Solar Eclipse and the Darkest Dark

Tomorrow is the solar eclipse, and I couldn’t be more excited! I made my box viewer today (I used’s video) and tried it out. I seriously hope it’s not cloudy tomorrow!! I also made “eclipse cookies” to bring into work. These chocolate dipped cookies are delicious!! I can’t wait to share them. While I can’t experience the total eclipse tomorrow, it will be about 80%, which is definitely worth it. This is one of the first eclipses that I can remember preparing for. I vaguely remember partial eclipses from growing up, but this one I’m pumped for.

I have always been excited by astronomy. When I was younger I went to a Girl Guide camp and heard the different stories and legends behind each constellation. I was totally fascinated by these stories, particularly by Cassiopeia. I still search for her throne in the night sky.


When I was really young, I got to meet Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. He was the first Canadian to walk in space and he came to my school to give a talk about what it’s like to be an astronaut. I thought he was the coolest, and I treasured the autographed photo I received.


Hadfield is popular for his social media presence and music, but more recently he published a children’s book, The Darkest Dark. This is a beautiful book with an inspiring story that reminds us to follow our dreams, no matter how far away they may seem. The pictures are absolutely stunning and I would love to have them framed on my wall. This is one of my favourite books this year, and I love that it was written by Chris Hadfield.

The Darkest Dark

My love of astronomy certainly fuelled many choices growing up, from pasting glow-in-the-dark stars in accurately placed constellations all over my ceiling, to the star chart that hangs over my desk today, to the sci-fi shows I watch on repeat, to influencing my own fiction writing. Astronomy is just one of those science-based things that has always been there and has always interested me. Now I get to see the eclipse tomorrow, and who knows – maybe that will end up in one of my stories, too.



Bookish Nails!

Book Nails
Last week I got to party at a Harry Potter Festival here in Calgary, a wonderful day filled with HP music, butterbeer treats, and wizard costumes! Special for the day I decided to try out these newspaper nails. Check out the full instructions here. They are shockingly easy to do, and you can bet I’ll have bookish nails much more often!

Of course after doing these nails I had to have more! Now, there are some super elaborate nails out there which I have no hope of actually doing myself, so I’ve collected some of my favourite bookish nails that I think (hope) I can do at home!

House Colours & Deathly Hallows | Harry Potter

HP Nails

There are some gorgeous HP nails out there, but these ones caught my eye. I love being able to show off your house colours, plus I think the Deathly Hallows symbol would be easy to do.

Source: Pinterest


Book Crest | Heroes of Olympus

Heroes of Olympus

I absolutely love this symbol from the Heroes of Olympus books. It’s so simple, but I love the look of it, and of course the way it ties back into the book itself!

Source: Lili Lost In A Book


Tris Tattoo & Factions | Divergent


Most Divergent nails involve the different factions, and kudos to you if you can draw those. I liked these nails in particular because of the reference to Tris’ tattoo.

Source: Pinterest


Mocking Jay Pin | The Hunger Games


There are some brilliant Hunger Games nails – mostly involving fire. But these ones were definitely my favourite. While I don’t think I can manage the mocking jay, I love the effect of the grey on black.

Source: Pinterest


Dragon Egg | Game of Thrones / Eragon

Dragon Egg Nails

Similarly, I know I can’t draw a dragon. But I LOVE the dragon egg effect. And if you want an easy hack, check out this tutorial using a net or loofah.

Source: Petite Peinture


Galaxy Nails | Across the Universe / Ender’s Game / Lunar Chronicles

Galaxy Nails

I found galaxy nails referencing many different book series. I think they’re absolutely gorgeous! Plus following this tutorial, they actually seem pretty easy to do! Put these on my to-try list!

Source: Casa De Polish

There are so many bookish nails out there and I love all of them! Check out my Pinterest page for more bookish nails. I can’t wait to try some of these out! <3