Much of a muchness

Things that make you go 'hmm'…

There will be books…


I rather like this book cloth. I bought it from – you guessed it – Falkiners, and it is a rather nice Japanese silk brocade. I have teamed it with a modern paper called ‘Country Dance’ by Debra Glanz of Reminiscence Papers, bought from Paper Mojo.
I love the contrast between the traditional outside and the contemporary inside. I think the books I like best are like this one – you get a pleasant surprise when you open the book – it doesn’t jar but it is unexpected.


I went to see ‘There Will be Blood’ last night and if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t win the Oscar for best actor this weekend I will eat my hat. (A red angora beret, so he had better win!) His performance is quite extraordinary and very powerful. The film itself has a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame, the cinematography is stunning and the supporting cast – especially Paul Dano, (who I last saw in the quirky ‘Little Miss Sunshine’) are fantastic too. Here’s the theatrical trailer to give you a glimpse of this wonderful film.

This is the best film I have seen in a long time, it’s almost the best thing since sliced bread….


15 responses to “There will be books…

  1. strugglingwriter February 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    That was a good trailer. Maybe I’ll see that one on DVD. Daniel Day-Lewis brings his A game every time.

    I really like the paper on the inside cover of that book. Very nice.

  2. Creechman February 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    No movie in the theaters has enticed me for years. So I’ll root for whomever.

    Dana Night-Louise.

  3. Diane February 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Paul – it really is a good film. You are right – Daniel D-L is always amazing. George Clooney has practically conceded victory to D.D-L in the Oscars already, I saw an interview on TV earlier!

    Creechman – I’ve been going to the cinema quite a bit recently. It’s the popcorn….

  4. Teresa February 23, 2008 at 2:05 am

    I really like the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary too! What a pretty blue that cover is.

    We’re not much movie goers either; I get so cold in a theatre (and then I have to hit the ladies room usually in the middle of a good part) that I just can’t stand it anymore in my old age ;) I will put it on my NetFlix (movie rental service) queue though. I love watching movies at home; we make our own popcorn, and I can stop the film anytime to go to the bathroom.

    Funny “sliced bread” cartoon!

  5. DrowseyMonkey February 23, 2008 at 8:06 am

    I haven’t seen the movie…but I don’t want you coughing up an angora fur ball…so I hope he wins!

    I think the title turned me off…I don’t like blood. Maybe I’m being too literal.

  6. DrowseyMonkey February 23, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Well, to clarify, I like blood because it keeps me alive…but I don’t like seeing it in movies… ;)

  7. Diane February 23, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Teresa – I watch mainly movies on TV at home too – I just love movies. We paid a premium for better seats at the cinema the other night – and they were more uncomfortable than the cheaper ones. At least I can sprawl out on my sofa at home!

    DM – There isn’t THAT much blood actually – not like ‘the last Daniel Day- Lewis film I saw – ‘Gangs of New York’ – that was swimming in the stuff – horrible. I had my eye closed for most of the film :-)

  8. laketrees February 23, 2008 at 11:59 am

    the book has a real cornflower blue touch to it Diane …and I think the contrast between the cover and the inside is great !!
    I can see why they call it country dance as it looks like dance notation :)
    I have loved Daniel Day Lewis ever since I saw him in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and My Left Foot….
    lol… I gather you really really recommend this film judging by your cartoon pic :D
    My Mum went to see it last week and the Bucket List yesterday…she always makes a promise to see all of the films before the Oscars….she loved There Will be Blood too !!
    I will be backing him for sure…
    I loved the Gangs of New York and I have the CD of the soundtrack…fantastic music…
    we will be having a movie marathon at home tomorrow (with popcorn) to catch up as we have a big screen TV and Alexander gets us all the latest films through his work..I can’t wait !!
    have a great weekend and thanks for your supportive comments at my blog :=X

  9. Diane February 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Kim – I loved the film. It goes a bit pear shaped at the end but it is so powerful that even that didn’t matter somehow…. won’t say too much as don’t want to give anything away!

    Seeing all the Oscar’s films before the big night – what a great idea! Would definitely make the night more interesting.

    Daniel D-L is up against gorgeous George Clooney so I am a bit torn….

    Have a great movie watching weekend.

    PS I think the portrait is wonderful, especially as you have painted it in greyscale which must be much more difficult….and with a dodgy arm! Glad to hear it is on the mend :- X

  10. laketrees February 23, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    haha Diane you can have George if I can have Daniel :)

  11. scatterbrain February 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Ooohh, as possibly Radiohead’s biggest fan I was going to watch this purely for the music! Now I definately will!

    can I just let you know that your link to my site sends you to a different scatterbrain, I think it’s a religious one!
    tee hee!

  12. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    It’s a very minimal soundtrack….

    Oops! Sorted – a missing ‘s’ I think!

  13. mark March 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I have shopped for good book cloth in the UK. Falkiners are ok but expensive and one has to take their descriptions of what you are buying with care…. sometimes. I make my own book cloth.

    I have seen some of the same ‘Book Cloths’ covering coffins in Japan !

  14. Diane March 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Your work is amazing. I love it…

    You are right about book cloth being expensive – enough to cover a coffin – now that would be pricey :-) I am always on the look out for lovely book cloths. Dennis Yuen at uses some gorgeous stuff but he is in New York so I suppose as usual there is much bigger choice there.

    I have emailed you about the courses you run – I am very interested…


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