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It’s all go….

Yet again I have to apologise for a long absence, I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks. I finished the website I was making for a friend who makes polymer clay jewellery. It’s my first e-commerce website called Al-Andalus Creations, it went live last week and he has started selling the jewellery and it all seems to be working as it should which is a huge relief. I also set up a blog for him today and he has a Facebook fan page, so it’s all go! Here’s a screenshot of the home page.

Please visit, and even better buy some :-)

I also helped my young friend Jemima Hunt bind another book for her uni illustration course. You might remember she did a set of illustrations for the book ‘Roverandom’ by J.R.R.Tolkien and we bound the book last year. For her extended final project, she has been making collages to illustrate a children’s story she has written called ‘Tomatoes’. It is SO good. You can read about the making of ‘Tomatoes’ on her blog but here are some photographs I took during the process.

Bear in mind all these illustrations were originally  collages – they are so clever.

I have just finished the wedding album I am making for my god daughter and her husband. I am really pleased with it. It is A3 size and the wedding photographs I have printed out look wonderful. I sent to Paper Source in the US for the book cloth and it was well worth the wait as it has turned out very well. Can’t show you photographs of that as she hasn’t seen it yet but here’s a sneak peek of one of the pages…

I’ve also been putting the finishing touches to another website, this one for a wool shop in Weymouth called ‘Spin a Yarn’.  They have a selection of baby shawls for sale which are hand knitted by the staff and they are so pretty. They are also going to be selling crocheted throws – have a look at those too!

I’ve also been trying to keep my photoblog up to date each day which I must confess is proving harder than I anticipated. I have had to resort to trawling through my iPhoto library when I haven’t had time to get out and take a new image and am fast running out of suitable images. It’s a very good discipline and is making me be more discriminating about the thousands of photographs I have in my library (not to mention the thousands of photographs in boxes which aren’t digital). I was just having a rummage through a large box of old photos to find a particular one.

Yesterday was my youngest son’s 24th birthday. As usual, my ex rang me up to wish me a happy birthday – a tradition he started when my first son was born and he has continued to do ever since. As he says, in a way it’s my ‘birth’ day too :-)  Here’s the photograph I was looking for,  the birthday boy aged about 9 months. Soooo cute.

Well, that’s news of lots of projects coming to an end, my plan now is to finally get round to making a website for ME! What’s that saying? ‘The best laid plans of mice and men…..’ – we shall see :-)

PS I have been nominated in the ‘Best little blog’ awards over at Dorset Cereals (who make my favourite muesli and porridge) – you can see an icon in my sidebar to vote for me – all votes gratefully received! I thank you :-)


12 responses to “It’s all go….

  1. Cathryn Miller April 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Well, as a graphic designer/tiny publisher I would just like to say that Jemima certainly has the chops. As a bit of an obsessive/compulsive myself, I am most impressed by her commitment to the work in making all those collages. Lucky you are her friend.

    Oooh, what a nice baby!

  2. Diane April 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    It’s a fabulous piece of work for sure. As for being a bit OCD, I have just covered an album I am making 4 times trying to get it right. Finally, perfection. Phew!

    The nice baby grew up into a very nice young man too (but I am biased)

    It occurred to me the other day on his birthday, 24th, that it was exactly one year since we met up in Salisbury. Doesn’t time fly? :-)

  3. TeresaR April 27, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Goodness, I knew you were busy, but I didn’t realize just how much you have accomplished lately! You have a great eye for design; those websites look wonderful!!

    Happy birthday (again) to your dear son #2! I think it’s very sweet that your ex still calls you (not to mention helps you to buy paper overseas). :)

    • Diane April 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you! I like to mix it up a bit – bit of bookbinding, bit of web design. Gives me a break from my world of glue :-)

      I am very lucky to 3 (!) lovely boys :-)

  4. Barbara Finwall April 27, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Congratulations on all your productions,,,especially the human one. What an adorable baby!
    The websites look great,too.

    • Diane April 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      He was a particularly cute baby and has grown into a strapping but still very cute 24 year old (proud mum speak)

      Glad you like the websites too :-)

  5. Michelle | Business Cards April 29, 2010 at 3:39 am

    LOL I actually found tomaTOES pretty funny and witty. Wonder what the story would be like, pretty curious how it turns out.

  6. Diane April 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I hope she gets it published, it’s a fun story. :-)

  7. 70steen May 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Blimey Diane you have been busy .. loving it all but particular the ‘Tomatoes’ … how very talented you both are

    Saw Doset Cereals in my local Sainsbury’s today and thought of you … well done :)

  8. 70steen May 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    make that Dorset btw lol

    • Diane May 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you! I love being busy – rather that than bored any day!

      Love Dorset Cereals – very yummy indeed! And I’m buying local :-)

  9. canvas wall art May 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    An Impressive piece of work! You let out the creative being within you. Anyway.. keep posting!

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