Dec 20, 2013

Cat Thursday (a little late) - Season's whatever...




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.




It's the silly season for some people, and no-one likes silly better than Jigglypuff. She's wishing everyone Merry Christmas if that's your thing. If it's not, then we hope you have a little break or enjoy whatever celebrations you and your family enjoy to see the old year out. 

Love and hugs. Kate & Jigglypuff. xx

Princess Madeline Trilogy Book Blast plus $25 gift card giveaway

About the Books

The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin PulioffTitle: The Escape of Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #1)
Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Publication Date: November 4, 2012
Publisher: Caliburn Books
Number of pages: 138
Recommended age: 10+

Summary: The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms. Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture; her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure full of twists and turns as she tries to find her freedom and answers to her questions about life and love.

Dec 18, 2013

My Beautiful Suicide by Atty Eve: Book Blitz Tour

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Suicide is selfish.
It tells the world that you are weak. It tells the world your family and friends have failed. It leaves them with guilt that they could have done more but didn't. It tells them they are clueless and helpless.
I am weak, but I am not selfish.
My suicide will not leave my family and friends with guilt and shame; it will leave them thankful that they knew me for the short time I was here.

- Cosette Hugo

Dec 15, 2013

Free Christmas themed ebooks

Here's some titles I have downloaded from Google Play, Smash Words and Amazon this week. At the time they were all free. I hope they still are and that you can take advantage of these to add to your digital library. Happy Reading.

Dec 13, 2013

The Colourblind Chameleon plus $50 Amazon gift card giveaway.

I received an ARC of this delightful children's book. It teaches kids about colour and a little science about why chameleons change colour, which appeals to the nerd in me.

But, it also focuses on differences and how it's okay to be different and just find a place where you belong.

Wonderfully illustrated I think this book will  endear itself to children as a "read again" favourite. 

I'm looking forward to reading it with my nephew this school holidays. 



Dec 11, 2013

Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins: Book Blitz Tour

whrere to reach us: fabulosityreads@gmail.com



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When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?

Dec 8, 2013

Introducing "Dragon Defender" Plus $50 Amazon Card Giveaway

Dragon Defender by J.A. BlackburnAbout the Book

Title:  Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)
Author:  J.A. Blackburn  
Publication Date:  October 19, 2013  
Publisher:  Pip & Grey  
Number of pages:  242  
Recommended age:  10+  
 
Summary (Amazon): 

For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . . Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can't figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter's twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother's disappearance. What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined - where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter's uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it's Peter's turn.

* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *
 
Purchase

Amazon (Print) | Amazon (Kindle)



The Buzz

"We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not 'dumbed down' like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it's easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all." ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon
"Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure...Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!" ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon
"Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I'm not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I'm 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you're really there, and the dragon is so believable. I'd venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don't really exist.... or do they?" ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon

Dec 7, 2013

My grandbaby and a free Digital Scrapbook Quick Page




Completely customizable project using MyMemories Suite
Or download the version to use with any software like Photoshop or Gimp. 
This Digital Kit Includes: 

1 Quick Page -click this link
Santa's Watching QP1-(kapi) by: KapiScrap & Art


Available until 15th December 2013.

Dec 3, 2013

Book Tour, Review and Giveaway - Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster


NEW RELEASE........

On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she'd always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled. Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie’s once impenetrable marriage. When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Junie packs up her daughter and goes home to help her mother. Her homecoming stirs up memories of the nightmare she thought she had put behind her, the disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen. Haunted by recurring memories of what happened on that fateful day, Junie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the secrets surrounding her missing friend, and the trauma that has caused her little girl to climb back into herself. As the pieces come together on the event that shook her small town, and at the risk of losing everyone she loves, Junie will question everything she thought she could rely on and everyone she thought she knew.

WHERE PETALS FALL is a gripping and emotional novel with an undercurrent of suspense, featuring a determined mother whose world slowly comes apart around her. Readers will root for Junie as they follow her transition into an indomitable heroine who must reconcile what she discovers about her husband and family’s tragic past, and find a way to put the pieces of her family back together and carry on.

Dec 2, 2013

GET YOUR SELF TO THE: LOVING AUTHORS @ #CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

Wendy from Fabulosity Reads is such a dynamic and interesting lady. I really get a lot from her enthusiasm and encouragement to other bloggers and writers. I just wanted to share this amazing giveaway she is having where #Authors can win a book tour. So don't be shy - it may be just what you need to get interest in your book through word of mouth. Good Luck to all who enter. 

Nov 26, 2013

Mini Santa Stockings - knitting pattern




These little stockings make cute ornaments. They will hold a roll of mints or lifesavers if you like. By using larger needles and thicker ply yarn, you can make larger ones that can fit things like a mini packet of raisins (the skinny packets, not the lunchbox packets.) I used fluffy white wool for a cute effect, but you can use plain.

Nov 21, 2013

Cat Thursday - Grandma lolcats




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.




My grand-daughter arrived safely last Saturday. So I'm celebrating

 with Grandma lolcats. Have a great week everyone. 


Nov 20, 2013

Please seek help if you get postnatal depression.


When I got postnatal depression more than 20 years ago, I had no idea what it was and people didn't talk about it very much. I had already had a baby, so I should know what to do right? I was living on a farm with my husband and two kids and I had every reason in the world to be happy. But something wasn't right.
I didn't get diagnosed for five years. I'm serious. I know things move slowly in the country, but looking back I don't know how anyone didn't see.
Talking about it and hearing other people's stories are still triggers for me, but I am trying to be brave because I know it is so important. 
My daughter just had a baby and I hope that she, and all the other young mothers now days know that they are not alone and that there is help out there for them. There is no shame in asking for help and no-one can manage everything on their own. 
Lots of beautiful parents (mothers and fathers) have shared their stories in the links below. 
So if you or anyone you know thinks these stories ring true for them, then please get some help. Talk to your doctor or clinic sister or contact PANDA and tell someone you love, who will support you. 
One thing I have learned over the years, is that if one person isn't listening, then keep talking until you find someone who will listen.  




PANDA, the Post and Ante Natal Depression Association, are the only national organisation in Australia that raises awareness of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after birth and provide ongoing support services to families to assist in their recovery. 



This week is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week and we are raising awareness of PANDA's resources: panda.org.au and howisdadgoing.org.au

Nov 8, 2013

Seasonal Freebie - Family Dinner scrapping pages.



Click picture for link.

Completely customizable project using MyMemories Suite
This Digital Kit Includes: 

Available until 17th November 2013.

Nov 6, 2013

Chapters by Susanna Viles (Guest Post)

I was five years old when I was given my first non-illustrated book. I remember feeling slightly ripped off. How could I possibly understand what was going on with the characters if there were no illustrations?
I was sitting on a trampoline with my best friend, Ruth, who had also been given a book. I guess we were at some kind of end-of-year break-up party for something. I have no idea whose trampoline we were on, or why we were being given books.

Oct 31, 2013

Cat Thursday - Chip on her Shoulder




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

From the 1st November 2013, Western Australian cats will have to be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with their local council. 

You can read about these new laws here:

http://www.cathaven.com.au/new-wa-cat-laws/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-16/cat-laws/5026672


Oct 10, 2013

Cat Thursday - The Vet - OH noes!




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jigglypuff had a run in this week. At first we thought it was a cat fight, but then when we saw the extent of her injuries we realised it was probably a dog or a fox. Anyway she had to visit the vet for a shot of antibiotics and she wasn't happy.

Sep 26, 2013

Cat Thursday - Egyptian Cats




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

I have finished working at the museum. You can see my post about the Secrets of the Afterlife exhibition at this link.

So in honour of the mummies that I spent so many weeks chatting to, I am going to share some Egyptian cats. 

Sep 22, 2013

The Secrets of the Afterlife



I was lucky enough to work at The Secrets of the Afterlife at the WA Museum. 
These items were on loan, courtesy of the British Museum 
Here's a few photos I took. 
This is the last exhibition I will work there, as I am moving on to other things, 
but it was so much fun and I love history and artifacts. 
Here's the link:


Aug 29, 2013

Cat Thursday - Rockin' Babies




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

As I mentioned a few weeks back, we are going to be grandparents in a few months. So my daughter and I have been in full baby mode, looking at cute outfits and patterns for things to crochet and decorate with. My daughter came across these awesome little outfits and she knows how much I love Hello Kitty! (as does Michelle - I remember), and she sent me a link to these cute onsies. 

Aug 15, 2013

Cat Thursday - Judginess




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

 Sometimes we judge people because it's our job to set them on the right track. 
  

Aug 2, 2013

We Steal Secrets - Documentary

I think this is still topical given the recent Denial of Service attack on the WikiLeaks Party website. A shorter version of this review was submitted elsewhere, but wasn't chosen so I thought I would share it with you guys. In the interests of disclosure, I received free tickets to see this movie at Luna Palace Cinemas. 

Aug 1, 2013

Cat Thursday - Grandma




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


It's true - I'm going to be a grandma soon. 
I'll have to work out what I want to be called.


Jul 25, 2013

Cat Thursday - Cat Beards




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


I had planned on doing this a month ago, but you know how life gets in the way of all the fun stuff. As I've missed a few Cat Thursdays, my apologies if someone has already done this topic, but it's just so funny I had to share. 
This is a new meme called Cat Beards

Jul 24, 2013

GLAM - Delving into our family history



GLAM is an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. It also incorporates other cultural institutions such as theatres, zoos, botanical gardens, public broadcasters etc. (Wikimedia Outreach)

While studying Information Science, I realised that I come across many interesting resources that some people may not know about. I will be sharing some of these on a regular basis, to spread the GLAM knowledge.

The Frog and The Blogger



Jul 19, 2013

Cat Thursday - It's cold in Australia - I bet you're warm as toast where you are!




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jul 4, 2013

Cat Thursday - Forf ob Jooly




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Sorry I haven't been around for a while to join the lolcat fun. Happy 4th of July to my friends in the US. Even though we have our own special days in Australia (Australia Day) and in my state (WA Day), this day is special in my family because it is also my youngest's birthday. 

Jun 6, 2013

Cat Thursday - Wine!




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

One of the ladies from my Facebook reading group   (Hi Catherine *waves* ) put this on Facebook the other day. Trust the Kiwis to have a good sense of humour. 
(via Wine Searcher ) 

May 30, 2013

Cat Thursday - Jigglypuff's a basket case.




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.





May 29, 2013

Good advice

To the mum who's breastfeeding: Way to go! It really is an amazing gift to give your baby, for any amount of time that you can manage! You're a good mum.

 To the mum who's formula feeding: Isn't science amazing? To think there was a time when a baby with a mother who couldn't produce enough would suffer, but now? Better living through chemistry! You're a good mum.

May 23, 2013

Cat Thursday - Rubbish Tip Cats





Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

We had a giant clean out of the garage/shed in the last couple of weeks, which meant a trip to the Rubbish Tip and Recycling Centre. While we were there we saw these kitties hanging around. It was almost the end of the day and it was very quiet.  I guess they would have plenty of mice to eat, and the staff would be nice to them. But it's not the same as having a family and home is it? 

May 22, 2013

River Cruise through our city.

A while ago we were given a voucher for a Twilight Cruise on the Swan River which is the main river that runs through our capital city, Perth in Western Australia. It was an Anniversary present. I thought I would share the pictures so I could show you some of the attractions around my beautiful city. Such a great idea for a present, I would give this as a gift myself because we thoroughly enjoyed it. (Thanks C, T & family.)

May 16, 2013

Cat Thursday - Family





Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

My Mother-in-law (who doesn't even have the Internet connected at her house) cut out this lolcat picture and brought it along for me to add to Cat Thursday. That's true love, taking an interest in other people's activities isn't it? Also, she would be that protective mother cat shown in the picture so I think that's lovely. 

May 14, 2013

Snuggle bags for my Guinea Pigs

This is what I was doing last week between study. I sometimes think it's funny that when I get the prompt from the computer to take a break (I use Workrave ), then it's a bit naughty to go on the sewing machine or phone during my supposed "rests" isn't it? Well anyway I got 100% on my last assignment so I'm a bit chuffed. In between study this week, I am knitting and tidying the garage. Maybe slightly better exercises for real rest from the computer. 

May 9, 2013

Cat Thursday - Digital Forensics




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


I have been really busy with my Digital Forensics assignments. So I thought the kitties would like to join in. You know how helpful they are.  

May 8, 2013

Easy Peasy Ponchos





Back when I did a post about making some clothes for Barbie I mentioned that I would talk about how I made this cute little poncho and how that can be adapted for human sized poncho lovers. Everyone is always asking me about these ponchos and they are so easy to make. 

May 2, 2013

Cat Thursday - Schrödinger's Cat again






Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Apr 28, 2013

Despicable Me 2

My friend Irene who knows more movie trivia than anyone I've met, put this clip up on her Facebook the other day. Which had me giggling.



Apr 25, 2013

Cat Thursday - ANZAC Day






Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


ANZAC Day is commemorated on the 25th April every year in Australia.   It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. 

ANZAC Day has become a National day of remembrance for soldiers in all military operations that Australians have been involved in.

 (More info: The Australian War Memorial)


Apr 24, 2013

Around our Garden

Quite a while ago I posted some pictures from around our garden. (Here) 

Since then, we have been trying to make the garden more edible and useful. 
Here's some our efforts so far. 


Thai Chilli