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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

May I present….my favourite!


I love this book. I love the marbled paper (from Brazil surprisingly). It has beautiful metallic colours – the brown is a subtle copper colour, which makes it a modern take on a very traditional form. I love the turquoise ribbon and the inside is my favourite Japanese ‘grains of rice’ Chiyogami paper which I have used before – and I loved that book too. Remember this one?



I am starting the think that the reason I am being so dilatory about selling these books is that secretly, I can’t bear to part with them. Even though I have more of most of the papers and so they can be replicated, most of the fun is finding new combinations of papers/ribbons/threads that work well together, so making a second version of one I’ve already made isn’t so much fun.

I shall have to have an assistant to do the grunt work and I will just waft about being creative and buying paper…

I just had a text from my ex who lives in the South of France, just north of Cannes. Apparently it is snowing there! As it is a sunny (albeit cold) day here, I am feeling very smug for a change. What is happening to the weather? It’s all upside down…

What’s the weather doing where you are? Is it doing what it’s supposed to at this time of the year?

16 responses to “May I present….my favourite!

  1. strugglingwriter November 15, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Ooh. That is very nice. I could see how you wouldn’t want to part with any of your books as they are so nice. Just think of the cash for making more books, though!

    As far as weather, we had two days in the 50s (it felt like summer) and now we have rain rain rain and cold cold cold.

  2. pete November 15, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Wow, that is one cool looking book! The cover reminds me of swirled chocolate on top of a tasty dessert. The ribbon colour offers great contrast. Beautiful work.

  3. Diane November 15, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    SW – Hmm, the cash is a very compelling arguement… :)
    I hope your cold is better – particularly if it is wet and cold outside – very depressing :(

    Pete – Thanks, I love it. It looks even nicer in the flesh (as it were!) Good enough to eat. If you were really hungry :)

  4. laketrees November 15, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    very rich and luscious Diane ….I think continental cake :)
    the swirls of turquoise.. cream and the mushroom pink are a delectable combination….
    the weather here is moderately hot….hot enough in the afternoons to put the ac on ……

  5. Diane November 15, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    It is, Kim, luscious is a good word! And delectable…

    I wish we were heading into the summer… it has turned FREEZING here with the added bonus of rain and gales forecast for the weekend. Joy. I may have to hibernate :)

  6. tulibri November 15, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Diane, I’m not a big fan of marbled paper, but this one looks really great! As if marbling went design ;-) BTW, modulor has a saitn ribbon that would have suited your other book perfectly: it is brown on one side, blue on the other:
    I got a blue/brown and a pink/red one recently – they’re so beautiful (more than the pictures can show).

    Here in the palatinate forest, it has been a crisp, sunny day – very beautiful and appropriate for the season. On highstreet, many stores were busy installing their christmas decoration. Last year, we had about 20 degrees Celsius at that time of the year which was very uncommon – so it seems back to normal now :-)

    Snow in Cannes is extraordinary! Unbelievable. May I ask you where your ex lives? I once spent quite a time near Cannes, in Mougins (with Sophia Antipolis nearby). Lovely landscape, great food!


  7. Lynda Lehmann November 16, 2007 at 3:04 am

    wow, i feel the presence of a powerful creative muse here! nice work!

  8. dinsan November 16, 2007 at 6:21 am

    uhmm thats a nice book :) but is that paper easy to write on ? or is just to keep it like that and look at it …. enjoying the beauty

  9. MJ November 16, 2007 at 8:31 am

    I prefer the 2nd one! It’s gorgeous.. I find it hard to sell my handmade jewelleries too.

  10. Diane November 16, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Hi Astrid – thanks for the link. What a great web site! I shall add that to my book links page. The ribbon you suggest is so pretty and would match perfectly!
    Our house is in Valbonne. I love it down there but since we split up he has lived there and I do miss going there! Mougins is SO pretty – and so many nice restaurants!

    Thank you, Lynda, I was just over at your blog. What a visual treat it is – and the music is so soothing too! I love the photographs of tree bark – so intricate and the colours are divine…

    Dinsan – Thank you, the paper inside is plain drawing or watercolour paper so it can be used for writing, drawing or painting! Or you can just look at the pretty cover paper!

  11. Jon November 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Wow.. your favorite is BEAUTIFUL. :)

    It’s getting really cold here. I usually like it but it went from unseasonably warm to seasonably cool just like that and it’s hard to adjust! Everyone is sick. :P


  12. Soph November 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    That’s beautiful – in fact it’s one of those book that I’d buy but I’d never be able to bring myself to actually write in it because I’d want to keep saving it for something really special.

    Where I am it’s been sunny recently but really quite cold. Scarf and hat weather. :) It’s also getting dark so quickly these days! I came out of Tesco at 3.30 this afternoon and it already looked like early evening outside.

  13. captain lifecruiser November 16, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! this is the second time I visit here and I’m really impressed over your creations. Very stylish and special. I’ve always thought that there isn’t enough of fun, nice, beautiful books. I’ve seen some lately, but not enough :-)

  14. Diane November 16, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Jon – I have got this same paper in red with pink swirls….I feel a plan coming on…

    It is freezing here and it is forecast to stay cold but to rain and get windy as well this weekend. Oh joy.

    Soph – it’s horrible isn’t it? Roll on the Spring, I say! I know what you mean about books. I used to buy loads of notebooks and just keep them for something special, I still have them and now I make my own – and keep them all too!

    Hi Captain! – Thank you for dropping by again and thanks for your kind comments. Perhaps I should make some travel journals for you…. :) Please drop by again!

  15. blueseaglass November 19, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    oooh this one is delicious! I think it is my favorite.

  16. Diane November 19, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I have just received more of this paper in other colours and other patterns of marbling. It is gorgeous. I have it in reds, blues and a lovely coppery brown. Don’t want to be repetitive though so I shall wait a while to use it….

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