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It’s Nice here…

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This book is smaller than my usual square books, only 5″square, so it is actually very cute. I might make more this size as they are almost handbag sized. Well, they are if you have a big handbag!

I am posting this from a rather swanky hotel room in Nice, France. I made this book before I went and saved it up for today. I flew out of England yesterday at 8.30 am, after a really early start in the foulest weather you can imagine. I left my house at 4.30am as I have a 2 hour drive to Bristol airport. It was raining incredibly hard and there were gale force winds – really nasty. At around 5am I was caught by a speed camera which I hadn’t noticed as I was concentrating on the dark, empty road (and I don’t like driving at night). I was so busy watching for huge puddles, as a lot of the roads were flooded, I didn’t notice the camera so being caught on an empty road, doing 40 in a 30 zone is very annoying.

I arrived in Nice and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. And it was warm – such a treat. I’m only here for a couple of days but as it about 6 years since I was last here, it is nice to be back. I took some photographs but haven’t brought the cable to get the photos off the camera, so they will have to wait until I get back on Friday. Here’s a photo I found on Google images.

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When I was last in Nice, this wonderful Art Deco facade was all that was left of the original building which was a casino on the Promenade des Anglais. For years behind this facade, there was just a huge hole but recently they have re-built the casino and added a lovely hotel. On the third floor, there is a sun terrace and a swimming pool (on the level above the arches).

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It is really very nice here in Nice and it’s a shame that my winter break in the sun is over on Friday, then it’s back to the rain…


Bowing to the inevitable…

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I’ve finally given in and accepted Christmas is coming and I am going to have to face up to it. So, a festive book. And I’ve ordered my Christmas tree and festive wreath for the front door online from Crocus, uploaded a photograph to be made into a personalized Christmas card from Moo.com (also ordered stickers and mini cards as I love them – they are such a handy size for a little business card) These are mine – I uploaded some images, cropped them and chose the colour and text for the reverse and within a few days a little box full of adorable mini cards arrived.

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I also went to a site called ‘Elf Yourself’ which was recommended by Peteej and turned my sons and me into elves – you can see the result by clicking on this link. I think it is hilarious.

So that is as far as I have got with Christmas preparations. I am off to Nice for a couple of days tomorrow – back on Friday. I have a 30th wedding anniversary party to go to on Saturday night and I haven’t even thought about what I am going to wear so I hope I find something chic in Nice. The perfect boot hunt might just be resolved too….

Luscious lips

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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 :-)

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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?

Double inspiration

Two friends of mine have a lovely shop in Dorchester called ‘On the Table‘ which sells the most gorgeous, contemporary kitchenware, tableware and furnishings and a range of yummy foods too. It is always my first port of call when I need to buy a gift. Today, I bought some beautiful glasses for a 30th wedding anniversary gift (I’m off to a party on the 8th) and as usual, I couldn’t resist buying myself a little something too and I also saw this wrapping paper. It’s by Emma Bridgewater who makes really funky, fun kitchen and tableware. It has the spots on one side and the stripes on the other. I couldn’t decide which pattern to use on the outside of the book and so I made two :-)

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So if you were to buy these books, you could also have the matching mug, teapot, bowls, plates, cake tin, biscuit barrel, oven gloves etc etc…..

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You could also buy this tea towel while you are at it…cue the gratuitous Daniel Craig photograph.

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The other news of the day is that my ex has turned into a rock star! His album, called ‘Songs for Sale‘ by GTA, is now available for download on iTunes, which is very exciting!

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My bit of glory came a couple of days ago when I was ‘Blog of the Day’ over at ‘Fuel my Blog’ You will have noticed that I now have a little widget-ty thing in my sidebar and every time someone clicks it, it is recorded as a vote over on the Fuel My Blog website. Well, I was for a day or so, top Art/Design blog and then I was ‘Blog of the Day’ and was sent this little badge to display…

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Well, that’s my 15 minutes of fame :-)

 

 

Butterflies and butterfingers

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This is a book made with one of the Italian graphic papers (bought from the States) with a Japanese paper (bought in the UK) inside. A veritable United Nations of a book! I’m not entirely sure I like it – I think the Italian papers make the books look too ‘manufactured’ (although as that translated from the Latin means ‘made by hand’ it is actually appropriate) I probably mean ‘machine made’. Anyway I expect you get my drift. They don’t look as homemade as the others somehow.

I think I am getting RSI or something. My right wrist is very achey and tingly . I notice it hurts when I am cutting the board for the covers with a knife, using my mouse and horror of horrors, when I am playing tennis. I have bought a mouse mat which has a wrist support which seems to help a bit, but I think it’s cutting the board which causes the problem.

It’s not my tennis racquet as I have been using my faithful old Head TiS6 for about 6 years now and I still love it as much as I ever did (which for me is quite something, I am usually very fickle and prone to leaping onto the next trend). I just looked it up on the Tennis Company web site and it says that it is America’s # 1 best selling tennis racquet and I notice they are selling it for $76.95 or two for $71.95 each, which as the original price is $249.95 is quite a bargain! It is very good for tennis elbow sufferers and has a huge ‘sweet spot’.

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Anyway, I’m pretty sure it can’t be my racquet that is causing the problem. I shall have to look into other ways of cutting the greyboard. Madame La Guillotine anyone?