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Sunday Funday: Book Printing

November 15, 2015 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

It’s been a bit of a solum weekend this week. I feel like I have constantly been glued to the TV and watching as devastating news after devastating new rolls in. We read about wars and deaths in our books every day, about the tragedies that our characters go through. But we never expect it to happen in reality.

The way that the world has united this weekend has been inspiring and proves that there is good in the world and it’s at sad times like these that we need to remember that. My thoughts go out to those in Paris, Japan, Baghdad, Beirut and Mexico but also to everyone else around our world who has be impacted by the events of this weekend.

I hope wherever you are that you are safe and that over time we can heal together and united.

#PrayforPeace

So now to my Sunday Funday. This week I wanted to revisit something that I did WAY back during the first year of blogging, and that is book printing.

It is such a simple craft and will cost you next to nothing, all you need is some book pages. These can come from charity shop books or books you were going to throw out/give away… really any type of book page will do! It doesn’t matter the size or the colour or the type of paper. It just needs to have words on it!

Then you find an image you like, pop the book page into your printer and press go!

Sunday Funday Book Print 1

You could go for a bookish quote or just an image that you like. I’m a massive Disney fan so something with Micky Mouse on it would be perfect for me, or a Walt Disney quote. Also, how cool is that giraffe!!!

Sunday Funday Book Print 2

If you’re musically inclined you could use song lyrics! Also, if you have any music sheets lying around that you are not going to be using again, maybe you could print on them rather than book pages?

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You can grab some really great ‘sketch’ images off the internet for free and I absolutely love these Alice in Wonderland inspired ones, especially the ones with a little bit of colour added in.

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And then there are the Harry Potter quotes! I have been buying cheap Harry Potter books for a while now and I have big plans for some HP book printing!

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And then the best bit… pop them in a frame, stick them on your wall and everyone will marvel at your incredible artwork!

There are also TONS of places that you can buy these prints on line too. I’ve listed some of my favourite online stores below:

Black Baroque

Owls Nest Cottage

Prints Variete

What if your favourite book print from this post? What would you put on your print?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: The most beautiful quotes in literature (apparently)

November 8, 2015 Sunday Funday, Uncategorized 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I’m a bit late with my Sunday Funday post this week, so big apologies to those of you who have been waiting for it! I’m not the most organised person (you already know this!) and so my post was not scheduled. Therefore, yet again, when things happen that are out of my control I end up with a very late post!

So I came across this list the other day about 50 of the most beautiful lines in literature and I pretty much loved all of them, so decided to share some of my absolute favourite from the list…

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.”
—Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

What if your favourite beautiful quote from this list?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: When Bookstores totally nailed it…

November 1, 2015 Sunday Funday 1

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So I’m currently curled up on the couch in Halloween recovery mode! Whereas most kids had WAY too much chocolate last night, I decided to do the adult version of Halloween and drank rather a lot of alcohol yesterday. Therefore I am suffering today, but it was totally worth it because I had a fantastic night, and totally rocked my homemade outfit that took me like 4 days to make!!!

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So yeah, that was my Halloween! How was yours?  Did you dress up? Did you watch/read anything scary?

Anyways, to my Sunday Funday post for this week. I decided to go with something that should make us all laugh whilst we recover from the rush that was Halloween. So please find below some of my favourite book store signs, all of which made me laugh out loud and would definately persuade me to buy books if I had walked past this bookstore!

Kaleido Books & Gifts in Perth, Australia

Waterstones, London, UK

Re: Reading, Toronto, Canada

The Book Tavern in Augusta, GA

The Book Tavern, Augusta, GA

The Book Nook, Brenham, TX

Book Nook, Ludlow, Vermont

Brooklyn, NY

The Book Grocer, Melbourne, Australia

Word Bookstore, Jersey City, NJ

Which of these is your favourite? Have you spotted any other great bookstore signs which have made you laugh?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Horrors #3

October 25, 2015 Sunday Funday 1

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

*Apologies for the late post, unfortunately I have spent my entire morning and majority of the afternoon in the garden ‘preparing it for winter’, whatever that means? But thankfully I for-filled my daughter duties as I am now back inside in the warmth with a big cup of hot chocolate.*

So, it’s nearly Halloween! Only one week to go, so your pumpkins should be carved and your costumes ready! But if you are anything like me then you haven’t even bought your pumpkin yet and have NO IDEA what you are going to dress up as! Oh well, being organised is overrated!

This week I thought I’d share some YUMMY Halloween treats for those of you who are hosting spooky parties or just want to eat something a little bit scary for a change! We start of with the super easy ones (for those of you who are scared of your ovens) and end up with some of the more advanced (aka. you can cook something int he oven without burning it!)

Check out my other Halloween Inspired Posts:
Bookish Horrors #1 – Bookish Pumpkins
Bookish Horrors #2 – Bookish Costumes

Krispie Pumpkins

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How cute are these?!!! Plus they are so easy to make following the instructions over at Yummy Healthy Easy. It’s basically just rice krispies and marshmallows (plus a couple of other ingrediants) with some orange food colouring and shaped like a pumpkin. Add a chocolate stem and some facial expressions and you’ve got yourself a jack-o-lantern!

Halloween Marshmallow Pops

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I bet you’ve looked at Cake Pops before and thought, wow those look hard to make. Well then these ones from I Wash … You Dry should be perfect for you because there is no cake nor baking involved. It’s just a marshmallow stuck on a stick and a little bit of decoration, easy peasy! Plus, they look super cool and must be so fun to eat!

Shrieking Strawberries

These strawberries are so cute and so easy to make that no recipe is required. Simply dip strawberries into white chocolate, leave to dry and add some chocolate chips for eyes and draw on a shocked mouth. Tadaaaaa!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies

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I love cheesecake and so I am super excited to have a go at these ones from Creme de la Crumb because they are NO BAKE! Once the cheesecake truffles are made you just cover them in white chocolate/icing and add some eyes and you have spooky mommies that taste totally delicious! YUM

3D Pumpkin Cookies

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3D Pumkin Cookies, how cool are these!!!! I found these over on Glorious Treats and they are simple and yet they look amazing and even have space for a treat inside! I really really want to make some of these this year!

Halloween Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate as a cookie? Could there be a more amazing combination?!!! These cookies from Pillsbury look so naughty but so worth it! I have a lot of peanut butter fans in my house so know for a fact that I am probably going to end up making some of these this year!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake/Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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Ok, so for those of you who are a little bit more advanced (and are not afraid to use your oven) I HAD to share these, because they look incredible!!! I found them over at PheMOMenom and although they are a bit more advance than the other things I’ve shared today the instructions given are super easy to follow and they just look so delicious it’s going to totally worth it!

As always you can check out all of these ideas on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

So anyones tummy growling yet? Got any ideas for any spooky treats that you will be making this year?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Horrors #2

October 18, 2015 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So the countdown to Halloween has begun, and I have to say it is one of my favourite holidays of the year! Last week I was all about the Bookish Pumpkins. This week I’ve got together some of the coolest ideas for bookish costumes for single, couple and family halloween dress up!

Azkaban Prisoner

The guy in this photo is dressed as Sirius Black, but you could do this with any of the characters that ended up in Azkaban. Get yourself a long blonde wig and go as Lucius Malfoy, or a crazy curly black wig and go as Bellatrix. Just don’t forget your Dark Mark to complete the look!

Katniss Everdean

  

Katniss is a great choice as she has a number of memorable costumes. Whether you dress in her ‘games’ outfit, or one of her Girl of Fire dresses people are sure to recognise who you have dressed as. Complete your outfit with her signature plait!

Alice in Wonderland

Ok, so it may be a child in the photo but you could totally do this outfit as an adult too! I really love the addition of the house with this outfit. If you are looking for a group outfit then this one is also great with the addition of the cheshire cat, queen of hearts, mad hatter etc.

Effie Trinket

Effie has got to be one of the most fun characters to dress up as because you can literally go as BIG as you want! Just get yourself a wig and some bright make up, matched up with an outfit that is super girly and ridiculous as the same time and hey presto, you are Effie!

Mortal Instruments Shadowhunters

If you are looking for a bad ass character to dress as this Halloween then look no further then a Shadowhunter! Don’t forget the tattoos!!!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I had to include this one, because wow is it awesome! So simple and yet so effective, and just like the cover. Maybe you can take inspiration from one of the characters on your favourite book cover?

Your Favourite Book

For a simple idea that will definitely sow off your bookish love dress up as your favourite book! The twilight cover above is really effective due to the pop out hands holding the apple, but you could be ANYTHING!

So have I inspired you yet? Any ideas for what your pumpkin is going to look like?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Horrors #1

October 11, 2015 Sunday Funday 1

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So the countdown to Halloween has begun, and I have to say it is one of my favourite holidays of the year! This week I am hoping to inspire you with some amazing bookish pumpkins…

Harry Potter – Of course I was going to include Harry Potter. I really love this one with all the different depths of the carving which gives a really unique finish. For those of you who arent’ as brave with your pumpkins, maybe try out the deathly hallows symbol, or a lightning bolt?

Sherlock Holmes – I love this Sherlock Holmes image and it looks super cool as a pumpkin.

Game of Thrones – Ok so this one is amazing, I wish my skills were good enough to do one of these!

 

Hunger Games – So I couldn’t decide between these two. I really like the capitol logo, it look super impressive. But then the mockingjay symbol in front of a flame just looks awesome! I may need to get more than one pumpkin this year!

Beautiful Creatures – This one must have taken forever, but looks so impressive and exactly like the title on the book cover!

The Fault in our Stars – Okay? Hell yes, it’s awesome!

Alice in Wonderland – I don’t even know where to start with this one, it’s just gorgeous!

Eragon – The beauty of the carving along with the flames behind it just seems to bring the dragon alive. Really really love this one!

So have I inspired you yet? Any ideas for what your pumpkin is going to look like?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: A-Z Bookish Survey 2015

October 4, 2015 Sunday Funday, Survey 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So, when I first started Broc’s Bookcase  I took part in the A-Z Bookish Survey created by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. I promised myself that every year I would do it to show how my bookish and reading tastes would change. So last year when Broc’s Bookcase turned 1 I did it again, and now I’ve just turned 2 it’s time to do it again.

Check out my 2013 A-Z Bookish Survey
Check out my 2014 A-Z Bookish Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Tillie Cole

Best Sequel Ever:
Winners Crime (Marie Rutkoski)

Currently Reading:
Fairest (Marissa Meyer)

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Hot Chocolate with lots of marshmallows and whipped cream!

Ereader or Physical Book?
Physical, but I am way too lazy to go to the bookshop, or too impatient to wait for it to be delivered, so a lot of the time I real from my kindle.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Oliver (Kaleidoscope Hearts). Totally swoonworthy.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern)

Hidden Gem Book:
The Summer Remains (Seth King)

 Important Moment in your Reading Life:
I went to YALC for the 2nd time and met Cassandra Clare and Marie Rutkoski!!!

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Just Finished:
Cress (Marissa Meyer)

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Erotica. I find it cringy and fake. It’s just never going to happen!

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Same as last year: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Major book hangover because of:
Never Never (Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher)

Number of Bookcases You Own:
2!!! 2 more than last year!!!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Ugly Love (Colleen Hoover)

 Preferred Place To Read:
Whilst walking my dog down the canal.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“They were always meant to be together, one boy and one girl, two hearts split into two, sent to far-off lands on their own. For God wanted to see if true love could be tested. He wanted to see if two halves of one soul could find each other again, even against the odds. Years would pass. They would both be hurt. They would both be sad, but one day, when they least expected it, they would stumble into each other’s paths. The question is: would they recognize each other’s soul? And would they find their way back to love…?”Raze (Tillie Cole)

Reading Regret:
Another Day (David Levithan) – It just didn’t live up to the first book.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The Ivy Years (Sarina Bowen) – I loved The Year We Fell Down, but just never continued with the series.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books from this Year:
The Winners Curse (Marie Rutkoski)
Sweet Hope (Tillie Cole)
Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
I guess I’m meant to pick a book here, but instead I am going for … Tillie Cole!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Winter (Marissa Meyer) in November 2015

Worst Bookish Habit:
Having to re-read the entire series when the next book is released

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Remix (Non Pratt) – I loved Trouble, but just haven’t gotten round to reading this one yet.

Your latest book purchase:
The Next Together (Lauren James)

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – This book was WAY too addictive!

Why not have a go at this survey for your reading year?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: Easy DIY Bookmarks

September 27, 2015 Sunday Funday 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Another busy week, but a lot better then the last. Things are finally settling down in work and I actually had time to read this week. I should have known everything was going too well, because on Saturday disaster struck! My dad (who just had a hip replacement 6 months ago) fell out the back of our transit van and ended up in a lot of pain and having to go to hospital for an w-ray (he is ok and back at home now).

But the pain was that we had been packing up the van with all the stuff we needed for our stall at a food and beer festival, which I endd up running round all morning trying to find people to help me get there, set up and work the day with me. Thankfully my friends and family are amazing, and although a very tiring and stressful day it actually went really well and now I get to do it all again today!

But anyway, enough about me and now to Sunday Funday…

Bookmarks, I don’t know about you but I am forever loosing them. In fact, if someone buys me a really nice bookmark then chances are that I am not going to use it for fear of loosing it. Instead I seem to use train tickets, receipts, envelopes and basically anything I can find at that moment in time, which often turn out to be ugly looking things.

So I have got together a few cheap and very easy to make bookmarks that look nice, but wont make you cry too much should you loose them…

Duct Tape Bookmarks

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This one from Kersey at And We Play really couldn’t be any simpler. A piece of card and some coloured duct tape cut into shapes/letters and stuck onto the card. Hey presto you have yourself a bookmark!

Lacing Bookmark

Lacing Bookmark

A lot of people may get scared off by the thought of a lacking bookmark, “I don’t know how to sow, it will be too hard” but it’s really not at all and Marrilee at Handmade Charlotte talks us through the super easy way to make these stunning bookmarks.

Button Bookmarks

Button Bookmark

These are definitely the cutest bookmarks ever, and they are so simple to make as explained by Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime. All you need is a paperclip, a button and some glue. Quick, simple and totally cute!

There are so many more excellent bookmark ideas on Pinterest, so check them out!

What are you currently using as a bookmark? Which of these is your favourite?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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