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Procrastination anyone?


I thought you might like to know that at last I have started work on my Etsy store. It’s quite complicated to set up but I have made a start and all being well, and if I can get my arse in gear (as we say in the UK) it should be up and running by next week. We shall see. Unfortunately this is me.


Great cartoon drawn by Dave Walker and lots more available for use on your blog at weblogcartoons – for free! I also remember buying a card by an artist called Simon Drew which featured a protest march by a load of pigs (and why not?) They were chanting

“What do we want?”


“When do we want it?”


Well, I thought it was funny…

And finally…


Calligraphy book


This book turned out much better than I thought. The cream and black is such a classic combination and it works beautifully. The paper is an Italian graphic paper on the outside and a Japanese Chiyogami on the outside. Very multicultural.

I had some very bad news this morning so I’m not going to write much more – not really in the mood.

See you tomorrow.

The Italian Job


This paper is an Italian design – a traditional pattern called a Florentine pattern (although the inner paper has a design of ‘Fleur du Lys’ which are French). Whenever I have visited Italy, (which is often, as it is my favourite country in the world) I have visited a chain of shops called ‘Il Papiro‘. They sell the most marvellous marbled paper made using traditional Tuscan methods, Murano glass pens, inks, notebooks, decorative papers, sealing wax, leather goods, stationery and cards. The shops themselves are small, dark old fashioned places but full to bursting with gorgeousness. There are branches all over Italy – in Florence, Rome, Venice, Siena, Orvieto, Pisa and I notice from their web site they now have branches in the USA and Australia!


Over the years, I have spent many happy times in these treasure troves and this is a photograph of the goodies I have bought. You will notice that they are all mostly in pristine condition. I can’t bear to use them so they sit in my workroom amongst my other treasures – I did try to use the seal and sealing wax once but it was very messy so the experiment was not repeated.


And to finish, I have modestly left this to last ;-) I was contacted by Justin at Pushapixel (a lovely blog which highlights artists’ web sites from around the world) and he told me that he has featured me! He has written a very kind review so I suggest you all dash over there immediately to check his blog out (well, when you have finished here!)


How very odd….


OK a bit more masculine I think today. These books do have characters of their own …. or maybe that’s just me becoming too attached again :) I must stop thinking of them as my babies….. please stop me if I start to give them names.

I particularly like the inside paper on this one. The specks are actually gold coloured and it’s a very rich and intricate paper.

It has finally stopped raining and the river has gone back to normal. It is very surprising how quickly it changes but my garden is safe – at least until the next downpour! A couple of moorhens have taken up residence in the garden and have been joined by half a dozen wood pigeons and a couple of magpies. I guess as the water level dropped it left all sorts of goodies behind for the birds to eat. I have a badger who visits regularly. He comes under the gate from the field next door and has worn a path in my lawn to the river where he must go to drink every night. Occasionally he raids my dustbin too, which is not so sweet.

I was just checking my blog stats (all very pleasing- progress in the right direction and all that) and I was amazed at the terms that people put into search engines and end up at my blog. Here are a selection from the last week.

  • strawberry
  • interesting facts to put in your blog
  • beautiful house
  • sexual energy play
  • bread recipe
  • interesting facts about GUMMI BEARS
  • “iPod” and “newspaper”
  • Shakespeare
  • licking wet shoes
  • opposite of a vampire
  • seeing spots before my eyes

This is in addition to the expected enquiries about aspects of bookbinding and calligraphy. I’m astonished by several of these. When have I ever mentioned ‘sexual energy play’ on my blog and are there any interesting facts about Gummi Bears? And ‘licking wet shoes’ – what’s that all about?

Chrysanthemums and other stuff…


I’m back to my Japanese papers for this one – the chrysanthemum (which happens to be my birthday flower) is a recurring theme in Japanese art. It is known as ‘kiku’ in Japanese and is the crest of the Japanese royal family.

Tried to compose a
Haiku about chrysanthemums
But couldn’t do it.

Now it’s that time again. Awards!!


I was given this award by Drowsey Monkey ( many thanks Mrs M) It was created by Mark from Me And My Drum, and he has called it ‘Be The Blog’.

Mark said: “This badge is for bloggers who make their blog their own, stay with it, interact with their readers, and have fun!”
and he passed this on to those bloggers that in his own words “are showing time and time again that they are true to themselves and that they ARE their blog”

The neat thing is that the award comes in a choice of colours – I have chosen ‘Midnight Oil’ but I could have had ‘Pink Smoothie’ or ‘Creamy Cabernet’.

I am going to pass this onto

I also received this from Colin at Life


According to Colin

‘The Community Blog Award celebrates people who reach out and makes the blogger community a better one. It also underlines the importance of a blogs readership community, one of the most rewarding parts about blogging. It’s the people that come back to comment, adding to the conversation, making you feel like someone is listening and interested.’

Thank you Colin, and I would like to pass it on to

Suburose has a wonderful ‘crafty’ giveaway competition on her blog every week which is always worth checking out…

Last but not least, I must mention that I received an e-mail the other day from my all-time calligraphy hero, Claude Mediavilla, (his book ‘Calligraphy’ has to be the best book on the subject and is available from John Neal Booksellers), thanking me for the link to his blog and saying some very nice things about mine. I am thrilled to bits and you should check out his work on his new web site. It is amazing.


Phew! I think that’s everything! I really must get down to some housework now. Laundry is piling up, dust is settling, dishes need washing….or I could make another book…..