Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Watch the Paul Potts Movie via Yahoo (until October 9th)

I'm not sure if this is available worldwide, so if it isn't, my apologies in advance. I was on Yahoo yesterday and somehow (who remembers what I clicked to get there), I came across this limited screening of the movie One Chance, the story of the Britain's Got Talent winner, Paul Potts.

I'm not a huge opera fan or even a minor opera fan (too uninformed, I suppose), but like so many people, I like the best parts of opera, the big, emotional pieces that everyone recognizes. This movie has lots of those. And while it's not a great, "I'll remember this forever" kind of movie, it is a sweet, feel-good movie (how could it not be?) and is quietly entertaining.

Yahoo is apparently allowing people to watch it online from September 24th-October 9th, so if you're interested, here's your chance. Here's the trailer:

More importantly, here's the link to watch the movie on Yahoo (good luck and apologies again if you can't manage. I have no idea how Yahoo videos work outside of the U S).
(If for some reason, this link doesn't work, try going to Yahoo Screen. A link to the movie will show up in the left hand column).

The movie stars James Corden who is new to me, but probably not to those of you in the U.K., and will be in the upcoming movie, Into the Woods, as well as taking over from Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show.

It also has small but fun roles by Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley in the Harry Potter movies), the always wonderful Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook (also new to me, but really fun in this movie), Trystan Gravelle (Victor in Mr. Selfridge) and Jemima Rooper (the lead in one of my favorites, Lost in Austen). 

In addition, here's a cute video with the leads and Taylor Swift who apparently wrote a song for the movie.

Lastly, here's the original audition on Britain's Got Talent (reproduced in the movie with Simon Cowell and cast). 

Enjoy and have a great day!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Love Bracelets!

I'm not much of a jewelry person. I love rings, but they get in my way, so I only wear my wedding ring. And while I adore pretty necklaces (other people's, I suppose), I never feel comfortable wearing them. I'm not sure why. Probably because I'm not very fashionable and I can never figure out what kind of neckline looks good with a necklace. In face I'm so awful at presenting well that my idea of fashion is a great pair of tennis shoes (here are my new ones if you haven't visited my Facebook page lately. Sorry about the terrible lighting).

Bracelets, however, are another story. And even though I don't wear them often, I do love pretty or unusual bracelets. Back when I used to run a lot of contests, I gave them away. They weren't expensive, but they were fun. Now and then I just have to go looking around to see what types of bracelets are for sale online, so here are some of the ones I found this morning.

A cute little sea turtle on a hemp bracelet

This one has a quote by A.A.Milne (from Christopher Robin). It says: To my lovelies, “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”

A Rumplestiltskin bracelet, complete with spinning wheel

A world map bangle

From the Downton Abbey collection

There are lots of Dr. Who wristbands

A Starfleet ID bracelet

A Droid bangle

And from The Disney Store, two types of Lion King bracelets

That's all for now (I could do this all day). Check back later when I may do another post with more bracelets. Are you a jewelry person?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hey Guys, Look, Our Favorite Show is on the Television!

These frogs just love the "worm show" on TV. It's so realistic, even edible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Music Video on 14 Tablets and Phones

The song is Knock Knock, and the video takes place in real time. Very inventive (and great timing).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fun Things for Crafters

I haven't had a lot of time for crafting lately, so I haven't been paying much attention to crafting supplies. I knew that there were now lots of pretty and interesting types of tape available, but I hadn't really explored what was out there. This morning I took a look around, and here are some of my favorites.

Dry Erase Tape - pretty pricey but interesting

Dry Erase magnet strips (this one comes on a roll, so you can cut it to the desired length)

Lots of decorative masking tapes (this is a link to the one below)

Scotch Decorative Tapes with

More packing tape (lots of designs available)

And, of course, all kinds of duct tape

Or this, used here to decorate a gift box

If you're going to make larger items out of duct tape, you'll want to make duct tape fabric (apparently--I haven't tried this yet), so here's a video to show you how to do that:

There are tons of videos that demonstrate various types of duct tape wallets (including bifold, tri-fold, ones with secret pockets and/or a clear pocket), so here's just one of them:

I could have gone on and on. There are so many videos and blog entries on what to do with fun tapes, so this is just a start.

Have you used decorative tape for any crafts?

Have a great day!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Animation with a Twist

This video has gone viral (it's from September 5th), so you may have seen it already. If you haven't, keep watching all the way to the end even if it doesn't seem like your kind of thing. It's a short video from Britain's Channel 4.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Oh, Those Fitted Sheets...

This somewhat silly look at life hacks caught my attention, mainly because today I washed sheets and (sigh) once again did a crummy job of folding the fitted sheets. To be honest, I don't waste a lot of time worrying about such things, and I'm glad that fitted sheets exist, but I usually resort to simply folding them (I'm using the word "folding" loosely here) small enough that I can disguise them by placing the nicely folded top sheets over them on the shelf.

So, here are some life hacks (sort of), including a bit on fitted sheets.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Father Teaches His Children How to Change a Toilet Roll

It's been a busy summer, and I've neglected the blog. I hate that, because I really do enjoy being here. So, if you haven't seen this already (you may have, because this video has over 2 million hits and is from a few days ago), here's a bonus post, a tongue-in-cheek video born of a father's frustration.

I hope you all had a wonderful August and are enjoying September.

Have a great day!


Too Many Books? Make a Bookcase

Not that I actually have the skills or the ambition to make a bookcase, but this unique video was a bit "magical." (Frank Howarth made a bookcase, but he took himself out of all the images). I couldn't stop watching.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some of the Best of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges

I'm sure you've seen a number of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos. Here put clips from 50 of the best celebrity challenges into one video. I know that some have criticized this challenge as being too gimmicky but I think that anything that calls attention to a serious disease such as this one and which also inspires people to donate to a good cause can't be bad. (Plus...Patrick Stewart and Benedict Cumberbatch? I'm in).

And just in case you missed Homer Simpson taking the challenge...
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