All you need is 2 cucumbers, a couple aloe vera leaves, a little jar, some cotton rounds, and a baggie
It might not look pretty but it is soothing and actually relieves sunburn pain...and it reduces swelling in puffy tired eyes. But, the best part is that it's simple and easy to make at home with ingredients you probably have lying around your house.
If you're still interested, watch this little how-to video:
At the SCBWI Storybook Intensive on June 10th,
April Henry shared some tips, tricks and hints for all writers. Here are a few
of my favorite inspirations I received from attending this workshop:
April said, “Show the reader” what you’re trying to
describe. Now that might not seem like a great tip because we’ve all heard the
old adage of “show - don’t tell” but here’s the bit that I found inspirational,
“watch T.V. with the sound off.” This is something you can easily do that will
help you “see” what is happening rather than hearing the plot unfold through
dialogue and/or information being relayed.
Another great tip, I thought, was to “skip over things
unless it moves the story forward”. That might sound like another bit of old
information but we all get caught up in our words—I mean after all, we are
writers ;D so it’s a good reminder to not be verbose because we’ll lose the
reader’s attention if we waste time being word-wranglers.
One last great tip I want to share that April gifted us
with, “If your characters have to swim to survive, send sharks after them.” The
point is to keep adventure or at the very least interest in the forefront of
I went to the SCBWI Storybook Intensive here in Portland, Oregon on June 10th and got to meet the AWE...mazing April Henry and the inspiring Christy Ottaviano (editor extraordinaire at MacMillan Books)
I wanted to share some of the wonderful tips, tricks and hints they shared with us at this workshop and . . . I will...but first, I wanted to share a short interview April was kind enough to give me.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
April, when did you
first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was in third or fourth grade, I started writing stories. But as I got older,
I decided that authors didn’t come from little logging towns in Southern
How many hours a
day do you devote to writing?
four of solid writing, then an hour or two of business stuff, like answering
fan mail or crafting Facebook posts.
important to you when you write, character or plot?
What is the
hardest part of writing a story for you?
a deadline creeps up and I have no idea how to have an exciting and satisfying
and yet surprising ending.
What did your
family think of your writing career when you first started out?
was supportive, but I think only my mom really believed I would be published.
What do you like
to do when you’re not writing?
love to do Brazilian jiujitsu. I just
got my third stripe!
What authors do
you like to read?
read widely. I just read Wildman by JC
Geiger, a first novel by an SCWBI member who lives in Eugene. Next up The Scribe of Sienna, an adult book
which I think has some time travel in it, by Melodie Winawar and Refugee, a
middle grade book about three refugee children in three different time periods
by Alan Gratz.
Do you have
future projects in mind?
May, Run, Hide, Fight Back comes out.
It’s about a shooting that traps six teenagers at a shopping mall, and
it’s basically Die Hard meets Breakfast Club.
And after that, it’s The Lonely Dead, about a girl who can talk to the
How many books
have you written and how many of those have been published?
got to be close to 30. So far, 21 have
been published, and three more are under contract.
Can you tell us a
little bit about your latest book?
CountAll Her Bones is a companion novel to Girl,
Stolen, which was about a blind girl who was accidentally kidnapped
when a teenage boy stole her stepmother’s car.
The new book takes place about six months after the previous one, on the
eve of the trial for the thief’s father (who decided to hold her for
ransom). For that book I spent a lot of
time learning various martial arts that blind people could use to defend
themselves. The book has a great twist
that was a surprise to me when I thought of it - that was really fun!
Is there anyone out there who doesn't like cake? If there is, I just don't understand . . . because I LOVE cake. And, I don't just love to eat it. I love to make it and bake it and create it. To me, making a cake is a lot like playing with playdoh (and here's a quick homemade recipe). Here are just a few photos of the cakes I've made (two of them my daughter-in-law was pitching in...a lot) but these are creations you can have fun making and eat them too ;D
So, if you want to make, bake and create here's a fun way to do it by creating a cake using . . . whatever frosting, fondant or fancy foods you want to use. But when you're baking, remember the most important thing is to have fun because we really should all play with our food.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love to bake, create and decorate ;D And if you have a little girl or just someone who loves to have fun cakes for a birthday, here's how I made this Little Kitty cake for a friend.
I started by frosting the cake with a butter cream frosting, which you can make with a cube of butter and some powdered sugar. It's simple.
Then, I rolled out the fondant and laid it over the cake. (The frosting works as glue).
I pressed the fondant tight to the cake to make it show the form. Then I started to decorate the eyes, nose and bow.
Oh and the whiskers...you can't forget the whiskers.
The little dash of pink added quite a lot...I thought.
I cut away the excess and lined the edge with a pink ribbon of fondant.
It was a very simple design but turned out pretty cute. This is a cake anyone could make.
And, if you do make one, let me know. I'd love to see pictures.
I have lots of hobbies. I love to read, write, bake, sew, knit and crochet and those are just a few. I also love to run, play tennis and hike.
But, lately, I've been focusing on my knitting a little more. I love to visit yarn shops and walk around and look at the beautiful colors and touch the textures and fabrics. Plus, I've been looking at youtube videos on-line.
Here's one new site I just found that I'm enjoying:
She lists patterns, shows designs and even has youtube videos where she shares monthly favorites.
I've spent some time finishing a few projects I was working on. Mine aren't anything fancy. I just knit for fun. But I finished a scarf I was working on for my son.
I bought this beautiful, chunky, bluish-purple yarn at The Stitching Post in Sisters Oregon, which is really famous for their Quilting Festival in July but they have some beautiful yarns too.
I started the project when I went to my niece's wedding in January and when we got back home I put it away. But I figured if I didn't finish it soon, the warm weather would roll in (I hope) and my son would never wear the scarf. So, I pulled the project out of the closet and went to work.
You can't tell by the photo above, but this is a really lush wool, so soft and thick. Perfect for cold, wet, windy Portlandia days.
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