Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sharpie mug follow up

Hey all! I did it! I took a sharpie to a clean white mug and defaced that bugger. Let me tell you, it was almost therapeutic. I scribbled down some slightly rude and colourful words and sayings, just for the hell of it.
Rather than bake the mug for 30 minutes I left it for a full hour.
In the end, it looked great...except my writing sucks. I hand washed it and the ink stayed put. I ran it through the dishwasher and I am happy to report that the ink remained. 
It has been about 3 weeks since I did this little project and the ink has started to fade and come off.
I read somewhere that Sharpies come in an oil base. I haven't bothered to look but if they do I would think that would be more permanent.

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Sharpie Mugs


I recently discovered the Sharpie mug craze. I will admit, I am eager to jump on the band wagon. I love simple crafts like this that are cheap, easy and can say so much with little expense or effort. These mugs are great for kids who want their own personal mug for hot chocolate or need to give their favourite teacher a Christmas gift. 
So I have decided to give it a go. I read somewhere along the way that the usual suggested 30 minutes of baking wasn't enough, that doing so for an hour would ensure the permanency of the ink. I am first going to try the basic black sharpie and bake for an hour. Then I will wash it both by hand and dishwasher, microwave it, bleach it. See if it truly is permanent. 
I found other suggestions that might work better as well. Apparently Sharpie has oil based markers, and the ones in metallic work well. I am going to pick one up as well and write on the other side of my test mug to see which marker holds up.
Wish me luck! I am not a crafty lady but I think I can actually pull this off.

Here is a link to a great blog that offered good tips for the project.
http://thegoldjellybean.com/2013/01/testing-out-diy-sharpie-mugs.html

Ciao for now!
Lee-Ann




Friday, October 17, 2014

When S*#%! Hits The Fan

It's been a while. I've been caught up in life and the bumps in the road along the way. Some where small, while others where bottomless pits of angst and....well, you get the idea.
I won't go into all the gory details, but I will say this....the grass always looks greener on the other side because you don't have to mow it. 
Think about that.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: All of You by Christina Lee



Avery has no desire to have a relationship, preferring to keep the men in her life as casual sexual encounters. Her troubling childhood are the main reason for her poor attitude towards love and relationships.
 
Bennett is the hot guy who also shares a similar background as Avery but deals with it in a much healthier and honorable manner. He is sweet and caring and 'gasp' a virgin! That's right, a sexy hot virgin according to the authors detailing of him.
 
That is really the whole story. Boy meets girl, they like each other. Girl wants to sleep with boy but he refuses because she doesn't want a relationship. A tale as old as time. Ha! This is where I found this story so unbelievable, hard to wrap my head around. Now I'm not saying that a guy can't be a virgin at 21, but lets be honest here, the possibility of that is pretty freaking slim. It would be just as likely as if I were to encounter a hot vampire at my local high school.
 
So I swallow my disbelief, pour a glass of wine and continue to read the book. First off let me say I do not like Avery. She is just that classless, trashy kind of character that I just don't care for. I don't expect the heroins in novels to be as pure as the driven snow, but perhaps if her persona was shared with the reader in a different way, I might have liked her a bit more. The sad thing is I have met a few 'Avery' type girls in my day. I found it difficult to be their friends. Call me judgemental, call me a meanie! I just didn't like  her nor do I have to!
 
Now Bennett is a different story. His sweetness and the physical description of him makes me like him instantly, a departure from the dark and complicated men I tend to favor in novels. If you are looking for an Alpha type man , Bennett is NOT your guy. He is honest, wears his heart on his sleeve and surprisingly innocent. He is for some reason drawn to the somewhat slutty Avery, which perplexes me as I would think that he would stick to his moral code and not date a woman who is even remotely like his mother. 
 
 
 
Given my dislike for Avery and my lukewarm feelings for Bennett, it is a miracle I completed the book. But I stuck to it, determined to find out if the story got any better, maybe had a few incredible drama's or love scenes. I gritted my teeth while reading solely about Avery, the only time she wasn't intolerable was when she was with Bennett.
I didn't care for this book. Sure it had its moments but it just seemed to drag on. The love scenes were few, not as passionate as I had hoped for, and the characters, mainly Avery lacked any captivating qualities, even the side kick friends annoyed me, immensely.
Near the end of the book the event that brought the young couple together was brought to light but it was done haphazard and hastily.
 
In all this was one of my least favorite books. Weak characters and story line, not enough to sink my teeth into...even while drinking a good Barolo!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Gabriel's Inferno Series Reviewed by Mammagoddess

As I have mentioned in a few other posts in the past I have found a love, a kinship if you will, with romantic novels. Not just any novels mind you, I will admit, I like them spicy, racy perhaps even taboo, not unlike 50 Shades of Gray which started my obsession.

I have read countless books since I discovered Christian and Anna over a year ago. I would venture a guess that it is nearing 100 books now! As a result I have really been able to peg down what it is that I like in a romance/erotica novel.

As you may have noticed the trend in many books it that they be written I a continuing series. Not sure how I feel about that and I think that is for another discussion. As this is the case with many of the novels I have read it has taken me forever to complete and form an opinion on a book, its characters and events.

One such series was Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. I absolutely adored this series. I waited for what felt like a lifetime to receive the final instalment to the series and was not disappointed. Sylvain Reynard is one talented writer. He can tell a tale of romance, broken hearts and dreams. He drew me into the story of Gabriel and Julia to the point that I was attached to these characters.


In the first book of the series, Gabriel's Inferno, we are introduced to graduated student Julia Mitchell and Dante specialist and Professor Gabriel Emerson who had crossed paths many years prior. Of course Gabriel has a lurid history and many events lead him to believe that his meeting with young Julia was just a hallucination. For years Gabriel pines for what he believes to be a figment of his imagination.

Julia has loved Gabriel since she was a teenager. Years later they are brought together at the University of Toronto and reconnect over their love of Dante and a shared past.

Both characters are complicated, having suffered in the past and struggle to find their way together. I like how Reynard builds up the passion between the couple. The first novel in the series is actually relatively sex free! Oh my! There are some intense kissing scenes but not until the very end of the book do they consummate their relationship, yet you can't feel anything but butterflies in your tummy when you think of Professor Emerson!


In Gabriel's Rapture, the couple struggle to keep their relationship going while they encounter adversaries and drama all around them. This novel is full of heartbreak and I admit I was pissed off at Emerson at one point! Julia grew to irritate me at time, she just seemed way too weak for me and I really wanted to cuff her upside the head, but in all, I felt for the couple and wanted their love to only grow.

Nearly a year later the final instalment of the series, Gabriel's Redemption was released. I was so excited I finished it in one day! I will admit though, that I am not sure the final book was necessary, it just felt like the authors attempt to appease readers and give them more of their beloved characters even though their story had been told. I did enjoy the book, but honestly wouldn't have missed it if I didn't know to expect it.

In all what captivated me about the series was the telling of a tale of two people who were damaged souls. Gabriel and Julia had been through some traumatic experiences that shaped who they were as adults and therefore how they dealt with love and relationships. This story proved that if you work towards a common goal, trust in your partner and most importantly forgive their past sins, that you could overcome the most troublesome obstacles.


On the spicy meter from 1 to 5, this book receives a 2 1/2. It was not erotic but the author managed to create the illusion of eroticism without even really going down the path. Powerfully suggestive!

This is a great book for a person who might find the hardcore sex scenes of books like 50 Shades of Gray or Bared To You, to be a little too intense and tacky. It is a wonderful love story with hints of passion sprinkled throughout.

I highly recommend the series and give it 2 thumbs up!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Addicted to Reading

I have always been an avid reader, I recall loving books from an early age. Of course how frequently I read depended on how busy I was at the time. Sometimes I had very little time to read a book for pleasure while I was in college and again when my children were really young.

I am pleased to say I am on a reading roll again. It all started with the least likely of suspects. Frankly I am still shocked to this day that I even picked the books up. You see, historically I have been a fan of thriller and horror fiction. Give this gal a grisly murder or ghost story over some prince and peasant girl love story anyday! With that said, I was curious about all of the hype, the chatter regarding some man named Christian Gray. I had no idea who he was so Googled him only to learn that he was a character in a popular BDSM related romance novel.

Whips and chains! Oh My! Really not my cup of tea but curiosity got the better of me and well as they say the rest is history. I found a new niche that I enjoyed reading. Contemporary adult romance novels struck a chord with me. I would likely need to spend many months on a psychologists couch in order to work through the many reasons for why this genre appeals to me. Perhaps I am going through some midlife crisis. Maybe I'm just a perv. Suffice it to say, I am a fan and in the last year or so I have read countless books, some great, some awful.

I have decided that I would like to share with my readers some 'thought' and suggestions for many of the books I have read. So every Friday I will (hope) to post a suggestion for a book along with a review, just in time for the weekend!

So please, ladies, and maybe a couple of men, join me in my Mamma's Tawdry Reads and share your thoughts on some of the novels I discuss.

Until my first official post, Happy Reading!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

David Gandy is Dandy and my choice for Christian Grey

I have been a busy girl lately, I am going to hesitantly admit that I succumbed to pressure to read 50 Shades Of Grey. That's right! This self professed anti-romance novel reader has fallen in love with the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, so much so that after reading the trilogy I longed for another book that was similar to Grey.


That search led me to Bared To You and Reflected In You by Sylvia Day. Again, for the most part I fell in love with the characters, especially Gideon Cross. Once I was done with that spicey bit of Mommy Porn, I found myself reading Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Raynard. I adored the story of Gabriel and Julia just as much as that of Christian and Ana.




It came as a very very big surprise to me that I would enjoy books like 50 Shades, but I think it was just what this desperate housewife needed to put a pep...uh hum...in her step! Now that I have admitted in a very public forum that I have read Mommy Porn, I am now going to admit something else that is a tad embarrassing, I have also been mentally casting the movie of 50 Shades Of Grey.
From my searches on the web I have seen many suggestions for who should play Christian Grey, and honestly most of the men just don't cut the mustard. When it comes to overall looks and handsome swagger Matt Bomer, would certainly make a good choice and he is a decent actor. Matt's best quality is his eyes, they are captivating. He is very handsome and rocks a suit, but for me he is just a tad too soft.



My perfect Christian Grey would be much more macho looking, but still have an air of sophistication. I am not a fan of Ian Somerhalder, sure he is OK looking but lacks that edge that Christian has.
Ryan Gosling is another that has been suggested for the part, while he could certainly play Christian very well without a doubt, he just does not have the looks. Chaning Tatum....um no, not doing it for me either. Henry Cavill is also a good choice, but I see him more as Gideon Cross.

But, I do love...and I mean love...the kind of love that if he showed up at my door I'd run off into the sunset with him kind of love...Joe Manganiello. He is so sexy, but sadly I don't think he would have the polish or charm to pull the role off, plus he might be just a tad too beef cake for the part.



So while I was searching the web for the best man for the job I encountered David Gandy. For those of you who are not familiar with the name, you may know him as the man in the white pants from the Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue adds....yeah....that guy! I did a little more looking into him and am now obsessed with the British born super model. I have had restless nights thinking about this man! He is the perfect man. He is tall, has a muscular athletic build, piercing blue eyes, perfect lips, and even a little scar near his eye that puts him over the top in sexiness. While Gandy really is not an actor, and I doubt that he would even be able to pull off Christian Grey, I certainly picture his gorgeous face and body when I read 50 Shades...again for the 4th time!
The Dolce and Gabbana add that made David Gandy famous.


David Gandy is the most famous male supermodel....check out those eyes....

David Gandy would look smoking hot as Christian Grey, imagine him misusing the company airplane

Those eyes...those cheek bones....oh and he has a sexy accent too!

What can I say about this.....


If David Gandy can't fill Christians shoes I would nominate him to play Gideon Cross of the Bared To You novel or even better as the sexy professor Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel's Inferno. If he is not interested in those roles he could be my new boyfriend....just a thought....fantasy....what was I saying.....need to take a cold shower now!