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Feeling light headed…


This sweet little diary is a ready made text block from Paper Source. It only measures 6″ x 3″, so is pocket sized and was really fun to make. No groovy inside cover paper with these ready made books, but in this case the cream inside paper matches the cream dots on the orange cover paper so it looks OK.

I have just returned from the hairdressers and now look like Katie Holmes. Well, Katie Holmes’ big sister. Oh all right then , Katie Holmes’ mum. It’s actually rather nice, I think and certainly feels much lighter and less – well, droopy, I guess. Only problem with it I can see is that my neck feels chilly so I shall be wearing more scarves! So, new year, new hairdo. Let’s see if my new swotty reading glasses and my Katie Holmes’ hairdo can bring some luck my way!


The weather forecast in the UK is set to turn cold. I’m a bit concerned that all the flowers which ventured out into the unseasonal warmth last week, will be caught by frosts and icy blasts. Let’s hope not. We often have a nasty, cold February, so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by a cold snap but I have been lulled into a false sense of security and have taken the extra blanket off my bed. (I’m a sheets and blankets girl – no duvet for me!) I may have been a bit premature.

I was searching through some old photographs on my laptop, and I found a copy of what is possibly, my favourite photograph in the world. It’s by the Swiss Magnum photographer, René Burri. I don’t know what it is about this image but I could look at it for hours. It was taken in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1960. I saw a print of it in a gallery in London last year and fell in love with it and one day I hope to have a copy of it. In the meantime, I shall content myself with this small version on my laptop…if you click on this thumbnail you can see a larger version than my blog allows.


My number 1 son got a digital SLR camera for Christmas and is now deeply into photography. He wants to do a photography course so we are busy researching places he could go. Only problem I foresee is that I am fast running out of wall space. My art collection was boosted by the addition of all the lovely photographs my erstwhile photographer ex took and gave me (not husband ex but recently departed beloved boyfriend ex) which I still love and I have been taking photographs myself which might be worthy of framing, so if Number 1 son starts, we shall just have to move to a house with more wall space. Anyway, that’s a nice problem to have – a surplus of wonderful paintings and photography is not really a problem at all in my book.

Anyway, I’m off to admire my hair – I just hope it looks as good when I have to do it myself…..


10 responses to “Feeling light headed…

  1. Daddy Papersurfer January 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I’ve just written a blog about the dangers of wives and girlfriends getting a hair-do – not sure when I’m going to publish though. It’s a mine-field.

  2. strugglingwriter January 29, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    That comic is so cute.

    I’m glad you like the new hair-do and glasses. You are talking Katie Holmes, pre-insanity days, right? :)

    I have yet to buy me new glasses, but I’m going to have to do that in February. Maybe I’ll get some Doctor Who style frames? :)

  3. Diane January 29, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    DP – I should steer well clear If I were you – it’s a very touchy subject indeed. I have not unveiled the new ‘do’ to the world yet. If I detect even the slightest disapproval, I will be crushed….

    SW – I have no idea – I took inspiration from a photo I saw of KH but have no idea if it was pre- or post- ‘mad as a snake’ Tom days.
    As for Doctor Who specs, just be careful you don’t end up at the other end of the universe or in another dimension (always a nuisance) when wearing them….. :-)

  4. mywoodenrobot January 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I want a haircut… lol. That’s a cool journal. I’m looking into buying a text block. (But I’m working on making my very own recipe book. You’re the first to know!)

  5. Lunes January 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Come on Diane – we need to see a photo of the hairdo! Share it with us please please please!
    I love the diary…..are you taking orders for next year? I think you have some stunning stuff!

  6. writinggb January 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    A new do is all we need sometimes. I think maybeI need to make an appointment for a short cut, too. My hair is too hard to care for at below the shoulders. Periodically I get it chopped off and grow it long. I was even thinking of going auburn (from my normal dirty blonde).

    Love the diary. Who wouldn’t want to carry that around?!

  7. strugglingwriter January 30, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Diane – sometimes the other end of the universe doesn’t sound so bad, though :)

  8. Diane January 30, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Jane – I like the sound of the recipe book. I hope we get to see it!

    Lunes – I shall get my son to take a photo of me. That’s assuming it turns out alright when I wash and style it myself….otherwise it may be months before I leave the house!

    Writinggb – I find my hair easier to manage when it is long – I can just tie it up then instead of having to wash and style it. Auburn sounds cool! Glad you like the diary :-)

    SW – depends who you are there with. And do they have a sonic screwdriver….? :-)

  9. nursemyra February 4, 2008 at 11:12 am

    the books you make are lovely

  10. Diane February 4, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you! Nice to see you here!

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