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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

miss peregrines home for peculiar children review

 

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen” – Jacob. (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.)

 

It’s like Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland meets X-Men meets American Horror Story! 🙂 yes it’s true. Let me tell you, I freakin’ love this book! It’s nothing like any other book I’ve read before. This book is truly peculiar and weirdly fun to read.I haven’t read this kind of stuff before and it’s really unique. I was already intrigued by its front cover right when I saw it on Barnes & Noble but I just kinda ignored it since I was looking for a more dystopian theme. But the book’s stuck in mind. That black and white cover with a girl levitating made me want to give it a try and I never regret purchasing it.

The book was already released in 2011 and I felt like “why didn’t I see this before?!”

 

miss peregrines book review

 

No spoiler here, but let me tell you a little bit about the book. It’s a book filled with some pictures, perhaps around 50, and they help to tell the story. I think this was a brilliant idea because it keeps the book from being boring. The pictures are all in black and white and they’re all weird! some of them are even creepy.

My question is “Where can I enroll for this home for peculiars nowadays?” hahaha, I’m not peculiar at all, perhaps slight, “-) but I would like to develop my peculiar potential, LOL! God I wish I’m peculiar like those kids in the book. I don’t know what peculiar talent I would like to have, (P.S. I am really amused with Claire) but I kinda like Bronwyn’s 🙂

The movie’s coming out and I cannot wait anymore! they said it’s coming out in September of this year, then changed to December 25th, and lately they pushed it back this coming September 30th again. Puhhhleeeaaaze, don’t prolong my agony! Btw, Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo, Ender’s Game) will play the role of Jacob, while my favorite actress Eva Green (Bond Girl)  will be Miss Peregrine. Tim Burton is directing the film. Oh my…it’s gonna be great.

Checkout the movie’s official twitter account @PeregrinesMovie or Facebook.com/PeregrinesMovie for the latest news and movie pics.

Stay Peculiar….

 

 

You can buy the book here:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children : 

 

 

Fernando Amorsolo “Harvesting Rice” Cross Stitch

Hola Chicas y Chicos! Dora Here!..LOL!

Today’s rambling is about the “other” hobby of mine. You probably already know what it is, given the title and the photo. But for the sake of filling this blog with useless never-ending words,  🙂 lemme give you some clue. This is a hobby for them old sistahs out there, the seniors, I mean. You can call it boring, but this thing needs 10,000 patience, a little bit of plan and some distraction. This also requires endurance, persistence, and good dexterity. Still, not a lot of people like doing this, although some youngsters enjoy this kind of craft. It can be relaxing or it can be annoying. Meet Cross Stitch!

 

fernando amorsolo painting

 

Pretty right? but they took a long time to finish. This cross stitch is from a painter named Fernando Amorsolo. It’s called “Harvesting Rice.” I was looking for a bright and colorful painting in which a cross stitch pattern is also available for stitching. I really like this one because it has a lot of “green” colors, which is very pleasing for the eyes.

 

fernando amorsolo cross stitch

 

If you’re thinking “oh that’s so complicated and meticulously done”, I’m saying “you’re darn right!” I’m already practically cross-eyed and has developed 4 eyes in the front and 2 more growing at the back after making this. ha! just kidding, but yeah, the devil is in the details.

 

fernando amorsolo xstitch

 

This is what it looked like during the stitching process. The cloth is off-white Aida 14 count, which 11×8 inches. It’s small for sure, yet “small but terrible.”

 

cross stitch

 

There were probably around 100+ colors in it, all in full cross stitch, and the pattern is not bad either. Lots of greens and yellows, but I didn’t really consume all the colors at the end, which is ok, since I might need those colors for other projects in the future.

Notice how I put needles in each bobbins, that’s my technique for saving time. I really don’t like threading and rethreading needles while changing floss colors, so I invested in a lot of needles to save time, energy and effort. right? I’m already getting cross-eyed, I don’t wanna have carpal tunnel too. 🙂

 

fernando amorsolo harvesting rice cross stitch pattern

 

It’s one of my most favorite project of all. Reminds me of endless summers and a beautiful, lush, green farm. Something to remind you of those harsh winter days. 

Don’t forget buy an Aida cloth, markers in different colors, and needles, lots of needles. I also recommend, that you use DMC Bobbins, the paper/cardboard ones, since they’re easy to label. You can buy it here 

Also, buy your flosses at your local craft store, since they’re a lot cheaper.

Some materials you can buy cheap in amazon if your local craft store doesn’t have a stock of the accessories you’ll need for you project.

DMC Floss Number Stickers: 

U-Shaped Scissors: 

I don’t like using frames or hoops on my cross stitch, but sometimes I use magnets to hold the pattern in place together with the cloth. You can buy it here 

If you really want hoops, because you like your stitch taut. I used to use this 

It’s also a good distraction to listen to music or audiobooks while stitching. So that you can say you’re also “multitasking”, seriously, it’s hard to keep sitting for hours and hours you know….You’re for sure going to have not only “raccoon eyes” but also “raccoon butt” hahaha.

Another good website I can recommend for buying cross stitch stuff is http://www.everythingcrossstitch.com

 

I have another cross stitch project coming soon, and it’s also colorful and beeeeeyouuuutiful! Hint: lots of pink and it’s a garden. So, stay tuned…

 

XOXO

Dora, the cross stitcher 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl On The Train. Book Review.

the girl on the train book

 

This is probably one of the best books I’ve read last year. After Gone Girl, I was desperate to find and read something similar. This book never disappoints. There’s just something about this book that made me read and reread it over and over again. It haunted me like there’s no book ever haunted me before. Well, that’s wrong, apart from V.C. Andrews’ novels, which I never recovered even until now, after reading it for more than a decade ago. Yes, I’m a sucker for stories that crosses the line between horror/gothic, romance and thriller.

What haunted me the most of this book is first, I love the way the book is written. It’s written in the first person (perspective) of the three characters. For me, a book written in the first person narrative is the best way to relate to the character’s state of mind, and some of my favorite books are structurally written that way. I also love the fact that they’re are different characters narrating their story in this book, which mean that it’s not just a one-side story. Tip, you should listen to this in audible.com. It’s a very good experience.

Second, I love the story itself. It’s unique, it’s thrilling and it talks about real life. There’s themes of jealous, self-control, self-doubt, trust and the fact that “people are not really who they seem” or that  “looks can be deceiving”.

Lastly, it talks about women and what goes through their minds. Real issues that women faced or are currently facing. Spoiler Alert: I just love how one of the main character was a bit of a voyeur/stalker-ish looking from a train and imagining about her own life. Didn’t we all? at some point in our lives?, Now, you might be asking, Is it like Gone Girl? I would say, No, not really. It’s similar in the sense of how the story was written, but I think, it’s the next best thing to Gone Girl. Read it, it won’t disappoint. Oh! I can’t wait for the movie adaptation to come out! and there’s gonna be some high caliber actresses in there, like Emily Blunt. My, my! can’t wait for October 7!

For the meantime, you can buy the audio version in audible.com or you can the book itself here:

The Girl On The Train