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This book is in response to a request for a lined book. I had to buy a ready made book block from Falkiners because of the difficulties in preparing lined paper for an A5 sized book which I have moaned about before. It also means I can’t do a ribbon binding, so I went all out for groovy paper to compensate! This is a fuschia pink flocked paper from Paperchase and I have used fuschia pink silk book cloth for the spine. It actually looks quite glamorous.

As promised here are some more photographs of my automata collection. These two are from Dansel Gallery as mentioned yesterday. The caption on this one says

‘Before developing fangs and branching out into the movies, the Vampire Bat had a hard time scaring anybody’.


This penguin one says:

‘The new species of Clown Penguin was short lived as his traumatised mother never laid another egg’.


This one is very hard to photograph and do justice to but it is my latest acquisition. I bought it from ‘The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre’.


The caption reads ‘The Invisible Man and the Invisible Woman on their honeymoon’. When you turn the handle, the bed bounces up and down and rocks about while the bed makes the sound of a loud creaky, boinging spring. I love it. On the side of this model, there is a sticker which reads ‘

It is terribly wrong to assume that sex is simply a matter of mechanics. A diet of wild life shows has made us think that if a creature as unimaginative as a badger can enjoy a full and varied sex life then we should take to it like ducks to water. No‘.


7 more things about me…


This album is much bigger than I usually make. It measures 12″ x 14″ which I think is a good size for an album but not so good for me when making it! Manouvering large pieces of gluey paper and trying to keep them straight and stop the glue getting onto the front of the paper is a nightmare, they seem to develop a mind of their own and twist and stick together despite my best efforts.

I have been tagged by Kylee over at Bijoux and Banter to tell you 7 random things about myself. I think I did this meme a while ago but being me – hey! there is always more weirdness to report… :-) Kylee makes beautiful jewellery which she sells through her studio, Lunes Bijoux, in the Aude region of France. I am envious – a limitless supply of jewellery and living in France….

So here we go

1 I have a degree in Metallurgy. Never used it other than as a springboard to do other things. I guess if I had studied precious metals (see above) things might have turned out differently.

2 I love science fiction. Anything from Doctor Who and Torchwood via Star Trek and Isaac Asimov to Sunshine, The Matrix and Heroes.

3 I adore old movies too. My favourites are ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘The African Queen’.

4 I hate parking my car. I can drive happily for hours but hate parking when I get there. My confession is, in over 25 years of driving, I have never parallel parked and I once drove to Exeter in a Range Rover but as it was too tall to get into any multi storey car parks and the others were full – I drove straight home again.

5 I enjoy building flat pack furniture. Sad but true.

6 I count things. If I am sitting waiting for something, I count tiles, panes in a window, books on a shelf…

7 I collect automata. I have about 8 so far because they are quite expensive but the detail and the skill that goes into making them is astonishing. I have bought some of them from the ‘Cabaret Mechanical Theatre‘. In fact I bought my first one from them when they were based in Cornwall. It is made by Paul Spooner and this is it.


Some of other favourites were bought from a beautiful gallery in Abbotsbury in Dorset called Dansel Gallery which sells contemporary handmade furniture, jewellery and other lovely things made from wood. The caption on this one says ‘Though always keen and eager, the sheepdog never mastered the herding of carniverous sheep…’


This one says ‘Only when it was sure it was completely alone, would the camel reveal it’s secret survival pack’.


These are the rest of my collection. On the left is a wooden articulated slug which wriggles when you turn the handle. The leaflet that came with it said ‘All the fun of a slug but without the slime’. Exactly :-)


I am going to tag some people I’d like to know more about, hope you don’t mind – if you feel like doing this, then please do!

Brit out of water
Ange’s Biz
Little Aussie Cynic