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Starfish, blogging stars and glue sniffing…


This is a bit of a departure. I bought a selection of more ‘graphic’ papers the other day and this is the first of them. I rather like it – I wasn’t sure it would work but it does, I think. So watch out for more – I won’t say what the others are here – it would spoil the surprise! I am also going to experiment with a new type of binding. Ooh! The excitement! Can you stand it? (Yes! I hear you cry….)

Yesterday, I mentioned the weird search terms people use to find my blog. One I mentioned was ‘strawberry’. This has been coming up over and over again for the last week. Is it one person who is obsessed with the delicious fruit or a whole pile of people simultaneously? I need to know! I once posted a recipe using strawberries (hence the link) and I took a photograph of some in a dish (see this post) so I hope these strawberry fanatics are happy with the recipes in this pre-bookbinding post.


My blogging friend, Colin over at ‘Life’, has created a new award. In his words

“Having received many awards I have decided that it was time I created one for ALL my Blogging Buddies. You are ALL awesome and contribute to the wonderful global communities that we have all created. Thank you”

He awarded it to the following people and I was very pleased to find my name in there too.

Lisa , Kim, Deborah, Pearl, Sandy, Jesse, Chris, Zubli Zainordin, Santa, Blog Elf, Jackie, Marzie, Adrian, Jos, NAFA SG, Polli, Sue, Kathy Maartje, Morgan, Greg, MaryAnn, Eric, Hawk, Carol, Diane, Ev Nucci, Surjit, Kuanyin, Christy Z, Sandee, Robin, Hanna, Maunie, Kim, Bobby, Billy, David, Jennifer, Aryst, Winston, Christy, LilyRuth, Jess, Rudy, Lynda, Lili, Sandy G, Ange, BlackWyrm, Vincent, Colin & Anne, Blandly Urbane, Marco, Mihaela Lica, John C, Aziz-sm, Ugyen, Lansy, Alex Badalic, Victors, Nostalgia Manila, Franco Yong, Herby, Rubie, Santaram & BVK, Jean-david, Namgay, Catherine, Yunita P, PJ Lighthouse, Lorimer Black, Dream Catcher, Fred Plimley, Anja Merret, Maria Lourdes, Jon B, Aayush, Denise, Dharmendra P, Brent D, Jerry & Daryl McCoy, Brian B, Calvin Innes, Pieter Marburn, Jessica Field, Taflas, Alex Sysoef, Norie, Justin Stanley, Ashish, David Ledoux, Thanate Tan, Kevin, Etienne, Gerbera, Christina, Abhishek d, Uprai, Texas_Jam, Azmiel, Daniel, Kristin B, Luwis, Adavait, Now Sourcing, Buen Amigo, Kiran Pande, Peterson Wong, Lynn, Chessnoid, Luis Hipolito, Joliveira, Jennifer & Pete, Team Dog, Megan, Mark, Raivyn, Mel, Andrea, Jen / domestika, Mimi, Bobo, Lynda Lehmann, Dread Bob, Julie, RennyBA, Bobbarama, Becky, Magdalena, Michelle,

There are so many wonderful blogs in there it is very pleasing to be included in such illustrious company. I would like to award it in turn to anyone who has ever commented on my blog – you are the ones who make this a community and have helped this blog grow. Thank you all :) Feel free to use and pass on this gift from Colin. (Just link back to him if you do).

I must also mention that I got another review from Ed over on his regular MyBlogLog Sunday spot. Last time he compared my creativity to Hannibal Lecter’s, this time he asks

“if you are looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts, Diane has a handle on making girlie books. I do have to ask, though. Is it glue fumes or natural forces responsible for her creativity?”

What can I say? I do get through a lot of PVA…. other than that though, I haven’t a glue… ;)

20 responses to “Starfish, blogging stars and glue sniffing…

  1. strugglingwriter November 20, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    The “graphic cover” give the book an interesting feel, almost manufactured. That isn’t a bad thing, or anything, just something I noticed. The paper on the inside cover is neat too.

    Congrats on yet another award. Well deserved!

    Finally, I could use some of that creativity generating glue you have. For educational purposes, of course.

  2. Diane November 20, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    You’re right, it does look more machine made – strange that.

    Thank you, it is all very pleasing!

    Creativity generating glue – if only! I could make a fortune – forget the books :)

    Hope your novel is coming along nicely – you are over half way now – so downhill from here. Keep going!

  3. davidhead November 20, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    I wonder if you would be kind enough to consider being one of the first bloggers to take part in this:

    Just to show this is not spam, I picked up your blog through the item about the blogging buddies award list.

    Anyway, take a look and let me know what you think.



  4. qbrow0980 November 20, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    i really like these arts

  5. Lori November 20, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Love the books you make, they’re all so pretty

  6. Timothy November 20, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    I don’t journal anymore, but man, you make me want to try it again. Your products seem to invite anyone who can write to want to get a stack of these beautiful books and go wild. Thanks for sharing your stunning creative ideas and projects.

  7. Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" November 21, 2007 at 8:33 am

    I like the starfish cover, although I came here searching for strawberries! (that’s funny)
    Happy Hollidays to you to Diane – Speedy

  8. Diane November 21, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Glad you all like the book and for your encouraging comments!

    Lori – I see you had a look at Search terms too and got some equally puzzling results!

    Timothy – thank you so much. I hope the books are inspiring – I started making them to fill them with calligraphy but got sidetracked somehow!
    I shall leave them for others to fill up with delights :)

    Eric – the strawberry count has gone up – seven yesterday!
    Happy Hollydale Holidays to you too!

  9. Teresa November 21, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you so much for your comment, Diane :)
    I’m very pleased that such a talented binder likes my work.. I must say that your books are awesome, especially the combination of colors (and love the ribbons knotted that way!)

    So, have a nice day, and keep on the good work :D

  10. Denise nesbitt November 21, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Oh WOW I said Oh WOW! I mean.OMG WOW!
    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooh what luverlyyyyyyyyyyyy stuff you do………………………………….


    OK, mouth closed now, off to look at your blog and add you onto my blogroll before you disappear!!!!

  11. Diane November 21, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Teresa – I was so thrilled to find your lovely blog. You are very talented!

    Denise – thanks! That is a very nice reaction! I shall add you to mine so I can check yours out regularly too.

  12. jon November 22, 2007 at 1:02 am

    THat is absolutely beautiful. One more beautiful than the next at all times. You have a wonderful gift, Diane. :)

  13. Diane November 22, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you, Jon, I always look forward to seeing the beautiful images you reveal on your blog too.

  14. cotojo November 24, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Diane,

    The graphic paper goes so well with the starfish and sea urchins, it looks superb……you really got to stop getting high on those glue fumes lol.

    I get a lot of searches for ‘cars’ because I mentioned a car in one post and on my security blog I get searches for ‘awls’ but to my knowledge I haven’t mentioned needlecraft etc on there lol.

    So….Strawbwerry Fields Forever,
    Have a great weekend

  15. Diane November 24, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    But it’s my ‘creativity glue’ :)

    Actually it’s just boring old PVA – doesn’t smell of anything – oops, giving trade secrets away :)

    Have a good weekend too!

  16. Bobby Revell November 24, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Diane! Thanks for being so sweet and helping to lift my spirits! I really love this creation of yours! Very beautiful work:) I know I’m late but Happy Late Thanksgiving!!!!

  17. Diane November 24, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Bobby – I hope you had a good Thanksgiving too. Thanks for the ind comment – always welcome!

  18. Jonathan Crouch November 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    love the kitty picture. We have 5 cats ourselves (one for each of the children) and the youngest (6 months) has taken to climbing on my lap whilst sat at the computer at nights updating the Fabulous Photo Gifts website etc.


  19. Diane November 26, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Colin over at his ‘Life’ blog created the award, so he is responsible for cute kitten pic! 5 cats and 5 kids – you are brave!

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