Inspired Fridays #10: Wooden Book Rack

banner_inspiringfridaysThis weekly meme is hosted by Inkk Reviews.You can read more about it here.


This week I am inspired by these awesome wooden book racks, created by Agusta and Gustav from Old and Cold. If you ever lived in a tiny apartment with little to no space at all, you might see why I’m so into this new shelf system. Look how elegant it is! You can use the walls to shelf your books and don’t put much height in them, which would happen if you were using a common wooden board. It’s fantastic and super clever. And great home decor as well. Imagine your books all pretty displayed like this. I love how this looks! I’ll definitely start saving some money to get at least one wooden book rack. What about you? Let me know what inspired you during this week!

Books in Translation

If you read my about page you know that I’m not an English native speaker. Why is this relevant? Well, it is for the theme I want to discuss today.

Where I come from, the majority of books in the market are translated. From the huge universe of translated books in the bookstores, most of them are translated from English. Furthermore, it is a true universally acknowledge (at least between readers from my country), that our national writers are not very popular. It’s not that they are not well-known or that they don’t make it to the top best-selling lists in bookstores. It’s that people usually prefer to buy translated books over untranslated (aka, native language). Why? I can tell why I preferred to buy translated books before I started to read directly in English: #1 Our national authors were too expensive, considering there was no translation cost. #2 Small offer, less variety. From what I can gather, both the price and the themes/genre variety are issues that Portuguese publishers and authors are succeeding to improve.

Now that you have some background info about my experience and overall acceptance regarding translated books, let’s move on to the actual topic of this post. Not too long ago I came across a post in Publishing Perspectives that says:

Last year during International Translation Day, Alexandra Büchler from Literature Across Frontiers provided evidence that translation makes up only 2.5% of all publications in the UK, with a figure of 4.5% for literature. The United States, a nation which prides itself on its immigrant history, is no better with a mere 3% of the market. By comparison other countries far outstrip the UK and US in this regard; in Poland a staggering 46% of books published are titles in translation, in Germany over 12%, in Spain around 24% and in France around 15%. (source)

This stopped me immediately. From a reader whose 60% of her owned books are translated, I find it very odd that other readers will have some reluctance to read translations. Therefore, I tried to come up with some reasons to justify the fact that US and UK readers tend to avoid books in translation:

1. Themes: If you look carefully, you can see a small pattern of book themes for each country. For example, when I think of Scandinavia and Northern Europe countries I always associate them with crime novels. Could it be that you are not particularly fond of the themes and genres explored in foreign books? OR, Could it be that you think that the variety and offer of translated books is not good enough when compared with US and UK authors?

2. Fear of translation mistakes/reading flow: One of the reasons I decided to start reading in English is bad translations. I got tired of buying books with so many mistakes and inconsistencies. You don’t often get those awfully edited books, but when you do, it’s impossible to enjoy your reading. So, could it be that you avoid translated books because you’re trying to avoid this situations? It can be really annoying.

3. Price: This is something I would need time to do a quick check (yeahhh, having time even for this is being an issue lately), but sometimes translated books can be a little more expensive, since the publisher needs to pay a salary to the translator (of course!). Could the price factor be an influence?

These are the reasons I can come up with for the moment. I would love to have your feedback about this. Have you ever thought about this issue? Do you ever think about whether a book is translated or not when you’re buying? The fact that the book is translated or not has any influence in your decision to read it? If it does, why is that? Let me know all about it!😉

If you want to know what other topics people are discussing in the book blog world,check out Oh Chrys! blog for weekly updated lists.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (or Four!) Best Sequels Ever


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish list meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To know more about it and participate, click here.

This week’s top ten list is about Best Sequels. Well, this is a tough one. Why? Because, usually, I don’t like the sequel as much as I liked the first book. Does it happen to you? Either the writing is sloppy, the plot disappointing and the characters inconsistent to the first installment. The truth is only one. It’s rare to find I sequel that I like, which is why I tend to avoid reading series. Still, there are a couple of sequels that turned out to be better than what I expected. 

Top Ten (or Four!) Best Sequels Ever
(click in the covers to find the books in Goodreads)

1. Son of Shadows

Son of Shadows is probably one of my favourite books of all time. This book is precious to me in so many ways. Not only the book is extremely well written, with amazing characters and plot, I also read it a very special time in my life. Though I loved the first installment in the series (Daughter of the Forest), this book is my absolute favourite of the entire Sevenwaters series, by Juliet Marillier. If I ever be in a deserted island, this is the book I choose to take with me. 

2. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

This is my favourite second sequel of all time and also one of my favourite books. Yes, it’s chic-lit and historical romance. So what?! I love these characters and their story. This book warms my heart and my soul. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is the book #4 of the Bridgerton series and, despite loving the second book (The Viscount Who Loved Me), this is one is special.

3. Tears of the Moon

Now, this isn’t among my favourite books, and probably isn’t the best sequel ever, but it is one of the first sequels I loved. I read it in my late teens and I really enjoyed the characters. Brenna is a mechanic and a kick-ass girl, while Shawn is a musician and more slow paced in life. I love the pair they made. Also, this book had a huge influence in my love for Ireland.

5. Archangel’s Kiss

Archangel’s Kiss is definitely not the best book ever. I’m having mixed feelings about this series and frustration is all over the place. Still, when I was a bit disappointed with the first book, it was this sequel that saved the series for me, (only to be utterly disappointed by book #3, but that’s another story). The book is well balanced, good paced, more consistent that the other book I’ve read and much more interesting plot, character and world development. So, because it’s an exception to what is usually the rule, the book made it to the list.

And this is it! Short list, only with two titles that I can really call “best ever”. It is what is is. What about you? What’s your favourite sequel ever? Do say that you have some amazing titles to recommend. I’m so very disappointed with series at the moment. I could use some good suggestions.🙂


Review: Archangel’s Consort, by Nalini Singh

Title: Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3)
Author: Nalini Singh
Published by Gollancz, 2011

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How I discovered this book: This book is one of my public library reads. It’s the 3rd installment of the Guild Hunter series (book #1 and #2) that I found during one of my visits to the library.

ALERT: Possible spoilers laying ahead. Proceed with caution.

Review: This review will probably show my frustration, but it is what it is. I’m getting tired of this series. There are times when I love it. Times when I love the characters, the mystery and action, the world construction, the plot and the mythology. On the other hand, there are times when I get so bored and annoyed that I just can’t stand it. Raphael and Elena’s love story gets tiresome, there’s lots of plot holes, undeveloped action scenes, loose ends, villains without purpose, too many clichés, too many things going around at the same time, pointless kills and torture… the list goes on and on. Has it ever happened to you? To get so tired and frustrated with a series you love, that you just don’t know what to do about it?

Archangel’s Consort continues, yet again, the never ending love story of Raphael and Elena. I liked them in the first book – they were getting to know each other, falling in love, saving the world. It was nice getting to know these two, despite Raphael’s “I’m the best, bow down and kiss the floor I walk, peasants!” mentality, (he starts to change his perspective of things). Then, there’s Elena: though, independent, hunter, kick-ass heroine all the way. I liked the second book better than the first! Amazing world construction, great plot, much better and intriguing villain, really interesting mythology, less sex and more character development. I was happy! But then I come to Archangel’s Consort and the plus points that won me over with Archangel’s Kiss are turned into dust.

Elena gets back to New York with Raphael a few months after last book’s occurrences. She is now fulfilling her first year as an immortal and is still utterly helpless against angel kind enemies (who can throw fire balls and other super fancy powers, while she can only barely manage with her cool knives and some super weapons her friends invent for her). After some fights between our main couple, over whether or not a new born immortal should start hunting vampires and getting involved in life threatening situations, we start having earthquakes and natural catastrophes all over the world. Guess who’s coming to town, people! The one and only Caliane, Raphael’s mom (it’s in the synopsis, so no spoilers here). Let’s say mother and son had a tricky relationship for many centuries and she decided to Sleep (literally, just sleep over a few centuries to cure craziness and boredom). Now that the crazy old angel is starting to awake, everybody panics. She seems to entice the most strange and violent behavior on people during her awakening process. Of course, she also seems to dislike Elena and have some sort of all seeing eye.

Anyway…I think that by now you can see this book didn’t grow on me. The villain from the previous book is also present and she’s a very important part in the predictable twist near the end (yes, it is very predictable). I don’t quite understand how it is possible for Lijuan to be around and talking only after a few months of her physical destruction, but wait, I forget, she has evolved to some unknown darkest level.

It’s just all so pointless. We spend a whole book building up to a climax, when Caliane finally awakes and hell on earth is released, and what we get is just, well, a really odd loving mom. So, ok… Torture, dead, blood lust, murder, nightmares, natural catastrophes, for what exactly? I don’t see the point. So, it’s frustrating and I kind of felt deceived. Plus, Elena and Raphael got back to the annoying discussions about who is in charge of what and whom, this is my space and that is yours. It annoys me so much when they start calling themselves “Guild Hunter” and “Archangel”!

Positive things? The mythology is still compelling, so that is something that keeps. It is still entertaining at some parts. And the Seven, Raphael’s squad if you want. Every time one of the Seven is in the scene, he brightens the place. Not that they are joyful entertaining characters, quite the opposite. They are all very dark and layered and mysterious, hence the interest in them.

I believe Singh wasted Raphael and Elena as characters. There isn’t much more she can do with them, considering the depth she gave to these two characters. She should have moved on to one of the Seven as a MC in the third book of the series (Dmitri, Aohdan, Illium!!, or even Jason). If she was going for a mommy/daddy issues book, she should have explored the relationship between Raphael and Caliane / Elena and Jeffrey way better (we still don’t know what’s going on between these last two). What I got wasn’t enough.

Overall: This book disappointed me, a lot. I felt frustrated, annoyed and bored during half of it. I see it as a poor attempt to tackle Raphael’s and Elena’s childhood traumas. Still, I loved the Seven and the mythology NS created. When I think of them, I kind of want to give the series another chance. If you love paranormal romance, I’m sure you’ll like it a lot more than I did. Despite liking PR myself, I guess I’m a little over the romantic based plot so common in the genre. I was craving a really good urban-fantasy, and NS created a very interesting world for it. She just wasted the characters in this one. It’s time to move on, which I think she has realised since the next book is about Dmitri. So, read the series, it’s entertaining enough, but it has some ups and downs along the way.


Quotes worth mentioning: 

“Our memories make us… even the darkest of them all.” 

“It was a white-collar crime.”
Illium gave her an odd look. “In the human world, such crimes are lightly punished, though they harm hundreds, leading some to choose death out of despair, while the man who beats a single person is considered the worse criminal.”

Inspired Fridays #9: DIY Book Jackets

banner_inspiringfridaysThis weekly meme is hosted by Inkk Reviews.You can read more about it here.


This week I am inspired by book jackets. While surfing the web I came across these lovely personal libraries featuring awesome and unique stacks/piles of books with illustrated book jackets. The final look is fantastic! The downside is that you might have a little trouble finding you books in the shelve. Still, it’s a wonderful decor idea, using those books we know that we’ll never read again. Also, it’s cute and a clever way to protect your books from eventual damage. Plus, it can be handmade! You can create your own design to decorate an entire shelf. I think I might try it when I have some decent shelves, instead of books piled all over the flat. Check out more cool book jacket designs here and here. What about you? Let me know what inspired you during this week!

Life as a Genre Hopper

Isn’t this a cute graphic? I love this sort of bookish tests. Nevertheless, this one isn’t really right for me, since the answer to the question in the picture above is “I’m all of them”. The truth is I can’t define myself as a reader with only one genre, or a couple of genres, because I read everything that is appealing to me. I’m a genre hopper and I’ll  tell you how it is to live and read as one.

Let’s start with the perks of being a genre hopper:

You rarely feel bored or disappointed. Because you’re constantly trying new things, you’re not reading the same base-plot associated with certain genres and sub-genres. I talked about a book’s secret formula not too long ago, and genre hopping works like a charm against the feeling of reading the same story over and over again.

Getting out of your comfort zone. This doesn’t work for everyone. While I love to get out of my personal comfort zone as a reader, others may find this stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I like my comfort reads (I’ll tell you about them some day), but most of all I love a challenge. Most of my favourite books were found because I’m always ready to read something that I never tried before or will challenge me in one way or another. I like it because I feel that I’m allowing myself to grow as a reader and a person (because I also believe that each book we read teach us something new).

You will find some precious gems. Yes, this is true and one of the most surprising things for me when I started genre hopping several years ago. The first genre I loved was epic fantasy, so all the books I wanted to read next were part of that genre. Eventually, I ran out of books to read and was possessed by an irrational fear that my life as a reader would come to an end, (at the time I was a teenager in a country that needed to wait several years for a book to be translated and published, good economical waves and publishers inclined to publish some new titles per year). I strongly refused to let it happen, so I tried YA chic-lit (or romance) and was mesmerized because, to be honest with you, I loved it. I started to live book after book as an adventurous treasure hunter, looking for the next gem to add to my collection of discoveries. And what a feeling that is, to discover a new look to love and be utterly surprised by it. One that you say “Gosh! I would never thought that this would be so amazing!”

Now, the cons:

It’s hard to keep up. If you like to read almost every genre (and are a slow reader), you must agree with me that it’s incredibly hard to keep up with every new release, plus the genre classics, plus the books in between and friends recommendations. It’s impossible! My wishlist is gigantic, my TBR pile is now under the “no comments” label and I feel desperate (and frustrated, sometimes). Which takes me to cons #2.

Being an easy target. Yes!! I feel desperate because everything appeals to me. Well, not everything because I am a little bit selective with the books I read sometimes. Let me put it this way: some of you may only read YA and, therefore, only have to struggle with YA’s that are screaming from the shelves demanding that you take them home and read them. Now try to put yourself in my shoes. You step inside a book shrine, (library, bookstore, even charity shops with that corner for books), and the YA groupies start crying for your attention… But wait! It’s not just the YA, the historical romance group is also calling for you, and the crime novels, and the chic-lit, and the fantasy novels, and the paranormal romance novels, and the smutty books, and the urban fantasies, and the classics, and the dramas, and the realistic fiction, and the horror books…even the mangas and graphic novels!! I mean, just take a moment to consider this and tell me how would that feel. I’m the perfect target for the clever genre marketeers of all the publishing houses, since I can’t really resist them very well. 

Costs. Well, after reading cons #2 you don’t really need to tell me how costs are an issue. Let’s just say that being a genre hopper doesn’t do any good to my bookaholic disorder.

As a result of my life as a genre hopper, and my increasingly lack of time to read as much as I once did, I’ve become a more selective reader. Because I can’t read it all, I try to select only what I think to be “the very best” of each genre, or the hyped books. while I still discover new precious books and challenge myself, I’m starting to lose the hidden gems that are not hyped or mainstreamed. That makes me a little sad. but hey, that’s something we all struggle with, whether we stick to only one genre or not.

Overall, I think genre hopping is a rewarding experience for a reader. I can’t see myself sticking to one or two genres anymore, and I’m happy with my life as a reader as it is, despite all the cons.

However, I’ll now put my reader self to rest for a while and let my publisher grad self talk. Genre hopping isn’t so good for authors, publishers, and even bloggers. Why? Brand image and target market. When you look at things with a business perspective you have to be very objective. The book is no longer a treasure. It’s a product. Not a product like denim jeans or canned tuna  since it as a whole immaterial and even spiritual dimension we have to consider. Nevertheless, in the end of the day, it’s a product we need to sell and to do it we need to have a target market in mind and position our product in that specific market.

If you’re an author, you’ll get many advisers saying that you must keep to a genre and explore it. That way, you’ll already have a target market in mind and, with time, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a brand image associated with that genre that might make it easier for readers to find you. Of course, you can and should write about everything you want in any genre you want. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at J. K. Rowling (it’s the author that pops in my mind at the moment). She is a genre hopper author. She wrote the Harry Potter series (fantasy), The Casual Vacancy (contemporary fiction) and now The Cuckoo’s Calling (crime), under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. From what I could gather, The Casual Vacancy had some trouble because readers associated her with a specific image and brand (HP series). Might be that’s the reason why she felt the need to write her crime novel under a pseudonym. Because, no matter if we like it or not, in business brand image matters to most. The same happened with Nora Roberts, who released her crime series under the pseudonym J. D. Robb.

You may also notice that the smaller publishing houses tend to focus their offer in one genre, or a couple of genres that “fit” well with each other. Why? Same reason I told you before and because it is easier and more clever to explore a specific market than shoot everywhere and hope to get something to take home. Keep in mind that in publisher’s case we’re investing not only time and creative effort, but also a considerable amount of money to make a book work (at least, it should be so, always).

Now, enough of me talking. Let’s hear it from you. Are you a genre hopper? Which genres do you read? Which is your favourite genre? What was your result on the little test above?😉 Do you agree with my perks and cons? Do you have a point to add? Do you think that genre hopping might be a disadvantage to authors, publishers or bloggers? Share your thoughts with me.🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish list meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To know more about it and participate, click here.

This week’s top ten list is about my Fall TBR list for 2013. I’m a little disappointed with my monthly TBR lists because I’m having a hard time reading all the books for each month. August was a chaotic month for me and September is heading in the same way, so I have no idea if I’ll be reading 10 books this Fall. Nevertheless, here’s the books I’m planning on reading in the next couple of months. 

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

My Fall 2013 TBR List

(not according to the order of appearance in the photo)

1. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes: A very good friend recommended this book to me and I’ve always trusted her suggestions. Plus, the book is getting good reviews all over the web (I’m trying to avoid reading them). So, this one will be one of my next reads.

2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak: Honestly, I’m ashamed that I haven’t read it yet. The movie is almost here people! I really have to read it now. Why the book made it to my list, in the first place? Because great reviews follow it everywhere. Plus, it looks like a great story that I can’t miss.

3. The Rose Garden, by Suzanna Kearsley: To be honest, there isn’t a specific reason why I’m reading this book in particular. I wanted to try to “read” an audiobook and this one caught my eye during my last visit to the library.

4. Vision in White, by Nora Roberts: Because I’m craving for some cliché chic-lit and NR never disappoints.

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon: Another recommendation from a friend. The book also interest me a lot for being told by the POV of an autistic boy. I’ve high expectations about this one.

5. Serena, by Ron Rash: A book I bought this year because I’ve read amazing reviews on Goodreads. Hopefully, it will be my historical fiction book for the Fall.

6. The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg: So many people have told me to read this book that I just can’t delay it anymore. I like to read a crime novel once in a while, so I hope this one doesn’t disappoint.

7. The Map of Time, by Félix J. Palma: The synopsis tells me that this book is a mixture of steampunk, historical fiction and fantasy. It sounds very good to me!😀

8. Matched, by Ally Condie: One of my recent acquisitions. I’m very curious about the premise of the book, the Society and the matchmaking “thing”. The book also has good reviews, so I’m excited about it!!🙂

9. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore: This book is in my list for ages!! It’s a book I love even before actually reading it. Does this make any sense to you? Anyway, this Fall I’ll read it and then have a real reason for loving it (hopefully!!)

10. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catheryne M. Valente: The girl looks brave, adventurous and resourceful, so I think this is a book I’ll enjoy reading!🙂 I miss a bubbly and magical kid’s fantasy book, so I’ll give this one a chance.

This is my list! As you can see, I’m constantly genre hopping. I love to try new genres, read new things, get out of my comfort zone and be surprised! Life’s too short do it otherwise. I might change some of these titles along the way, because sometimes a book just calls for me and I have to give it priority.

Now, let’s hear it from you.🙂 Which books are you planning to read this Fall? Are some of them in my list? Have you read any of the books in my list? Could you tell me your opinion or direct me to your review? Let me know all about it!🙂

Literature & Fashion #5: Alice in Wonderland

banner_lit&fashion“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” I never got this riddle and, honestly, I think I never will. This weekend I was talking about Alice in Wonderland with some friends. Despite not being crazy in love with the book, I’ve always thought that “Alice” was one of the most graphic representative books of all time and it has inspired several fashion editorials and trends throughout the years. Actually, I have always found absolutely brilliant all the fashion designs inspired by this theme. Which brings us to today’s L&F theme: Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.


1. Tweedledee & Tweedledum Couture, at Vogue’s Alice in Wonderland editorial 2. T-shirt, at Hot Topic 3. Drink Me Necklace, by Disney Couture 4. Handmade Cheshire Cat ring, by H. Stern 5. Tea Party Brooch Set, by AndSmile 6. Alice Book Bag, by 7. Mini Top Hat, by TwoBackFlats

I really think that this collage is not up to the great theme that is Alice. Nevertheless, I’m not really aiming for greatness, here. I just want to show you a few items that I would love to have or wear. So, let me just point you to the awesome couture suit in no.1 couple, from the Vogue’s Alice in Wonderland editorial (a mix of Mad Hatter with Tweedledee & Tweedledum?). I love the blazer!! I would totally wear a women cut of that blazer with black jeans (I know, I’m weird like that. I just love it!). The t-shirt with one of Tenniel’s illustration is super cute and so is the “Drink Me” necklace. Now, look at that Cheshire Cat ring by jewelry artisan H. Stern. What is that!?! It’s so gorgeous! How can someone do something so perfect and delicate?! Yes, it was handmade. I’m in love, again. To wrap things up, the tea party brooch set is all cuteness, and so is the book bag and little hat (nice hair accessory for a Alice themed wedding??).

I hope you enjoyed this week showcase! Next Monday we’ll have more.😉 Do feel free to make your own collage. We could link each other’s posts and have more fun!

Taking a break

If you passed by last week to say hello you probably noticed an absence of new posts. Real life has been very busy lately and I just couldn’t keep up with my blogging schedule. I was hoping that I could go unnoticed for a week or two and then come back full strength, but then I saw your new comments and I knew I had to say something to you and explain what’s going on.

I’m going through the process that some people call “job hunting”. About a month ago I finished my masters internship and started looking full time for a bookish job. I will tell you right now that it hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been almost impossible. The market is very competitive, the vacancies are scarce, and you really have to work hard to get a chance. Between part-time work, preparing for interviews, application tests and job expos… I’ve been very busy.

Sometimes it feels like…

Yet, there’s the occasional glimpse of hope, and I’m all…

Last week was really time consuming and tomorrow will start another crazy week. I haven’t read much lately and writing my regular posts doesn’t come as easy as before, since I’m so very focused on everything that is going on in my professional life at the moment. So, I need to take a short break.

During this break, that I hope to last only another week or two, I will also take some time to think about where I’m going with this blog. I’ve been trying to post daily, but I know that it won’t be possible in the future. This means I might have to cut back on some of the memes and features I’m participating in (In my mailbox, Literature & Fashion, Inspired Fridays, Top Ten Tuesday, etc) and start to organise myself as a reader. You would help me a lot by telling me what is it that you like to read in my blog and not.😉 I’m a very artistic person in real life, and all the art/craft/fashion related memes give me so much joy to write. Still, I might have to rethink them (I would also like to start sharing with you my own “art” once in a while…)

Overall, this break will help me get through this phase, while I’m trying to figure out where I’m going in my professional life. At the same time, I will do some rearrangements in the blog to fit my new reality.

I want to thank you all of you amazing readers and book bloggers for being always present. I hope you understand and forgive my absence in your blogs. We’ll be seeing each other again very soon.🙂

Inspired Fridays #8: Activity Book Bag


This weekly meme is hosted by Inkk Reviews.You can read more about it here.


First of all, I need to tell that no, I don’t have kids. Secondly, I’m the oldest daughter of a big family, so I ended up taking care of the little ones while I was growing up, specially during my teen years. An activity book bag like this one would be a gift sent from heaven at the time, when we didn’t have all the hardware entertainment we have for kids these days. Plus, it looks so cute!! It’s a great DIY idea to upcycle old hardcovers.

I also must tell you that I LOVE to draw/paint, so when I saw this little book/bag I thought it might look good if I rearrange it to fit my drawing notebook and my pencils and brushes. If I manage to come around my inability to butcher books with a scissors and do this sort of thing myself, I’ll post some pictures of the final result.🙂

You can find a complete tutorial with photos for this activity book at Cosmo Cricket.