Adventures and Reviews by me, a Bookworm!

GCC Cake I made for a snack at one point

GCC Cake I made for a snack at one point

This post is going to be about a club that I formed and was a part of for several years. I called it Girls Craft Club – or GCC for short. I encourage other girls (or guys) to start clubs like this as well! It doesn’t matter what age you are, getting together with friends and being a part of a “club” is still fun.

 

I formed Girls Craft Club in 2011. The idea was for girls to have a chance to get together regularly with their friends, a chance to get to know each other and have a good time. The idea was simple. Once a month I would invite my friends over, we would do a craft, have a snack and then play some games inside, or if the weather permitted, outside. So I could easily contact everyone, I created an email loop that everyone was invited to, and through it I could email all the details about the exact date and if they needed to bring any supplies. The time we met was 1pm (after lunch) until 4pm.

 

It was a huge hit. I loved it and it was so much fun to be able to get together with my friends once a month. The crafts I chose I got off Pinterest (Pinterest is probably one of the best places to get craft ideas from, I highly recommend it.), and I tried to keep the cost of supplies pretty low considering that I didn’t have a big budget. Some of the things that we’ve done include making stepping stones, chocolate covered pretzels (which were so delicious we did these a few times), cards when people were sick or needed encouragement and a lot more.

 

After the craft, which generally took an hour or so to complete, we had a snack. (Unless we made something edible, in which case we just ate our craft :)) For the snack we had crackers and cheese or cookies or popcorn or something else of the sort. Munchies, really. After our snack we played games like Capture the Flag or volleyball – anything we were interested in. Soon it was four and time for my friends to depart. They brought their crafts home with them and we all were very eager for next month’s meeting. :)

 

So that was GCC in a nutshell. After doing it for several years I finally ran out of crafts to do within my pricerange, and we were all moving on with our lives. I decided to officially end Girls Craft Club, although we all promised to keep getting together to hang out or playing some games.

 

As I said before, I encourage you all to think about starting a club of your own. Maybe you could form the next GCC or maybe you could think of something entirely on your own. Either way, I’m going to try and post regularly about the crafts we did so you could gather ideas for your own club, or maybe your just a really crafty person and you’d be interested in trying some. Let me know if you have any questions about GCC that I may be able to answer, or if you’re going to start a club of your own! :D

 

I hope you enjoyed the post, and have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by.

Anne’s House of Dreams

 

Anne's House of Dreams - L.M. Montgomery

Anne’s House of Dreams – L.M. Montgomery

Anne’s House of Dreams (L.M. Montgomery) was a really great book! Anne is now married (husband’s name will remain anonymous for those of you who have not read it) and lives in her little house at Four Winds. At Four Winds she meets her opinionated neighbor, Miss Cornelia Byrant, Captain Jim who’s an old sea captain full of tales and Leslie Moore, a beautiful woman whose past is full of tragedies. With her neighbors and husband, Anne begins her new life. She solves problems of her own and tries to help others with theirs.

The fifth book of the Anne-Books was a very good one. Again, Anne met new people and I really liked their personalities and their part in the story. There was lots of humor, I thought, coming from the stories that Anne’s neighbors (specifically Miss Cornelia) told.

 

On the other hand, a lot of the stories were sad ones. Some of them I found a bit depressing. It was different than the happy-go-lucky stories that the friends generally told, and I do understand that everyone has a bit of a sad background, but this was just tragic. And this book was about Anne’s first year of marriage, I thought, but her husband was away much of the time and they only quarreled once throughout the whole story. Those two things were a bit disappointing, but other than that I loved every bit of it. There were happy times, there were sad times, there were joyous times, and there were grieving times. All in all, I found that Anne’s House of Dreams was a very, very good book and I recommend it! (Although, I must say that my personal favorite is still Anne of Windy Poplars. ;))

 

Thank you lovely readers for reading my post. :) Tell me now, have you read any of the Anne-Books I have posted about? If you have, please comment how you liked them! If you haven’t read them, perhaps you’ll start them soon? I’d love to hear your comments. :)

Anne of Windy Poplars -- LM Montgomery

Anne of Windy Poplars — LM Montgomery

The Anne of Green Gables books keep getting better and better, that’s all I’m saying. :D Anne of Windy Poplars was truly the best book out of them all (so far, mwahaha. I still have three more to go!) Why? I’m not entirely sure. I just loved the way it was written and the problems that arose and the ways that Anne solved them. Here’s an overview of the book:

Anne Shirley has taken a three-year job as principal in the town of Summerside. She lives with two widows and a housekeeper at the residence ‘Windy Poplars’. Of course, she knows it’s going to be hard to win the respect of the Pringles.

The Pringles practically rule Summerside. They either like you or they don’t. And the definitely don’t like Anne. They’re determined to make her unwelcome. They’re a snobbish, rude family. Anne goes out of her way to be kind and hopes to make friends with the Pringles one day, but it’s not going to be easy.

When she’s not writing letters to her fiancée (who shall remain nameless) she’s making new friends with the girl down the street or helping solve many of the problems – or even learning some of Summerside’s secrets.

Well. :) I hope that intrigues you.

When I first opened the book I saw that it was split into three parts: First Year, Second Year and Third Year. Within these parts they had regular chapters 1, 2, 3 … and when it came to a new part it started over. :) It was different, but it didn’t bother me none. Just surprised me. Another thing that was different, the first few chapters are Anne’s letters to her fiancée. Again, it didn’t bother me any, it just surprised me. After the first few chapters it goes back to the regular third person view, occasionally slipping back into Anne’s letter writing. :) This different format was nice and I liked it. Don’t let the different formatting I just mentioned keep you from reading!

Things I really liked: Anne is such a friendly person (even if she does get angry or upset, but that makes her all the more human) and she doesn’t give up on friendships. I like that about her. Even though she’s the principal of the school she can still daydream and imagine things. She imagines with her friend, Little Elizabeth and together they dream about their fairyworld. She’s funny, too. She’s able to laugh at herself when she makes mistakes or does something truly hilarious.
Anne met new people – all the time. There are so many people to keep track of and at times it was confusing to me. When I kept reading I was able to get to know them better so that when I read their names I would know who they are. :) A few people just annoyed me to pieces, but it was their personality. It made the story interesting, to tell you the truth. The widows and housekeeper Anne stayed with at Windy Poplars were just dears. I loved their character and their part in the story.

Well there you have it. A review on The Anne of Green Gables Novels #4 by L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Windy Poplars! I hope that if you decide to read the book you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. If you’ve already read it, let me know what you thought in the comments!

Thanks for reading. :)

Anne of the Island ~ L.M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island | Bookworm's Majestic Adventures, A WordPress Blog

Anne of the Island | Bookworm’s Majestic Adventures, A WordPress Blog

Third book of the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne Shirley is no longer a child. She’s left Avonlea for college. Anne and her friends move into a darling little cottage and live together during the school year, meeting new people and forming new relationships with others around them.
Anne is a problem solver. She helps her friends solve a few problems of their own, while also trying to sort her own out, including her question about love and if she will ever marry. When Anne returns home she finds that Avonlea and its inhabitants are changing and it’s no longer the Avonlea she knew. Anne seems to be stuck by herself as her childhood friends marry and adjusts to the new pace of life. Her friends are leaving or getting married, while Anne seems stuck in the same stage of life.
I enjoyed this book very much. Anne made new friends which “spiced it up” from the same characters in the first two books. The characters were delightful and made me smile. Anne and her friends get themselves into some pretty funny predicaments, yet also stick with each other through the hard times in their lives.
Halfway through the book there is a little section written from Dora and Davy’s point of views (if you don’t remember Dora and Davy, they were the twins that Marilla adopted in the second book). I especially liked hearing it from their point of view; it was something different and unexpected.
In comparison of the first two Anne-books, I liked this one best. I loved the new characters that were introduced and the problems they faced. I loved the different plot threads that were weaved throughout the book. I especially liked how the book ended. (Don’t worry, I won’t tell you what the ending is!) I hope that if you read it you will enjoy it as much as I. Since reading this review do you think you’ll read the book?
For those who have read Anne of the Island: What did you think of the third Anne-book? Liked it or not?

My copy of "Anne of Avonlea" by L.M. Montgomery

My copy of “Anne of Avonlea” by L.M. Montgomery

As in the first book, Anne Shirley is still as spirited as ever. She’s now a young woman of sixteen, and quite determined to be a good teacher to her pupils. She has befriended a small boy named Paul Irving and they both share their imaginary worlds with each other. In addition to being a teacher, she and her friends have formed a club in which they will make their hometown of Avonlea a better place for all. They gather donations from the local residents towards a specific project to fix it up.

With everything else going on in their lives, Marilla and Anne have taken on the task of raising twins. Prim and proper, Dora obeys every rule perfectly and does exactly as told. On the other hand, a very energetic Davy continually gets into one scrape after another, and can’t help but being Anne’s favorite. The twins bring an adventurous and childish feel to the story.

Throughout the book Anne gets into some trouble, wonders where her life will lead, makes new friends and has to make some very difficult choices. I felt that the book sped along nicely, then it slowed, then it picked up again near the end. Anne of Avonlea is as good as its first book Anne of Green Gables and is a great story. I felt that since Anne is older, she didn’t have as many mistakes as she did when she was younger, though she did get into some pretty funny things. But with Davy and Dora, it made up for the things I missed because of the things they (mostly Davy) got into. Anne continually encouraged Davy to ‘be as good as Paul Irving’. Davy was constantly trying to measure up to Paul, even though Paul is several years his senior. I felt a little sorry for Davy, because he was trying his best. One thing I did enjoy was that there was an unexpected surprise about a friend of Anne’s. A surprise that I will not mention for spoilers sake, though I will say that it was very good surprise and twist. :)

I plan to start reading the third book tomorrow, and when I am finished I shall post another review for you all!

Now, I have a question for you. :) Have you read Anne of Avonlea? Did you like, or dislike it? Why or why not? :) Thanks for reading!

 

I’ve had a couple people tell me that when they got their ‘New Post on A Bookworm’s Majestic Adventure’ email, it was only a jumble of letters. Sorry about that! There IS actually a post called ‘Samsung ST66 HD 5X Camera’, though. When I attached the photos something didn’t work and pasted the jumbles of letters and numbers instead. Everything is all fixed now, though. Thanks! :D

My Samsung ST66 HD Camera – Front

My Samsung ST66 5X HD Camera – Back

I got my camera for Christmas two years ago, and have used it nearly every day. I love to take pictures of everything under the sun (literally), and this camera was just perfect. It’s small, light and has great picture quality. When I was given my camera, I also received an SD card because the camera itself does not have much memory. I highly recommend getting the SD card; I’ve had over 200 photos on my camera at one time without it being full, so there’s no need to worry about running out of memory when on a photo shoot.

There are many things I like about this camera. First, I liked its size. I can fit it into my pocket like I would a cell phone, or it will tuck easily into my purse. The camera comes with a wrist strap that you can slip your hand into so it won’t drop, but it’s not adjustable so you can tighten it to your wrist.

I was very impressed with the battery life. The battery lasts for a long time; it can go for days without charging.

This camera doesn’t have a lot of buttons on it, and once you get to know the few there are then you’ll have no trouble at all.

Pressing the Menu button opens up a variety of choices to personalize your camera such as the sound the shutter makes, the photo size, display brightness and what language you want it, and more.

The Mode button brings up different types of pictures you can take. In the ‘Scene’ section, you can choose to take a picture in ‘sunset mode’, ‘text’, ‘beauty shot’ and more. Personally, I don’t care much for the settings in the Scene section because I can take just as good of photos using Smart Auto.

Smart Auto doesn’t allow you to have any effects when taking pictures (unless you add the effects after the picture is taken) but it produces clear, crisp photos. It can be picky about how close the camera is to an object before it gets blurry, however. It is a little frustrating at times, but if you have the patience to just adjust the camera, all is well. One thing I have found quite irritating is that after you take a picture while in Smart Auto mode, you have to wait until the ‘SMART A’ button on the side stops flashing before you can take another photo. It is very frustrating when I am trying to get a picture of something that’s passing by, but if you go into any other camera mode there is no problem with this.

If you want to add effects while taking a picture, you would choose ‘Program’. Program allows you to add one of nine different effects, and then take a picture with that effect. (You access these effects by pressing the Fn button, and then it will bring up a menu of options that are available.) The effects are very good ones, and they give my pictures something more. I really love using the effects. You can even add effects after a picture has been taken, as I mentioned before. You can do this by going to the photo you want to edit, the press Menu, Edit, Smart Filter. :)

The zoom works fairly well, but it depends on what setting you are in. If you are in the Program setting it gets blurry faster, but if you are in Smart Auto it works very well!

There is a video camera, and it works very well. The video quality is good, but the sound is iffy. When you go back to watch the video, sometimes the audio is very quiet, yet other times it is just fine. It’s something to mess around with. But since I do not use the video camera much I don’t know if it is a certain option I have set up. Either way, what matters more to me is the picture quality.

This camera is the best I have ever used, and I use it very often. I recommend this camera to anybody who loves to take pictures!

What about you? Do you own a Samsung ST66 or any other type of camera? How do you like yours?

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