Etsy: Lisa Simpson Cross Stitch

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I’ve spruced up my Lisa Simpson cross stitch from last year and listed it in my Etsy shop for purchase. If you loved it when I first posted it then head over and snatch it up! More cross stitches to come, likely many of them will be Simpsons related haha. More pictures of this beauty after the jump.

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I MADE HOBBIT CAPES

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We were invited to a friends birthday party that was fantasy/WOW/D&D costume themed. We had great plans for Harry Potter costumes but then promptly forgot until the day before the party… typical, haha… at which point I pulled some Hobbit capes out of magical nowhere so we could show up looking prepared. I completely winged these bad boys, using a large piece of green fabric we had sort of earmarked for chair upholstery. It was a huge rectangle so I folded it in a way that would get me two capes with hoods and by some small miracle it worked out amazingly well. I almost forgot how I did it, but I sat down after and wrote out some terrifically technical instructions so you can make one too!!!

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Scully Sings an Egg Song

Scully is all better now, and back to laying eggs! I caught her the other day up in the hay loft boasting about her return to the egg laying world. We also settled up at the vet and the two visits including double lavage and course of medications were only about $75. Well worth it to see her back to being so happy! And her eggs are so pretty:

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Occasionally I Complete a WIP

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Once upon a time I started a Boys from the Dwarf cross stitch, and a few weeks ago I finally dug it out and finished it. I really need to be better about finishing what I start! Pattern adapted from one I found online here. Super cute!! I’m hoping to make more time for cross stitching and put some up in my etsy shop soon.

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Book Review: The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

18297954Read for: Possible FemSciFiFans selection from way back that no one wanted to attempt

Rating: 3/5

First I read about The Girl on the Train, then I read about The Girl in the Road… totally a coincidence I swear. There’s a lot going on in this book. It was a little bit sci-fi, a little bit futuristic fantasy, and a whole lot totally cray cray. Two parallel narratives tell the stories of Meena (from a futuristic Mumbai) and Mariama (from Ethiopia) and their respective journeys away from home. Both are fleeing the presence of a snake, but not much else is revealed in the early stages.

The cool things that happened: both of the main characters were women of colour with a rich background. This is what initially attracted me to the story and I was pretty pleased with the non-western environments. Also cool was that Meena is some form of queer (a label wasn’t specifically addressed, but she was definitely sex-positive and gender didn’t matter). Even more cool was she was romantically involved with a trans woman.

Things that were not so cool: I found things a bit confusing at the get go and felt that things could have started out in a clearer way. There was also a lot of sex to wade through in the first part, all seemingly random and not truly essential to the plot. And perhaps the most uncool moment, and I’m not alone in thinking this, there is a sexual encounter included in the story between an adult woman and a female child. This obviously made me uncomfortable and rubbed a lot of people the wrong way… not even sure why it was critical to include beyond maybe the sex-positive message that clearly flew way over my super-prude head. I was also a bit bummed by the actions of the trans character in the end, after a lot of positive character building she fell into a pretty stereotypical pit.

Things resolve in a slightly unexpected (though I was starting to expect) way. Admittedly I got a bit lost in the final chapters as things became a bit more abstract and they roared towards the conclusion. Overall the world-building was interesting but needed more detail; I’m not even sure what year it was supposed to be… there were some sci-fi elements that were under-developed or explained like the “cloud”, and in places the language got a bit lazy (when Meena was in the museum learning about the Trail she was “amazed” or thought things were “amazing” about 10 times too many)

This was an ambitious story that required an awful lot of imagination on the part of the reader, I felt. I liked it, but didn’t LIKE like it, you know? Definitely a good one to generate discussion, though, if anyone wants to read it with a group.