It’s only three days into January and I’ve already got one book in the bag for 2013. My official goodreads goal is 60 books. Enough to be reasonable, but still beat my 2012 total.
It’s all about winning, you know. Even if I’m only competing against myself. Nah, especially if I am only competing against myself.
Competitive? Me? NO WAY!
Seriously though, you throw the word competition at me and I’m in. Its almost too easy. I mean, there don’t even have to be prizes. Winning itself is prize enough for this girl.
Case in point: I’ve got a little spring in my step right now because of that whole I-finished-a-book-already thing.
Imagine how gloaty and annoying I’d be if I won an actual competition with a real live person?! Wait no. Don’t imagine that. It won’t be flattering for me.
A book that got rave reviews, is bright yellow, has fast food all over the cover, AND is the McDonalds colors??! How do I say no to something that enticing? I don’t. Obviously.
The first book I read in 2013 was The Middlesteins. Did I like it? Find out by reading my review here.
The first craft I, um, crafted, in 2013 was this lampshade.
I think they are cute still, but the grown-up in me just can’t do it. It’s kind of the same thing with bean bag chairs. I really want to have an entire room in my house with nothing but bean bag chairs, but that seems too juvenile, even for me.
But ever say never, I guess. I could find some awesome tutorial for a bean bag chair and go nuts. You never know.
But right. The lamp.
I’m not going to re-write the steps here, because you should go to the tutorial for those, but I did make a few modifications out of….well, out of laziness if you must know.
The petals are supposed to be folded at the base for a more 3D effect, but since there were approximately 8723 petals (give or take 3), there was no way I was going to fold each one and then glue them each onto the lamp. The gluing onto the lamp step took long enough.
One Harry Potter movie, to be exact
Does the lampshade this is based off of look better? Absolutely. Did it (probably) take longer to make? That’s what I’m telling myself.
And I am totally fine with that.
I don’t really dig the yellow buttons on the top, but it needed something to cover the top of the petals and that’s all I could find. I just hot-glued them on there, so the nice thing is that I can change up the looks of the lamp really easily in the future.
Are you back at work in 2013? Have you stuck with your resolutions so far? I did my random act of kindness yesterday too! I may have to start banking some of these daily/weekly resolution-y-ish things to pad future weeks. That’s not cheating, is it?