The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Review

The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Review

Hey! The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender is a hard-boiled crime fiction novel by Marele Day. Unlike its counterparts, the novel depicts the great ability of females in male-dominated roles.

The main themes from the novel include: the impact of technology, corruption, role of women, legacy, immortality, power, the moral decay of society and facades. I would recommend this for those over the age of 16 as there are horror scenes.

My favourite quotes from the novel are:

  • Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse” (Page 22)
  • “The foyer was a large open plan affair with lounge chairs specifically designed for fat cats” (Page 4)
  • “I don’t carry a gun like some of my cowboy colleagues.” (Page 30)
  • My legs are my best weapon. If I’m close enough I can do a karate kick that knocks them flat. If I’m far enough away I run.” (Page 30)
  • “There’s more than one way to skin a cat and most of the time it’s not necessary to skin it. People tend to talk more, be open with a woman, less guarded, less wary.” (Page 31)

 

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Review

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Review

Hey! Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a Chinese martial arts film directed by the famous Ang Lee. The film talks a lot about destiny, morals, relationships, social classes  and family.

My favourite quotes from the film are:

  • Li Mu Bai: “I’ve already wasted my whole life. I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit.”
  • Sir Te: “A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands.”
  • Shu Lien: “To repress one’s feelings only makes them stronger.”
  • Shu Lien: “Fighters have rules, too. Friendship, trust, integrity. Always keep your promise. Without rules we wouldn’t survive long.”
Away Review

Away Review

Hey! Away is a play by Micheal Gow set in Australia in the 1960’s just after the Vietnam War. The play includes themes such as friendship, family, social classes and illness.

I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.

My favourite quotes from the play include:

  • “unburdened crawl towards death” (Act 5 Scene 1)
  • “I’m walking, I’m walking…” (Page 55)
  • “We are not the first people in the history of the world to lose a son in war” (Page 20)
  • ‘What do you think of me? You must hate me? Why do you still bother? I’m sorry…’ (Page 46)
  • “We have this boy and we won’t have him for long. And whatever he does that will be enough”
  • “Well, do you think they’ll pack themselves? Do you think holidays happen by themselves”
  • “I may as well be talking to a lot of brick walls. And what have you packed in the way of clothes? You’re old enough to cope with that. I suppose you are. It’s up to you. Just don’t come running to me when you’ve got nothing to wear. I told you two weeks ago, as soon as your exams finished and over with, to start getting your things together.”
  • “Don’t take that tone of voice. You’ll end up a snide miss and no one can stand that. Everyone does what they have to. If we’re going to have any sort of reasonable holiday we’re going to have to pay for it. We’re paying for it now, spending all night packing up to go.”
Earring Organisation

Earring Organisation

Hey! Earring are great daily accessories but how do you keep them all organised? I have the answer! Wouldn’t it be so much easier if earrings didn’t come in pair? Instead of storing them all in a box I am storing them all IN an actual box!

 

To make this earring organiser:

  1. Find a nice cardboard gift box from a cheap store
  2. Use a large sewing pin or safety pin to poke holes into the lid of the box
  3. Put the earrings into the holes with the decorative side facing the outside
  4. Hold the earring in place with your finger and turn the lid upside down
  5. Lastly, fasten the back of the earring

Larger earrings may need more space in between them. I use the box to store extra back of earrings and other jewellery.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY organisation tutorial and I would love to hear from you!

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DIY Weighted Blanket

DIY Weighted Blanket

Hey! With Sensory Processing Disorder, a weighted blanket really helps me when I am anxious or stressed but sadly these are very expensive to buy.

Weighted blankets are heavy blankets and work like storm jackets do for dogs scared of fireworks. They make you feel as though you are being hugged or squeezed. I have made myself a large blanket as well as a lap blanket. I will be showing you how I did this! It still wasn’t cheap but we have heaps of poly pellets left over afterwards and it was still a cheaper option. Weighted blankets can otherwise be made of rice, pebbles, whatever your imagination can think of!

Supplies

  • Poly pellets/Rice/Pebbles (I recommend about 10% of your body weight worth)
  • Fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing machine skills

 

Method

  1. Get 2 pieces of fabric the same size and sew a hem leaving a small gap to insert to poly pellets.
  2. Turn the blanket inside out so that the hems looks nicer
  3. Use a funnel to put poly pellets into the blanket
  4. Sew a horizontal line along the blanket with the poly pellets underneath it
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until your blanket is finished!

 

Congratulations, you have just made your own weighted blanket! Enjoy!

 

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