31 January 2013

DIY Felt Case


I made this little case for my FlipShare video camera using Martha Stewart's Felt Case DIYIt was super easy once I embraced my crooked stitching. I did add a little x to the outer top corners for reinforcement. I love it and totally recommend this DIY for any small device.

29 January 2013

A Quote About Life


"She played on, finding solace, courage, fortitude, and a kindred spirit in a piece of music written in 1830. A series of notes scrawled on the page that sprang from the imagination of one man, who was reaching out across time, through this violin, to tell her that he knew exactly how she was feeling, how strange and frightening and intoxicating life could be." -City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

Isn't that so incredibly true? Life is a beautiful, sometimes scary, exhilarating ride.

27 January 2013

Random Loveliness of the Week


The Real Fauxtographer (thank you Picture Me Reading for introducing me to her) debuted her latest YA book inspired photo this week: Shadow & Bone

Because I never tire of bookish weddings

Snow day ideas.

Amazing marital advice.

I kinda love these toddler designed dishes.

So going to try this cheese grater utensil holder when we buy a home.

Try this scarf tie. I did and it's my new favorite way.

25 January 2013

Whimsy Update: Confessing & Simplifying

Confession time girls. Pull in a little closer, will ya? I am a little tired of talking about only books. I know, right? Maybe it's the cold weather, hibernating, or new year but I have been doing some soul searching and while I love my blog and love books, it's time. Time to get more real and creative. I don't know what is coming down the pike but I do know I am going to let it flow. I hope you'll stay. I heart you gals. 2013 is turning out to be my year of simplifying and taking things to the next level both on and off-line. Hence the new cleaner look and construction notice earlier this week. I'm excited. This just feels right. Oh before you go, check out my updated About section.

20 January 2013

The 2012 Tales of Whimsy Golden Earbuds Awards

Drumroll please. Welcome to the first annual Tales of Whimsy Golden Earbuds Awards. The following audiobooks are golden in my book and my favorites of those I listened to in 2012. Publication dates may vary.


Middle Grade
Savvy
Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
Three Times Lucky


History Lesson Too
Lucy in the Sky
Stories I Only Tell My Friends


Drama Mamas
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty
The Language of Flowers


Honorable Mention
Anna Dressed in Blood

Now tell me my lovelies, which of the audios you listened to in 2012 were your favorites? Do you have one you recommend to everyone?

The fine print: 2012 Golden Earbuds Winners who are willing to provide me with an address, will receive some sort of fun treat in the mail from yours truly. Want to see some more audiobook awards? After conceptualizing and writing this post, I searched the net and found another fellow audio listener also does annual awards. Pop over to Audiobook Heaven for his Halo Awards 2012.

16 January 2013

My Overdue Audiobook Review of Stories I Only Tell My Friends

One of my favorite audiobooks of the 2012, also happens to be one of the audiobooks I never reviewed. Shame on me! Because Stories I Only Tell My Friends is a fantastic audiobook that I truly believe was meant to be an audio. In almost confessional format that made me feel like I was sitting at the bar having beers with Rob, the actor and writer recounts his life from the moment he knew he wanted to be an actor. He covers growing up in TV/movie industry, the highs and lows of fame, losing his virginity, the "innocent excess of the eighties", how the Brat Pack came to be, his brushes with other 80s royalty, his experiences with political campaigning, meeting his wife, and becoming a father. He offers insight on the filming of The Outsiders, Class, Youngblood, St. Elmo's Fire, About Last Night, Wayne's World, Saturday Night Live, and The West Wing. He's charming, funny, eloquent, earnest, and smart. He overcomes hardships, the nasty side of the industry, and even alcoholism  His life is a wild charmed "full of circumstance" life that will have you laughing, oohing, awwing, and even gasping. He names so many people that you would think it sound like name dropping but it never does. It's a terrific fluid voyage full of unexpected twists and turns. The ending is truly satisfying. Stories I Only Tell My Friends helped me see and understand the eighties the way Lucy in the Sky helped me experience the late sixties. Thank you Rob. It may sound silly but after listening to your audiobook, I feel like we're friends now.

Words aloud: I know you're thinking of course he's a good narrator, it's his life after all. However, I must insist that it's more than that. Rob doesn't just voice the people he's talking about - he mimics them and his impersonations are some of the best I have everrrr heard. Rob's narration is stellar and effortless.

Word to the wise: If you get the chance to listen to this book, take it. If you need an audio for you and your mister during your next road trip, grab this one. If a nonbookie needs an audio, suggest this one. This audiobook deserves the hype and then some. It feels like a real conversation. One you don't want to rush or let end.

Warning: Be forewarned, if you weren't a fan of Rob's before you will be after you listen to this. Even Mr. Whimsy is now.

Wooed: My favorite events involved Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, 911, and JFK Jr. Though not in that order nor together.

Wisdom: “So I came to the realization: Nothing in life is unfair. It's just life.”

Who's mentioned?: Carly Simon, Liza Minnelli, Telly Savalas, Sean Penn, Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Holly Robinson, Dean Cain, LeVar Burton, Linda Ronstadt, Regis Philbin, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Leif Garrett, Andrew McCarthy, Daryl Hannah, Jacqueline Bisset  John Cusack, Sarah Jessica Parker, Janet Jackson, Cary Grant, Melissa Gilbert, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Quaid, Scott Baio, Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder, Christopher Walken, Michael J. Fox, Lucille Ball, Sally Field, James Spader, Molly Ringwald, Francis Ford Coppola, Jodie Foster, Andy Warhol, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Joel Schumacher, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Meg Ryan, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Elizabeth Perkins, Jim Belushi, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Robert Wagner, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Al Franken, Garry Marshall, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Stephen King, Bill Paxton, Chris Farley, James Cameron, and even Bill Clinton

Whippersnappers: Mentions to sex, drugs, alcohol, profanity, and infidelity.

Wind-up: Stories I Only Tell My Friends was written and narrated by Rob Lowe and is 9 hours and 11 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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14 January 2013

A Wham-Bam Graphic Novel Review of Emma

Have you tried Emma the graphic novel yet? I did and I have to say, if you've never read Emma and want the shortened version, definitely check it out. On the other hand, true fans of Emma may find it lacking. It felt like Diet Emma to me. Good for those who are watching their calories but not for those enjoy the real deal. 2 stars

Emma by Jane Austen is adapted by Nancy Butler and illustrated by Janet Lee. It's available as a graphic novel or as a series of 5 individual comic books.

Click here to read my review of Emma by Jane Austen
Click here to read my review of some Emma spin offs.

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A Wee Audiobook Review of Airborn

Airborn is middle grade Steampunk. Think airship, ornithoper, pirates, midair rescue, strange winged creatures, emergency landings, and an uncharted island. Yes it's good. The narration is great. Instead of one narrator, it's acted out with different voices for each character. I would recommend this one to any young man, Steampunk aficionado, or pirate lover. My only complaint and warning is the pace. It's a bit slow. So if you're not an audiobook lover, try it in print.

Whippersnappers: One guy gets shot in the head.

Wind-up: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel is a Full Cast Audio. It's 10 hours and 46 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 3 stars. Narrator rating: 4 stars.

For more great reviews of Airborn visit The Secret Adventures of Writer GirlMilk & Cookies Comfort Reading, The Book Smugglers, and Treasure Chest for Tweens.

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11 January 2013

Mama Loves: Wonder in the Simplest Things

One of mama's favorite things is how Baby Whimsy finds wonder in the simplest things. Drumsticks out of wooden spoons.

08 January 2013

My Blogging Reader Girl Charms Contest

One of my absolute favorite things to do every January, is scale down and simplify. This year I am opening my jewelry box and giving away a few beautiful bookish pieces I have won from other bloggers over the years. Sadly, they haven't been given any love and they need a new home and wearer. If you live in the US and are interested please comment with your email address below. I will select a winner January 22nd. Good luck my sweets. 

06 January 2013

A Wee Audibobook Review of White Cat


White Cat is so good. So good it's easy to forget the voice piping through your speakers isn't actually Cassel. That you're not actually listening to a betrayed boy trying to do the right thing in a family of twisted unscrupulous criminals. This story is a fantastically knotted mess of deception fraught with mystery. But perhaps the best part is Black's intricate weaving of reality and fiction. Try it if you like you like your supernatural stories to feel real and keep you guessing.

Whippersnappers: There is no sex or profanity but it does feel unapologetically mature and has mentions to murder.

Wind-up: White Cat is written by Holly Black, narrated by Jesse Eisenberg, and is 6 hours and 41 minutes long. The first 2 1/2 hours builds, but after that it's pretty hard to walk away. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

Click here to see the international covers and some quotes from White Cat.
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01 January 2013

My Succubus Blues Audiobook Review & Angel Complex

I don't read or listen to books with demons. It's in my policies even. But I got Succubus Blues for free on audio awhile back and decided to finally give it a try. Georgina Kincaid sold me. While I don't like dark creatures who relish being dark, I do have a weak spot for dark creatures who try to be good and don't like hurting people. It's that glimmer of humanity and that struggle to be good that appeals to me. I call it my Angel complex. As in the vampire TV show not the celestial beings. 

Georgina is a lot like Angel. She's a succubus but she doesn't want to be and she hates hurting good people. She misses being human, so she preys only on scumbags as needed. She spends most of the book bouncing between her human love interests and fighting her tendencies to suck the soul out of any man she so much as kisses. She's witty, she has a cool back story, and she ultimately makes a huge sacrifice for love. Oh and did I mention she works in a book store and has some pretty cool friends? There's the famous writer who reminded me a bit of Richard Castle, the bookshop manager who is a singer by night, the mysterious teacher, two vamps, an angel, and even a demon who chooses to look like John Cusack.


Wham-bam: Succubus Blues is a sexy fun character-driven paranormal romance with a hint of mystery that kept me guessing, smiling, and by the end forced me to remind myself to breath.

Words aloud: I cannot tell a lie. Elisabeth Rodgers annoyed me a teensy bit at first with her breathy way of drawing out the last word in a sentence. But she quickly grew on me, she moves at a great place, and she did a good job with voices. 


Wrapping: My only gripe was the cover. I didn't love it. Does it sorta scream 90s goth? Here are some other covers. What do you think? Have a fav?



Whippersnappers: Some profanity and a some steamy sex scenes.

Wondering: 


1. Am I the only one that sorta loves the name Georgina?
2. Have you read or listened to Succubus Blues? Which guy had your vote?
3. Wouldn't this make a great TV show? 
4. Did Jerome like her maybe or am I just imagining that?

Wind-up: Succubus Blues is written by Richelle Mead, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, and 11 hours and 29 minutes long. The first half is character building but the second half is too good to turn off. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 4 stars.

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