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Saturday shopping


The paper on the outside is an Italian paper I bought from Paper Mojo and the inside one is actually one of Paper Source’s holiday papers but although it is probably meant to be Christmassy it compliments the poppies quite nicely.

Since I had my lovely letter from Falkiners thanking me for mentioning them so often, I hope you don’t think I am just mentioning my suppliers gratuitously, in the hopes of getting more free goodies from them. I only mention them in the interests of my fellow bookbinders and papercrafts people who might find the information useful. Honest. ;-) I must also at this point mention another blog I discovered which is full of wonderful links. It’s called Paper Crave and I spent ages following links to wonderful paper crafts people, stationery and all round yumminess I hadn’t heard of before (check out Tinkering Ink) and it led me to tutorials and free downloads from a wide range of fascinating web sites and blogs. Well worth checking out.


Along with half of Dorset seemingly, I had to go shopping at my local supermarket. Along with the food I bought, there were a couple of bottles of wine and some beers. The young girl on the checkout called a supervisor over who asked me if I was over 21. I said, ‘You have to be joking! My son is 25’. She said that she had to ask anyone who was buying alcohol if they were over 21 – ‘I need your verbal confirmation’.

What a load of nonsense! With the best will in the world, there is no way anyone would think I was under 21. If I was under 21 and I lied, would she then sell it to me? What if I had said I was under 21? Would she have said ‘Don’t be ridiculous, you are obviously over 21!’ What was the point of the whole stupid episode? The guy at the next checkout said ‘Take it as a compliment!’ I just think it is a colossal waste of time and besides, the legal age for alcohol consumption in the UK is 18, so what on earth was that all about?

But the best news of the day, is that Manchester United have just beaten the league leaders and arch rivals, Arsenal, 4 -0 in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Hurrah!

And here’s my ‘and finally’ item. How silly is this? Made me laugh :-D


14 responses to “Saturday shopping

  1. Creechman February 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    You are really good at this book stuff.

    Those wayward electrical wires remind me of a mini-series called “Stephen King’s The Langoliers.” It was kinda campy but I liked it. One of the main female stars was Patricia Wettig, whom I’ve always liked since “Thirty-something.”

  2. Diane February 17, 2008 at 12:54 am

    I try my best :-)

    I’ve never seen that Stephen King series, I must look it up. Never saw ‘Thirty-something’ either. I remember everyone said it was really good though….

  3. Teresa February 17, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Well, I finally fiddled with WordPress controls and got my name back to Teresa (twotapoles is my username at WP). :)

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t think there was a book I would love better than the blossoms one, but this poppies one is definitely calling my name! Red is my favorite color.

    The liquor buying story is truly bizarre. Who thinks of these stupid rules and why??

    The wire towers playing jump rope made me laugh too. I know my kids will find it hilarious so I’ll show it to them tomorrow.

  4. susanne49 February 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I love this red one very much, the color is so strong!

  5. Diane February 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Teresa – welcome back! (asTeresa!)
    Well, I’m guessing if you like this one that there are quite a few of the older ones you will like too. You should check out Flickr to see the gallery!

    The jump rope is so silly isn’t it?

    Susanne – red is my favourite colour. I have to make a continual effort not to make red books all the time – I do buy a disproportionate number of red papers!

  6. clara February 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    hi Diane!
    This book make me remind a Kenzo perfume. I love the flowers of this italian paper. Pretty book!

  7. strugglingwriter February 17, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Lovely book and yay for Man. U. My favorite ice hockey team had been doing well, but has lost 2 in a row. Hopefully they will win tonight.

    I just read your favorites list on my blog and give you two thumbs up for Eddie Izzard. He’s hilarious. Have you seen his Jeff Vader/Star Wars bit on YouTube? Hilarious!

  8. Teresa February 17, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I do, I do like many of your other books! Some of the ones that jump out at me are “red brocade”, “polar bears”, “star fish”, pomegranate”, “purple”, “leaves”, “characters”, “flowers”, “red book”, and “lime green embroidered”. Of course, this doesn’t even include ones that I think my friends would like that would make lovely gifts! Do you still have all those books?

    Your photography is beautiful as well. Dorset Hive beach seems like an amazing place.

  9. Diane February 18, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Clara – you are right! It is like the Kenzo perfume! I love poppies too. I have lots in my garden, they are beautiful! I have some photographs of them in my Flickr gallery…

    Paul – Oh dear, you got me going now. I have just spent ages watching Eddie Izzard clips on YouTube!
    ‘Death or cake?’ ‘I’ll have cake please’
    The Star Trek sketch is hilarious! He is so funny!

    Teresa – I have most of them! I sold the one with the blue wave paper yesterday and Kim in Australia is having a couple of the inkjet prints. I have spent today building a database with Filemaker
    so I can keep better track of them, I have so many so no new book for today!
    Hive beach and Dorset in general is beautiful. Especially when the sun shines….

  10. Teresa February 18, 2008 at 1:00 am

    “What Katy Did”…was that about a little girl who didn’t want to go to kindergarten? We had that book! I think we still have that book. It was dh’s, so practically an antique. ;D

  11. strugglingwriter February 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Sorry I’m a bad influence Diane :)

    The funny thing is I heard Eddie Izzard on XM Radio on my drive to work this morning. Coincidence?


  12. Durano Lawayan February 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Diane,
    All that waste of power. This must be what is termed power play. :-) No wonder utilities cost a fortune!–Durano, done!

  13. Diane February 18, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Teresa – it’s so long since I read it I can’t remember what it was about, I just know I thought it was wonderful!

    Nurse Myra – It’s fun isn’t it? I love the way that the little legs of the one that is jumping, kick out as it jumps – so cute!

    Paul – a very good influence! I reckon it is synchronicity. I was making a database of all my books last night (and today) As I typed the word ‘Hippy’ (the name of one of my books), someone on the TV said the word ‘hippy’ – spooky:-)

    Durano – ha ha! very good indeed! Power play, ha! :-)

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