Saturday, November 30, 2013

Something on Saturday ... Books

I love books. 

Especially ones with decent paper, good layout and design, nice smell and a great story! You could say I'm an addict but I'm not really... just extremely enthusiastic!

My favourite authors are Walter Moers, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett, AA Milne and Marian Keyes. And so many more! I don't have just one favourite...!

Be faster to just take a pic of my bookcase... but you'd not be able read the authors' names because they'd be too tiny, so have taken a photo of my reading list instead.

The following photo is just a few books waiting to be read. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton has been here for some time, but it'll get read eventually!

I've started Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and refuse to watch the movie until its finished. 

Jasper Fforde is an author my brother recommended... the back is hilarious, can't wait to read more.

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers is just one of his amazing adventures. I love his books!
He also wrote Thirteen and a Half Lives of Captain Bluebear, A Wild Ride Through the Night and The Alchemeister's Apprentice

His books are always a wonderful journey through the world of Zamonia and beyond, and the drawings are totally brilliant.

All the illustrations scattered throughout all the books are black and white ink drawings as shown above (from The City of Dreaming Books). I love them!!!
In A Wild Ride Through the Night, Walter used beautiful, detailed woodcuts by Gustave Dore, a very talented artist from the 1800's. 

Thankfully, all Walter's adventures are translated into English from either German or Zamonian (depending on the book) by John Brownjohn... otherwise learning 2 new languages would be on my list of things to do!

Of course, useful books are good to have too, like Women's Stuff by Kaz Cooke. This book isn't on my list, it just lives there. Its got fantastic design and typography too... from cover to cover. 

So that's my thoughts this Saturday morning... I'd love to stay and chat some more, but I've got to get organised for this afternoon's art class. 

Wishing you all a fabulous day!!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fabulous Find ... Blogs About Successful Blogging

Good morning!

Last week I found a brilliant website about all things bloggy and shared the news with my wonderful friends at the Creative Ability Network. I'll tell you more about the site's creator another day... she's amazing!

The Learning to Blog post was Your Blog Quick Start Action Guide and filled with loads of useful advice about what not to do and how to go about getting your blog up and running.

Then this morning, another great friend, Webgrrl (fellow digital guru and designer of many beautiful works of art), highlighted another fabulous website.

Pixel77 is a website for all things digital but the post that caught my eye was How to Successfully Market Your Design Blog. Just what I needed!

Its hard to go past two amazing sites like these without sharing the news. They've helped me, and hopefully they will be useful for you as well.

Happy Creative Day!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Welcome to my new blog :)

My plan is that it'll be a mix of graphic design and art, fabulous finds, tips, ideas and tutorials plus shop news and a scattering of things from my life in the slow lane.

My other blog 'Floating Around in Bubbles' that was chatting about my Redbubble artwork and crafty creations, will be archived and that new one over at Wordpress will be removed (or deleted, exterminated or erased... depending on your upbringing) because I think there are enough things to juggle each day without having three blogs to forget to update!!!

Edit (Feb 2014) : Floating Around in Bubbles may have a few broken links and images. If you see anything over there that you'd like to see again, please get in contact. Just because its disappeared from the never never, doesn't mean I don't have it any more!

This is Origami Man meeting who he thinks is a new friend, the Venus Fly Trap.
Just one of my many works of art on display in my Redbubble gallery.

To start off this new blog, I've chosen to chat about what I often talk about in the real world (ok, and on Facebook too) ... Juggling everything to get more time out of every day!

We all have loads we want to get done and often do try to get it all done in one day at the same time as juggling family, friends and work commitments. But every day goes past at the speed of a blink and I don't know about you, but it seems as though my todo list is getting longer, not shorter!

I have a grand plan to fix my ever growing todo list... I'm going to set a time limit for answering and writing emails, Facebook, Pinterest and those little games that only take a minute each to play.

--- ha ha ha... only a minute! That's so funny!!! How many times have you gone to check Snoopy's Street Fair and collect the coins and water the sunflowers, only to be sucked into wandering around with Snoopy and Woodstock, giggling at their antics? No, me neither.

But anyway, I'm going to set the alarm (that I will NOT ignore) for an hour each day. Not an hour for each item, but an hour in total. I'm thinking an hour in the morning before work, then another after dinner. Starting tonight!

I have a feeling this will be just like those New Year's resolutions that are made every year. But the intention is good. Wish me luck :)

The more ways we all have to either slow down time or stretch it out the better, so if you have any great ideas please share... comment here or Facebook or pin it at Pinterest.

Also, if you are a fellow Redbubbler or Zazzler, leave a comment below with your shop links.

Happy Creative Day!

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