Friday, December 5, 2014

Five Pretty Mugs for Christmas

Something I love about Christmas time is being able to use items (any kind of items) that are designed only for Christmas. Yes, sometimes it can be expensive if we consider that is stuff that we only use for a month in the whole year, but at the same time this is what makes them special, isn't it?

One of these items are mugs. This is the perfect time of the year to treat ourselves with a mug of warm tea or hot cocoa, and a pretty Christmas mug, all festive and cheerful, will only add to the great feeling of it. Don't you think?

For visual enjoyment, here are five mugs I've spotted online, and that I really love!

Christmas mugs

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Catching up with the blog!

I just realized it's been more than a couple of months since my last entry on this blog. The truth is that for a while I've been making myself a lot of questions about where La Caseta de Paper is going, wondering what I want to do with it, what I want to change, and also trying to gather enough motivation to keep this place active. There has been days in which I've wondered if I should just put it on hiatus, other days I even pondering deleting it, but looking at it with perspective now I'm glad I didn't. I like this little space I have on the Internet, I met people in here, and I would truly miss it if I just decided to give up and close it.

I think we all bloggers have gone through a similar phase, and we all have gone through some phases in which all inspiration and motivation seem to have vanished, so I know you know what I'm talking about. I don't want to put pressure on myself and tell me I'll update daily because the less thing I want right now is to commit into something that I still don't know if I can do. But what's for sure is that I'm trying to recover the illusion that back then made me start this blog, and reconvert it into something I like, a place where I can feel comfortable in.

Something I always missed in my blog was more text, more communication. I love to keep things graphic but I think that some interaction with my readers doesn't really imply something negative (you don't have to get too personal to communicate things, after all). So that's what I'll try to do from now on: communicate. After all that's the main reason that pushes us to have a blog, isn't it?

To catch up with what Autumn was, I'm posting a couple of pics of the Fall smashbook/journal pages I made. And hopefully this will lead to more post!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Treasury: Be Natural

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Linen hemstitch table placemats set of 4 - Eco friendly linen napkins
10 large Victorian Bottles in a wooden crate.
Custom Wedding Favor, Farm House Jam Favors with Burlap Cover 1.5 oz
Linen and Cotton Tea Wallet with Hand Embroidered Autumn Leaves, Tea Holder, Gift for Tea Lover
Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag in Olive Green - Leather Strap - 13" Laptop - Waterproof Bag - Shoulder Bag - Men and Women  Messenger Bag
Vintage Stretch Bracelet Amber Yellow Orange Beads Faux 1990s
Okapi Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Pick any color. Made to order.
Wood Cat Necklace. Many color variations. Black cat
Petite Pleated Pouch, Wallet, Small, Gift Idea, Green, Pattern, Zipper Pouch
Natural Jute Twine 65 yards
Hanging Succulent Planter - Hanging Pottery Planter - Cactus Planter - Ceramic Planter - MADE TO ORDER
Autumn Leaves Felted Acorns, Rust, Mustard Yellow, Orange, Fall Colors, Thanksgiving, Weddings, Woodland Decor, Rustic, Party Favors
Porcelain Leaf Impression Large Buttons, 2--Made to Order
Winter Accessories / Infinity Cowl Scarf / Snood / Dark Olive Green / Hand Knitted Chunky Scarf / Circle Scarf / Loop
Custom made Oak leaf brooch printed with your photograph

Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer's transition to Autumn

September is one of those months in which is hard to tell which season it really is: one foot in Summer, one foot in Autumn. Is possible to wear sandals if it's sunny and warm outside, but once the sun hides it gets obvious that Fall is just around the corner.

With a mix of warm and cold colors, these two pages want to capture the contradictory essence of September. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Treasury: Hello September!

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Muted Rainy Day Cloud Watercolour Art Print, Pastel Pink, Purple, Mauve, Childrens Art, Cute Cloud
Light grey baby shoes, size 6 months, felt and cotton
2 Notebooks, 2 Handmade Print Screen Journals with a Minimalist pattern, 2 Square Recycled Sketchbooks
Ready To Ship - Cloud Pillow Set (3 Clouds: Neutrals)
iPad Mini Case iPad mini Sleeve Pleated Ruched Linen Kindle
Sleepy Cloud Cute Drawing Raining Cartoon  White T-Shirt
Handpainted Dessert Plate "Shrooms"
Grey Canvas Tote bag Leather strap plus zipper clutch pouch belt bag
Shinzi Katoh 'Mon Peluche' Bunny Rabbit Washi Tape
Mix Match Earrings Umbrella and Rain Cloud Earrings for Tweens Teens Big Stud Earring Spring Earrings Rain Cloud Jewelry Umbrella Jewelry
Combination to Oily Skin Care Travel Set. Bamboo Charcoal Soap. Purify Serum. Blue Mask. Balance Toner.
Cloud tray
Four pack of blank note cards, original nature photography holiday cards, invitations by Julia Paul Pottery.
50 Small GREY Gift Tags 2.75 x 1.37 - Cute Gray Favor Tag  ( 2 3/4" x 1 3/8" )
Good Morning - Handpainted/Handwritten Ceramic Coffee Mug

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paris is always a good idea

I finished another two pages of the smashbook/journal. Actually the first part (the page on the left) I had it done days ago already, but then I put it aside during August, until yesterday I finally motivated myself to finish it. These are dedicated to one of my favorite cities: Paris.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Review: Newsflesh

Title: Newsflesh (Feed, Deadline, Blackout)                  
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Post apocalyptic
Publication: 2010 (first book)
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

The Covers

I really like the covers of the whole series, they're creepy in a good way and quite a good representation of the books themselves. Blood, the Internet, life and death. Without any weird photos, just symbols and letters. It really works
and the fact that they used red for the text and made it seems like blood, immediately gives you an idea about the books in a good way.

The Story

While my review will be for the whole series, I'll just give a summary of the first books because summarizing the others would really spoil the first one.

It's twenty years after the Rising of 2014 when the common cold and cancer were cured but it came with a price, the Kellis-Amberlee virus, virus infecting people and turning them into zombies. The world as we knew it changed and people are living their lives accordingly with a lot of mandatory blood tests for example. Traditional media has basically become obsolete and blogs and other new media have taken over. Journalists consist of Newsies (they report the factual news), Irwins (they are basically entertainers that poke zombies) and Fictionals (they write fictional content).

Georgia and Shaun Mason are the founders of After the End Times, a news site; George is the head of the Newsies, Shaun of the Irwins and together with Buffy, who's the head of the Fictionals, they run the site. Trying to always report the truth, no matter the cost. They have gotten their first big break when they're asked to follow the campaign of presidential candidate senator Ryman and while on the campaign trail they end up discovering some big secrets...

My Thoughts

I started the first book in this series over a year ago and while I really liked it, I could never put myself to actually finish reading it until I finally did and got completely sucked into this world. After I finished it, I continued with the rest of the series and got seriously hooked and  devoured the next two books in the series and three novellas that came after (I had read two other novellas before book one already to follow the timeline of the series). The three main books are quite long but don't be put off by that because the world building is really great and once you get into the story, you want to keep going.

As I already mentioned the world building is amazing, you can really see that the author did her research and made sure things make sense in a way that you can imagine a world after the zombie apocalypse will be. Sometimes certain things are bit exhausting because they're repetitive but in a way it makes sense because things like blood test and decontaminations are simply part of this new world. The characters have to suffer through them so we have to as well. Another complaint I have is that some parts of the books seem a bit long winded and could have been shorter, it's especially noticeable in the first book which is also the reason it took me forever to get through the first part but once things get going they're really good and luckily the second and third books are better done when it comes to this.

I really liked the characters as well, everybody was well done and they all different distinct personalities that are fleshed out in a good way. Even minor characters have their own voices and the whole staff of After the End Times is cool in their own way. I enjoyed how everybody has their own strength, be it being brave and going into the field or being good at anything technical and computer related or simply living their own kind of life. Through blog posts and some email exchanges at the end of every chapter, you really get good insides in the heads of all the people working for the site (and some not working for the site)

This is technically a zombie series but it also isn't because yes the books are set in a world that has zombies in it but as the novels are set 20 years after the Rising, people have adapted and are living with the zombies so it's not a survival kind of series. There is some gore but not too much so if that's what you're looking for in books about zombies, these are probably not what you're looking for. If, however, if you want to read a story about people, conflicts, the news, media and truth, politics and conspiracies, road trips, science, technology, and all of this set in a post-apocalyptic setting with zombies, these are something you'll really enjoy. What is really interesting is that there are a lot of ideas in these books that make you think because they ring true in a world not inhabited by zombies as well... Rise up while you can!

The whole series (including the novellas) is a solid 4 stars for me, I would have given it 5 stars at certain points but as I mentioned they are a bit long and very wordy at times, which sometimes seemed unnecessary so 4 stars it is, leaning to 5 because they are pretty awesome. You can find all the books belonging to the series here on Goodreads. The author is working on a fourth book and I for one, can't wait to get more of this world.