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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

Round and round we go…


The pattern on this paper reminds me of one of my favourite childhood toys – a spirograph. I used to play for hours making intricate, coloured patterns and I must confess I bought another one last year for no other reason than I remembered it and felt nostalgic about it. Needless to say, it had been ‘improved’ – no pins with little round, multi-coloured heads anymore but it was still fun to play with and a few months ago, I gave it to a friend’s son to play with – and never got it back! Nice to know that today’s tech savvy kids can still have fun playing with toys from the ‘olden days’ :)

I took part in a book swap over on the Book Arts Forum recently. I was very lucky in the draw and I received a gorgeous book this morning from Jackie Poutasse (who administers the Forum).


The book has a red silk cover which has been painted with acrylic and she has used a turquoise Canson Miteintes paper for the endsheets. She has sandwiched a further piece of the turquoise paper between the front cover and a thin sheet of mat board, which has had a design cut into it so that that the turquoise shows through. It also has two very sweet book mark ribbons with beads on them. Altogether, a gorgeous creation which just makes me realise that after only 5 months of bookbinding, I still have a great deal to learn.

Poor Astrid who is a regular commentator here, was the unlucky soul who got my book in the swap. I’ll be more adventurous next year, I promise! I sent her this one, (which I actually like very much).


I also managed to get a review in Ed’s lovely MyBlogLog Sunday again. This time he said

“Diane has a great way of weaving stories around her book making. This week, she is reminded of time warps and fashion times best forgotten, (or only revisited under the influence of drugs?)”

Thank you, Ed, you are indeed a star. His blog which is called The Pisstakers scours the web looking for humour in unlikely places and usually finds it! Including finding things you didn’t know about Belgium.

So this post is all about going round and round – spirographs, book swaps, recycling toys and reviewing the review of my blog. I feel dizzy….

15 responses to “Round and round we go…

  1. strugglingwriter November 27, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    That cover does look spirograph produced. It reminds me of little fans, too.

    That one you received in the book swap is very nice.

    I remember the one you gave away, though, and that one is nice too :)

  2. Diane November 27, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you, my friend, you are very kind!
    If you could hold the book I received and see how beautifully made it is you would like it even more!

  3. strugglingwriter November 27, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Diane – you will just have to send it here then, so I can get a proper look at the book. Just kidding :) (obviously)

  4. Jon November 27, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Geez Diane.. you’re killing me here. I feel like you’re taunting me with all of these wonderful treats, but I never ever paid much attention to pink until now. ;)

    Lovely, absolutely lovely, lovely work. :)


  5. Diane November 27, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    Jon, you are very kind- and I just saw the review over at Bogcatalog. how very generous of you – I am blushing!

    Thank you. The pink one is still yours and I am still pondering others!

  6. Claire Fordham November 27, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Hello Girlfriend, I’ve been reading your blog to catch up on your news. Lovely writing and books. As you know, I am crap at all things webby so I hope this reaches you. Sun shining here in California. Love, Claire

  7. tulibri November 27, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I just wanted to say that I definitely refuse being an unlucky soul! ;-)

  8. Diane November 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Clarabella, my little web-phobic friend!

    When are we getting the next installment of a ‘Year in the Life of a Hollywood Nobody’?

    The weather is rubbish here. Hard to get in the mood for Christmas.

    Will e-mail properly tomorrow with all the news….

    PS This is my mate Claire from LA – go check out her blog at It’s v. funny!

  9. Diane November 27, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Astrid – you are very kind but Jackie’s book put me to shame!

    Glad you like the book I sent you anyway!

  10. jon November 27, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    How wonderful! :) I am going to feature you on my blog soon. It’s a must. :)

  11. tulibri November 28, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Well, we’ll take a break now and continue to discuss this after we reached a professional senior status like Jackie’s :)

  12. Jackie November 28, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Pffftttt…no senior status needed! You both create very lovely books.

  13. Diane November 28, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Before we are accused of fishing for compliments, can I just say that I think we all make nice books but as I have been at it a lot less time than most, I see room for improvement and look to you old hands for inspiration and advice – which you give generously and for which I thank you both!

  14. Diane November 29, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Jon – you are very kind! That would be fantastic!

  15. Ed November 30, 2007 at 2:37 am

    Spirographs were good fun, especially if you drew with them while bouncing on your space hopper

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