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Things I have enjoyed….

I haven’t got a book to show you today. I’ve had a busy couple of days. I had some friends over for dinner on Friday night and as I am not one of life’s natural cooks, it took me most of the day to shop and then prepare the food. I made crab and scallop chowder with home made bread, followed by rack of lamb with a red wine and shallot sauce, green beans and asparagus, rosemary and garlic roast potatoes followed by coconut rice pudding with mango and lime and yummy cheese and biscuits. A feast – even if I do say so myself. For once it all turned out well (the rice pudding was slightly stodgy but still tasted nice).

I was woken at 8am on Saturday morning by a delivery man – marvellous. He was delivering a new TV so I cleared up the mess from the night before and then unpacked the TV and started to set it up. The connections were all very complicated involving a satellite receiver and a DVD player but I just unplugged the cables from the old TV and attached them to the new TV. I just couldn’t get the DVD player to talk to the TV and fiddled about for ages trying to tune the TV to pick up the signal. Finally I realised that I was missing a scart lead ( I vaguely remember one of the boys ‘borrowing it’) so the DVD player wasn’t even connected to anything. I ransacked the garage and finally found another one then the DVD player still wouldn’t work but eventually it dawned on me that the batteries in the remote control were flat – DOH!

I spent the afternoon smashing up my old garden table and chairs which had rotted beyond repair – surprisingly satisfying! Some friends had come round to help and they carted the bits away for me and by the time they had left, the day had gone, so no books again. So instead of a book, I am going to share with you, some of my recent ‘StumbleUpon’ finds.

First up is Clive Stevens who does amazing paper sculpture. This is one of my favourites.

All the work is for sale and he sells kits, books, greeting cards and calendars too. Fabulous stuff.

Next up is a photograph of the new coins which are going to be introduced in the UK over the next year.

“The new designs have been chosen via an open competition which was widely publicised in the national media in August 2005 and attracted 4,000 entries. The winning designer is 26-year-old Matthew Dent, originally from Bangor who now lives and works in London as a graphic designer. After exploring a number of different options, Matthew Dent finally developed the heraldic theme, taking the greatest heraldic device ever used on coinage – the Royal Arms.

As you can see in the image above, the Shield of the Royal Arms has been given a contemporary treatment and its whole has been cleverly split among all six denominations from the 1p to the 50p, with the £1 coin displaying the heraldic element in its entirety. This is the first time that a single design has been used across a range of United Kingdom coins.”

Aren’t they gorgeous? I love the way they form a compete design and I foresee hours of fun playing with them when they are finally released :-)

Next up is the work of Thomas Keeley, as featured on the website.

He creates surreal 3D objects which are both thought provoking and fun. Obviously, this book appealed to me, so inventive.

The last thing I want to share with you is a voice. The voice of Andrew Johnston to be precise. There is a TV program on Saturday nights here in the UK called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This young boy appeared on the show last week. Enjoy this and if you are not crying your eyes out by the end then you have a heart of stone.

Hope you are having a great weekend. I’m off to make a book…..


One of my friends asked me if I would attempt to rescue her favourite cookery book which had fallen into disrepair. You can tell she is a keen cook, my cookery books are all on display in my kitchen in pristine condition. What follows are the before and after photographs of the project.


I used one of my photographs for the cover image and an Emma Bridgewater double sized wrapping paper for the end papers – it is spotted on one side and striped on the other which makes for a nice contrast and compliments the fruity colours on the cover. The glue wasn’t quite dry when I took the photographs so the paper is a bit wrinkly inside but it is now sitting in my book press and should dry out nicely. I hope she likes it – at least it will give a new lease of life to Delia’s recipes :-)

You may have noticed how I like a nice link so continue the fruity theme….


And finally, thanks to Dave Walker for this time saving, healthy eating advice.


And you really must check out Dunn’s latest post over at My Interesting Files. I borrowed this image from there but there are loads more to see – all very clever and funny.


Christmas wishes…

My lovely blogging friend, Kiwipulse, sent me this video in her comment yesterday. I enjoyed it so much I thought it deserved a wider circulation, so I am posting it here. Kiwipulse’s blog is always full of amazing things, it must take so much work to find all the weird and wonderful things she writes about. In fact, she wrote my first ever review and featured a lot of my books when I was first starting out (you can read that here).

As for the video, well this is just what it is like at my house when I am making a book……..not! I love the way she just gets on with it and produces what looks like it is going to be a gorgeous book – what a shame we don’t get to see the finished book properly, that spine looks interesting.

Both my boys are home now and we are expecting a guest for a few days over Christmas, so I have had to switch into mummy-mode. Today, we are decorating our tree (yes, I know I’m late but I haven’t been in the mood ….) and I’m not sure I will be able to make many books for a while. I shall still write here when I can and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist getting back to the books but it will be sporadic at best! I am going to make an new photograph album for our guest as part of his Christmas present, mainly as we couldn’t think what else to buy him (we all know men are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for) so I shall try to post that when it is finished.
Here is a little Christmas greeting to you all from me. Have a very jolly Christmas and the very, very best of New Years.


I must also draw your attention to this wonderful article By Mark Bittman in the New York Times, ‘101 Simple Appetizers in 20 minutes or less‘.

Yummy, quick, delicious, easy…. the man is a genius.

Luscious lips


I finally managed to track down some silver ribbon that wasn’t twinkly-sparkley, you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to find. Just so I could use this blue and silver paper from Falkiners with a plain silver paper I bought from Paperchase – see the effort I go to for you? These books don’t just happen you know :-)

I was scanning through the papers yesterday and found this. I’m not sure quite how it is supposed to keep your lips smooth and luscious as if it tastes as nice as it sounds, I would keep licking it off. Still, it would make your lips very kissable if you used your other half’s favourite flavour :-)


My favourite ice cream flavour is either honeycomb or rhubarb and custard from my local health food shop. It’s nice to know they consider ice cream a health food :-) I’m not sure that I like the sound of this ice cream as demonstrated by Heston Blumenthal though.

Do you have a favourite flavour?

The 5 old posts meme

I have just been ‘tagged’ by the ‘Must Read Files‘ blog. This is a new experience and I’m not totally sure what I am supposed to do, but as I work it out, apparently, I’m supposed to pick 5 of my favourite old posts and then I have to tag 5 people. so here goes

and I am tagging

Hope that’s right. I’m still waiting for my paper from Falkiners and the new tools I ordered so I can finish the sketch book I am in the middle of making. This is so frustrating. Both deliveries were promised for today and I am SO impatient!