front flap of the book): Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be an Internet security officer, he pictured himself protecting the newspaper from dangerous hackers – not sending out memos every time somebody in Accounting forwarded an off-color joke to the person in the next cubicle.

Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help being entertained – and captivated – by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you”?

Review: Not sure at first, I ended up truly enjoying this story. The first third of the book was slow and a little bit depressing to me (who is used to stories set in other, more exciting worlds). It was hard for me to get used to the realistic fiction aspect to this story, considering it all takes place at work or at Lincoln’s mother’s house (he’s 29 and living with mom again). However, I was pleased with the way Rowell developed all three main characters. I felt that they all grew in many ways by the end of the story. Lincoln I liked the least in the beginning, but his character evolved into someone I wish I could be friends with. I suppose that’s the beauty of realistic fiction – character growth.  Plus, it had an ending that I felt was fitting for the story. Not only was it fitting, it was happy. (Those of you that know me, a book has to have hope at the end to be worth my time.)

Bottom Line: It’s a romantic story. It takes place in 1999. The characters’ wit and charm will draw you in. Check it out from the library!

allie

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oh hey

Well hello there! Welcome to my new blog. Some of you already know that I started a blog back in May so that I would have somewhere to share all my crafts. Well, I realized that I like way too many things to have simply a craft blog. Therefore, here it is: everything that I like. I would like to share my crafts projects with you still, but also add some fashion elements, as well as book reviews, recipes, and anything else I feel like writing about.

I leave you with this tasty treat from last fall:

That’s from the apple orchard – I could sure go for an apple from the orchard right now.

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