Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Flip and Bounce Reviews

Hi it's Flip and Bounce here with some book reviews,

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons

Zak is turned into a superhero with 6 powers that Luke (the little brother) and he have to discover in time to save earth from Nemesis.  The book is a bit scary sometimes, so it should be 5+ (Bounce). The book is funny and a bit serious I think kids 4+ would enjoy it. It was really funny because Luke needed to do a wee so he missed out on getting turned into a superhero.
I really like it when Nemesis blows up (F), and I liked when the bad guy is never seen again (B).
We would really like to be read other books by the same author.
Mum says: This book was a great read, laugh aloud funny and in keeping with the hero and villain context. A nice mix of characters - 2 brothers plus the girl neighbours and a French friend who loves to eat. A read-alone for 9+ and an enjoy together from primary.
Details: Nosy Crow, June 2015 RRP $12.99

Tashi 20th Anniversary Edition by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble

This is the first Tashi book we have been read. I liked the end where you see a giant and dragons hiding inside the picture. Tashi is a serious boy who loves to tell stories and makes friends quickly. This book contains 2 stories - one of them not previously published. I think this book would be enjoyed by children from 2+ (F) or 3+ (B).
Mum says:A sweet book full of imagination and wonderings.
Details: Allen & Unwin, May 2015 RRP $12.99

Lara of Newtown by Chris McKimmie

Lara is a cat and she gets lots of new owners. She invites her friends over when her owners go out. I like the bit when she is sunbathing on the roof and the plane goes over. My favourite picture is the cute dog with the reindeer antlers. I really like the end part it makes me laugh and it is nice.
Mum says: my favourite is the descriptions in the back about which pictures the authors friends and family contributed as well as what the pictures are made from.
Details: Allen & Unwin, June 2015 RRP $24.99

Mum reviews:
Splosh for the Billabong

and Summer Rain

 by Ros Moriarty and Balarinji
When I opened these books to review them I was expecting them to be very simple, and they are, but they are absolutely enchanting. I have already used and recommended these books for teachers to use in visual art, drama, dance and oral language. The text uses gorgeous words with great onomatopoeic effect. There is a sense of wonder and magic as they capture the intricacies of life in/on the Billabong and the journey of the day. The imagery is very powerful and perfectly complimented by Balarinji's Aboriginal style artworks. I also loved the translation included in the back into Yanyuwa language. The rhythm of these books is achieved to absolute perfection. Love them!
Details: Allen & Unwin, June 2015 RRP $12.99 each

Flip and Bounce say thank you very much for sending us these super books to read we love them.

Also the winner of Pieces of Sky is Kimberly, congratulations be watching out for an email from me :o)

love you more than laughing at a book together xxx

Friday, July 31, 2015

Yeah I Made It.... 31/52 - Bellatrix Blazer

Greetings Crafters,

So I was very excited to win my pick of 2 PDF patterns from the wonderful New Zealand pattern company Papercut Patterns from The Monthly Stitch's Indie Pattern Month.

I chose the Bellatrix Blazer and the YoYo Dress pattern. Also this month (can you see I'm skidding in by the tips of my lapels!) at The Monthly Stitch they are doing checks as their theme.

Earlier in the year when my sister was here we designated this check fabric for some kind f fun jacket combined with denim because it was just a small piece that I received, in a bag from a friend (I love those kind of friends!).

So I cut a size M and made no alterations or tests - 1. Because I'm lazy like that and 2. Deadline!

It's a while since I've made a jacket or coat so all the lining and collar was a bit of a brain scratch now and again. The blazer is really simple and I like it - I kind of like the juxtaposition of the tuxedo style with the brushed cotton check feel. I think the M is the right size but I could do with a bit less armhole (something I never thought I'd say!)

I also like the mix of the denim against the check - it feels a little 'ruff and ready' (for me, which isn't really... but hey!). It was the first time trying to do a button hole in ages and the first time ever on the machine I bought last year.

Of course I did no work to try and match the checks - sometimes it's enough to remember to cut out the fusing and clip the seams. Not sure how I'm going to style this one but I'm open to suggestions.

Apologies for the entirely below average photos - it's a deadline thing! :o) I did think about only putting the ones on the hanger in but I always feel disappointed when I can't see clothes on real people in an outfit post so you get me in my untouched glory!

How about you, what styles work hardest in your wardrobe?

love you more than a new style to experiment with xxx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Yeah I Made It 30/52 - Blankies

Warm and Cozy Wishes,

When we happened upon a 40% off all fabric, even the ones on sale, Bounce didn't need to do much to convince me to whip him up a soft blanky. For two 1.5x1.5m blankies - blue one side and red the other I paid just under $21.

The making was a doddle - right sides together, leave a small gap, turn right way out and sew all the way around the edges again.

I added a tiny patch of something they each selected from my scraps so there is no arguing over whose is whose. Not that we ever argue here!! ;-)

We are gathering rather a slew of warm rugs and blankies here but really in winter is there anything nicer to do than snuggle under a blankie and read???

love you more than fabric so soft it makes you purr xxx

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

29/52, 30/52, 31/52


Don't the holidays just rush in like a whirlwind?

Art making morning

Saturday morning markets

Candlelight tour in the Art Gallery

Claymation with Pop

Reading to Ma

Have a Go Parkour in the City

Have a Go Parkour in the City

Someone had their artwork selected for an exhibition in the city.

Change-room fun - mama I have no arms!

We had all sorts of lovely people to share our holidays with so that is why there has been the crackle of radio silence... plus some other changes for another day.

Holiday memories and  snaps though with Ma n Pop and Auntie K.

Special times those holidays with some of my very best people.

love you more than clean sheets xxx 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Reading Days and Nights

Hello fellow wannabe librarians,

My reading mojo seems to have returned, which is good because I have so many good books waiting to be read. Lately it's been adult fiction that I've been ploughing through. Here are some of the things I've been reading...

The Convent by Maureen McCarthy

The Convent is one of those books that flicks between time frames and characters but with a thread that weaves each story together. Based on the lives of Cecilia, a nun in the 1960s and Peach a 19 year old who finds herself working at was once the convent, now converted into studios, cafes (actual setting in Melbourne - which I'm now desperate to visit!)... I really enjoyed this read it manages to harmoniously and sympathetically blend the life of a young novice in a convent and a modern, agnostic teenager. Neither life feels contrived or stereotyped and I think that is a hard balance to strike when they are both running side by side. This is the first of McCarthy's books that I have read but I am looking forward to the next of hers I have on my reading pile. Great reading for anyone who likes books where women of all ages are the main characters.
Details - Allen & Unwin, May 2015 RRP $16.99, also available as an ebook

Hush Little Bird by Nicole Trope

2 women find themselves in the same minimum security prison. Their crimes are unrelated, their ages and social status totally dissimilar but their lives are tangled by a past that both of them keep closed. As the story unfolds their pathways close in... what will happen when their stories come together? This story also bounces between both characters points of view. Hush Little Bird really hooked me in but it is also a really difficult read - you can see and sense the lives unravelling and you sort of know where it is going before it gets there. The characters felt realistic not caricatures of what they might be. I would be happy to read other titles by Trope - her writing is engaging and she deals with difficult topics with sensitivity and in a gentle way. Warning - this book contains sexual abuse of children. It is handled without gratuitous detail but it is still there, and harrowing.
Details - Allen & Unwin, June 2015 RRP $29.99, also available as an ebook

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, one time darling of Hollywood. Written as a novel West of Sunset follows the final few years of Fitzgerald's life. The glamour and grind of Hollywood, the  encroaching shadows of WW2 and the decline of a man who is scrambling for the adoration that was once his. This book is like peering through the windows of the glamour-world we imagine the golden years of Hollywood to have been. Only, we find when glancing through the windows that the reality is not what we imagine. I found Fitzgerald's alcohol dependency and decisions hard to read at times - but I guess that is the reality of a brilliant person undone by their own weaknesses and addictions. The book also follows his difficult relationship with his wife Zelda, who spent many years institutionalised. Perfect for the lover of great names, the 1940s and Hollywood glitz as well as the struggling artist.
Details - Allen & Unwin, May 2015 RRP $29.99, also available as an ebook

The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox

John Wonder - man of 3 lives. Three wives, three sets of children - all named Adam and Evie and a carefully, intricately constructed life that keeps the three hemispheres separate. I like the premise of this book and the ending really worked for me but I really had to push myself to keep reading and there were a number of times that I wanted to give up. There was quite a lot of sexually explicit imagery which really diminished the book for me. I find this kind of thing really off putting and it was the whole identity of one of the key characters, so it does dominate the narrative. The book is clever and the way things unfold at the very end is really interesting but I wanted much more of the end and more of the three wives and who they were - which I didn't get enough of. This book and its author has a lot of praise - it didn't really work for me but I'd be open to other books by this author.
Details - Allen & Unwin, April 2015 RRP $32.99, also available as an ebook

At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

If I struggled to get through the novel above then I gorged on this one. Ellis, Hank and Maddie disgrace themselves in Philadelphia and find themselves cut loose socially and financially. So begins their journey to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness monster and trying to redeem themselves. Set against the backdrop of World War Two and the relationships between Maddie, her husband Ellis and his constant companion Hank the relationships become more difficult and entangled as the novel progresses. This book is really all about relationships and perceptions and I enjoyed the character of Maddie immensely. Perfect winter reading. I would happily read any of Gruen's novels. Highly recommended.
Details - Allen & Unwin, April 2015 RRP $32.99, also available as an ebook

Phew.... see I told you I'd been reading!! Next up some book reviews by some awesome boys I know. Hope that winter has been affording you some wonderful reading moments to snatch.

I sometimes have the opportunity to interview authors too, which is really cool. What questions do you always want to ask an author?? Do you like author interviews too?

love you more than the opening line of a wonderful read xxxx

thanks to Allen and Unwin for these great books - reviews and opinions my own, obviously ;-)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Yeah I Made It 29/52... Where The Wild Things Are

Welcome storybook fashion lovers,

So this is the other Simple Sew Ruby Dress that I made for the Monthly Stitch IPM. Which I placed in and won 2 patterns from Papercut - Wohoo!! Special thanks if you voted :o)

I adore this Where The Wild Things Are fabric. It was, as usual, an impulse purchase made when I feel in love with the fabric. For me the fabric almost always comes first!

The pattern is very simple to put together although given the width of my fabric I had to get creative and do a little patchwork on the sides to make it work.

The full skirt is something I really like, though hazardous on a windy day.  The other dress I made from this pattern can be found here.

What about you...would you wear character fabric??

love you more than a twirly skirt xxx

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In My Neighbourhood - The Movenpick Shop

Ice cream lovers and others - welcome!

We have a little tradition of a mama and boy date for birthdays around here. I have the totally intentional aim of training my boys to think that going on a date with just mum is something that can and should be enjoyed, in the hope it will continue into their adulthoods!

So we are a little late with this date but finally my newly 9-year-old, and I, got to the Movenpick Shop/Cafe. It was his pick. It was also his job to do all the ordering and to do the paying (with my money).

The waitresses were rather taken with him and we ended up with another scoop of ice-cream after I took this photo. We ordered fondue for 2 and he had a raspberry sorbet drink and I had a green tea smoothie.

He chose raspberry sorbet and blackcurrant and cream ice-cream for the ice cream flavours and they were very nice against the velvety chocolate. All in all if you are an ice-cream lover a very pleasant way to while away an afternoon in Adelaide.

love you more than a chocolate dipped pink marshmallow xxx