When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro- Book Review

Kazuo Ishiguro was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, a very pleasing development.  He’s an amazing author who you can genuinely recommend to people because he’s not too ‘wordy’.  Not much really seems to happen in his books, I think because they are all written in the past tense which automatically removes the sense of drama and urgency.  Still there are moments in all his books (well all the ones I’ve read) that are like being hit in the face with a brick, in an emotional way…

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November Photo-A-Day

In September I tried to do a selfie-a-day which was a little dull tbh, just lots of pictures of me.  I guess that’s pretty obvious.  But a few years a go I did a-photo-a-day and quite enjoyed it.  I just used my phone, and got a nice collection of photos which summed up the month nicely.

It’s tricky to remember to take one everyday, especially if you’re having a boring day of just going to work.  But it is boyfriend’s birthday so we’re away in London for a few days. And I have another couple of days off to do some Christmas shopping. Continue reading “November Photo-A-Day”

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton- Book Review

I read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton back in May and enjoyed it.  It effectively conveyed the harshness of the frontier, and the claustrophobia of the small mountain towns cut off from the outside world through tough winters.  Wharton was extremely prolific, and won a Pulitzer prize for The Age of Innocence.  Sister suggested I read it, so only a short 6 months later I finally did.

My cover art is particularly ridiculous…and I totally trashed the book

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Homemade Nail Polish Stand

I did a nail polish cull, cutting my collection from 74 to 36! I just hadn’t been wearing policy that much recently, and a lot of them were still being stored in a box under my bed. The rest were inn a little basket on my chest of drawers which kept them corralled but not very easy to see.  And that’s another reason I wasn’t using them.

So I made some little stands for them.  I did this a while ago with foam, but ended up getting rid of them when I moved house.  Plus I had about 400 polishes then and didn’t need stands that big anymore.

I used some cardboard that my planner came packaged in (side note am now obsessed with planner stickers!), and some foam board which I have accumulated somehow, and some silver crepe paper.

I just cut the cardboard to my desired size, and then stacked them on top of each.  I cut the foam board to the same size and glued that on the top and bottom of the stack.  I then wrapped it all over with the silver crepe paper.  As usual I glued it all with fabric glue as I find this to be very secure, and my regular PVA is glued shut!  It looks so much more organised now, although it does take up a bit more room on my dressing table. 

 

 

Masala Chai Hot Chocolate

Well the weather has turned colder (well actually it turned colder, hotter, and then colder again) so I thought I would look into some nice hot drinks.  As I write this I am cutting back on Green Tea and caffeine as I think it may be causing my indigestion (boyfriend thinks it was because I was drinking about 24 cups a day…) so I needed something else.

I saw on the T2 website a recipe for Iced Chai Tea which sounded nice but a) iced drinks barely work in August in the UK let alone Autumn, and b) it involved using T2 Chai Tea (not surprisingly) which has caffeine in it.  So I decided to do a spicey, masala chai style hot chocolate. Continue reading “Masala Chai Hot Chocolate”

Autumn by Ali Smith- Book Review

I saw Autumn on the old internets, and saw it was part of a set of seasons.  I thought, ‘well maybe I should start with Spring and work my way through’ before finding out that Autumn is the first one… Continue reading “Autumn by Ali Smith- Book Review”

Art Made From Books- Craft Book Review

I saw Su Blackwell’s exhibition ages ago at the Bronte Museum.  She had taken some of the Bronte’s books and created book-cut sculptures.  They were site-specific and pointed to the imaginary worlds of the Bronte children.   You can get commissioned work through her website for thousands of pounds.

Art Made From Books features Blackwell’s work as well as plenty of other weird and wonderful examples of books art.  This is a showcase of art, rather than a do-it-yourself instructional book.  But it’s beautiful, and quirky.  And make me wish I knew how to do things!

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Hot Milk by Deborah Levy- Book Review

Are you one of them millennials I keep hearing about?  In your 20s, with unfulfilled potential, no money, and feeling generally lost?  Sofia Papastergiadis feels the same way.  25, with an unfinished anthropology doctorate, and working in an artisan coffee shop in London, she hasn’t quite figured life out yet.  I felt like this through most of my twenties, graduating with a history degree and then just working in retail, and generally not having a clue what I wanted to do.

What I feel most is that I am a failure but I would rather work in the Coffee House than be hired to conduct research into why customers prefer one washing machine to another.

Hot Milk

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