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My Zen-like calm…


Every so often I make a book that I’m really not sure works. I have had this stencilled Katazome-shi paper for ages. In fact it is one of the first papers I ever bought from Falkiners. It has such a retro ‘feel’ and very strong colours and I have never been able to find anything that complemented it. I bought this marbled paper from Falkiners last week. It is a from a range of hand marbled papers by Ann Muir. The colours are almost exactly the same as the colours in the Japanese cover paper so I thought it would work but having made the book, I’m not so sure….

It ought to work, I usually choose the two papers by making sure that the inside paper has some of the colours from the cover paper and if it is a different pattern, that doesn’t usually matter as long as one is less ‘busy’ than the other. I think that’s the problem here. They are both too ‘busy’ and so it doesn’t quite work even though the colours are perfect and each paper is fabulous in it’s own right. Definitely a case where ‘less’ would have been ‘more’.

So far this year, I have won a competition over at Go! Smell the Flowers. The prize was a year’s supply of flowers from Flora 2000 – an incredibly generous prize and my first lot should arrive on Monday. Yesterday I heard from Suburose that I had won her crafty giveaway this week! How thrilling! Every week, at her blog Subu, Inc, (which is a showcase for her beautiful recycled notebooks), she has a different giveaway, this week’s is described as follows

…comes from the wonderful and talented Margaret of MargaretsWorld. This is a one of a kind 6×7 collage on wood based on a drawing entitled: “In the Octopus’ Garden”


Margaret constructs her art from found, recycled or otherwise discarded things [which makes me love her even more!]. She uses sculpture as well as two-dimensional material, such as canvas or water color paper in a collage format. all items are one of a kind.

If you want to see more work by Margaret, please feel free to visit her etsy site or her personal website [which houses some amazing pieces].’

I also received a beautiful calendar from Kim at Laketrees this week. It showed gorgeous views of the area in Australia around where Kim lives. This was a prize in a sort of supplementary quiz in her terrific ‘Win a Portrait for Christmas’ competition which was won by Colin over at Life.

I think my luck is finally changing! Now I’m don’t really follow horoscopes (except when it says something nice!) I’m a Scorpio and when I read last week that my ruling planet, Pluto is finally moving out of something or other (where it has been since the mid 1990’s) into something or other else this week, so my life is about to change, I was rather pleased. (Until my son pointed out that technically Pluto isn’t classed as a planet anymore so I am being ruled by a big lump of rock – but that’s another story….)

I am convinced that 2008 is going to be a good year, I checked out Pluto and it has been downgraded – but only to a dwarf planet, according to NASA, so that’s good enough for me. I just re-read the horoscope and it actually sounds like it could go either way…this is Shelley von Strunkel in the Sunday Times:

Keeping your nerve during this period of change isn’t easy. Much of your life, and your perspective on the future, is shifting. Some is by design, but just as much involves changes you neither anticipated nor initiated. Obviously, your instincts are telling you to scramble to save what’s worthwhile. But with your ruler, Pluto, moving into a new sign next week — for the first time since the mid-1990s — things can’t remain as they were. Because this influences others and circumstances as much as it does you, it’s a waiting game. Undertake this with a Zen-like calm and you’ll begin this new chapter in the best possible state of mind. “

Well, she was right about the unanticipated, uninitiated changes but the more I read this, the more ambiguous and scary it becomes. All I know is I must think positive and cultivate my Zen-like calm… :-)

11 responses to “My Zen-like calm…

  1. Lunes January 19, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    The colours in your book are very bold and bright. I think it would make an ideal cover for a book about wild dreams, energy and life forces……it needs some strong writing inside to carry the flavour of the front.
    Being ruled by a big lump of rock isn’t that bad provided that he is a diamond!
    Do you believe in Tarot readings?

  2. Diane January 19, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I like the sound of your ‘strong writing’. I had a few wild dreams myself last night…

    Ha! I just need to find my diamond!

    I’ve never had any experience of Tarot, I must admit…

  3. Daddy Papersurfer January 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    As a fellow Scorpio, I feel that Goofy moving out of something would be more useful. May the new year bring everything you deserve ……. even if you don’t deserve it. Please, there’s no need to thank me …… no really.

  4. strugglingwriter January 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Wow, that is a nice string of luck. It’s funny because that is a perfect contrast to my post today (about the day I’m having).

    You deserve all those prizes :)

  5. Diane January 19, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    DP – I insist! Your plan sounds much better than our horoscope…

    SW – 9 – 1! Not good, sounds like you all had an off day at the same time.
    Thanks, I just remembered I won a prize in a raffle before Christmas too…maybe I should go out and buy a lottery ticket!

  6. laketrees January 20, 2008 at 6:33 am

    ah yes Diane …
    I think a zen like state is definitely the way to go and you are certainly on a roll with your fabulosa books!!
    I remember consulting the I ching years ago and the advice was “you are like a fox who has had it’s tail burnt….you will not return there and if in doubt stay completely still…
    there is a lot to be said for stillness :)
    you are certainly on a lucky streak …flowers and woodcuts…great prizes…what a lovely start to the year !!
    go buy that lottery ticket now !!!
    I have never seen those automatas before ….how perfectly unique they are…and what a varied collection …loved the camel !!
    bestest Sunday vibes to you :)

  7. Diane January 20, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Creechman – so how did you score?

    Kim – I’m not sure I believe all that stuff but still can’t resist reading it! If it chimes with what is happening my life, I believe it, if it doesn’t, I don’t! I once read my horoscope in the Manchester Evening News and it read
    “You will be disappointed when an unexpected letter does not arrive”
    Oh really!
    The automata are fantastic things. I have my eye on a new one….
    Hope you had a great Sunday – grey, miserable, windy here :-(

  8. tulibri January 20, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Diane, I just came across this and thought I’ll share:

    Maybe this is even anywhere near you?


  9. Diane January 20, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Astrid, very useful for the more handmade paper sort of papers. I shall check it out thoroughly!

  10. laketrees January 20, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    “You will be disappointed when an unexpected letter does not arrive”
    how oblique :)

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