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March 2024 Project Goals

March 2024 Project Goals

March is upon us and it is time for new monthly goals. This year my focus is on finishing up projects that I have so it should come as no surprise that my main goal for March is to work through my project backlog. I […]

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

The fourth book in my first Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Series was “We’ll Meet Again” by Mary Higgins Clark. As usual I am writing a brief review of the book with my decision to either keep the book or give it away. […]

January 2024 Oscoey Shop Update

January 2024 Oscoey Shop Update

I am pretty excited about our January 2024 shop update! We have some great pinks and red this month with new holographic stickers and a new cross stitch design. I am so in love with my Dahlia photos I had to make postcards out of them. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of the Dahlias or our cute little heart man. I was thinking of doing greeting cards, a calendar or maybe something else. What do you think?

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Our first new item is our beautiful Dahlia postcards. These 6″ x 4″ postcards feature a soft touch front and matte back for easy writing and are priced at $10.00 for a pack of 10 with a bonus mini-sticker sheet. I really love the photos I took of these flowers at Volunteer Park last fall. There was a slight drizzle going on and most of the petals were covered in drops of water which added depth to the photos.

My favorite one has got to be the one of the two orange dahlias. I am not sure what variety these were but they looked like fluffy cushions and I could totally imagine a fairy sleeping in the petals on a warm day.

Next up we have our Holographic Heart Gifting Pink and More Pink Sticker. Whew. That is a mouthful! I wanted to heavily feature our Heart Man from our original Holographic Bright Rainbow Flowers Sticker design that was the precursor to our popular Holographic Midnight Rainbow Flowers sticker. Our Heart Man is giving his lover a heart across a pink landscape with our signature lined rainbow in the background. This sticker is great for Valentine’s Day or anyone who loves pink!

Speaking of our Heart Man, I also made a Holographic Heart Man sticker this month to celebrate his cuteness! This sticker is about 2 inches tall by 1 inch wide and sells for $3.00. It is the first of many stickers in our Heart Man line with muted colors and a shiny holographic effect. Do you have any ideas for how I should dress him up in the future? His wine barrel look may need some updating!

Next up we have our five pack of Mini Pink Holographic Rainbow Hearts selling for $4.00. This one inch hearts are sparkly, shiny and all things pink! They are great for planners, closing envelopes, and decorating hard surfaces such as your phone case, laptop, helmet or water bottle. These fit right in with our Hearts and More Hearts collection and have inspired me to think about releasing a holographic version of our other mini hearts.

Last we have our Mini Heart Man Earrings in a teeny tiny one inch hoop on 25ct fabric. I really like my tiny Mini Heart Man cross stitch design but I am not selling the pattern yet because I am going to make a larger pack of mini patterns so it is a better value for people purchasing them. I am also working on making mini pillows for miniature fans and have a separate listing of them with just the hoop so you could hang it on a dollhouse wall.

 

Thank you for joining us in our exploration of self-care, art and doing things we love! I have really appreciated everyone’s support over the past year and look forward to doing more creative things for 2024!

 

Links:

10 Pack Dahlia Postcards

Holographic Heart Gifting Pink and More Pink Sticker

5 Pack Mini Pink Holographic Rainbow Hearts

Holographic Heart Man Sticker

Mini Heart Man Earrings

 

December 2023 Oscoey Shop Update

December 2023 Puzzles

December 2023 Puzzles

2023 was supposed to be the year of puzzles but I found all sorts of other cozy habits to do so puzzles were more sporadic but I have absolutely enjoyed doing the ones I have over the year. I thought that along with my book […]

December 2023 Oscoey Shop Update

December 2023 Oscoey Shop Update

December is upon us and it is time for another shop update. This month we expanded our Midnight Rainbow Flowers collection with the addition of a super cozy mug, pen, new cross stitch pattern and a listing for the entire collection.   This site participates […]

Book Review: The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

Book Review: The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

I reread The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge as part of my Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1 early in my stack of 10 books. As with my other books, I wanted to do a brief review of the book and let you know whether I decided to keep it or give it away.

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I did not remember what this book was about before I picked it up again but it is a mystery about the death of a valet named Peter working at a fancy party in The Hamptons. The brother of the murder victim, Jack, is the main character in this story as he solves the mystery of who killed his party boy brother and why amongst a city wide cover up. There are lots of twists and turns and the scandal around the death a good one. The main conflict in the book is between the townies that live year round and the wealthy billionaires that summer in the The Hamptons.

drawing of a man alone on a beach surrounded by unseen enemies
My drawing to match this book.

Peter works for a particularly wealthy couple doing odd jobs and as a valet while his brother Jack is a lawyer. There is a lot of investigating and clues to unravel surrounding Peter’s death which Jack works through as he uncovers a seedier side of town that he did not see growing up there. This book was pretty fast paced and there were a lot of twists and turns. I don’t want to give too much away so I will keep this review brief.

Back of The Beach House

The first chapter was very well written and drew me in. Unfortunately this is where our victim meets his end and I was less engaged in the story past the first chapter. I usually like reading James Patterson as a quick read but for some reason this book did not spark interest like it had in the past. I am not sure if it was because I read too many books that week or if I have just changed my tastes but I wasn’t really into this book when I read it. It was a good book the first few times I read it so I do recommend reading it if you love mystery, action and adventure.

 

I ended up giving this book to my oldest daughter to read since she was looking for a good mystery. She will either pass it on to a friend or sell it at Half Price Books for someone else to love.

 

VERDICT: GIVE AWAY

 

My next review will be of “We’ll Meet Again” by Mary Higgins Clark so stay tuned!

 

Links:

The Beach House by James Patterson

“We’ll Meet Again” by Mary Higgins Clark

 

Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1

Oscoey Shop Update November 2023

Oscoey Shop Update November 2023

Our November shop update is small but mighty in Oscoey Shop. We are introducing two different cotton canvas tote bags! I am super excited about them and hoping you like them too. Both bags feature our Midnight Rainbow Flowers design and can be used for […]

Book Review: An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

Book Review: An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

At the end of September, faced with a mountain of books I had not read in almost a decade, I decided to start sorting through my books and reread any of those that I was unsure of keeping. I originally created this list of ten […]

Book Review: Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

Book Review: Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

When I created my post about rereading books kept in storage for too many years I wasn’t sure whether I would actually have time to read the books on my list. My post “Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1” was an attempt to get started with a small pile of books from the many boxes in storage since our move eight years ago. I reluctantly started “Pearl Cove” by Elizabeth Lowell and it was hard for me to get back into reading it but once I got going I remembered how much I love this book.

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Pearl Cove” is a typical action adventure romance novel set in the Pacific surrounding a murder at a pearl farm. This is the third book in the series and I have no idea where I bought it or why I haven’t read the first two books but I will definitely look at my library to see if they have the first two. I may even purchase them from a second hand store if I like them, but I am not sure yet. I am supposed to be narrowing down my collection right?

The book is set in both Australia and Seattle focusing on the pearl trade and the murder of the creator of a rumored rare black rainbow pearl that is highly coveted. I will whole heartedly admit that I knew nothing of pearls before reading these books, or that Seattle had a pearl district. I have not yet done any research into the pearl trade in Seattle but I will tell you that this book gave me more respect for the humble pearl as a piece of jewelry. There are enough facts about pearl growing in this book to keep it interesting and the plot behind the pearls fits really well with the story. It does make me wonder more about the pearl trade in general and if more modern technologies have made pearl seeding easier.  A quick google search did reveal that black rainbow pearls are a real thing and that they are beautiful. The would fit in very well with our Midnight Rainbow aesthetic over at Oscoey Shop.

As far as the plot of the book goes, it fits in with a fairly standard romance novel, but I feel like I am missing quite a bit of back story by not reading the first two books. I am going to read the first two books before I comment on any of the continuity between them but from what I understand, the main characters Archer Donovan and Hannah McGarry in this book have previously met in another book. Hannah was married to Archer’s deceased half-brother which provides some conflict in their relationship. Their relationship in this book is strained and then magically better after a misunderstanding is cleared up which I feel is pretty typical of romance novels.

Overall I liked both Archer and Hannah but I felt like their characters could have had more depth. I am not sure though if that was because I didn’t read the first two books or if it was to keep the book at a shorter length. There was some macho man behavior going on with Archer but honestly this time around it didn’t bother me nearly as much as when I was reading Ecotopia. With romance novels I come to expect that sort of writing much more than with a more serious piece like Ecotopia.

 

I am not sure if I would recommend these books or not. I know that is kind of a cop out but I really feel like I should read the first two before passing any judgement so this review will be pretty short. I did not realize this was a romance novel when I added it to my list. My memories were more of the action/adventure parts of the book, of which there is plenty, but be fair warned this is technically a romance novel. I would definitely recommend starting with the first book in the series, “Amber Beach“, if you want a more complete read but as it is, “Pearl Cove” does stand alone as a great read!

 

Stay tuned for our next book review from our list, An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne.

 

Links:

Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

 

 

Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1

 

Book Review: Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Oscoey Shop Update October 2023

Oscoey Shop Update October 2023

Our October shop update is here! We barely squeaked it in before the end of the month but I am happy to report that all items are up in Oscoey Shop. As usual, I will slowly upload items to our Etsy shop throughout the week. […]


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March 2024 Project Goals

March 2024 Project Goals

March is upon us and it is time for new monthly goals. This year my focus is on finishing up projects that I have so it should come as no surprise that my main goal for March is to work through my project backlog. I am continuing the goals I didn’t finish in February and starting some new ones as well. I posted a video of my March goal page set up here if you are interested in watching my process.

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My first goal is again to finish my Midnight Rainbow Comet piece that I made. I made good progress on this pattern in February and I really want to finish it for March so I can start on another piece for the store. Now that I have started the rainbow section the piece is getting more complicated but I am also excited for some different colors.

My second goal for March is to finish my Joyous Ladies piece from Diamond Art Club (referral link at no cost to you). It looks like they have discontinued this diamond painting but I have many more of them if you want to join me in working on those. I am not an affiliate with Diamond Art Club but they do give out referral links which is what I posted. This is my first diamond painting from them but I am completely in love with their quality and how sparkly the diamonds are.

Next up is the Wild Kingdom Shelves puzzle by artist Aimee Stewart that I started as part of my New Year’s Day puzzle start. I have made some progress on this one but it is much harder than I thought it would be to complete. I really want to finish this one in March so that I can move on to a different puzzle from my gigantic stack.

For my next goal I want to finish at least two coloring pages. In February I started this one out of my Art of Coloring Nouveau book and I want to finish it plus another page for March. It looks like this coloring book is out of print so I linked this Easy Patterns one from Amazon instead.

One of the pages I also want to work on for March is this free download from the Johanna Basford website which can be found here. I printed it on cardstock for more durability and will be working on it periodically throughout the month. I am not sure if I will finish it or not this month but I can always mark it off on the bonus wheel if I work on it.

The book I want to read for March is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. I was trying to read this for February but did not get to it so I definitely want to finish it this month. I started it in January but did not get very far so I may just start it over.

Lastly we have our bonus wheel where I get to choose something random and work on that. I put a few different choices on there but now that I am looking at it I don’t see diamond painting which is fine. Based on how long it took me to work on Joyous Ladies I am not sure if I will have time to start another piece this month. If I do though I will use white out to change one of the spokes of the wheel.

 

Alright so those are my March Project Goals. I am hoping they are more realistic this month and I will get through more of them but I know the tracking of hours will work better for me than tracking days. If I hit 30 hours this month I will be getting myself some fancy colored pencils and I am pretty excited about that!

 

What are your project goals for March? Join me here for my Live Crafting Togethers most Wednesday nights in March to see my progress!

 

Links:

Midnight Rainbow Comet

Diamond Art Club (Referral code at no cost to you)

Wild Kingdom Shelves puzzle by Aimee Stewart

Easy Patterns coloring book

Johanna Basford Free Download

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

 


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March 2024 Project Goals

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March is upon us and it is time for new monthly goals. This year my focus is on finishing up projects that I have so it should come as no surprise that my main goal for March is to work through my project backlog. I […]


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