Thursday, August 31, 2006

Say hello Toby.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Spring Has Sprung

I know it's hasty but look! The sun shone all weekend and the flowers in the garden seemed to just - arrive.

More Swap LovE!

Meet Bernadette who flew all the way from Kansas as part of a swap with the talented Sweet Nellie. Isn't she divine?

Just a little Crafty

Finally had enough ime and natural light to do some more sewing. I've been rushing stuff lately and it shows. This time I approached my projects with a resolve not to mash things together with a bit of thread and call it "craft". This time I even used a ruler instead of holding up a piece of fabric and hacking into it free-hand like Edward Scissorhands. Very satisfying.

This is a card I made for little Inez, the daughter of my dearest friends ...who lives all the way over in Brussels. The centre image is from a an old pack of cards I found in an second hand shop in Daylesford.

The little bird I did weeks ago - but I sewed it up on Saturday.

Wonderful Weird Bunny Swap.

Lovely swap with Weird arrived swathed in pretty, blue fabric - full of wonderful treasures. Thanks again, WB!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sometimes I just can't find the right book to read. Nothing holds my interest. I pick them up, flick the pages and think "Nah". It drives me crazy and I drive people in bookshops crazy because they see me between the shelves, standing on one leg and then the other, chewing my nails, screwing up my face and they ask me "Can I help you?"...and I say something silly like, "Oh, I'm just looking for something good to read". Anyway - now is not one of those times - I'm in the middle of finding about 15 books really, really interesting and in a perfect world I'd take a four weeks off work and hire a beach house and just read and walk. Can't complain - the upside of communting into town each day means I get two cosy hours on the train.

Reading this made me feel a bit better. I've never been that bad.

So right now, this is what I can't wait to either continue with, start or finish:
Florence Broadhurst by Helen O'Neill

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Voices From Slavery ed Norman Yetman

Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn

Some Books I've Really Enjoyed

  • Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder

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