After moving into my new home, I needed to get my creative side back. I finally have a space that I can dedicate to my crafts, and have enough storage space for it all. During my working hours and downtime I listen to a million and one podcasts. One in particular has talked about The 100 Day Project on a few occasions. I always have an excuse as to why I can’t start new projects or work on my crafts, so I made a conscience decision to set this goal and stick to it!

I am almost half way through the 100 days, today is number 43, and I am still going strong. I have pledged to create a totally unique bookmark for 100 days. I have thrown two parties and still carved out 20 minutes to make a bookmark. Most of my bookmarks take about 15-30 minutes to make. I use newspaper that I have laying around, old magazines, stickers, sharpies, paint, burlap, yarn, pretty much anything that I can get my crafty hands on.

I have noticed that I gravitate towards flowers in magazines. I love the bright colors and the many different varieties that I find. I also love calligraphy! I have wanted to start learning how to write fancy and I have found a way to do that with this project.

Check out my Instagram page with all my bookmarks. @ashsbookmarks

The link is also to the right of this post. I have sold a few of the bookmarks but am unsure if I want to post them all to my etsy shop or just the select few that I have really fallen in love with. I’m still going to think on that one for a few days. In the meantime I will post a few of them here and then enjoy the rest of my Mother’s Day weekend.

Day 41: Black stripes, gold dots ūüėćūü§ó #ashsbookmarks #the100dayproject #bookmark #craft

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Day 20: The Trees #ashsbookmarks #the100dayproject #bookmark #craft #trees

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The Wolf Road ~ Beth Lewis

In the words of one of my favorite podcasters, Liberty Hardy, “this book was bonkers!” It really was!! It is a thriller and there were times that I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book. Nights where I didn’t want to sleep so I could stay up and read, just one more chapter! I work full time and have 2 little girls so my nights are for reading (or catching up on shows with my husband).

I love post-apocalyptic novels and this one was great. It takes place in British Columbia and Alaska but they don’t come out and say that. So you wouldn’t really know where they are unless you know the area somewhat and lingo. I vacationed there a few years ago and had so much fun, so I had previous knowledge of the lands and junk. The novel is about a girl who is taken in by a wanted man. She doesn’t know this until she has already been living with him for many years. But once she finds out she is on the move, with him close at her heels. She travels through BC meeting many and avoiding¬†even more.

The writing is amazing and really makes me feel like I am there living right next to the characters. Please read this book. It reminds me of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. (Side note: that was the first novel I read by King, which made me fall in love with the older books by him. I’m not really a fan of his newer stuff but the oldies are goodies!)

Next book … Mischling ~ Affinity Konar

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A Clash of Kings ~ George R. R. Martin

What can I say about this book that I didn’t say about the first? Um…I loved it! I listen to these books because they are so long. They give me something to listen to as I work and it really makes the day fly by. I listen to them at 1.5x speed so I don’t have to listen for 40 hours. But it is just slow enough that I still comprehend what is being read to me.

This is the second book in the Game of Thrones series. This novel follows the Stark family all over the Seven Kingdoms, as well as other families that are entwined with that group and some that are not. People die and are killed and some are just separated from the ones that they love.

It is a great novel. And there is so much going on that I am never bored with the books. Plus I really like the guy that reads the books. Continuing the books on tape….is that what it’s still called?

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(Sidenote: Watching the Super Bowl [commercials] and just saw the one for Stranger Things 2…HALLOWEEN!!! I can’t wait that long! I want to watch the new season like now!)

Next book … The Wolf Road ~ Beth Lewis

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The Magnolia Story ~ Chip & Joanna Gaines

I love watching the DIY Network and HGTV. And I love Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are just a wholesome couple and I love what they do inside houses. Their style is amazing, or I guess I should say her style. My husband and I want to redo a lot of our house and we have this show in mind when it comes to style and design. #DemoDay #Shiplap #SubwayTiles

The Gaines’ book is just a memoir of their life together. There are so many interesting facts about their life that are so great and things that you don’t learn from their show. It was like taking a peak inside their lives and that peak looked so inspiring. Their love story is so cute and the proposal made me cry, it was that cute. Their values as a family are something to look up to and I have learned some pointers when dealing with my little ones and husband.

If you love to watch their show I highly recommend their book. Even if you don’t watch their show they have a great love story and there are some pointers for new families.

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Next book … A Clash of Kings ~ George R. R. Martin

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Day 2 of #24in48

I’m tired!! Its 6am. I drank coffee last night so I was tossing and turning all night. Didn’t get much sleep. But I’m here and I’m going to start reading.

I would love to finish my audio book, Big Little Lies, about halfway through listening to it at 1.5x speed. And I want to finish my ebook, The Underground Railroad.

Time to get comfy on the couch and start my reading day!

Happy Reading!!

Hour 2 of #24in48

I’m reading and reading and listening! Haven’t finished a book yet but I’m reading The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian and listening to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

So far I love both of these books. Hoping to finish them both today, or at the least this weekend.

Time to get back to it!!

Happy Reading!!!

(go to www.24in48.com for more info)

California —-> Ohio ((CANCELLED?))

If everything goes as planned my little family will be moving to Ohio Spring 2017.

I listen to a bunch of podcasts! One in particular that I listen to is Elise Gets Crafty. She talks about crafting and running a crafting business. That is one of my goals, so I love listening to her insights. Today on her episode she talked about a move that she thought was going to happen that ended up not happening. She was thinking that she was going to move to Japan with her family but it fell through and is able to stay in her house for the next 3 to 5 years. She has mixed feelings about it since she had mentally prepared herself to make this big move. I am in that same boat. My little family and I thought that we were going to be moving to Ohio this Spring. It turns out that my husbands branch in Ohio is overstaffed already, so it looks like there will be no transfer. We were so bummed to hear the news since we had visited and loved the areas and school systems. On to our next plan.

We are now in escrow on a house here in Southern California. I would love to stay home with my girls (what I would have done in Ohio) but I also love my job and my coworkers. We are thrilled that we get to own a home AND stay in the warm SoCal weather, even if I do still have to work.

For now this is our plan. We stay in California, own a home and fix it up the way we want. Maybe in the future other opportunities will open up to us and we can move to an area that gets every season and I can move into my chosen career!

Ingredient ~ Ali Bouzari

I can not begin to describe how much I loved this book. My mind was blown a few times! Sugar in ice cream is the reason why it doesn’t freeze solid! OMG….who knew?!? But the way Ali Bouzari explains food and cooking is brilliant.

I bought this book for my mom for Christmas but, naturally, had to read it before I gave it to her. And she is living in Hawaii now so I had a couple extra days to read this one. Awesome read! I recommend getting the hard cover book though. The art and pictures are great! It is a great coffee table book or gift.

The science behind food and what it is made up of was so fun to read about. I have noticed that I think about what I am doing more in the kitchen because I have read this book. I may just have to buy this book for myself so I can have it to look back on if I get stuck in the kitchen. I mean, what if my soup is too thick? This book has taught me what I need to do next to make it amazing.

Now to make lunch for my girls!!

Next book … The Magnolia Story ~ Chip & Joanna Gaines

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This is Where it Ends ~ Marieke Nijkamp

I bought this book when it was on sale in the Kindle app. It looked interesting and short so I bought it for $1.99.

I love how the book was written. It is in the point of view of 4 students that are trapped inside a school who has a shooter amongst them. Each chapter takes place over a couple minutes and visits each student and what they are doing. Some students are taken by the shooter and some make it out safe.

This book is not for the faint of heart. There are many graphic details and vivid storytelling. I started reading this book and was really into it. But because there was so much going on and the book was full of very hard topics, it took me a while to get through it. At first I thought I was just bored with the book but I really liked it in the end. It was just tough to get through in some spots.

All in all, I liked the book and recommend it to strong readers who don’t scare easily. Great read.

Next book … Ingredient ~ Ali Bouzari

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A Game of Thrones ~ George R.R. Martin

I LOVE GAME OF THRONES!!! I love the show and now I am in love with the books! I love when movies/shows are made from books. I usually like to watch first then read so I can get a character in my head and put a face to them. I know other people like to use their imagination but I like to see them first. Especially if it is a long series like Game of Thrones on HBO.

My husband and I started watching the show at the beginning of the year. We flew through it, it was that good! And now we wait. We wait for the new season to come out. But while we wait I will listen to all the novels. They are amazing! Exactly like the show but with more detail. I love it!!

The novels are broken up into chapters (obviously). But each chapter is from the point of view of a certain character. So the book jumps around in space but not in time. It follows the Stark family as they live in Winterfell and when they all split up. Some of the family goes to King’s Landing, one goes to The Wall, some stay in Winterfell and others go in different directions. Other chapters follow the Lannisters, the Baratheons, Daenerys Targaryen and other lords and ladys of the kingdom.

I highly recommend that you watch the show before reading the books. There are so many characters and the show does a great job of sticking true to the novels and including all of the characters. If I forgot who a character was I would just look them up on the many wiki’s that are on the internet. There really is a huge following of fans for the novels and the show.

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Next book … This is Where it Ends ~ Marieke Nijkamp

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