Don’t Wanna!

Yep. I have a severe case of the “I-don’t-wana’s” today, which is part of the reason why this post is on the late side today. It’s that time of the month again (ugh, really, body? Haven’t we had enough yet?) and with it comes a case of the doldrums, I guess.

I’ve spent a good amount of my time this week watching Star Trek marathons, either Voyager or Next Generation, depending on which one the BBC America was airing at any given time. Whilst watching, I’ve been knitting.

As you can see, they’re almost finished. Another inch or two, I’d say, and then they’ll be done. Of course, then follows the dilemma of what socks to cast on for next 😉

Are there any Trekkies among you? Who’s your favorite Captain? Mine’s an even split between Picard and Janeway. Also, have any of you seen the trailer for the new series airing soon? Discovery? I can’t wait for it to go live and see if it’s as good as I hope it will be.

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Cross stitching!

Hello all!

 

My name is Melody, and I can usually be found on FB playing games (Royal Story is pretty fun), reading fics on AO3, reading books, or doing crafty type stuff.

My preferred crafts are counted cross-stitch and some occasional crocheting.  My most recent completed project is a counted cross-stitch saying.  Honestly, there have been times that having my cross stitch with me has been such a blessing.  Those are the times where I have had to sit for hours waiting for something to be completed for me, such as car work/maintenance.

My most recently completed project:

saying cross stitch

sheet for saying cross stitch

If you can’t read the second pic, the whole thing comes as a kit from Janlynn (www.janlynn.com) Kit #999-1012 ( https://www.janlynn.com/detail.cfm?ID=10197 ).

I have another in progress that I need to find some glass beads for.  I cannot post a pic of that one as some of the colors didn’t show up quite right in the picture I took.  However, as a consolation, I have added a link to BN.com that has the book I found the pattern in! ( http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magical-cross-stitch-various/1121023244?ean=9780715324578 ).  I actually found my copy of the book in a second hand bookstore locally.  I love Half-Priced Books, I spend way too much money whenever I visit it.

Fics I have been reading:

I have been reading a lot of Adoptive-Daddy Yondu stories on AO3 lately after seeing GotG Vol. 2 just last week.  I’ve spent some time going “Awe!  That’s so cute!”

Favorite fan fic?  In what fandom?  I have so many!  If I go by the ones I tend to read again and again are by KM (HP, Trek, ect.), Sherza (Damaged Defenders for the win! It’s an Avengers gen fic), Rise by VR_Trakowski (JA Fic with Jupiter/Caine).

My favorite book books?  I have to choose just one? I am not sure that I can choose just one!

Top favorite authors are Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey and LK Hamilton.

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Sock it

Had a lovely day yesterday watching Stargate SG-1 with Jennifer (yes, I have successfully brought her over to the dark side 😉 ) and working on my socks again. I’ve actually managed to get the heel turned and everything, so it’s smooth sailing from here on in (I hope).

I’m looking forward to finishing them and casting on another pair (because of course). The only reason I haven’t yet is, well, I only have the one pair of needles for socks. At least for this size.

Oh, before I forget: Happy Mother’s Day. What’s your ideal way of spending this day?

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Meet Leisa Rayven

Hi, everyone! My name is Leisa Rayven, and I’m an actor, author, guacamole enthusiast, and believer in true love.

My day job is as an author of swoony books about life, love, and all the ways we screw up those simple concepts. My latest book has just been released, and in case you’re interested, here’s the lowdown:

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be … for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is an escort with a difference. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, a bad boy with a heart of gold, or a sexy biker, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist Max’s romance-novel personas, but when he admits he’s falling for her, she must decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

Mister Romance is officially one of my Top Reads of 2017! It was phenomenal!” – About That Story

“I think Max Riley may have reached a new level of book boyfriend that I didn’t know was possible.” – Paperback Reverie

“Move over Romeo! Max Riley is EVERYTHING and MORE. What a freaking unique story – from the plot to the characters. The writing is absolutely gorgeous. If you did not believe in true love, romance and HEA you will now. Mister Romance is no doubt one of the best books of 2017.” – AC Book Blog

“Leisa Rayven has penned one hell of a phenomenal story here, one that I’m so completely smitten with. With such complex and intricately laid out story line, the execution of Mister Romance had me salivating. It’s pure genius! Pure. Freaking. Genius.” – Read and Share Book Reviews

If you’d like to check out the hotness of Max for yourself, here’s where you can find him:

Amazon US: https://goo.gl/h0YRdE

iBooks: https://goo.gl/xxaFdI

B&N:    https://goo.gl/cEunKT

Kobo:   https://goo.gl/NK49GZ

Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/a1Wdga

Amazon AU: https://goo.gl/9fcSjX

Amazon BR: https://goo.gl/sViY5Z

Amazon DE: https://goo.gl/1btIjP

Amazon FR: https://goo.gl/IVW1Qg

Amazon IT: https://goo.gl/s3eRHn

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34329586-mister-romance?from_search=true

Apart from my two main past times of writing books and eating guacamole, I’m also a huge fan of cake decorating shows. Me and my two boys, Kyan and Xander, are obsessed, and we’ve even tried our hands at making our own creations. They may not be as fancy and complicated as those made by professionals, but it’s an activity we love doing together, and even if it turns out terribly, we’re happy to dispose of the results afterward (in our bellies.)

Here are a few of our most recent attempts:ARK CAKE

This was one of our first, and represents the logo for Xander’s favorite video game at the time. (You’ll notice there’s a definite theme of video games in these cakes.) We were rushed for time on this one so we kept it simple. Still, Xanny’s friends were impressed.

GRAND PIANO

This was done primarily by the boys, with me just guiding them and doing the lettering. Once again, not terribly complicated, so it didn’t take long. Two slab cakes stacked and carved, then dirty iced and covered in fondant.

(*NOTE: This may be TMI but I feel it needs to be said as some kids can become distressed the day after eating a cake covered in black fondant. Why? Because it turns poo BRIGHT GREEN. Like, seriously. We’re talking a fecal version of Elphaba from Wicked. You have been warned.)

MINECRAFT DIAMOND SWORD

This one may look simple, but making it an exact replica of the actual sword, along with having to measure all the tiny squares precisely was a total time suck. Still, Kyan was busting with pride over the results, and every single kid at his party whined that they wanted a diamond-sword-cake for their party, so I think it was a hit.

HEROBRINE FROM MINECRAFT

This one was by far our most popular, purely because of the size (it was almost as tall as Xanny), and added technology. If your kids aren’t into Minecraft, you may not know who Herobrine is, but basically he’s this supposed glitch in the system – a ghost version of the game devoloper’s dead brother. The urban legend is that he appears behind you in the game, usually in shadows so that his glowing eyes can scare the bejesus out of you. Then, you run for your life. (You know how kids love this kind of creepy stuff.)

Anyway, in order to facilitate his glowing eyes, we inserted small battery-powered LED lights into the sockets, and covered them in translucent plastic. Needless to say when we turned out all the lights and only his eyes were visible in the darkness, all the kids screamed their heads off. Ahhhh, good times.

Well, that’s about it from this amateur cake decorator. Huge thanks to the lovely Karin for inviting me to share. If you want to know more about me or my books, (or even my cakes), you can find me all over social media, as well as my website:

WWW.LEISARAYVEN.COM

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Leisa x

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This Can Not Be This Hard

What am I talking about? Why, this pattern. It’s a quirky take on the Granny Square blankets and I’m kind of in love with the look. I got some yarn from hubby the other day to satisfy the itch to knit blanket (hush, I know we’re coming into the hot season) and immediately cast on for one.

Not sure if you can see it on here or not, but… I screwed up. My count is off on the triangles and for the life of me I can’t figure out what I did wrong. I will figure it out, because dagnabit, this can’t be that hard, but for now, it is vexing me greatly. I’ve watched YouTube videos, but for some reason, those annoy the hell out of me – probably because they don’t show it well enough for me, though I think that’s just me.

Have you ever had a project that should be relatively easy but isn’t?

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Maskcrafting

DSHi! I’m Kira. I met Naelany online eight years ago (has it really been that long?!) when I was writing fic as in.a.blue.bathrobe. I’m still at it–I’ve even taken a hiatus from my crazy costume design jobs to focus on writing.

My latest story, THE DIRTY SECRET, from Carina Press, is a lighthearted and (very) sexy bit of home dec porn, containing coffee, Klimt, and a lot of eff-words.
You can find it at amazon and other e-book retailers, and the Goodreads link is here.

Writing is cerebral though, and sometimes I get that need to make something more tangible with my hands than just keyboard noise and pencil scratches. My “comfort art” is maskcrafting, and lately I’ve been doing collage work with found objects and junk-drawer items.1-foxy-valentineThis foxy valentine* guy was inspired by a beat-up pack of cards at the end of its game, and became the first in  a series of seedy poker player types.

Next came a rabbit who definitely cheats at Texas Hold’em.

2-rabbit-blank

I build my own blanks from  Wonderflex–a heat responsive plastic with a mesh backing–when I’m making pieces for stage. If your mask is meant to be a wall hanging or will only be worn for a few hours on Halloween, the inexpensive ones found at party supply stores work just fine.

3-mache-rabbitYou can use anything that will take glue for the base layer, but fabric and paper are easiest. I soaked the cards in hot water for a few minutes to separate them from the backings;  thinner  layers smooth over the surface better. The jewels came from a tiara that had seen better days. My favorite adhesive is called “Sculpt Or Coat” but watered down Elmer’s or Mod Podge works great, too.

4-detailed-rabbitWhen it was all dry, I gave it spray of gloss sealant, and added some details for definition. Matte black latex is good for edging (or use a Sharpie marker) but for the hearts I used pearlescent craft paint, to give it some of that old Venetian masquerade metallic-leaf feel.

5-black-rabbitThen comes the antiquing glaze. (You can find this in the paint section of the hardware store, or make your own with a drop of dark paint in a gel medium.) Slather it on  everywhere–a little goes a long way–making sure that that it gets it into all the nooks and cracks, and then immediately clean off anything you want to keep shiny–like the rhinestones–with a Q-tip dipped in glass cleaner.

6-aging-rabbitAfter the glaze has soaked in for a bit, wipe it off with a damp rag. The creases and edges will appear and bring out the character of all the layers. I like to do several coats, drying between each, working it along the definition lines until they become blended into the surface.
She needed a bit of softness to offset the stark primary colors and the hard jewels, so I lined her ears with a few feathers ganked from a duster.

Let cure overnight before wearing!

7-final-rabbit

Thank you, Naelany, for letting me share!

Come say hi on Twitter: @kiraagold
And I blog sometimes: https://kiraagold.com/category/blog/

*Wouldn’t Foxy Valentine be a marvelous erotica pen name?!

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Knocked For a Loop

I suppose that’s one way of putting it at any rate. Auntie Flo knocked me on my ass this week, resulting in getting little to nothing done of any kind that didn’t involve curling up into a ball and wishing the world would end. Well, perhaps not quite that drastic, but you get the idea. I think I managed maybe two inches on my socks, which isn’t much at all.

The most exciting thing I did this week was going through some of my stuff and figuring out what to keep, toss, or donate. Ended up being able to consolidate two ugly cardboard drawers into a third set (not cardboard and falling apart, and not ugly), allowing me to get rid of the eyesores.

Huh. I wish I could draw because I just had an idea for a T-shirt I’d like to have. Darnit. /random. Basically has to do with being a spoonie, and once-upon-a-time gamer who apparently was good at rolling nat-1’s. Ah well.

 

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