Yeah, I'm not really going to swing from a chandelier, I just liked the Sia quote for the title. I saw a black-and-white chandelier painting on Pinterest (off course) and decided that, instead of buying it, I should make it. I started last summer but then I got tired of it because I am an impatient person and I just wanted it finished. A little while ago I finally decided it was time to finish it so I spent all day on President's Day painting to finish it.I wanted to add more depth but I was over it by the end of the day and my back was killing me so I called it. I may end up adding to it but let's be realistic: probably not. Anyway, I do like how it turned out and now we finally have something hanging above our bed. My next project may be making a headboard.
I had started out drawing out the chandelier with pencil. Then I painted the negative space because I thought that would make it easier and quicker. Nope. I should have painted the whole canvas black and then painted white on top. I am not a real painter so I do not have the three-dimensional techniques down but I'm pretty sire I should have painted this is layers. Maybe next time.
There are many ways to create simple art for your home. Whether you are an artist or not. I'd like to try this method myself:
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Synopsis: This book follows Billy Pilgrim, an American Chaplain's Assistant who thinks he has been in an alien zoo and who was captured by the Germans and worked as contract labor in Dresden when it was bombed in 1945. The book hops around during different times as Billy time travels between different points in his life.
Opinion: The book is basically the most unconventional book about World War II I have ever read. While very serious events are taking place, Vonnegut inserts ridiculous circumstances, aliens and time travel. A character from one of Vonnegut's other books, Breakfast for Champions, is also mentioned. I liked that this was a completely different perspective on World War II. While Vonnegut uses satire bring to light serious matters in a sarcastic way, this work really does make you think about different aspects of the war. It was entertaining and unpredictable. At times aggressively critical and at others ridiculously funny.
3.75 out of 5 hearts
The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
Synopsis: After getting framed, Edmond Dantes is sent to prison on his wedding day ignorant of why he has been sent there. After appealing for freedom in vain, Edmond makes an unlikely friend who helps him gain the knowledge that will allow him his revenge. After reinventing himself as the elusive and mysterious Count of Monte Christo fourteen years after entering the prison, Edmond embarks on his long quest to seek the men responsible for his imprisonment and the woman he was on the cusp of making his wife.
Opinion: Plainly spoken; this book is freaking awesome. It is a non-stop saga of action and adventure. There is no time wasted on extensive descriptions of fall days or specific harvests (I'm looking at you, Leo Tolstoy) yet the book created vivid imagery while maintaining a fast pace of events. It was smart, exciting and even philosophical. The length of the book may seem little daunting but it is absolutely worth it. I did have to write down some characters and the lineage at one point because I started to forget who was who but this read a lot more modern than I was expecting. Truly a great novel.
Recommend? Wholeheartedly, yes.
5 out of 5 hearts
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Synopsis: After the death of their father, the Dashwood sisters and their mother move to a cottage in the countryside as their brother inherits their current home. The two eldest sisters, Elinor and Marianne begin to experience the joys and woes of love and the novel follows them as they participate in society and suffer heartbreaks.
Opinion: More like nonsense and no sensibility but it is a Victorian classic so I have to remember its relevancy was in the late 1700s, not 2016. Despite the fact that I found it pretty boring, I am glad that I read this book because it is a famous work and gets mentioned on occasion so now at least I have the context of what the book contains. It is also good insight into the sense of propriety of that time period in England.
2 out of 5 hearts
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Synopsis: Told in the format of a courtroom proceeding narrated by one of the men who used to live near the sisters as a boy, The Virgin Suicides chronicles the events leading up to the suicides if the five sisters (don't worry, this is not a spoiler because it is mentioned only a few sentences into the book). Guarded by their parents and prevented from socializing, the sisters were a beautiful enigma to the boys in their neighborhood. Then the suicides started...
Opinion: I had avoided this book for a while because I thought the title was derived from characters killing themselves as a result of being sexually assaulted (I despise reading about rape - this is why I refuse to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series). However, I kept hearing about it so when I saw it at a thrift store and realized it was not a big book I decided to just marathon read it in case it was too disturbing to be reading for a week. While the book is obviously about suicides, there was no sexual assault and it is not as disturbing as I had anticipated. It was obviously not a happy book but while being profound and macabre, it was also intriguing. It was actually extremely well-written and interesting and I ended up liking it.
4 out of 5 hearts
Water for Elephants By Sara Gruen
Synopsis: As an old man in a nursing home, Jacob Jankowski recalls his time in the Benzini Brother's Most Spectacular Show on Earth. After tragedy befell him while he is on the verge of graduating from Cornell and joining his father's veterinary practice, Jacob joined the Benzini Brother's Most Spectacular Show On Earth. Set mostly in the late 1920s, Water for Elephants explores the hardships and oddities of circus life through the eyes of Jacob. As circuses are closing at a rapid pace, resulting from the economic downfall taking place, the stakes, and tempers, at the Benzini Brother's Most Spectacular Show on Earth rise. After falling for a married woman and taking offense to the circus owners' unethical business practices, Jacob ends up in the middle of circus politics.
Opinion: I loved this book. I could barely put it down. There were a few parts that were unnecessarily sexual in my opinion but the story as a whole was tremendous. It was full of passion, grit and danger and I loved the fact that the story incorporated Jacob as an old man remembering his life in the circus.
4.5 out of 5 hearts
I love scarves. They're cute. They're comfortable. They're practical. They're awesome. They can make an outfit. My mom started knitting a lot recently and she made me this fantastic scarf. She has an Etsy shop, you should check it out!
I also love fuzzy sweaters. I got this one at H&M while I was in Florida for winter. All the winter wear was on sale there. It's like it doesn't get that cold in South Florida or something. I took full advantage.
I also got these flats on sale at Aldo. They're shiny and comfortable and go with everything!
About the Author
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!