Terrys Quotes

So yesterday I saw the very sad news that one of my favourite authors died. I’m sure Sir Terry Pratchett met Death as an old friend and they had a nice chat as they passed through.

But it left me looking over a list of some of my favourite quotes from his books, he really was a genius and I thought I would share some of them.

Most of them are things that I have thought about crafting in one way or the other, either by cross stitch or drawn on to tote bags and some of them are just brilliant quotes I had to save.

Many people could say things in a cutting way, Nanny knew. But Granny Weatherwax could listen in a cutting way. She could make something sound stupid just by hearing it.

“There’s a door.”
“Where does it go?”
“It stays where it is, I think.”

Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’, but didn’t know how you stopped.

“It’s daft, locking us up,” said Nanny. “I’d have had us killed.”
“That’s because you’re basically good,” said Magrat. “The good are innocent and create justice. The bad are guilty, which is why they invent mercy.”

You know, you’re rather amusingly wrong.

Susan says, don’t get afraid, get angry.

“-Oh yes? Can you identify yourself?
-Certainly. I’d know me anywhere.”

But what should we do when the highborn and wealthy take to crime? Indeed, if a poor man will spend a year in prison for stealing out of hunger, how high would the gallows need to be to hang the rich man who breaks the law out of greed?

See a pin and pick it up, and, all day long, you’ll have a pin.

“Listen, three eyes,” he said, “don’t you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal.”

Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.

These are just a selection, as i’m sure that if i started reading through more quotes this post would be as long as his books. Do you have a favourite Terry Pratchett quote? I would love to hear more.

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15 Books of My Life

It’s world book day today, I have to say I had no idea until I looked at Twitter when I woke up at lunchtime. But I thought I would make a post in honour of World Book Day 2015.

15 books that have guided my love of reading over my life.

Starting with 3 of the first books that I ever remember loving.

The Tiger Who Came For Tea by Judith Kerr

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Most books by Dr Seuss

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These next ones are the first ones that I remember hiding away under my pillow so I could re-read them after I was suppose to be asleep.

The Whales’ Song by Dyan Sheldon

Stories From The Stars by Juliet Sharman-Burke

 

These 3 are the books that I think really started my love of reading. I picked up Stormbreaker when I was about 10 years old after my brother had read it and these are really the first books where as soon as I finished one I would want the next one to read. I sped through them all and re-read them many times, they all have a special place on my bookshelf.

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series book 1) by Anthony Horowitz

Survivor (Alpha Force series book 1) by Chris Ryan

Recruit (Cherub series book 1) by Robert Muchamore

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These books are the first books that really got me to start reading more adult fiction. I don’t mean xx stuff, just books aimed at adults rather than the action/adventure kids books I had been reading.

Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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Books that will stay in my heart forever.

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Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling

My parents read this book to me (7) and my brother(9), we’d lie on my parents bed with mum in the middle (otherwise we’d fight with each other) and she’d read to us. It started with my brother reading one page for every chapter mum read, then as we got older and onto the next book he’d read a chapter, she’d read a chapter and i’d read a page, then we’d all read a chapter. Until I got older and too impatient and stole the fourth book and read it at night by myself. Harry Potter really was a part of my life, I grew up with them and they will always mean so much to me (Even though JK’s maths is terrible).

Peter Pan by JM Barrie

A lot of people say that this is a childrens book. But like the best childrens books it has so much more in than the Disney story that gets taken from it. I get a lot of people tell me that they’ve read it when I mention it but after a bit of probing they haven’t really, its just that its such a familiar story. All I can say is you should definitely give the book by Barrie a try. It’s actually really sad, maybe that’s because I’m a bit of a sap when it comes to my favourite fictional characters, but I love it.

 

And my last honourable mentions are going to be for some of the worlds that i’ve fallen into over the years. Im excluding the Harry Potter universe from this as I have already included it up there.

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Disc World by Terry Prachett

This is such a fantastical world, its something that really made me think that we could create anything you ever wanted. Any world that you could possibly dream up. Now, a lot of people find Prachett a bit difficult to read, which I can definitely understand, but there is a series of books following a character called Tiffany Aching that are aimed at younger readers. (A Hat Full of Sky, The Wee Free Men, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight) I loved these books, they’re all still set in the disc world, and you’re introduced to characters and places that are in all the other books as well but they concentrate on a smaller story, I find them a bit more….Linear? A lot easier to follow and a great place to get in to the world from.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

Okay yes, you totally expected me to say this at some point, I know. Its absolutely everywhere but I’m not even sorry for including it here. It really is amazing. I will never understand how one man can create such an in-depth world. I struggle to name the main couple towns/cities, and give my main characters surnames when I write but he probably has named thousands of people in his books. Families, and friends of families, and the families of friends of families and NONE of them are pointless. From the food to the clothes it is an amazingly in-depth world and that’s not even mentioning the story!

 

And Okay, some of you may have noticed that I’ve only named 14 but 2015 is only just beginning so I have to leave room for one just in case right?

Do you agree with any of these? I’d love to hear if you had any books that mean loads to you.

Craft projects galore

I mentioned in the last post that I had some craft time to spare since finishing my blanket squares and like I normally do, I have greatly over estimated. The problem I have is that as soon as I allow myself to think, ‘hmmm, what shall I do next?’ my brain inundates me with a thousand things that I want to make.

I guess it was inevitable, seeing as I’ve been putting any inspiration for new projects in boxes and storing them in the back of my mind for over a year. I thought I would make a post about some of the new projects that got broke through the dam.

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1. Loom Knitting a hat for one of my besties. I mentioned in my last post about how I was planning to Loom Knit my friend a hat. Well she chose the yarn, I bought it, its here, and ready to be loomed. It’s still summer where she is at the moment though so this one has been put on a bit of a back burner while i wade through some others.

 

2. Cross stitch! I haven’t cross stitched anything since I did my name in school as a tiny little kid. But, i’ve always been interested in embroidery and this was a good place to start. One of my aunts bought me a cross stitch kit for Christmas and while I have no motivation to do the pattern that was included, having all the tools made me want to give cross stitch a go. I bought my own pattern (I went with a pattern based on House Martell from Game Of Thrones), I was going to start with something epic and complicated, I have a tendency to jump in the deep end, but managed to peg myself back a bit and chose something with a few straight lines and some text so it would be easy to tell if I was starting to go wrong. The pattern called for 5 colours but I’ve gone for 4 as i’m changing it slightly (I know, I’m getting deeper as we speak), and I started this the other day, I’ve only done a little but think its rather neat. Can you tell what it is yet? I really hope I manage to hang on to my motivation and finish this.

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3.Fuse Beads, I also got inspired to give Hama/Perler/those melty bead things a try (I’m not IMG_3835sure what to call them as I know Hama is just a brand name). So I bought a starter pack from ebay and a few peg boards from amazon. They arrived today. And i’ve been intching to give them a go. While i was waiting for them to arrive I made a board on Pinterest especially for Hama bead inspiration so I could start straight away.  You can take a look at it here if you are interested in what you can make or want ideas yourself.

 

4. Finally, (well not really finally because i seem to have an endless supply of yarn and always want to make more stuff with it but for the purpose of this post, Finally) I have started to sew up my Tunisian crochet blanket. Its a slow process, as there are lots of squares, but I’m extremely excited that its started to look like an actual blanket after 14 months rather than just loads of squares. I seem to have invented the way i’m seeming them together. I know I watched it on YouTube, but when trying to find out what stitch i was using to explain to a friend I couldn’t find mention of it anywhere. I did try all the others in my panic that I was doing it wrong, but this one was by far the nicest so I’m going to keep going.

IMG_3800You can see at the bottom of this picture where I have started sewing the horizontal edges together, then it goes into the individual squares. So first look at my blanket, what do you all think?