january recap (Fiverr, bookstagram and fave reads)

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so shocked by how fast January went. I feel like the whole year will disappear if I blink!

January was a crazy-fast month. It was fun, sometimes stressful and an exciting start to 2019! I am so excited about February and the rest of the year to come!

Also, guys, I am so sorry about not being consistent with blogging. I always plan to write and post my posts on certain days but something always keeps me away from it! So yeah I am sorry I haven’t been blogging as frequently. Life really has been crazy (I feel like I always say that!) 

Anyways, let’s get started!

books I want to read

The Austen Escape by Katherine ReaySpinning Silver by Naomi NovikCinder by Marissa MeyerThe Brontë Plot by Katherine ReayLizzy and Jane by Katherine ReayManga Classics by Stacy King
The Selection by Kiera CassDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartMy Lady Jane by Cynthia HandLove & War by Melissa de la CruzFront Desk by Kelly YangDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReayFull Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
I feel like I read more but yeah!
 My favorite book I read I think is Darius The great is Not okay.
*sobbing* It was such a sweet relatable book! I am definitely going to review it soon! (when I am done crying in the corner)
I am trying to read 150 books this year and according to Goodreads I am five books ahead of schedule, and I think that’s good…?
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Last month I accomplished two things I really wanted to do.
One I started a bookstagram! Yes! I have been wanting to do this ever since I started book blogging and it is so much fun! If you have a bookstagram I would love if you follow me! @elysianartiste
I also have started a fiverr!
Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. I have posted some blog design gigs that I would love for you to purchase. And for a limited time, anyone who signs up to buy on Fiverr, clicking this affiliate link will get 20% off there first purchase! (this will give a small commission to me which I would really appreciate!) I would love if you buy one of my gigs!

I would really appreciate if you support me on both of those platforms!

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scrunchies- THEY ARE SO CUTE AND JUST 90s 

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clips and barrettes- Okay I am kinda turning into a 90s kid and I love these

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jumper dresses and mum jeans- 

sunflowers

stars

literally anything vintage and aesthetic

oh also I really have become a band and theatre kid. I play clarinet and I like musicals. I am trying to audition for Matilda the musical which sounds adorable because Matilda is basically every bookworm

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January was a great month! I am so excited about what February! Thanks so much for reading!

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What books did you read last month? What are your January favorites? Do you have a bookstagram or fiverr?

Thanks for reading!

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cute printables to help you rock 2019!

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Welcome to my itsy bitsy corner of the web! 2019 is here. And nothing starts a new year better than cute printables!

I made some printables for you all that you can download and print! All of my printables are free for personal use only. This means that you cannot use it for anything that makes money. It’s totally fine to use on your blog, bullet journal, decor in your room etc. You do not have to give me credit/link to my blog.

Just click the link below each image you would like to download. (If you don’t know how to open a ZIP file, then you can click here to see a simple tutorial.)

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This inspirational poster will be a lovely accent to your room! Just print it and put it on your wall.

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Just print it and put it on your wall.

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An adorable daily to-do list! You can put this in your planner, bujo or even on your clipboard!

 

I hope you all liked this post! If you want more freebies like this, please comment down below.

Enjoy the freebies!

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my lady jane-book review

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My Lady Jane

genre: Fantasy, Humor, Historical Fiction, Fractured retelling?

rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/5

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me”

—he pointed a finger at her—

“no horse jokes.”

He was making it too easy.

“Ah, my lord, why the long face?”
“That’s it!”

Being Queen can’t be that bad right? Well, it is for sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey. Jane prefers books over romance, and would rather be reading then kissing her groom. But little does she know that her groom is a horse. Yes, a horse. And her cousin- the king- is dying and giving the throne to her. Join Jane, her horse and her king on a humorous quest in a medieval world full of shapeshifting people.

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This was probably the funniest book I’ve ever read.

The characters, the plot, EVERYTHING was extraordinarily creative and quite hilarious.

This book is the “true story” of Lady Jane in the Tudor time period. England is divided between Verities and Eðians. Eðians can shapeshift into animals, while Verities cannot and there has been a lot of tension and war between these two. 16-year-old King Edward is dying and gets his cousin, Lady Jane, married to a stranger to secure the throne and keep peace in England. Little do they know that there are people out there plotting against Edward and trying to steal the throne for themselves.

Characters

Edward-the king. Edward is a dying sixteen-year-old king. He would rather be planning his first kiss then who to inherit his crown. I kinda like him, but, uh *cough* He’s not really my favorite. But still has an interesting character design.

Lady Jane is pretty much all of us bookish nerds. She LOVES books and treats them like her children and would rather read a book at her own wedding. I love her feistiness and she IS SO ADORABLEEEE. o my GOODNESS I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She has such a cute character design and she’s so relatable!

Gifford Dudly my horse boi. *squealing* SO GIFFORD (he prefers G) IS AN ARTSY POETIC SWEET SMOL BOY THAT I LOVE SO MUCH. HEEEEEEEELP. he writes adorable little poems. ILYSM G! he’s sad and needs hugs because his dad is mean (FITE GIFFORDS’ DAD) he spends his days in the fields as a horse and stays up at night writing sonnets as a human. please give him cookies and journals so he can keep writing poems

romance

(the whole point of the book)

Jane and G are so cute. At first, they kinda hate each other (because they were forced to marry each other) BUt as the story develops so does there love.  AWWWWWWWWWWW

my favorite quotes

( because there are so many beautiful ones)

“I love you more than I love books.”

(*claps loudly, tears dripping down my face*)

“On everyone’s lap rested a book. Any book. In case the wedding got boring.” 

“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”

“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. Oh. Sorry, G. Not you, of course.”

The authors are amazing IM CRYING EVERYTHING IS JUST so funny! I had loud outbursts of laughter while reading.

what I didn’t like

*DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN*

The story was somewhat confusing, and I had to reread certain parts over to understand it.

I didn’t like Edward that much. (IM SORRY). He just kind of…. annoyed me… (again IM SORRY) He was very sexist and boooooooooooriiiiiiiiiing (sorry and sorryyyyy)

what I did like

I loved the world the authors built. I loved how the world was created and like the cool shapeshifting part.

Jane and G. (so ship worthy! should we call it gane?) They were so cute and a perfect couple. Their character designs were amazing and I love G SO MUCH (he’s my smol poetic bean)

overall

This is a funny and great read. If you are a fan of fantasy, historical fiction, retellings or comedy then this book is for you! I recommend it to anyone who likes a fun clean read!

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Have you read My Lady Jane? Do you want to read it? What books have you recently read?

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7 fun things to send to your penpal

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I have recently gotten into the hobby of penpaling. I was supposed to have only three, but now I have *ahem* seven.

Having a penpal (or more) Is an amazing way to make new friends and meet new people and learn about others lifestyles and cultures. Penpaling is also great for people that want to disconnect from online and go back to paper. Plus if you have really generous penpals you might even get goodies. (my favorite part) But don’t get your hopes up xD

So in today’s post, I will share with you guys a few things you can send to your penpals!

If you are looking for a penpal and have nowhere to look you can go to this awesome (and safe website) called globalpenfriends. Or you can comment down below that your interested and maybe someone else will reply and ask to be your penpal.

For right now I am closed for new penpals because I already have way tooo many. But I am open to being e-pals if you want.

But now, let’s get on to the post.

The first and most basic thing to put in your penpal letter is a letter.

Even if you only send a letter, you can jazz it up and make it cute and super special! Doodle, add quotes and use fancy fonts!

2. Send washi tape.

Washi tape is cute and adorable, and if your penpal is a crafty artsy person I am sure they would appreciate some. You can wrap it around a stick, tag or piece of paper.

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3. Art

Art pieces are really cute and simple. Draw something your penpal loves like ducks or sunflowers.

4. Scraps

When it comes to penpaling, sending cute scraps of paper or extra washi and stuff Is great! You can use scraps to make collages and if your penpal is creative they will probably find a way to use it.

5. Candy, Tea, Snacks

Packaged objects like tea and candy are great and fun to send to your penpal. I always send my penpals tea bags so they can drink it while reading my letters!

6. envelope art

Envelopes can be transformed into beautiful masterpieces. I try and usually fail, but there are some really pretty things you can do!

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7. Things your pen pals have mentioned

Has your penpal mentioned that they wanted pins? Maybe you can make one for them. Make thinks based on your penpals personality or things they like and want.

 

I hope this post helped! Thanks for reading!

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Do you have a penpal? What are your favorite things to send?

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TAG-ATHON: in which I finally do a few tags PT one

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! And if you are new here, WELCOME! I recommend that you check out my about page and leave a comment in the guestbook 😀

Today’s post is a TAG-ATHON! In which I finally respond to the blog tags.

First of all, sorry for the late tag answers!

I have quite a hard time staying a top of my blog, so blog tags are definitely not my best suit. But they are quite a lot of fun once I get to them!

The first tag I will do is the Liebster award! Which the awesome Tess nominated me for!

(thanks so much!)

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What was your favorite TV show/movie when you were a kid? Well, when I was from ages 0-5 I loved sesame street and the big comfy couch. Then when I was around 4-6 I loved Barney. I loved stuff with puppets and interactive dancing and stuff! Then when I got a little older I started to like my little pony, but then I stopped watching it because of the “magical witch-craft” So yeah, I hope that equals an answer?

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? This is a real tough one. I think everyone should either create their own kind of art or read a book. I don’t know which one to choose so I will go with a combination of both. (if that’s allowed?) Oof 😀

What do you think is the best way to start the day? With a warm cup of tea. Tea is refreshing and cleansing and quite delicious!

What is one of your favorite smells? The smell of apple cider or honey OR PEPPERMINT.

If you were suddenly put on a stage and told to deliver a speech, what would you talk about? Hmmmm maybe my original characters and how books are best friends.

Do you think Wikipedia is a reliable source? Uh Maybe.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? To stay calm, even though everyone knows I can NEVER STAY CALM.

What age would you like to live to? around 80…?

What do you want carved on your gravestone? Ava was an artsy bookish queen that obsessed over the man on the 10 dollar bill. Just kidding. I would probably want, Ava the sweetest creative daughter.
Have you ever saved someone’s life? I think…

Opinion on chow mein? YUMMYYYYY! Chow and Loi mein are REALLY GOOD.

11 random facts about moi

1. I’m weird

2. I like books

3. I obsess over founding fathers *cough* and sing songs about them

4. I went to college at age 12 and took two classes

5. I like to make animations

6. I wanted to start a business and I have so many ideas it hurts

7. i love older eras like 90s 80s 70s 60s

8. I love glasses and I wasted ten dollars (my Hamilton bill) on these fake glasses that are SO ADORABLE

9. I started my first blog when I was seven

10. slushies were my besties

11. I really want a slushie right now.

Nominations

(aka struggling to find people who haven’t been tagged yet)

michelle

graciee

jesting daisy

edd

jenny

malanie

clara

Olivia

lily

tess (because I want to see your answers XD)

and anyone else who wants to answer my questions.

questions

which fictional character would you want to be?

what was your favorite childhood book?

what can you not live without?

no food or no books?

do you likE WAFFLES?

whats your favorite song?

penpal or email pal?

What would you name your boat if you had one?

Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

what do you think of my blog?

wow, who knew the Liebster award took so much effort!

I will do another tag soon! Thank you again, Tess, for nominating me!

This was a lot of fun!

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do you like tags? answer one of the questions from above in the comments!

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