24 September 2017

Language Family Tree by Minna Sundberg

After all the problems we are having with the referendum in Catalonia, I thought it would be interesting share with you this Language Family Tree by Minna Sundberg. Here you could see all the languages around the world, even the ones some political forces try to exterminate...




The source is Bored Panda.

Passport To Murder by Mary Angela - Great Escapes Blog Tour


Passport To Murder by Mary Angela
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5


When the professor Emmeline Prather was preparing her first travel to Paris she couldn't ever imagined that it would end with murder... but being 13 on the trip was never a good sign, don't you think?

'I shook my head in disagreement. "Everyone has a backstory. What details they choose to leave out are just as important as the ones they choose to tell."
"Just be careful, Em. I'm not particularly keen on the guy, but that doesn't mean I want you to kill your chances of teaching in an actual French Departments with a few ill-timed questions. You know how sensitive he can be when he thinks he's being insulted."'

Working at the university is never easy, but I was surprised that in this book almost all the professors had a good relation, there were only some minimal problems. At the same time it was quite interesting because almost all the possible murders were professors or students, so... who had really a good motive to kill? 
In the university they are lucky that Em loves mysteries and let me tell you a secret, if there's not a mystery, she will create one, she loves stories and love to investigate, if she feels that something is not right, she will investigate, so, don't hide any dirty secret to Em, she will always discover it!
I loved the relation between Em and Lenny, I don't know if they will have a relationship or simply friends, but they have chemistry and they understand each other, their scenes together were my favourite in all the book, Lenny makes Em brighter, funnier and sharper, I hope he will stay for good.
This is the second book of the series "Professor Prather Mystery" but you can read it as standalone.
This is a quick read, with a curious mystery, a quite variety of suspects and a mystery peanut.
Ready for a trip to Paris?

22 September 2017

Mister Myra Creations

Some absorbing gifs by Mister Myra.




Stars Hollow Coloring Book


A few months ago I backed the Stars Hollow Coloring Book, but I didn't had the chance to share it with you, so here it is! ;)


It's a 7x7" book with 60 perforated (easy to tear out), high-quality pages. It's filled with quotes and scenes from the famous series Gilmore Girls, and is designed by several different artists.


I am not an artist, so don't expect to see amazing pieces of art, but here are my tries to colour this lovely book...

21 September 2017

Fall Leaf Identification Guide by MJJ Sales

When I walk through the park I always look at the trees and leafs, and I always wonder what type of trees are and what's the name of them, so from now on, I will look at this Fall Leaf infographic and fingers crossed I will discover all the trees around me! ;)

Fall Leaf Identification Guide - MJJSales.com - Infographic

Sonic The Hedgehog by GlamGlow

Do you know the beauty brand GlamGlow?
This summer, when I was in California, I was lucky to find one of these original products and to be honest one of my favourite mask brand with a collaboration with the famous Sonic!


First of all, the mask is blue, really blue, with some shiny silver...


It has a sweet smell when you wear it and it will leave your skin more firm!

20 September 2017

Freezing Flowers by Paloma Rincón

Freezing Flowers is project by Paloma Rincón by exploring one of the most traditional Still Life sub genres which is Floral Photography.
Flowers have been represented all through Art History as part of paintings, mosaic or sculptures having it's more important and independent period in the XIX c. 
She wanted to feature this classic subject-matter using some of the particularities of it's own language and technique and at the same time giving it a more contemporary approach, playing with ice geometries in a juxtaposition of textures and materials.




The Bell Tolls by R. Franklin James - Great Escapes Blog Tour + Giveaway!


The Bell Tolls by R. Franklin James 
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4'5/5


Hollis Morgan is a fallen angel trying to change her life helping her clients at Triple D. Being a lawyer is not always easy, and when a client you don't like passes away and leaves some weird instructions with some mysterious envelopes, everything seems too weird not to talk to the police... What's really happening with the mysterious will?

"It was almost ten a.m. before Hollis was able to finish work with Penny and turn her attention to the second envelope retrieved from Bell's safe. The name outside was Naomi Eaton. The envelope was much lighter than Cantone's and she quickly emptied the contents out onto her desk."

After reading this book I just can say I loved it, it makes you feel empathy towards Hollis, her life and her curious clients, just saying that it kept me awake all night till I finished it!
Hollis is a good woman, she has a past, we all have a past, and she is ready to continue with her life, trying to be a good person and help all the people around her, even if they don't deserve it. I was quite surprised with her relation with her family, they didn't treat her with love or kindness, but she wants to be a good daughter, not for them, for her, something courageous and laudable.
It was interesting that the author not only centred the plot to one case but some other clients, Hollis family and friends problems and Hollis boyfriend John. It made the book more compelling and real, and more emotional if I have to say the truth.
There are a few twists in the book that left me without words, I will not make any spoilers, but the Epilogue was devastating, I can't wait to read the next book and know more!
This is the fifth book of the series "The Hollis Morgan Mystery", you can read it as standalone but I am sure you will love the book like I did and would want to read all the series.
Really, this is a must read mystery!

Interested? Good Luck in the Giveaway! ;)

19 September 2017

McDonald's Open Late Advertising

I found this McDonald's original and curious, the famous fast food made with lights!

Inspired by its minimalist Pictos campaign, McDonald’s goes even further and launches a campaign for the night birds.
The flashes of lights glow together and take the shape of the iconic brand products : Big Mac, Sundae and French Fries to announce the late summer schedules of McDonald’s restaurants.
This studio shoot required no less than 10 days of building and 2 days of shooting with 1100 LEDs, 80 meters of wire and 400 welds. The campaign has been shot by Helmut Stelzenberger. It aims to communicate about the late opening of its restaurants until midnight or later.
Print advertisment created by TBWA, France for McDonald's, within the category: Food.




Credits: 
Advertising Agency: TBWA\Paris, France
Advertising Managers: Xavier Royaux, José Jacinto, Benoit Kolb
Agency Managers: Luc Bourgery, Jonathan Serog, Julie Montagné, Magali Couturier
Executive Creative Directors: Benjamin Marchal, Faustin Claverie
Copywriters: Antoine Gauquelin, Antoine Colin
Art Director: Bruno Bicalho Carvalhaes
Photographer: Helmut Stelzenberger
Art Buyer: Julie ChampinThe source is Ads Of The World.

NovelTea Tins: Down the Rabbit Hole

Do you remember the Noveltea Tins?


The Noveltea Tins are making a new Kickstarter campaign, and this time the tea seems more amazing than ever!
With the Anise in Wonderland, Pu’er Rabbit and Pekoe Pan, just the names make you dream of the delicious flavours that could have. The tin designs are as beautiful as ever, and this time they will come with a bookmark too. So take a look at the flavours and order your delicious Noveltea.


The Anise in Wonderland with tea made from the anise plant, an herb with a robust floral flavor. Somewhat reminiscent of the flavor of licorice or fennel, anise tea has a sense of otherworldliness to it, at the same time familiar and mysterious.


The Pu’er Rabbit will be made with a unique form of tea made for thousands of years in the Yunnan region of China and unlike most other tea, is allowed to ferment and age, sometimes for years, until it is pressed into a compact “brick” form. This process infuses Pu’er with complex earthy flavors and a gentle bitterness, with a wide variety in flavor based on how long it is allowed to ferment.


The Pekoe Pan will consist of a whole black tea leaves left relatively intact and undamaged during the picking process, unlike many other grades which are broken up or ground to make tea bags.

18 September 2017

Peopled Places by Kim Salt

These works from the artist Kim Salt were created for Helikon Gallery's group exhibition, 'Peopled Places'. ‘Peopled Places’ celebrates the ways in which we interact with and find inspiration in the places around us, both real and imagined.




Chickadee Chickadee Bang Bang by J.R. Ripley - Blog Tour + Giveaway


Chickadee Chickadee Bang Bang by J.R. Ripley
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5

 

A mystery with birds and cars involved, weird, isn't it?
Amy Simms not only love birds but also being involved in mystery cases. Imagine that the police had to hire another police officer since she returned home... so is she attracting killers or simply bad luck? Just in case, be careful and try to not stay in the same place as her, you could be the next victim!

"The sign on the door was written in red: FORTUNES TOUTED, MISFORTUNES ROUTED. A phone number was displayed in small back numerals below.
Those were strong claims.
Little did I know then how my fortunes and those of my friends were going to change."

I was surprised how this small community that seemed quite friendly and united with their festivities seem to change their mood and become something more sinister and dangerous!
Learning about birds is always something interesting, there are so many and they make the city a bit more natural. However, learning about old cars was something funny and quite surprising after knowing how much some people pay for them and maybe this could be a murder motive...
Amy's bird business seems to work quite well, she has a handsome boyfriend and a nosy mother, but when she decides to help her friend Paul before being arrested for murder, she puts her life in danger risking everything she has... she is brave and bold, and I am quite surprised that she is still alive, confronting suspects without knowing who is the real killer but knowing that it has already killed twice I think it's playing with fire.
This is one of those cases where you don't like any of the suspects and that all of them had very strong motives to kill the victim, but let's be honest, the victim wasn't an angel either and I still can not understand why the police didn't investigate the dirty business he was doing, because everyone in the village knew them...
This book has quick dialogues and really funny scenes that will make you smile and sometimes wonder if in the next case the victim will be Amy's mother and her the killer! Read the book and you'll understand me...
I loved and at the same time I was scared of the Lord of Death, I can not tell you what it is, because we don't know, just that it seems to be alive... Who moves him? Is he a protector or a killer attract? Will we see him in the next books? I hope so!
I missed a little bit of romance in the book, the relationship between Amy and Derek seemed more as friends than something else... are they really together? Will we see a kiss or some sparks in the next adventure?
This is the 5th book of the series "A Bird Lover's Mystery Series" but you can read is as standalone.
Would you kill for a bird?

Interested? Good luck in the Giveaway!

17 September 2017

Disney by Larienne

There are a lot of beautiful illustrations and drawings of the famous Disney characters, but I loved the colorful and pretty designs from Larienne, take a look...




Little Shadows Puzzle Set by Dusyma


The Schatti Too is not a toy just for kids, it's something to make you think and play with your little ones or friends. I remember having to do different types of views and drawing them when I was in school, and a lot of my friends had some trouble doing it, so this is a way to learn viewing the different views of an object with fun.


It challenges the children to make figures based on the shadow they see with wood toys. Original, don't you think? It's recommended from 5 years old, but I think that anyone older than 5 would have a great time playing with it!
I didn't know the Dusyma brand, but if you take a look at their homepage you'll find some great toys, but a high price, but perfect for Christmas presents! ;)

16 September 2017

Six Coffee Questions Infographic by I love Coffee

Some of your coffee questions answered by I Love Coffee! ;)

Body On Baker Street by Vicki Delany - Great Escapes Blog Tour + Giveaway!


Body On Baker Street by Vicki Delany
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5


Writing books about Sherlock Holmes could make you a lot of enemies, but from there to commit murder it's a big step, don't you think?
Gemma is the owner of The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and when the famous writer Renalta Van Markoff asks to do a signing in her little bookshop she can not believe her luck until someone decides to kill the famous writer during the signing and one of her friends is the first suspect. She will not stop till she discovers the truth. Ready?

'"I recognize that look," Jayne said. "And I don't like it. What are you thinking?
"I'm thinking it's time to eliminate the impossible and thus discover the improbable."
"That makes absolutely no sense."'

A murder in a bookshop is the typical mystery all book lovers want to investigate once in their life as a play role, of course, not with a real victim!
Gemma is a very intelligent and brave woman, but sometimes her intelligence makes her a little too much insolent, specially with the police... 
Since we start reading the book we know the list of possible murders is not very long, friends and family of Gemma being dismissed, the problem is that all the other characters have a motive and an opportunity, we will have to investigate deeply to know the truth!
I liked the role and friendship of Gemma with her best friend Jayne and Ashleigh her employee; they take care of each other without being overprotective.
I am not sure if I like the male role in this book, detective Ryan, because he is someone to trust or his work is more important than his personal life? Because I can assure you I would never accept one of my partners talking as rude as Estrada (Ryan partner detective) talks to any of my friends! I suppose I will have to read next book to know more about them...
This has been a great read, everyone had motives and with some funny characters this book will make you remember the great Arthur Conan Doyle books! Just a hint, there's a Moriarty too...
This is the second book of the "A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery", but you can read it as standalone.
Would you trust to drink of an open bottle of water?

Interested? Good luck in the Giveaway!

15 September 2017

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS by Linn Fritz

We are girls and we are proud of it! Take a look at these cute illustrations by the artist Linn Fritz.




World's Smallest Post Service Kit by Leafcutter Designs

I am so excited to share with you the new Leafcutter Designs campaign


I love writing letters, it's something intimate and beautiful that I enjoy with people around the world, and now thanks to the Kickstarter campaign World's Smallest Post Service Kit, we will be able to send some very little letters to our friends and family!
There are so many new designs that I still don't know which one I'll choose...!


So... who will be the recipient of your small letters?