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Bookmark Printable

Hi, guys!!

I love pretty bookmarks but I’m a little bit tired of the watercolour ones with quotes on them (I still really like them just want more). I made some with pics from pixabay and decided to share them with you all.

bookmarks template printable

Click here to download the PDF

I printed mine on 300gsm card paper, it’s good strong paper perfect for bookmarks. The PDF is double sided so make sure your printer is set to print on both sides. Or you can just print the image above if you want 🙂

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Book Cover Cocktails

Happy Friday!!!! You deserve a drink after the week you’ve had. How about a cocktail?….. I absolutely love cocktails and recently bought a real pretty cocktail shaker so it’s time to shake it up! I thought it would be fun to pick out some cocktails based on book covers (I may have a skewed idea of what fun is…). I picked some favourite books and matched cocktails based on colours and the booze I prefer to drink.

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Serpentine

Ingredients

  • Half measure green creme de menthe
  • Cracked ice
  • Lime peel curl or twist
  • Chilled Champagne
  • 1tsp lime zest, to decorate

Method

Pour the creme de menthe into the bottom of a flute with the ice and the curl of lime peel. Top up with champagne and dress with the lime zest.

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Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 measures gin
  • 1 tsp dry vermouth
  • Cracked ice
  • Green cocktail olive to decorate

Method

Pour the gin and vermouth over the ice in a mixing glass and stir well to mix. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and dress with the cocktail olive.

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Kamikaze

Ingredients

  • 1 measure vodka
  • 1 measure triple sec
  • Half measure fresh lime juice
  • Half measure fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Dry white wine, chilled
  • Slices of cucumber and lime

Method

Shake the vodka, triple sec, lime and lemon juice over the ice. Strain into a chilled glass and top with the wine. Decorate with the slices of cucumber and lime.

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Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 measures vodka
  • 1 measure gin
  • 1 measure white tequila
  • 1 measure white rum
  • Half measure white creme de menthe
  • 2 measures lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup
  • Cracked ice
  • Cola
  • Lime wedge

Method

Shake the first seven ingredients vigorously over the ice. Strain into an ice-filled tall glass and top with cola. Decorate with the lime wedge.

Recipes from Cocktails

My favourite cocktails are Long Island Iced Teas and Espresso Martinis. So delicious! What’s yours?

Tell a Story Day

First of all, how fracking cute is that picture?! Some of the other pictures in the series creep me out though. The kids eyes never change making the doctor picture a little…..iffy.

Anyway, that’s not what we’re here for. Since it’s Tell a Story Day we’re here for stories. I’m not a writer so I’m not going to write a story, instead, I’m going to tell (by “tell” I mean copy and paste from another site because as I said, I am no writer) you one of my favourite childhood stories.

The Children of Lir

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Many years ago in ancient Ireland lived a King and ruler of sea called Lir. He had a beautiful wife, called Eva, who gave him four children – eldest son Aodh, a daughter called Fionnula and twin boys, Fiachra and Conn. When children were young, their mother Eva died. Lir and children were very sad, and King wanted a new mother for his young sons and daughter, so he married Eva’s sister Aoife who, it was said, possessed magical powers.

Aoife loved children and Lir at first, but soon she became very jealous of time that King spent with Aodh, Fionnula, Fiachra and Conn. She wanted to have all of his attention for herself. One day, she took children to swim in a lake while sun was hot in sky. When they got there and children took to water, Aoife used her powers to cast a spell over children, which would turn them all into beautiful swans.

She knew that if she killed children, their ghosts would haunt her forever, so instead she cast this spell, forcing them to live as swans for 900 years; three hundred on Lake Derravaragh, three hundred on Straits of Moyle, and three hundred more on Isle of Inish Glora. The spell would only be broken when children heard ringing of a bell, and arrival of St Patrick in Ireland.

But Aoife’s spell had not taken away children’s voices, and so it was that these four beautiful swans could sing beautiful songs, and were able to tell their father what had happened to them. Lir, who had been searching for his children, came down to lake and saw Fionnuala, now a swan, who told him of spell cast on them by Aoife. Enraged, he banished Aoife into mist, and she was never seen again.

Although saddened by his children’s fate, Lir remained a good father, and spent his days faithfully by lake listening to their singing. Their three hundred years on Lake Derravaragh were filled with joy, but at end of this first part of their spell, children had to say goodbye to their father forever. They travelled to Straits of Moyle, where they spent three hundred years enduring fierce storms, and spent much time separated from each other. But they survived these three hundred years, and eventually traveled, together again, to fulfil final stage of their spell, on a small saltwater lake on Isle of Inish Glora.

The King by now had passed, and of his once glorious castle nothing but ruins remained. One day, they heard distant ringing of a bell – one of first Christian bells in all of Ireland – and swans followed sound, knowing that end of their spell was near. They followed bells to house of a holy man called Caomhog, who cared for them for last years of their fate.

One day though, disaster struck again, when a man appeared at house dressed in armor, saying he was King of Connacht, and he had come for now legendary and mystical swans with beautiful singing voices. He threatened to tear down and ruin Caomhog’s house if swans did not come with him, but just as he was laying his hands on them, bell tolled again, and mist of lake came and enveloped swans, turning them back into children they were nine hundred years before. The frightened King of Connacht fled immediately, and children in their human form started to age rapidly. Caomhog knew that they soon would die, so he quickly christened them before their human bodies passed away, so that their legend and their names could live on forever, for these were Children of Lir.

Source: http://irelandofthewelcomes.com/the-children-of-lir/

(The woman who wrote this seems to have a keen distaste for the word ‘the’.)

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I don’t remember the reference to St. Patrick when I was little but I do remember the monk guy. Don’t remember the baptising though. Another queen wanted the swans as well not a knight in my version. The ending seems to be a great big push to convert people to Catholicism….ugh.


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Anyway, I’ve always loved this story. It seems a bit morbid but what I loved was the magic. I hope you enjoyed it too.

 

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The Life of a Necromancer’s Toy Penguin

Since it’s World Penguin Day today I decided to honour Anita Blake’s toy penguin, Sigmund. Poor guy has been through a lot (FYI I’m only part way through this series so if something has happened to this little guy, don’t tell me!!!).

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We first meet Sigmund in Guilty Pleasures, the first Anita Blake book by Laurell K. Hamilton. Anita cuddles up with him in bed after a rough day on the job (which is pretty much every day for Anita). 

“I locked the door, for what good it would do me, and went to bed. The Browning Hi-Power was in its second home, a modified holster strapped to the headboard of my bed. The crucifix was cool metal around my neck. I was as safe as I was going to be and almost too tired to care.

I took one more thing to bed with me, a stuffed toy penguin named Sigmund. I don’t sleep with him often, just every once in a while after someone tries to kill me. Everyone has their weaknesses. Some people smoke. I collect stuffed penguins. If you won’t tell, I won’t.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures

Sigmund isn’t Anita’s only penguin but he is her favourite. He’s the one that keeps her safe at night. She’s even tempted to take him on a ‘sleepover’ to Jean Claudes. Unfortunately, he and his buddies tend to get a little bloody when the bad guys dare to break into Anita’s home (and make it all the way to her room….the jerks!).

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He has had made such an impression with fans, he’s got some awesome fanart now!

sigmund by DayanElohim on DeviantArt

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He doesn’t appear as much anymore sadly. I’m pretty sure he only existed to show that Anita was a complex individual with many facets. She’s a merciless vampire hunter but she’s soft and squishy too…. by now her character is very well established and we don’t see things like this so much.

You can get your very own Sigmund from Hamilton’s website store.

As far as the Anita Blake series goes, I’ve almost given up on it. I finished The Harlequin (book #15) this year and I just don’t know how I feel. You can read my review for the book here. The series becomes less about story and more about sex with a lot of men in later books. Book #26 is expected to be released this year, for the series to get that far something must happen right?…. Right?? I just don’t want to give up on the series! Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment.

What are you reading?

What are the reading plans this weekend folks? I’m hoping to get Slade House finished today. I have about 100 pages left so should get it done. It’s pretty good… nothing amazing but I am enjoying it. Good creepy story.

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I’m listening to Eligible….not sure what I think about it. It’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I think the author has done a good job converting the story to modern day but I dunno…. it might be the narrator I’m not feeling. I don’t like the voice she puts on for Liz.

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So what are you reading this weekend? Have you read either of those books?

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